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Adventure on Ice - Two Night Package
Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience and delve into a century of tradition in the heart of Manitoba’s wilderness. Enjoy two nights on Manitoba’s famous Hecla Island and a weekend filled with winter adventure. Rumble over frozen Lake Winnipeg in a vintage bombardier with local Icelandic fishermen as they share over 50 years of stories woven into their net as you pull in the day’s catch. Warm up back on shore with a traditional lunch and help prepare the haul for your evening feast. Explore the sparkling snow of the nighttime forests for owls, wolves and other wildlife and wake up to hearty breakfasts and wrap yourself in the warmth and laughter of a country kitchen as you make your own Icelandic treats.
Min group size: 4 people
Contact us for more details and pricing. Reserve your weekend between February 20 - March 28, 2015
A Taste of Hecla - Exploring Icelandic Traditions
Step into the world of the Hecla homesteader with a guided tour of the historic Hecla Village by Sharon Holtz, one of the original Hecla inhabitants. She will bring you into her memories of this unique island community.
Then take a stroll back to her Bed and Breakfast and learn the art of making ponnokokkur, a delectable Icelandic treat before relaxing in the kitchen and enjoying the fruits of your labour.
Contact us for more information and pricing and to build your experience.
Fresh Fish and Frosty Fun
Head out onto the ice and discover the century-old tradition that sustained the people of Lake Winnipeg. Begin your adventure at the Solmundson Gesta Hus on Hecla Island. Next door, you'll meet Ivan, a 3rd generation fisherman. Strike out over the endless frozen vistas of the lake in his Bombardier and get an exclusive hands-on taste of what winter fishing is truly like. Learn the secrets of the jigger and how to harvest delicacies like Pickerel cheeks.
After your time on the ice, warm up with good friends, good stories and great home-cooked food with a meal back at the Gesta Hus, featuring the catch of the day. Extend your experience and stay the night at the B&B.
Slipping Into the Shadows
Slow down, unplug and just be. Fade into the background and watch the world wake up around you on a sensory exploration of the boreal forest. Enjoy a private evening hike out to a secluded waterway. Discover the fascinating details that make up this varied ecosystem, then settle into a quiet spot along the water's edge. Slow your thoughts and stretch your senses as we help you pick out the stories that are woven throughout the forest. Experience the wonder of the shield country by beginning your evening at the Falcon Trails Resort, or get off the beaten track and explore the backcountry of Grindstone Point.
Seeing Beyond the Green
Take a walk in the woods to the next level and get up close and personal with Manitoba's forests, fields and marshes, learning to read the signs and stories on the landscape. Slow down, stop and literally smell the roses as you discover the details that make this region truly remarkable. Each walk is customized to your party's needs and location, allowing you to choose from a number of different trails in a variety of habitats, from a short walk to a full-day hike. Choose from experiences such as Wild Gimli Walks, Evening Marsh Experiences, rambles in Oak Hammock Marsh, Hecla/Grindstone and Whiteshell Provincial Parks.
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Fish & Folk Tales
Explore the traditions of the 10th largest lake in the world! Join your host, exploring the secrets of Hecla Island, sharing stories of the lake, the island and its inhabitants as you wind your way up the shoreline to Gull Harbour. There you will meet a 4th generation fisherman and a descendent of one of the original settlers. Discover the stories woven into his nets as he gives you a taste of the art and hard work of fishing Lake Winnipeg. Roll up your sleeves and get up close and personal as he teaches you how to slice that perfect fillet and harvest some local delicacies.
Available Jun. - early Jul. & Sept.1- Oct. 30
Custom Experience Packages
Make the adventure last and discover Manitoba on a deeper level with our Experience Packages. Working in partnership with high quality local accommodations, such as the Solmundson Guest Hus, Falcon Trails Resort, Lakeview Resort Gimli and Lakeview Resort hecla, Second Nature is pleased to offer custom packages that will take you off the beaten track and up close as personal with some of the province's most interesting people and fascinating wildlife in beautiful places.