Pinawa, Man., earns high marks, praise from ParticipACTION

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A small Manitoba community has been named one of the most physically active in all of Canada.

ParticipACTION, a national non-profit organization that promotes healthy living and physical fitness across the country, has announced that Pinawa has been named one of Canada’s most active communities through the organization’s Community Better Challenge.

“Pinawa residents know how to get active, together, and outdoors,” ParticipACTION Senior Director of Projects Diana Dampier said in a media release.

“The community embraces the nature that surrounds them year-round, as residents take advantage of the all-season trails, picturesque waterfront and programing for all ages.”

According to ParticipACTION, residents in Pinawa, a southeastern Manitoba community about 110 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, tracked over 1.6 million physical activity minutes through the Community Better Challenge throughout June, despite the community having a population of approximately 1,500 residents.

Dampier said that Pinawa residents, organizations and politicians came together during the month of June to promote physical activity in the community.

“This summer, with the help of the town council, daycares, schools, and community support organizations, Pinawa was able to encourage all residents, including those who have difficulties accessing ways to get active due to accessibility and inequality, to get moving,” Dampier said.

On their website, the community of Pinawa said their location in the province makes them an ideal place for people to find ways to get active and stay active.

“Our community is set in a breathtaking natural location that is home to hundreds of wild bird species, forest animals, and wild plants. With many hiking trails, a provincial park, and amazing shorelines, outdoor activity is so easily accessible that it becomes a natural part of life for nearly everyone here,” the community said on their website.

“With an amazing wealth of recreation opportunities on the shores of the Winnipeg River, Goldeneye Pass, and the Pinawa Channel, Pinawa offers an overwhelming number of outdoor activities to residents and visitors. Our town is home to one of Manitoba’s best golf courses, and offers many year-round leisure activities such as sailing, canoeing, fishing, hiking, swimming, snowmobiling, curling, and cross-country skiing.”

Dampier added that the challenge, which tracked physical activity minutes in 1,700 communities across the country, was an overall success and contributed to getting more Canadians active and taking part in physical activity.

“This June, we saw close to 600,000 participants in more than 1,700 communities take part in the Community Better Challenge, a national physical activity initiative that encourages everyone in Canada to get active together,” she said.

“With over 480 million physical activity minutes tracked in just 30 days, it was an impressive month.”

— Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun