Hecla Island is a paradise for those who enjoy the outdoors, wildlife and bird watching. The Island also includes an historic Icelandic Village, walking trails through the Grassy Narrows Marsh, rugged limestone cliffs, beaches, a harbour, one of Canada's best golf courses, and first class fishing.
With an area of 1,084 km2, Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park is characterized by a peninsula of land, a series of islands and adjacent waters in Lake Winnipeg. 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.
The park will:
· Provide nature-orientated recreational opportunities such as hiking, wildlife viewing and cross-country skiing in a largely undisturbed environment;
· Provide opportunities for a wide range of high-quality intensive recreational activities and permit associated developments such as campgrounds, commercial resorts, harbours and cottaging;
· Protect and maintain Aboriginal cultural sites on Black Island and the Icelandic fishing settlement on Hecla Island;
· Promote public appreciation and understanding of the park's natural features; and
Accommodate commercial resource uses such as hay and peat leases, where such activities do not compromise other park purposes.
The northern end of Hecla Island is about 175 km from downtown Winnipeg-an easy 2 1/4-hour drive.
ON THE ISLAND WATCH FOR:
MOOSE: The best place to see moose is in the Grassy Narrows Marsh area. Caution must be observed when traveling at night.
DEER: Can be spotted anywhere on the island including the golf course. Drive cautiously.
WOLVES: Best seen along East shore early in the morning, or on the Black Wolf Trail.
BIRDS: Ravens, Canada Geese, Eagles, Evening Grosbeaks, Pine Grosbeaks, Red Poles, Chickadees, Blue Jays, Canada Jays, Magpies, Common Flicker and many, many other species.
Other animals also seen on the Island are: Otters, Foxes, Coyotes, Rabbits, Raccoons, Beavers, Lynx, Minks, Martens, Squirrels, Weasels, etc.