About the trail

“Sample the local flavor: be it the food, the heritage sites, or the adventures! Find out about Erickson and the Vikings, try the menu at the Sandy Lake Hotel after visiting the Ukrainian Museum, or take a little detour and visit the Prairie Mountain Regional Museum. Want excitement? Learn how to fly-fish at Tokaryk Lake or take a horseback ride into the Riding Mountain National Park. Stop to take in the trails history in Rossburn and finish your day discovering the Tinhouse or Bin 22 in Russell for a treat.” – Travel Manitoba about the Rossburn Subdivision Trail

Your way of travelling

As part of the Trans Canada Trail, the Rossburn Subdivision trail and its connector trails to RMNP give you a chance to discover our wonderful province. Enjoy the wonders of nature while hiking/ walking, horseback riding, cycling and cross-country skiing. Most of the trail is groomed for snowmobiling in winter. Apart from snowmobiles in winter, the Rossburn Subdivision Trail is a non-motorized trail – no ATVs allowed! We ask you to respect this – thank you. 

Rossburn Subdivision Trail - a reason for all seasons!

Rossburn Subdivision Trail in spring
Rossburn Subdivision Trail in summer
Rossburn Subdivision Trail in fall
Rossburn Subdivision Trail in winter


Established in 1997, the RSTA was formed by municipalities along the Rossburn Subdivision railway line. Back then the line just had been closed by  CN.

Partnering with the former Provincial Manitoba Recreational Trails Association (now Trails Manitoba), a “Rail to Trail” project has been started to convert the former rail line into a public trail. By now the trail has become part of the Trans Canada Trail.



Riding Mountain Trans Canada Trail Network

Connecting the Trans Canada Trail with the Riding Mountain National Park

At varying distances over its 176 km length this part of the Trans Canada Trail runs parallel to Riding Mountain National Park. The idea behind this trail network is to connect the TCT with special places on the south edge of the Park.

Scenery along the Elk Link

Elk Link Trail - From Erickson to Onanole

The 15.5 km Elk Link trail connects the Rossburn Subdivision Trail to Riding Mountain National Park. This exciting, non-motorized connector trail starts close to Erickson and ends right in Onanole. Combined with the Onanole trail to Wasagaming, you have easy access to the national park’s trail network. Read more…

Flying Eagle Link - From Rossburn to RMNP

The Paba Mashiwat Kinew / Flying Eagle Link Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized connector trail between the Rossburn Subdivision Trail and Riding Mountain National Park. Starting in Rossburn, a total of 36 km leads to Tilson Lake Entrance, closely following the path of the Birdtail Creek. The trail showcases the area’s incredible scenery, ranging from rolling hills and pastures to forested patches, meadows, and lakes.
This area has engaging terrain and topography, providing a rich experience for bike packers, day-trippers, gravel grinders, horseback riders, and hikers alike. Keep on reading…