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Mantario Summer Program

Whether you are an experienced back-country paddler or a complete beginner, our Mantario Summer Program is a great way to experience the incredible scenic beauty of the largest intact boreal forest in the world! Our experienced volunteer guides will take you on a full-day canoe trip to the Mantario Wilderness Cabin, where you can settle in for several days of learning, exploring and relaxing, then another full-day canoe trip back. Each trip features a unique theme such as astronomy, yoga, botany, and more. Trips vary in length. All trips include use of Nature Manitoba's canoes, paddles, safety equipment. Accommodations and most food are provided.

COVID-19 and the Mantario Summer Program

We are committed to a healthy and safe environment on Summer Program trips for our trip leaders and all participants. Our trip leaders are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In light of ongoing COVID-19 infections in our community, we highly recommend that all participants are also fully vaccinated for everyone's safety.

To ensure our trips are healthy we kindly ask that all trip leaders and participants:
1) stay home if they are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, or are self-isolating.
2) if possible, take a self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen test within 24 hrs of trip departure to confirm that they test negative.

In the case of last minute cancellation due to COVID-19 or another illness, participants can transfer to a subsequent trip or receive a refund, less the $50 deposit up until the time of trip departure. Families on Family Week will forfeit a maximum of one $50 refund per family. Thank you for keeping our community healthy!


Summer Program Rates

Weekday trips begin Monday and return Friday. Weekend trips begin Friday and return Monday.

Member: $380 per week, $305 for weekend trips.
Non-Member: $415 per week, $332 for weekend trips.
Students age 18 and older (with a valid student ID): $380 per week, $305 for weekend trips.
Children attending Family Week: $140 per week.

Early-Bird Discount: Save $35 if you register prior to June 15th (for adults, members and students – not children).
Cost Includes: All food, accommodation, canoes, leadership and free T-shirt.



Summer Program Trips

Mantario Through the Looking Glass

Event Date: 

Monday, July 11, 2022 to Friday, July 15, 2022

Join botanist Charles Burchill and photographer Brian Hydesmith for an exploration of the Mantario ecology and landscape through your eyes, magnifying glasses, and the lens of your camera. Find a new appreciation for everything from sunsets to trees to edible and useful local plants, through useful information and techniques.

Astronomy Week

Event Date: 

Monday, July 25, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2022

Enjoy some of the darkest nighttime skies in southern Manitoba from the idyllic setting of the Mantario Wilderness Zone. We'll 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 and meteors. Astronomy week isn't only for die-hard astronomers - staying out all night is entirely optional!

Mantario Mushrooms

Event Date: 

Monday, August 8, 2022 to Friday, August 12, 2022

Canoeing ethnobotanist Donna Kurt, invites participants to experience Mantario Wilderness Zone's earthly photogenic delights on mushroom forays to see how they fit into the area's diverse ecosystems with other flora and fauna and as foods and medicines. Optional activities include forest bathing, hiking and canoeing skills.

Mantari-Yoga *FULL*

Event Date: 

Friday, August 19, 2022 to Monday, August 22, 2022

Canoe to the Mantario Cabin and enjoy an ultra-long weekend away from the internet, traffic and a busy to do list. We will enjoy swimming, hiking, discovering local plants and birds, using the wood-fired sauna, and of course yoga. Beginner yogis are very welcome.

Register for the Mantario Summer Program

Register online to secure your spot in our 2022 Summer Program. Summer program trips are rated Advanced (see trip rating guidelines here). Please review the registration information carefully when filling out your form. A $50 deposit per person is required at the time of registration, and full payment is required 14 days prior to the trip.

Nature Manitoba reserves the right to decline application to any individual as they deem appropriate and to cancel trips due to lack of enrollment.

More questions? Contact the friendly staff at our office at (204) 943-9029 or by email at

Summer Program Photo Gallery

View images of some of our previous Summer Progam trips!

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