The North Seal Area


The unique North Seal River watershed sprawls from northwestern Manitoba to Hudson Bay. The epitome of pristine – the North Seal is a Canadian Heritage River, only accessible by air and 320km from the nearest road, 1050km north of Winnipeg, MB and just below the 60th parallel and Nunavut. With over 12 river systems and over a hundred lakes, Ganglers has 113 boats spread over this vast watershed which you can experience from both water and land.

The lodge on Egenolf Lake is on the main juncture for the North Seal River System and the epicenter of our exclusive 5,000,000 acre allocation. Your adventures here are an exclusive experience. You will explore, kayak and canoe, hike, bike, fish, ride on a exclusive esker tour, and fly over some of the most virgin, beautiful wilderness in the world.

Gangler's North Seal River Lodge

Maria Lake Mini-Lodge

Stevens/Nicklin Lake Deluxe Outpost

Burnie Lake Deluxe Outpost

Bain Lake Deluxe Outpost

Clifton Lake Classic Outpost

The Majestic North Seal Eskers


Eskers are large, sand dunes created below ancient glaciers as they retreated toward what now is Hudson Bay. Underneath the retreating glaciers, meltwater “rivers” deposited massive amounts of sand, gravel and stone at their terminus – leaving behind the long, conspicuous geo-morphological phenomenon that is an esker.
The North Seal watershed has one of the highest concentrations of eskers in the world.

Ganglers Esker Tour
North Seal Eco-Adventures 1

Ganglers Esker Fall Tour
North Seal Eco-Adventures 2

During the period from approximately 85,000 to 21,000 years ago, most of North America was covered by several massive ice sheets that were more than 2.5 miles (4 km) thick. The ice sheets advanced and partially retreated several times, each time scouring the landscape under their massive weight.
By 25,000 to 21,000 years ago, the Laurentide Ice Sheet had reached its maximum, covering all of northern Manitoba (and indeed, most of North America south to the States of Minnesota and Wisconsin). However, by 21,000 years ago, a warming trend in global climate initiated the final melting and retreat of the ice sheet northward. As the ice sheet retreated in a northeastern direction, it left behind a scared landscape, and the melting ice created the largest lake on earth: Glacial Lake Agassiz.

Lake Agassiz covered more than 170,000 square miles (440,000 sq. km.), inundating most of Manitoba and parts of Saskatchewan, Ontario, Minnesota and North Dakota. The northern shoreline of the massive lake was located at the North Seal River. Lake Agassiz was larger than any currently existing lake in the world. The lake drained and refilled several times from 13,000 to 8,000 years ago. The final period of draining was massive and occurred quickly. The final flood of freshwater from Lake Agassiz into the Arctic Ocean caused a global sea rise of up to 9 feet (3 m), a change in oceanic circulation patterns and a temporary cooling of the climate globally. The final melting and retreat of the ice sheet in northern Manitoba not only temporarily created Lake Agassiz, but also left behind a more permanent and spectacular geologic formation: eskers. Eskers are large sand dunes created below glaciers as the ice sheet melted. They are formed within and between segments of meltwater channels cut into substrate below the base of the ice sheet, as meltwater velocity drops near the terminus of the glacier.

The eskers in northern Manitoba are oriented in a southwest to northeast direction, matching the path of retreat of the last ice sheet, and rise up to 200 feet (approximately 60 m) above the surrounding landscape. The vista from the top of these eskers are nothing short of breathtaking.

There are 13 major eskers in the region surrounding Egenolf Lake, which represents a globally rare concentration of such geologic features. The Robertson Esker is the longest at more than 180 miles (approximately 300 km), one of the longest in the world. Eskers provide unique habitats for both plants and animals, and have been used as migration routes by barren ground caribou and other wildlife for thousands of years. Archeological artifacts, commonly found on the eskers, indicate that ancient indigenous peoples used the eskers as travel and hunting routes since the glaciers left the region approximately 8,000 years ago.

The magnitude and concentration of eskers in the area is stunning from float plane view
Wilderness biking on an esker top
Aboriginal peoples used the eskers to seek out game
Wildlife use eskers as travel routes as did the Aboriginal peoples
Our esker tours are a unique way to experience these incredible geological formations
Medicinal plants used by Aboriginal peoples grow near the eskers