Hecla Provincial Park
Near Riverton, MB
The park was established in August of 1969 and opened for public use in 1975. The year 2005 marked its 30th anniversary. Hecla is 6.5 km wide and 26.5 km long. Other islands which are a part of Hecla Provincial Park include Black Island, Goose Island, Deer Island, Punk Island, and Little Punk Island. In 1926, the present Gull Harbour Lighthouse was constructed; the original one was built in 1898.
There are over 180 species of birds and 24 kinds of animals found on the island. Strawberry, raspberry, dewberry, saskatoon, chokecherry and pincherry are some of the edible berries found on the island.
People can access this park by vehicle or boat. A general store, a golf course, the Hecla Marina as well as the Harbour Dock Café are great places to visit, either to relax, play, or simply enjoy life's little pleasures.
If you are looking to escape and be part of nature, this is it! From nature trails, the beach, cabins and camping grounds, take time to rejuvenate! Golfing in summer or cross-country skiing in winter, the well kept and groomed golf course offers challenging landscapes for your physical needs. The waters offer abundant fishing, pleasurable water sports, as well as relaxing lounging on scenic beaches, especially during sunsets. Wildlife can be seen during every season of the year. It is not rare to see deer on the golf course at any time of the day. Animals found in the park include moose, white tailed deer, fox, beaver, coyote, wolf, lynx, fisher, skunk, bear, raccoons, otter, and caribou.
Icelandic settlers landed on Hecla in the summer of 1876. At one point in the 1920s and 1930s, the population of Hecla was over 500. Today there are nine families living in the village and four families living at the north shore cottage subdivision. Resettlement is currently taking place and the population is increasing annually.
Hecla is the place to go to relax and recharge your batteries. Nature is the miracle worker at its best.