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Mantario Trail

Photos by: Sarah Fuller

Explore True Wilderness

Explore a hidden gem within the Canadian wilderness. The Mantario trail follows 63km, crossing some of the country’s oldest rock in the Canadian Shield. Delivering a challenge, expect steep climbs along granite ridges with panoramic views followed by descents into gullies and ravines showing off beaver damns, bogs, fallen timber, and jack pine and maple trees.
As you traverse alongside remote lakes you’ll never know you’re only 2 hours east of Winnipeg. Pack your backpack, absorb the fall colours, and breathe in the fresh air!

Dates and Bookings

Adventure Dates 2022:

  • September 17 - 22
Adventure Rates:
  • Participants:

    CAD $1090 + applicable taxes

  • Information package will be given upon registration
  • We value small groups - limited to 6 adventurers
  • This is a co-ed trip

The Adventure Begins

Hold tight as we fine tune the details and launch the most astonishing backpacking expereince for 2022

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Itinerary and Gear

Planned Itinerary

  • (Pre-Trip) Day 0:
    Due to COVID-19 our pre-trip meetings will now be held online at 7pm. We will make sure everyone has everything they need, introduce the group, laugh lots, distribute the group gear, and chat about our amazing adventure.​ If COVID-19 restrictions relax we will resume in person pre-trip meetings. if this occurs, you will be notified of the change.
  • Day 1:
    We will wake up full of excitement and anticipation. Today is a full day. Meeting in Winnipeg we’ll convoy to the North trailhead at Big Whiteshell. Here we will distribute group gear and shuttle cars to our starting point at the South Trailhead. The first section of the South trail features a number of climbs and descents over steep terrain. Watch your footing and don’t get discouraged – this is one of the most challenging sections of the route. We’ll cross the Canadian Pacific railway tracks, the Whiteshell River, and follow along the edge of an abandoned airfield. In the evening we’ll relax to the sound of loons calling on Caribou Lake. 12.3km, 5 hours
  • Day 2:
    This section of the trail features easier terrain on exposed granite with a section of trail that was burned in 2016. The trail continues past the Canadian National train tracks and the site of a former railway camp, We’ll also see a large beaver damn and numerous lakes. In the evening we’ll make smores in the crackling fire. 14.2km, 6hrs
  • Day 3:
    Our destination today is the namesake of the trail, Mantario Lake. Along the way we’ll navigate makeshift bridges, rock hopping across streams, and steep descents along granite boulders. Our breath will be stolen as we take in two viewpoints featuring the undulating terrain and glimmering lakes below. 14.3km, 6hrs
  • Day 4:
    Coming out of Mantario Lake we will pass through a boggy forest before emerging onto a burnt-out section on a high ridge, starting to grow back after a fire a number of years ago. The next few kilometres of the trail twist and turn, at times travelling through a number of climbs and descents. A steep scramble leads down to a large beaver dam crossing. After the dam a climb leads to the best viewpoint on the trail. After taking a break to appreciate the view we’ll continue to Hemenway Lake – 13.1km, 6.5hrs
  • Day 5:
    Today we’ll enjoy a lazy morning before hitting the trail. Along the way we’ll navigate gentle climbs and descents for several kilometres before climbing to a small ridge overlooking our last campsite. Rounding out the day is a gentle walk along the shore of Big Whiteshell. Our feet will enjoy the easier travel. Reaching our cars, we’ll celebrate together before reversing the car shuttle. 9.1km, 3.5hrs
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Level of Difficulty

This trip is designed for those with an intermediate fitness level. Being self-sufficient for 5 days will create a heavy pack. You should have the ability to carry ~35 lbs for up to 6 hours.

If you have the fitness level, minimal experience is needed for backpacking; let me teach you!

6 week hiking fitness program      Hiking Fitness Series  

Have questions swirling around, don't hesitate to contact me. I am here to help!

 

Gear, Food and Lodging

Included:

  • Backcountry skills learning
  • Wilderness pass for each night
  • Parking Pass
  • Tents for camping

  • Amazingly delicious food from the evening on day 1 to lunch on the last day
  • The expertise from an ACMG Guide
  • An on trail physiotherapist

  • All group gear - stoves, pots, food storage materials, water treatment, sunblock, bug spray
  • All safety equipment - bear spray, first aid kit, emergency communication device, and tarp

Participants must provide:

  • Transportation to the trailhead
  • Accommodations the night before and after the trip
  • Breakfast and lunch day 1 and supper on the last day
  • Personal Gear (Can be arranged for an additional fee)
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