About Debwendon Inc

Debwendon Inc is a non-profit organization formed in 2007 to promote and preserve the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, raise public awareness of the historic cultural connection between the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation and the Brokenhead Wetland, construct and maintain over the long term a boardwalk and interpretive trail adjacent to the Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve, and raise funds toward those ends.  The word Debwendon means “trust” in Ojibway.

For more information please see the Trail page, or download our brochure.

New Entry Sign

New Entry Sign

Some tips for having an enjoyable time on the trail:

  • Pack out what you carried in.

  • Be Bear Smart. Do not go alone.

  • NO DOGS allowed on the trail.

  • NO BICYCLES or ATVs allowed on the trail.

  • Bring water and mosquito repellent on warm days and wear a hat if it is hot.

  • Washrooms are available at the trailhead only.

  • Please practice: Leave no trace – Take only pictures – Leave only footprints.

Please report any downed trees, vandalism, or other issues on our Contact Us page.









Last day of the season is October 31st!

After a very busy summer the last day of opening is Monday October 31st. After that you may park at the gate and walk in unless there is construction going on. We are planning a project to fix the potholes in the parking lot. The washrooms will not be available after that date.

Over the summer every time I visited or passed by there were lots of cars in the parking lot and happy visitors enjoying the wonders of the Brokenhead Wetland. If you haven’t had a chance to go it’s not too late. We were out last week and the tamaracks were amazing!

At the Debwendon board meeting last week it was announced that Carl Smith and Doris Ames are stepping down from the Board of Directors.  The board would like to thank both Carl and Doris for many years of faithful service. The project took a long time, but it never would have happened without their dedicated efforts and determination. You can both be proud of the results of your work and we hope to see you out at the trail next year!

There have been many reports of dogs on the trail and we would like to request your cooperation with keeping dogs off the trail. Unleashed dogs run on and off the trail and can destroy some of the rare and delicate plants that grow along the trail. Also, owners are not always responsible for picking up after their pet so we have made the difficult decision not to allow dogs on the trail. We appreciate your help with this request. Similarly please, no bicycles or other motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail and boardwalk (except wheelchairs).20161017_162821_pba 20161017_163323_pba

2015-Oct: Passing of Lawrence Smith

Lawrence Smith, an elder on the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, passed away October 28, 2015. He was a remarkable and cheerful person and a great friend to NOCI and Debwendon. He worked with NOCI from 1998 to 2005 to get a large portion of the Brokenhead Wetlands protected...

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Debwendon Donations

Your donation will help us with operation and maintenance of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail Project.  We are a registered Canadian Charity, registration-number 85940 9997 RR0001, and will issue a tax-receipt for your donation.

LOGO-OCC-OnePercentForOrchidConservationWe are an eligible recipient under the 1% For Orchid Conservation initiative.  If your company or society has made the commitment to donate 1% of net revenue toward orchid-conservation then please consider donating that amount to us.

Make a one-time donation to the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail:   Amount:   

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Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Location

From Winnipeg drive north on PTH 59 past Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. From PR 304 (Stead Road), continue north approximately 2 km – the access is on the west side of the highway. Driving time: approx. 1 hour. Coming from the north on PTH 59, turn right off the highway approximately 500 m south of the PTH 12 intersection.

Latitude: 50.407145, Longitude: -96.541003


Coordinates: 50.407145, -96.541003 Brokenhead Wetland Ecological Reserve Manitoba, Canada

Photo Credits: Will Milne, Mike James, Brian Kotak, Peggy Bainard Acheson, Ryan Wakshinski, Krystal Panetta, John Dyck