Spring Viewing Season 2015
The 2015 spring snake viewing season is over. Check back here in the fall for updates on the return of the snakes to the dens.
Stay up to date with the action at the snake dens by checking here regularly. See the updates on the right. Remember, weather matters! Check the weather for the Interlake region at this link: Weather for Gimli, Manitoba.
Snake Den FAQ's - for 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.
There are restaurants in Teulon and Inwood, and general stores and gas stations in Teulon, Inwood, Narcisse and Poplarfield.
Manitoba Conservation has done a great job of making this site wheel chair accessible! (See the Virtual Tour below.)
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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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 Dave Roberts, Manitoba Conservation for the update information.)
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
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.
May 29, 2015
Approximately 500 snakes are still active at Den 4. It is anticipated that this activity will carry on over the weekend. Full dispersal from the area will be complete by early next week
May 21, 2015
It appears a new wave of emergence has occurred, with many thousands of snakes active at Den 2 and Den 3. It is anticipated that this activity will carry on over the weekend and into the early part of next week.
May 18, 2015
Activity is steadily declining as snakes begin to disperse out to their summer feeding areas. For unknown reasons there did not seem to be very many snakes at the dens this year.
May 14, 2015
Activity is steadily declining as snakes begin to disperse out to their summer feeding areas. It is anticipated that at least a thousand or so snakes will still be active and on site if warmer, sunnier weather conditions occur this long weekend.
May 8, 2015
This weekend’s cooler temperatures will suppress snake activity and make for rather unpleasant viewing conditions. The peak of activity will be pushed back by a few days to a week, resulting in high level of snake activity and good viewing conditions on the May long weekend.
April 29, 2015
Snakes are beginning to emerge now. There is good activity at Dens 2 and 3. By this weekend there ought to be 1000 or more snakes out at these dens. The peak of activity is still anticipated to occur on or around the Mother’s Day weekend.
April 24, 2015
Only a handful of snakes are out at Den 2 right now. With the current warm weather forecast numbers will increase over the coming week, but it will likely be the weekend of May 2-3 before large numbers will be active. Mid-May will likely be the best viewing time this year.
April 21, 2015
-2 C and snowing this morning! Any snakes thinking of coming out, changed their minds and went back below ground. But with the forecast improving by the weekend snakes should start emerging in numbers soon. Mid-May will likely be the best viewing time this year.
April 13, 2015
Still no activity at the Dens, but it won't be long now. The warm weather forecast for this week should get the snakes waking up. But mid-May is still likely to be the best viewing.
April 2, 2015
No snakes at the Narcisse Dens yet, but there are reports of Red-sided and Plains Garter Snakes being spotted in other parts of southern Manitoba. So it won't be long before they're out at Narcisse.
March 22, 2015
Yes, the snow is mostly gone, but it will be a while yet before the snakes start coming out.
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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