Mysteries of Winnipeg: Ancient Ceremonies and Masonic Secrets - June 19, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Clarence Abrams
Photo Credit: Frank Albo
Photo Credit: Frank Albo

Mysteries of Winnipeg: Ancient Ceremonies and Masonic Secrets

from $2,485 USD per person for 5 days, 4 nights
  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Easy
  • Communities Up Close

Is the Manitoba Legislative Building a Masonic Temple in disguise? Why is Winnipeg called the “Ectoplasm Capital of the World?" And what is it about this region that makes it such a hotbed of supposed supernatural phenomena, from UFO sightings to encounters with Bigfoot?

Explore the hidden side of a city steeped in mystery, myth, and mysticism. Whatever your level of skepticism, you’re sure to come home with an entirely new appreciation of the unexpected wonders of Manitoba’s capital. Architectural wonders, spiritual mysteries, ancient ceremonies, cryptozoology, and more await you on this five-day exploration of Canada’s enigmatic heartland. We’ll travel on horseback to the best-documented UFO landing site, participate in a traditional Anishinaabe healing ceremony, and spend our evenings in a notoriously haunted historic hotel. Along the way, we’ll dine on the finest Manitoba cuisine, from pickerel cheeks to bison steaks, while getting used to hearing Bigfoot stories swapped about as lightly as small-town gossip.

  • Esoteric architecture
  • Local mysteries
  • Spiritual traditions


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.

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

For flights in and out of Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG), you should plan to arrive by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, and depart any time on Sunday, June 23. If you'd like to extend your stay before or after the tour, we're happy to reserve extra nights at our hotel in Winnipeg or provide additional recommendations.

Activity Level

This tour is moderately active. Travelers should be reasonably fit and feel comfortable walking 3 to 4 miles over the course of each day and remaining outside and on their feet for long periods of time. We will be walking both in the city and in more rural, wooded areas. One of the activities also requires riding on horseback, though travelers are welcome to skip it if they’re not comfortable on horses. 

Dates and Prices

Jun 19–23, 2019
Shared Room
$2,485 USD per person
Single Room
$2,775 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $2,485. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $1,985 will be due by April 8. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $290 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Accommodations throughout the tour as listed in the itinerary. 
  • All meals during the trip, starting with dinner on Wednesday and ending with dinner on Saturday.
  • The company of a talented local guide, as well as special guests along the way.
  • Private bus transport.
  • Admission to all proposed locations and activities.
  • Flights and other transport to and from Winnipeg, Manitoba.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Additional food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Applying for a Canadian visa, if applicable (not required for U.S. citizens).