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his guide is published by the CDEM (Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities) and Joie de Vivre Manitoba, its tourism sector. Joie de Vivre Manitoba was established to encourage, stimulate and coordinate the economic development of the tourism sector within the bilingual municipalities of Manitoba. It believes in the added value of the French language within the tourism industry of Manitoba and its contribution to the province’s economy. Joie de Vivre also highlights the value of these

  A - Travel Manitoba Convention & Visitors Bureau  B, C, E - Marcel Druwé   D - Nilo Manalo

municipalities, their unique FrancoManitoban 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. 


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Introduction.......................................................4 Tourist Information Centres �������������������������������6 Manitoba’s Must-Do’s �����������������������������������������8 Experiences You Won’t Forget ������������������������� 14 Services and Leisure ��������������������������������������� 21 Land of Riel Winnipeg ������������������������������������� 22 Old Dawson South East ����������������������������������� 28


Colourful Prairies South ���������������������������������� 30 Spotlight on the Valley South West ����������������� 33 Wild Open Spaces North West ������������������������� 36 Trans-Canada Trail........................................... 37 Embrrr-acing Winter ��������������������������������������� 38 D

Golf Getaways................................................. 39 Joie de Vivre Gatherings �������������������������������� 40


Manitoba À la Carte ��������������������������������������� 46


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M A N I T O B A’ S J O I E D E V I V R E ! A feast for your eyes!

Music to your ears!

ome discover the natural beauty of Manitoba: spectacular sunrises, glistening lakes, magnificent sandy beaches and nature untouched by the spoils of modern life. See the polar bears of Churchill, situated in the northern area of the province, or marvel at the eerie dance of the northern lights. The possibilities are endless!

Come sing, dance and celebrate with us! In Winnipeg, the cultural capital of Canada, and elsewhere in Manitoba, a vibrant artistic community is yours to discover with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the St. Boniface Museum, musical groups of every genre and numerous theatre groups, including the French-language Cercle Molière, Canada’s oldest theatre company.


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Manitoba is renowned for its many festivals. Every year, Winnipeg plays host to over 130 festivals and special events. These include the Winnipeg Folk Festival; Folklorama, the largest multicultural festival in North America, attracting artists and spectators from across the globe; and the Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Dubbed the “world’s largest kitchen party”, the Festival du Voyageur is a celebration of Franco-Manitoban culture, heritage and joie de vivre. It is no coincidence that you’ll find the words “Friendly Manitoba” on our license plates! 


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isit the provincial capital Winnipeg, a city famous for its cosmopolitan arts scene, high-end boutiques and restaurants to please any palate. Enjoy the warm welcome of the province’s rural communities, who are proud of their culture and rich heritage. They invite you to discover their unique history by visiting local museums and historic sites, such as the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, where interpreters tell Manitoba’s story from the perspective of the First Nations, the voyageurs, the Métis and the colonists who settled in the area in the late 1800s.



Savour French-speaking Manitoba’s joie de vivre!

Get a whiff of Manitoba’s great outdoors! Set off for adventure! Breathe the fresh air and explore the spectacular wildlife and natural attractions of Manitoba. There are more than 650,000 kilometres to explore, and more than 150 parks and 100,000 lakes to discover. Camp at St. Malo Provincial Park, fish on the edge of Lake Manitoba in St. Laurent, or go cross-country skiing in St. Georges. Marvel at the annual migration of garter snakes in Narcisse, and that of the Canada geese at Oak Hammock Marsh. Admire the Red River Valley’s farmlands and the patchwork fields of the Pembina Valley region. Winter or summer, there is always plenty to do – where to start is up to you!

Winnipeg may be the proud culinary capital of Canada and boast the highest number of restaurants per capita of all North American cities, but French-speaking Manitoba serves up its own 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 impressed by the vibrancy of the community’s villages, scattered mostly across the southern Manitoba, from St. Lazare in the west, to St. Georges in the east, through to Winnipeg and its Francophone neighbourhoods of St. Boniface, St. Vital and St. Norbert. See the charming small church in Ste. Geneviève and the Manitoba

Dairy Museum in St. Claude. In the spring, be sure to catch the sugaring-off season in St-Pierre-Jolys, the only place in Manitoba where real maple syrup is produced. And don’t miss the Saint-Jean-Baptiste festivities in La Broquerie in the month of June!


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Tourist Information

CENTRES WINNIPEG Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre Travel Manitoba’s Visitor Information Centre at The Forks features interactive technology that will immerse you in Manitoba’s tourism experiences. Put yourself in some of Manitoba’s most iconic destinations using our green screen or create a custom trip plan with our interactive Heart Wall. Along with the inspiration you’ll find, our knowledgeable and friendly travel counsellors are available to answer all your questions.


21 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg T 1 (800) 665-0040 W

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Parks Canada

Tourisme Riel

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. Open daily from May long weekend until Labour Day. Bilingual services.

Tourisme Riel operates year-round. During the summer months, it operates 3 other centres, one at the St. Norbert Heritage Park, another at the St. Boniface Cathedral and one on the Esplanade Bridge. Services include developing francophone tourism products and services, as well as promoting the various attractions, historical sites and tourist activities in the francophone Riel region. Tourism Riel also provides guided walking tours and GPS adventures and sells tourism merchandise.

401 - 25 Forks Market Rd., Winnipeg T 1 (888) 773-8888 W

219 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 233-8343 or 1 (866) 808-8338 W 


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Tourism Winnipeg Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. year-round, Monday to Friday. 300 - 259 Portage Ave., Winnipeg T (204) 943-1970 or 1 (800) 665-0204 W

Manitoba Provincial Parks 200 Saulteaux Cres., Winnipeg T (204) 945-6784 or 1 (800) 214-6497 W

CANADA/UNITEDSTATES BORDER Highway 75 - Emerson The tourist information centre is open Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily and September to mid-May, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday to Monday. T (204) 373-2822

Highway 10 Boissevain The centre is open Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. T (204) 534-6303

MANITOBA/ ONTARIO BOUNDARY Highway 1 The centre is open Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily and Labour Day to Thanksgiving Day weekend, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. T (204) 349-2212


MANITOBA/ SASKATCHEWAN BOUNDARY Highway 1 The centre is open Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. T (204) 845-2049

Highways 16 & 83 The centre is open Mid-May to Labour Day, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. T (204) 773-3181



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CULTURE & HERITAGE A St. Boniface Cathedral is the most prominent and impressive monument in St. Boniface. Come study the distinctive architecture of the present-day cathedral that was constructed within the ruins of the oldest basilica of Western Canada.

190 de la Cathédrale Ave., St. Boniface T (204) 233-7304 W

C Visit the shops, see the sights and enjoy all there is to discover at the crossroads of culture and history at the Forks National Historic Site, where the Red and Assiniboine meet.

105 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg T (204) 942-6302 or 1 (888) 942-6302 W D St. Boniface Heritage Garden -

B The building that now houses the Musée


de Saint-Boniface Museum served as the first hospital in Western Canada and is also a symbol of the missionary work accomplished in the West by Catholic communities. The Museum is particularly proud of its exhibit on Louis Riel. 494 Taché Ave., St. Boniface T (204) 237-4500 W

The property surrounding the Archdiocese of St. Boniface is now called the St. Boniface Heritage Garden since a new bronze monument was unveiled to pay homage to the rich contribution of the nuns that helped to develop Manitoba and Western Canada. 4 interpretative panels trace the story of their religious congregations. 151 de la Cathédrale Ave., St. Boniface W

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E Travel back in time and experience

the life of the voyageurs during the fur trade era. Fort Gibraltar is a replica of the original fort built by the North West Company in 1809-1810. 866 St. Joseph St., St. Boniface T (204) 237-7692 W


F What’s the best way to describe the

St. Joseph Museum? A village within a village! Take a stroll through one of its many restored buildings, which include houses, a school, a stable, a smithy and a general store. 25 Brais Blvd., St. Joseph T (204) 737-2244 W D

E I The Riel House is a historic site that pays tribute to the famous Métis leader, Louis Riel. Learn more about the life and achievements of Manitoba’s founding father and of his family.

G Come be inspired by the Canadian

Museum for Human Rights. The Museum features 11 galleries, guided tours, interactive experiences, thought-provoking tours and creative use of mobile technology.

330 River Rd., St. Vital T (204) 983-6757 W

85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg T (204) 289-2000 or 1 (877) 877-6037 W F


375 Deschambault St., St. Boniface T (204) 231-3853 W

J The Manitoba Museum is famous for its representation of Manitoba’s rich and vibrant history, its planetarium and its science exhibits.

H Experience the Lower Fort Garry

National Historic Site, North America’s only restored stone fort from the fur trade era. Costumed guides will be delighted to show you around.

L Give yourself the gift of a guided tour of Old St. Boniface, the heart of Manitoba’s francophone community. Founded in 1818, St. Boniface is also the birthplace of Louis Riel, Métis leader and founding father of Manitoba. This neighbourhood has over 35 designated historic sites to discover.

190 Rupert St., Winnipeg T (204) 956-2830 W

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K The Maison Gabrielle-Roy, which featured prominently in the French-Canadian author’s works, is a must-see. Visit the attic where Gabrielle Roy spent countless hours in meditation and the famous dormer that she immortalized in her novels.

St. Boniface T (204) 233-8343 or 1 (866) 808-8338 W


M Unlock the mysteries and secrets

hidden in the architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building by taking the Hermetic Code tour. 450 Broadway, Winnipeg T (204) 989-9630 W




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OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES A Oak Hammock Marsh gives you the chance to explore an internationally designated wetland where almost 300 species of birds can be observed. Guided tours are offered by canoe, foot or snowshoe, depending on the season.

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B At Grand Beach Provincial Park, you will find inviting beaches with dunes reaching 12 metres high. With its white sand and soft waves, Grand Beach is considered one of North America’s most beautiful beaches.

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C Come face-to-face with a polar bear, lose yourself in the sculpture garden, ride a steam engine or relax in the extensive green spaces of the Assiniboine Park & Zoo.

2595 Roblin Boulevard T (204) 927-6000 W D Each of Canada’s national parks represents one of Canada’s distinct natural regions. Spanning 3,000 km2, Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park is characterized by boreal forest and the unique landscapes of its aspen parkland forest and fescue grasslands.

Wasagaming T (204) 848-7275 W riding/index.aspx

D   A - Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre B, F, G, H, I, K, L - Travel Manitoba Convention & Visitors Bureau C - CTC - WIlliam Au D - Parks Canada E - Travel Manitoba Convention & Visitors Bureau & Robyn Hanson 


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H Where in Manitoba can you find sand

dunes shaped by the wind, surprising plants such as the pincushion cactus and strange creatures like the western hognose snake? At Spruce Woods Provincial Park, of course! South Cypress T 1 (888) 482-2267 W I

E I The red-sided garter snakes of Narcisse

form the most important reptile colony in the world. There are over 50 000 of them and for the biologists that come to study them each year, they are a true goldmine. Here you will find interpretive signs, a picnic area and a walking trail that winds through native grasslands and an aspen forest. W spmon/narsnakes J

J Take the time to unwind and reenergize

E Rushing rivers, crystal-clear deep lakes, fine sandy beaches and the fresh scent of jack pines: all this and more await you at Whiteshell Provincial Park.

at Thermëa, a spa that practices relaxation techniques from the Scandinavian traditions. Nordic baths and waterfalls, steam bath, Finnish sauna, and relaxation areas… all that awaits you at Thermëa, only 20 minutes away from downtown Winnipeg.

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F Called the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder’s paradise, and one of the best places to experience the northern lights.

T (204) 927-7838 or 1 (800) 565-0040 W G A natural oasis within the city of Winnipeg, FortWhyte Alive is bursting with life and activity, and offers interpretive programming and an educational environment. The bison safari makes for an unforgettable experience.

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K A unique outdoor experience awaits you

on the longest river trail in the world, the Red River Mutual Trail. Skate, walk or cycle along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. You can even grab a bite to eat or take a break in one of the many huts erected on the river each winter.


The Forks, Winnipeg W L The Prairie Dog Central is one of the

oldest vintage operating steam trains in North America. It operated from 1918 to 1961. Today, you can travel in comfort aboard the fully restored wooden coach. The train operates May through September and features special events such as Halloween runs.


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A D The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a place

THE ARTS A Canada’s oldest theatre company, the


Cercle Molière, is proud to showcase the talent of many Franco-Manitoban actors and playwrights. 340 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 233-8053 W


B The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is a centrepiece of Winnipeg’s vibrant cultural life. Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet is one of the world's premier dance companies, Canada's oldest ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America.

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C Explore La Maison des artistes visuels

francophones. This organization supports the development of French-speaking artists and is dedicated to defending their interests.


219 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 237-5964 W F   B - David Cooper and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet  D - Ernest P. Mayer  F - Kevin Wolk  G - Chronic Creative

of learning, discovery and inspiration. Its collection of Inuit art is the world’s largest, showcasing nearly 11,000 pieces. 300 Memorial Blvd., Winnipeg T (204) 786-6641 W E The Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM) is recognized as a cultural centre and the heart of French cultural life in Manitoba. The CCFM is the community’s primary resource for French-language cultural and artistic activities of every variety. T (204) 233-8972 W F The Royal Canadian Mint produces every single Canadian circulation coin, as well as coins for more than 75 countries around the world. You'll marvel at how billions and billions of coins are produced here each year. 520 Lagimodière Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 983-6429 or 1 (877) 974-6468 W G The internationally recognized Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) has been an integral part of Winnipeg’s rich cultural life for over 65 years. The symphony performs more than 80 concerts each year and provides exceptional musical experiences ranging from the master composers to Pops, family concerts and educational performances. 555 Main St., Winnipeg T (204) 949-3999 W 


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GATHERINGS A Folklorama presents forty-plus pavilions

that celebrate the diverse cultures found in Manitoba. The highly popular FrenchCanadian Pavilion features traditional dancing as well as mouth-watering authentic dishes. Winnipeg T (204) 982-6210 W B Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival, celebrates the joie de vivre of voyageurs from the fur trade era. It also showcases the French-Canadian culture of today.

T (204) 237-7692 W C The St. Norbert Farmers’ Market is a

must-see. Manitoba’s largest open-air market offers consumers an array of produce and a variety of items made by local artisans.


D Each summer, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival hosts close to 200 artists from across the world who come to offer musicals, theater, drama and dance to an enthusiastic crowd.

T (204) 956-1340 W E Folk Fest is a celebration of music, arts, food and community spirit. Enjoy dozens of talented music acts as they perform folk, blues, gospel, Celtic, French Canadian, world and country music. See world-renowned artists take the main stage every evening.

Winnipeg T (204) 231-0096 W F Dauphin’s Countryfest was founded in 1990, making it Canada’s longest running country music festival. It attracts some of the biggest acts in country music. In 2017, it runs from June 29th to July 2nd.


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A BIRD IN THE HAND Oak Hammock Marsh & Interpretive Centre


Unfurl your fingers and let that wild bird fly free! Do what the experts do. Be part of important research by banding a real, live bird after you’ve learned why Oak Hammock Marsh is such an important stop on its migration path. Feel its feathers flutter in your gently closed palms a second before the moment of release. Smell the blooming wildflowers of the wetland as you dip, dip and swing your paddle over the side of a long and lean Voyageur canoe. You’re inside the marsh now, not standing on the fringe looking in. Let the bow push the bulrushes aside to reveal a red-winged blackbird perched on a cattail; a muskrat leaving a watery trail of its zigzag path. Train your ears to separate the species. Is that a white-throated sparrow or a Franklin’s gull? W

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PATHWAY OF THE VOYAGEUR Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge The float plane touches down in the waters of Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park. First up is an excursion to learn the secrets to wilderness fishing and how to prepare a traditional shore lunch. Then it’s a hike along a historic portage where fur traders once walked. Along the way you see ancient pictographs and learn about the history of Aikens Lake, the Gammons River and the Bloodvein River—The Pathways of the Voyageurs. You keep your camera ready for a chance to snap a picture of a moose, black bear, caribou, beaver or muskrat. The treetops are alive with a rhapsody of bird calls. Then you return to the lodge for an evening of French-Canadian and Métis cuisine, storytelling and song. Night falls, but the day’s adventure is not done yet. You and your party head out for a spectacular star walk. You and nature have never been so close. W


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THE LAZY BEAR WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE Lazy Bear Lodge Welcome to Churchill, Manitoba—the beluga whale and polar bear capital of the world, iconic Arctic outpost and staging point for an eight-day fully-guided exploration of Canada’s northern landscapes, wildlife and cultures. Via Lazy Bear Lodge’s Wilderness Expedition, adventure becomes accessible and the Arctic comes alive. Spot polar bears lumbering through tundra berries. Kayak for three days along a remote waterway. Snorkel with friendly beluga whales. Learn of the region’s fur trader and First Nations history. Cosy up in Manitoba’s largest log cabin lodge. Discover the secrets of Canada’s north—and go wild in the Arctic.

Bilingual tours : Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure July 23rd to 28th, 2017 (4 nights at the Lazy Bear Lodge and 2 nights in Winnipeg)


Ultimate Polar Bear Adventure October 24th to 28th, 2017 (3 nights at the Lazy Bear Lodge and 2 nights in Winnipeg) W

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A PRAIRIE LEGACY: THE BISON AND ITS PEOPLE Fort Whyte Alive A short drive from downtown Winnipeg, at FortWhyte Alive, jump into a van, swing open the sliding door and get an up-close view of 30 grunting, munching herbivores - bison - the largest animal to roam the North American landscape. Meet Charlie, the herd’s bull, weighing in at over 900 kg (1984 lbs). Step into old prairie life. See how Aboriginals, Métis, Voyageurs and pioneers lived alongside bison. Follow your guide to a Plains Cree tipi. See and feel artifacts made from bison like a spoon fashioned from a horn. Outside, try your aim at tossing the atlatl, a hunting spear/thrower. Head to a sod-roofed home that pioneers shared with their oxen on cold winter nights. Paddle a Voyageur canoe on the lake and imagine portaging 82 kg (181 lbs) of fur bundles. Learn to snowshoe in winter, another form of pioneer travel borrowed from the First Nations Peoples. Then settle around a campfire and sip wild herb tea with bannock baked over hot coals. It’s the perfect end to a half-day of quintessentially Canadian experiences. W


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We are surrounded by big sand dunes. Few people know about this valley, but it is magnificent. All along the river you find beautiful, isolated sandy white beaches.

SECLUDED, WONDROUS, NATURAL O’Roseau History enthusiasts can enjoy a one-of-a-kind historical experience at Camp O’Roseau. The Aboriginal camp sits along the banks of the O’Roseau River and offers visitors the opportunity to live like the Métis for a few days. Sleep on a buffalo robe in a teepee, cook your own bannock, hear the stories of Voyageurs and Native legends, do finger weaving and sing around the campfire. “We want visitors to experience nature here,” says Georges Beaudry, owner of O’Roseau. “At night, when all the lights are out, we are alone in the world and can watch the stars in silence.”


The Roseau Valley has historical significance for the francophone community. The Roseau River is one of the first rivers used by the Voyageurs. And further downstream is the Crow Wing Trail, used by the Métis for the fur trade in the 19th century. W 


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CROW WING TRAIL A Trail to Explore The Crow Wing Trail is maintained extremely well making it a very pleasant path connecting all the francophone towns of Southeastern Manitoba. Whether on foot, bicycle or even on horseback, countless families interested in a more eco-friendly and natural form of tourism explore this meandering trail through the prairies leading to picturesque towns with beautiful churches or lovely parks. The signs put up all along the trail provide historical, cultural or geological information for the passersby. “There is a great deal to learn about these towns culturally. The people in these rural communities strongly feel the need to preserve their unique history and culture, which are just waiting to be discovered. The locals look after each other and that’s so nice to see. You can tell that there is real empathy between the francophone and anglophone communities. The fact that I was an anglophone did not stop francophone families from welcoming me with open arms as never before.” Dana Meise

Dana Meise walked across Canada, including the Manitoba stretch of the Trans Canada Trail.

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Handy Dan Di Alpacas A Fibre and Farm Experience St. Malo 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 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 • Creating a unique souvenir to take home

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LEISURE Bilingual Communities Land of Riel Winnipeg

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Saint-Lupicin Somerset


South West Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Spotlight on the Valley Saint-Claude


North West Wild Open Spaces


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North Between Two Lakes



North East Powerview-Pine Falls La Vérendrye's Shores Saint-Georges South East Old Dawson

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RIEL Winnipeg

HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS St. Boniface Cathedral One of St. Boniface’s most striking landmarks, the St. Boniface Cathedral, attracts thousands of visitors each year! Discover the unique architecture of the present-day Cathedral built inside the ruins of the oldest basilica in Western Canada. Tourisme Riel offers guided walking tours: (204) 233-8343 or 190 de la Cathédrale Ave., St. Boniface T (204) 233-7304 W



Centre culturel francoManitobain, CCFM

St. Norbert Arts Centre

The CCFM is a focal point for French cultural life in Winnipeg. The CCFM features an art gallery, a restaurant, two concert halls and a French movie theater. The CCFM is a frequent host to live entertainment from classical to pop and jazz. There’s always something happening at the CCFM!

This guesthouse, or hôtellerie as it was known at the time, was originally built in 1912 by the Trappist monks to lodge visitors of the monastery. It was renovated and restored before reopening in 1991. Today the guesthouse is home to an arts centre. The architecture of the building includes a mansard roof and dormers, and its wood frame is typical of religious buildings of the time period.

340 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 233-8972 W

Heritage Garden The green space in front of Saint-Boniface’s archdiocese was renamed the Heritage Garden with the unveiling of a magnificent bronze monument that pays homage to Manitoba’s women’s religious congregations and their contribution to the development of the province and Western Canada. Four interpretive panels tell their story.

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Esplanade Riel This pedestrian bridge honouring Louis Riel is situated near the junction of the historic Red and Assiniboine Rivers and right next to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights. It provides a link between St-Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter, and the downtown area. The iconic structure is also a meeting place with a restaurant and kiosks.

Fort Gibraltar 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. 866 St. Joseph St., St. Boniface T (204) 237-7692 W

Riel House National Historic Site






St. Boniface St. Norbert St. Vital


Riel House is a national historic site that pays tribute to the famous Métis leader, Louis Riel. It has been restored and furnished as it was in 1886, six months after Riel’s death. Learn more about the life and achievements of Manitoba’s founding father and his family in the house where his body lay in state following his execution for his role in the Northwest Rebellion. 330 River Rd., St. Vital T (204) 257-1783 W

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Maison des artistes visuels francophones La Maison des artistes visuels francophones is dedicated to the development of Francophone visual artists and to defending their interests. La Maison features their work in both its contemporary art gallery and community gallery. Visitors can also admire some of their work by strolling through La Maison des artistes’ wonderful sculpture garden. 219 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 237-5964 W

Gabrielle-Roy House Gabrielle Roy’s childhood home is an important symbol that often finds its way in the great Franco-Canadian author’s works. Her books and their descriptions allow us to picture the home as it was during the period in which Gabrielle Roy lived there. For example, this house, where she was born in 1909 and resided for almost 28 years, is the setting for Street of Riches (translated from the original Rue Deschambault). Gabrielle spent her entire childhood there, as well as the beginning of her adult life. 375 Deschambault St., St. Boniface T (204) 231-3853 W

Royal Canadian Mint Every single Canadian circulation coin is produced here – literally billions each year. The Mint also makes billions of coins for more than 75 countries around the world. Visit the boutique to add to your coin collection, or discover the wonders of high-speed, highvolume coin production. 520 Lagimodière Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 983-6429 or 1 (877) 974-6468 W



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St. Boniface Museum Built by the Grey Nuns from 1846 to 1851, the St. Boniface Museum lays claim as Winnipeg’s oldest building. The Museum first served as a hospital, the first in Western Canada, and remains a symbol of the missionary work done by Manitoba’s catholic religious communities. Today, 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. 494 Taché Ave., St. Boniface T (204) 237-4500 W

Place Saint-Norbert At the site of the former orphanage (19051948), managed by the Misericordia Sisters, the Saint-Norbert Heritage Group gathered a former butcher shop, a log house, a Red River cart and the La Barrière monument. This monument, which recalls the events of 18691870, replaced a simple cross of yesteryear bearing Father Ritchot’s inscription “Le doigt de Dieu est ici” (The finger of God is here). Here, Riel’s followers had erected a wooden barricade that prevented access to the colony by the governor appointed by Canada.


Royal Canadian Mint Boutique The boutique offers unique collectible coins, clothing and a wide selection of souvenirs. 520 Lagimodière Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 983-6429 or toll-free 1 (877) 974-6488 W

St. Boniface Museum Store Pick up a Voyageur or Métis souvenir at the souvenir and gift shop located in the historic St. Boniface museum, the oldest building in the City of Winnipeg. 494 Taché Ave., St. Boniface T (204) 237-4500 W

Voyageur Boutique The Festival du Voyageur is the largest winter celebration in all of Western Canada. Visit its boutique, open year-round, to find souvenirs from the Festival and items inspired by the fur trade era. 233 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 237-7692 W

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BOUTIQUES Au bonheur d’occasion The gift shop Au bonheur d’occasion carries a variety of items, among which are new and used books written by Gabrielle Roy, books about Gabrielle Roy and her works, as well as other souvenirs. 375 Deschambault St., St. Boniface T (204) 231-3853 W


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Constance Popp

Librairie à la Page

Wayne Arthur Gallery

This Winnipeg confectionery produces veritable works of art for all occasions. Made using Manitoba-produced ingredients, Constance Popp chocolates mix modern and traditional elements with local flavours. Constance Popp has found fame at important events such as the Golden Globes, the 2010 Winter Olympics and the Toronto Film Festival. Go window-shopping, or better yet, sit down and grab a coffee and one of Constance Popp’s succulent creations.

At the Librairie à la Page, you will find books and music by Franco-Manitoban artists and authors and from a variety of backgrounds. The store offers a varied selection of children’s books, literature, CDs, DVDs, magazines, board games and greeting cards.

The Wayne Arthur Art Gallery showcases many of Manitoba’s best artists and features art for every taste. You’ll find sculptures, pottery, jewellery, glass, photography and more.

200 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 233-7223

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La Boutique Du Livre La Boutique du Livre offers its clients a wide array of entertainment products for the whole family: books, magazines, computer programs, DVDs, educational games and greeting cards. Nicole and Antoine Coudière are French-language educational resource specialists and will be pleased to recommend Francophone musicians, singers, and authors from Manitoba, from Canada, and from around the world. 129 B Marion St., St. Boniface T (204) 237-3395 or 1 (888) 712-8389 W


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Theatre in the Cemetery In May and June, Theatre in the Cemetery presents: “In Riel’s Footsteps”, a guided tour with a twist. Important events and historical figures from Manitoba’s history will come to life before your eyes and show you the evolution of the small colony that developed into the metropolis we know today.


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Le Cercle Molière Canada’s oldest theatre company, the Cercle Molière provides a pleasant atmosphere and exceptional theatre programming that regularly showcases the talents of FrancoManitoban actors and playwrights. 340 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 233-8053 W

LaVérendrye Bowling This 16-lane ten-pin bowling alley’s pro-shop is operated by none other than two-time world champion Mike Schmidt. Snack counter and licensed bar on site.


614 Des Meurons St., St. Boniface T (204) 237-4137 W

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Guided Walking Tour of Old St. Boniface Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s St. Boniface. This guided walking tour will help you discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both the determination and joie de vivre of Franco-Manitobans. The tours are available all summer long and upon request. 219 Provencher Blvd., St. Boniface T (204) 233-8343 or 1 (866) 808-8338 W 



St. Léon Gardens

St. Norbert Heritage Provincial Park

This quaint francophone outdoor market is a must-see for those who seek fresh, locally grown, fruits, vegetables, flowers and bedding plants. Open from May to the end of September, you’ll find everything you need to taste the pleasures of summer.

The St. Norbert Heritage Provincial Park lies at Winnipeg’s other “fork”, where the La Salle River and the Red River meet. 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. 40 Turnbull Dr., St. Norbert T (204) 945-4375 W

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Trappist Monastery Provincial Park

419 St. Mary’s Rd., St. Vital T (204) 237-7216 W

Discover the life of the Trappist monks. Ruins are all that’s left of the Trappist Monastery, established in 1892. Fire gutted the vacated church and a residential wing of the monastery in 1983. The Trappist fathers had left St.Norbert five years earlier, settling on a site near Holland, Manitoba in order to protect their contemplative life.

The Loop

100 Ruines du Monastère St., St. Norbert

Stroll the streets of Winnipeg and discover its historical, cultural and architectural gems! The Loop, a 9.5 km walking trail, will help you explore over 60 locations that honour the city of Winnipeg of yesteryear and today. Approximate walking time: 3.5 hours. Download the map at


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DAWSON Richer HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS Dawson Trail Museum The Musée Dawson Trail Museum is a historical gem featuring a Romanesque church, a century-old cemetery, artifact displays and guided tours. Exhibits provide a narrative of the area and showcase the importance of the Dawson Trail to the people that lived and traveled on it and offering a window on the history of the development of southeastern Manitoba.


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Wild Oaks Campground Lilac Resort Just 30 minutes east of Winnipeg, you’ll Campground & discover peaceful accommodations to relax Waterslide Park and enjoy the outdoors: beach, swimming pool, hot tub, scenic trails, spacious playground and picnic tables, and much more. Box 17, RR #1 Richer T (204) 422-6175 or (204) 422-9463 E

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Lilac Resort is more than just a campground; it is also home to a water park that will delight both young and old! Facilitators offer a wide variety of activities in and around the three pools and playing fields. TransCanada Hwy. T (204) 422-5760 W

HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS Monseigneur Taché Historic Site The Monseigneur Taché Historic site is situated in the middle of the scenic hamlet of Ste. Geneviève and dates back to 1918. A historic church made of Canadian timber is home to incredible religious artefacts. The Old Presbytery Museum’s exhibits highlight elements of the day-to-day life of FrenchCanadian pioneers and their community. Open July and August 98 Saltel Rd. T (204) 853-7509


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Horseback River Trails

A Maze in Corn

Discover a variety of trails on the back of one of your four-legged friends, Bullseye, Oakley or Spirit. Depending on the time of year, you will have the chance to explore wooded trails, riverbanks, green prairies or charming country roads. No experience necessary. Open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Call in advance.

Get lost in – or better yet, find your way through – A Maze in Corn. You can also make friends at the petting zoo, go for a hayride and play in the Giant Bale Pyramid. Open August to September, A Maze in Corn is a great option for group outings.

Red River Co-op Speedway The Red RIver Co-op Speedway is the fastest dirt track racing on the prairies! During the summer months, you can join the excitement every Thursday night for bumper-to-bumper, adrenaline pumping, racing action. Cheer on your favorite driver on central Canada’s largest dirt oval. 952 Cartier Rd. W

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St. Joseph HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS St. Joseph Museum What’s the best way to describe the St. Joseph Museum? A village within a village! The museum features a number of restored buildings, including houses, a school, a stable, a smithy and a general store. It also features one of the largest collections of stationary engines in Western Canada. See firsthand how pioneers of the area lived and worked over a century ago. 75 Brais Blvd. T (204) 737-2625 or (204) 324-4209 W


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St. Malo

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS St. Malo Provincial Park A perfect destination for family outdoor activities, this provincial park has two beaches, a campground, a picnic area, minigolf and much more. See the dam and the Rat River dike and follow the trails that lead to the aspen forest. T (204) 347-5437 W

HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS Goulet House This log house was built by Moïse Goulet, a freighter who transported goods from the United States to Canada by Red River ox carts. The house is a good example of French-Canadian domestic architecture in the Red River Valley in the 18th century and was originally situated alongside trading routes near the Rat River. In 1985 it was moved to its current location, the St.Pierre-Jolys Museum, and restored. 432 Joubert St. T (204) 433-7002 or (204) 792-6149 W


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St. Pierre-Jolys Museum Step back in time and imagine being greeted by the nuns in the parlour, then visit the chapel or Mother Superior’s small bedroom. Built in 1900, the former home of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary was a boarding school for girls aged 6 to 15. The Goulet House and the Sugar Shack are also located on the grounds of the museum. 432 Joubert St. T (204) 433-7002 or (204) 792-6149 W 


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HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS Pioneers and Chanoinesses Museum Two museums in one; with over 10,000 artefacts, 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, who came from Lyon, France in 1891 to settle here. 55 Rogers St. T (204) 248-2687

St. Claude Church BOUTIQUES Atelier La Montagne Mountain Industries is a place where wooden handicrafts are made and sold. The workshop was designed to give its special-needs participants the opportunity to learn professional and social skills. Items such as wooden benches, wishing wells and wooden stables for children are available for purchase. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 65 Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes Ave. T (204) 248-2154 W

This beautiful Roman Catholic church was designed by renowned Manitoba architect Étienne Gaboury. It features a computerized chime system that plays relaxing melodies at regular intervals during the day, at 12:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Open upon request (please phone in advance). 84 Provincial Road 240 T (204) 379-2434


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St. Claude Gaol Museum

Manitoba Dairy Museum

Come visit the only place in Canada where you can have fun in jail! See what small town jails looked like at the turn of the 20th century. Don’t forget to have your picture taken in one of its cells. The St. Claude Tourist Office is located at the rear of the building.

Learn how the dairy industry has evolved over the years at the Manitoba Dairy Museum in St. Claude. 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, once a one-room schoolhouse.

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St. Léon HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS St. Léon Interpretive Centre Come to the Saint-Léon Interpretive Centre to learn about such fascinating subjects as wind energy or the salamander, a small migratory creature that can be found throughout the region during the summer. 35 Baie du lac T (204) 242-4374 W 


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St. Lupicin Crafts Gallery

Gabrielle-Roy Museum

The St. Lupicin Crafts Gallery features artists from Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada. Open daily, from May to September, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. T (204) 746-0797

Somerset Lorne Citizens Museum

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 Franco-Manitoban author.

This new museum opened just a few years ago. Built in a building that formerly housed a bank, the Somerset Lorne Citizens Museum is dedicated to past and present citizens of Somerset and Lorne. Open May through August, Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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SPACES St. Lazare HISTORIC SITES & ATTRACTIONS Fort Ellice and Beaver House Monument This monument, located at the junction of the Assiniboine and Qu’Appelle Rivers, 2 km southeast of Saint-Lazare, lies on the former site of old Fort Ellice, which was once a major fur trading post of the Hudson Bay Company. The remains of Fort Ellice and Beaver House are still visible today. T (204) 683-2252


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TRAIL Crow Wing Trail The 191 km long trail connects Emerson to Winnipeg through the municipalities of Emerson-Franklin, De Salaberry, St-PierreJolys, Niverville, Ritchot and Roseau River First Nation. Crow Wing Trail will take you back to a time when it was a key part of the development of Manitoba. The trail was initially established in the 1800s as a route to transport goods to and from the Red River Settlement on the Red River and the Crow Wing Settlement on the Mississippi River. W

Blue Water Trail The Blue Water Trail is a section of the Trans-Canada trail that runs through the communities of St. Georges and PowerviewPine Falls. Those who follow it will have the chance to see the magnificent transition between the Prairies and the Canadian Shield. This is an excellent trail for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.

St. Norbert Heritage Trail The portion of the Trans-Canada Trail that winds through the city of Winnipeg covers approximately 80 km. The trail largely follows the Red River and passes through the neighbourhood of St. Norbert. The entire route highlights the area’s rich history.

Lorne Trail This portion of the Trans-Canada Trail crosses the Pembina Valley and the communities of St. Léon, Bruxelles and Somerset where Highway 23 once ran. Allow for some extra time in St. Léon to visit the wind farm that harnesses natural energy from the strong winds that blow across the Plains. Walk on the trail that runs along the village lake and sway to the sound of the salamanders, which are especially musical in the evening and after a strong summer rain.


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Ice Fishing With over 100,000 lakes in Manitoba, ice-fishing enthusiasts are certainly spoiled for choice! • ST. LAURENT (ON LAKE MANITOBA) – Every year at the beginning of March, the community of St. Laurent celebrates Métis culture and the end of the fishing season with its popular Manipogo festival. B

Cross-Country Skiing • ST. VITAL PARK – A well-kept 5 km ski trail with a spectacular view of the Red River. • WINDSOR PARK NORDIC CENTRE – Over 15 km of trails for all ages and abilities (classic & skate skiing). Equipment rentals and skiing lessons are available. All trails are lit for night skiing. • LA BARRIÈRE PARK – Almost 6 km of trails that are sheltered from the wind. New trail for skijoring and kicksledding.


• ST. MALO PROVINCIAL PARK – Two trails (2.4 km & 6.1 km) for classic skiing. Vehicle permit required yearround to access the park. • SANDILANDS PROVINCIAL PARK – 38 km of trails for classic skiing (choice of 9 trails). Please visit to find out more about ski trails in Manitoba.

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Ice Climbing

• RED RIVER – The powerful Red River winds through the French-speaking communities of southern Manitoba before flowing into Lake Winnipeg. The waterway holds an abundance of pike, walleye and many other delights!


The Club d’escalade de Saint-Boniface (St. Boniface climbing club, or CESB) brings together hikers, climbers and mountaineers. Every winter, the CESB builds a 20 metre high ice tower. One side of the tower is set up for beginners. Climbing usually begins at the end of December and continues until the end of March. Check their calendar before heading out.

The entire province of Manitoba is crisscrossed by thousands of kilometres of snowmobile trails. Forests, frozen lakes, Canadian Shield, and steep slopes make for beautiful landscapes. Provincial parks offer snowmobile enthusiasts safe designated trails.


A little snow won’t stop hardcore cyclists – quite the opposite in fact! These folks simply find another way to practice their favourite sport… and that’s how the Actif Epica endurance race got its start. Every year in the season of snow and ice, fans of winter cycling set out on a 130 km journey from Emerson to the Forks along the Crow Wing Trail.

Snowshoeing Strap on your snowshoes and head down a designated trail, or take the road less travelled in one of our many provincial parks. Whether you’re in the city or in the country, you’ll find a path to adventure on snowshoes.


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Niakwa Country Club

Quarry Oaks

Private/18 holes 620 Niakwa Rd., Saint-Boniface T (204) 256-7326 W

Private/27 holes Ten minutes north-east of Steinbach, Hwy #12 T (204) 326-4653 W

St. Boniface Golf Club

Fly-in Golf Club

Semi-private/18 holes 100 Youville St., St. Boniface T (204) 233-2497 W

Semi-private/18 holes 350 Park Road E., Steinbach T 1 (800) 332-3302

Southwood Golf and Country Club Private/18 holes 80 Ruines des Monastères Rd., St. Norbert T (204) 269-7867 W

Windsor Park Golf Course Public/18 holes 10 Des Meurons St., St. Vital T (204) 986-3006 W

LAVÉRENDRYE’S SHORES NORTHEAST Pine Falls Golf Club Public/9 holes Powerview-Pine Falls T (204) 367-8463 W

LaVérendrye Golf Public/18 holes FootGolf Course La Broquerie T (204) 424-5046 or 1 (888) 424-5046 W

Oakwood Golf Course Public/18 holes Ste. Anne T (204) 422-8045 W

COLOURFUL PRAIRIES SOUTH Maplewood Golf Club Public/18 holes 19 113 Curé St., St. Pierre-Jolys T (204) 433-3344 W

Lorette Golf Course Public/9 holes 150 Fairway Drive, Lorette T (204) 878-2172 W

Shamrock Golf Course Public/9 holes Ile-des-Chênes T (204) 878-2098 W

Southside Golf Course Public/18 holes 2226 Southside Rd., Grande Pointe T (204) 254-6709 W

St. Malo Pitch and Putt Golf Course Public/9 holes East Lakeshore Rd., Saint-Malo T (204) 347-5300 W

BETWEEN TWO LAKES NORTH Manipogo Golf & Country Club Public/9 holes Lake Francis Rd., St. Laurent T (204) 646-2100 or 1 (877) 646-2101 W


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Winterfest February 17 to 20, 2017

St. Malo Festival of Friends February 12 to 14, 2017


The St. Malo Festival of Friends invites us to celebrate Franco-Manitoban 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 Festival of Friends is also a way to promote the St. Malo Provincial Park’s many winter activities, such as crosscountry skiing, skating and snowshoeing.

You won’t want to miss the Powerview-Pine Falls and St. Georges Winterfest. Activities include a Muck Jam, cross-country skiing, fireworks, a family bonspiel and Jail & Bail. T (204) 367-9142 W


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Festival du Voyageur February 17 to 26, 2017 St. Boniface 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 FrenchCanadian 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.

Louis Riel Day Celebrations

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February 18 and 19, 2017

Manipogo Festival

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

March 11 to 13, 2017 St. Laurent

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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! W

APRIL 2017

Actif Epica February 18, 2017 Emerson, St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, St. Adolphe, St. Norbert

Sugaring Off Festival April 8 and 9, 2017 St. Pierre Jolys

Actif Epica is a winter race for cyclists and runners in extreme conditions. Racers from around the world gather to experience 130 kms of winter along southeastern Manitoba’s historic Crow Wing Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail). The race starts in Emerson and finishes in Winnipeg at the Forks, while weaving through St. Malo, St. Pierre-Jolys, St. Adolphe and St. Norbert.

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Le Marché Provencher

Le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

June to October 2017 (Fridays from 10 am to 3 pm)

May to October 2017 (Wednesday & Saturday)

Situated in the heart of Old St.Boniface, le Marché Provencher features local merchants, producers and artisans. Bring the kids along. They will love the splash pad. And the play structures in the park are sure to keep them busy.

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 gathering place for the entire community.



Mercredis en Musique July and August 2017 (every Wednesday) This summer, the Jardin de sculptures welcomes you every Wednesday, between 11:30 - 1:30 p.m., for a series of free concerts featuring a roster of talented local musicians. Why not make a picnic out of it by bringing your lunch and a lawn chair? T (204) 237-7692 W

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St. Jean-Baptiste Days

Bastille Day

June 24, 2017 Winnipeg

July 16, 2017 St. Claude

Manitoba’s francophone community is in the spotlight at the St-Jean-Baptiste festivities in Provencher Park. The Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre organizes this celebration of culture that offers activities for the entire family: concerts, clowns, face make-up and rides on a kids size train.

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.



Doors Open Winnipeg

St. Jean-Baptiste Days

Cheyenne Summer Fest

May 27 and 28, 2017

June 24 and 25, 2017 La Broquerie

July 15 and 16, 2017 Ste. Agathe

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! Every year, people come together for concerts, sports and recreational activities, a special mass, a parade and much more. There’s something for everyone!

Every year, this charming francophone community in the Red River Valley hosts Cheyenne Days, a country fair for the whole family, featuring 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!


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MAY 2017

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JULY 2017

Montcalm Heritage Festival June 10 and 11, 2017 St. Joseph Come celebrate Canada Day and harvest season in St. Joseph! Fun-filled activities include: pancake breakfast, visit of the museum, parade, petting zoo, and music by Manitoba artists. All activities are free. T (204) 737-2244 W

Frog Follies & Agricultural Fair

The 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg

July 13 to 16, 2017 St. Pierre-Jolys

July 28 to August 13, 2017 Winnipeg

The idea for the Frog Follies emerged in 1970 as part of the Manitoba Centennial celebrations. 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!

Winnipeg will host the Canada Summer Games from July 28 to August 13, 2017. The Canada Games are this country’s largest multi-sport event for young athletes. Over 4,000 athletes and coaches will converge upon Winnipeg for this event that will feature over 250 events in 16 sports, and a major cultural festival to celebrate the Games’ 50th anniversary and Canada’s 150th birthday.






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Pioneer Days

Marchand Logging Days

August 4 to 6, 2017 St. Lazare

August 19 and 20, 2017

Proud of its past, the community invites you to take in its Pioneer Day festival in July. Festivities include a pancake breakfast, a parade, a ball tournament, children’s activities, a dance, and more! Come celebrate with the Chartiers, the Fouillards and all the other local families, and be sure to drop by the Fort Ellice Interpretation Centre.



Métis Days August 4 to 6, 2017 St. Laurent


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 slow-pitch tournament, parade, monster bingo and karaoke. The popular celebration of metis culture attracts hundreds of festival-goers each year and is also an important fundraiser for the community. T (204) 646-2467 or (204) 646-2680

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Folklorama – French-Canadian Pavilion August 6 to 19, 2017 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 mouthwatering French-Canadian specialties like tourtière (meat pie), pea soup and sugar pie. Folklorama attracts 400 000 visitors a year. T (204) 982-6210 W

The Marchand Logging Days are held each year on the 2nd last weekend of August and feature a wide range of events, from log sawing to an ATV obstacle course, mud bogging, a slowpitch tournament, kids games and fireworks. W facebook/MarchandLoggingDays

SEPTEMBER 2017 4 P Festival September 1 to 4, 2017 Powerview-Pine Falls, St. Georges The town of Powerview-Pine Falls invites you to its annual 4P Festival: Paper, Peas, Power and Pickerel, a true celebration of life in rural Manitoba. Enjoy a fishing tournament, music, a kids’ zone, fireworks, street hockey and so much more! W  |  1 866 808 8338  | 

St. Malo Summer Fest

Lorette Family Fun Days

September 1 to 3, 2017

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September long weekend is party time in St. Malo! Come see the parade, enjoy a pancake breakfast, participate in the Hot Wheels Mini Races and dance into the wee hours of the morning.

This community festival is truly for the entire family with a petting zoo for the kids, baseball tournament for the adults, flea market, movie night under the stars and fireworks to top it all off. The funds generated by the yearly event help finance community activities all year long.


Dawson Trail Days September 1 to 4, 2017 Ste. Anne 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. T (204) 422-6631 W

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Crèche Festival November 2017 to January 2018 St. Georges Every year more than 150 crèches, or nativity scenes, are put on display at the Allard Regional Library in St. Georges. Come admire the beauty and diversity of crèches from around the world. The festival is designed to remind us of the meaning of the season. T (204) 367-8443

September 29 to October 1, 2017

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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. W

September 8 to 10, 2017 Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes


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WINTER 2017/2018

Culture Days

Howdy Neighbour! Come say hello to your friends and neighbours at the Salut Voisin! / Howdy Neighbour! Festival in Notre-Dame-deLourdes. 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.

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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:

September 2017 to April 2018 Chemin Chez Nous/ Home Routes is a houseconcert circuit, in both rural and urban settings, that showcases local, national and international Francophone artists. These artists offer top-notch performances of music of all genres, from blues to classical and traditional to contemporary. The result is an intimate and truly unforgettable musical experience. W

JANUARY 2018 St. Claude Winter Carnival 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. W


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