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Elk Link Trail

Elk Link Trail – From Erickson to Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain Trans Canada Trail Network

The Elk Link trail provides a link from Riding Mountain National Park to the Trans Canada Trail/ Rossburn Subdivision Trail. The TCT runs parallel to the Park, at varying distances, over its 176 km length between Russell and Neepawa. The Riding Mountain Trans Canada Trail Network aims to connect the TCT with special places on the south edge of the Park.

Elk Link – Our first connector trail

Your journey from RMNP essentially begins at Wasagaming townsite and proceeds to Onanole townsite via the Onanole trail. The Elk Link trail continues southward to the Trans Canada trail. The trail is composed of some paved, but quiet roads, some municipal gravel roads, and newly constructed pathways through natural areas. There is one challenging hill, otherwise travel is easy to moderate.

Click here for the official Trans Canada Trail map!

About the Elk Link connector trail

Ways of travelling

Trail distances

  • Wasagaming to Onanole via the Onanole trail: 4 km
  • Onanole to Ditch Lake cottage community: 9.4 km
  • Ditch Lake to the Trans Canada Trail Junction near Erickson: 6.4 km

Trail head

Elk Park on #10 Highway in Onanole MB


Public washrooms are located at the trail head and in each of the townsites shown on the trail. Several public campgrounds are available. Restaurants, (grocery) stores and some accommodations are available in or near the towns.

Points of interest on the trail

The Elk Link provides community connection. Along the way, you enjoy terrific views and beautiful countryside. Lakeside and riverside rest facilities and picnic are inviting you to take a break. Stop at historic buildings, discover a trestle bridge or visit Wildlife Management Areas. Spend a night at several bed and breakfast options or use one of the overnight campgrounds at each of the town sites.

Community Links

From the TCT/ Elk Link Junction, it is 5.5 km to Erickson travelling east. Travelling west, you reach Sandy Lake after 16.6 km. Both destinations are reached by following the Rossburn Subdivision Trail.

The trail has been made possible by…

  • The Government of Canada, National Trails Coalition (Primary Funding)
  • The Government of Manitoba, Community Places
  • The Municipality of Harrison Park
  • The Municipality of Clanwilliam-Erickson
  • The Rossburn Subdivision Trails Association

Parks Canada continues to provide partnership support for this trail system.