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. There is a short hidden trail that leads from the highway through the forest and towards Lake Winnipeg. 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 down the trail because a 20 foot drop into the crevice appears unexpectedly at your feet.
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.
Note from Pine Docks residents:
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. There are no gas stations, public washrooms, or places to buy food. While travelling to Pine Docks isn’t unsafe, people need to make sure they take proper precautions.