Kettle Stones Provincial Park is on the north side of the Kettle Hills, in the Swan-Pelican Provincial Forest. The 4 km. square park features massive sandstone formations known locally as kettle stones. The stones range in size from 45 cm.- 4.5 m. (18inches – 18 feet) rising above the landscape. The kettle stones were formed about 100 million years ago. They are unique geological features. These are the only kettle stones found in Manitoba that can be observed in their original setting.
The First Nations people consider the kettle stones sacred. Residents of Wuskwi Sipihk hold an annual Blueberry Festival and conduct a commercial blueberry picking operation in the Kettle Hills.
Visitors are greeted by the fragrances of jack pine, spruce, trembling aspen, birch, juniper and ground cedar. Its open areas, or meadows, have Manitoba’s and possibly Canada’s most northwestern patches of big bluestem grass.
Road access is limited to 4x4 vehicle, ATV’s or snowmobile. The Kettle Hills are one of the greatest places to experience Manitoba back country.
Article and photos submitted by Debbie Soloway