Wildlife Abounds

THE NORTH SEAL WATERSHED
IS AWASH WITH LIFE.


Gangler’s offers two distinctly different Northern Manitoba biomes to explore with the North Seal River and Courage Lake. The two are very different yet interwoven biomes form a unique tapestry, each supporting a unique and amazing array of wildlife.

THE NORTH SEAL WATERSHED
IS AWASH WITH LIFE.


Gangler’s offers two distinctly different Northern Manitoba biomes to explore with the North Seal River and Courage Lake. The two are very different yet interwoven biomes form a unique tapestry, each supporting a unique and amazing array of wildlife.

Wildlife Overview

The North Seal area is the transitional sub-boreal forest, stretching over the 59th parallel, with lakes and rivers throughout the entire ecosystem. It’s prime habitat for moose, black bear, wolf, wolverine, pine marten, otter, beaver, mink and other wildlife. Bald eagle, osprey, spruce grouse and many other birds are commonplace. The rare Barren Ground grizzly has also been observed here – a rare sub-species. In the late fall and early winter, caribou and ptarmigan migrate through the area. Many ancient caribou trails are permanently imprinted on the sand eskers.

Gangler’s Courage Lake mini-lodge lies just below the Nunavut border on the 60th parallel, the Barren Grounds. The fall-season migration of North America’s largest caribou herd travels through this area on their way to the southern wintering grounds. Ptarmigan, wolves and wolverines also inhabit this unique ecosystem and it’s just a short float plane trip north of the main lodge (90 miles/145 km).

Discover two unique worlds, so close together yet so different in biodiversity and terrain. Both are home to an amazing and unique array of wildlife to experience in their natural habitats.

Bears of Northern Manitoba

Polar Bears are one of the largest mammals in Northern Manitoba and can weight up to 1000 lbs. Gangler’s offers a special combination option to the famous seaport of Churchill to see these magnificent creatures up close.

Barren Ground Grizzlies are a rare sub-species of its more popular western cousin. While not quite as big, they still grow to over 900 lbs. and over 8’ long. A ferocious bear due to its tough environment, grizzlies have been spotted at both the North Seal and Courage Lake areas.

Black Bears are common in Northern Manitoba and can weigh up to 600 lbs. These bears are foragers eating . . . EVERYTHING !

The North Seal area is renowned for having rare color phase black bears with chocolate, cinnamon, honey-blonde, and other colored coats.

Magnificent Manitoba Moose

Moose are the largest mammals in Northern Manitoba and can weigh over 1400 lbs. and stand 9 foot at the shoulder. They are an awe-inspiring sight. Gangler’s guests often see these magnificent creatures up close. Mothers and calves love crossing rivers and lakes by the shores. They gorge on the shore line and aquatic plant life of the North Seal.

Manitoba Wolf

There are two types of wolves in Manitoba. The native breed would be the timber wolf, which frequents the North Seal area. At Courage Lake, the Arctic wolves will travel down in the fall following the caribou. It’s not uncommon to awaken in the morning to wolf tracks around your cabin.

Central Barren Ground Caribou

Our areas are home to the Kaminuriak caribou herd, North America’s largest. 300,000 animals migrate annually from their calving grounds in Nunavut to spend the fall and winter in Manitoba. The migration passes right by Courage Lake. It is not uncommon to sight a lone straggler during the summer at the North Seal. These majestic creatures epitomize the Canadian North.

Beluga Whales

Beluga whales are the crown jewel of Northern Manitoba in July and August. Over 50,000 of these beautiful creatures migrate into the Churchill region of Hudson Bay every summer. They are incredibly social and just as curious about you as you are of them.

Majestic Birds of Manitoba

With its unique diversity, Northern Manitoba is home to several different avarian ecosystems. Bald eagles flourish on the North Seal with nesting pairs near the lodge and scattered throughout the region. Ospreys are also common and their huge nests will astound you.

The Manitoba Birding Atlas completed three studies of our area- two in the North Seal and one at Courage Lake. 81 species were sighted on the North Seal in 6 days and 46 at Courage in 4 days including several rare species.

Spruce and willow grouse call the North Seal home and the sound of Ptarmigan will greet you early mornings at Courage Lake.

Loons are a classic feature of the Canadian wilderness and common.

Juvenile Northern hawk owl (pictured above), great gray owl, boreal owl and snowy owl are most common residents of the North Seal region.

Osprey chicks await thier mothers return high on top of a massive nest built on a bolder in the middle of the lake.

Gray jays are common throughout this region and often hangout around camp.

Northern pintail ducks (pictured above), wood ducks and many other species can be spotted around the North Seal Watershed.