2. Develop a new skill Flin Flon - The NorVA Centre is offering workshops for kids & adults all summer long, including tie-dying, photography and more (class fees vary). Artists of all media can also sign up for a week away to work on their art at the NorVA Artists Retreat at Bakers Narrows Lodge from August 17-24. Visit norvacentre.com for information. Flin Flon kids aged 5-8 can enjoy sports, crafts and games at the Summer in the Parks Day Camp in July and August. For more information, call 204-681-7542. Flin Flon Trout Festival
1. Discover a Summer Festival Summer is made for new experiences! Take a weekend to visit a new community and discover one of these unique festivals.
Denare Beach - For the sixth year, the Precambrian Sailing Club in collaboration with Sail Manitoba will offer a sailing school for kids (aged 7 and up) and adults from July 8 -July 11. Two sessions will be available, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Dave Price at 204-687-8653.
Flin Flon Trout Festival – June 27 to July 1, 2014
Winnipeg Folk Festival – July 9 to 13
An epic five-day festival with over 80 performers, 10 stages, food vendors, family area and campsites. Birds Hill Provincial Park. www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca
Taste of Saskatchewan – July 15 to 20
Enjoy non-stop free entertainment along the riverbank and taste the myriad flavours of Saskatoon’s restaurant scene, including Greek, Italian, Indian, and Cajun cuisine. www.tasteofsaskatchewan.ca
Brandon Folk, Music & Art Festival - July 25 to 27
This year marks the 30th year for this festival featuring live music and entertainment, and the Under the Canvas Makers Market, celebrating innovation and experimentation in science, engineering, art, performance and craft. Brandonfolkfestival.ca
Prince Albert Exhibition Summer Fair – Jul 29 to Aug 2
Go back in time at this annual fair with a parade, midway, livestock shows, chuckwagon races, petting zoo, demolition derby, musical acts and fireworks www.paexhibition.com
Opaskwayak Indian Days (OCN Days) – Aug 13 to 17
This week-long annual social, spiritual and community event includes dancing, singing, arts and crafts tables, and diverse activities for families. www.opaskwayak.ca
Denare Beach sailing school for kids The Pas - Kids aged 6-10 will love the children’s activity days at the Sam Waller Museum in The Pas. Theme-based activities will include crafts and lots of diversions for busy hands. This fullday program will be available weekly from June to early August, and costs $5 per child per day. Visit samwallermuseum.com for information. Thompson - The City of Thompson will be running drop-in half-day camps for $2 per half day, as well as specialty camps like Construction Camp and Disney Camp. Prices vary depending on length. Camps are designed for kids ages six to 15 and will run from July 2 to August 22. Call 204-677-7952 for information. Summer programs throughout the north Summer is the perfect time for kids to develop their reading skills and find books they’ll love. The free TD Summer Reading Club is offered at libraries across Canada every summer. Kids who join the club get a special sticker for every book they read during the summer. Some libraries also offer fun summer camps. Contact your local library or visit www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca. Have a World Cup fan at home? Young athletes can learn new skills at the British Soccer Camp, with sessions being held in multiple communities throughout northern Manitoba. For dates and information for your area, visit www.challengersports.com.
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With varied live music performances on Main Street, the annual Cabar-eh concert at the Flin Flon Community Hall on Friday night, and the famous Saturday night Fish Fry, there’s lots of entertainment all weekend here – not to mention canoe races, family activities, rides and a Canada Day parade. www.flinflontroutfestival.com