Spring Snake Viewing Season 2017
The 2017 spring snake viewing season is underway! Stay up to date with the action at the snake dens by checking here regularly. See the updates on the right.
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.
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 Pauline Bloom, Manitoba Sustainable Development 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.
April 13, 2017
Reports of snakes emerging in other parts of the Interlake are coming in. There may be a few snakes coming out at the Narcisse Dens, but the best viewing is still a couple of weeks away at least.
April 3, 2017
Spring is definitely here, but there's no sign of snakes yet. This week's warm weather forecast might get things going soon though.
March 23, 2017
It will still be a few weeks before the snakes get going, but current weather forecasts suggest things could be a little early this year.
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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