This vast region of Manitoba is mostly still wild. Waterways carved through the rocks and forests provide refuge to an abundance of wildlife. But for those who seek a deeper connection, you’ll find the land holds the stories of Indigenous people and the communities here shine with the legends of the past and the potential of the future.
North of the 53rd parallel is a vast region of Manitoba, where the landscape shifts from the forests of the Canadian Shield, to boggy muskeg to the sparsely treed tundra.
Going back thousands of years, Indigenous people thrived off this land, and they also played an important role in the development of the fur trade. Today, Indigenous culture is shared through festivals and events, art and museum exhibits.
A visit to Northern Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 5 Territory, the original lands of the Ininiwak, Anish-Ininiwak and Dene and home to Inuit and Métis.
Thompson is known as the hub of the north - a industrious mining town with proud Indigenous identity and deep roots in the fur trade. It's where the highway ends - a city that evokes images of waterfalls, clear lakes, forests and mystical howling wolves.