TRAVEL TIPS FOR VISITING MANITOBA, CANADA
To reach Egenolf Lake, you must first fly to Winnipeg airport in Canada. From there, Gangler’s SubArctic Adventures is a fly-in, fly-out operation with its own 1,646-metre airstrip. Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge is at a latitude of 58° 58’ 60” and is served by turbo prop planes flying charter flights from Winnipeg via Thompson (a two-and-a-half hour journey). Float planes are available for transfers to outlying lodges and surrounding lakes.
Air Canada flies to Winnipeg, via Toronto Pearson International Airport, from London Heathrow and flies from various cities in the USA to Winnipeg, many non-stop. WestJet flies to Winnipeg, via Toronto, from both London Gatwick and Glasgow, and has numerous flights from different capitals in the USA. Delta also has numerous direct flights from various cities in the USA. Delta, Westjet and Air Canada also have numerous non-direct flights from Australia to Winnipeg.
There are no roads around the remote North Seal River Lodge. Bicycles, canoes and kayaks are available for use around the property. Guided walking tours and an esker tour in an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) are included in the North Seal Wilderness Adventure package. So too is a float plane flight over the Robertson Esker
Canada operates an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) scheme and a visa scheme. The eTA is mandatory for visitors from the United Kingdom who do not need a visa. To find out if you need a visa or an eTA, see
www.canada.ca/eta for information about the application process. The online application process for an eTA currently costs CAD$7.
Time difference: GMT -6 Language: English
Electrical current/ plugs: 220 AC volts. Plugs are rounded two-pronged variety.
Water: Tap water is safe to drink in Manitoba. Bottled water is provided in the cabins at North Seal River Lodge.
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For information about Gangler’s Sub-Arctic Adventures, see the www.
ganglersadventures.com website. The Travel Manitoba website has ideas about things to do and see in the province: www.travelmanitoba.com.
For information about places to visit in Winnipeg, see the Tourism Winnipeg website: www. tourismwinnipeg.com.
The Destination Canada website is a useful source of information about things to do and see across Manitoba and elsewhere in the country: www. destinationcanada.com.
Winnipeg offers a range of things to see and do before and after spending time in the north of the province: The Canadian Museum of Human Rights ( www.humanrights.ca) is a striking building designed by Antoine Predock and features the Israel Asper Tower of Hope. Interactive exhibits within the museum convey information about human rights issues, struggles and abuses.
Don’t miss an opportunity to join a Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba State Legislative Building
The fascinating 90-minute tour is based on research by Dr Frank Albo, who asserts that the symbolism and measurements of the building means it was designed as a modern version of the Temple of Solomon.
The weather in northern Manitoba is changeable and varies markedly according to the season. The summer months, from June until mid-August, tend to be warm and sunny while the winter is cold, harsh and characterised by heavy snowfall.
The average January high temperature is -18°C while the average July high is 23°C. Even in summer it makes sense to have warm, waterproof clothing, as the weather can quickly turn cool, windy and wet.
Summer days in northern Manitoba can be sunny, so it makes sense to take sun cream, a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses. Take an insect repellent and long clothing to prevent bugs biting while outdoors after sundown.
Currency: The currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar, where $1 is made up of 100 cents. The one dollar coin is nicknamed the loonie, after the duck — a loon — which is depicted on the reverse. Notes are available in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
ATMs: Cash is accessible via ATMs, which are widely available in urban areas. (If you want cash for drinks and tips at North Seal River Lodge ensure you withdraw it before departing from Winnipeg.)
Credit cards: Are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants.