|Duck Mountain Provincial Park|
Situated on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, Duck Mountain Provincial Park delights visitors with its many lakes, mixed aspen and evergreen forests. The park's rolling uplands offer beautiful scenery, wildlife, recreation, history, relaxation, and a definite challenge for the cyclo-tourist.
At the heart of the park is Madge Lake with inviting beaches, plentiful fishing, and lots of room for boating, water skiing, or sailing. At last count there were 359 campsites in the park as well as cabins and deluxe lodge units which can be rented. The re's an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, a baseball diamond, riding stables, boat rentals, picnic and play grounds, and many miles of peaceful nature trails. All this activity is located in a 7km strip along the south shore of the lake. In this tour, as the others, the park serves as the center of the tour.
The Doukhobour Tour to Veregin (80 km return)
Go south west on Hwy 57 from Madge Lake to the junction with Hwy 5, approximately 20 km away. Take Hwy 5 west directly into Kamsack. Here there are hotels and a well equipped campground if you wish to stay overnight. Kamsack has many good restaurant, a fine museum and many other amenities.
Veregin is located 13km west of Kamsack along Hwy 5. The national Doukhobour Heritage Village is located here. Among many interesting buildings in the village is a spectacular white clapboard prayer home which once served as the home for controversial Doukhobour leader Peter Vegevin. The round trip from Madge Lake, to Kamsack and out to Veregin is a good ride for the experienced cyclist wanting a bit of a challenge. The highways are paved and well travelled, especially in summer.
Duck Mountain to Pelly (78km return)
This tour starts at Madge Lake but heads north-west on Hwy 57 to the junction with Hwy 83 just inside the Manitoba border. Take Hwy 83 north towards Benito, about 30 km away. Just before Benito, Hwy 83 crosses Hwy 49. If you're hungry, a 6km side trip will take you into Benito and a chance to stop for a rest or a bite to eat. From here you can head to Pelly, about 25 km away.
In Pelly there is a campground, hotel and a museum. The Fort Pelly - Livingston Museum gives a very interesting count of the history of the area. Fort Pelly was built by the Hudson's Bay Company back in 1824. Fort Livingston was built by the North West Mounted Police in 1874. For a time Fort Livingston served as the capital for the North-West Territories.
After a night in Pelly, take Hwy. 8 back into Kamsack (about 33 km) for the night. Next day, get on Hwy 57 for the return trip to Madge Lake.