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Seeking the Mysterious in Winnipeg

history • 6 days, 5 nights

Seeking the Mysterious in Winnipeg

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  • Group Size 10 People Maximum
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    Communities Up Close
from $2,865 USD per person
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Trip Overview

On an otherwise uneventful spring afternoon in 1967, prospector Stefan Michalak saw something suddenly drop from the sky. According to his account, he cautiously approached the mysterious dome just in time for it to rocket off, setting his shirt ablaze. Hours later, doctors puzzled over the strange sores that had begun to emerge in a grid-like pattern across his chest.

While Michalak’s tale may seem uncommon, it’s just one of the many inexplicable experiences that can be traced back to Manitoba. The region has long had its fix of intimate brushes with the otherworldly, from Bigfoot sightings to hauntings that have earned Winnipeg the title of the “Ectoplasm Capital of the World.” Over the course of six days, we’ll delve into the mystical and the mysterious—Sasquatch-spotting alongside Canada’s leading paranormal writer and UFOlogist, partaking in a traditional Anishinaabe healing ceremony with a First Nations elder, unearthing hidden occult symbols inscribed in a legislative building, and meeting a prominent researcher of spirit photography. Along the way, we’ll dine on the finest Manitoba cuisine, from pickerel cheeks to bison steaks, growing accustomed to Bigfoot stories being swapped like small-town gossip.

  • Esoteric architecture
  • Spiritual traditions
  • Unexplained mysteries
  • Memorials and ghosts


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Dr. Frank Albo
Dr. Frank Albo is a real-life Robert Langdon and a renowned expert in secret societies and symbolic language systems in art and architecture. He was featured as the code-breaking protagonist in the bestselling book, The Hermetic Code, and holds graduate degrees in ancient Near Eastern languages, Western esotericism, and a Ph.D. in the history of architecture from the University of Cambridge. His approach to architecture, landscape, and design seeks to transform public spaces into interactive journeys of discovery that elevate the mind and promote a sense of wonder. His latest book, Astana: Architecture, Myth and Destiny is a visually sumptuous treasure hunt about the “Illuminati Capital of the World.”

Additional Info

Pricing & Single Accommodations

The listed price of this trip is per person based on double occupancy. For those traveling by themselves, single accommodations can be provided, subject to availability and the latest Covid-19 guidelines, at an additional cost of $330. Please contact us to request a single room. 

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking three to five miles over the course of each day and remaining outside and on their feet for long periods of time. We’ll be walking both in the city and in more rural, wooded areas, as well as staying up late on our final night for the evening of supernatural investigation.


We'll be staying at Tonkiri Lodge in rural Manitoba for one night of the trip. The guest house is very comfortable and clean, but note that you'll need to use rustic, outhouse-style toilets. There is no internet or cellular signal on the entire property; be prepared to spend approximately 24 hours disconnected from the grid. You'll also want to pack bug spray—there can be a lot of mosquitos out in the woods.

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), you should plan to arrive by 4 p.m. on Day 1 and depart any time on Day 6. 

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at in a comfortable, modern hotel throughout the trip, in addition to one night at the Tonkiri Lodge.
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip. Travel throughout Manitoba will be by private bus. 
  • An experienced local guide to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Manitoba has to offer!
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue.
  • Transportation to and from Winnipeg.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a Canadian visa, if applicable.
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June is a lovely time of year in Manitoba. You can expect daily temperatures in late June between 72 to 78 (°F), rarely falling below 59°F.

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