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Manitoba

VISITORS’ GUIDE 2012-13

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his visitors’ guide is published by Joie de Vivre Manitoba, the tourism sector of the CDEM, the Economic Development

Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities. CDEM was established in 1996 to stimulate, encourage and coordinate economic development in the province’s bilingual municipalities. CDEM builds on the value-added of French in the tourism industry and its contribution to Manitoba’s economy. It showcases Manitoba’s bilingual municipalities, their unique Franco-Manitoban heritage and the special tourist products they offer. CDEM gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba. It is also a partner of Western Economic Diversification Canada and a member of the national network RDÉE Canada. CDEM makes every attempt to keep this guide as accurate as possible, but cannot be held responsible for errors which may have occurred.

THE 2012-13 VISITORS’ GUIDE IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT:

www.joiedevivremanitoba.com

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Joie de Vivre Manitoba

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DISCOVER JOIE DE VIVRE MANITOBA WINNIPEG RIEL REGION

SOUTHEAST REGION

SOUTHWEST REGION 2012-2013 FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS

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...LET YOUR SENSES BE YOUR GUIDE

A feast for your eyes!

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ome discover Manitoba’s natural beauty: spectacular sunrises, glistening lakes, magnificent sandy beaches and nature untouched by the spoils of modern life. See the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba’s northernmost community, or marvel at the eerie dance of the northern lights (Aurora Borealis). The possibilities are endless!

musical talent and theatre companies, including the French-language Cercle Molière, Canada’s oldest theatre company. The city is also gearing up for the highly anticipated opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in 2013. The CMHR will be the first federal museum devoted to human rights as well as the first federal museum outside the national capital region.

MUSIC TO YOUR EARS! Come sing, dance and play with us! Whether in Winnipeg, Cultural Capital of Canada, or elsewhere in Manitoba, a vibrant artistic community is yours to discover with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Manitoba Museum and the St. Boniface Museum, art galleries, local

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FEEL THE WARMTH OF OUR HOSPITALITY! ➋

Manitoba is also renowned for its many festivals Winnipeg alone features over 130 festivals and special events every year! These include summer festivals like Folklorama, North America’s largest multicultural festival, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival, a celebration that draws performers and spectators from around the world. The fun is not limited to the summer months…Manitoba’s Festival du Voyageur is Western Canada’s largest winter festival. Dubbed “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party,” Festival du Voyageur celebrates Manitoba’s FrancoManitoban heritage and joie de vivre. Our provincial license plate doesn’t say “Friendly Manitoba” for nothing!

cosmopolitan arts scene, trendy shopping and fabulous dining. Did you know that Winnipeg has one of the highest numbers of restaurants per capita of all the cities in North America? Experience the warm welcome of the province’s rural communities, proud of their culture and their rich heritage. You can celebrate this heritage by visiting local museums and historic sites such as the Riel House National Historic Site, Fort Gibraltar in St. Boniface, and the Lower Fort Garry National Site, several of which offer interpretive tours on Manitoba’s unique past. You will learn more about the history of the First Nations, Voyageurs, Métis and the first settlers who came to Manitoba at the end of the 19th century.

You’ll be charmed by Manitobans who invite you to discover the attractions of the capital, Winnipeg, with its

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➋ Jacinta Palud ➌ Thomas Fricke Photography

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GET A WHIFF OF MANITOBA’S GREAT OUTDOORS! Looking for something off the beaten track? Get away, breathe in the fresh air and explore the Manitoba’s spectacular wildlife and natural offerings. There are more than 650,000 square kilometres to explore, and more than 150 parks and 100,000 lakes to discover. Camp in St. Malo Provincial Park, fish in St. Laurent on the shores of Lake Manitoba, or do some cross-country skiing in St. Georges. Witness the annual mating ritual of garter snakes in Narcisse or the Canada goose migration at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Soak up the vistas of Red River Valley farmlands and the patchwork fields in the Pembina Valley region. There are plenty of summer and winter activities to go around. Where would you like to start?

SAVOUR FRENCH-SPEAKING MANITOBA’S JOIE DE VIVRE! French-speaking Manitoba serves up a generous helping of its own unique brand of Joie de Vivre! The best way to experience it is to bask in the warm hospitality and poignant history of Manitoba’s francophones. You will be wowed by the vitality of this community scattered mostly across southern Manitoba, from St. Lazare in the west to St. Georges in

the east, and Winnipeg’s francophone neighbourhoods of St. Boniface, St. Vital and St. Norbert. Don’t miss the Red River Valley Flood Interpretive Centre in Ste. Agathe, the charming church of Ste. Geneviève, now a heritage site, or Manitoba’s Dairy Museum in St. Claude. In the spring, celebrate the “sugaring off” season in St. Pierre-Jolys, the only place in Manitoba where maple syrup is produced. In June, you won’t want to miss St. Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations in La Broquerie. For more information on each Manitoba community, visit www.joiedevivremanitoba.com

WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

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Distance in kilometres between WINNIPEG and Manitoba bilingual towns:

Distance in kilometres from WINNIPEG to Canadian and American cities: 19

Regina, Saskatchewan

576

La Broquerie

79

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

798

Letellier

90

Lorette

35

Grand Forks, North Dakota

233

Marchand

93

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, US

723

Ile-des-Chênes

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes

129

St. Adolphe

18

St. Claude

97

Ste. Agathe

25

St. Jean-Baptiste

76

St. Joseph

97

St. Laurent

87

St. Lazare

336

St. Léon

145

St. Malo

72

St. Pierre-Jolys

56

Somerset

148

St. Georges

153

Ste. Anne

Kenora, Ontario

205

Calgary, Alberta

1323

Toronto, Ontario

2155

Vancouver, British Columbia

2264

Montréal, Quebec

2368

Québec City, Québec

2627

Whitehorse, Yukon

3377

St. John's, Newfoundland

3356

37

Distance in kilometres from WINNIPEG to other Manitoban urban centres: Boissevain

244

Brandon

216

Churchill

1070

Dauphin

327

The Pas

725

Portage La Prairie

70

Steinbach

61

Thompson

763

Winkler

102

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EXPLORE MANITOBA CENTRE:

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ocated in the heart of Winnipeg at The Forks (adjacent to the Johnston Terminal), the Explore Manitoba Centre is a permanent theme pavilion with over 8,000 square feet of incredible displays and exhibits that give both visitors and residents alike a true sense of the diversity and grandeur of Manitoba. The Explore Manitoba Centre also serves as a full-service information centre, providing visitors with information on Manitoba and Winnipeg. Open daily: Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00AM - 6:00PM, September to mid-May, 9:00AM - 7:00PM TELEPHONE: (204) 927-7838

CANADA/UNITED STATES BORDER HWY. 75 Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00AM - 7:00PM daily September to mid-May, 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Thursday to Monday TELEPHONE: (204) 373-2822

MANITOBA/ONTARIO BOUNDARY HWY. 1

Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00AM - 7:00PM daily Labour Day to Thanksgiving Day weekend, 9:00AM - 5:00PM Thursday to Monday TELEPHONE: (204) 349-2212

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PARKS CANADA The Parks Canada kiosk located in the Explore Manitoba Centre at The Forks features information on Canada’s national parks and national historic sites in Manitoba and across the country. Parks Canada staff provides an orientation to The Forks National Historic Site of Canada as well. Open daily from May long weekend until Labour Day. Bilingual services.

MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN BOUNDARY HWYS. 16 & 83 Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00AM - 7:00PM daily

TELEPHONE: (204) 773-3181

THE FORKS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE OF CANADA

MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN BOUNDARY HWY. 1

401 - 25 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg TELEPHONE: 1 (888) 773-8888 WEB: www.pc.gc.ca

Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00AM - 7:00PM daily

TOURISME RIEL Tourisme Riel promotes tourism in the francophone Riel region. This includes developing francophone tourism products and services, as well as promoting the various attractions, historical sites and tourist activities in the area. Tourisme Riel operates a year-round tourist information centre on Provencher Boulevard, in St. Boniface. During the summer months, it operates 3 other centres, one at the St. Norbert Heritage Park where tourist information is available as well as guided tours of the park, another at the St. Boniface Cathedral and one on the Esplanade Bridge.

TELEPHONE: (204) 845-2049

HWY. 1 BOISSEVAIN Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00AM - 7:00PM daily TELEPHONE: (204) 534-6303

TOURISM WINNIPEG Winnipeg International Airport 2000 Wellington Ave., Winnipeg Main level Open year-round, 8:00AM - 9:45PM daily TELEPHONE: (204) 982-7543 or 1 (800) 665-0204 (North America)

219 Provencher Blvd., Winnipeg TELEPHONE: (204) 233-8343 or 1 (866) 808-8338 (North America) WEB: www.tourismeriel.com

TOURISM WINNIPEG 259 Portage Ave., Winnipeg TELEPHONE: (204) 943-1970 or 1 (800) 665-0204 (North America) WEB: www.visitwinnipegnow.com

MANITOBA PROVINCIAL PARKS 200 Saulteaux Cres., Winnipeg TELEPHONE: (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497

Open 8:30AM - 4:30PM year-round, Monday to Friday.

Photo: ➊ Thomas Fricke Photography

➋ Canadian Museum for Human Rights ➌ Parks Canada

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ST. BONIFACE CATHEDRAL

One of St. Boniface’s most striking landmarks, the St. Boniface Cathedral, attracts thousands of visitors each year! Five cathedrals have stood on this beautiful location. The last, the best example of French Romanesque architecture in Manitoba, was ravaged by fire in 1968. Discover the unique architecture of the present-day Cathedral, designed by Franco-Manitoban architect Étienne Gaboury. Built inside the ruins of the oldest basilica in Western Canada, it incorporates the sacristy, façade and walls of the former Cathedral.

Stroll through the Cathedral cemetery and stop at the tomb of Louis Riel, the celebrated Métis leader and founding father of Manitoba. In the summer, enjoy a performance by the Theatre in the Cemetery, where important Franco-Manitoban historical figures come to life before your very eyes! www.cathedralestboniface.mb.ca

www.theatredanslecimetiere.com

THE OLDEST BASILICA IN WESTERN CANADA!

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MAISON GABRIELLE ROY HOUSE ST. BONIFACE

Visit the house that inspired many of the works penned by French-speaking Manitoba’s most famous writer, Gabrielle Roy. ➋

Maison Gabrielle Roy House, located at 375 Deschambault Street, is the birthplace of the world-renowned French-Canadian author and was her home for the first 28 years of her life. The house features prominently in several of her works, including the biographical novel Rue Deschambault (translated into English as Street of Riches). The residence has been restored to its original state and is now a museum where visitors can explore the early life of Gabrielle Roy. While there, don’t forget to check out the attic!

www.maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca ➊

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LE MUSÉE ST. BONIFACE MUSEUM

Housed in the former convent of the Grey Nuns, the St. Boniface Museum lays claim as Winnipeg’s oldest building and is the largest remaining traditional oak log structure in North America. Built by the nuns from 1846 to 1851, the Museum boasts an impressive collection of artifacts representing the life and culture of Manitoba’s francophone and Métis communities, and includes a special exhibit on Louis Riel. www.msbm.mb.ca ➍

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FORT GIBRALTAR - ST. BONIFACE Take a step back in time and experience the life of Voyageurs during the fur trade era.

Fort Gibraltar is a reproduction of the original fort built by the Northwest Company in 1809-1810. It played a key role in the legendary rivalry and struggle between the two giants of the fur trade: the Northwest and Hudson’s Bay companies. During the summer months, interpreters dressed in period costumes, take visitors on guided tours of the site. Fort Gibraltar is also open in February during the Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival. www.fortgibraltar.com

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➋+➌ Maison Gabrielle Roy

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RIEL HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - ST. VITAL The family home of Louis Riel welcomes you.

Riel House is a national historic site that pays tribute to the famous Métis leader. It has been restored and furnished as it was in 1886, six months after the death of Louis Riel. Learn more about the life and achievements of Manitoba’s founding father and his family in this house where his body lay in state following his execution for his role in the Northwest Rebellion. www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/mb/riel/index_e.asp

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ST. NORBERT HERITAGE PROVINCIAL PARK

The St. Norbert Heritage Provincial Park lies at Winnipeg’s other “fork” where the La Salle River flows into the Red River. Follow the evolution of St. Norbert’s francophone community and the life of the community’s pioneers as you tour the park and its historic 19th century homes. www.manitobaparks.com

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ST. GEORGES MUSEUM

A little piece of heaven located 150 km northeast of Winnipeg, the francophone community of St. Georges invites you to come and discover its museum. The St. Georges Museum explores the 19th century settlement history of the region, at the mouth of Lake Winnipeg, and houses an impressive collection of antiques and artifacts. A visit to the museum is also an opportunity to take in the region’s spectacular scenery!

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MANITOBA DAIRY MUSEUM / ST. CLAUDE GAOL MUSEUM

Learn how the dairy industry has evolved over the years at the Manitoba Dairy Museum in St. Claude, in the province’s southwest region. Imagine you are a pioneer and see how cream and ➋ butter were made at the turn of the last century. The museum site also includes the town’s old train station, a chapel and the Bell School Museum, depicting a one-room schoolhouse from pioneer days. Next, head over to the St. Claude Gaol Museum and see what a typical country lock-up looked like in the early 20th century. Don’t forget to have your picture taken behind bars! www.stclaude.ca

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ST. JOSEPH MUSEUM A village within a village… there’s no better way to describe the St. Joseph Museum.

The museum is in fact a small village that features a number of restored buildings: houses, a school, a stable, a metal forge and a general store. It also has one of Western Canada’s largest collections of vintage tractors. See firsthand how early pioneer farmers lived and worked over a century ago.

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RED RIVER VALLEY FLOOD INTERPRETIVE CENTRE STE. AGATHE

On April 30, 1997, Ste. Agathe was hit by the biggest flood in over a century in the Red River Basin. The small francophone town quickly came to symbolize the devastating effects of the floods that have been a constant feature of life in the Red River Valley. It only seems appropriate that Ste. Agathe now be the site of the Red River Valley Flood Interpretive Centre, built to help the wider public better understand the devastating effects of flooding and to highlight the courage of its victims. www.steagathe.mb.ca

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MANITOBA’S URBAN FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY

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innipeg’s francophone community welcomes you! Discover the tourist attractions of the bilingual neighbourhoods of St. Boniface, St. Vital and St. Norbert, where you will learn more about the long and eventful history of Manitoba’s francophone community and its rich culture.

Head to the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, where the first Voyageurs arrived in the 18th century. Walk across the magnificent pedestrian bridge connecting St. Boniface and the Forks, visit the Riel House National Historic Site, which honours the memory of Métis leader Louis Riel, Manitoba’s founding father, or browse the local wares at the St. Norbert Farmer’s Market.

Manitoba offers a wealth of attractions. The best way to plan your itinerary so you don’t miss out on anything is to visit Tourisme Riel’s information centre at 219 Provencher Blvd., open year-round. Three other information centres are open during the summer months: St. Norbert Heritage Park, St. Boniface Cathedral and the Esplanade Riel.

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MANITOBA

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WINNIPEG

SAINT-BONIFACE

SAINT-NORBERT SAINT-VITAL

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HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS ST. BONIFACE CITY HALL, TOURISME RIEL OFFICE 219 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-8343 EMAIL: info@tourismeriel.com WEB: www.tourismeriel.com All the tourism information you need can be found here! The home of St. Boniface’s civic government for nearly 70 years, this building recalls the era when St. Boniface was an independent city, prior to its amalgamation with Winnipeg in 1972. Today, the building houses Tourisme Riel offices, an excellent source of information for attractions and events throughout the Riel District and French Manitoba.

ST. BONIFACE CATHEDRAL 190 de la Cathedrale Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-7304 WEB: www.cathedralestboniface.mb.ca www.theatredanslecimetiere.com One of St. Boniface’s most striking landmarks, the St. Boniface Cathedral, attracts thousands of visitors each year! Five cathedrals have stood on this beautiful location. The last, the best example of French Romanesque architecture in Manitoba, was ravaged by fire in 1968. Discover the unique architecture of the present-day Cathedral, designed by Franco-Manitoba architect Étienne Gaboury. Built inside the ruins of the oldest basilica in Western Canada it incorporates the sacristy, façade and walls of the former Cathedral.

Stroll through the Cathedral cemetery and stop at the tomb of Louis Riel, the celebrated Métis leader and founding father of Manitoba. In the summer, enjoy a performance by the Theatre in the Cemetery, where important FrancoManitoban historical figures come to life before your very eyes!

CENTRE CULTUREL FRANCO-MANITOBAIN, CCFM 340 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-8972 EMAIL: ccfm@ccfm.mb.ca WEB: www.ccfm.mb.ca A focal point for French cultural life in Winnipeg, the CCFM is home to many events and celebrations year round. It features an art gallery, restaurant and concert halls. The CCFM is a frequent host to live entertainment from classical to pop and jazz. There’s always something happening at the CCFM!

UNIVERSITÉ DE ST. BONIFACE 200 de la Cathédrale Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-0210 WEB: www.cusb.ca Université de St.Boniface is the oldest post-secondary institution in Western Canada. Visitors to the Université are encouraged to visit the on-site art gallery as well as view the sculpture of Louis Riel by FrancoManitoban sculptor Marcien Lemay. The controversial statue is located on the Université’s east grounds, facing Aulneau Street.

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FORT GIBRALTAR 866 St. Joseph St. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-7692 EMAIL: info@festivalvoyageur.mb.ca WEB: www.fortgibraltar.com Take a step back in time and experience the life of Voyageurs during the fur trade era. Fort Gibraltar is a reproduction of the original fort built by the Northwest Company in 1809-1810. It played a key role in the legendary rivalry and struggle between the two giants of the fur trade: the Northwest and Hudson’s Bay companies. During the summer months, why not take a guided tour of the site with interpreters dressed in period costumes? Fort Gibraltar is also open in February during the Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival.

GUIDED WALKING TOUR OF OLD ST. BONIFACE 219 Provencher Blvd. Tourisme Riel Office TELEPHONE: (204) 233-8343 or 1 (866) 808-8338 EMAIL: info@tourismeriel.com WEB: www.tourismeriel.com

LA MAISON DES ARTISTES VISUELS FRANCOPHONES 219 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-5964 EMAIL: maison@mts.net WEB: www.maisondesartistes.mb.ca La Maison des artistes visuels francophones is a visual arts centre of contemporary works by francophone artists in Manitoba as well as the French-speaking community at large. La Maison des artistes promotes works in all disciplines through exhibits, workshops and artist residencies. It also offers its members training sessions and forums.

MAISON GABRIELLE-ROY HOUSE 375 Deschambault St. TELEPHONE: (204) 231-3853 EMAIL: info@maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca WEB: www.maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca Visit the house that inspired the works penned by French-speaking Manitoba’s most famous writer, Gabrielle Roy.

Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both the determination and joie de vivre of Franco-Manitobans. Duration: 90-120 minutes.

Photo: ➊ Dan Harper Photography

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Maison Gabrielle Roy House, located at 375 Deschambault Street, is the birthplace of the world-renowned French-Canadian author and was her home for the first 28 years of her life. The house features prominently in several of her works, including the biographical novel Rue Deschambault (translated into English as Street of Riches). The residence has been restored to its original state and is now a museum where visitors can explore the early life of Gabrielle Roy. A must while you’re there – a visit to the famous attic!

RIEL HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE 330 River Rd. TELEPHONE: (204) 257-1783 EMAIL: riel.info@pc.gc.ca WEB: www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/mb/riel/ The family home of Louis Riel welcomes you! Riel House is a national historic site that pays tribute to the famous Métis leader. It has been restored and furnished as it was in 1886, six months after the death of Louis Riel. Learn more about the life and achievements of Manitoba’s founding father and his family in this house where his body lay in state following his execution for his role in the Northwest Rebellion.

lays claim as Winnipeg’s oldest building and is the largest remaining traditional oak log structure in North America. Built by the nuns from 1846 to 1851, the Museum boasts an impressive collection of artifacts representing the life and culture of Manitoba’s francophone and Métis communities, and includes a special exhibit on Louis Riel.

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT 520 Lagimodière Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 983-6429 or 1 (877) 974-6468 EMAIL: boutiquespg@monnaie.ca WEB: www.mint.ca/tours Plan a visit that will help you appreciate the technology and innovation of the Royal Canadian Mint. The Interactive Museum describes the fascinating coin production process. You will even have the chance to hold a $400 000 gold brick in your hands. The Winnipeg facility produces all the coins used daily in Canada and has struck over 55 billion coins for over 72 countries all over the world.

ST. BONIFACE MUSEUM 494 Taché Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-4500 EMAIL: info@msbm.mb.ca WEB: www.msbm.mb.ca Housed in the former convent of the Grey Nuns, the St. Boniface Museum

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ST. NORBERT HERITAGE PROVINCIAL PARK 40 Turnbull Dr. TELEPHONE: (204) 945-4375 WEB: www.manitobaparks.com The St. Norbert Heritage Provincial Park lies at Winnipeg’s other “fork” where the La Salle River flows into the Red River. Follow the evolution of St. Norbert’s francophone community and the life of the community’s pioneers as you tour the park and its historic 19th century homes.

THEATRE IN THE CEMETERY 190 de la Cathédrale Ave. St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery TELEPHONE: (204) 986-8496 WEB: www.theatredanslecimetiere.com Theatre in the Cemetery presents two plays this summer: “In Riel’s Footsteps” and “The Age of the Cathedrals.” In Riel’s Footsteps: a guided tour with a twist, a theatrical experience that makes learning about French-Canadian and Métis heritage fun and exciting. Watch as history literally “comes to life.”

build them, as well as the floods and fires that destroyed them.

OUTDOOR ST. LÉON GARDENS 419 St. Mary’s Rd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-7216 EMAIL: stleon@mts.net Winnipeg’s francophone outdoor market, Jardins St. Léon Gardens, is popular with Winnipeggers who seek fresh, locally-grown, fruits, vegetables, flowers and bedding plants. Open from May to end of September.

LAGIMODIÈRE-GABOURY PARK Along the Seine River on Aubert Street.

LA BARRIÈRE PARK St. Norbert TELEPHONE: (204) 986-7623

PARC ELZÉAR-GOULET PARK Along the Red River, entrance Taché Ave.

The Age of the Cathedrals: 6 churches and 4 cathedrals have been built in St. Boniface, along the banks of the Red River. Learn all about them: their architecture, the men who helped

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ST. VITAL PARK River Road, just north of Bishop Grandin Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 986-7623 One of Winnipeg’s most beautiful parks, it lies on the east bank of the Red River. It features a pond, several hiking trails, a playground and picnic areas. During the winter months, the park offers groomed cross-country skiing trails, toboggan slides and an outdoor skating rink.

ST. NORBERT MARKET 3414 Pembina Hwy. TELEPHONE: (204) 275-8349 WEB: www.stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca It’s 5:30 am on a Saturday morning, and Manitoba’s farmers are arriving at the site of Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. They’re bringing the bounty of the fields to the tables of the city, as they do every week, rain or shine, from June through to the end of October.

Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is Manitoba’s largest and best-known farmers’ market. Featured weekly at the market are locally grown produce, delicious fresh baking, homestyle jams and preserves. There are wonderful homespun crafts, uniquely designed jewelry, fresh cut flowers and much more. The colours are vibrant, the produce field-fresh. Lively chatter and friendly faces welcome residents and visitors alike, every week of the season.

TRAPPIST MONASTERY PROVINCIAL PARK 100 Ruins of the Monastery St. St. Norbert The Trappist Monastery was established in 1892 by five members of the Trappist Order from the Abbey of Bellefontaine, France. In 1978, the Trappists moved to a site near Holland, Manitoba, to protect their contemplative life from the effects of urban sprawl. Fire gutted the vacated church and residential wing five years later. Additional information about the Trappist monks and the monastery is on display at the remaining ruins.

SEINE RIVER TRAIL (1.25 KM) Entrance at the LagimodièreGaboury Park This beautiful nature trail follows the winding Seine River through Old St. Boniface all the way to the Red River. ➊

ST. NORBERT HERITAGE TRAIL TELEPHONE: (204) 261-4454 WEB: www.mrta.mb.ca/Trails/StNorbert/ EMAIL: TourStNorbert@shaw.ca

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WHERE TO EAT

CLASS ACTS BEAUJENA’S

SAWATDEE THAI 150 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 415-1001

SANTA LUCIA 4 St.Mary’s Rd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-4134

302 Hamel Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-4841 WEB: www.beaujenas.com

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CHEZ CORA

157 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 956-7837 WEB: www.stepnout.ca

CHEZ SOPHIE 248 de la Cathédrale Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 235-0353 WEB: www.chezsophie.net

INFERNO’S BISTRO 312 Des Meurons St. TELEPHONE: (204) 262-7400

RESTO GARE 630 Des Meurons St. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-7072 WEB: www.restogare.com EMAIL: finedine@mts.net

FAMILY FARE PROMENADE BISTRO C-130 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-7030

SEINE RIVER CAFÉ A-390 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-4864

130 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-4174

340 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 928-1204 WEB: www.chezcora.com

LOVEY’S BBQ 2-208 Marion St. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-RIBS EMAIL: loveys@mts.net

LA P’TITE FRANCE 241 St.Mary’s Rd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-5468

GARAGE CAFÉ 166 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-0737 WEB: www.garagecafe.ca

LE CROISSANT 276 Taché Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-3536

DEAN’S DINER 205 Marion St. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-2208

JOLLY FRIAR 112 Marion St. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-4475

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MINUTE MINDER MUSTS (LOCAL FAST FOODS) MRS. MIKES

DAIRY WHIP

282 Taché Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-3977

383 Marion St. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-5144

SHOPS & SERVICES AU BONHEUR D’OCCASION

LA BOUTIQUE DU LIVRE

Maison Gabrielle Roy House Boutique 375 Deschambault St. TELEPHONE: (204) 231-3853 WEB: www.maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca EMAIL: infomgr@mts.net

130 Marion St. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-3395 or 1 (888) 712-8389 WEB: www.boutiquedulivre.com EMAIL: bdulivre@mts.net

BIJOU TREASURES

LIBRAIRIE À LA PAGE

190 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-9722 WEB: www.bijoutreasures.com EMAIL: bijou@mts.net

200 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-7223

CKW HANDBAGS 104-147 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-3327 WEB: www.cwhandbags.ca

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT BOUTIQUE 520 Lagimodière Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 983-6429 or toll-free 1 (877) 974-6488 WEB: www.monnaie.ca EMAIL: boutiquewpg@monnaie.ca

ST. BONIFACE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP 494 Taché Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-4500

VOYAGEUR BOUTIQUE 233 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 237-7692

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WAYNE ARTHUR GALLERY 186 Provencher Blvd. TELEPHONE: (204) 477-5249

METALWORKS JEWELLERY & GIFT SHOP 192 Taché Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 256-6613

WHERE TO STAY INN AT THE FORKS 75 Forks Market Rd., The Forks TELEPHONE: (204) 942-6555 or 1 (877) 377-4100 EMAIL: info@innforks.com or reservations@innforks.com WEB: www.innforks.com

FAIRMONT WINNIPEG 2 Lombard Pl. TELEPHONE: (204) 957-1350 or 1 (888) 974-7666 EMAIL: winnipeg@fairmont.com WEB: www.fairmont.com/winnipeg/

GÎTE DE LA CATHÉDRALE B & B Jacqueline Bernier 581 Langevin St. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-7792

NORWOOD HOTEL 112 Marion St. TELEPHONE: (204) 233-4475 or 1 (888) 888-1878 WEB: www.norwood-hotel.com

TRAVEL LODGE WINNIPEG EAST 20 Alpine Ave. TELEPHONE: (204) 255-6000 or 1 (877) 991-4440 WEB: www.travelodgewinnipeg.com

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DESIGNED IN TIME…

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

WITH LORNA DESIGN Create a vest that captures your stories and passions. Artist and designer Lorna Hiebert loves Manitoba, its people, its nature and its art. She shares her passion for all that is Manitoban in a unique experience that brings Manitoba’s history to life. The experience is held at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum. This peaceful and historical building sets the atmosphere.

“DESIGNED IN TIME” EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: • • • •

Half a day with artist and designer Lorna Hiebert All material needed to design an original vest The pride of wearing your own made-in-Manitoba vest A guided tour of Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

You design the vest and Lorna sews it together!

PACKAGE PRICE: • $295 per person (includes taxes and shipping) • Accommodates groups of 4 to 8 participants • Length of session: 4 hours • Workshop offered in French or English • Option to upgrade vest to jacket • Option to customize the experience to meet your needs

INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS: (204) 237-4500 info@msbm.mb.ca

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GATEWAY FOR MANITOBA’S FIRST FRANCOPHONES

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id you know that the local history of Manitoba’s francophone community began in this magnificent region that spans from the area east of the Red River to the Ontario border, where the open prairies meet the rugged landscape of the Canadian Shield? The first francophone Voyageurs passed through this region in the 18th century, heading west in search of furs. The French-speaking communities that sprang up here were mostly founded in the 19th century. At the turn of the 20th century, with the offer of a homestead, francophone immigrants from Europe also flooded into the area. We invite you to experience firsthand the joie de vivre and rugged charm of these rural communities along with the francophone heritage and culture that is uniquely Manitoban!

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HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS RED RIVER VALLEY FLOOD INTERPRETIVE CENTRE Parc Sir Georges-Étienne Cartier Park, Ste. Agathe TELEPHONE: (204) 882-2153 or (204) 882-2696 WEB: www.steagathe.mb.ca On April 30, 1997, the town of Ste. Agathe was hit by the biggest flood seen in the Red River basin in over a century. The little town quickly came to symbolize the devastating effects of the floods that have been a constant feature of life in the Red River Valley. It seems only appropriate that Ste. Agathe now be the site of the Red River Valley Flood Interpretive Centre, built to help the wider public better understand the devastating effects of flooding and to highlight the courage of its victims.

A visit to the museum is also an opportunity to take in the region’s spectacular scenery.

ST. PIERRE-JOLYS MUSEUM 432 Joubert St., St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-7635 WEB: www.museestpierrejolys.ca Step back in history and imagine being greeted by the Sisters in the parlor or the room where Mother Superior lived. Built in 1900, the former convent of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary was a boarding school for girls aged 6 to 15 years.

ST. GEORGES MUSEUM 19 Caron South Bay, St. Georges TELEPHONE: (204) 367-9274 or (204) 367-8801 EMAIL: cdc@granite.com A little piece of heaven located 150 km northeast of Winnipeg, the francophone community of St. Georges invites you to come and discover its museum, which explores the 19th century settlement history of the region at the mouth of Lake Winnipeg and houses an impressive collection of antiques and artifacts.

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OUTDOOR BLUE WATER TRAIL St. Georges TELEPHONE: (204) 367-2705

LA VÉRENDRYE GOLF COURSE 99 Tétrault Rd, La Broquerie TELEPHONE: (204) 424-5046 or 1 (888) 424-5046 WEB: www.laverendryegolf.mb.ca

LORETTE GOLF COURSE

ST. MALO MARKET

Box 10, RR2, Lorette TELEPHONE: (204) 878-2172 WEB: www.lorettegolf.ca

Saturdays, 10:00AM – 1:30PM, July to September L‘Auberge St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5976

LORETTE MARKET

WATER FUN RENTALS

Wednesdays, 4:00PM – 7:00PM, July to September Community Centre TELEPHONE: (204) 878-4650

St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5514

ST. GEORGES BEACH St. Georges TELEPHONE: (204) 367-4767 WEB: www.villagestgeorges.ca

PINE FALLS GOLF CLUB Pine Falls Golf Course Road Powerview/Pine Falls TELEPHONE: (204) 367-8463

ST. MALO GOLF & CABINS St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5514

STE. ANNE MARKET Fridays, 3:00PM – 6:30PM, July to September Sports Complex Parking lot TELEPHONE: (204) 422-6631

WHERE TO EAT DC’S STEAKHOUSE AND GRILL 3 rue des Pignons, La Broquerie TELEPHONE: (204) 424-5835 WEB: www.labhotel.ca

HOLY COW St. Malo Provincial Park

LE BÉBÉ ROUGE (seasonal) Hwy. 59 North, St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-7082 or (204) 433-7555

LE ROUTIER Hwy. 59, St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-7879

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WHERE TO STAY CALDER HOUSE B & B P.O Box 2562, La Broquerie TELEPHONE: (204) 326-1837 WEB: www.calderhealinghouse.com EMAIL: thecalderhousebnb@voyageur.coop

GÎTE DE FOREST B & B

OLD NO. 12 CAFÉ & LOUNGE 15 La Vérendrye Ave., Ste. Anne TELEPHONE: (204) 422-5955

512 Côté Ave, St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-7870 or 1 (866) 661-7870 WEB: www.gitedeforestbb.com EMAIL: nicole.nrl@gmail.com

LA BROQUERIE HOTEL

183 Central Avenue, Ste. Anne TELEPHONE: (204) 422-9198

La Broquerie TELEPHONE: (204) 424-5302 or 1 (866) 424-5302 WEB: www.labhotel.ca

STE. ANNE HOTEL

LE CHÂTEAU DES SAGES B & B

103 Dawson Road, Ste. Anne TELEPHONE: (204) 422-9275

327 Sabourin Street North, St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-3202 or 1 (866) 226-2770 WEB: www.chateaudessages.ca

DAWSON TRAIL CAFÉ

OMA’S SCHNITZEL STUBE 601 Sabourin Street South (on Hwy. 59 S), St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-7726

ST. PIERRE BAKERY 530 Hébert Avenue East, St. Pierre-Jolys TELEPHONE: (204) 433-7763

LOG HAVEN LODGE Lorraine Jones-Racine Box 114, 5 Hébert St., St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5624 or (204) 712-7086 EMAIL: loghavenlodge@hotmail.com WEB: www.loghavenlodge.ca

MANITOU LODGE Pine Falls / St. Georges TELEPHONE: (204) 367-2252

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NESTIN’ ON THE LAKEVIEW Albert and Hedy Janzen Box 94, 9 Lakeview Rd., St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-4788 or (204) 746-5879 WEB: www.bedandbreakfast.mb.ca /nestin EMAIL: ahjanzen@mts.net

PAPERTOWN MOTOR INN Powerview / St. Georges TELEPHONE: (204) 367-2261

ST. MALO GOLF & CABINS P.O Box 220, St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5514 or 1 (866) 226-6880 EMAIL: info@stmalogolfcabins.com WEB: www.stmalolodge.com

CAMPING ARROWHEAD RV PARK Île-des-Chênes TELEPHONE: 1 (888) 878-4203 EMAIL: info@arrowheadrvpark.ca WEB: www.arrowheadrvpark.ca

BLUE WATER RV PARK & CAMPGROUND Powerview-Pine Falls TELEPHONE: (204) 367-4748 EMAIL: admin@bluewatercampground.ca WEB: www.bluewatercampground.ca

CAMPING DEBONAIR Hwys. 59 & 403, C.P. 68, St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5336 EMAIL: debonair@mts.net WEB: www.DebonairCampground.com

LILAC RESORT CAMPGROUND & WATERSLIDE PARK Ste. Anne TELEPHONE: (204) 422-5760 WEB: www.lilacresort.com

Ô ROSEAU St. Malo TELEPHONE: (204) 427-2922 WEB: www.oroseau.ca

PARC PROVINCIAL SAINT-MALO PARK St. Malo TELEPHONE: 1 (888) 482-2267 WEB: www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/parks

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UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

HANDY DAN DI ALPACAS A FIBRE AND FARM EXPERIENCE ST. MALO, MANITOBA

Diane is a multi-talented farmer, who breeds alpacas and shears, cards, spins and knits their fibre. She loves to share her knowledge of alpacas. Come visit Diane at her Dan Di Alpaca farm, to explore and experience these curiously cute creatures.

THE DAN DI ALPACAS EXPERIENCE INCLUDES: • • • • •

Sharing 3 hours with the Alpaca Lady Discovering the animals and the fibre harvesting process Spinning with a drop spindle or spinning wheel Snacking on traditional local treats Create a unique souvenir to take home

PACKAGE PRICE: • Experience offered in French or English • Pricing: Adults; $48, Children $25, recommended for children 8 & up • Minimum 4 per group, maximum 8 • Option to customize the experience to meet your needs

INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS: (204) 347-5976 dandialpacas@gmail.com www.dandialpacas.com

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A FRANCOPHONE PRESENCE FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS

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anitoba’s southwest region stretches from the Red River Valley to the small francophone community of St. Lazare near the Saskatchewan border, and includes the Pembina Valley region and the Métis community of St. Laurent, on the shores of Lake Manitoba. The area boasts some of the most fertile farmland in the province. Picture endless fields of golden wheat stretched out under a vast azure sky… a breathtaking scene that is typical of this magnificent region so rich in agriculture and history.

This area has witnessed a strong francophone presence for nearly 200 years. The prairies of the Red River Valley were the staging area for the great Métis buffalo hunts. The Pembina Valley region drew countless European settlers and was immortalized in La Route d’Altamont, a collection of writings by the acclaimed Manitoba author, Gabrielle Roy.

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HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS GABRIELLE ROY MUSEUM

ST. JOSEPH MUSEUM

289 Carlton Ave., Somerset TELEPHONE: (204) 744-2170 EMAIL: somlib@mts.net

19 Roy Ave., St. Joseph TELEPHONE: (204) 737-2625 or (204) 324-4209

The Gabrielle Roy Museum contains a collection of objects that once belonged to the Roy family, as well as letters written by Gabrielle Roy. There is also a large triptych that depicts the life and writings of the famous FrancoManitoban author.

A village within a village… there’s no better way to describe the St. Joseph Museum.

MANITOBA DAIRY MUSEUM / ST. CLAUDE GAOL MUSEUM 164 Jobin Ave., St. Claude 5 Provincial Route TELEPHONE: (204) 379-2156 or (204) 379-2228 / (204) 379-2679 WEB: www.stclaude.ca or www.historicplaces.ca Learn how the dairy industry has evolved over the years at the Manitoba Dairy Museum in St. Claude, in the province’s southwest region. Imagine you are a pioneer and see how cream and butter were made at the turn of the last century. The museum site also includes the town’s old train station, a chapel and the Bell School Museum, depicting a one-room schoolhouse from pioneer days.

The museum is actually a small village that features a number of restored buildings, including houses, a school, a stable, a metal forge and a general store. It also has one of Western Canada’s largest collections of vintage tractors. See firsthand how early pioneer farmers lived and worked over a century ago.

ST. LÉON INTERPRETIVE CENTRE 35 Baie du lac, St. Léon TELEPHONE: (204) 242-4374 EMAIL: cistleon@gmail.com WEB: www.cistleon.com This is an interpretive centre on wind energy as well as the salamander, the little migratory creature that is found everywhere in the region during the summer.

Next, head over to the St. Claude Gaol Museum and see what a typical country lock-up looked like in the early 20th century. Don’t forget to have your picture taken behind bars!

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PIONEERS AND CHANOINESSES MUSEUM 55 Rogers St., C.P 186 Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes TELEPHONE: (204) 248-2687 EMAIL: museend@mts.net Two museums in one; this museum explores the life of the early pioneers of the region, while chronicling the history of the order of nuns known as Chanoinesses régulières des Cinq Plaies du Sauveur. The pioneer section of the museum is home to more than 10,000 artifacts of historic importance.

OUTDOOR

SOMERSET FARMERS’ MARKET Wednesdays, 5:00PM – 7:00PM, July – September Calrton and 3rd St., Somerset TELEPHONE: (204) 774-2170 EMAIL: somcdc@mts.net

ST. CLAUDE COMMUNITY GARDEN St. Claude TELEPHONE: (204) 379-2522

TRANS CANADA TRAIL St. Léon TELEPHONE: (204) 744-2765

WHERE TO EAT

ASPERGES JAMAULT ASPARAGUS U-PICK

BARNAY’S RESTAURANT & LOUNGE

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes TELEPHONE: (204) 248-2196

Letellier TELEPHONE: (204) 737-2249

LA P’TITE FOURCHE PARK

CAFE CAPRICORNE

St. Lazare TELEPHONE: (204) 683-2250

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes TELEPHONE: (204) 248-2012

MANIPOGO GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

DAC’S DRIVE INN

Lac Francis Rd., St. Laurent TELEPHONE: (204) 646-2100 or 1 (877) 646-2101 WEB: www.manipogogolf.mb.ca

MEINDL BEACH PARK & SAND PIPER PARK St. Laurent TELEPHONE: (204) 646-2259

Section 3, Somerset TELEPHONE: (204) 744-2035

LETELLIER RESTAURANT Letellier TELEPHONE: (204) 737-2630

MAMA LOU’S ENCORE RESTAURANT St. Claude TELEPHONE: (204) 379-2727

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NOTRE-DAME HOTEL (RESTAURANT)

REKINDLE THE FIRE COUPLES RESORT

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes TELEPHONE: (204) 248-2354

38 Allard Road, St. Laurent TELEPHONE: (204) 338-9652 or 1 (866) 338-9652 EMAIL: rekindlethefireresort@gmail.com WEB: www.rekindlethefire.ca

SOMERSET FOOD BAR Somerset TELEPHONE: (204) 744-2042

RAY & ALBERT’S SHELL SERVICE & MOTEL St. Claude TELEPHONE: (204) 379-2491

Y & J’S HOTEL & CHINESE RESTAURANT

CAMPING PARC SIR GEORGES-ÉTIENNECARTIER PARK

96 1st St., St. Claude TELEPHONE: (204) 379-2230

Ste. Agathe TELEPHONE: (204) 882-2696 WEB: www.steagathe.mb.ca

VALLEE CAFE

NOTRE-DAME CAMPGROUND

St. Lazare TELEPHONE: (204) 683-2357

Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes TELEPHONE: (204) 248-2348 WEB: www.notre-dame-de-lourdes.ca

WHERE TO STAY GÎTE MAISON PRÈS DE LA ROUGE B & B Suzanne & Guy Gagnon Box 145-425 Lemoine St., Ste. Agathe TELEPHONE: (204) 882-2493 EMAIL: maisonpdlrouge@mts.net WEB: www.gitemaisonpresdelarouge.com

ST. JEAN-BAPTISTE PARK St. Jean-Baptiste TELEPHONE: (204) 758-3881 WEB: www.rmmontcalm.com

ST. JOSEPH CAMPING TELEPHONE: (204) 737-2390 EMAIL: renparent@xplorment.com

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DOORS OPEN WINNIPEG May 26 – 27, 2012 WEB: www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca

LE MARCHÉ ST. NORBERT FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, June – October 2012 Welcome to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Manitoba’s largest open-air market! For nearly twenty years, it has been offering consumers an array of produce, fresh-baked bread and honey. The market also sells a variety of items made by local artisans, such as jewellery, toys and even furniture! More than just a market, it is an important community, gathering place. TELEPHONE: (204) 275-8349 WEB: www.stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca

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Canada Day July 1st FROG FOLLIES & AGRICULTURAL FAIR St. Pierre-Jolys July 12 – 15, 2012

ST. JEAN-BAPTISTE DAYS La Broquerie June 23 – 24, 2012 The village of La Broquerie hosts French Canada’s biggest holiday, St. Jean-Baptiste Day. St. Jean-Baptiste Days have been celebrated in La Broquerie since 1897! Today, some 500 people come to La Broquerie at the end of June to take in the annual festivities, which include musical performances, many sports and recreational activities, a mass, a parade and much more WEB: www.labroquerie.com

MONTCALM HERITAGE FESTIVAL St. Joseph June 16 – 18, 2012 Come celebrate Canada Day and harvest season in St. Joseph! Fun-filled activities include: a parade, barbecue, baseball tournament and children’s activities.

The idea for the Frog Follies emerged in 1970 as part of the Manitoba Centennial celebrations. Forty years later, the festival is still going strong, with its slo-pitch tournament, a parade and performances by local artists. The highlight of the weekend is the famous frog jumping championship, which draws crowds year after year! TELEPHONE: (204) 746-5362 WEB: www.frogfollies.com

CHÂTEAUGUAY FESTIVAL St. Georges July 13 – 15 2012 The festival, named in honour of the Quebec town of origin of its first settlers, is the main summer attraction in St. Georges. The event features pickerel fishing, a sandcastlebuilding contest, treasure hunt, sports tournaments, board games, and a live show. The Biggest Liar contest is also very popular…and that’s no lie! WEB: www.villagestgeorges.ca

WEB: www.montcalmmanitoba.ca

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BASTILLE DAY St. Claude July 15, 2012 The community of St. Claude is proud of its French roots and has been celebrating the French national holiday for more than a century. Festivities include a community supper and a ceremony at the town cenotaph to commemorate the sacrifice of local French and Canadian soldiers in World War I. WEB: www.stclaude.ca

CHEYENNE DAY Ste. Agathe July 20-22, 2012 Every year, this charming francophone community in the Red River Valley hosts Cheyenne Day, a country fair for the whole family, featuring a pancake breakfast, horseshoe tournament, beach volley-ball, baseball, children’s crafts, community supper, “beer and skits”, a dance and fireworks. Plenty of fun from morning to night!

FOLKLORAMA – FRENCH-CANADIAN PAVILION Winnipeg August 5 – 18, 2012 Winnipeg’s Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world! It lasts two full weeks and presents forty-plus pavilions that celebrate the diverse cultures found in Manitoba. The highly popular French-Canadian Pavilion (Pavillon canadien-français) features traditional dancing and jigging as well

as mouth-watering French-Canadian specialties like tourtière (meat pie), pea soup and sugar pie. WEB: www.folklorama.ca

ST. LAURENT MÉTIS DAYS July 28 – 29, 2012 St. Laurent is a proud Métis town with one of the largest Métis populations in North America. Each year, Métis Days promotes this unique Métis culture. Highlights of the celebration include dancing, fiddling and jigging, a slo-pitch tournament, parade, monster bingo and karaoke. The popular celebration attracts hundreds of festival-goers each year and is also an important fundraiser for the community.

4 P FESTIVAL Powerview-Pine Falls Labour Day Weekend August 31 – September 3, 2012 The Town of Powerview-Pine Falls invites you to its annual 4P Festival which stands for Paper, Peas, Power and Pickerel! Enjoy a weekend of entertainment, a good ole’ Manitoba social, a kids’ zone, a slo-pitch tournament, a fishing and ATV poker derby, a horseshoe tournament and lots more! WEB: www.powerview-pinefalls.com

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ST. LAURENT MÉTIS MUSIC FESTIVAL September 1 – 2, 2012 The Métis Music Festival is an exciting two-day festival in St. Laurent. It puts the spotlight on Métis culture with lots of jigging, fiddling and a great square dancing event. The festival also features talented musicians from the area and around Manitoba. There are activities and rides for the kids. Proceeds from the non-profit festival go to the community, primarily its sports and recreation centre. WEB: www.metismusicfestival.ca

DAWSON TRAIL DAYS Ste. Anne September 1 – 3, 2012 Named after the historic Dawson Trail that crosses the village of Ste. Anne, Dawson Trail Days are held on the September long weekend. The three-day festival features baseball, a parade, music and dancing, kids’ zone, youth talent competition and fireworks. This popular community event is a sure sign that summer is drawing to a close.

SALUT VOISIN! HOWDY NEIGHBOUR! Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes September 14 – 16, 2012 Come say hello to your friends and neighbours at the Salut Voisin! / Howdy Neighbour! Festival in NotreDame-de-Lourdes. This gathering takes place over an entire weekend and features a range of activities, including golf and basketball tournaments, guided tours of the Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum, a craft sale, entertainment and fireworks. WEB: www.notre-dame-de-lourdes.ca

MUDFEST: A FAMILY MESSTIVAL September 8 – 9, 2012 Parc St. Adolphe Park Go ahead, get dirty! MudFest 2012 is a fun family festival in St. Adolphe that aims to celebrate community spirit as well as raise environmental pride. The mudpit activities are a must: dash for cash, tug of war, mudpie making, mud

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sculptures, mudslides for kids and adults, a mudcake breakfast as well as a Cyclocross Race, gardening and composting workshops and local and Métis entertainment.

CULTURE DAYS September 28 – 30, 2012 Be part of the national movement to celebrate arts and culture! Culture Days showcases concurrent events in several locations across Canada. In Manitoba, free, hands-on and interactive activities invite the public to engage with artists in the community. Discover the “behind-the-scenes” world of artists by getting involved in a performance or taking a dance workshop.

bike race with various elements such as grass, sand, elevation changes and cycling through a maze of trees. Onsite activities include bannock-making and crafts for the kids. So bring the family and stay for the afternoon! And the timing couldn’t be better – the day ends with the St. Malo Fall Supper.

ST. CLAUDE WINTER CARNIVAL Early February The St. Claude Winter Carnival is a family festival held prior to Festival du Voyageur, just in time to get us in the festival mood with a pancake breakfast, a hockey and broomball tournament and a snow sculpture contest.

WEB: www.culturedays.ca

FALL SUPPERS In many of Manitoba’s French communities, Fall is synonymous with Fall Suppers. These popular community get-togethers are essentially big buffets of home-cooked meals with mouth-watering traditional fare such as “tourtière”, “beignes croches” and “sucre à la crème”. To find out when and where these suppers are held, simply go to: www.sfm.mb.ca/calendrier

CYCLOCROSS RACE St. Malo Early November Experience the tranquil setting of St. Malo Park in the off-season by attending the annual Cyclocross Race. Riders of all ages and abilities are welcome to experience the circuit

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FESTIVAL DU VOYAGEUR Winnipeg February 17 – 26, 2012 In addition to being Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur is also “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party”! This unique ten-day festival celebrates the joie de vivre of Voyageurs from the fur trade era. It also showcases French-Canadian culture, traditional cuisine, a host of musical entertainment, and jigging and fiddling contests. With its magnificent snow sculptures, Festival du Voyageur also celebrates winter fun with lots of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Park’s many winter activities, such as cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoeing. TELEPHONE: (204) 347-5869 WEB: www.friendsofstmalopark.com

WINTERFEST Powerview, Pine Falls & St. Georges February long weekend

The great winter gathering is held every February in St. Boniface, in the heart of Winnipeg’s French quarter!

Ever wanted to play in a golf tournament…in the snow? If so, you won’t want to miss the Powerview-Pine Falls and St. Georges Winterfest.

TELEPHONE: (204) 237-7692 or (204) 233-ALLÔ WEB: www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

Other activities on the program include a Muck Jam, cross-country skiing and fireworks.

ST. MALO FESTIVAL OF FRIENDS

LOUIS RIEL DAY CELEBRATIONS

February 16 – 19, 2012

St. Lazare Saturday and Sunday of the February long weekend

The St. Malo Festival of Friends invites us to celebrate FrancoManitoban joie de vivre and the joys of winter! The Festival is an opportunity to keep Voyageur culture and traditions alive through historical interpretation, a pea soup contest (‘May the best soup win!’) and performances by local artists.

The St. Lazare community celebrates its Métis roots during the Louis Riel Day celebrations. Activities include tobogganing, a Barouche (Métis card game) tournament, bannock, and a local talent show with singers, dancers and storytellers. This event is organized by the St. Lazare Métis Association.

The Festival of Friends is also a way to promote the St. Malo Provincial

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MANIPOGO FESTIVAL St. Laurent March 4 – 5, 2012 In March, the St. Laurent Métis community invites us to celebrate the end of the ice-fishing season. The Manipogo Festival, named after Lake Manitoba’s famous serpentine monster, celebrates the region’s fishing tradition by giving traditional ice-fishing demonstrations and offering visitors delicious pickerel fillets at the Fisher’s Ball. Enjoy the Festival, but be careful – do not disturb Manipogo!

SUGARING OFF FESTIVAL St. Pierre Jolys April 14 – 15, 2012 The community of St. Pierre-Jolys never misses an opportunity to celebrate its rich francophone heritage! In addition to holding its annual Frog Follies summer festival, St. Pierre-Jolys also marks the spring “sugaring-off” season. Come and indulge your sweet tooth at the St. Pierre Sugar Shack (cabane à sucre), the only place in Manitoba that produces maple syrup! WEB: www.museestpierrejolys.ca

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Want to discover more of Manitoba? Here is a list of Star Attractions located across the province.

Club Regent Casino (204) 957-2700 or 1 (888) 493-4652 www.casinosofwinnipeg.com

WINNIPEG

McPhillips Street Station Casino (204) 957-3900 or 1 (888) 493-4652 ww.casinosofwinnipeg.com

Assiniboia Downs (204) 885-3330 www.assiniboiadowns.com Assiniboine Park (204) 986-2327 www.winnipeg.ca/assiniboinepark

Dalnavert Museum (204) 943-2835 www.mhs.mb.ca The Forks (204) 942-6302 www.theforks.com or www.pc.gc.ca Fort Whyte Alive (204) 989-8355 www.fortwhyte.org Manitoba Children’s Museum (204) 924-4000 www.childrensmuseum.com

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Legislative Building (204) 945-5813 www.gov.mb.ca/legtour/legbld.fr.html Manitoba Museum (204) 956-2830 www.manitobamuseum.ca Rainbow Stage (204) 989-5261 or 1 (888) 989-0888 www.rainbowstage.net Maison Gabrielle Roy (204) 231-3853 www.maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca

Royal Canadian Mint (204) 983-6429 or 1 (877) WPG-MINT www.mint.ca Le Musée St. Boniface Museum (204) 237-4500 www.msbm.mb.ca

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (204) 785-6050 or 1 (888) 773-8888 www.pc.gc.ca

Trappist Monastery Ruins St. Norbert

Marine Museum of Manitoba (204) 482-7761 www.marinemuseum.ca

Western Canada Aviation Museum (204) 786-5503 www.wcam.mb.ca Winnipeg Art Gallery (204) 786-6641 www.wag.mb.ca Fort Gibraltar (204) 237-7692 www.fortgibraltar.com Assiniboine Park Zoo (204) 927-6001 www.zoosociety.com

New Iceland Heritage Museum (204) 642-4001 www.nihm.ca Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre (204) 467-3300 or 1 (888) 50-MARSH www.oakhammockmarsh.ca Stonewall Quarry Park (204) 467-7980 www.stonewall.ca

INTERLAKE

CENTRAL PLAINS/ PEMBINA VALLEY

Hecla Provincial Park (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 www.manitobaparks.com

Manitoba Agricultural Museum (204) 637-2354 www.ag-museum.mb.ca

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Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre (204) 822-3406 www.discoverfossils.com

Riverbank Discovery Centre (204) 729-2141 or 1 (888) 799-1111 www.riverbank.mb.ca

Fort La Reine Museum (204) 857-3259 www.fortlareinemuseum.com

Souris Swinging Bridge (204) 483-2169 www.sourismanitoba.com

Spruce Woods Provincial Park (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 www.manitobaparks.com

Westman Reptile Gardens (204) 763-4030 www.reptilegardens.ca

WESTERN

Royal Canadian Artillery Museum (204) 765-3000 ext. 3570 www.rcamuseum.com

Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum (204) 727-2444 www.airmuseum.ca International Peace Garden (204) 534-2510 or 1 (888) 432-6733 www.peacegarden.com Margaret Laurence Home (204) 476-3612 www.mts.net/~mlhome/ Outdoor Art Gallery www.boissevain.ca

PARKLAND Asessippi Winter Park (204) 564-2000 www.asessippi.com Inglis Elevators (204) 564-2243 www.ingliselevators.com Riding Mountain National Park (204) 848-7275 www.pc.gc.ca Fort Dauphin Museum (204) 638-6630 www.fortdauphinmuseum.wordpress.com

NORTH OF 53 Churchill (Polar Bear/Whale Tours) www.townofchurchill.ca Pisew Falls (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 www.manitobaparks.com Heritage North Museum (204) 677-2216 www.thompson.heritage.north.museum

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Sam Waller Museum (204) 623-3802 www.samwallermuseum.ca Snow Lake Mining Museum (204) 358-7867 Spirit Way www.thompsonspiritway.ca/

EASTERN Cook’s Creek Heritage Area (204) 444-4448

Birds Hill Provincial Park (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 www.manitobaparks.com Grand Beach Provincial Park (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 www.manitobaparks.com Mennonite Heritage Village (204) 326-9661 or 1 (866) 280-8741 www.mennoniteheritagevillage.com Whiteshell Provincial Park (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 www.manitobaparks.com

For further information, contact Travel Manitoba at 1 (800) 665-0040 www.travelmanitoba.com

South Beach Casino (204) 766-2100 or 1 (877) 77-LUCKY www.southbeachcasino.ca St. Peter Dynevor Church (204) 482-3319

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