||Some of Canada’s most navigable, and yet rugged, rivers are concentrated in "Le Petit Nord," the section of Manitoba East of Lake Winnipeg, so named by the Voyageur fur-traders of the late 1700s. There is plenty of flatwater paddling, but the rivers are the showpieces: The Bloodvein, a Canadian Heritage River, and its neighbors expand as they descend from Ontario to Lake Winnipeg. Some rivers, like most of the Leyond, are good introductions to whitewater, while others, like the Pigeon, are primarily exciting rapids for the experienced paddler. Geographically the heart of Canada, Manitoba captures the essence of the country’s landscape, from prairie to tundra, and its spirit, in the many native artifacts and spiritual places along its waterways. In addition to the area’s Rivers & Streams, Atikaki Provincial Park continues the remote wilderness of Ontario’s Woodland Caribou Park, while Nopiming Provincial Park provides convenient access to the "Little North."