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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Do not leave garbage behind or “tag” anything. Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.
- This is a small community and not a tourist destination. The people here do prefer their privacy, so please respect that.