A map can take you a long way, but it's amazing how much inside dish you can pick up on a guided tour.
In some areas of Manitoba, experienced guides are a necessity - you'll need a tour operator to provide safe passage into polar bear country near Churchill, and many also provide birding and beluga whale tours. The Pathway of the Voyageurs expedition at the remote fly-in Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge includes a riverboat ride to a portage where voyageurs hoisted their canoes and heavy bundles of furs to bypass waterfalls and rapids in what is now Atikaki Provincial Park.
Hunting and fishing guides throughout the province will help you land a big one at lakes and wilderness areas, and you'll get the inside track on native plants and animals when you take a guided horseback ride or hike in national and provincial parks. Even a stroll along a city street becomes an enlightening experience when your companion knows the secrets behind every window. And there are plenty of those to tell in these parts