Spring Viewing Season 2014
The 2014 spring snake viewing season is over for another year! The snakes will start heading back to the dens in September and it makes for an interesting visit, seeing the whole area in its late summer cloak of vegetation. Plan a trip then!
Stay up to date with the action at the snake dens by checking here regularly. See the updates on the right.
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.
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 30, 2014
Activity at Den 4 is in full swing, with many thousands of snakes emerged there. Den 2 is declining but still has some activity, while full dispersal has occurred at Den 1 and 3. It is anticipated that the only snake activity after the weekend will be at Den 4. Mosquitoes are plentiful so the use of repellant is advised.
So, this is probably the last weekend to enjoy good snake viewing!
May 21, 2014
This past weekend likely saw the peak of the snake emergence. Viewing should still be good up until the coming weekend, May 24-25, but with the warm weather forecast for the coming week the main emergence will be over soon.
May 18, 2014
Dens 2 and 3 are very active right now with thousands of snakes milling about. Viewing is best when the sun is out, so try and plan your trip for a sunny day. There's lots of birds around, too, and watch for spring wildflowers like Manitoba's provincial flower, the Prairie Crocus.
May 15, 2014
Snake activity in Den 3 will be peaking this long weekend and continuing to build at the other three dens in the area. The songbird migration is in full swing, so bring along a pair of binoculars.
May 9, 2014
Activity at Den 3 is in full swing, with many thousands of snakes emerged there. Den 1, 2 and 4 are still building in numbers. These dens are expected to peak during the long weekend. The area has dried sufficiently enough that waterproof footwear is no longer required.
April 29, 2014
The emergence has commenced, with a few hundred snakes active at each den. Snake activity will build over the next few weeks, with the peak occurring around May 14th. The area is still somewhat wet so waterproof footwear is recommended.
April 25, 2014
The prolonged winter conditions and slow spring melt has delayed the snake emergence by at least a week. As a result, the snake emergence is not anticipated to start until the end of next week or perhaps a few days later. Further updates to follow as the spring progresses.
April 18, 2014
Spring went away again last week, but the forecasts for the coming week look good. Odds are, this will year will see a late emergence of snakes. Mid May ought to be good viewing, but we'll keep you posted as news comes in.
April 7, 2014
Spring has finally made its way to southern Manitoba! If the current forecast holds we could see a dramatic reduction in snow cover this week. But we are still weeks away off from the start of the spring snake viewing season.
March 2, 2014
It's -27C with a windchill that makes it feel like -38C today! (Almost the same conditions as I posted December 11, in the last update! And it's been like that all winter.) The snakes are the smart ones, they've slept through all this!
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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