Cow elk, Riding Mountain Aspen Parkland, Manitoba (Photo by NCC)
The Elk Glen property is located directly adjacent to the south boundary of Riding Mountain National Park, and spans 1,596 acres (646 hectares). The property is defined by hilly topography and is characterized by a diverse mosaic of habitat types, including forest, wetlands and prairie.
The northern reaches of the property are characterized by mixed-wood forest, tamarack fens, swamps and marshes. Moving south, the forest transitions into aspen hardwood forests and oak-dominated woodlands. Fescue prairie and oak savannah are interspersed along the dry ridges and south-facing slopes. The property is bi-sected north-south by a small stream and riparian wetlands.
Conservation of the forest matrix, such as that on the Elk Glen property, contributes to ecological integrity and connectivity of the Riding Mountain uplands and western Manitoba escarpment. Grassland management practices include the use of prescribed fire and grazing to improve the condition of fescue prairie and oak savannah.
Species of interest
Species of interest that can be found on the Elk Glen property include bear, moose, elk, olive-sided flycatcher and the Canada warbler.
Interested in visiting?
Numerous trails occur on the property in varying conditions. Hiking trails are actively managed with annual mowing. There are no amenities and the trail is considered medium difficulty, with varying terrain. Trail can be wet and/or muddy dependant on weather and time of year.
Before heading out to Elk Glen, please contact the Manitoba Region at 1-866-683-6934 to obtain prior permission and coordinate your visit.