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  Out There Manitoba    
 
From the shores of Hudson's Bay, to the southern border of Manitoba, there are many wonderful surprises for the outdoor enthusiast. Its 649,950 square kilometers encompass vast tracks of permafrost and tundra in the north,
 
countless lakes and streams in the more temperate regions and areas of forest the size of some countries. A great deal of Manitoba's best is set aside for parkland. Over 29,000 square kilometres in all, with endless variations and possibilities for backcountry experiences are endless.

Try backpacking the famous Mantario Trail from Whiteshell Provincial Park, where you can hike from 3 to 6 days on the longest backpacking trail in western Canada, before you hit the Rockies. The trail is 60 km of rugged Precambrian rock and forest. Whiteshell is a 2800 square kilometres wilderness park, with great backpacking and plenty of hiking , cross-country ski and mountain biking trails along with lots of canoe routes.

Further west, you can mountain bike on some 100 kilometers of trail in Riding Mountain National Park, where you'll find everything from a challenging day ride to an over night trip on one of the longer routes like the multi-use North Escarpment Trail. This trail, and many others in the park have wilderness camping for the mountain biker who doesn't mind doing the packhorse thing.

Riding Mountain is 436 meters above the surrounding prairie and is an oasis for backcountry enthusiasts, but contrary to popular belief, it's not the highest point in Manitoba. That distinction belongs to the 831 meter high Baldy Mountain in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. This beautiful park, has 73 lakes with excellent canoeing opportunities.

What can you say about canoeing in Manitoba, when it's known as the land of 100,000 lakes, and is the birthplace of Bill Mason, the father of wilderness canoeing in North America. His first canoeing experiences were on Grand Beach on Lake Winnipeg and the happiest time of his childhood was when his father rented a canoe for a week. This is a remarkable province for the canoeing enthusiast, whether it's the wild white water you're after or the 7 to 10 day routes of solitude you seek.

It's amazing to think that all waters in Manitoba flow into Hudson Bay, as if the whole province was tipped to the north. If you're heading to the north, don't miss Wapusk National Park (the word Wapusk meaning "white bear" in Cree) to perhaps see the great polar bears. The park has one of the world's largest known polar bear denning areas. To get a safe look at these incredible mammals, (highest on the food chain) it might be best to take one of the guiding companies, who have the facilities to take you close enough for a photo opportunity, without finding out what 2nd on the food chain means.

In the winter there are a number of great cross-country ski areas, not the least of which are Riding Mountain and the many provincial parks. You can find great track set and backcountry trails in Beaudry, Hecla, Turtle Mountain and Whiteshell provincial parks. Winter campers should head for Moon Lake, Lake Katherine, or Whirlpool Lake in Riding Mountain.

With all this, Manitoba gives us a different idea of what a prairie province has to offer. It's a fine blend of Canada's best qualities; wide open spaces, fresh air, pristine wilderness and adventures waiting for an eager spirit.

 
 
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