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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

The Garden of Boreas

Event Date: 

Mon, July 11th to Fri, July 15th

The Boreal, meaning "of the North", is a place of awe and wonder. This trip is designed to give people general as well as in-depth knowledge of the plants and ecology of the area (depending on your desire to learn), with lots of time to paddle, relax and enjoy the natural setting.

Family Week *FULL

Event Date: 

Mon, July 18th to Fri, July 22nd

*This program is full - Family Week in July at Mantario is a chance for parents and kids to unplug and reconnect in a wilderness setting, free from the distractions of social media and electronic devices.

Astronomy Week

Event Date: 

Mon, August 1st to Fri, August 5th

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.

 

Family Week 2

Event Date: 

Mon, August 8th to Fri, August 12th

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.

 

Mantari-Yoga Weekend

Event Date: 

Fri, August 12th to Mon, August 15th

Get unplugged and fill your days with yoga, swimming, hiking, and lots of time for relaxing in the wood-fired sauna and good food. Led by outdoor educator Katrina Froese and certified yoga instructor Alerry Lavitt.

Mycelium Canoeing

Event Date: 

Mon, August 15th to Fri, August 19th
Expand your awareness of fungi and mushrooms in the wilderness of Mantario with options of hiking, canoeing and canoe instruction. We found over 100 fungal species at Mantario in 2015. Donna has been giving a mushroom workshop for 10 years.

Learn to Stern Week

Event Date: 

Mon, August 22nd to Fri, August 26th

Plan to enjoy an adventurous week learning to stern a canoe in the backcountry of Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park. Our adventure will begin at Big Whiteshell where we will paddle and hike our way to Mantario Lake. There we will find a beautiful, fully equipped cabin built on an island. Activities will vary from day to day but you can plan to learn to stern, canoe, hike, swim, snorkel, fish, sauna, and relax.

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