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Mantario Summer Program

Whether you are an experienced back-country paddler or an adventurous beginner, our Mantario Summer Program is a great way to experience the scenic wilderness of Whiteshell Provincial Park! Our experienced volunteer trip leaders will guide you through a day-long canoe trip to the Mantario Wilderness Cabin, where you can settle in for a week of learning, exploring and relaxing, before making the journey back to civilization. Each trip features a unique theme such as astronomy, yoga, botany, and more. All trips include use of Nature Manitoba's canoes, paddles, and safety equipment. Accommodations and food are provided. 

Summer Program Rates

Weekday trips begin Monday and return Friday. Weekend trips begin Friday and return Monday. Cost Includes: Meals, accommodation, canoes, leadership and Mantario T-shirt.

Member: $390 per week, $315 for weekend trips.
Non-Member: $425 per week, $340 for weekend trips.
Students age 18 and older (with a valid student ID): $390 per week, $315 for weekend trips.
Children/youth age 8 to 17 on Mantario Living Week: $145 per week. Must be accompanied by parent/guardian.

Early-Bird Discount: Save $40 if you register prior to June 1st (for adults, members and students – not children).

Interested in the member rate? Renew or purchase your Nature Manitoba annual membership here before registering.

Summer Program Trips

Boreal Explorations

Event Date: 

Monday, July 8, 2024 to Friday, July 12, 2024

Come on a tour of the Mantario Wilderness Zone with botanist and canoeist Charles Burchill and co-leader Gillian Brennan.  Spend 5 days exploring and learning about the boreal forest through paddling and hiking day trips. Get to know the ecology, edibility and uses of plants found in the area.  Just enjoy the wilderness with the comfortable Mantario Cabin as your home base.

Dedicated to the memory of Cam Stacey, a long-time Mantario volunteer who would have loved this trip.

Trip Leaders

Mantari-Yoga Weekend

Event Date: 

Friday, July 19, 2024 to Monday, July 22, 2024

Canoe to the Mantario cabin and enjoy an extra-long weekend away from the internet, traffic and a busy to do list. We will enjoy swimming, hiking, observing boreal plants and wildlife, using the wood-fired sauna, eating well,  and of course doing some yoga. Beginner yogis are very welcome.

Trip Leaders 

Mantario Living

Event Date: 

Monday, August 5, 2024 to Friday, August 9, 2024

Let your week be filled with your favourite things - whether that be yoga on the dock, blueberry picking, or enjoying the sauna followed by a refreshing cold plunge in the lake. Pat and Val look forward to taking you hiking, canoeing and exploring the area or give you time to sit back and relax with a book on the deck or enjoy card and board games. There is something for everyone in this magical place and we look forward to sharing it with you. Open to adventurers young* and young at heart. 


Event Date: 

Monday, August 12, 2024 to Friday, August 16, 2024

Enjoy some of the darkest nighttime skies in southern Manitoba during the week of the Perseid meteor shower.  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.  During the day we'll explore as far and wide or as close to home as participants desire. Possibilities include hiking, paddling, orienteering, swimming, fishing, and day trips to nearby lakes.

Trip Leaders

Mantario Mushrooms and Plants

Event Date: 

Monday, August 19, 2024 to Friday, August 23, 2024

Bathe in Mantario's forests to enjoy photogenic delights of the understory, learn how myriad fungi and plants coexist in diverse ecosystems and their many functions and uses.  Donna Kurt and co-leader Ron Greening offer options of activities such as canoeing skills, foraging, forest and aquatic ecology, qigong, and hiking.  

For more information about this trip read here 

Register for the Mantario Summer Program

Registration for the 2024 summer program is now full. Please contact us at if you would like to be added to a waiting list for a trip.


Please note: These trips involve paddling and portaging up to 8 hours. Novice paddlers will be paired with more experienced paddlers but will need to be able to paddle consistently and carry packs over the portages.  Please review the registration information carefully when filling out your form to ensure this is the right trip for you.

A $50 deposit per person is required at the time of registration, and full payment is required 14 days prior to the trip. 

Refund and Cancellation Policy: The $50 deposit is non-refundable, unless the trip is cancelled by Nature Manitoba. If you cancel your registration less than 14 days before a trip, you will receive a 70% refund of the trip fee or you may transfer to a subsequent trip this summer. For a family with children registered for the Mantario Living Week - if you cancel less than 14 days of the trip, you will receive a full refund of the trip fee for children and 70% refund for adults. 

Nature Manitoba reserves the right to decline application to any individual as they deem appropriate and to cancel trips due to lack of enrollment. If Nature Manitoba cancels the trip, all participants will receive a full refund.

Trip registrations will automatically close 14 days before trip departure. Wait-lists will be maintained for trips that fill early. Late registrations may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Make an Online Payment for the Mantario Summer Program

Note: Make payments only after completing registration to ensure there is space available.

Pay $50 registration deposit here.

Pay balance owing for your registration here (please refer to registration email for amount owing).


Summer Program Photo Gallery

View images of some of our previous Summer Progam trips!

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