exploring the heart of canada

Have you ever seen the sun rise in the prairies? It's unlike anything else – boundless and isolating in the most comforting way. There is no quantifying its beauty. It signifies the beginning of the future.

And the future, almost always, guarantees an adventure...

We are Rachelle & Kristen and our mission is to inspire you to Do North by exploring what's inside Canada's heart.

Until the sun sets,

Do North.


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Each adventure will indicate the season we think is best for visiting. We will also rate them on a 3 point scale:

- loved it!

- worth the trip

- skip it. 

We are going to be brutally honest and subjective here. You do not have to agree with us, and that's okay!

Lastly, we'll categorize our adventures based on their distance from the city centre (usually Winnipeg). Day trips will typically be within a 2 hour drive of Winnipeg and overnight trips will be 2+ hours away from the city.

Happy adventuring! 

June 20, 2018


This may be one of the best hikes Manitoba has to offer. As we were hiking, I was shocked I had never heard of it. It is 9km round trip in Nopiming Provincial Park. It involves rocks and elevation as well as low, wet, boggy spots. In terms of Manitoba hiking, I would rate it as moderately difficult. It is well marked by cairns. They were so fun to see! Keep your eyes open for them as they will help you stay on the trail. It also follows the lake shore fairly closely, so that helps prevent finding yourself too far off the path.

The trail head is in the Black Lake campground. About 3km in, there is a spot where it turns you around a bit to zig zag around a rock face. It will feel like you are going the wrong way, which you are. Don’t worry! It puts you in the right direction within 20 meters. The trail isn’t too fa...

June 20, 2018


We were hesitant on even checking this trail out as it was only 1.8km round trip. After chatting with the staff at Black Lake Campground, we were convinced it was worth it.

It’s a self-guiding trail meaning there are markers throughout that correspond to a guide you can find at the trail head (if any are available) or online explaining the surrounding nature, trail and its history in depth. You may find this a bit cheesy, but it’s actually quite interesting and worth reading along the way.  

The trail is very well traveled making it easy to follow. However, because you are on rock some of the time, keep your eye out for the arrow markers. They are straightforward on the way out on the trail, but not as easy to see on the way back.

This would be a great trail for the kids and dogs! Some spots are steep and require b...

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