Here is some help finding Manitoba canoe routes.
During the 1960s and 70s, noted Manitoba artist and naturalist Real Berard re-explored several of the provinces most culturally significant canoe routes and produced an outstanding set of thirteen maps to match. Not intended as navigational charts, the maps are replete with illustrations and notes which expand on the accompanying theme of each journey, and often feature multiple rivers. The maps have inspired generations of canoeists to experience the wonders of these historic waterways, and used in conjunction with topographic maps they will provide great depth to your experience. Mr. Berard is currently working on a Roseau River guide.
This map includes the following routes:
- Grass River
- Land of the Little Sticks
- Little Grand Rapids
- Mistik Creek
- Rivere aux Rats
- Middle Track and Hayes
- Winnipeg River
Price: $5.95 Paper / $11.95 Waterproof Paper (All maps black and white)
Availability: The Berard maps are available from CanadaMapSales.com online or over the counter at:
Canada Maps Sales
1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, MB Canada
Produced in print, down-loadable, and interactive versions, the Manitoba Eco-Network’s Manigotagan Map draws on diverse resources to describe the natural, topographic, recreational, and cultural features of this popular canoe route. Published in 2008, the map thoroughly documents the different names used for features and rapids by multiple sources.
Price for print copy: $10.00
Availability: Print maps are available at outdoor stores in Manitoba or by contacting the Eco-Network at 947-6511
The Manigotagan River is a little over 200km north of Winnipeg, MB. The canoe route begins in Nopoming Provincial Park and follows the river to its end in Lake Winnipeg, approximatly 100km downstream. This website is aimed at educating and informing visitors and paddlers of the river in order to maximize enjoyment and ensure protection of its natural wonder.
Manitoba’s Grass River is one of the best subarctic canoe routes WI has to offer. This route has many highlights, including Manitoba’s finest ancient Indian rock painting site, the province’s three most resplendent waterfalls, and the region’s top-rated walleye lake. If that were not enough, the Grass River is home to caribou, lynx, moose and an extraordinary concentrations of wildflowers.
This historical river has been visited by Native people, European explorers, and missionaries for centuries. The area’s oldest artifacts are the Tramping Lake cliff paintings–images of animals, humans and trickster spirits–thought to have been created 3,000 years ago by ancestors of the resident Cree and Ojibwa First Nations.
If you are going to follow in the footsteps of the fur traders, all the way from Cranberry Portage to Split Lake, plan to spend about 3 weeks on the Grass River. Many canoeists choose a shorter section for their trip: 2 weeks are likely to get you 370 kilometres from Cranberry Portage to Paint Lake, just southeast of Thompson, while 1 week will take you from Cranberry Portage to Wekusko Lake, a challenging, scenery-packed trip of 190 kilometres. Count on several portages (at least 8 to Wekusko Lake, about 23 to Paint Lake), with an average length of 200 metres. (Canoiests paddling through Tramping Lake, on their way to Wekusko Falls, will be treated to the sight of the Tramping Lake petrographs, one of Manitoba’s most significant aboriginal rock painting sites.) If you are planning to paddle the Grass, you will require topographic maps for each lake and community on the route; detailed canoe route guides for the river are also available.
Map courtesy of noted local canoeist Charles Burchill