|McCreary hosts many different activities for people of all tastes.
|CURLING ARENA - Three sheets of artificial ice provide an assured season of curling, which regularly extends from October to March. The lower lobby
includes food concession, viewing, and washrooms. The upper level contains a social area plus a superb view of the ice surface. Schedules range from 3 - 5
nights weekly. Curling plus bonspiels are available at reasonable fees to members of the community at large. Check out the McCreary Curling Club Facebook
page for the latest information!
BASEBALL - Players have a choice of three diamonds at the Fair grounds, positioned within the half-mile standard racetrack, as well as the use of the school
grounds. McCreary Marlins minor baseball was started up again in 2019!
HORSE RACING, CHUCKWAGON, CHARIOT RACING and HORSE SHOW participants and spectators have washrooms, bleacher seating, an elevated
address booth, and food concessions available at two locations on the Fair Grounds adjacent to the racetrack. Exercise paddocks and stabling for 80 animals
with parking space and services for exhibitors meets the needs of area horse club activities.
SLEIGH RIDES and hay rides are available by appointment and summer and winter TRAIL RIDES are scheduled through Pony Club activities.
The new heated, junior Olympic SWIMMING POOL offers lessons through 13 levels of swim ability supervised by staff from June to September. Splash Nights
and family swim times are part of the schedule. Public fees are reasonable. The construction of a new change house is well now complete. The Registration
Form and price list can be found on the McCreary Swimming Pool Facebook page!
ALPINE SKIING - Mount Agassiz Ski site, 15 km from the village, has the highest vertical drop between the Rockies and Thunder Bay. It once featured 2
T-bars, one double chair lift and 1 tow rope, equipment rental, Can Ski Patrol and CSIA certified instructors that served skiers from novice to professional.
Lessons (private or group) were once available. A day chalet and restaurant and licensed lounge were available at the center located at the base of the runs,
(once an excellent place to view skiers as the come down the hill.) A snowboard park with equipment rental was on site. The ski hill is not presently open, but
Riding Mountain National Park is currently accepting proposals for the site.
McCreary Fitness Centre - In 2016 the Fitness Centre was opened. Located in the same building as the
Recreation Office, membership prices are reasonable and there are quite a few pieces of equipment to use.
Check out the McCreary Fitness Centre Facebook page for more info including the rates and pictures of the gym.
TOBOGGANING - McCreary has a fair-sized toboggan run located at Fletcher Park.
SNOWMOBILE CLUB - The Riding Mountain Snow Drifters, 41 members and growing. Started in 1998. Trails have been maintained and they've recently
purchased a warming shelter along one of their trails. Poker derbies are held frequently throughout the winter months.
Riding Mountain National Park has miles of trails, which are groomed CROSS COUNTRY SKI trails in winter, (visit the Dead Ox Trailblazers website for more
info at www.deadoxtrailblazers.com) and HIKING trails in the summer. Miles of open municipal roadsides are also utilized by Cross Country Skiers and
SKATEBOARD PARK: Located at Fletcher Park, the McCreary Recreation Commission constructed a Skateboard Park in 2009. The park features a cement
pad, various ramps and bars, as well as a large half-pipe for the skateboard enthusiast.
FISHING - Pickerel, Pike, Perch, White, Rainbow and Lake Trout can be caught in Lakes Manitoba or Dauphin, the Turtle River, or lakes in the National Park.
CANOEING and BOATING enthusiasts also find fulfillment in these waters.
HUNTING - With an abundance of deer, elk, moose, ducks, geese, migratory and upland game birds, McCreary is definitely the place to go for a successful
hunt. A resident TAXIDERMIST can preserve that trophy catch! Licensed guides that live in the area are also available.
Cycling - McCreary has two mountain biking/cycling programs: Dead Ox Trailblazers and Kids of Mud!
BIRD WATCHING, BUTTERFLY COLLECTING, and WILDLIFE OBSERVATION offers rich rewards in this geographically unique area provided by the wide
variation of altitudes.
A NINE-HOLE GRASS GREENS GOLF COURSE and a DRIVING RANGE are located 5 miles west of the village on Highway #361, on the slopes of Riding
Mountain National Park. Cart rentals are available.
The CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB makes use of the golf clubhouse in the winter, with tracks set at the course. The HIKING club runs from Spring to Fall, and
makes use of the Riding Mountain National Park and East Escarpment.
Running and walking clubs are run year round, making use of the Community Centre in the winter, and the outdoors in Spring, Summer and Fall.
McCreary abounds in cultural and athletic participation and facilities. The presence of a Recreation Director and an Arts Council
promotes, coordinates and enhances activities. School programs fully utilize facilities.
The McCreary Recreation Commission was established in 1968. With 13 board members and a full time Recreation Director,
the Commission is able to provide a variety of programming options as well as fundraise for 6 of our facilities: The McCreary
Swimming Pool, The McCreary Centennial Arena, The McCreary Curling Rink, The McCreary Community Centre, The McCreary
Agricultural Society, and The McCreary Golf & Country Club. Click Here for the Newsletter.
SKATING ARENA - Artificial ice assures a lengthy and certain season. With an 80 x 180 foot
ice surface, McCreary is home to MAHA Hockey teams from age 7 and under to Adult. Fun
Skate lessons are available for all age groups. Family skating scheduled times are
availalble. BROOMBALL teams are also a part of the regular schedule. Dressing rooms,
washrooms, bleachers, heated lobby seating area and food concession make the arena a
one-stop sports centre. It is available for rental. Lots of information and updates can be found
on the McCreary Centennial Arena Facebook page!
McCreary, Manitoba, Canada