See you at one of the checkpoints or on the Crow Wing Trail!
What`s Actif Epica? It`s a challenging self-supported ultra-endurance event in potentially extreme trail and weather conditions that has been taking place on the historic Crow Wing Trail since 2012! This year, 60 participants have already registered to either bike or run their chosen distance.
Actif Epica organizers have partnered with the Crow Wing Trail Association and the communities along the Trail to promote southeastern Manitoba and the health benefits associated with outdoor activity in winter.
Cyclists start in Emerson (200km) Saturday February 17th at 6 :30 a.m. Runners start in Ridgeville (162km) Friday February 16th at 10 :00 p.m. Those wanting a ‘shorter distance’ start in St. Malo (125km) Saturday at 5 :00 a.m.
The public is encouraged to cheer on the participants along the Trail or at the various checkpoints : Emerson Arena, Ridgeville Community Hall, Senkiw Suspension Bridge, St. Malo Arena, St-Pierre-Jolys Sugar Shack, Crystal Springs Hutterite Colony, Niverville Arena and St. Adolphe Curling Club. All participants should be through the last checkpoint at The Forks by Sunday February 18th at 9 :00 a.m. Those interested can also follow the race via Actif Epica`s web site www.actifepi.ca or social media @actifepica.
Actif Epica has been listed as one of Canadian Cycling Magazine’s 10 Big Rides in Canada, and is a partner with Tuscobia Winter Ultra and Arrowhead Ultra135 in a triple crown event known as “The Order of the Hrimthurs.” Since 2017, the 162km run and 200km bike distances are qualifiers for the Iditarod Trail Invitational. (The one Canadian qualifier among only eight in the world!) Participants have come from all over western Canada, several U.S. states and as far away as Brazil and India!
The Crow Wing Trail is the longest completed section of the Trans Canada Trail in Manitoba at 193 km and closely follows the historical ox-cart route used in the 1800`s from St. Paul, Minnesota to Fort Garry (Winnipeg). The Trans Canada Trail promotes non-motorized recreational activities.
Registrations are well under way for the 7th Annual Actif Epica Event. Last year, cyclists and runners were facing water and mud… what will they need to deal with this year? There is not much snow but it could be mighty cold!
Especially for those racers hoping to complete the entire route from Emerson (for cyclists 200 km) and Ridgeville (for runners 162 km). Their goal is to qualify for the Iditarod Trail Invitational in Alaska… and Actif Epica … on the Crow Wing Trail… is the only qualifier in Canada that will help them get there!
If you or someone you know would like to participate, all registration details are available at www.actifepi.ca .
If it’s volunteering you’re interested in, then contact us at email@example.com or you can also register through the Actif Epica web site.
For locations of checkpoints along the Crow Wing Trail and the hours they will be operating to accommodate racers, click here.
On August 22nd, the Crow Wing Trail was honored with The Great Trail Tour… a media event organized by Destination Canada and Travel Manitoba to celebrate Canada’s 150th and the connection of the Trans Canada Trail across the country. Journalists from Australia and Germany experienced the Crow Wing Trail from St-Pierre-Jolys to Roseau Rapids. Can’t wait to read their blog about us!
On Saturday, August 26th…. The connection of the Trans Canada Trail across Canada is being celebrated across the country. Communities will celebrate through large and small events. TCT Celebration Poster MB
The Crow Wing Trail Association encourages those from near and far to hike or bike a section of the Crow Wing Trail. The Trail is 193 km from Winnipeg to Emerson, and many points of interest and communities along the way can be visited in short stretches. Explore!
Visit Trails Manitoba’s web site, download The Great Trail app and/or visit our web site for more information about this region and plan your adventure with family and friends.
Trans Canada Trail promotional items are available at our partner municipalities during regular work hours on a first come, first served basis: Ritchot, Niverville, De Salaberry, St-Pierre-Jolys, Emerson-Franklin and Roseau River First Nation. Or you can contact their Recreation Commissions or the Ginew Wellness Centre.
And … if you take a picture while on the Crow Wing Trail on August 26th, email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and get a free T-shirt.
Please be advised that the correct power point presentation with our 2017 AGM Report has now replaced the earlier incomplete version. Sorry for any inconvenience. Go to The Association – Annual Meetings – 2017 Annual Meeting.
Looking for an opportunity to take your horse out on the Crow Wing Trail? Well Ridgeville has a Trail Ride for you! On Saturday June 3rd, saddle up your pony and head to Ridgeville (on PR 218 northeast of Emerson). Once there, you can join a group heading down the Crow Wing Trail. A catered supper by Merv’s Pitchfork Fondue will be waiting for you at 5:30 pm. Please RSVP though at email@example.com or 204.712.5391 if you plan to ride, stay for supper or both!
To all our friends and supporters:
You are cordially invited to our 17th Annual Meeting
Where: Ginew Wellness Centre, Roseau River First Nation, east of Letellier on PR 201. Monday April 24th Doors open: 6:30 pm Meeting at 7:00 pm
2016 has been a very exciting year for us! Opportunities abound. Although details will be provided at our Annual Meeting, here are a few highlights:
- Development plan for section of Trans Canada Trail at Roseau Rapids First Nation.
- Creation of various Crow Wing Trail/Trans Canada Trail signs along the Trail including welcome signs at north and south entrances to our municipalities. To be installed in 2017.
- Completion of gaps identified by Manitoba Infrastructure as well as infrastructure repairs.
- Installation of Trans Canada Trail signs by Manitoba Infrastructure to identify access points.
- Design of historical and modern maps of Crow Wing Trail to be used as trailhead signs at 11 access points. To be installed in 2017.
- 6th time Hosting of Actif Epica, a qualifier for the Iditarod Trails Invitational in Alaska.
Hope some of you will be able to join us. West doors of the Ginew Wellness Centre will open at 6:30 pm and a meal will be served prior to the 7 pm meeting.
- Actif Epica’s Guide for This Weekend February 16, 2018
- Media Release: Actif Epica 2018 February 9, 2018
- New Board Members Inspire Innovation January 11, 2018
- Actif Epica 2018 February 16,17.18 January 11, 2018
- The Great Trail Tour September 15, 2017
- Celebrate the Trans Canada Trail on the Crow Wing Trail! August 22, 2017
- Crow Wing Trail AGM Report – correction May 12, 2017
- 2017 Annual Meeting Info May 11, 2017
- Ridgeville Trail Ride – June 3rd May 11, 2017
- Crow Wing Trail’s 17th Annual Meeting April 5, 2017