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Photography Week

Photography Week

Mon, July 31st to Fri, August 4th
Brian Hydesmith

​Led by a former newspaper photographer, Brian Hydesmith, who will encourage you to improve your enjoyment of photography through exploration and understanding. You’ll improve your visual thinking and story-telling, try new compositions and techniques, and explore unfamiliar settings on your camera.

See the photos from the 2013 photography trip in here.

Since most photography is digital today, the trip won't focus much on film, but may be discussed if people are interested. Please note there is not the possibility for recharging batteries out there! It is important that participants come equipped with adequate spare batteries to cover their time, knowing that they will be doing more photography than usual.

 
Neepawa area hikes

Neepawa area hikes

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sat, August 5th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

We will do different hikes in the area and we will visit the Farmery Brewery location followed by a potluck.

Meeting place is 9 am at Polo Park parking lot in front of Sears facing Portage Ave .

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Aug 5 2017
 
 
Cycle from South Winnipeg to St. Adolphe

Cycle from South Winnipeg to St. Adolphe

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, August 2nd

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Contact Marilyn Hearn 204-895-4659 or marilyn_hearn@hotmail.comNote: Advise Marilyn if you wish a more leisurely outing and every attempt will be made to accommodate this option.

 

 

Cycle from South Winnipeg to St. Adolphe, MB. Bring a trail lunch or enjoy lunch at a locale in St. Adolphe.

 

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Aug 2 2017
 
 
 
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Pembina Valley Provincial Park Hike
Aug 6 2017
 
Astronomy Week - FULL

Astronomy Week - FULL

Mon, August 7th to Fri, August 11th
Heather Matheson

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in southern Manitoba during the week of the Perseid meteor shower.  Experience beautiful sunsets and moonrises, learn to navigate the stars, be amazed at the majesty of the Milky Way, view the wonders of the universe through a telescope, and possibly enjoy some Northern Lights.  Whether you stay up all night or head to bed early, you can spend your days paddling, hiking, fishing, swimming, or relaxing.

 
Nutimik Lake Environs Hiking Excursion

Nutimik Lake Environs Hiking Excursion

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sat, August 12th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Please register after August 4 by emailing rkuzina@mymts.net

Hike about 13-15 km. on various trails around Nutimik Lake, with a visit to the Whiteshell Museum and Bannock Point petroforms. This is a full-day event with a return-to-Winnipeg time later in the evening.

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Aug 12 2017
 
 
 
Paddle up the La Salle River from Sanford
Aug 9 2017
 
 
 
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Canoe English River country (FULL)

Canoe English River country (FULL)

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Mon, August 14th to Sun, August 27th

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Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

 Join Jerry for a 2 week canoe trip starting at Caribou Falls Power dam, travelling to the southern boundary of Woodland Caribou park (Sydney Lake) and then returning to the power dam launch site. The trip involves about 200 km of paddling (2 x 100 each way) and a total of about 10 portages (2 x 5 each way). GO TO READ MORE. Umfreville Lake (a backup from the dam of 3 lakes combined) and the Sturgeon River (a tributary of the English R that starts life in the southern part of Woodland Caribou park (just west of Leano L) is the path paddled. I have canoed the Sturgeon twice when a lot younger. Time #1 started at Davidson, up the Bird system across the southern edge of WCP, down the Sturgeon into Umfreville, then Gordon lake (the mine at the end of the Davidson lake road) and back to Davidson). Time #2 started at Tulabi, up the Bird system, etc but then portaged the dam, down the English R into the Winnipeg R, then Crowduck Creek & lake, ending at Big Whiteshell L. The trip will start Monday Aug 14 and end Sunday Aug 27. There should be time for about 4 layover days on the trip. Email Jerry at raven981@me.com if interested. Limit is 8 people (would likely have to split into two camping groups of 4 if 8 participate). It will be a "first come, first serve” list.

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Hike in Whiteshell Provincial Park

Hike in Whiteshell Provincial Park

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, August 16th

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Contact Rose Kuzina at rkuzina@mymts.net after August 8. Note: Advise Rose if you wish a more leisurely outing and every attempt will be made to accommodate this option

Hike in Whiteshell Provincial Park (for those not going to Riding Mtn.). Hike about 12-14 km. on the trails around West Hawk Lake.

 

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Aug 16 2017
 
 
 
Rushing River Provincial Park in Northwestern area of Ontario
Aug 19 2017
 
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Canoe English River country (FULL)

Canoe English River country (FULL)

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Mon, August 14th to Sun, August 27th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

 Join Jerry for a 2 week canoe trip starting at Caribou Falls Power dam, travelling to the southern boundary of Woodland Caribou park (Sydney Lake) and then returning to the power dam launch site. The trip involves about 200 km of paddling (2 x 100 each way) and a total of about 10 portages (2 x 5 each way). GO TO READ MORE. Umfreville Lake (a backup from the dam of 3 lakes combined) and the Sturgeon River (a tributary of the English R that starts life in the southern part of Woodland Caribou park (just west of Leano L) is the path paddled. I have canoed the Sturgeon twice when a lot younger. Time #1 started at Davidson, up the Bird system across the southern edge of WCP, down the Sturgeon into Umfreville, then Gordon lake (the mine at the end of the Davidson lake road) and back to Davidson). Time #2 started at Tulabi, up the Bird system, etc but then portaged the dam, down the English R into the Winnipeg R, then Crowduck Creek & lake, ending at Big Whiteshell L. The trip will start Monday Aug 14 and end Sunday Aug 27. There should be time for about 4 layover days on the trip. Email Jerry at raven981@me.com if interested. Limit is 8 people (would likely have to split into two camping groups of 4 if 8 participate). It will be a "first come, first serve” list.

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Exploring Mantario - FULL

Exploring Mantario - FULL

Mon, August 21st to Fri, August 25th
Marc Leclair

Monday: We will meet at the docks at Big Whiteshell at 9 am where we will get organized and depart on our exciting adventure. Our journey to the cabin begins on Big Whiteshell and will take us between 5 to 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 where motor boats are not allowed. We will have lunch on a rock outcrop, going for a swim if interested and continuing 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 to watch the sun set.

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.

 
Steep Rock paddle by canoe is Cancelled due to trip leader's injury
Aug 26 2017
 
Trans Canada Trail Cycle and Prairie walk

Trans Canada Trail Cycle and Prairie walk

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sat, August 26th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

35 k cycle plus a guided walk on the prairie reviewed http://naturemanitoba.ca/news-articles/remnant-tall-grass-prairie-discovered-mb-trail . 8:30 am at the Duck Pond, Assiniboine Park. Or just be part of the guided prairie walk. Children welcome. Start 10:00 am at the end of Alboro Street, Headingley. Trip leader Lesly Andrews will be away prior to trip so contact Les McCann at lmccann2001@yahoo.com for further detail.

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Aug 26 2017
 
Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Sat, August 26th

Trip Rating: 

NOVICE

Contact / Registration: 

No registration is needed.

Late August is usually a good time to look for hummingbirds, warblers and other passerine migrants in the area around the English Gardens. Join Rudolf Koes at 8:00 a.m. at the footbridge for this morning outing. Sunday 27 August is the weather date.

Aug 26 2017
 
 
 
Dragon Boating on the Red River

Dragon Boating on the Red River

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, August 23rd

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Contact Ted Harvey tharvey50@shaw.ca or 204-889-5725.

 

Dragon Boating on the Red River.  Try something new or experience it all over again! Paddles and PFD’s supplied. Start/end at Canoe/Kayak Club, 80 Churchill Drive. Cost about $100.00 for equipment rental, split between # of participants. Dragon boat can accommodate 20 paddlers.

Ted will recruit 4 paddlers who are experienced and a steersman so room for lots who want to try it (or enjoy a day on the river).

 

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Aug 23 2017
 
 
 
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Canoe English River country (FULL)

Canoe English River country (FULL)

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Mon, August 14th to Sun, August 27th

Trip Leader: 

Trip Rating: 

ADVANCED

 Join Jerry for a 2 week canoe trip starting at Caribou Falls Power dam, travelling to the southern boundary of Woodland Caribou park (Sydney Lake) and then returning to the power dam launch site. The trip involves about 200 km of paddling (2 x 100 each way) and a total of about 10 portages (2 x 5 each way). GO TO READ MORE. Umfreville Lake (a backup from the dam of 3 lakes combined) and the Sturgeon River (a tributary of the English R that starts life in the southern part of Woodland Caribou park (just west of Leano L) is the path paddled. I have canoed the Sturgeon twice when a lot younger. Time #1 started at Davidson, up the Bird system across the southern edge of WCP, down the Sturgeon into Umfreville, then Gordon lake (the mine at the end of the Davidson lake road) and back to Davidson). Time #2 started at Tulabi, up the Bird system, etc but then portaged the dam, down the English R into the Winnipeg R, then Crowduck Creek & lake, ending at Big Whiteshell L. The trip will start Monday Aug 14 and end Sunday Aug 27. There should be time for about 4 layover days on the trip. Email Jerry at raven981@me.com if interested. Limit is 8 people (would likely have to split into two camping groups of 4 if 8 participate). It will be a "first come, first serve” list.

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Mystery Urban Cycle

Mystery Urban Cycle

Outdoor Activities: 

Event Date: 

Wed, August 30th

Trip Rating: 

INTERMEDIATE

Contact / Registration: 

Contact Kathy Holt 204-269-6052. Note: Advise Kathy if you wish a more leisurely outing and every attempt will be made to accommodate this option.

Mystery Urban Cycle. Further info closer to the outing.

 

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Aug 30 2017