Fall Viewing Season 2013
The 2013 fall snake viewing season is over! The snakes are back in their dens after feeding all summer long in nearby marshes. Check back next spring for the 2014 emergence season. Have a good winter!
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.
Snakes should be getting going this week!
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.
August 27, 2013
The red-sided garter snake migration back to their over-wintering dens has commenced. Snake viewing will continue through September. Visiting on warm, sunny days provides the best viewing opportunities.
June 6, 2013
The spring snake viewing season at the Narcisse Snake Dens is completed. Watch for updates in early September announcing the return of the snakes to the dens.
May 29, 2013
Snake activity is as follows: Den 4 is the most active with about 500 - 1000 snakes present.
Dispersal has occurred at the other 3 dens and it is anticipated that Den 4 will be vacated by the end of this weekend.
May 23, 2013
Snake activity as of Wednesday, May 22nd: Den 1 – 1,000 snakes with numbers increasing, Den 2 – 3,000 snakes with numbers increasing, Den 3 – 1000 snakes, with dispersal occurring rapidly, Den 4 – 500 snakes, numbers stable.
May 22, 2013
There are good numbers of snakes at Dens 1, 2, and 3 right now. Den 3 is well past it's peak though with only 5-6 hundred snakes around. Den 2 has more than 1000 out right now and is the best snake-viewing at present. Things will start winding down in the next week or two, especially if temperatures stay warm.
May 17, 2013
Den 3 is declining in activity as snake disperse to their summer feeding areas – present numbers are about 2,000. Den 2 and Den 1 contain a few hundred snakes each. It is anticipated that these dens will pick up in activity over the next few days to a week.
May 14, 2013
Snake activity is as follows: Den 3 is the most active with approximately 5,000 snakes emerged and mating. This den will peak in the next few days. There are approximately 500 snakes active at Den 1 and the emergence is just starting at Den 2.
May 7, 2013
The snakes are out in full force in Den 3 right now! In good weather you can see several thousand at a time. There's not much action at the other dens though, but they should pick up later.
May 6, 2013
Well, the official word has come in from Manitoba Conservation: "The snake emergence has commenced. It is anticipated that activity will build to a peak sometime in the next 2 weeks and full dispersal from the dens will be completed by the end of May."
May 3, 2013
With temperatures heading into the 20's C next week the snakes should begin emerging. Peak emergence is probably a week or two away though.
April 29, 2013
Well, spring is finally here, but there's no sign of snakes yet. Plan your snake den visit for mid to late May.
April 20, 2013
April 12, 2013
Yeesh, no sign of spring yet! Last year the emergence peaked in the last week in April. It's likely the peak won't occur until mid-May at the earliest this year.
April 4, 2013
On this date in 2012 the snakes were starting to emerge! This year the snow is barely starting to melt. Snake viewing may be late this year. (Pray for spring!)
The winter from hell continues! Southern Manitoba is under a snowfall warning today, with accumulations of up to 25 cm expected! Don't expect snake action for a while yet.
February 19, 2013
It's -26 C out today with a 30 km N wind. I'm thinking of crawling down into the dens with the snakes where it's still above freezing! Check back here in spring 2013!
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