Trail Access & Conditions

The Squirrel Hills Recreation Area currently has one parking lot access located just west off Hwy 10/16 (bottom of the valley) on PR 355. Click here for location.

(New trailhead plans, including a new larger parking lot with pavilion and bathrooms, are being planned for 2023. There is currently no bathroom access at the Squirrel Hills Recreation Area.)

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The new hiking and cycling trails are still under construction, but as work has currently halted for the season, temporary trail maps have been installed at the trails. Please click here to download a copy.

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Winter grooming season is now underway!  Please be considerate of the volunteer work that goes into grooming winter trails for all users and stay on the dedicated trails for your activity of choice.
Non-skiers must avoid all cross-country ski trails.

Current Weather
Squirrel Hills Recreation Area
3:16 pm, February 2, 2023
-26°C
clear sky
Wind: 16 Km/h
Pressure: 1039 mb
Sunrise: 8:12 am
Sunset: 5:33 pm

VLR sends out trail condition reports by email and posts them to Facebook and Instagram. If any particular trail conditions were recently updated, they will appear in one of the 5 Facebook posts below. For special trail condition updates delivered to your inbox, consider subscribing to our Trail Conditions email list.

VLR Facebook Posts

Just in time for your weekend trail plans we have a very fresh #trailconditions update for you!It took two passes with the groomer tonight over every inch of trail to manage the 5” of snow but things are nice and smooth now! Snowshoes and low pressure fatbike tires are preferred on a fresh groom with this much snow for the first day (Saturday), but if the trail really firms up overnight, regular foot traffic is welcome. Just remember to #thinkbeforeyousink (see attached image).If you’re one of the first trail users out on Saturday morning, send us some photos and let us know what trail conditions are like so that we can let everyone else know.Enjoy your weekend everyone and enjoy the freshly groomed trail! #trailsmanitoba #trailconditions #wintergrooming #valleyliferecreation See MoreSee Less
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This #trailconditions report is brought to you by a THANK YOU and a GROOMING NOTICE!First of all, a huge thank you to all who have been snowshoeing the new hike, fat bike and snowshoe trails out at the Squirrel Hills. The snow has been relatively manageable this winter, but even so, the higher-than-normal number of snowshoers have helped our grooming efforts to make a very firm trail base that can be happily used by all users with equal enjoyment. Thank you for your stomping efforts!With the new snow now on the trail, the hike, bike and snowshoe trails at the Squirrel Hills should be groomed late TOMORROW (Friday) night. Depending on the snow, the trails may need a day or so to set up but we’ll post another update here after grooming has taken place.Once groomed (especially freshly groomed), remember that if your foot or bike tire is leaving marks deeper than 1”, please refrain from using the trail that day or consider using snowshoes (bike tires must also be a minimum 3.7” wide). As well, please stay on the groomed trail and refrain from creating new trails. Many design considerations are made to ensure quality and sustainable trail design and we want to ensure this continues to preserve the beauty of the area. If you have an idea for a trail location or route, please let us know. We’d love to hear about it!Thank you all for helping us keep the condition of the trail in relatively good shape this winter. Your attention to learning about the etiquette of winter groomed trails is greatly appreciated!(Again, we’ll post another update once grooming has taken place.)📸: Jeff Bettle#valleyliferecreation #outdoorsforeveryone #wintergrooming #trailsmanitoba See MoreSee Less
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To wrap up this exciting week of funding announcements, we’re proud to share that Valley Life Recreation has been awarded $25,000 from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative. The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $60 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19, helping communities create pandemic-resilient spaces for the future. This funding, as well as the other $28,000 in funding announced over the course of this week, will be put into the beautiful new trailhead we are planning for the coming Squirrel Hills Trail Park.Total funds raised to date for the Squirrel Hills Trail Park is now at $556,000. This is an incredible milestone to reach, having only publicly announced plans for this trail park 18 months ago in July 2021. Many thanks to all who believed in the vision we put forward to build an exciting and new outdoor recreation space in the community.The Valley Life Recreation Board is nearing the final stages of trailhead detailed design with our landscape architect firm Scatliff + Miller + Murray and plans are to begin trailhead construction as soon as the snow has gone. It is anticipated that VLR may need to raise as much as ~$200,000 more, but that’ll be determined in the coming weeks and months as design decisions are finalized and conversations with contractors for actual costs estimates take place.We’re so excited, and we hope you are too. #weekofgivingannouncements #trailparkfundraiser #valleyliferecreation #outdoorsforeveryone See MoreSee Less
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Not every donor wants to be known, and that is ok with us. A very special thank you to the decision makers involved in this very unexpected donation made toward the coming Squirrel Hills Trail Park. From the volunteers on this side of Valley Life Recreation and the individuals who have already been enjoying the newly built trails, many, many, thanks. 🙏Our final funding announcement (for this week) lands here in this space tomorrow. Thank you all for giving our donors your valuable attention. They deserve our deepest collective appreciation.#weekofgivingannouncements #charitabletrailorg #builtthatpark #valleyliferecreation #outdoorsforeveryone See MoreSee Less
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Look at these dreamy photos posted by Inspire Studio. If you haven’t explored the new winter hike, fatbike and snowshoe trails at the Squirrel Hills..get out there for some of this magic! Signage can be found at the parking lot or it (and location) is available to download here: valleyliferec.ca/trailconditions/ Also, if you didn’t see it, check out the exciting funding announcement we made earlier today. US$15,000 from the wonderful folks at Hydro Flask! #valleyliferecreation #buildthatpark #outdoorsforeveryone See MoreSee Less
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