Two national parks (RidingMountainNational Park and WapuskNational Park), over 100 provincial parks and numerous local parks are located in Manitoba. Many of them are water-oriented with a lake or lakes as a part of the park. Also some recreational communities (e.g. Gimli and WinnipegBeach) are located beside lakes. Outdoor sports facilities such as ski hills, golf courses and racetracks are readily identified on remotely sensed images but indoor facilities are more difficult. However, in small communities in southern Manioba there is a good chance that the largest building is a hockey rink and that long narrow buildings house curling lanes.
17.2: Lake Metigoshe in Turtle Mountain
As in Canada as a whole, recreational activities in Manitoba are attracted to waterside locations—lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, and water skiing take place on or in the water whereas several other activities, although not totally dependent on the existence of water, are attracted to waterside sites, for example, biking and golfing in summer and cross country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. Lakes and reservoirs attract cottage developments as shown on several of the following photos, most of which were taken at the early stages of cottage development.
Lake Metigoshe 1 is a “boundary water” because the international border between Canada and the U.S.A. passes through it 2. It is therefore subject to the article of the Boundary Waters Treaty that makes it equally accessible to both countries although most of it lies in the U.S.A. Shown here is the northern extremity of the lake with cottage developments and small docks on both sides of the border (3 and 4). It is reached from Canada by PR 450 5 which runs south from PTH 3, the main east/west road (off the photo to the north), with Deloraine being the nearest town. The area shown is in the western part of the TurtleMountains that has a thick cover of ground moraine with many depressions filled by lakes such as LakeMetigoshe, DropmoreLake 6, and SharpeLake 7.
Figure 17.2: Lake Metigoshe in Turtle Mountain
Vertical air photograph: A19903-13
Flight height: 9,950 feet a.s.l.; lens focal length: 152.14 mm