See the East Side

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The east side of Lake Winnipeg is the heart of the Earth’s largest and most intact boreal forest region. Unlike most places in the world, it has evolved largely undisturbed since ancient times. The boreal forest is a spectacular mosaic of interconnected wildlands, rushing rivers, and bountiful lakes. It encompasses a picturesque array of diverse plant and tree species such as poplar, pine, spruce, and birch. Abundant wildlife such as woodland caribou, bears, foxes, owls, eagles, and a stunning variety of ducks and songbirds bless this landscape.

The east side of Lake Winnipeg is home to 16 First Nations who have been worthy caretakers of the region for thousands of years. As the people that live there, First Nations rely on a healthy boreal for traditional activities such as hunting, fishing, and gathering as well as emerging sustainable economic opportunities in areas such as eco and cultural tourism.  Whether it’s for a job, food, supplies, or medicines, all Canadians rely on the boreal.

The boreal forest is the world’s largest source of fresh water and is deemed the “northern lungs of the planet.” As the largest single land storehouse of carbon, it also plays an important role in regulating global climate. Given that 25% of the Earth’s remaining intact forests are in Canada, we have a huge responsibility to ensure big wild places like the east side of Lake Winnipeg continue to flourish as an essential part of the Earth’s life support system.

We hope you enjoy the photo gallery that reveals the people, wildlife, and tremendous beauty of the boreal region on the east side of Lake Winnipeg – Manitoba’s Gift to the World!