Activities & Adventure in Manitoba

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Manitoba is a beautiful, expansive and diverse prairie province. The cosmopolitan city of Winnipeg is a rich economic and cultural centre, prairie towns are coloured with history and rural communities are filled with charm. The endless landscape is equally diverse. In summer, polar bears wander the edges of Hudson Bay in the north waiting for the ice to form while pelicans scoop up fish from Lake Winnipeg in the south. In the winter, the Northern Lights create fire in the skies while blankets of snow cover the sleeping prairies.

Cosmopolitan culture and intense natural beauty draw more visitors to the province each year. Manitoba has fun and adventure for everyone, indoors and outdoors, and through every season.

TOURING BY LAND, WATER & AIR

Navigating this vast province is made easy by joining a tour or sightseeing venture. An all-inclusive package is an ideal way to maximize short visits by creating the opportunity to see all of the major sites without pre-planning. Anderson Vacations and Arvista Tours both offer a wide range of tours for individuals and groups throughout the province and in the city of Winnipeg. Alternatively, speciality tours focus on specific interests and passions, making for a memorable visit to Manitoba. Nature-oriented tours are popular, specifically wildlife tours and photography tours that connect visitors to the rugged landscape. Heightened awareness of wildlife and habitat conservation means that there are a lot of options available to eco-sensitive tourists.

Tours are available on land, water and in the air. Travelling by road on a motorcoach or van tour makes it possible to take in many of the sights of this expansive province. Polar Trails Tours conducts customizable multi-language tours, which can be a day or several days in length. Explorers may also enjoy a self-guided tour or a guided walking tour of a community.


See the varied landscape from the air with an airplane or helicopter tour. These tours can be found in all areas of the province, both in cities and rural regions. Cranberry Air, based out of The Pas, offers aerial tours in northern Manitoba, and gives patrons the opportunity to combine their trip with activities such as fishing and wildlife viewing. Manitoba's plentiful waterways offer a unique vantage point for a tour. Many boating guides operate in the province, including Boreal Vagabounds in central Manitoba. This eco-adventure company specializes in education and guiding on the Hayes, Seal and Deer rivers.

LONG SUMMER DAYS

Lazy summer days and adrenaline-pumping adventure can be equally enjoyed in this large province. Visitors can take advantage of the long, hot days by exploring the changing landscapes as well as the crystal-clear waterways. Multi-use trails suited to all levels of fitness wind throughout the province. Walking, hiking and biking can be enjoyed on these paths, especially on the Trans-Canada Trail, the world's longest trail stretching 22,000 km (14,000 mi) between Canada's east and west coasts. Adrenaline junkies can hike, climb and bike in the extreme landscape of the backcountry; there are plenty of companies that provide adventure equipment rentals.

For a more laid-back venture, explore the landscape on a trail ride or pack trip. The Trailhead Ranch in Lake Audie is a family-owned-and-operated outfitter that takes guests on trail rides, horse-drawn wagon rides and walking tours in the backcountry. The Medicine Line Guest Ranch in Darlington offers horseback riding in combination with other activities, including birdwatching, fishing and hunting. Many companies also organize camping and backpacking tours in conjunction with long pack trips.

Manitoba's thousands of lakes are connected by peaceful waterways which drain into the Hudson Bay. Canoe, kayak and raft rentals are available with and without guides in most settlements. Bakers Narrow Lodge and Tours in Flin Flon outfits visitors with all types of water vessels for guided and self-guided adventures.

SNOW & ICE

Visitors needn't worry about packing for a snowy adventure as there are plenty of opportunities to rent adventure equipment. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are enjoyed at well groomed hills in Winnipeg, Thompson, Minnedosa, Stony Mountain, La Riviere, Russell and Falcon Lake. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing give recreationists the opportunity to savour quiet winter days when time itself seems to freeze with the landscape. Mystery Mountain Winter Park in northern Manitoba is a quiet ski hill just 15 km (10 mi) north of Thompson. In addition to downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing, visitors can try snow tubing here, a fun sport that sends thrill seekers downhill on a low-friction rubber tube. Rentals and lessons are available.

Frozen waterways and lakes host quintessentially Canadian winter scenes: families skating, children playing hockey, enthusiasts ice fishing and drivers mushing dog sleds. Churchill Wild guides remote dog-sledding excursions in the rugged Canadian wilderness. Adventurers can sit back and enjoy the ride or take the opportunity to mush their own dog-sled team. Manitoba's icy winter nights are often illuminated by the colourful aurora borealis (Northern Lights) dancing across the stars; this spectacular show can also be enjoyed under guided expertise.

Polar bear, seal, whale and bird tours are popular options for wildlife viewing excursions. Churchill is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World. The town is situated on a polar bear migratory route, making it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and adventurers. Churchill Wild hosts a remote backcountry lodge where guests can see polar bears, beluga whales and other arctic wildlife in their natural habitat.
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