If you’re looking for a low cost family holiday, check out the yurt rentals through Manitoba Parks.
There are yurts available to rent at 10 locations across Manitoba. Prices are very reasonable – $56 per night. Apart from that you just need a park pass (daily, 3 day or yearly) and you are good to go.
Nutimik Lake is about 90 minutes from Winnipeg – it’s a very nice drive but a bit rough at the end. It’s a lake front road, so lots of patching and it can get pretty bumpy and windy. You drive by so many amazing beaches and nice places to stop and check out. There’s quite a few little stores and restaurants to check out nearby – great food at Nutimik Lodge and Otter Falls.
The yurt itself was very nice and clean – you get a bunk bed and a futon. It can fit a family of five, or four adults. There’s a table for 4 and a storage cabinet. There’s power in the yurts, and a nice skylight too. You get a fan and a lamp also to use. The locks are electronic, so very easy for everyone to come and go without needing a bunch of keys.
You get quite a bit of outdoor space – there’s an outlet outside so perfect if you bring a kettle. We set up our coffee and breakfast stuff like that. You get a fire pit, picnic table and plenty of room for a kitchen tent or something else like that. The space behind our spot was just woods and lots of birds and squirrels around. Bears in that area too – so be mindful of food, and all that. There’s a sign up if one has been seen around the campground too.
There are a lot of washrooms around the campground – they are older but still flush at least. There is a really nice modern washroom too, with showers and outlets to charge phones etc.
The campground itself is very nice – there’s a beach, playground, volleyball area and much more. There’s a bridge you can walk to, lots to explore just in walking distance. Just remember to be bear smart.
There’s also a lot to do nearby – check out the Pinawa Dam, the suspension bridge, tubing and much more. Lots of places to hike and explore.
I found this to be a really budget friendly family holiday. If you don’t camp a lot or don’t have all of those supplies, the yurt is a good way to do it. Just need to bring your bedding and a few other things you probably just have at home.
They do book up very quickly for summer, so be ready for next spring if you’re planning on renting one. It’s a nice, cheap way to get to explore new areas, and have all your stuff ready when you get back to your spot every night.