West Souris River Conservation District
   Updated March 29, 2014

Canupawakpa Trail

"Pipestone Creek" is known as "Canupawakpa" (Chu nup a wakpa) by the Sioux people, meaning "Pipe River". For many generations the indigenous people have used Pipestone Creek as a transportation corridor and camped along its banks. The Sioux found a pipe along the creek when they arrived after fleeing the United States after the Little big Horn Battle in 1876, according to the local history book, Pioneers of the Pipestone.

The valley was born some 14,000 years ago as a result of melting glaciers that had formed Lake Regina. Three thousand years of rushing , mile wide flood waters transformed the landscape to include the winding creek and valley, boulder strewn hills, out washes and fertile delta flats.

Vegetation became established providing fruits and berries for wildlife and humans alike. The banks provide habitat for many wildlife species including ruffed grouse, deer, beaver, mink and others.

Homesteaders chose this region because of fertile soils developed after centuries of periodic flooding.

Walk the trail and learn about the value of these forested banks, the habitat and abundant wildlife.

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For more information: (check to see if it open as there was a lot of damage in July)

Phone:  (204) 877-3020
Fax:  . . (204) 877-3090
E-mail:  manager@wsrcd.com  (Dean Brooker)

West Souris River Conservation District
Box 339
Reston, Manitoba R0M 1X0



The Gerald Malaher Trail is another you might be interested it. More info


A mile east of Reston on PTH #2 and a little more than a mile north
location map

Trail Map

trail map

Click here for more details on the trail

A few shots




pipestone creek