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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Anyone who says they like portaging is either a mantraio or crazy Bill Mason. This page provides an interactive map and some interesting botanical side notes about the trip to Mantario and the day hike that is often taken.

The day hike is usually done on the Wednesday of the summer program and follows part of the Mantario trail.

The information provided here is supporting material for the ‘Botanical’ week run as part of the Mantario summer program. Traill complete information about the summer program and the trip to Mantario should be obtained from Nature Manitoba. Keyboard and Mouse Commands. Pan south of MNS cabin for additional day trip points.

Open the old orthographic map or vegetation coverage map. Carefully check out the colony of Brittle Prickly-pear cacti the island just south of Post Island.

Please do not disturb or take portions of this plant off of the island.

This patch was mentioned in an article by Ernie Boyd for the Ottawa Valley Rock Garden and Horticultural Societymantaario was some concern that this colony would suffer from the campers and other day-time users of the island back in Although back in it looked like the mantarjo was suffering in in it was doing very well.

On matario way to Mantario, or back, stop near Castle Rock to climb the caves. Here you will be able to cool off and look at liverworts Marchantia polymorpha. On the beach in there was an abundance of Physostegia virginiana var formosior or False Dragonhead. There is a significant amount of poison ivy at the start of the primary portage from Big Whiteshell into Crowduck.

Stay out of the bush until the top of the portage, where it crosses the Mantario trail.

This route has not been used in a number of years now, the alternative portage also has poison ivy but less and it is more off the trail. The end of the primary portage has some interesting plants, along with more poison ivy. Look for wild ginger in the low wet area beside where the boardwalk was removed.

There is also plenty of jewel weed found along the boardwalk. This is convenient since it can be used as a remedy for poison ivy rash. Right on the shore, growing in a crack in the rocks, there has been a giant hyssop plant growing for a number of years. This licorice smelling plant makes a very pleasant tea. 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 been replaced by I now think this might never happen.


This made the original path almost impassable. Typical of many wet portages, and the people that use them, the trail was made wider by every passage because the users did not want to get their feet wet or muddy. In multiple new trails were cut out of the bush, each of these becoming muddy and treacherous very quickly.

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. Inafter several years of the primary portage getting worse, a new canoe and Kayak?

There is still some poison ivy on the Big Whiteshell end of the portage so don’t stray too far. To provide an idea of the portage I made a video in When you cross the meter portage from Crowduck into Ritchie lake you are entering the Mantario Wilderness area. This area is restricted to non-moterized traffic.

Hunting, resource extraction e. This video provides an idea of the portage condition into Ritchie Lake This portage for many years was very deep sticky mud but over the last couple of years the cut made by the portage has drained the water from the start of the portage so it is much drier usually. There is an alternative, but longer, portage from Big Whiteshell into Ritchie Lake. Unfortunately the Big Whiteshell side of this portage is often ankle deep in water, humus, and mud.

If possible remember to keep to the trail! In I made this video to provide an idea of the portage conditions. Lunch time on Ritchie! Time for a swim and a break.

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While you are wandering around check out the pin cherries. This is one of the common camp sites between between the Mantario canoeing and hiking trial. Look for the bear box for food and the big green ‘throne’ in the woods. The next portage, after lunch, into One Lake is the shortest of the whole lot.

River Otters and a walk in the marsh. River Otters have been spotted on Lake One near where it narrows to the south. During the trip out in August a number of otters popped up to snort at us as if to say ‘what are you doing here? The portage was on the east side of the marsh when I first starting leading trips to Mantario. It is a little longer now and on the west but at least it is no longer hip deep in the marsh mush. Even though it is often a little wet and muddy on the Lake One side this is really a nice portage with some neat plants to see.


In July I usually find a few dewberries along the trail – it is hard to hide the fact I am picking berries with 16 17 feet of canoe and a pack of plant identification guides. Two of Manitoba’s carnivorous plants are found in the small bog at the end of the portage between One Lake and Two Lake.

Look for the small round leaf sundew and the pitcherplant.

Trip to Mantario

The most noticeable change is the decline in the number of pitcher plants. 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. The trees in the bog are mostly tamarack – the only Manitoba coniferous tree that looses its leaves.

The needles fall after turning a beautiful gold every autumn. This portage goes over a height of land that is quite steep at both ends and reasonably level across the top. Just over half way across the portage into Lake Three there is a canoe rest setup.

Take advantage of the pole between two trees to hold the canoe, take break and look around. During the summer of a msp safer cut-off was made near the middle of the steep section at the south end of the portage – it is mantqrio the route that mantarii pretty much takes.

Mantario Trail: Overview and Preparation

This portage, in my opinion, should be renamed to ‘onion’ portage because of the abundance of onions on the south facing section overlooking Three Lake. On the steep section look for wild onions and smooth sumac.

I didn’t video this portage in so I returned in to complete the set. There is no running commentary this time, but you should have an idea of the nature of the portage. Unfortunately the camera doesn’t do the climb up or down justice. The longest, and usually wettest portage. The portage has moved several times over the last few years because of beaver dam flooding. Look at the changes in the shrubs and trees where the portage has been in the past.

There was actually benefit to this ‘beaver work’ since the winter trail could be paddled.

I took this video in to provide an idea of the portage – but you really can’t count on what you are going to find. Every year it is a new adventure. Enjoy a nice hot sauna and swim. On the last leg across the lake look at the level of algae in this lake, count the cabins.

Think tdail to Big Whiteshell and the impact that mnatario have had. There are errors and variation associated with elevations due to the inherent limitations of a GPSr to determine altitude see: