Margaret Owen and Barb Sparling, Co-Conveners


The Walking Group meets twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the morning.  In the fall and late spring we usually try to plan walks out of the city.  In recent years we have gone as far afield as Grand Beach, Victoria Beach, Winnipeg Beach, Gimli, Pinawa, Carmen, Bird’s Hill, St. Lupicin, and Ardyth McMaster’s property at Rossendale.  These are what we call all-day walks—either we pack a picnic lunch or eat in a local restaurant. 

During the winter months, we explore trails within or close to the city, beginning at 9:30 am and ending around 11:30 am.  Often we enjoy coffee in interesting little cafes such as the Neighborhood Bookstore and Café on Westminster Avenue.  Since many of our members also belong to one or more of the UWC Book Clubs, we often enjoy literary discussions as we walk.  We have even been referred to as ‘The Walking Book Club”!

There are about ten members.  Our walks are not strenuous, and we welcome anyone who enjoys walking, stimulating conversation and good cheer (we share lots of laughs)!

Co-conveners of the group are Barbara Sparling and Margaret Owen, and members take turns planning the walks.


Pool at the Gimli Lakeview Resort Hotel

Pool at the Gimli Lakeview Resort Hotel

As mentioned below we're off to Gimli this month. We welcome all members to come along and enjoy this lovely area beside Lake Winnipeg. 
Our first walk will be Wed. Sept. 14 in the Dunnottar (Winnipeg Beach) area, to be led by Sandy Millen.
We will leave at 9:00 am--carpools to be arranged. Arrangements have been made to stay overnight at the Gimli Lakeview Resort Hotel ($117 +tx) double occupancy for those who wish to do so.
Thurs. Sept. 15 morning walk will be in the Gimli area returning to Winnipeg early afternoon.
Please confirm by Wed. Sept. 7th
Wed. Sept. 28 walk will be Kildonan Park.   Meet at 9:30 am at the Rainbow Stage Parking lot


                                                                        Kildonan Park, Winnipeg

                                                                       Kildonan Park, Winnipeg

JUNE, 2016

We always welcome new members!     

September walks will be Wed. 14th & Wed. 28th.

     Gimli Lakeview Resort Hotel on Lake Winnipeg

Called "New Iceland", the colony which became the town of Gimli was one of the earliest group settlements in the West. Today, the reserve of land originally homesteaded by the Icelandic pioneers is part of Manitoba's Interlake region.

Tentative plan for the 14th is to walk in the Dunottar / Winnipeg Beach area on the Wednesday and for those who are interested to stay over at the Gimli Lakeview Resort Hotel for the night and either walk in town or country the following day.

I will book 3 rooms (double occupancy) @ approximately $120 per night per room.

Let Barb Sparling or Marg Owen know if you are interested.

Watch for details in the SeptemberBulletin which will be issued at the end of August.

MAY, 2016

The walk on Wed. May 11, 9:30 am led by Rose-Marie Floch in the St. Francis Xavier area with lunch to follow at the Emporium restaurant. Please call Helen Forrest for details.

 Our Wed. May 25 walk is to be determined.

The legendary White Horse at St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba

The legendary White Horse at St. Francis Xavier, Manitoba

APRIL, 2016

Our April walks will be on Wednesday, April 13 and Wednesday, April 27.  On April 13 Judy McDonald will guide us on a walk of her St. Norbert neighborhood.  We will meet at9:30 am at her place on Pembina Highway.  On April 27 Sherratt Moffatt has planned a walk in the Churchill Drive area, meeting at the Bridge Drive-In on Jubilee Avenue at 9:30 am.  For further information, contact either Barb or Margaret.

The legendary Bridge Drive-in or the Bridge at least!

The legendary Bridge Drive-in or the Bridge at least!

MARCH, 2016

Our March walks take place on Wednesdays, March 9 and 23  (meeting at a designated area usually 9:30 am).  On March 9 Val Neilsen will lead us as we explore the St. Norbert area, and on March 23 Margaret Owen will take us on a tour of her childhood haunts in Fort Rouge.  For further details please call either Barb Sparling or Margaret Owen.


We will be walking on Wed., February 10 and Wed., February 24.  Locations of these walks is not certain as yet.  We will be emailing this information to the members of the group, but everyone is welcome, so if you are interested in walking with us, please contact Barb Sparling or Margaret Owen for further information.  We had a beautiful winter walk through the Spirit Woods in St. Vital on January 13.  It was a cold day but the wind was light and the snow sparkled in the bright sun under a cloudless blue sky.  The carved Esprit du Bois smiled at us as we gathered around him for a photo op.  Hope to see you all in February!


Ahhhh I don’t think Woody-Mhitik’s eligible for a UWC Membership. Could we adopt him? Photo taken by Sandy Millen on Jan.13 in the Bois-des-esprits in St. Vital.


Margaret Cuddy is planning our January walks.  On January 13 we will explore Spirit Woods.  We will meet at Extra Foods on St. Anne’s Road at 9:30 am.   Our January 27 walk will be in Assiniboine Forest, meeting at the parking lot on Roblin Bivd. at 9:30 am.                                                                                                              All members are welcome to join us.      

For further details contact Barb or Margaret. (They’re in your Club Directory!)


On Wednesday, December 9 we will hold our annual Christmas  Walk at The Forks, followed by lunch at the Human Rights  Museum.  Meet at the Pancake House at The Forks at 10:00 am.




Since November 11, Remembrance Day, falls on a Wednesday, we have decided that there will not be an official walk that day.  If any of you do feel like walking, feel free to contact other members of the group for an impromptu walk of your choice.

On Wed. November 25, we are planning a walk in the Wildwood area.  Please meet at Barb Sparling’s home at 9:30 am.

All members are welcome.

walking group university women's group


Wed Oct 15   9:30 AM

Meet at Canad Inn on Pembina HWY  -we will take the river trail to the University through Southwood. 

Wed Oct 28 --9:30 AM

Meet at the Duck Pond (Qualico Centre)  at Assiniboine Park.


We ended our season last May with a walk in the area of Rose Marie Floch's home in Cartier.  Many thanks to Rose Marie for guiding us on this walk and treating us to a delicious lunch in her home.  There were twelve of us on the walk, and veteran walker Catherine Holmes joined us for lunch.  The weather was perfect and we greatly enjoyed seeing a new part of our province, and welcoming Rose Marie, Nancy Vincent and Sandy Millen to the group.

First walk on Sept. 9th to be determined depending on interest. Wed. Sept 23rd we will drive to Treherne to walk the trails with Ardyth McMaster.                                           Meet at POLO PARK near Joey'srestaurant at 9AM-we'll carpool from there. Bring a picnic lunch. Please confirm with Barb or Marg by Sept. 18.

All members very welcome to join in.

                                                                                                      Pine Ridge Hollow Restaurant 

MAY, 2015

We will meet Wed. May 13th & Wed. May 27th.      May 13th To be decided

May 27th: Meet at Pine Ridge Hollow at 10 am for a walk in Bird’s Hill Park followed by lunch at the Pine Ridge Hollow Restaurant.

This will be the last walk of the season..

We always welcome new members!     

APRIL, 2015

Spring has sprung and we are looking forward to our April walks.  Some ideas are Lindenwoods and Transcona, but the  details still have to be worked out.  Walks will take place on April 8 and 22.                              For  further information contact Marg or Barb.               All members are most welcome. 


February 11  We will meet at the old Tourism Manitoba booth at the Forks at 9:30 am and explore the River Walk, followed by coffee at the Forks market.  Everyone welcome!  (see photo below).

February 25  Margaret Cuddy will lead us on a walk in the Lindenwoods area.  Everyone welcome.  For further information please contact either Barb or Margaret..

DECEMBER, 2014 & JANUARY, 2015

              Our December walk will take place on Wed. December 10 at The Forks.  We will meet at the Tourist Bureau at 10 a.m. and following the walk we will have lunch in a restaurant in The Exchange District (possibly Jane's). On Wed. January 14 we will explore the Riverview area with Grace Johnson, meeting at 9:30 a.m. (place to be determined). On Wed. January 28Margaret Cuddy will lead us on a walk through theLindenwoods area.  Meet at 9:30 a.m. at 65 Paget Street.
               All members are most welcome to join us.

NOVEMBER, 2014                                                                                          

November 12 we will do the Windsor Park Walk, meeting in the Superstore Parking Lot at Fermor Avenue and St. Anne's Road at 9:30 am. 

The November 26 walk is to be decided.  For further information, please call either Barb or Margaret. (We’re in your Club Directory.)


Our October walks take place on October 8 and October 22.  We are very much looking forward to exploring the Birds Hill Park area on October 8 with our host Willy Slipetz.  On October 22 we plan to walk through the Bunn's Creek Park.  For further information please contact Barb or Margaret


We will set out on Wed. Sept. 10 morning through Beaudry Park with Grace Johnson and on Wed. Sept. 24 we explore Kildonan Park. On Wed. Oct. 8 Willy Slipetz will lead our walk in the Bird's Hill Park area.

Co-conveners  Margaret Owen and Barb Sparling

                                                                                    Assiniboine Riverwalk         Winnipeg, Manitoba                                                              Trevor Hagan    Wpg. Free Press

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