Seine River Interpretive Trail in St. Boniface
The St. Boniface Trail is the north most 2.5 km of the beautiful Seine River Greenway. It is one entry point to the entire Greenway that extends for more than 26 km, connecting diverse habitats, historic places, attractions and communities. We encourage you to explore: "a river lies waiting to be discovered…"
"To find out more about the ecological jewel nestled within our city, detailed route and interpretive maps are available for purchase from Save Our Seine. Contact us for details
It is an ecological jewel and extends through St. Vital and St. Boniface with more than 52 km of shoreline, over 20 publicly accessible parks and 12 hours of paddling. The St. Boniface Trail is a worthy gateway to the Seine River Greenway.
Most of the people who know this section of the river, report seeing many large and small turtles, a variety of fish, the whole spectrum of birds including a healthy king fisher population and lots of dragonflies and butterflies. Native flora and fauna are thriving here.
The St. Boniface Trail, sometimes also referred to as “The Secret Forest” or ”Seine River Parkway”, has again shown its natural beauty last summer. Local residents and hiking enthusiasts were enjoying this natural jewel that abounds with waterfowl, turtles, birds and plenty of green space. The river was full with thousands of small fish in the spring, feeding on mosquito larvae in the shallow areas of the river.
Young and old, families with children, athletes and cyclists frequent this natural oasis well hidden in the heart of St. Boniface. They come in winter and summer to enjoy the rare natural tranquility deep inside of a major urban centre.
Our Green Team has again worked hard to sweep the trail clean after the spring flood and picked up garbage that some tourists leave behind. They have also cut and moved a few large wind-downed trees, trimmed back shrubs and vegetation to widen the trail to about 5 feet, making it comfortable for walking and hiking.
A major facelift of the trail was undertaken during the 2008 construction season by the City’s Planning and Development Department connecting the trail to the historic home of the Francophone-Canadian Author Gabriele Roy on d’Echambault Ave. At this point the Seine River Trail has officially become a functional part of the TransCanada Trail system in St. Boniface.
More photos of the St. Boniface Trail area can be found in the photo gallery