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The Mantario Trail is a multipurpose trail in southeastern Manitoba. It is 63 kilometers long and Mantario Trail conditions reports and maps (GPS, topographical) · Manitoba Naturalists Society · Nature Manitoba – Mantario · More trail. All hikers should use a copy of the official Manitoba Conservation Mantario Hiking Trail map (available online and in stores) for planning and navigating their . Mantario Trail, 66 km, 41 miles, about 4 days. Traildino grading: MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail; Hut tour grading: T1, Walk. Find walking maps and.

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Look for wild ginger in the low wet area beside where the boardwalk was removed. Note that this route is challenging and tfail proper gear and footwear. At the second set the trail follows the tracks west for a short distance before continuing north.

Anyone who says they like portaging is either a liar or crazy Bill Mason. After several years of decay and dis-repair the boardwalk on the Crowduck side of the portage was removed early in the summer of and had not mamtario replaced by I now think this might never happen.

It takes just over an hour to drive between trailheads. Camped at tfail Marion the first night and Mantario the second. There is also plenty of jewel weed found along the boardwalk. The camp site was beautiful definitely would have made an excellent day to spend our second night if we had stuck to the 3 night plan. There are no known shuttle services available for the trail — popular options include: Expect your feet to get soaked, given the ma muddy and boggy portions which are the worst between Marion Lake and Ritchey Lake.

Many logs have been dropped erratically along this trail apparently to walk on but I find them more likely to be ankle breakers than helpful.

Mantario Trail – Manitoba, Canada | AllTrails

The official trail map provides basic descriptions of each trail section traveling in the South-to-North direction. Water is found readily along the trail but it must be treated with a filter or water purifying tablets. Physically demanding hiking while carrying multiple days of supplies. We came across a couple of campers at one of the sites. To provide an idea of the portage I made a video in Contact them throughout the trail to update them on your location and progress.


Four foundation manyario mark the base of an old airfield tower. The Caribou junction is marked with a large metal sign, currently blown over but still visible. Kevin Esau recorded 3km of South end. They are usually down a short trail away from the main campsite. Campsites There are 10 official campsites along the length of the trail.

Mantario Trail Hiking Guide

Carefully check out the colony of Brittle Prickly-pear cacti the island just south of Post Island. Coming up on the creek crossing with a rock scramble on the opposite side.

Stay out of the bush until the top of the portage, where it crosses the Mantario trail. Heading down into Olive lake there is a steep descent – watch your feet and go carefully.

All route information and photos were accurate at time of collection September, but the trail is in a constant state of change.

You will climb to a small ridge overlooking Hemenway Lake – note that the tree holding the “Hemenway Lake” sign has blown down – the path continues behind it down to the campsite. This licorice smelling plant makes a very mantairo tea.

Mantario Hiking Trail (Hike Only) Hiking Trail – – Manitoba

While you are wandering around check out the pin cherries. Volunteer groups work hard to clear particlarly bad sections of the trail on a yearly basis – you can help by moving any small obstacles and trying to stick to the official trail whenever possible to minimize erosion and misleading side trails. The recommended overnight camp for a 2 day trip would be Moosehead Lake, which is the approximate midway point of the trail. Various electrolyte tablets such as Nuun Tablets can improve the palatability of the lake water.

After hiking, drive back to collect the second matnario. Don’t forget your compass! The trees in the bog are mostly tamarack – the only Manitoba coniferous tree that looses its leaves. A little scrambling may be required.


Every year it is a new adventure. After 55 km, turn mantaruo onto Hwy E signs for Whiteshell Lake. Another very common aquatic carnivorous plant Utricularia vulgaris or Common bladderwort can be easily seen in mid-July around the marshy sections throughout the whole region. Bring your own toilet paper. Several steep sections with increasing difficulty on wet or stormy years due to changing trail conditions.

South Trailhead parking lot sign – photo via Nature Manitoba.

There is no running commentary this time, but you should have an idea of the nature of the portage. The boreal forset includes such tree species as jack pine, mantarjo aspen, balsam poplar, black spruce, white birch, white spruce, balsam fir.

I have also seen references of 63km and 66km so it really depends on side trails, short cuts, trsil turned around, and your GPS track potentially cutting off part of your distance.

Not sure mantarjo to pack? It offers a memorable wilderness experience for experienced backpackers. Want to put your head down and just walk? If choosing this option note that the road distance between trailheads is approximately 66km. South trail was definitely more challenging end we began with lots of ups and downs, trail after Richie lake heading to north trailhead was a breeze in comparison.

Mantario Trail: Overview and Preparation

Black bears ttail the most part keep to themselves, but often run into trouble when they curiously wander into camps. Photo via Pemmican Trails Past Alice lake the trail continues through a boggy section – stick to the makeshift log bridges and steps wherever possible, and try to keep your feet dry. The marking is good but some sections are tricky. I didn’t video this portage in so I returned in mantagio complete the set.