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Hecla Provincial Park, Hecla Island

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Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park is a provincial park located in Manitoba, Canada.Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park comprises Hecla Island, Grindstone (the area located on the mainland peninsula along the west shore of Lake Winnipeg), Black Island and a number of other small islands. Hecla Island is approximately 1084 square km and is surrounded by Lake Winnipeg, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The park lies adjacent to the northeast side of the Rural Municipality of Bifrost.The island was settled by the second wave of Icelandic immigrants in 1876. The population thrived for a number of years until faced with the hardships of winters, disease and poor economic outlook for commercial fishing and farming. The only school on the island closed in 1970. The Provincial government established the island as a provincial park in 1969 and encompased Grindstone to create Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park in 1997.Landscapes are varied, and include areas of coniferous and mixed forests, limestone cliffs and silica sand beaches, as well as marshes, bogs, fens and wet meadows. Classified as a Natural Park, its purpose is to preserve areas that are representative of the Mid Boreal Lowland portion of the Manitoba Lowlands Natural Region; and accommodate a diversity of recreational opportunities and resource uses.
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  • Visiting Hecla in late September is fantastic. It is quiet and breathtakingly beautiful. The boardwalks at Grassy Narrows marshlands is a must any time of the year, but was especially enjoyable (no bu...  more »
  • Hecla Island combined history of the Manitoba Icelandic settlement with a smorgasbord of different landscapes and natural scenes. This includes former farmland returned to nature, rocky shores, beache...  more »
  • Clean trails for sledding! Lots to see, and nice warm up shacks. Tobogganing, skiing, skating, snowshoeing.  more »

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