The Interlake Pioneer Trail (IPT) was once a rail line running through the heart of the Interlake Region.
This Trail is over 100 years old!
The Canadian National Railway Company began extending the rail line
from Grosse Isle in 1912, and the rail line to Hodgson North of Fisher Branch was completed in 1914. The last train ran through the town of Argyle in 1985. The rail lines were pulled out and shipped to South America in 1993. The abandoned rail line was sold to the Interlake Development Corporation in 1997. The Prime Meridian Trail Association took over management of the trail and for several years ATV traffic was not allowed on the trail.
In 2009 the South Interlake ATV Club signed a 25 year lease agreement to manage the newly named Interlake Pioneer Trail, which became the first designated ATV Trail in the Province of Manitoba!
Today it is a 106 km trail running from Grosse Isle to Fisher Branch. The majority of the trail is open to multiple user groups, both motorized and non-motorized.
As a multi-use trail, the IPT caters to ATVers, snowmobilers, hikers, geocachers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders.
Please note that two sections of the trail are for non-motorized traffic only: Grosse Isle North to highway 67, and 1/2 mile south of Argyle to 1 1/2 miles north of Argyle.
Please be courteous when encountering other user groups on the trail.
The ecological/environmental aspect of the IPT is extensive. The IPT contains over 240 species of flowers, 170 species of birds, 21 species of amphibians and 3 species of reptiles.
South Interlake ATV Club strives to manage the trail to preserve these aspects as well as continue to promote trails for our fellow hobbyists to enjoy.