Things to See & Do
Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail
Frank Leith Skinner was one of Canada’s most innovative horticulturists and plant propagators. He resided near Dropmore, Manitoba, where his farm served as the natural laboratory for breeding new strains of plants capable of surviving the harsh prairie climate. Although he was isolated from other breeders, Dr. Skinner’s rugged independence, persistent efforts and patience made him a leading authority on plant hardiness.
The Arboretum Trail passes through the historic Skinner’s Nursery established by Dr. Skinner in 1924-25. The grounds feature one of the oldest and most extensive collections of trees and shrubs anywhere on the Canadian Prairies. Many of these plant specimens are from the 248 plant species introduced by Dr. Skinner to Manitoba, 144 of which were developed here at the nursery.
Visitors to the Arboretum are welcome to take self guided tours during daylight hours. It is currently divided into two main trails. The longer Red Trail focuses on historic nursery plantations and native plant material, while the Blue Trail displays experimental nursery stock and grounds landscaped by Dr. Skinner. Bring your camera to take pictures or enjoy a picnic in the campfire area. No admission is charged but voluntary donations are appreciated to assist with maintenance of the trail.
Open during daylight hours – spring to fall.
Special note for visitors: The arboretum is perserved in its natural state, so visitors should not expect manicured grounds.
There is cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail in winter. Please watch social media (facebook https://www.facebook.com/Frank-Skinner-Arboretum-Trail-100521378606557 / instagram https://www.instagram.com/skinnerarboretum/) for trail conditions. The trail is not monitored so be sure to dress for the weather and let someone know where you will be.
Location: Located 1 km (5/8 mile) west of Hwy. #83, approximately 30 kms (19 miles) north of Russell.