Please be advised that the Board of Debwendon has regretfully decided to CANCEL Discovery Day today due to forecasted thunderstorms this morning as well as ongoing rain this afternoon and tomorrow morning. There are no plans to set a replacement date at this time.

Date: Saturday, June 25, 2022
Time: Drop-in from 10am – 2pm (last tour at 1 pm)
Trailhead location: Turn west off Highway 59 North: 2km North of Stead Road, or 1km South of Highway 12
Cost: $10 Entry fee (FREE for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult). This annual fundraising event supports Debwendon Inc.’s ongoing operational costs for the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail. Therefore, the trail will be closed to casual walkers from early morning to 3pm on June 25th (unless they buy a ticket). However, everyone is invited and encouraged to take a guided tour. Tickets may be purchased on arrival. We are not serving hotdogs this year, but you are welcome to bring a lunch and have it in our new picnic shelter!
Note: The Trail will be closed early morning to 3pm for Discovery Day, our annual fund-raiser. The public is invited to drop-in and take a guided tour of the trail and boardwalk. You may opt not to take the tour, but you still have to pay the entrance fee. Thanks.
Volunteer: If you are interested in volunteering for Discovery Day, please send an email to Peggy at to put your name in and get a shift. We will need help with set up and take down as well as at the gate. We can’t do this without you!

Debwendon relies on the people we have hired to do the maintenance as well as the visitors to the trail to let us know of any issues during the course of the season. Last year we had many reports of people taking dogs on the trail, stepping off the trail and boardwalk to harvest mushrooms and other plants. This is not fair or respectful and will eventually ruin the trail. We know that you appreciate how special this place is, and therefore care about how it is managed. Next time you’re at the Trail, and if you feel comfortable, if you see anyone with a dog, or picking plants or mushrooms, climbing trees, or walking off the trail or boardwalk, please ask them politely to stop and report it to us at If they are nasty or threatening, please don’t put yourselves in harm’s way. Most people we have approached have been cooperative when we explain why we have these simple rules. (Please see our news blog on why we don’t allow dogs on the trail to the right). We all need to make sure that the trail is a safe and pleasant place for all to visit. Similarly, please let us know if you see any downed trees, vandalism, etc. 

We are pleased to announce that the new picnic shelter and shed are complete and we are looking forward to many years of gatherings there. The Board of Debwendon would like to express thanks to all our donors (public and private) for making this project possible especially in such trying times. A list of donors may be found below in the Nov. 17 update.

We would be so appreciative if visitors would clean up any garbage when using the new shelter and take “smelly” garbage home. Although the garbage bin is “bear proof” those clever bears have learned to tip the bin over backwards so that the lid pops open making a real mess! Also, please note that the garbage and recycling bins are not emptied in the winter off-season. Please pack out your garbage with you.

Gull Lake Gravel Pit Issues:

Results of the Engage Manitoba survey may be found at the following link (Press Ctrl and click on the link): (Click on): NEW: What We Heard Report at the top of the page. Thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey. Please share the results with others who may be interested.

As far as we know to date there have been no decisions made regarding the RM of St. Clements’ proposed gravel pit project south of Stead Road.

Debwendon Inc., Native Orchid Conservation Inc., Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the GLRA will be meeting with the new Assistant Deputy Minister, Stewardship & Resource Development, Natural Resources & Northern Affairs in a couple of weeks to orient her about the issues of concern.

PLEASE DONATE IF YOU CAN:  We are a non-profit charity and would be pleased to receive donations in support of the operation of the Trail. Please donate on our website via Paypal or credit card. Thank you to everyone who donated over the last year.
E-LIST:  If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, or would like to be added to or removed from our e-list, please send an email and your first and last name to We will send notifications regarding openings/closings, special events, and other issues of interest from time to time.
Debwendon Inc.

FALL/WINTER UPDATE – November 17, 2021


We are pleased to announce that our new picnic shelter and shed are now complete. We hope to have many years use of it for tours and outdoor events. We would like to express a HUGE THANK YOU to all of our funders and donors. These include the Winnipeg Foundation, the Selkirk & District Community Foundation, the Manitoba Building Sustainable Communities Grant, the MB-150 Host Committee, Native Orchid Conservation Inc. and other anonymous donors. Our generous funders were extremely understanding and flexible concerning our issues with securing the supplies due to increasing costs and doing a construction project during COVID. We would also like to recognize Keith Neyedly at Kamo Construction, who did such a great job! Keith and Home Hardware in Selkirk also each donated a couple of picnic tables for the new shelter.

Front of shelter during construction

Finished shelter

Completed shelter and shed.











DOs and DONT’s when at the trail:

PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL AND BOARDWALK: Plants like this Grass-Pink cannot be seen until they emerge in the late spring. The soil may be compacted and their fragile roots damaged. Compaction makes it harder for plants to access air and nutrients and can damage them irreparably. Or, the immature plant may be trampled spoiling its chance to be pollinated and set seed.

Our Instagram page also shows many people climbing trees. This damages the trees and could potentially be a safety hazard if someone fell. Please don’t allow children to climb on the trees. 




DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE TRAIL: Despite our many signs saying NO dogs are allowed, Instagram shows many people on the trail with their dogs. Please see a separate blog about why we don’t allow dogs on the trail. Similarly bikes and ATVs are not allowed on the trail.


PHYSICALLY DISTANCING: Please follow Provincial restrictions regarding COVID-19 when on the trail. Since the boardwalk is only 2m wide, please be respectful when passing others. Wear a mask if the trail is busy and physical distancing is difficult. Debwendon wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time. Please be respectful of each other, and wash your hands when you get home.



PLEASE DO NOT SMOKE ON THE TRAIL OR BOARDWALK. Risk of fire is high when the environment is dry and would spoil our beautiful forest, fen and wetland! Thanks.


PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON THE HIGHWAY WHEN THE GATE IS CLOSED: During COVID we have told visitors to park outside the gate once the trail is closed for the season. Last spring so many people were visiting the trail that some started parking along both sides of Highway 59. This is extremely dangerous and you do so at your own risk. You also risk getting a ticket from the RCMP when parking on the highway. Please also don’t park in front of the gate.

For more information about the trail please see the Trail page, or download our brochure

Mike James with our new T-shirts


These are our new T-shirts with our logo and the four concepts of the trail theme in Ojibway (Interconnection, Respect, Purpose, and Balance). T-shirts are now on our Shopping page.

Tour Operators: If you are a tour operator or guide planning to offer tours of the Brokenhead Trail, please let us know the dates you plan to be at the trail. Please consider making a donation to Debwendon Inc. to support our operations and maintenance of the boardwalk. Depending on the size of your group, a minimum $100 donation is recommended.

Individuals/families: Your donation helps us with operations; please click on the Donate button below.

If you are looking for that special present, consider ordering one of our vintage Bergman fine art prints. At $80 they are a wonderful example of this local artist’s work. The woodcut prints are all plants that grow in the Brokenhead Wetland. The fiddlehead fern is now out of stock. Your donation or purchase helps us pay for our Director and Officer insurance, website, office supplies, and promotion.

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Some tips for having an enjoyable time on the trail:

  • Pack out what you carried in.

  • Be Bear Smart. Do not go alone.

  • NO DOGS allowed on the trail.

  • NO BICYCLES or ATVs allowed on the trail.

  • Bring water and mosquito repellent on warm days and wear a hat if it is hot.

  • Washrooms are available at the trailhead only.

  • Please practice: Leave no trace – Take only pictures – Leave only footprints.

Please report any downed trees, vandalism, or other issues on our Contact Us page.


Debwendon Donations

Your donation will help us with operation and maintenance of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail Project.  We are a registered Canadian Charity, registration-number 85940 9997 RR0001, and will issue a tax-receipt for your donation. LOGO-OCC-OnePercentForOrchidConservationWe are an eligible recipient under the 1% For Orchid Conservation initiative.  If your company or society has made the commitment to donate 1% of net revenue toward orchid-conservation then please consider donating that amount to us.

Make a one-time donation to the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail:   Amount:

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Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Location

From Winnipeg drive north on PTH 59 past Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. From PR 304 (Stead Road), continue north approximately 2 km – the access is on the west side of the highway. Driving time: approx. 1 hour. Coming from the north on PTH 59, turn right off the highway approximately 500 m south of the PTH 12 intersection. Latitude: 50.407145, Longitude: -96.541003

Photo Credits: Will Milne, Mike James, Brian Kotak, Peggy Bainard Acheson, Ryan Wakshinski, Krystal Panetta, John Dyck and Richard Reeves