What you need to know about the first-ever “pioneers campground” in Manitoba

The world-famous Pioneer Woman Campground was founded in 1889 by a young Canadian who wanted to “bring the spirit of pioneer life to the small town of Winnipeg.”

The “Pioneers” have been open to the public since 1947, but it took them five decades to become the premier outdoor destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

It was at the Pioneer Woman that one of Manitoba’s most famous outdoor adventures was born, when the pioneering “Powderboy” William Henry Smith set foot on the prairie in 1891.

Smith, who would go on to found the Manitoba National Parks Museum, is considered a pioneer of the outdoors.

Here are five things you need in Winnipeg to experience the pioneers campground firsthand.


The Pioneer Woman was designed by William Henry “Billy” Smith.

Smith was a pioneer in the outdoor industry in Manitoba, as well as a pioneer outdoorsman.

His son, Billy, would become the father of the Powderboy, and later the namesake of the Manitoba Park system.

It’s the oldest outdoor attraction in Manitoba and was the first in the province.

The park system has become one of the largest in North America, with about 3,000 parks across Canada and the United States.

The Powderboy and his friends and family came to the campground for the summer of 1891, which was their second visit to the site.


The Campground is not open to anyone younger than 15.

The campground is open to everyone 16 and older, except for campers under 18.

The site is open on weekdays and weekends, with special dates for special events.

For more information on campgrounds in Manitoba check out the Manitoba Outdoor Association.


The area is well maintained.

There are trails, a fire ring, a hay bale, a picnic table, a creek and a picnic pavilion.


The Park is managed by Manitoba Parks.

It is also a partner in the Manitoba Heritage Preservation and Development Authority, the province’s environmental conservation agency.

The province is committed to preserving and enhancing the environment, while protecting people and nature from harm.


The location is well protected.

The property has been declared as a World Heritage Site.

The land is also the property of the Canadian Heritage Conservation Authority, and the area is subject to the province and the Canadian government’s National Parks and Natural Heritage Act.

Manitoba’s parks are a treasure trove of natural wonders and history.

They are home to the famous “Pipe Rock”, the largest standing stone in the world, which stands at more than 10 metres high and has been the site of many archaeological digs.

There is a unique nature trail on the park’s west end that winds through the park and can be used by those seeking to experience it for the first time.