Province/Territory: Manitoba

Whitewater & Pink Granite

  • 120-km-plus of paddling
  • 15 days in the wilderness
  • 01 Aboriginal Sweat Lodge Ceremony

Board a floatplane and fly into Manitoba’s boreal forest—Canadian Shield country—home to innumerable lakes, abundant wildlife, Ojibwa First Nations heritage and the Bloodvein River. With your canoe packed securely, and under the watchful eye of an experienced guide, set off on a nine- or 15-day journey through this pristine wilderness. Paddle challenging whitewater and serene lakes; spot moose and black bears along the shoreline as you pass. View Ojibwa paintings on pink granite cliffs; participate in an authentic Aboriginal Sweat Lodge Ceremony. Dine on fresh caught fish; camp out each night under Aurora Borealis. Paddle the Bloodvein River with Northern Soul Wilderness Canoe Adventures—a multi-day excursion through Central Canada’s untamed wilds. Follow the route of fur traders and First Nations—embark on a two-week canoe, camping and cultural journey of whitewater and pink granite.

Why you should visit
  • Fly via floatplane into remote, untouched boreal forest and embark on a fully-guided, multi-day canoe and camping adventure along a Canadian Heritage River.
  • Hone your paddling skills as you navigate the Bloodvein River’s exhilarating whitewater; appreciate the scenery during flat-water lake sections.
  • Discover how the river got its name as you pass pink granite cliffs; marvel at centuries-old Aboriginal pictographs painted on the rock.
  • Spot moose, black bears, otters, bald eagles and beavers as you traverse the boundless wilds; toss out a lure and reel in trophy-size walleye or northern pike.
  • Camp each night in comfort, dining on fresh caught fish or gourmet cookout fare; gaze up at the colourful Aurora Borealis dancing overhead.
  • Learn the history of Canada’s 18th century fur traders as you paddle the same waterway these voyageurs once did; participate in an Aboriginal Sweat Lodge ceremony and experience a traditional Ojibwa First Nations feast.


Visitor information
When to go
  • Northern Soul Wilderness Canoe Adventures offers Bloodvein River trips in July, August and September.
  • July offers the warmest weather.
  • Aurora Borealis is typically more visible in August and September.
Need to know
  • Canoeing is a strenuous activity; no experience is necessary.
  • All paddling, camping gear and meals are provided; guests are responsible for clothing, apparel and personal items (waterproof packs supplied by operator).
  • Tour is in a remote wilderness environment with tent accommodation.
  • Vegetarian diets can be accommodated.
  • Northern Soul Wilderness Canoe Adventures operates in an environmentally sustainable & responsible manner.
Getting Here