Yurts at Manitoba's Stephenfield Provincial Park (photo: Travel Manitoba)

Book an Overnight at These Uniquely Quirky Places to Stay in Manitoba

By Kellie Davenport

Whether you’re looking for a fall getaway or starting to plan for next year, these unique, surprising and downright quirky places to stay in Manitoba are sure to make a trip to the land of 100,000 lakes even more enchanting.

Used for centuries by nomadic tribes in Mongolia, yurts have quickly become a cool camping option across North America. While ancient Mongolians prized their portability and symbolic meaning (as a link between man and nature), modern campers appreciate yurts’ open space and cozy interiors. Today’s structures are also engineered to endure extreme weather conditions. In Manitoba, you can overnight in a yurt at several provincial parks, including: Asessippi, Bakers Narrows, Camp Morton, Campers Cove, Childs Lake, Nutimik Lake, Paint Lake, Spruce Woods, Stephenfield and Tulabi Falls. Park yurts feature windows and a skylight, electric lighting and outlets, a heater, cozy beds and rustic log furniture. And at just $56 per night, they’re an affordable, family-friendly vacation idea.

Rent a cabin for a woodsy retreat

• Bunk for the night in a Camp Morton log cabin. Just an hour north of Winnipeg, the rustic abodes sit on the western shore of Lake Winnipeg.

• Nature lovers will relish staying in one of 20 cabins on Hecla Island. Choose from 15 standard structures or five upgraded premium options. 

• Lap up lakeside luxury at Inverness Falls Resort. Stay in a spacious cabin complete with loft, hot tub, wood-burning fireplace and satellite TV. 

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Try the tiny home trend during a night in the Micro-Cube. With an entire wall of windows, the 10-square-metre structure offers panoramic views of Riding Mountain National Park’s wooded wonderland. With a comfy double bed and large outdoor deck space, the modern cube makes for a relaxing retreat for two.  

two men fishing on a boat in a calm lake
A Barn in the Bush fishing trip (photo: Travel Manitoba)

Three rustic retreats to help you find your inner agriculturalist

1 An original Manitoba homestead, Farm Away lets you get hands-on with livestock, including horses, cows, sheep and chickens. The Portage la Prairie property offers bed-and-breakfast accommodations or a full farmhouse rental. 

2 While technically not a farm, Barn in the Bush offers its own brand of country serenity. Overlooking Lake of the Prairies, the inn features seven rooms spread across two levels of a bright red barn. Cast a line just steps from your room, or try nearby river tubing.

3 Park your boots at 9 Finger Ranch near Rossburn for a rugged geta-way a stone’s throw from Riding Mountain National Park. The working Angus cattle ranch has various accommodation styles, from hostel-like dorms to B&B rooms to RV camping.