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Autumn Snake Viewing Season 2015

The 2015 autumn snake viewing season is over. Check back here in spring 2016 to stay up to date with the spring emergence!

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.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Snake Dens.

Watch our Snake Den Videos.

Follow this link for more on Manitoba's other snakes.

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.

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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: October 9, 2015

The snakes of Narcisse are now underground for their winter hibernation period. Check back for the status of the snake emergence in late April 2016.

Previous 2015 updates can be viewed here.

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:

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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 Dave Roberts, Manitoba Conservation 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:

August 31, 2015

The snakes have commenced their return to the Narcisse Snake Dens for winter hibernation. Fall viewing will continue over the month of September. If possible, choose a warm, sunny day for your visit.

June 3, 2015

The 2015 spring emergence is over. The snakes have dispersed from the den area.

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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