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Narcisse Snake Dens

May 17, 2023
All day
Highway 17, Narcisse, Winnipeg
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Narcisse Snake Dens
Date and Times: Anytime, but the best time is now.
Venue: MB-17, Narcisse, MB R0C 2H0

If you are looking for a unique and unforgettable wildlife experience, you should consider visiting the Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba. This is where you can witness one of the most amazing natural phenomena in the world: tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes emerging from their winter dens and forming massive mating balls. Narcisse Snake Dens are the largest known concentration in the world of red-sided garter snakes.

The latter part of April and first three weeks in May is generally the best time to visit the Narcisse Snake Dens. During this period snakes are preoccupied with mating and are easily viewed by visitors.

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The Narcisse Snake Dens have four active dens that are connected by a 3 km self-guiding interpretive trail. You can walk along the trail and observe the snakes from observation platforms built next to the dens. The snakes are harmless and non-venomous, but it is best to respect their space and not touch or disturb them. You can also learn more about the snakes and their ecology from informative signs along the trail.

Look for the Narcisse Snake Dens sign on Highway #17, 6 kilometres (3.6 miles) north of Narcisse (GPS coordinates of 50o44’07.62” N and 97o31’54.32” W). Turn east at the entrance sign and follow the short road to the parking lot. Here you will find orientation and interpretation signs, washrooms, a picnic area and a 3.0 kilometre (1.8 mile) walking trail. The trail winds through native grassland and aspen forest, and is easy to follow. It’s a good idea to bring refreshments and a lunch as there is no food or beverage service on site.

For more info go to: https://www.gov.mb.ca/nrnd/fish-wildlife/snakes_narcisse/index.html

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Narcisse Snake Dens, Highway 17, Narcisse
Winnipeg, Manitoba R0C 2H0 Canada
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17 May 2023
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