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July 2016

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Canada Day Cycle

Canada Day Cycle

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Fri, July 1st

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

We will have a bicycle ride starting at Assiniboine Park to Headingly.  No registration required and all skill levels welcome.  We will meet at 10am at the Duck Pond in Assiniboine Park on July 1st.  If you have any questions or concerns you are welcome to contact Al Louer at 204-235-1790 or alainlouer@hotmail.com

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Jul 1 2016
 
Sandilands Forest Area

Sandilands Forest Area

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sat, July 2nd

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

To register email at alainlouer@hotmail.com or call 204-235-1790.

Location has been changed as the Mantario Trail is closed . I will organize a hike going to Sandilands Provincial Forest . I thought of going up north on Highway 59 but I am thinking that with situation in Whiteshell the traffic could be horrible .

Bring enough water , lunch , appropriate clothing , footwear and sunscreen .

Please meet at 9:30 am at parking lot of Coop Store on Fermor close to Lakewood Blvd in Southdale .
If you need car pooling to get to meeting place please call Al .Car pooling will be arranged at meeting place .

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Jul 2 2016
 
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Town of Birds Hill Hike

Town of Birds Hill Hike

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, July 6th

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

To register contactKeith Sutton at 204-669-7225

Hike the Trails in Silver Fox Estates Park in the town of Birds Hill. Duration: 2 1/2 hours. 

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Jul 6 2016
 
 
 
Our Natural Garden Tour 2016: July 9

Our Natural Garden Tour 2016: July 9

Details

Event Date: 

Sat, July 9th

In 2016, the Nature Manitoba Garden Tour is returning to Charleswood and St. James! Mark your calendars for July 9th! We have nine varied gardens for you to see in Charleswood and St. James. AND we will be stopping at the Living Prairie Museum on Ness Ave. to walk the trails and learn from the staff.

Tickets are now on sale and cost just $15. They are available from the Nature Manitoba office and at:

Lacoste Garden Centre
St. Mary's Nursery & Garden Centre
Shelmerdine Nurseries & Garden Centre
Schriemer's Flower & Garden
Jensen's Nursery & Garden Centre
Feasey Chiropractic & Wellness Centre
The Preferred Perch
McNally Robinson Booksellers
T&T Seeds
A. Paterson Bedding Plants
Blue Hills Design
Aubin Nurseries
Jeffries Nurseries

The tour is self-directed. 

Host gardeners will be pleased to answer any questions. Check out our facebook event for more info and photos.

Call/email Nature Manitoba Office for more info 204-943-9029 or info@naturemanitoba.ca

 

Jul 9 2016
 
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Southwestern Manitoba Mixed-grass Prairie IBA​ Blitz

Southwestern Manitoba Mixed-grass Prairie IBA​ Blitz

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sun, July 10th

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

For more info contact Tim Poole at iba@naturemanitoba.ca

Southwestern Manitoba Mixed-grass Prairie IBA​

We would be monitoring breeding birds, however in this case we will target Species At Risk, especially Sprague's Pipit, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Loggerhead Shrike, Ferruginous Hawk and Baird's Sparrow, plus other rarities such as Grasshopper Sparrow and Bobolink. 
 
Last year we did this in 5 teams and that would be the intention for 2016. We also managed to get permission to enter a few properties and again, we would hope to replicate this. We would start early and meet for lunch at the Chicken Chef in Melita. We have a few folk who will likely come from Winnipeg but again we would love getting volunteers from the Southwest. I would also be really keen to team up some local people with our IBA volunteers.
Jul 10 2016
 
The Garden of Boreas

The Garden of Boreas

Mon, July 11th to Fri, July 15th
Charles Burchill
Sharron Touchette (assistant)

The Boreal, meaning "of the North", is a place of awe and wonder. The word comes from the Greek boreas meaning "god of the north wind". Mantario is right on the edge of the Boreal forest in the Mantario Wilderness Zone; it is wild in every sense of the word. The area also represents some of the best accessible canoe country in Manitoba. Come and explore the Garden of Boreas by canoe and on foot. For lots more information on this trip, and some general canoeing and plant information, please go to Charles Burchill's webpage.

There is no set schedule for the week, a fixed plan would take away from the relaxed atmosphere of the Mantario experience. By the end of the week I would like the participants to feel that they have had a chance to better understand the diversity and importance of the flora of the Whiteshell. They should, if they are interested, come away with some knowledge of the plants of the region, general ecology, and plant identification.

There is generally lots of free time available for guests to relax, read, or do what ever they want. During these times I am available to answer questions or cover some indepth topics. Over the past several years some guests (really only two or three) have been interested in serious botanical study. I have spent time showing people how to identify mosses, lichens, mushrooms, sedges, rushes and grasses. These are very important groups of organisms that many people find very difficult, even overwhelming, to identify.

The botany week has generally followed the rough outline below. Every year the trip has been different based on the interests of the participants, weather, and time.

Monday - Introductions and paddle into Mantario: The trip is roughly 22km with 18km of paddling and the rest traversing 5 or 6 portages. Making the trip over the years has taken as little as 4 hours and as many as 10. The typical time for the trip in with the summer program is 7 hours. There are further notes and a map found on my Trip to Mantario page.

Tuesday - Plant tour of the island, Canoe skills: The morning is generally spent with a short tour of the island looking at the different types of plants followed by a short discussion on field guides and identification. A check list of the more common plant species in the Mantario region will be provided for participants. During the afternoon there has usually been a chance to practice and learn the art of canoe rescues - both assisted and self rescue techniques will be tried. Participants will also have a chance to learn more advanced flat water skills including both tandem and solo paddling.

Wednesday - Day hike, trip to Sunset hill: The day hike takes us through many different plant communities. Generally a considerable amount of time is spent discussing or identifying the plants during the hike. I have a reputation for very slow hikes. During the 2001 Botany week we made it to the top of the first hill by lunch time. We have spent time talking about the ecology and trying out edible plants on the trail. If the blue berries are ripe we usually have picked enough to make pies or muffins. Picking berries, swimming and lunch along the way provide some welcome breaks.

Thursday - Various activities: Collecting edible plants, hikes, canoe trips, etc

Friday - Trip back to Big Whiteshell.
 

Jul 11 2016 to Jul 15 2016
 
 
Interpretive Walk at Henteleff Park

Interpretive Walk at Henteleff Park

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Mon, July 11th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

Please contact Marilyn Latta at 204-253-9245 to register. 

Interpretive walk at Henteleff Park. Can't tell a fleabane from an aster and what the heck is a Jerusalem artichoke anyway? Learn this and other neat plant trivia on this walk about in Henteleff Park. Although primarily a botany walk, we will look at anything else that crawls, flies or runs by. We will meet at 7 pm at the parking lot at Henteleff Park (1964 St. Mary's Rd).

 

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Jul 11 2016
 
 
Garden/Cycle Tour

Garden/Cycle Tour

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, July 13th

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

To register contact Julia Scoen at 204-269-8004

Garden/Cycle Tour. Cycle to various home gardens in South Winnipeg area. 

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Jul 13 2016
 
Relax, swim, fish 4-5 day canoe trip

Relax, swim, fish 4-5 day canoe trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Thu, July 14th to Mon, July 18th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

CLOSED. Trip is full. More details will be sent to particpants by June 13.Stay 3, 4, or 5 days. Trip begins at Luther Village parking lot (Dogtooth Lake). Cost $10 per day parking fee. Canoe about 10 km to east end of Kilvert Lake. Camp at point in Kilvert OR camp at Gale end of an easy 300 m portage between Kilvert and Gale. Campsite location depends on availability. Very nice beach at Kilvert side of that portage and east side of Gale (a smal lake). Limit of 4 canoes. Contact Jerry via email please.

Jul 14 2016 to Jul 18 2016
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Relax, swim, fish 4-5 day canoe trip

Relax, swim, fish 4-5 day canoe trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Thu, July 14th to Mon, July 18th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

CLOSED. Trip is full. More details will be sent to particpants by June 13.Stay 3, 4, or 5 days. Trip begins at Luther Village parking lot (Dogtooth Lake). Cost $10 per day parking fee. Canoe about 10 km to east end of Kilvert Lake. Camp at point in Kilvert OR camp at Gale end of an easy 300 m portage between Kilvert and Gale. Campsite location depends on availability. Very nice beach at Kilvert side of that portage and east side of Gale (a smal lake). Limit of 4 canoes. Contact Jerry via email please.

Jul 14 2016 to Jul 18 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Family Week *FULL

Family Week *FULL

Mon, July 18th to Fri, July 22nd
Brian Hydesmith

Family Week in July at Mantario is a chance for parents and kids to unplug and reconnect in a wilderness setting, free from the distractions of social media and electronic devices. A solid day of paddling and portages takes us to the cabin where we spend three full days on an island in Whiteshell Park's wilderness zone. We choose from a variety of options including swimming, saunas, hiking, cooking, fishing, reading, wildlife watching and exploring and even some crafts. A well-earned feeling of accomplishment comes as we return enriched by nature. A great summer option for families with teens.

 

Jul 18 2016 to Jul 22 2016
 
 
 
City Hike - Cancelled due to weather

City Hike - Cancelled due to weather

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, July 20th

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

To register contact Bryan Burville at 204-233-7904

City hike has been cancelled due to extremely hot/humid weather forecast. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Jul 20 2016
 
 
 
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Hike Elk Island

Hike Elk Island

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sun, July 24th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Hike Elk Island starting at Victoria Beach Provincial Park . We will be crossing a water channel .
Bathing suit and water shoes are recommended ( barefoot is a possibility for crossing) as water can go up above the waist .Beautiful swimming . Possible berry picking followed by pot luck .
 
Meet at 9 am at Perkins parking lot at Lagimodière and Regent .

Jul 24 2016
 
Living off the Land Week

Living off the Land Week

Mon, July 25th to Fri, July 29th
Marc Leclair

Living Off the Land Week: July 25-29, 2016

Trip Leader: Marc Leclair

Monday: We will meet at the docks at Big Whiteshell at 9 am where we will get organized and depart on our adventure. Our journey to the cabin will take us between 5 and 8 hours. The first hour and a bit will take us to our first portage, where we will hike our gear and canoes into Crowduck Lake. We will head south on the lake, portaging into Richie Lake and into the backcountry. We will have lunch on a rock outcrop, go for a swim if interested and continue on to One Lake, Two Lake, and Three Lake with some interesting portages along the way. Our last portage takes us into Mantario Lake and the cabin near the south end. Once at the cabin, we will prepare our dinner and unpack.  Swimming and relaxing in the sauna will cap the evening off.

Tuesday: We will start the day off in the morning on Mantario Lake, paddle to the south end of the lake, portage into Spider Lake where we will canoe next to a glacially sculpted granite wall until we reach the far south end. We will portage into Olive Lake where we will fish for Walleye for a few hours, a shore lunch (packed sandwiches), swim, relax, fish and return to the cabin in time to eat our catch (hopefully). If you don’t know how to fish, I can teach you. If you want to learn how to fillet a fish, I can teach you that too. And if you don’t like to eat fish, that’s ok, I can eat it for you. Fishing is not obligatory.

Wednesday:  Possible activities include a day hike, fishing for Northern Pike on Mantario and/or a hike to the top of Mantario for some blueberry picking. The blueberries will be ready for eating and if we collect enough, we may even make a blueberry pie.  

Thursday: You decide. A repeat of Tuesday or Wednesday or some other unplanned activities can include: Snorkeling Mantario! There are wonderful lake creatures to see such as crawfish, snails, and minnows and lots of interesting aquatic plants. Read your favorite book on a secluded part of the island where you can read to your hearts content. It is your week at Mantario cabin to enjoy, so enjoy it the way you want. I will be there to guide you along the way. Mantario is one of the most beautiful places on our planet and I want you to enjoy it as much as I do.

Friday: We will return to the Big Whiteshell and our journey will be over. That is, until you come back for another Mantario adventure!

 

A little info on Marc Leclair (trip leader): I have been leading trips to the Mantario cabin for over 10 years; I have been paddling and exploring the backcountry for over 20 years. If you have any questions regarding Living off the Land week please contact the office and they will get you in contact with me. 

Jul 25 2016 to Jul 29 2016
 
 
 
 
Paddle the Red River

Paddle the Red River

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, July 27th

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

To register Jennifer Johnsen/Kevin MacDonald at 204-256-6145

Paddle from St. Vital Park down the Red River to the Manitoba Paddling Club. Novice/intermediate. 

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Jul 27 2016
 
Easy 5 day canoe trip

Easy 5 day canoe trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Thu, July 28th to Mon, August 1st

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

CLOSED.  Trip begins in Dogtooth Lake at Dogtooth resort parking lot (involves a daily parking fee). Canoe 10 km east on Dogtooth to 500 m portage to White Lake. Stay in White Lake 2 or 3 nights; 2 nights if returning via two portages to Kilvert; 3 nights if returning via portage between White and Dogtooth. Limit of 4 canoes. Contact Jerry using email please

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Easy 5 day canoe trip

Easy 5 day canoe trip

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Thu, July 28th to Mon, August 1st

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

CLOSED.  Trip begins in Dogtooth Lake at Dogtooth resort parking lot (involves a daily parking fee). Canoe 10 km east on Dogtooth to 500 m portage to White Lake. Stay in White Lake 2 or 3 nights; 2 nights if returning via two portages to Kilvert; 3 nights if returning via portage between White and Dogtooth. Limit of 4 canoes. Contact Jerry using email please

Jul 28 2016 to Aug 1 2016
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Hecla Island Provincial Park Hike

Hecla Island Provincial Park Hike

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sun, July 31st

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

To register please contat David Spector by e-mail at davidspector@shaw.ca or by telephone at 204-504-0125.
Hike the scenic Gull Harbour trails along the Lake Winnipeg shoreline plus an historic walk through restored Hecla Village.
Distance:  About 9 – 10 KM

Activity Type: 

Jul 31 2016
 

 

 

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Aug 8 2016 to Aug 12 2016

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Jul 28 2016 to Aug 1 2016
Aug 1 2016 to Aug 5 2016
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Aug 12 2016 to Aug 15 2016

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Aug 16 2016 to Aug 31 2016
Sep 9 2016 to Sep 12 2016