Outdoors

Whitewater Park

The Whitewater Centennial Park is a municipal park built in April of 1982, and is located on Highway #23, 1 mile east of Elgin.

The lake is a man made body of water about two miles long and has pike, pickerel and perch, making it a popular fishing destination. Eighteen camp sites are equipped with hydro, or pitch a tent on one of the many un-serviced sites. A campground host is on site to help with any needs.

Great family fun can be found on the nine hole golf course over looking the lake. Kids and adults can enjoy the beach area with a playground alongside.

Washroom facilities are available and are wheelchair accessible. There is also a clubhouse, which can be used by the campers.  
Please call 204-741-0905 for any questions

Riverside Park

Located adjacent to the Souris River and Hwy #10, the Riverside Park features picnic areas and riverbank access for fishing, combined with abundant wildlife in the surrounding hills.

Souris River

The Souris River flows majestically through the municipality separating it into two diverse geographical and agricultural zones.  West of the river is the sandy, rolling topography that cattle ranches abound. The Lauder Sandhills dominate much of that portion of the area and the natural vegetation of dry land is evident. The east side of the river is flat arable farm land with grain farmers in abundance. The summer and fall demonstrates the variety of colors from different species of grain maturing. The farm yards of the area are groomed with pride by its inhabitants.

Lauder Sandhills

The Lauder Sandhills, several miles west of Hartney, were created between 10,000 and 8,000 years ago. When the glaciers from the last ice age receded to the north, they left huge lakes in their wake. Glacial Lake Hind covered the area around present-day Hartney.

Over the site of the Lauder Sandhills a delta formed where a river ran into the still body of Lake Hind. Sand deposits built up over this spot and remained after the glacial lakes had drained from the landscape. The sand hills have much recreational and sporting uses in winter and summer. In the summer, there are areas to hike and walk through the desert Savannah type vegetation. The crocuses and prickly pear cactus berries are in abundance, as are other wild flowers and a great variety of vegetation for study. The White Tail deer lives in abundance here as do many other animals native to the wilds of this type of topography.

Permanent settlement of the Lauder Sandhills began after Fort. Mr. Grant on the Souris River closed down in 1861. At this time some of the Metis traders from the fort settled in and around the sandhills and practiced mixed farming. They were joined in 1869 by some Metis from the Red River Rebellion, whose arrival increased the population of the area to about 20 families. In 1891, a band of Dakota lived for several years in the sandhills before moving to the Moose Mountains.

Beginning in the early 1880s the area became populated with settlers from Ontario. Slightly later the French-speaking community of Grande Clairiere was established north of the sandhills.

The Lauder Sandhills Wildlife Management Area was established in 1971, originally to protect winter habitat of the white-tailed deer. The protected area covers 3,145 hectares of land, or just over 12 square miles.

Located 6 km west of Hartney.