McCreary hosts many different activities for people of all tastes.
CURLING ARENA - Three sheets of artificial ice provide an assured season of curling, which regularly extends from October to March. The lower lobby includes food concession, viewing, and washrooms. The upper level contains a social area plus a superb view of the ice surface. Schedules range from 3 - 5 nights weekly. Curling plus bonspiels are available at reasonable fees to members of the community at large.
TENNIS - One court, with three nets, is available for public use at the McCreary School. This outdoor facility sees daytime use with the school program.
BASEBALL - Players have a choice of three diamonds at the Fair grounds, positioned within the half-mile standard racetrack, as well as the use of the school grounds.
HORSE RACING, CHUCKWAGON, CHARIOT RACING and HORSE SHOW participants and spectators have washrooms, bleacher seating, an elevated address booth, and food concessions available at two locations on the Fair Grounds adjacent to the racetrack. Exercise paddocks and stabling for 80 animals with parking space and services for exhibitors meets the needs of area horse club activities.
SLEIGH RIDES and hay rides are available by appointment and summer and winter TRAIL RIDES are scheduled through Pony Club activities.
The new heated, junior Olympic SWIMMING POOL offers lessons through 13 levels of swim ability supervised by staff from June to September. Splash Nights and family swim times are part of the schedule. Public fees are reasonable and swim time is unlimited. The construction of a new change house is well underway. The 2011 Registration Form and price list can be downloaded by clicking HERE.
ALPINE SKIING - Mount Agassiz Ski site, 15 km from the village, has the highest vertical drop between the Rockies and Thunder Bay. It once featured 2 T-bars, one double chair lift and 1 tow rope, equipment rental, Can Ski Patrol and CSIA certified instructors that served skiers from novice to professional. Lessons (private or group) were once available. A day chalet and restaurant and licensed lounge were available at the center located at the base of the runs, (once an excellent place to view skiers as the come down the hill.) A snowboard park with equipment rental was on site. The ski hill is not presently open.
TOBOGGANING - McCreary has a fair-sized toboggan run located at Fletcher Park.
SNOWMOBILE CLUB - The Riding Mountain Snow Drifters, 41 members and growing. Started in 1998. Trails have been maintained and they've recently purchased a warming shelter along one of their trails. Poker derbies are held frequently throughout the winter months.
Riding Mountain National Park has miles of trails, which are groomed CROSS COUNTRY SKI trails in winter, and HIKING trails in the summer. Miles of open municipal roadsides are also utilized by Cross Country Skiers and SNOWMOBILERS.
SKATEBOARD PARK: Located at Fletcher Park, the McCreary Recreation Commission constructed a Skateboard Park in 2009. The park features a cement pad, various ramps and bars, as well as a large half-pipe for the skateboard enthusiast.
FISHING - Pickerel, Pike, Perch, White, Rainbow and Lake Trout can be caught in Lakes Manitoba or Dauphin, the Turtle River, or lakes in the National Park. CANOEING and BOATING enthusiasts also find fulfillment in these waters.
HUNTING - With an abundance of deer, elk, moose, ducks, geese, migratory and upland game birds, McCreary is definitely the place to go for a successful hunt. A resident TAXIDERMIST can preserve that trophy catch! Licensed guides that live in the area are also available.
BIRD WATCHING, BUTTERFLY COLLECTING, and WILDLIFE OBSERVATION offers rich rewards in this geographically unique area provided by the wide variation of altitudes.
The CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUB makes use of the golf clubhouse in the winter, with tracks set at the course. The HIKING club runs from Spring to Fall, and makes use of the Riding Mountain National Park and East Escarpment.
Running and walking clubs are run year round, making use of the Community Centre in the winter, and the outdoors in Spring, Summer and Fall.
McCreary abounds in cultural and athletic participation and facilities. The presence of a Recreation Director and an Arts Council promotes, coordinates and enhances activities. School programs fully utilize facilities. The McCreary Recreation Commission was established in 1968. With 13 board members and a full time Recreation Director, the Commission is able to provide a variety of programming options as well as fundraise for 6 of our facilities: The McCreary Swimming Pool, The McCreary Centennial Arena, The McCreary Curling Rink, The McCreary Community Centre, The McCreary Agricultural Society, and The McCreary Golf & Country Club. Click Here for the Monthly Newsletter.
SKATING ARENA - Artificial ice assures a lengthy and certain season. With an 80 x 180 foot ice surface, McCreary is home to MAHA Hockey teams from age 7 and under to Adult. Fun Skate lessons are available for all age groups. Family skating scheduled times are availalble. BROOMBALL teams are also a part of the regular schedule. Dressing rooms, washrooms, bleachers, heated lobby seating area and food concession make the arena a one-stop sports centre. It is available for rental. Click here for 2012-2013 rink schedule.