The Mantario Hiking Trail was partially re-opened Friday afternoon after being closed off to trekkers just over two weeks ago due to wildfires.
The longest trail in the Canadian Shield in Western Canada, Mantario is a popular destination for backpackers, hikers and even marathoners who have taken to the trail every year since 1980.
According to Rick Shone, owner of Wilderness Supply and an active member of the Canadian outdoors community, the north trailhead from Big Whiteshell to Olive Lake will be open to the public. The southern portion between Olive Lake and Caddy Lake will remain closed indefinitely due to the Caddy Lake fire. No date has been given as to the re-opening of the remaining portion.
The extent of the damage is still unknown at this point, but Shone stated there would be a fair amount of clean-up involved. Additionally, Parks Canada has recommended that people stay patient and trek the trail with caution.
“I know Parks Canada is working as hard as they can,” Shone added.
Despite the damages to the southern side, the re-opened northern portion encompasses roughly half the trail, leaving hikers with plenty of distance to cover.
It is unknown what started the wildfire, however Conservation Manitoba stated that the cause was “human” and likely not intentional.
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