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Northern Lights and the Wildlife of Northern Manitoba

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Day 2: Winnipeg / Flight to Gangler's North Seal River Lodge / Northern Lights Viewing
Day 3: Gangler's Lodge / Wildlife Excursion / Northern Lights Viewing
Day 4: Gangler's Lodge / Eskers Tour / Northern Lights Viewing
Day 5: Gangler's Lodge / Optional Outdoor Activities / Northern Lights Viewing
Day 6: Gangler's Lodge / Flight to Winnipeg / Depart for U.S.

NOTE: The itinerary is a general listing of activities and excursions that may happen during any part of the program. Daily activities will be determined by weather, opportunities to view wildlife, and other various elements that make up the incredibly diverse landscape. While chosen locations are favorable for witnessing the magic of the Northern Lights, we cannot guarantee their appearance. Many factors affect the visibility of this naturally occurring phenomenon. 

Day 1: Arrive Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Welcome to Canada! During leisure time, take advantage of the hotel's many amenities.
Overnight: The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel

Day 2: Winnipeg / Flight to Gangler's North Seal River Lodge / Eskers Tour / Northern Lights Viewing
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Take an early morning charter flight, arriving at a private airstrip at Gangler's North Seal River Lodge. After landing, meet your Orbridge Expedition Leader during a welcome brunch at the lodge followed by a brief introduction to the property and available activities. 

After brunch and time to settle into your cabin, rejoin the group for a tour of the surrounding area by all-terrain vehicle. Learn about glaciation and how it plays an important role in the geography of this region. Over time, lakes, moraines, eskers, and glacial erratics have designed a visually fascinating landscape. Eskers—which are remnants of sub-glacial rivers that stretched across the area, sometimes as high as 400 feet and 100 miles long—are a notable feature of the terrain. These winding landforms have been used for hundreds of years as an important migratory route for wildlife and First Nations indigenous peoples.

While traversing the terrain, discover different habitats, visit an actual trapper's cabin, and view various glacial erratics—non-native rocks transported to the area by moving glaciers.

Return to the lodge for time to unpack and unwind followed by hors d'oeuvres and a relaxing dinner. 

Afterward, hear a presentation on ideal photography techniques to best capture the northern lights before heading out with hopes to view the aurora borealis when darkness falls. (Peak viewing may occur as early as 9:30 pm this time of year.)

If the northern lights become visible overnight, guests can request a wake-up call to join the viewing.
Overnight: Gangler's North Seal River Lodge (BR,D)

Day 3: Gangler's Lodge / Wildlife Excursion / Northern Lights Viewing
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Wake up this morning with fresh coffee delivered to your cabin prior to breakfast. After eating, embark on a wildlife spotting expedition and scenic tour across the vast terrain. The North Seal River is located at the very top of the transitional subboreal forest—remarkably beautiful country that's easy to hike, traverse, and explore. This area is home to bears, moose, wolves, otters, eagles, ospreys, and many others.

This afternoon, travel by boat to a pristine esker where you'll hike to a crystal clear, spring-fed lake surrounded by animal trails. Explore the topography during an easy walking tour, and track and spot wildlife with expert interpretation by a local guide.

During the journey, sample tea made from local medicinal plants, and perhaps choose to cast into the lake for a quick fishing experience. 

Lunch is a special treat—an incredible fresh Shore Lunch, a real Canadian wilderness tradition.  

After hors d'oeuvres and dinner, watch the sunset over the river. Then bundle up and venture back outdoors to view and photograph the northern lights alongside a professional nature photographer and the lodge guides. 
Overnight: Gangler's North Seal River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 4: Gangler's Lodge / Caribou Spotting / Northern Lights Viewing
Friday, September 11, 2020
Today's highlight includes a floatplane excursion north to the Barren Lands to spot for migrating caribou, which travel in small groups, landing on the tundra (if conditions allow) to stroll the area by foot. 

Retreat back to the lodge for hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and a presentation on Manitoba's ecosystems and the North Seal River's unique characteristics. Afterward, enjoy another opportunity to view the northern lights.
Overnight: Gangler's North Seal River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Gangler's Lodge / Optional Activities / Northern Lights Viewing
Saturday, September 12, 2020
After breakfast, choose from a variety of activities for the day.

Depending on demand and availability, the following options may be chosen as individual, group, or guided activities. Options with additional fees are noted accordingly.

• Kayaking
• Canoeing
• Lake exploration by motor boat
• Mountain biking
• Hiking
• Birding
• Fishing (guided or not, experienced or not, from the shore or a boat—Gangler's will provide the equipment, instruction, and license)
• North Seal River float trip ($500 per person)
• Blackfish Lake flyout to Roberston Esker plus archaeological tour ($200 per person; limited to six guests)
• Revisit previously explored ground to delve deeper into a particular place of interest to you
• Additional discussions, lectures, and presentations by local guides and naturalists

This evening, partake in hors d'oeuvres with fellow travelers while recounting highlights of the past week, followed by a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: Gangler's North Seal River Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6: Gangler's Lodge / Flight to Winnipeg / Depart for U.S.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
After breakfast, bid a fond farewell to the Gangler's Lodge staff and board the return charter flight to Winnipeg to connect to flights home. Guests joining the post-tour will transfer to Inn at the Forks hotel for check-in. (B)

B = Breakfast, BR = Brunch, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:


To fully enjoy and participate in all aspects of this program, guests should be able to stand for 90 minutes at a time without sitting, walk a slow-paced mile on uneven terrain without difficulty, and enter/exit skiffs with little trouble.