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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

Mellow Mantario

Event Date: 

Mon, July 3rd to Fri, July 7th

Join Cam and Jo for a laid back few days days enjoying all that the Mantario cabin and the lake has to offer. We're passionate about the ol' place and hope to show you why! We're planning a leisurely trip in and then as much or as little activity as you like once we arrive at the cabin. So many options, but relaxing is the priority!  Max 8 participants (any ages) in order to keep it mellow!

Family Week

Event Date: 

Mon, July 10th to Fri, July 14th

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!

A Boreal Reflection

Event Date: 

Mon, July 17th to Fri, July 21st

Take this opportunity to explore part of the great northern Boreal Forest with Botanist Charles Burchill.  Paddle and Hike the lakes and trails around Mantario; learn about the plants and ecosystems, both large and small, or just enjoy getting out into the back country. Find out more about the trip from Charles’ site.

Live Off the Land

Event Date: 

Mon, July 24th to Fri, July 28th

Fishing, blueberry picking, swimming, snorkeling, hiking, exploring and relaxing; these are some of the activities planned for Living Off The Land Week.

Astronomy Week

Event Date: 

Mon, August 7th to Fri, August 11th

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.

Mushrooms & More

Event Date: 

Mon, August 14th to Fri, August 18th

Experience Mantario's earthly and heavenly delights! Join Donna Kurt on mushroom forays to find out how they fit into Mantario's ecosystems with other flora and fauna and as traditional foods and medicines. Lorne Klassen will share his expertise on butterflies, birds and astronomy while enjoying Mantario's wilderness.  Optional activities include forest bathing, Qigong practice and developing canoeing skills. More info can be found on Donna's website.

Exploring Mantario

Event Date: 

Mon, August 21st to Fri, August 25th

Hiking, exploring, swimming, snorkeling, fishing and relaxing; these are some of the activities planned for Exploring Mantario Week. All activities are subject to change due to weather and participants interests.

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