Manitoba is a beautiful province of Canada. By now everybody that reads this blog on a regular basis has seen pictures of places and animals in the province. What I don’t often blog about is the trips into the province. Most of my pictures are from around Winnipeg and rarely further away.

Storm across the water

That was something that needed to change. So I teamed up with a friend and travelled into the province. As a newcomer here, I have always stayed close to home, a little bit like a cat in a new house. The longer the cat stays in the house the more it will discover and try out.

The same goes for me. It is easy to go out around Winnipeg and a bit around the south part of Lake Winnipeg, but to go further north requires some preparation. When I first rented a car, I was told that mileage was unlimited but that I couldn’t leave the province. Coming from Holland, that seemed a bit odd. Until you understand that Holland as a country fits about sixteen times into the province of Manitoba. Holland: 33,893 km2 (13,086 square miles) vs. Manitoba: 548,356 square km (211,721 square miles).

Pebble beach at Pine DockPebble beach at Pine Dock

That puts things into perspective, at least for me Smile. Also, the trips I was used to taking seemed finally very short compared to the distances you need to travel in Manitoba.

Rough and naturalRough and natural

However, when you put in the distance and the time, you are in for some beautiful and peaceful surprises. Going to Lake Winnipeg at the Narrows, or near them, anyway is already quite the distance. Once there, the people on Matheson Island are most welcoming. Also, they are mostly fishermen and can tell you hour long stories about how the times have changed.

Heavy weather building upHeavy weather building up

Fish seemed to be plentiful, nowadays way less, as well as the other way around. I guess it depends on what you’re fishing for Smile. Many stories always come to life when you are talking with the local people.

Pine Dock HarbourPine Dock Harbour

The small port of Pine Dock looks like a harbour from ancient times. Nothing more than a few rocks that protect from the heavy waters. Because heavy weather is definitely a possibility here. The lead picture of this post looks like a quiet bunch of clouds. In reality we were hearing the thunder from that storm far away. In other words a serious storm.

Discarded anchorDiscarded anchor

Like in many places where people are exercising their trade, debris can and will pile up. Most of the time that will be an unsightly mess, other times it can be quite photogenic Smile . I’ll just have to keep in mind that it remains debris in nature…

Getting across in winterGetting across in winter

Getting to Matheson Island can be a challenge. In winter, the island is connected to the mainland by means of a near-mile long “winter road”. At first that might look like something scary. Basically all the warning lights of my new car came on: Slippery Road, ABS warning, ASR warning and more. Going back from the island I crossed a sign that stated that the maximum weight for that day on the ice was 39.5 tonnes. I am big, but even with the car I don’t get to that weight. After that it was a pleasure to go over the ice. Ice Road Truckers, anyone?

Summertime cable ferrySummertime cable ferry

In summertime there is no way to do the same thing. It may be north, but not so much north as never to see liquid water in the year! A cable ferry is used to put people and cars and trucks over to the island in a swift and safe way.

Machinery at work to get us acrossMachinery at work to get us across

There is place enough for two or three cars and lots of pedestrians, although I didn’t see many of those over there.

We are pleased to announce that we will soon be conducting photography workshops located on isolated, uninhabited islands on beautiful Lake Winnipeg. These venues offer endless opportunities for photographing indigenous bird species that inhabit these islands. These same venues offer up incredible opportunities for capturing awe-inspiring landscapes these venues offer. All expenses from Winnipeg to the chosen destination will be included in the package. (Does not include gratuities, alcohol beverages and insurance).

If you are interested, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be hearing from us very soon!


Until next time…

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8 days 12 hours

Thanks :) !

8 days 15 hours

---Very nice Blog Henk - some nice shots there...-:)

13 days 8 hours

Presets can speed up your workflow a lot, provided you have plenty of the same type of pictures. People doing weddings will a ...

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Hi, I hadn't noticed that the typing colour was that dark... changed it to pure white, that should do it ... Henk

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I certainly agree the use of presets will discourage people learning their own methods but they can offer a shortcut to fulfi ...

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Well, I was told so by a "pro" that later recanted... :-) I removed the name, so at least it is now correct.

josie brendle
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nice blog but sorry the horses are not Clydesdales. Those are a little bigger. :)

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Henk Von Pickartz
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