This town of 700 is the gateway to Spruce Woods Provincial Heritage Park. The area was settled in 1879 and was named by settler James Duncan after the glens of his Scottish homeland, with “boro” being added to indicate town, though it didn’t get incorporated as a town until 1949.
Annual events include the Glenboro Fun Fair and Vegas Daze (early October)
Junction of hwy 2 and hwy 5
The town is the home of Sara the Camel, a 7 metres high symbol of the Spirit Sands. A portion of SS Alpha, a steamship which ran aground on the Assiniboine river in 1885, is also on display.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
27 km southeast of city on Hwy 5
204-827-2543 (May-Sept) 204-827-2415
This 28,848 hectare park includes deciduous forest, creeping sand dunes, sand hills, and quicksand. The 5 kilometre tract of Spirit Sands were formed by a melting glacier 12,000 years ago, and tower 30 metres above the surrounding prairie. The Devil’s Punchbowl is created by currents in an underground stream and has an interesting blue-green colour. There are 12 km of hiking trails leading through the dunes and the Punch Bowl. The park is home to the Western Hognose snake, northern prairie skink (a lizard), wapiti elk, white-tailed deer, coyotes, pin cushion cactus and prickly pear cactus.
Spirit Sand Covered Wagon Tours
This 1-1/2 hour tour on a covered wagon takes you through the Spirit Sand and the Devil’s Punch Bowl with views of the landscape, flora and fauna. Departs weekdays at 10 and 12 noon, weekends at 10 am, 12 noon and 2 pm, July 1 to to Labour Day, and weekends at noon mid-May to June.
The last remaining river ferry in Manitoba