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Fall Snake Viewing Season 2018

The 2018 fall snake viewing season is about over. See the updates on the right. After feeding on frogs and toads all summer the snakes will return to the dens in September and October. The numbers of snakes around the dens are not as spectacular as in the spring emergence, but still worth seeing!

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


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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.

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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.


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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: September 24, 2018

Well, with the current cool, wet weather I think the fall snake viewing season is over for this year. If there are some warm sunny days in the next week or two you might see some snakes, but if it stays cold they'll pack it in for the winter.

Previous 2018 updates can be viewed here.

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

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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:

September 7, 2018

Large numbers of snakes are milling about in Den 2 and along the trails leading to that den. There is little action at Dens 1 and 3. Den 4 has significant numbers of snakes and a good view of the underlying fractured limestone of this region.

September 1, 2018

The fall snake viewing season has begun! The snakes are starting to return to the dens in preparation for winter.

Warm, sunny days will be best for viewing snakes.

June 6, 2018

Well, snake viewing is pretty much over for now at the Narcisse Dens. The few remaining snakes will be moving off to feed in the surrounding marshes for the summer, but they'll be back in the fall.

May 28, 2018

Snake emergence is beginning to slow down at the Narcisse Snake Dens as the snakes head out to the marshes for the summer. Come back in the fall as the snakes gather again at the dens in preparation for winter.

May 25, 2018

Snake emergence continues at the Narcisse Snake Dens. Dens 2, 3, and 4 have good levels of activity but activity slows down when it is very hot out so plan your trip accordingly. Snake viewing should remain good over the weekend. Please note there is still a HIGH FIRE RISK in the area.

May 10, 2018

Snake emergence is slowly continuing at the Narcisse Snake Dens – it is still cold in the rocks below ground. Den 2 has the highest level of activity and Dens 3 and 4 still have low numbers of snakes. Peak viewing will likely occur next week to the Victoria Day long weekend.

May 8, 2018

The snakes of Narcisse continue to slowly wake up after a long winter. There are around 100 snakes at Den 2 and Dens 3 and 4 are starting to show signs of activity. Den 1 is still dormant. There should be good snake viewing for the Mother’s Day weekend as the warm weather continues.

May 6, 2018

Still not much happening at the dens. I received a report on May 6 that there were only a handful of snakes out: a dozen or so at Den 2 and a couple at Den 3. Be patient, they will be out soon! Check back here for updates.

May 3, 2018

Warm, sunny days are bringing more snakes out now. Peak viewing is still likely a week away.

Apr. 28, 2018

The snakes of Narcisse are slowly starting to wake up after a long winter. A small handful of snakes can be seen at 2 of 4 dens.

As the warm weather continues, activity will begin to increase. Warm, sunny days are the best for viewing snakes.

Apr. 20, 2018

Finally, winter seems to be over! Snakes will start to emerge soon, but there are no reports of snake activity yet. Stay tuned!

Apr. 6, 2018

Yikes, winter just won't die! The snakes are smart and haven't even thought of coming out yet. Could be a later than usual start to the snake viewing season.

Mar. 22, 2018

Still snow on the ground! It will be a few weeks before the snakes get going for their spring emergence.

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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