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Autumn Snake Viewing Season 2017

The 2017 fall snake viewing season is about over. Though not as spectacular as spring emergence it's still possible to see lots of snakes. 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.


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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.

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 18, 2017

There will still be a few snakes around on the remaining warm, sunny days, but the next cold spell will send the snakes down to the caves for good.

Previous 2017 updates can be viewed here.

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

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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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:

October 5, 2017

Snake viewing is about over for this year. Warm sunny days may provide a last look at a few snakes.

September 8, 2017

The fall snake viewing season has begun at the Narcisse Snake Dens and there are many snakes gathering at all four dens. Warm sunny days are the best for viewing snakes.

September 4, 2017

It's about time for the snakes to start heading back to the dens. On warm sunny days good numbers of snakes will be around soon.

August 28, 2017

Autumn is almost here and the snakes will start heading back to the dens soon. Check here in September for fall updates.

June 8, 2017

The 2017 spring snake viewing season is over. Check back here in September for updates on the return of the snakes to the dens in preparation for their hibernation.

June 2, 2017

The snake viewing season is about over for this year. Only a handful of snakes remain at the dens. With the current warm weather forecast the snakes will be gone by the end of next week.

May 26, 2017

Snakes viewing opportunities are winding down at the Narcisse Snake Dens. Only a few hundred snakes remain in dens 2 and 4, dens 3 and 1 are finished with only a handful of snakes at each den.

May 19, 2017

Spring emergence continues at the Dens, with action at all four dens. Den 4 still has the greatest numbers of snakes, but appears to be near its peak. Snake viewing will remain good throughout the May long weekend.

May 10, 2017

Spring emergence is slowly continuing at the Narcisse Snake Dens. Snakes are active at all four dens and the greatest number of snakes can be seen at Dens 3 and 4. Warm sunny days are the best for snake viewing.

The peak of emergence is likely to be in the next week or so. Mother's Day weekend looks to be great snake viewing. Take mom on an outing to see the snakes!

May 5, 2017

Moderate numbers of snakes are out now. Den 1 has a few dozen snakes around. Dens 2, 3 & 4 have 300-500 snakes out now, but these numbers will be rising this coming week with the predicted warm temperatures. The peak of emergence is likely to be in the next week or so. Mother's Day weekend looks to be great snake viewing. Take mom on an outing to see the snakes!

May 2, 2017

With the return of warm and sunny weather, spring emergence has begun again at the Narcisse Snake Dens. Snakes are active at all four dens and the greatest number of snakes can be seen at Den 3, though Den 2 is a close second. Activity levels should steadily increase throughout the week with the warm weather in the forecast.

April 21, 2017

Spring emergence has begun at the Narcisse Snake Dens with around 100-200 snakes active at Dens 2 and 3. Emergence has not started at Dens 1 and 4.

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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