The Chickadee Trail is a great hike for families, people who are new to hiking, and experienced outdoorsy types looking for an easy but rewarding trek in the woods.
Just a short drive north of Winnipeg (or south of Selkirk), it’s one of the more popular trails in Birds Hill Provincial Park for a reason.
The Chickadee Trail is well shaded, with a brief patch of open prairie amidst the mixed forest of trembling aspen, burr oak, and fir trees.
There’s also a wooden overlook tower about midway through the hike built at the top of an ancient glacier beach (elevation on the hill is 265 metres, compared with Winnipeg’s elevation of 232 metres above sea level).
At just four kilometres — with a mild elevation gain — speedy hikers can complete the Chickadee Trail in about an hour. People who stop for snacks or to appreciate the wildflowers, birds, and occasional deer should plan to be on the trail for up to a couple hours.
People seeking a longer hike have three other trails to choose from that connect to Chickadee: Aspen (6.5 km), Esker (6.0 km), and Bluestem (14.0 km).