Mantario Summer Program

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: 2015 has two 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

Monday, July 13, 2015 - Friday, July 17, 2015
Marc Leclair

Fishing, relaxing and blueberry picking. Come experience a 5 day trip in the pristine lakes of the wilderness zone of Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Day 1. We will leave from the docks at Big Whiteshell Lake at around 9 am. We will canoe and portage our way to Mantario Lake, there will be a lunch break along the way. The trip will take us several hours and will include many wonderful sights and sounds that can only be experienced in the back country. Once we enter the back country there will be no motor boats, only our footprints in the wilderness zone. When we arrive at the cabin, we will organize ourselves, eat, swim and relax.
Day 2, 3 and 4. The weather and you will help us decide how we spend these days. We can do things as a group or if you prefer you can just relax around the cabin soaking up your surroundings. Things that we will do during the day as a group include fishing, canoeing, and trail hikes with occasional stops to pick some blue berries. The evenings can be spent relaxing in the sauna, reading, and star gazing.
Day 5. We will return to the docks at Big Whiteshell.

I have been leading trips to Mantario for many years; my experience is in fishing and exploration of the area. If you would like to learn how to filet a fish I can teach you, if you want to explore the area by foot I can take you, if you want to swim around the cabin I can race you. We will spend our days fishing, blueberry picking and relaxing in Mantario while breathing fresh air the whole time. Another great adventure awaits you.

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Monday, July 20, 2015 - Friday, July 24, 2015
Charles Burchill

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

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Monday, July 27, 2015 - Friday, July 31, 2015
Pat Nowicki

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.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 - Friday, August 14, 2015
Heather Matheson

Enjoy some of the darkest skies in southern Manitoba during the week of the Perseid meteor shower.  We will experience beautiful sunsets, learn to navigate the stars, be amazed at the majesty of the Milky Way, 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.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 - Monday, August 17, 2015
Katrina Foese

Paddle to the Mantario Cabin, a rustic building on an island deep in the wilderness zone in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Challenge yourself, crossing 7 lakes and 6 portages to get there, and then enjoy a long weekend without your cell phone, filling your days with swimming, hiking, fishing, using the wood-fired sauna, yoga, and lots of free time for relaxation. For women ages 18+.
Check out this week's facebook event:

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Monday, August 17, 2015 - Friday, August 21, 2015
Donna Kurt

This week will expand your awareness of fungi and mushrooms in the wonder of the Mantario wilderness. Donna's website, below, has a full description of what to expect on this week, as well as some other videos and resources:

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About Nature Manitoba

HikeNature Manitoba is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1920 as the Natural History Society of Manitoba (later known as the Manitoba Naturalists Society), "for the popular and scientific study of nature". In 2009, we changed our name to Nature Manitoba. Our members share a passion for nature. Our goal is to promote an appreciation and understanding of nature, and to preserve and enjoy it. Nature Manitoba offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor programs year-round, and advocates for the protection of our natural environment.

 canoe by lakeWe believe that the opportunity to experience the natural world in peace and tranquility is a joy and a privilege. We believe in the importance of sound stewardship of our parks, wilderness and other natural areas, and are proponents of self-propelled (non-motorized) recreation when enjoying these areas.

Take a moment to learn more about the benefits of membership with Nature Manitoba, or contact our office staff for assistance with memberships and information about our programs, events and outdoor trips.

What We Offer

  • Canoeing, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, and other outdoor recreational pursuits.
  • Field trips to observe birds, botany, butterflies, and more.
  • Presentations by amateur and professional photographers, researchers, writers, outdoor enthusiasts, and naturalists.
  • Year-round opportunities to enjoy the Mantario cabin.
  • Special events in support of Nature Manitoba projects and initiatives.
  • Research and advocacy groups that work for environmental protection.

Each month's events are published in advance on this website and in our newsletter, Nature Manitoba News, which is circulated to all members bi-monthly.

Our Mission

  • sun on horizonTo foster an awareness and appreciation of the natural environment and an understanding of humanity's place therein;
  • To provide an association and a voice for those interested in natural history and the outdoors, and to cooperate with individuals and organizations with similar objectives;
  • To arrange educational and recreational programs and field trips;
  • to promote an understanding of the natural environment;
  • To stimulate research and to record and preserve data and material in natural history and allied subjects;
  • To work for the preservation of our natural environment.
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