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Mantario Summer Program


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Member-led Mantario Canoe Trips

Join us! Spend a week or week-end this summer immersed in the wilderness. Whether you are an experienced back-country paddler or a complete beginner, our member-led canoe trips are a great way to experience the incredible scenic beauty of the largest intact boreal forest in the world.

Each trip begins on Monday with an exhilarating full day's paddle over 7 lakes and 6 portages, is followed by three days at a rustic island cabin with a blissful wood-fired sauna , and finishes up on Friday with a day's paddle back out (Note: we occasionally host weekend trips that are exceptions to this weekday format). Canoes, paddles, safety equipment, food and accommodation are all provided.

Experienced leaders will help you learn canoeing techniques and basic wilderness skills. You will participate in all aspects of the experience, from portaging to washing dishes. Your enjoyment of nature will be enhanced by varied activities including hiking, exploring, fishing, refreshing swims and evening saunas.

The spectacular surroundings offer unmatched opportunities for photography, astronomy, botany and wildlife observation. Wildflowers dot every patch of sunlit ground. Songbirds and waterfowl make the most of the short northern summer. Each week a different expert helps you explore a new facet of the Mantario experience. Review this year's program listings and select the one that is right for you.

Book your trip today. You will return refreshed and invigorated by the beauty and tranquility of the Mantario Wilderness Experience.

See bottom of this page for details on rates and registration.

Mantario Summer Program Weeks

Live Off the Land

Event Date: 

Mon, July 9th to Fri, July 13th

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.

Botanical Wonderland

Event Date: 

Mon, July 16th to Fri, July 20th

Join Charles Burchill and Donna Kurt on a week long tour of the Mantario Wilderness.  Explore the forests and lakes through paddling and hiking.  Charles is a botanist and paddler with a long experience of leading trips to the Mantario Cabin.  You can get some idea of the flavour of the week from: 

Family Week

Event Date: 

Mon, July 30th to Fri, August 3rd

Come out and enjoy Mantario with Pat and learn to appreciate the beauty of the area. The Mantario Cabin will give you great memories of different activities on or off the island. Whether it’s jumping off the dock, discovering the forest trails, or enjoying seeing one of the many creatures who share the island, Mantario will keep you and your kids coming back for more.

Education Week

Event Date: 

Mon, August 6th to Fri, August 10th

Looking for a chance to become more comfortable in a canoe and more confident navigating a confusing canoe route? Acquire or hone your canoe skills and enjoy some map and GPS practice while you pick some blueberries and catch some fish after you have finished relaxing on the Mantario Cabin deck. The days will be warm and the bugs will be down!

Astronomy Week

Event Date: 

Fri, August 10th to Wed, August 15th

Enjoy some of the darkest nighttime skies in southern Manitoba from the idyllic setting of the Mantario Wilderness Zone.  With a New Moon on Saturday and the peak of the Perseid Meteor shower predicted for Sunday, we're beginning our trip on Friday in order to enjoy the darkest sky possible and give ourselves the best chance to view numerous meteors.  At night we'll learn to navigate the stars, be amazed at the majesty of the Milky Way, and view the wonders of the Universe through a telescope.

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