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Spring Snake Viewing Season 2021

The 2021 spring snake emergence will begin in a few weeks. Sorry, folks, the Den site will be closed for this spring. See the updates on the right.


Can't go to the dens this year? Need a snake fix?

Take a Virtual Tour of the Snake Dens

Watch our Snake Den Videos

Follow this link for more on Manitoba's other snakes


Remember, for best snake viewing, weather matters! Check the weather for the Interlake region at this link: Weather for Gimli, Manitoba.

Snake Den Map and FAQ's - for a map to the den site and answers to some commonly asked questions about visiting the dens Click Here.

Media Info Package - Media outlets wishing to operate in the Narcisse Snake Dens should download the following: Narcisse Snake Dens Media Information.docx (1.2 Mb, Provided by Manitoba Conservation.)

Thinking of a trip to see the world famous red-sided garter snakes of Narcisse? It's about a one hour drive north from Winnipeg to the Narcisse Snake Dens. Sunny days are always best for snake viewing. There's a large gravel parking lot and the trails throughout the site are well-packed crushed limestone.

Washrooms are available, but primitive (outhouses / privies). Bring your own food and drink, or you can stop in one of the towns along the way to eat. Water from the pumps on site is not potable, but suitable for washing or cooling off tired feet. Bring sunscreen as there isn't much shade along the trails. Take our Virtual Tour (below) to see conditions and facilities at the site, to help you prepare for your visit.


Are you REALLY into Reptiles and Amphibians? - Then have we got a project for you! Check out the Manitoba Herps Atlas.


There are restaurants in Teulon and Inwood, and general stores and gas stations in Teulon, Inwood, Narcisse and Poplarfield.

Wheel Chair Accessible SiteManitoba Conservation has done a great job of making this site wheel chair accessible! (See the Virtual Tour below.)

Fall Viewing

The snakes return to the denning area from their summer feeding grounds in late August and September. If you can't get out in the spring, try making the trip in autumn. Snake numbers can be quite impressive on warm sunny days until the end of September.

 

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Update: Apr. 24, 2021

Sorry, but the official word from the government remains:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Narcisse Snake Dens will be closed to the public until further notice. (Please don't blame the messenger, NatureNorth, for this bad news.)

Snakes are starting to emerge now, but sadly we can't go to see them.

If you need a "snake fix" check out our videos:

Snake Den Videos

Previous 2020 updates can be viewed here.

To see how things unfolded in previous years follow this link: Previous Years at the Dens.

If you're after more snake den info (please check the FAQ's first) or want to share your experiences with Manitoba's garter snakes, drop us a line at:

Email NatureNorth

Manitoba Herps Atlas

For Google Earth users, here's a KML file of the locations of the Narcisse Snake Dens. (Right click and "Save as". )

You can get more info directly from Manitoba Conservation at their website: The Snakes of Narcisse.

(Thanks to Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development for the update information.)

 


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For some great information on Manitoba's red-sided garter snakes and the Narcisse Snake Dens check out the U-Haul Super Graphics website.

Click the "Learn More" button at the U-Haul site.

And check out this National Geographic article: Amazing Video: Inside the World's Largest Gathering of Snakes


Take a Virtual Tour of the Snake Dens

If you can't make it to the Snake Dens or want to get ready for what you'll find when you do go, then take our Virtual Snake Den Tour. Just click the map to the right.


Before you head out, check the weather
for the Interlake region at this link:
Weather for Gimli, Manitoba.
Gimli is about 30 km east of the Narcisse Snake Dens.


 


Snake Den Videos

See what you're missing if you don't visit the Narcisse Snake Dens! We've added more snake videos. Watch our videos on our new dedicated Snake Videos Page.


Here's how things have been going this year:

Mar. 30, 2021

The official word from the government:

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Narcisse Snake Dens will be closed to the public until further notice. (Please don't blame the messenger, NatureNorth, for this bad news.)

Mar. 29, 2021

Despite our crazy, early spring weather It's still too early for snakes to be emerging and . . .

The Manitoba government currently has no plans to re-open the Narcisse Dens to the public for the spring emergence season. (Please don't blame the messenger for this bad news.)

March 10, 2021

Currently the Manitoba Government does not plan to open the den site to the public.

Check the updates above or check out our FAQs.

To see how things unfolded in previous years follow this link: Previous Years at the Dens.


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