Saturday September 7th 2019
9:30am – 3:30pm
$98.00 + gst per person (maximum 20 participants)
Seats must be booked in advance and are non-refundable; full payment is due on booking; we cannot hold seats without payment.
Included: Six-hour geological and archaeological guided tour to Grand Beach, Lockport and River Road, with guides Barbara Huck and Peter St. John. Includes full picnic lunch, a snack, a 10-page handout with maps and information and a copy of In Search of Canada’s Ancient Heartland. Transportation by mini-coach.
Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible, as the minibus is not wheelchair accessible.
Short distance hiking is involved with this tour, please wear the appropriate footwear.
9:30 a.m. — Depart Kildonan Place in a 24-passenger mini-coach. Enroute, Barbara Huck will talk about Manitoba’s ever-present ice age legacy, beginning with the impact of the last glaciation. The landscapes we will tour were not only created by the ice and its descendant, Lake Agassiz, but continue to change and evolve even today.
10:30 a.m. — Arrive at the Ancient Beaches Trail at Grand Beach
Following a brief talk about the trail and why it exists. Peter St. John will take participants up the short trail to the overlook where today’s Lake Winnipeg can be seen. He will explain how the lake has dramatically changed over the last 6,000 years.
11:30 to 1 p.m. — A short drive to the North Beach of Grand Beach to see some of Manitoba’s most famous ice age remnants, followed by a picnic lunch and a talk on the Belair Moraine, which extends from Elk Island to the US border.
1 p.m. — Depart Grand Beach for Lockport, with a discussion en route about isostatic rebound, the remarkable, reversible Red River and the continuing southerly movement of Lake Winnipeg. This stop will include a short walk to the fishing site at today’s Lockport Dam, a site that has been popular with fishers for 5,000 years.
Across the bridge, Lockport is also well known as one of Canada’s earliest farming sites, with corn and beans grown here dating back to the Medieval Warm Period about 700 years ago.
2 p.m. — Depart Lockport and drive down scenic River Road, with a discussion en route about Orcadians in the fur trade by Peter St. John, the 9th Earl of Orkney, as well as the Orkney-Cree-Ojibwe mixed-blood settlement and the Selkirk Settlers of the early 1800s.
3:30 p.m. — Arrive back at Kildonan Place.