Pine Dock Caves

Pine Dock Caves

Manitoba’s Best Kept Secret: Pine Dock Caves

Note: Travel information about Pine Docks is available at the bottom.

Pine Docks Manitoba is a small and remote fishing community located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Travelers head north along Highway 8 from Winnipeg until they reach Highway 234, which branches off between Riverton and Hecla. Highway 234 is a winding gravel road that takes people on a scenic drive through forests, farm land and along the shores of Lake Winnipeg.

The total distance from Winnipeg to Pine Docks is 215 kilometers, which takes about two and half hours by car.

Just south of Pine Docks along Highway 234 lies one of Manitoba’s best kept secrets, the Pine Docks Caves. Along the Lake Winnipeg shoreline a break in the limestone rocks forms a huge crevice.

It is paramount that hikers watch their steps as they trek through the trees because a 20 foot drop into the crevice appears unexpectedly at your feet.

There is one spot where a small metal beam acts as a makeshift bridge over the crevice. A trail follows along the top of the crevice, eventually providing a way down to the water, and access inside the cavernous rocks.

Near the water, the limestone has been eroded by crashing waves, creating huge caverns. The small smooth stones on the ground provide a makeshift beach, perfect for adventurous skinny dippers.

The giant crevice resembles something out of an apocalyptic movie. The rock walls, block out all sound, including the wind, waves, and birds. It’s eerie.

The temperature changes too. The warm summer weather disappears and is replaced with a cool autumn like atmosphere. Between the moss covered walls, and the dropping temperature, it creates a unique and mystical experience.

Travelling to Pine Dock Caves

For those wishing to explore the Pine Dock Caves, there are some precautions and warnings that the Pine Docks community would like you to be reminded of.

  1. There are no gas stations, public washrooms, or places to buy food. The drive to Pine Docks should be undertaken with precautions. The gravel highway is not always in best shape. The cell service is incredibly spotty, and there is a lack of amenities once you pass Riverton.
  2. Do not trespass. The caves are on public land, but the property between the caves and the highway is private and should not be crossed without permission. If you want to find the caves, one of the most scenic ways is to do it by boat. Starting at the Pine Dock beach, head south along the shoreline until you see it.
  3. Always mind your surroundings and watch your steps. These caves are beautiful, but can also be dangerous. From the top to the bottom is about 20 feet in height. The cracks in the limestone rock appear suddenly.
  4. Do not leave garbage behind or “tag” anything. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
  5. This is a small community and not a tourist destination. The people here do prefer their privacy, so please respect that.
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Author: Shayne Thiessen

I am a Red River College graduate and an experienced hiker, photographer and explorer. Follow me on Instagram to stay up to date with my latest adventures @explorewithshayne

128 thoughts on “Manitoba’s Best Kept Secret: Pine Dock Caves

  1. Heya, is it possible to go with a dog (german Shepherd) or is the bridge too narrow? Could you email me coordinates or directions? Incredible find, can’t wait to check jt out !

  2. Beautiful pictures …but for the SAFETY of anyone wanting to see these “CREVICES” – NOT CAVES along Lake Winnipeg, the location needs to be removed. These are DANGEROUS- slippery not secured footings. Anyone wanting to visit these are also Trespassing on Private Property to access by land. No amenities in the area, with the exception of ports potties in the camp ground.

    People showing up in high heels and flip- flops?

    This has become not only a safety concern for the residence of this community, but a burden.

    Resident of the Pine Dock Community

    1. To the residents of Pine Dock: My husband and I visited the crevices/cave just last week as when we heard about them we said , Oh something to go see right here in MB.
      You have a fine little tourist attraction right in your own backyard so to speak.
      Following the proper regulations build a sturdy walk way across the crevice, put out a trash container
      and a few signs designating turn off, etc. Even build a small coffee shop with a washroom. Keep it open through out the summer months and Pine Dock is on the map. We were also impressed with your tidy, well kept little town.
      Fisher Branch is not far from you and have a great camp ground, golf course and restaurant.
      Sincerely, Liz from Virden, MB

  3. Hey shayne,

    I’d love to check this place out next weekend…looking amazing! Can u give me more specific directions pls?


  4. Hey Shayne,

    What gorgeous pics! I’m staying on hecka island near by, how long of a drive is it from there? For some reason my GPS says 5 hours lol could you email me the coordinates?

  5. Hey, could you please send me an email with the directions and coordinates please? We are going next week. Thanks

  6. Hi Shayne.

    I would like to see this as well.
    Could you send me the coordinates, please.
    I check the google satellite view but due to the area it is a little grainy.

  7. Can you let me know how far the hike is and directions please also can you turn around at that plank and still see some of the amazing cravice around there?

  8. I’ve added a “Map” section to my site which shows the location of all the different places I’ve written about. That will help anyone who want’s to find the location.

  9. Hi Shayne

    We are planning to do this tomorrow and I was hoping you could send me the coordinates for the trailhead!
    Thanks so much!

  10. Hi we just decided we would like to visit the caves at Pine Dock tomorrow. Could you please send me the directions. Leaving from Winnipeg.
    Sorry for the short notice.

  11. Does anyone have a GPS coordinate for the caves? Lots of people seem to have trouble finding the spot, and I was hoping to head up there next weekend.

    Thanks, B

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