Welcome to

Room to Grow Guesthouse and Pond House

Room to Grow is situated on one hundred and sixty acres of organically managed, gently rolling, wooded land. Make the entire property your home – on the trails, in the clearings, by the ponds or in the garden. We’re open all year round. When you’re ready for an outing, you can visit nearby International Peace Garden (bring your passport), Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Whitewater Lake Bird Habitat, Town of Boissevain and Souris River Bend.

Please visit ‘About This Place’ to learn more about our vision and hosting style.

Please also see for intriguing stories of historical places to visit in Southwest Manitoba – including 20+ geocache sites.

Click here to find out more about our Straw Bale Guesthouse

Click here to find out more about our Rustic Pond House


New Rates Most guests drive 2 or 3 hours to get here. So we try to make your stay affordable. We encourage you to bring your own linens/towels and take away your garbage/recycling. This has proven to be popular. 

We base our rates on this self-serve arrangement. If you want us to make beds and provide towels the cost is 10% above the rates below. (We have plenty of blankets for 5 – 7 people.) If you need us to take care of your garbage and recycling, there’ll be an additional 5% added. (We provide bags for our garbage/recycling bins.)

Further, our rates are based on the number of Adults in the group.   An adult for our purposes is 13 years and older. Children 12 and under are free. If the cost is discouraging because you have older teens, please let us know. We want you to enjoy this place. 

Internet   There’s Wifi in the straw bale guesthouse but not in the Pond House. 

EV Charger. We’ve installed a 240 V / 50 Amp Charger. Plug type J1772.

Main Trail. (Summer, Fall and Spring) The beaver have built up ponds so we’ve needed to reroute a portion of our main trail. It’s all marked and trimmed. Rubber or hiking boots are advised in spring, summer and fall.

Off the Main Trail. (Winter) We encourage you to bring snowshoes, XCountry Skis or at least good snow/ice boots and use the creek and ponds as unique pathways. You need to be sure (by talking to us and/or using your own tools and skills) that the ice will hold you – and learn to recognise by sight and sound where springs and open water are (never very deep) so as to assure safety. There is so much animal track, evidence of beaver and unique tree growth in these frozen spaces. 

Sustainability Tours and Discussions

We’re offering tours of our rammed earth, solar powered (off grid) home. We are also willing to arrange a time to sit down to offer design guidance to help inspire and inform your sustainability planning. Some aspects we have confidence in – are – building design, extreme weather gardening, greenhouse design and management, food storage, solar power conservation and design, captured water, earthen floors, rammed earth walls. natural cooling, low impact living, medicinal herb gathering, etc. Payment for the initial discussion / tour is by donation. Please visit the News & Blog section for stories and photos of our recent building project.

Wild Animals

Although Turtle Mountain is safe to walk, ski and bike, there are coyotes. We’re generally not concerned as they are most wary of humans but it’s a good idea to be alert. There have been sightings of bear, cougar and wolf on Turtle Mountain, but as far as we know these are just passing through and have not established permanent homes here. There have been no reports of aggressive behaviour. Moose are moving back onto the mountain and are always a concern – especially if you encounter a mother with a calf. It’s best to be cautious.