Travel Manitoba 2024 Inspiration Guide

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Welcome to Manitoba! Whether you’re a first-timer, a regular visitor or you call this province home, we’re excited to share our latest Inspiration Guide with you. In these pages you’ll find countless heart-stirring experiences and destinations all right here in the middle of Canada. In Manitoba, we know every heart needs something a little different when you travel. From the awe-inspiring northern lights illuminating our winter skies and the sparkling hues of our 100,000+ lakes and waterways to the vibrancy of our urban centres, Manitoba promises to make your heart race, sing, reflect and more. Learn about the rich Indigenous heritage in Manitoba or dance with our Francophone community at events and festivals. In Winnipeg, our thriving capital city, immerse yourself in history, art and lively events all year long. Throughout your journey, you’ll encounter Manitobans, known for their warm hospitality, ready to welcome you and make your visit exceptional. Go deeper in your Manitoba adventure Whatever your heart needs, Canada’s Heart with the Manitoba Explorer App or any is Calling. of our Manitoba Experience Passes. Throughout the pages of this guide, look for these icons to find ideas for your next adventure. The more you explore, the more rewards and special discounts you’ll discover!















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Table of Contents

7 When your heart needs adventure 8 Outdoor Explorations 16 Water World 27 Winter Experiences 34 Seasons of Churchill


41 When your heart needs to roam 43 West 51 East 53 Interlake 55 Central 59 North


61 When you heart needs an escape 63 Spas and Getaways 65 Stunning Stays 67 Golf Getaways 69 Shopping and Dining 77 Family Fun 79 Winnipeg Adventures


When your heart needs to reflect 88 Arts, Culture and History 93 Francophone Experiences 95 Indigenous Experiences

When your heart needs to sing 102 Festivals and Events

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First-Timers’ Guide to Manitoba When you venture somewhere new, how do you decide where to start? Manitoba is a vast province brimming with parks, charming small towns and a bustling urban centre as its capital city. Here are a few lists to get you inspired and help you plan for your first trip to the heart of Canada.

1.  Two newer attractions in Winnipeg make the capital city an even more exciting place to visit. The Leaf Canada’s Diversity Gardens (page 85) is a 30-acre outdoor garden and horticultural biome home to Canada’s largest indoor waterfall. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada’s (page 78 and 88) new eye-catching building near the airport is a window into Canada’s aviation history. 2.  In the remote northern town of Churchill (page 34) you’ll find a warm and welcoming community plus the opportunity to go on an arctic safari to see cheerful beluga whales in summer and iconic polar bears in fall. Churchill is also considered one of the best places in the world to view the aurora borealis (more commonly known as the northern lights). 3.  Festival du Voyageur (page 33) is Western Canada’s largest winter festival! A celebration of Francophone, Métis and First Nations history and culture in Manitoba, this event is a winter staple and features snow sculptures, live music, food and activities for all ages. 4.  Did you know? Riding Mountain National Park (pages 9, 11 and 48) is Manitoba’s only national park that can be accessed by the public. Wasagaming is a bustling park townsite with boutique shops, local restaurants and plenty of accommodation options. 5.  In recent years, Indigenous businesses and attractions (page 95) have grown throughout Manitoba. Whether it’s a workshop, guided tour, dining experience, or a visit to a museum, gallery or event, there are plenty of ways to learn about Indigenous arts, culture and history during your trip.




5 Must-See Attractions in Winnipeg 1.  The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (page 88) is impressive not only for its innovative architecture. It’s also the world’s only museum dedicated to the topic of global human rights issues. 2.  Qaumajuq is a stunning addition to the Winnipeg Art Gallery (page 88) in the city’s downtown area. Its architecture is inspired by Canada’s northern landscape and the centre holds the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art with over 14,000 pieces, each item representing the story of Canada’s North. 3.  Recently, the Manitoba Museum (page 89) has updated several of its core galleries. The new Prairies Gallery tells the story of Indigenous Peoples in Manitoba using a beautiful plains tipi, a Red River cabin and cart, and other artifacts. 4.  Discover The Forks (page 73 and 83) in Manitoba—a historic meeting place at the Red and Assiniboine Rivers right in the centre of Winnipeg. Find entertainment, dining, shopping, events and stunning river views any time of the year. 5.  Assiniboine Park and Zoo (page 85) is a perfect family-friendly place to visit. The park has plenty of green and picnic space, walking trails and a free nature playground for kids. The Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals as well as ones found right in Manitoba like bison and polar bears.

3 Top Tastes to Try 1.  Honey dill is widely considered Manitoba’s signature sauce. Ask for it at local restaurants where they serve chicken fingers and fries—it’s the perfect combination of herby and sweet. 2.  Perogies are a beloved culinary tradition in Manitoba. These doughy dumpling-like pockets filled with savoury or sweet fillings reflect the province’s rich Ukrainian heritage.

SPRING (April to June) Pack light layers and a rain jacket. Spring days can be as warm as +15°C (59° F) with some rainy weather.

3.  “Fat boy” burgers are an iconic drive-in style burger smothered with hearty chili. It’s a messy, but tasty, meal that serves as classic comfort food to many Manitobans.

3 Places to View Wildlife 1.  Churchill (page 34) is a top draw for wildlife enthusiasts. While polar bears and beluga whales are the main draws, you can also see wolves, caribou, moose, red, silver and arctic fox, arctic hare, ptarmigan and snowy owls. 2.  Birding enthusiasts love Oak Hammock Marsh (page 15) and FortWhyte Alive (page 15 and 26) for the goose migration season. Thousands of these birds gather as they prepare to fly south for the winter. FortWhyte Alive is also home to a resident bison herd. 3.  Riding Mountain National Park (page 48) also happens to be a top spot for viewing wildlife. See bison, black bears, beavers, deer and, if luck is on your side, you may even spot a moose.

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SUMMER (June/July to August) Shorts and t-shirts are perfect regular attire. Sunscreen is a must when hitting the beach! Average temperatures tend to be +26°C (79° F) throughout the summer months.

FALL (September to November) Wear light layers, long sleeve shirts and pants. Temperatures can be as high as +20°C (68° F) and as low as 0°C (32° F) later in the season.

WINTER (December to March) Bundle up with warm mittens and a toque (classic Canadian headwear!). Average temperatures hover around -12° C (10° F) but can drop as low as -30° C (-22° F).

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Whether it’s the call of adventure that draws you in or the ample wilderness waiting to be discovered, the options for exploring the outdoors are as vast as Manitoba’s prairie skies. If you prefer a backcountry hike with your family, a fishing trip with your closest friends, or a solo bike ride through the boreal forest, Manitoba’s wilderness offers a range of activities for all adventurers in every season.

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Outdoor Explorations Located in the centre of Canada, Manitoba bursts with impressive landscapes. Shaped by retreating glaciers and ancient lakes, our province boasts golden prairies, rolling hills, boreal forests and coastal tundra. When you need space to wander, you’ll find it in Manitoba. Manitoba also caters to travellers of all kinds; whether you seek adventure, relaxation, solitude or community, or whatever your heart needs, you can find a travel experience here. Take your family on a camping trip or embark solo on a backcountry paddling expedition. Novice campers will find loads of lakeside resorts and glamping options. More hardcore enthusiasts will find unrestricted wilderness waiting to be discovered (be advised: many remote areas do not have cell service, so take precautions while planning and executing your trip). The blue water that beckons boaters during the warmer months transforms into snow-covered icy terrain for snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and ice fishing buffs. Our changing landscapes challenge hikers and bikers, while downhill skiers and snowboarders can get their hearts racing with our elevation changes. Turn your gaze toward the horizon to watch our spectacular sunsets. Look up at night to marvel at our vast starry skies. When you’re away from the bright lights of the city, you can see thousands of dazzling stars and—if the conditions are right—an incredible display of northern lights, sure to stir your heart.

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Plenty of Parks

Whiteshell Provincial Park is my top pick for outdoor exploration! With diverse activities like hiking, fishing, camping and paddling, it offers something for everyone. Enjoyable year-round, it boasts winter activities too. Its proximity to Winnipeg makes it an ideal choice for all outdoor enthusiasts. — Nadine Girouard, Content Creator

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Go camping! Manitoba’s parks offer a wide range of camping options. Book a picturesque campsite in a provincial park or choose from family-friendly amenities offered by privately-owned campgrounds like Lilac Resort, Rubber Ducky Campground or Aspen Grove Campground. Give ‘glamping’ a try with a yurt or stay in a four-season oTENTik in Riding Mountain National Park. Your family will never forget the experience of sleeping under the stars surrounded only by the serene sounds of nature. Roast s’mores over the campfire and spend the entire day hiking, cycling and swimming. Start planning your camping adventure at

NEW TO CAMPING? Get all of the gear you’ll need for an outdoor camping trip with a gear rental through Campable. They’ll provide the tent, sleeping equipment, cookware and more so that all you have to worry about is packing up and getting there. Or book a glamping experience with Enn Taant. They’ll set up and bring all of the essentials to your chosen campsite, ready for when you arrive.

Manitoba’s spectacular wilderness is perfect for your next nature retreat. Our breathtaking landscapes are preserved and enjoyed thanks to 93 provincial parks, 15 provincial forests and two national parks, Riding Mountain National Park and Wapusk National Park. There are two million hectares of protected landscapes within designated Wildlife Management Areas. Manitoba is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a massive area known as Pimachiowin Aki on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. Pimachiowin Aki in the Ojibwe language Anishinaabemowin means “the land that gives life”. With dozens of parks, forests and protected landscapes, it’s no wonder outdoor and camping enthusiasts love Manitoba. Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park was Manitoba’s first hydroelectric generating station, providing power to a burgeoning Winnipeg in the early 1900s. A self-guided walk takes visitors around the concrete monolith to learn its engineering history. Head north to Pisew Falls Provincial Park, about 70 kilometres south of Thompson, to find Manitoba’s most easy-to-access waterfall. You’ll hear the falls tumbling as you journey across the boardwalk, taking you closer to a spectacular view. Another short trail leads you to the Rotary Bridge over the Grass River. Here, you’ll find trails leading to the top of Pisew Falls and the starting point for a 30-kilometre return hike to Kwasitchewan Falls, Manitoba’s highest waterfall. Manitoba’s highest peak is Baldy Mountain. In fact, this peak stands at 832 metres! It’s part of a long series of highlands known as the Pembina Escarpment located in Duck Mountain Provincial Park. A must-visit provincial park for travellers seeking remote landscapes, dense forests, rolling terrain and deep crystal clear lakes. Discover more of our beautiful parks at



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Manitoba is brimming with nature that will leave you craving more. Thousands of trails crisscross the landscape, offering fantastic access to beautiful places for hikers, bikers, skiers, snowmobilers, ATVers and horseback riders. Explore the Manitoba sections of the Trans Canada Trail (the world’s longest network of multi-use trails) or discover provincial parks replete with towering trees and winding forest paths. With options like these, and whether you have an hour or a weekend, there’s a trail in Manitoba with your name on it. Walking on Ancient Mountains, a scenic hiking route north of Black Lake in Nopiming Provincial Park, leads you to a rock outcrop with a magnificent view of Tooth Lake. Hunt Lake Trail, located in Whiteshell Provincial Park, is a challenging 13-kilometre hike that winds around the east side of West Hawk Lake leading you north to Little Indian Bay. You want striking scenery while you bust out a sweat scaling the steep rocks of the Canadian Shield? You got it here. One of the most popular activities in Spruce Woods Provincial Park is hiking. Sand, cacti and prairie-slithering skinks make up this desert-like landscape of the Spirit Sands. The most challenging trail will take you to the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a bowl-shaped depression 45 metres deep to reveal a pool of blue-green water. Tucked in the southwest corner of the province is the International Peace Garden, straddling the border of Canada and the United States. Hiking and biking trails connect 2,400 acres of prairie, gardens, lakes and ponds. Don’t forget to bring your passport to enter back into Canada.

At FortWhyte Alive, connect with nature and each other all year long. Create core memories with loved ones when you paddle the shimmering lakes, cycle the winding forest trails and traverse the floating boardwalks.


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Must-Try Biking Trails Looking for an adrenaline rush? These mountain biking trails are sure to get your heart racing and bring you to spectacular vistas around the province. Most trails are suitable for fat biking in winter, making these must-try spots perfect for almost any season.

Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area Another great stop for mountain biking in Manitoba’s western region is located 10 kilometres south of Brandon off Highway 10. With gentle rolling hills and aspen-oak parkland, the Brandon Hills multi-use trails are a haven for hikers, bikers, horseback riders, and cross-country skiers in the winter.

Riding Mountain National Park Manitoba’s only national park with camping amenities is also home to nearly 370 kilometres of hiking and biking trails. They vary from gentle rolling lake trails to steep climbs as you rise from Reeve’s Ravine to the peak of Bald Hill where you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of the escarpment. Access is free with a national park pass.

HyLife Back Forty In Neepawa, HyLife Back Forty Multi-Use Trail Park boasts one of the province’s top mountain biking skills courses, with 5.1 kilometres of adrenaline-pumping features, including rock and wood drops, log rides and berms.

Northgate Trails Located just outside the city of Dauphin, the Northgate Trail system spans 26 kilometres of multi-use trails with areas designated for mountain bikers and hikers. You’ll find berms, bridges and pump tracks for riders of all ages and skill levels.

Lake Minnewasta In the south central part of the province is a 10.2 kilometre mountain biking loop around Lake Minnewasta, located about five minutes west of the city of Morden. The trail is considered moderately challenging and includes an option to connect with the short, but challenging, Dead Horse trail—adding another 6.7 kilometres to your overall ride.

Whiteshell Provincial Park Dozens of trails crisscross from the southern and northern parts of Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba’s eastern region. Trails vary from bare Canadian Shield granite rock to boreal forest and trails with natural drops and wood features for the technical rider. Blue Highway, a mountain bike trail near Caddy Lake, is a 14 kilometre out-and-back trail. Access is free with a provincial park pass. Bison Butte at FortWhyte Alive Developed as the venue for the 2017 Canada Summer Games mountain biking competition, the Bison Butte Recreation Trails at FortWhyte Alive in Winnipeg are the perfect choice for bikers looking for an exciting route in the city. The year-round multi-use trails provide options for all skill levels running from easy to extremely difficult. Access is free with admission to FortWhyte Alive. Find more biking trails at




Nestled in the Turtle Mountains on the Canadian/US border, the International Peace Garden shines in all seasons. Home to over 100,000 flowers and plants, you can see greenery inside the expanded Conservatory or the 2,400 acres of woodlands, prairie, lakes, and trails. Discover how plants and peace work together in harmony. Newly Expanded Conservatory - world’s most diverse collection of cacti and succulents

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Mobility-Friendly Trails Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail About 80 kilometres north of Winnipeg is an accessible 2.6 kilometre boardwalk that follows a culturally important area used by the local Ojibwe for over 300 years. The trail mostly consists of wooden boardwalk through the boreal forest and along the edge of a fen wetland. Ominnik Marsh This easy 0.5 kilometre loop in Riding Mountain National Park is a floating boardwalk on top of a marsh teeming with bulrushes and beavers. The trail can be accessed from multi-use paths in Wasagaming, the park townsite, or choose to start the trail from one of three parking spots near the trailhead.




Discovery Nature Sanctuary Located on the eastern edge of Winkler, the Discovery Nature Sanctuary is a two kilometre walking trail with access to different habitats within the sanctuary, including a pollinator garden, pond, and grassland recreation area. A packed gravel trail leads from the parking lot to a viewing platform that overlooks a creek running through the sanctuary. Quarry Park Visit this interpretive trail in the town of Stonewall to learn about how limestone was quarried. The Pond Trail is relatively flat packed gravel that takes you around a small pond with a water feature in the centre. Visit the heritage arts centre to learn more about limestone and area history.



Creature Feature Manitoba’s diverse landscapes offer equally diverse habitats for a range of wildlife. Our abundance of parks and open wilderness means there are plenty of opportunities to view wildlife in their natural settings. Subarctic Creatures From the iconic polar bear and the friendly beluga whale to arctic hares and ptarmigan, Churchill offers a wildlife experience like no other. Visit page 34 for more information on the viewing seasons of this northern destination.

Wolves While it may be difficult to catch a glimpse of a wolf, you might be able to hear one in the wilder parts of Manitoba. Wolves are intelligent, highly sociable and survive by working together. Resident wolf populations exist in Riding Mountain National Park, Whiteshell Provincial Park, Thompson and Churchill. Be bear smart! Learn more at



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Owls Manitoba’s landscapes give habitat to several species of owls, including our provincial bird, the great grey owl. From the boreal owl of the forest to the burrowing owl of the prairies, keep an eye—and ear— out for these nocturnal birds found across the province. Some top places to view owls include Riding Mountain National Park, Birds Hill Provincial Park and Sandilands Provincial Forest.


Bears Did you know that Manitoba is also home to black bears, which can come in a range of colours from black, to brown, to lighter cinnamon and even blonde? Watch for bears in Riding Mountain National Park, Whiteshell Provincial Park and Grand Beach Provincial Park.

Visit these destinations to view more of Manitoba’s wildlife. Narcisse Snake Dens: Thousands of red-sided garter snakes converge near their Interlake dens during spring and fall migrations. Inwood’s Sam and Sarah are the two garter snakes on the monument in the town nearest to Narcisse Snake Dens.

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Lake Audy: This Riding Mountain National Park enclosure is home to a resident herd of bison. Watch from the observation tower or enjoy a drive through the fescue grasslands. Oak Hammock Marsh: This restored wetland is home to 25 mammal species and over 300 bird species. Spring and fall bird migrations are great times to visit! FortWhyte Alive: This natural oasis welcomes thousands of migrating Canada geese each year. Celebrate the fall migration with a sunset goose flight.


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NEW TO WILDLIFE VIEWING? Safety is key. Make sure to give wolves, coyotes, foxes, bears, moose, deer, caribou and other wild animals plenty of space and never approach to touch or feed them. Bring your binoculars to view from a safe distance and a telephoto lens for capturing photos of wildlife. Always stay on designated trails and practice safety when viewing from a vehicle. Don’t stop in the middle of a highway or busy road.




Water World

Manitoba is home to the 11th largest freshwater lake in the world. In fact, water covers 16 per cent of the whole province! With stats like these, it’s no surprise we’re home to over 100,000+ lakes and waterways ready to be explored. Also, Manitoba is the only prairie province with a saltwater coastline, thanks to our northern shores along Hudson Bay. Here are a few standout lakes to enjoy—from the beach, a boat or immersed in its refreshing waters.






Freshwater Lakes Lake Winnipeg This massive body of water can be accessed from 11 provincial parks and various beach communities established along its western and eastern southern shores. Head to Hecla Island, which is connected to the mainland by a causeway, to discover the lake’s connections with the Icelandic community who settled there. Watch sailboats and yachts launch from Gimli marina. Enjoy a beach day and the soft white sand found at many beaches, including Grand Beach, Patricia Beach and Victoria Beach along the lake’s east side. Clearwater Lake Located in the park of the same name and about 15 minutes north of The Pas, Clearwater Lake will leave you speechless. The crystal clear water of this spring-fed lake is a vibrant turquoise hue. There are campgrounds and lakeside lodges available. Enjoy great views of the lake on the Caves Self-Guided Trail, where you can also see giant crevasses where rock faces have split.


Little Limestone Lake This northern gem is a fantastic example of a marl lake which changes colour from the sun’s heat because of calcium deposits. You can find the Instagram-worthy Little Limestone Lake at the northern tip of Lake Winnipeg, along a remote stretch of Highway 6 through the traditional territory of Mosakahiken Cree Nation. Depending on the heat of the day, the colour can change from vibrant turquoise to calming robin’s egg blue due to increasing levels of calcite from the lake’s limestone bottom. Travellers to this provincially protected area need to be resourceful and adventurous as there are limited services and amenities to guide your way.

West Hawk Lake This lake, located in Whiteshell Provincial Park, is one of Manitoba’s most beloved and visited provincial parks. West Hawk Lake stands out because the centre was created by meteor impact, making it the deepest in Manitoba at 110 metres. It also has the lovely Crescent Beach, which offers ample space to stretch out. West Hawk townsite has a marina with watercraft rentals, restaurants, accommodation options and a campground.



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With all that water, it’s no surprise Manitoba has many incredible beaches. Here are a few more to visit.



Delta Beach: This fine sand beach along the south shore of Lake Manitoba is only 20 kilometres north of Portage la Prairie. The warm, shallow waters make it ideal for young families. The beach offers a family-friendly campground as well. Matlock Beach: This beach is one of a handful of beaches that dot the southwestern shore of Lake Winnipeg. Dig your toes into the white sand or enjoy the lake views from the many piers that stretch out into the lake.

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Town of Pinawa: This town along the Winnipeg River is gaining a reputation for outdoor recreation, such as hiking, kayaking and more recently floating down the Pinawa Channel on inflatable tubes and boats. There is a pretty public beach near the golf course, too, and Hoopla Island inflatable water park is near the beach for the kids (paid admission). Winnipeg Beach: This beach destination roared to popularity as a summer retreat in the 1910s when beachgoers arrived by train. Today, its boardwalk and sandy shoreline are still a summer tradition for many, with the town and provincial park offering a base for activities, restaurants and accommodations. Some of the bays around Winnipeg Beach offer terrific conditions for windsurfing and sailing. Minnedosa Beach: This beach is at the heart of Lake Minnedosa located 1.5 kilometres from downtown Minnedosa. Choose from sunbathing, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Splish Splash Water Park is another fun addition to the lake in summer. Stay in the nearby campground to make a weekend out of your trip.


Several provincial parks have mobility mats on the beach leading up to the water. These non-slip mats or “mobi-mats” create a firm pathway to the beach and waterfront. You can find these mats at: •  Birds Hill Provincial Park •  Falcon Lake in Whiteshell Provincial Park •  Gull Harbour and Grindstone North Point in Hecla/ Grindstone Provincial Park •  Kiche Manitou Beach in Spruce Woods Provincial Park •  Lundar Beach •  Pioneer Bay at Clearwater Lake Provincial Park •  Rainbow Beach Provincial Park •  Sunset Shores Beach in St. Malo Provincial Park •  Wellman Lake at Duck Mountain Provincial Park •  West Beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park •  Winnipeg Beach


Did you know you can borrow lifejackets for free during your visit to some provincial parks? Use the lifejacket for swimming, boating, kayaking or paddleboarding and return it after your outing. There are lifejacket loan programs at: •  Bakers Narrows Provincial Park •  Birds Hill Provincial Park •  Clearwater Lake Provincial Park •  Grass River Provincial Park •  Manipogo Provincial Park •  Moose Lake Provincial Park •  Paint Lake Provincial Park •  Rainbow Beach Provincial Park •  St. Malo Provincial Park •  Spruce Woods Provincial Park •  Stephenfield Provincial Park



Paddling Paradise Manitoba was the keystone of the fur trade. One of the reasons? Its waterways connecting the north and south and the east and west of the continent made for easy transport of goods. Today, all these freshwater waterways are renowned destinations for paddlers ranging in skill from beginner to expert. In fact, Manitoba is so renowned for its 100,000+ lakes and waterways that in paddling circles the province is nicknamed Mani-flo-ba. Here are a few paddling routes to consider based on your experience level.



Clear Lake. Enjoy the view of the crystal clear water in Riding Mountain National Park with kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals available from Clear Lake Marina. Those with their own watercraft can enjoy paddling on some of the park’s other lakes such as Moon or Katherine Lake. La Salle or Seine Rivers. For leisurely nearWinnipeg paddles, La Barriere Park near St. Norbert offers a comfortable beachfront launch into the La Salle River for a casual upriver canoe or kayak. An easy-to-access dock along the Seine River in St. Boniface makes launching easy to enjoy this calm, winding route through the city.



Caddy Lake. Whether you bring your own or rent a canoe from the nearby Caddy Lake Resort, Green Bay Resort or other providers, the main feature of this lake is paddling through the two human-made tunnels, connecting paddlers to South Cross Lake and then North Cross Lake. These tunnels were blasted through the granite when the railway was built in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Grass River. This is one of northern Manitoba’s most historic paddling routes used during the fur trade. With several entry points throughout Grass River Provincial Park, this river system has some rapids to contend with or you can opt to portage around them. Make your way through First, Second and Third Cranberry Lakes to access the Grass River, which eventually flows into the large Reed Lake.

Adventure in Every Corner A visual spectacle of rugged, natural beauty, Buffalo Point Resort is as breathtaking as it is fun. Find some of the finest outdoor recreation such as golfing, fishing and boating plus warm hospitality that will bring you back again and again.





Hayes River. This northern Manitoba waterway is one of the province’s wildest. With Class III and IV rapids, this route is recommended for experts, especially those who would get a thrill from paddling through remote wilderness. The journey’s endpoint is often York Factory National Historic Site, the former headquarters of the Hudson Bay Company. Consider camping at the York Factory—sites are first-come firstserved and available only within the fenced compound. Restroom facilities are onsite. Get more information on paddling routes at



Bloodvein River. Within Pimachiowin Aki, Manitoba’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bloodvein River is the top choice for white-water canoeists. This Canadian Heritage River was once an important historical route for Indigenous Peoples. Hire a charter aircraft from Blue Water Aviation in Bissett to reach headwaters near Artery Lake.

The Whiteshell River is my favourite place to paddle. With relatively close proximity to Winnipeg, it gives me a wide range of white water from small rapids to waterfalls. The unique flora and fauna of the Whiteshell includes towering granite and spruce trees down to small flowers and moss fields. Easy-to-access portage trails also help to increase the level of paddler able to float down this beautiful river. — Garrett Fache, Wild Loon Adventure Company

Renting gear is a budget-friendly way to get out on the water or to try a new activity. Rent kayaks or stand up paddleboards from companies like Wilderness Supply Co. and Winnipeg Canoe & Kayak Rental. All Stoke Outdoors Company offers guided stand up paddleboard workshops. River Rat Rentals in Souris has a wide variety of watercraft for your summer adventures and companies like Wild Loon Adventure Company and Wilderland Adventure Company offer guided excursions and paddling education. Find a rental company or paddling guide at

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Fishing Adventures If you’re looking for some serious rod and reel time on world-class fisheries, Manitoba has a staggering range of choices for any need, comfort level and budget. Fly-in Fishing Fly out to the middle of Manitoba wilderness to discover some of the finest fishing experiences imaginable. Arrive by chartered aircraft to an all-inclusive lodge with first-class accommodations and amenities, the finest service, gourmet meals and professional guides. Or take an iconic float plane ride to a secluded outpost camp—there’s nothing quite like it! Fly in to world-class fishing for trophy northern pike, walleye, lake trout, arctic grayling and brook trout—it’s the experience of a lifetime.

Fly Fishing From the famous fly-in rivers of our northern frontier to the renowned stocked lakes of our southern plains, Manitoba offers the devoted fly fisher an excess of traditional and novelty fly fishing experiences. Sea-run brook trout on remote Hudson Bay tributaries, northern pike on sprawling subarctic waterbodies and rainbow and brown trout on diverse prairie stillwaters are all signature “on the fly” encounters unique to select areas of the province. Manitoba is gaining prominence as a premier fly fishing destination, home to national fly fishing championships, endorsed fly fishing lodges and a growing fly fishing culture. For information on lodges and outfitters, visit



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Drive-to Fishing Manitoba boasts a wide variety of drive-to destinations catering to both do-it-yourself and guided trips. You’ll find multiple accommodation and service options along with phenomenal seasonal angling opportunities. Rent a boat or a cabin on one of many populated walleye waters, hire a local guide for a classic channel catfish excursion or haul your own rig to a multitude of trophy northern pike and lake trout fisheries.

Lake Winnipeg, Hecla Provincial Park

Become a Master Angler Another reason to choose Manitoba is our unique Master Angler Awards program, the longest-running recognition program of its kind in North America. Through the Master Angler website and app, you can submit qualifying fish in 30 different species categories, with each verified catch commemorated with a certificate and a listing in our extensive online record book. In addition, you can also achieve species milestones and receive specialist badges.

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Tucked within the greenery of the boreal forests and Canadian Shield, you’ll find Betula Lake Resort’s five spacious and inviting cottages with fire pits and picnic tables. About 150 kilometres away from the city of Winnipeg, the resort is close enough for a weekend getaway but far enough to give you the feeling of getting away from it all. Kayak the calm waters, explore the prehistoric petroforms or bring your boat along and take the family out for a stunning ride with views of waterfalls and rapids. Sink your fishing rod in for the day’s catch, hit the sandy shores for a game of volleyball or let the kids run free on the resort’s playground. A well-stocked convenience store has you covered for any of those last minute or forgotten items. Want to head north? Wekusko Falls Lodge near the small town of Snow Lake is a great option. This family-owned lodge offers professional service amid a scenic setting. Nearby, Wekusko Falls Provincial Park has playgrounds, swinging bridges and a beautiful beach—perfect for a family adventure. Discover the area’s falls and follow them down to the lake and explore the Canadian Shield, many hiking trails, and even a few small caves. If you’re looking for places where the fish will bite, Wekusko and Tramping lakes will fulfill your angling dreams. Overlooking a marina, boreal forest and a breathtaking lake, Paint Lake Lodge lies within the Paint Lake Provincial Park. At Paint Lake Lodge, you can drive your vehicle right up to your secluded homeaway-from-home cabin that’s equipped with all the kitchen amenities you’ll need for your getaway. And if you don’t feel like cooking, the lodge’s restaurant is a good place to fuel up. Get out on the lake by renting a boat at the lodge, or make arrangements with the lodge for a guided fishing experience. The lake is filled with little bays for privacy for those in search of it and the opportunities for fishing this lake are endless.



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Bakers Narrows Lodge is a great spot for fully immersing in nature, fishing and swimming for hours and being surrounded by stunning views. Approximately a 20-kilometre drive from Flin Flon and overlooking Lake Athapapuskow, this lodge offers the best of both worlds: rustic stays in modernized accommodations. Hike the trails, canoe or kayak the lake, cliff jump into pristine waters, swim your way back to shore and do it all over again. With endless activities, planning your family’s days here will be a breeze. Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is a flyin lodge located in Atikaki Provincial Park. Like many of Manitoba’s lodges, you’ll be treated to the serenity of nature and the seclusion of the boreal forest. Stay in one of their handcrafted cabins with luxurious accommodations that rival those of other rustic five-star stays. Wildlife abound in this provincial park and the fishing at this lodge is world-class (make sure you try the shore lunch!). Kids will especially enjoy splashing in the calm waters surrounding the lodge.


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Packaged Fishing Experiences In addition to being family-friendly lodges, Bakers Narrows, Wekusko Falls, Aikens Lake and Paint Lake all have packaged fishing experiences where all the equipment you need and a guide is provided for your angling adventure. Closer to Winnipeg, you can rent equipment or hire a professional guide with Blackwater Cats and City Cats operating out of Lockport and Selkirk. Book an angling excursion with Bruin Outfitting in the eastern region of Manitoba or Kannuk Outfitters on Lake Winnipeg.

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A Cool Catch Reeling in trophy fish doesn’t skip a beat in Manitoba during the winter season. Once safe ice forms on the 100,000+ lakes and waterways found across the province, anglers can explore the endless phenomenal ice fishing opportunities that await. With an extended hardwater season that often begins in December and can stretch well into April, you have a large window to schedule a Manitoba winter fishing trip or two or three or four! It doesn’t matter when or where you choose to visit; chances are there is a hardwater hot bite to be had somewhere nearby. Our long-running Master Angler Record Book will show that anytime is a good time to ice fish during a Manitoba winter. Options abound for guided excursions or full-service accommodations with one of our many reputable ice fishing lodges and outfitters. There’s nothing like the thrill of that first cold catch.



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Guided Ice Fishing Experiences

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Fishing offers lessons for new anglers who want to get out on the ice. You can bring your own equipment or rent—they have everything you need for your first ice fishing excursion. Ís þorp, which means “migrating ice village” in Icelandic, is a little community that pops up near the harbour in Gimli. Anyone is welcome to drive out on the ice with their “fiski kofi” (ice fishing shack) and fish for the day. Otherwise, there are fishing shacks available to rent seven days a week for those who are confident in their abilities and have their own gear. For beginners, there are fully guided experiences available on weekends. Ís þorp also features snow art


Visit FortWhyte Alive on select dates in winter for an ice fishing lesson. The small, sheltered pond at FortWhyte within Winnipeg city limits is the perfect training ground. Pre-registration is encouraged and participants must be 12 years of age or older. Book with Icebound Excursions for a beginner-friendly ice fishing excursion on Lake Winnipeg. While experienced anglers might opt to rent the SnoBear for the day in their own search for greenback walleye, those just starting out will feel at ease with an all-inclusive fishing day that includes a driver, sonar, ice fishing gear, bait and lunch—all from the ultimate (heated) ice fishing machine! Prairie Gal

installations, light displays, and a skating and crockicurl rink. Looking for a unique experience? Tour operators on Lake Winnipeg now offer the coolest ice fishing adventure that allows you to sleep and dine next to your fishing hole once the sun sets. Check out Kannuk Outfitters and Gaune Fishing, based near the mouth of the Red River, or Stringer Rentals out of Gimli for overnight packages in customized RVs where families can cozy up and watch the fish bite all night long. It’s a winter fishing and camping trip at its finest. Learn about ice fishing in Manitoba on our website go-fishing/ice-fishing.

The Gimli Ice Village is ideal for anglers like myself, who want to safely venture out in their vehicle. Novice anglers can take a lesson, rent a shack, hire a guide, or explore further on a rented snowmobile. The best part... if the fishing is poor, fish and chips are readily available on shore. —  Roselle Turenne, Prairie Gal Fishing

Winter Experiences Welcome to a world of winter wonder! Manitoba is blessed with long winters and thanks to our innovative spirit, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the snowy, sunny weather. From the ethereal northern lights dancing across the night sky to the adrenaline rush of dogsledding or snowmobiling through pristine snowscapes, Manitoba has an array of captivating winter experiences waiting to be discovered.

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Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes is such a fun-loving, whimsical place to experience. The staff are incredible, the food is mind-blowingly good, the forest and lake setting is stunning and there are so many fun winter activities to explore! Being there gives me the coziest feeling, even on the coldest days of the year. —  Caleigh Christie, Falcon Trails Resort and Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes

Hikes and Hills Go on a winter hike to visit the roaring Wekusko Falls near the northern town of Snow Lake, located downstream from a top ice fishing lodge. Pisew Falls near Thompson is also an option for a short winter hike with an incredible view. Visit Beaudry Provincial Park to glide on groomed cross-country trails in this central Manitoba park, located less than 30 kilometres from Winnipeg. Named for the type of trees you’ll see along the way, choose from the Elm, Maple, Basswood or Oak Trail. Other top parks for crosscountry skiing are Riding Mountain National Park, Birds Hill Provincial Park and Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. With 25 downhill runs, Asessippi Ski Area & Resort, located near Russell, is

Manitoba’s largest ski hill. Other downhill options include Springhill Sports Park near Winnipeg, Holiday Mountain Resort in La Rivière, Mystery Mountain Winter Park in Thompson, Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes in Whiteshell Provincial Park, Thunderhill Ski Area in Swan River or Ski Valley in Minnedosa. Winter tubing might be for you if skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing. Slide to your heart’s content at Valley View Tubing Hill in MacGregor or rent a tube at Springhill Sports Park near Winnipeg, Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes in the Whiteshell or Asessippi Ski Area & Resort near Inglis. Tulabi Falls is beautiful in any season, and snowshoes are a great way to visit


these falls in Nopiming Provincial Park, located in eastern Manitoba. In the west, Spruce Woods Provincial Park is another good snowshoeing spot. A Maze In Corn in St. Adolphe is home to the world’s largest snow maze that holds the official Guinness title. The maze will take a family over 45 minutes to navigate, and warm-up fire pits and snow sculptures will help lead you through the snowy corridors. Other activities at the maze include a sky-high toboggan run, horse-drawn sleigh rides and The Den—a snow carved restaurant. It’s a dining experience like no other! Get more winter inspiration at

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They’re more than just Rover, the family pet. Experience the fast-paced pursuit that combines sport and northern tradition and get to know the canine powerhouses behind this memorable winter activity. While you might be drawn to Churchill for its polar bears and beluga whales, a trip north isn’t complete without dogsledding or dog carting with Wapusk Adventures. Learn how the kennel operates, then dash through the boreal forest with an enthusiastic (and many-legged) team. For a dogsledding experience closer to Winnipeg, “va vite” or go fast on a dogsled ride with Harness Adventure Mushing Co., located just outside Richer. You’ll spend time learning about the dogs before a 3-kilometre ride through the forest. Or travel north from Winnipeg to Saint Martin for an excursion with Interlake Dog Tours. Race through the tall pines and poplars during the day and stay the night in their cozy cabins overlooking a resident bison herd. Other opportunities to see professional dogsledders in action include the Hudson Bay Quest Invitational Dog Sled Race. The race is a 6-dog, 100 mile race, starting and ending in Churchill, that recreates the historic use of small dog teams for winter transportation in northern Manitoba. Or at the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival, where the signature event is the threeday World Championship Dog Race, a northern tradition dating back to 1916. All worth a well-deserved belly rub or two!


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It’s Island Time

Gull Harbour Marina is your gateway to year-round activities. Known as a hot spot for fishing, this local area about two hours north of Winnipeg boasts a wide variety of options for any devoted angler. The land of the greenbacks will not disappoint as you search for your mammoth catch of the day. For outdoor enthusiasts, there is so much to do both on and off the water. From boat tours to hiking trails on Hecla Island, you’ll discover hidden island treasures, a rich local history and unique flora and fauna. The quiet surroundings are perfect for relaxation and rejuvenation, listen for the call of the birds softly ringing out or for the rustle of a deer feeding nearby.

Ready to keep exploring? Hop on a Jet Ski in the summer or choose a snowmobile and carve the local Snoman Trails in winter. If you have your own vessel, Snoman trail passes are available in the expansive full-service marina. The Lighthouse Inn restaurant is a favourite on the island. Built as a hatchery in the 1900s, curl up by the stone fireplace with a warm beverage or wind down from a busy day of exploring in the three-season sunroom with lakeside views. The recently renovated restaurant serves up dishes made with locally grown ingredients, including pickerel fresh from the lake. It’s also the perfect venue

for a variety of private events including weddings and reunions. After a fully adventurous day, retire to your well-appointed room in a cabin and wake up to the tranquil island sounds and stunning lake views. Forget to pack something? An on-site full-service convenience store, gas bar and vendor carry a wide variety of products useful for your stay. Or stop by to shop for local apparel and novelties as keepsakes of your time on the island. With something for everyone, now is a great time to book your visit.





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A Sea of Snow Enjoy beautiful wintery views while powering a snowmobile across a picturesque and magical landscape. Manitoba is home to over 50 snowmobile clubs and nearly 13,000 kilometres of groomed trails in all regions. From the rocky outcrops of eastern Manitoba to the wide open frozen water of the Interlake and the dense forests of the Parkland to the abundant snow in the North, there are many sled-friendly places to stay and eat in towns across the province. A fun and family-friendly activity that always warrants a toasty post-ride hot chocolate. Here are a few trails to check out.

Flin Flon: If you’re adventurous, challenge yourself with this 144-kilometre trail from Flin Flon to The Pas through remote wilderness dotted with rivers, lakes and forests. Interlake Area: Here, you’ll find 430 kilometres of trails that will take you through Arborg, Hecla, Riverton, Gimli, Winnipeg Beach and even across frozen Lake Winnipeg to Grand Marais. Make sure you stop at some of the local attractions and restaurants along the route.

Lac du Bonnet: Discover over 200 kilometres of picturesque groomed trails throughout the Lac du Bonnet and Lee River area. The trail system has five warmup shelters with wood stoves for heating and cooking—so be sure to bring some lunch along on the ride.

Thompson Area: See the boreal forest in all its winter glory in the region surrounding the city of Thompson in northern Manitoba. Consider a stay at Sasagiu Rapids Lodge, which is located alongside the trail system and offers snowmobile rentals and a delicious Thai restaurant on-site.

Swan Valley Area: This region has more than 370 kilometres of trails that wind through wooded terrain, meadows, and rolling hills, with four warm-up shelters along the way.

Pembina Valley Area: This region is home to beautiful trails that run through more than 15 communities, including Notre Dame de Lourdes, St. Leon, Clearwater, Morden and more.

Visit for pass information, maps and trail conditions. Looking for a northern Manitoba adventure? Try for trails around Thompson, Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas.



NEW TO SNOWMOBILING? Try a snowmobiling tour for a taste of Manitoba’s winter scenery. Snow Much Fun out of Winnipeg offers a guided tour tailored for those with no snowmobiling experience. Tallpine Lodges in Whiteshell Provincial Park offers rentals to help you explore over a dozen frozen lakes during your stay. Gull Harbour Marina at Hecla Provincial Park also offers snowmobile rentals as well as Sasagiu Rapids Lodge near Wabowden about 45 minutes south of Thompson. Rentals are provided to experienced snowmobilers only, so consider a guided tour or two before renting.




Dine on Ice One of Manitoba’s most exclusive dining experiences takes place each winter on the frozen waters of the Assiniboine River at The Forks. RAW:almond is a unique pop-up restaurant built on ice featuring local chefs alongside worldclass chefs from across Canada and the U.S. Tickets typically go on sale in December for the multi-day culinary event in late January to early February.

When the mercury does drop below zero in Winnipeg, the cooler temperatures don’t take away any of the city’s warmth. Falling snow turns Winnipeg neighbourhoods and parks into picturesque scenes straight out of a movie—almost literally, as Winnipeg has become a hotspot for filming classic holiday movies. Skate along Nestaweya River Trail at The Forks, located on the frozen Assiniboine and Red Rivers in downtown Winnipeg. Skate and fat bike rentals are available in the nearby market, and The Forks maintains walking and biking trails along the grounds. Visit Plain Bicycle in the vintage train car on Forks Market Road to rent a kicksled, cross country skis or nordic skates. Or try Kendricks Outdoor Adventures to rent fat bikes, ice bikes and trikes, and snowshoes. Stop and snap a photo of the Warming Huts—new ones are unveiled every winter, with many favourites returning year after year. Admire the creativity of artists whose works decorate the trail as you explore this area known for its long history as a meeting place. Branch out and discover other skating spots. The city is full of small lakes and ponds where you can skate, including Assiniboine Park and St. Vital Park. FortWhyte Alive is a family-friendly haven for outdoor recreation in all seasons. In winter, thrill seekers go for the rush of the legendary toboggan slide (sleds are free), while those seeking solitude opt for snowshoe or Nordic hiking pole rentals to enjoy the groomed trails through the woods. On-ice action includes skating on the lake or practicing your




patience while ice fishing (gear rentals available). Western Canada’s largest winter festival is Festival du Voyageur (held annually in mid-February). This St. Boniface celebration of French Canadian, Métis and First Nations heritage is steeped in fur trader traditions. Another winter hotspot is the Assiniboine Park Zoo, home to 150 animal species. While the Zoo features some exotic animals, the headliners are the arctic mammals in the Journey to Churchill exhibit. These animals tend to be more active during the colder months. You can

always head inside the Gateway to the Arctic to watch the polar bears and seals from the underwater viewing tunnel. Wander through Assiniboine Park’s magical winter display during Zoo Lights, featuring light displays, live entertainment, tasty treats and more. Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is a seasonal drive-through lights display at Red River Exhibition Park on the outskirts of Winnipeg. Flip to page 79 for more Winnipeg adventures or check out our website at




Seasons of Churchill: When to See What


Churchill is a small, remote town in northern Manitoba with a big reputation for being ‘the polar bear capital of the world’. Located over 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg, along the shores of Hudson Bay, Churchill is a magnet for other types of wildlife viewing and natural phenomena. Each season offers a different draw, so plan your trip based on your biggest wish.



Getting There



Calm Air offers direct flights to Churchill and other northern Manitoba destinations year-round. Or hop on the train to travel to Churchill for the ultimate slow travel experience while you watch the scenery change from lush forests to open tundra. VIA Rail departs Winnipeg two days per week and takes two days to travel to Churchill. Short on time and budget? Locals also like to drive eight hours north to Thompson and catch the overnight train to Churchill from there.


Northern Lights

Best time to go: February and March Churchill is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights or aurora borealis. Due to its position under the auroral oval, the northern lights can be seen in Churchill up to 300 nights a year; however, the clear, dark skies of winter between January and March tend to offer the most optimal viewing conditions. With heightened solar activity in the coming years, the aurora borealis are predicted to dance brighter and more often. With Frontiers North Adventures, most of the northern lights viewing happens from the oh-so-cozy Thanadelthur Lounge, situated away from town on the other side of the frozen Churchill River, far from any bright lights. Added to the itinerary is a visit to Dan’s Diner, a mobile Tundra Buggy® pop-up restaurant on the arctic tundra, where guests enjoy a delicious meal that features regional and local fare. Book your northern lights trip with

Natural Habitat Adventures and get exclusive access to the warm and comfortable Aurora Pod, built by Great White Bear Tours. This specially designed structure features 360-degree views of the sky via its innovative glass construction and cushioned seats. The Churchill Northern Studies Centre offers science-based tours during their Winter Skies: Aurora and Astronomy learning vacations. During your stay at this active subarctic research station located 23 kilometres outside the town of Churchill, learn from leading researchers and scientists studying the aurora. When the northern lights appear, the facility turns out all lights as guests scramble up to the aurora viewing dome or gather on the outdoor viewing balcony. Nanuk Operations offers Nights Under Lights, a multi-day tour package that includes a guided evening hike for the chance to photograph the aurora with

the backdrop of a yurt tucked deep in the boreal forest. Best suited for the DIY traveller, Nanuk Operations also offers single-day evening tours to the Nights Under Lights viewing location and a Chase the Aurora option where they’ll call you for a tour if the northern lights are out. Join the Discover Churchill Aurora Call List any time of year if you find yourself in Churchill and want to be guided by a professional photographer to capture the lights with your camera. Discover Churchill also offers multi-night packages to hunt for northern lights in four different unique locations throughout town. Another DIY option is Beyond Boreal Expeditions, an Indigenous locally-owned and -operated tour company offering daily photography adventure tours to capture the aurora borealis at handpicked viewing locations. Or try a guided experience with Sub-Arctic Tours, Churchill’s only tour company that is Inuit owned and operated.



Take Your Trip to New Heights

As Canada’s central airline in northern Manitoba and Nunavut, Calm Air provides convenient daily service for you to enjoy a one-or two-day stay in northern Manitoba before making your trip home. Calm Air offers daily scheduled flights, private charter service for groups, corporate travel and freight movements as well as cargo services. Different seasons offer an abundance of different attractions in Manitoba. In the fall, you can visit Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world to see the bears in their natural habitat. In the winter, there are great opportunities to go dogsledding and marvel at the northern lights. During the summer, take a boat tour or kayak excursion amongst pods of beluga whales.

Head north to Thompson to do some fishing, camping or hike scenic trails. And of course, don’t forget to add a visit to The Pas for the annual Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival and some ice fishing in February! Another great place not to be missed is Flin Flon with wilderness that can’t be beat and great hiking opportunities at Flinty’s Boardwalk around Ross Lake. Gillam is also worth the trip if you love to hunt and fish or explore rugged boreal forests. There’s no shortage of beautiful landscapes and authentic experiences to be found in northern Manitoba, so book your flight today!



Explore Churchill with the Tundra Inn


Located in the heart of Churchill, the Tundra Inn’s relaxing atmosphere is perfect for unwinding after an exciting day of adventure in Canada’s North. It’s the ideal home base for chasing the northern lights in the winter, paddling with beluga whales in the summer and viewing polar bears in the autumn.





More than 250 species of birds and ducks nest or pass over the Churchill River estuary on the coast of Hudson Bay on their annual spring migration. Guided land tours from operators such as the Churchill Northern Studies Centre allow birders to catch glimpses of red-throated loons, arctic terns, eiders, sanderlings, plovers, long-tailed jaegers, snow geese and gulls. The most elusive on the list is the rare Ross’s gull. Depending on conditions, a boat tour on the water is a more adventurous way to look for birds while dodging artful ice floes.

In summer, Churchill boasts up-close viewing of a white mammal—and it’s not the one you’re thinking of. Every July and August, the western edge of Hudson Bay is home to as many as 60,000 beluga whales. Nearly 5,000 of those whales make their way into the Churchill and other northern river estuaries to feed, mate and calve. Guests can view them on a boat tour, kayak excursion, stand up paddleboard or glide above them on a floating aqua mat. These friendly and curious creatures will turn their heads and sing a welcome song. Operators offering beluga whale viewing packages include Lazy Bear Expeditions, Sea North Tours, Frontiers North Adventures, Churchill Wild, Heartland International Travel & Tours and Indigenous-owned Custom Churchill Tours.

Best time to go: May and June



Best time to go: July and August







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Summer is prime time for photographing other northern wildlife against the blooming tundra, such as arctic fox, arctic hare, ptarmigan and hungry grey jays that drop in to say hello after you’ve had a thrilling dog cart ride through the forest. If you’re lucky, you may catch a lone caribou or two strolling the tundra outside of Churchill. Travel during summer months also allows for extra historical tours such as a visit to Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site, a historical hike to Sloop’s Cove, and a low-tide hike on Hudson Bay to the MV Ithaca shipwreck. Dene Routes offers walking tours and cultural presentations that shed a light on Sayisi Dene history in Manitoba’s North.

Polar Bears


Best time to go: October to November

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What’s New in Churchill? Some new additions to Churchill make a repeat visit necessary! Lazy Bear Expeditions has introduced a new viewing boat called Matonabee which features an underwater viewing area with large windows for you to get up close with beluga whales. Ptarmigan, a new restaurant, also recently popped up in Churchill, serving contemporary and caféstyle dishes like classic breakfast plates, flatbreads, sandwiches and more. Sustainability in Churchill Tour operators like Churchill Wild and Frontiers North Adventures offer ways to see wildlife while minimizing your impact on the environment. You can view polar bears from an electric tundra vehicle with Frontiers North Adventures. Due to zeroemission vehicle technology, this new type of vehicle means minimal disruption to the bears and their natural habitat. Or join a walking tour with Churchill Wild for your chance to see polar bears and wolves in the wild. Visit Churchill Northern Studies Centre to learn more about their sustainable “Grow-cer”, a shipping container converted into a hydroponic garden that provides the remote northern town with fresh greens all year round. Called Rocket Greens, the initiative is also part of a community-shared agriculture program.

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Throughout winter, polar bears are feasting on seals on the ice of Hudson Bay and are not visible when you travel to Churchill. In early summer as the sea ice melts, they make their way to the land around Hudson Bay, lounging in bright fireweed or sauntering along the rocky shore. Polar bears are visible during the summer, but they are often solitary. Travellers have a chance encounter to view them along the shoreline from the water when enjoying beluga boat tours. However, in October and November, as the temperatures drop, the bears begin to gather and migrate back into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in anticipation of the ice forming and being able to access their winter feast. Travellers can view the bears from tundra vehicles designed to travel carefully over the delicate terrain. You can stay at a unique wilderness lodge set in the middle of the barren tundra and photograph the bears from the ground, assisted by trained guides. Tour packages and daily tours are available with operators like Churchill Wild, Churchill Northern Studies Centre, Great White Bear Tours, Heartland International Travel & Tours, Frontiers North Adventures, Discover Churchill, Beyond Boreal Expeditions, Sub-Arctic Tours and Lazy Bear Expeditions. Churchill is also home to Polar Bears International House, a public education centre where visitors can stop in to learn about polar bear research, conservation efforts and the impacts of climate change on the polar bears’ habitat. Never travel off the beaten path in Churchill without an experienced guide on the lookout for polar bears. Learn more about being bear smart at Find tour operators and start planning your trip north at




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When you head out on Manitoba’s open roads, you’ll discover a journey as incredible as the destination and a love for our province’s quirky roadside attractions. From north to south and east to west, from tiny hamlet to small city, Manitoba gives you a reason to venture beyond our capital city. Take a day trip, stay the weekend and enjoy the ride.

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Island on the Prairies While the city of Portage la Prairie’s economy is fed by agriculture, it offers excellent anchors for a family getaway. Start at Island Park, formed by an oxbow lake that was once part of the Assiniboine River. This picturesque recreation area features tennis courts, a disc golf course, a playground and an outdoor bandstand. The park also offers sheltered and open picnic areas, walking and biking trails and public art, including

an impressive Dutch-style windmill and a genuine Royal Canadian Air Force CT-133 Silver Star in tribute to the community’s military ties. Kids love Splash Island. This outdoor pool with its distinctive purple water slide is the place to be in summer. Make your reservation before you visit. You can also check out Stride Place with its can’t-miss aquatic centre. This indoor water park features Manitoba’s largest wave pool,

along with a water slide, lazy river and splashing water feature. Consider a visit to the National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada. This museum plays an integral role in conveying the legacy of the Residential School era through its displays, pictures, artifacts, and stories of the residential school system imposed on Indigenous Peoples.

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Where Stories Take a Beautiful Turn About 100 kilometres west of Portage la Prairie is the lovely town of Neepawa. One of its most famous attractions is the Margaret Laurence Home, the famous Canadian literary icon’s childhood house. This heritage site is a museum and cultural centre that hosts events like writers’ workshops. Pick up a copy of your favourite Margaret Laurence book at the gift shop before visiting the titular stone angel statue in the Riverside Cemetery along with the author’s final resting spot. For more history check out the Beautiful Plains Museum, a 1902 heritage rail

station. Wander through three floors of stories, including theme rooms depicting a general store and medical hall. Now, you’re probably ready to spend some time outdoors, soaking up the beautiful views of the area. The Neepawa Golf and Country Club is a great place to start, with 18 holes built on top of the Whitemud River banks. If you’re looking for a little more adrenaline, bring your bike to the HyLife Back 40 Multi-Use Trail Park at the north end of town. This 5.1-kilometre course has a range of obstacles for riders of different experience levels, including a

skills loop with wooden features. You don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy this yearround park—walkers can connect to the Neepawa-Langford 10-kilometre portion of the Trans Canada Trail. After all that fresh air, it’s time to quench your thirst. Head over to Farmery Estate Brewery. This local brewery is the first in Canada to grow its own hops, barley and rye. Take a tour of the brewery and hop yard and enjoy a flight of their latest brews. You can also pick up some beer to take home (who doesn’t love souvenirs) from the Farmery Craft Beer Store on Main Street in town.



Brandon Brings You Back There’s a lot to explore beneath the Wheat City’s quiet, agrarian façade. Brandon’s historic downtown, nicknamed The Hub, is centred along Rosser Avenue and 10th Street. This handsome collection of heritage architecture with faded ghost signs is a testament to Brandon’s prosperity at the turn of the 20th century. Spend a few hours visiting the independent local businesses that now occupy these buildings, including bakeries and favourite eateries as well as shops selling creative gifts, home decor and beauty items. New downtown are Black Wheat Brewing and Section 6 Brewery adding to an already thriving culinary scene. Check out The Hills Spa, complete with hammam rituals, body treatments, facials and massage therapy. Learn about Brandon’s early life at Daly House Museum, the Victorian-style home of Brandon’s first mayor. Another must-see museum is the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, which is located in a hangar at Brandon’s municipal airport 10 kilometres north of the city centre. It is full of historic aircrafts and artifacts that commemorate the role that the prairie sky and Brandon played in the Royal Canadian Air Force training school during World War II. Check out local art at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba and go on the self-guided walking tour of the city’s colourful murals. An interactive map of the murals is available on After all that walking, fuel up at the many local restaurants that make up Brandon’s burgeoning food scene, including a range of multicultural kitchens—from Indian to Ethiopian to Mexican—that are standouts in the community. Next, explore the Riverbank Discovery Centre in the heart of the city. The 17 kilometres of walking trails connect you with the Assiniboine River ecosystem. Take a guided birdwatching walking tour in summer with the Brandon Naturalist Society. Rent a kayak from the centre to paddle the Assiniboine River Corridor.

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See the Teacup Truck Visit Lady of the Lake: a legendary shop, café and pub offering delicious food and unique shopping with women’s fashion and vintage items. Fridays feature live music and don’t miss Talia, the mosaic teacup truck.

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Immerse yourself in an unforgettable experience at the Elkhorn Resort, your ideal destination for family fun, thrilling adventures and serene relaxation. Nestled in the heart of Riding Mountain National Park, Elkhorn Resort is a sanctuary for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The resort and



The Ultimate Getaway at Elkhorn Resort

surrounding area offers a myriad of activities to entertain all ages—there is something here for everyone! New this year is the Nordic Spa, a haven of tranquility designed to rejuvenate your body and mind. Inspired by the traditional Scandinavian approach to wellness, the spa features hot pools, saunas, a cold

plunge, and relaxation spaces, set amidst a scenic setting. Come and explore the wonders of nature, indulge in exhilarating adventures and unwind in comfort. Your ultimate Manitoba vacation awaits at Elkhorn Resort!



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Welcome to Clear Lake Country From Brandon, drive north for about 100 kilometres along Highway 10 to Riding Mountain National Park for an endless array of activities from hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and all kinds of outdoor adventure. Plus, you’ll find options for shopping, dining and easy recreation in the park and nearby communities. From pizza and pasta to cinnamon buns and ice cream, you won’t go hungry in Wasagaming, the park’s townsite. Once you’ve had your fill, get some retail therapy and roam the town for gifts, goods and Clear Lake merchandise. With nearly 370 kilometres of trails in Riding Mountain National Park, hikers and bikers love it here. If you don’t want to bring your own wheels, there are various bike and e-bike rentals available at Friends of Riding Mountain National Park—they’ll also provide a map with some trail recommendations. Brûlé is a 4.2-kilometre trail that leads to the shimmering Lake Kinosao, where



a canoe and lifejacket are available for anyone wanting to explore on the water. Gorge Creek Trail is another challenging favourite with amazing views. Ominnik Marsh Trail is located right outside the large parking lot in Wasagaming and is a great spot to do some critter dipping and watch for beavers and other wildlife. For a more manicured walk (cart rentals are also available), the Clear Lake Golf Course offers one of the best golfing experiences in Manitoba. It features beautiful greens and fairways, elevation changes, challenging obstacles and a blind ninth hole tee shot into a valley right in front of the boat launch. There are also three minigolf courses in the area if your group includes some minis. Take a sunset cruise on The Martese at Clear Lake Marina. The cruise captain will introduce you to the park and note attractions as you travel along Clear Lake. Early morning or the hour before

sunset is the best time to drive to the Lake Audy Bison Enclosure. Make your way slowly through the enclosure as you might come upon an unusual roadblock: a herd of bison. The herd of about 40 bison was reintroduced to the area as part of a conservation project. Watching bison roam peacefully across the plains against the backdrop of the setting sun is a quintessential Manitoban scene. Remember to always stay in your car and, of course, take plenty of photos! In winter, Riding Mountain National Park transforms into a snowy wonderland with plenty of options for outdoor adventures and cozy accommodations. Go skating or cross-country skiing on well-groomed trails through the forest. Rent a snow tube, snowshoes, fat bike or kick sled from Friends of Riding Mountain National Park. Many cabin-like accommodations are open in winter and include sauna or hot tubs for warming up after a frosty day of exploring.

Adventure From Here on Out

Dauphin’s Countryfest

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Make your way west to Dauphin, where Highways 5 and 20 meet, a city known for its Ukrainian heritage. Stop by the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection, an incredible and aweinspiring example of the cathedral-style churches that popped up across the prairies during the Depression. You can dig further into the symbolism of the paintings on a tour, available upon request. Depending on the time of your visit, Dauphin is home to Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, an annual summer celebration of the rich and vibrant culture and heritage of Ukrainian Canadians in a family-oriented setting. Another annual summer event is Dauphin’s Countryfest, Canada’s longest running country music festival with a history of drawing some of the biggest names in country music. Check out the Dauphin Rail Museum, housed in a brick CN Railway Station built in 1912 with a collection of artifacts, pictures and archives related to 100 years of rail service in the region. For a more extensive history lesson, the Fort Dauphin Museum is reminiscent of an 18th century fur trade post. Surrounded by a wooden palisade, this quaint museum features archaeological, fur trade and pioneer artifacts. The area around Dauphin provides many options for outdoor enthusiasts. Head to the western shore of Dauphin Lake and uncover a fine selection of sandy beaches. Take your pick from Rainbow Beach Provincial Park, Sifton Beach, Stoney Point Beach and Ochre Beach and enjoy a day with your toes in the sand! A variety of hotels are available in Dauphin along with modern and cozy B&Bs. If you’re looking to get close to nature, stay at the Vermillion Park Campground, located in town, offering easy access to explore Dauphin’s attractions, shopping and restaurants. You can also camp at Rainbow Beach Provincial Park.





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Whispers of the Whiteshell Breathe in the outdoors in Whiteshell Provincial Park. This slice of the Canadian Shield is rich in sunsets, boreal forest and year-round adventure. There are three entry points to Whiteshell Provincial Park. Take Highway 1 east to access the South Whiteshell. Provincial Trunk Highway 44 allows you to enter the park in the middle, while Provincial Road 307 takes you to the North Whiteshell. Start off in the northern end of the park at Nutimik Lake, where a favourite trail is an easy and convenient 4.2-kilometre hike located right off the campground that leads to the stunning Whiteshell River Suspension Bridge. The trail also leads to Sturgeon Falls, where large, lake-wide rapids await. Pine Point Rapids is one of Manitoba’s most popular hikes, with several routes to choose from depending on your desired level of difficulty. If you have

Whatever your adventure style, Whiteshell Provincial Park is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Winter lovers will find incredible cross-country ski trails and downhill ski slopes. Summer thrill seekers can hit the mountain bike trails or kayak through rapids. Plus find cozy accommodations with scenic views.




Outdoor Adventure All Year

kids in tow, take the easier trail that goes directly to the rapids. A second section offers a more challenging trek over rocky landscapes. Relish the beauty of McGillivray Falls on this moderate hike, which provides rewarding views of McGillivray Lake. The falls themselves are located near the beginning of the trail and are best viewed in the spring. Next, welcome to West Hawk Lake, the not-so-sleepy summer town known for its amazing trails, deep lake (formed by a meteor!) and its high energy, lake-life vibes. Restaurants here serve

up the classics, like burgers and ice cream, enjoyed in dining rooms or patios. Whether you set your home base at the campground or in one of the town’s motels and resorts, there’s plenty to keep you occupied at West Hawk Lake. For ways to get out into the water, West Hawk Marine rents out paddle boats, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and canoes. The marina also provides lifejackets. Another popular summer town in the park is Falcon Lake. Spend a day with your toes in the sand or walk the boardwalk. Stop into local shops for

clothing, souvenirs and tasty treats. Grab a bite to eat at one of the restaurants, drive-ins or bakeries. Nearby, you can get one of the best views in the Whiteshell from the Top of the World hike. The four-kilometre trail brings you to the highest elevation in the area. The trailhead is accessible from the parking lot at Falcon Trails Resort. Another way to explore the area is on a horseback riding excursion with Falcon Beach Ranch. This ranch offers beautiful log vacation cabins and horseback rides ranging from pony rides to 40- to 60-minute trail rides.

Nordic Skiing and Cozy Vibes Visit Falcon Trails Resort for worldclass winter trails and the all-new Owl Wing Coffee House. Cross-country ski, snowshoe and fat bike rentals are available for your winter escape. Warm up with a latté beside a cozy fire or celebrate the day’s adventures with a cold beer on the outdoor patio.

Experience Eastman Today Whether you crave adventure, seek solace on lakes and among the trees, or want to explore history and culture, Eastern Manitoba welcomes you!



More of Eastern Manitoba Pinawa Nestled where Provincial Road 221 ends along the scenic shores of Winnipeg River is Pinawa, a hub for outdoor recreation in all seasons because of the town’s public waterfront and extensive network of trails. The Ironwood Trail starts at the town beach and offers beautiful views of the area’s granite ridges, mixed forests and calming waters. This trail connects to the Pinawa Channel Heritage Walk, where a photogenic suspension bridge spans the channel. Visit Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park. This was Manitoba’s first hydroelectric generating station, providing power to a burgeoning Winnipeg in the early 1900s. A self-guided walk takes visitors around the concrete monolith to learn its engineering history. Kayak, canoe, or tube down the Pinawa Channel, a popular summer activity. Plan to spend three hours navigating the lazy river as it gently pulls you downstream from the launch near the golf course to the suspension bridge. Visitors can book a tour time and equipment with companies Float and Paddle or Pinawa Unplugged Eco-Tours. Voyageur Houseboats offers unique accommodations on the Winnipeg River. Launching from Pinawa, the tiny houseboat is also equipped with kayaks or stand up paddleboards for a true stay and play experience.

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Lac du Bonnet Continue the road trip to lovely Lac du Bonnet, a popular, multi-species hotspot for anglers. If you don’t own a boat, there are endless shoreline spots where you can cast your line for a few hours, like the town dock and Winnipeg River Bridge. For those who prefer swinging an iron instead of a rod, visit Pinawa Golf & Country Club or Granite Hills Golf Course. Stop in at I Heart Coffee, a quaint local eatery featuring great coffee, a small breakfast menu, sandwiches and soup for lunch as well as daily pasta specials. Pop in at the Lac du Bonnet Farmers’ Market for fresh local produce and artisan wares.



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Interlake gimli viking park

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Heart of New Iceland About 90 kilometres north from Winnipeg along Highway 9 is the town of Gimli. Icelanders arrived here in 1870 and deemed the area New Iceland. Today the community still boasts the largest population of Icelandic descendants outside of Iceland. Start with a visit to the stoic viking statue, the centrepiece of Viking Park. Next, visit the New Iceland Heritage Museum which tells the stories of the first Icelanders in Manitoba. The museum also features exhibits about the first Ukrainians in the area as well as the important role of the Indigenous and Métis communities that helped those first settlers. Another interesting museum is the Gimli Glider Exhibit. Learn the remarkable story about the emergency landing of a passenger plane through video, artifacts and personal recollections of the 1983 event. You can even try the cockpit simulator! You must check out H.P. Tergesen & Sons Store. The store was established in 1899 as a general store and has been passed down through four generations,

carrying clothing, locally-made jewellery, unique Gimli souvenirs and it’s the best place in the town to buy books. Walk along First Avenue for a wide selection of delicious places to grab a bite, from locally-caught fish and chips, to unique pizzas and Thai food. Be sure to stop at Sugar Me Cookie Boutique to try a classic Icelandic layered dessert, vinarterta. If you just need to refuel, Flatland Coffee Roasters roasts their beans right in their Gimli storefront. Check out Interlake Brewing Co.’s rooftop patio for a cold beverage on a warm summer evening. Gimli Beach is a family favourite with rentals available for floaties and Jet Skis. Maybe try some sailing lessons? After you’re done splashing in the water, take a stroll along the harbour and admire the Seawall Gallery, murals painted by local artists. This is also a great place to drop in a line for some fishing. For a different beach, visit Camp Morton Provincial Park, just eight kilometres north of Gimli.

Discover New Iceland Located in downtown Gimli, visit the New Iceland Heritage Museum to learn the history of the largest Icelandic population outside of Iceland. Museum and gift shop open all year.



Discover Traditions and Unforgettable Adventures Dive into the captivating world of the Red River region, where history, culture and natural beauty converge to offer an unforgettable journey through Manitoba’s scenic heartland. Embark on an outdoor adventure through the all-season walking trails in the city of Selkirk, where lush landscapes and well-maintained pathways invite adventurers of all ages to explore the region’s hidden gems. Discover the ecological wonderland of Oak Hammock Marsh, a breathtaking oasis for bird enthusiasts, nature lovers, and explorers seeking to connect with Manitoba’s diverse wildlife and wetland ecosystems. Uncover the quaint town of Stonewall,



where rural charm meets modern vibrancy, creating a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls, cozy cafés and interactions with friendly locals. Immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Stonewall Quarry Days, a lively festival that pays homage to the town’s rich history while offering thrilling activities, live entertainment, and a chance to experience the community’s warm hospitality. All aboard the Prairie Dog Central Railway! Take a nostalgic journey back in time that winds through Manitoba’s countryside, offering a unique blend of history, scenery and old-world charm through vintage train rides. Get swept up in the exhilarating Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, íslendingadagurinn,

a cultural extravaganza that celebrates Iceland’s heritage with unique cuisine, captivating music, rich cultural displays including viking reenactors, must-see fireworks, family sports and a dynamic marketplace, all coming together to create an experience that’s truly electric. No matter the adventure you seek, the Interlake region of Manitoba has something that speaks to the heart of all travellers.


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Explore What We’re Famous For As a community, Morden has an undeniable entrepreneurial spirit and cultural flare. Be sure to make time to stroll the quaint business district along Stephen Street and patronize some of its creative independent businesses, ranging from a brewery and taproom to locallymade cosmetics. Stay overnight at Bella’s Castle, a gorgeous stone house B&B, and browse local art at the gift shop at the Pembina Hills Art Council, located in the historic Dominion Post Office. After spending some time indoors, head to Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area, just west of Morden. Here you can reserve a nightly campsite in the large, family-friendly campground including two new year-round yurts. Colert Beach and boardwalk are at the heart of the park and the choices for recreation here are endless: sunbathing, swimming, fishing or even canoeing and other water sports. The inflatable Splish Splash Water Park is another fun reason to go to the beach.

Experience Central Manitoba Visit Central Manitoba to find museums, festivals, campgrounds, hiking trails and many other exciting attractions! With stunning prairie vistas, historical sites and exciting festivals and events for the whole family, this region is a must-visit for all kinds of adventures.



A 16-kilometre single-track trail encircles Lake Minnewasta and is an attraction for avid mountain bikers and hikers. When in Morden, you must visit the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. This museum houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada, including Guinness World Record-holding Bruce the mosasaur. Besides the myriad of fossil and geology displays at the museum, you can also take a tour and join a paleontology crew on an actual fossil dig on the outskirts of Morden. End your busy Morden day at nostalgic Stardust Drive-In Theatre, which is operational on weekends only. Settle into a hotel in town to spend the night. Only a 10-minute drive apart, Morden and Winkler are essentially twin cities. When you visit one, you should really go explore the other. So continue east to Winkler, an industrious community rooted in agriculture and Mennonite heritage. Stop for lunch at a local favourite like

Be a Palaeontologist For a Day! Already thinking about your next summer adventure? Book a Fossil Dig Tour! Try this unique family-friendly experience and discover Manitoba’s history through fossils left behind from water-based creatures that swam in Lake Agassiz over 83 million years ago.



Charley B’s Classic Grill which uses farmfresh ingredients or check out authentic tacos at Flavors of Mexico. Find traditional Mennonite dishes like kielke and perogies smothered in cream gravy at Del Rios. Bethel Heritage Park is at the heart of Winkler. With its well-manicured gardens and angelic water fountain, it is a peaceful stop for a stroll or picnic. Watch for birds at the Discovery Nature Sanctuary and check out the butterfly garden at the Winkler Art Gallery. A different kind of park (but perhaps a touch more fun if you are travelling with kids) is the Winkler Aquatic Centre, which features a pool and splashpad. A community playground next door is another place to burn off energy. In the same park is an inclusive playground built with accessibility features in mind like ramps and a We-Go-Round—a merry-go-round built for children using mobility devices. Winkler offers a number of hotel, bed and breakfast and campground options.



There are so many hidden gems in Morden and Winkler. For family-friendly entertainment, we have Sharptooth Adventures, Meadows Amusements, the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, VB Entertainment and Lake Minnewasta. For adults, there’s Dead Horse Cider, Rendezvous, Hy-wire Zipline, beautiful golf courses, flower farms and so many amazing spas and shopping like Pure Anada and Copper & Sparrow. — Lili Krushel, Bella’s Castle

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Manitoba Legislature

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum


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Lake Minnewasta

Boyne River Sights

Made From What’s Real

Passion & Histoire

From luxury to joie de vivre, Winnipeg offers culture, history and relaxation— perfect for day trips, 48-hour getaways and more. For Winnipeg adventures, visit page 79.

When you visit Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood, you’ll find its Francophone history, architecture and culture line the streets. For Francophone experiences in Winnipeg and across Manitoba, visit page 93.

Enjoy a gentle paddle down the scenic Boyne River through the town of Carman and rural municipality of Dufferin. Incredible flora, wildlife and breathtaking scenery will greet you on your journey.




The Water and the Wild

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Discover the Northern Jewel Make your way north on Highway 10 to The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation, neighbours across the Saskatchewan River. Start your exploration in the heart of The Pas—the former courthouse and current Sam Waller Museum. The oldest brick building in Manitoba now houses artifacts detailing the Indigenous history of the area along with Sam Waller’s amazingly eclectic collection. See dressed fleas, a Cree syllabic typewriter and a two-headed calf. The jewel of the North is Clearwater Lake, the dazzling focal point of Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, less than 40 kilometres from The Pas. The spring-fed lake is crystal clear and its beautiful turquoise colour is beyond impressive. The giant lake takes up almost half of the park with access from sandy beaches as well as public boat launches. Fishing excursions—either on your own or guided with an operator—will likely set you up near an underwater shelf where large lake trout like to gather. Clearwater Lake is a top choice for fishing year-round. Another of the park’s unique features

is a collection of deep crevices, where rocks split from the cliffs along the shoreline, known as the “caves”. Follow a short self-guided hiking trail on the lake’s south shore and explore the caves from the trail, viewing platforms and stairways. A recent addition to the area is the Grace Lake Boardwalk and Boreal Trail—the floating accessible boardwalk connects with a land based trail though an old growth boreal forest for approximately 0.8 kilometres before exiting to a floating viewing platform on Grace Lake. There are hotels in The Pas as well as the Kikiwak Inn in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Rent accommodations at one of the lodges in Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, stay in one of the park’s campgrounds or opt for one of the yurts (wheelchair accessible options are available). About 50 kilometres north from The Pas on Highway 10 is Rocky Lake, another favourite destination for water recreation with two resorts offering a range of options, from cabins to seasonal and transient campsites.

Bakers Narrows Provincial Park is centred around Lake Athapapuskow. Cree for “rocks all around”, this clear blue lake is known for giant lake trout and walleye any season of the year. A boat launch in the park provides easy access to the lake or you can opt for a guided trip. The lodge here also offers canoe and kayak rentals. While in the park, keep an eye out for wildlife like moose, beaver or great blue herons. The park offers camping, including the option to stay in a waterfront yurt. Next, head to Flin Flon, a charming city built atop volcanic rocks on the Saskatchewan border. Begin your exploration at the statue of Flin Flon’s namesake—the fictional Flintabbatey Flonatin from the science fiction novel The Sunless City. Follow Flinty’s Boardwalk along Ross Lake, an accessible 2.2-kilometre path. Flinty’s Trail begins where the boardwalk ends—adding another two kilometres along with some amazing views of the city. Stop into the Flin Flon Station Museum, a former CN Rail station that features artifacts from the city’s mining and pioneering history. Visit the NorVA Centre—an artist-run studio and gallery cooperative. See local and travelling exhibits and purchase some original art. Check out what’s playing at the Big Island Drive In for a retro night under the stars.

Craving scenic views? Head to Manitoba’s northern region to paddle along the richly coloured cliffs of Rocky Lake North, drop a kayak in and explore the green gem of the Goose River near Cranberry Portage, ski Flin Flon’s lit Valley Loop along the mountainous cliffs or catch a gorgeous sunset on the top of Boundary Trail. —  Suzanne Kolenosky, @outdoors.suzy




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The North is Calling Head north on Highway 6 for an outdoor adventure in the boreal wilderness that is the Sasagiu Rapids Recreation Area, part of the Grass River system. If you’re looking for a place to stay, you’ll receive a warm welcome at the lodge here. Take an afternoon boat ride on stunning Setting Lake with views of the boreal forest enfolding both sides of the lake. Pisew Falls Provincial Park can’t be missed thanks to its Insta-worthy waterfall. You can hear the falls as soon as you exit your car in the parking lot, just follow your ear down a short boardwalk to two viewing platforms. Pisew, which means lynx in Cree, is where the Grass River drops 13 metres, switches directions and plunges through a gorge. Another option for the very adventurous is the 30-kilometre (return) Pisew-Kwasitchewan hike, considered one of the most challenging backcountry trails in Manitoba. Camping is allowed at designated sites, so plan to overnight when you reach the awesome peak of Kwasitchewan Falls, the highest in Manitoba. About 50 kilometres north of Pisew Falls is Paint Lake Provincial Park. At the park’s heart is Paint Lake Marina, the largest in



Manitoba, where anglers and avid boaters meet under the summer sun. This familyrun resort offers all-season vacation cabin rentals and one of the tastiest kitchens in the North. Paint Lake has plenty of overnight sites, including yurts with lovely lake views. At last, set your feet in the northern city of Thompson. With plenty of hotel options and a full-service campground on the edge of town, this is a great place to spend a little time. Start your visit at the Heritage North Museum to discover the heart of Thompson’s identity. Not only will you learn about the area’s Indigenous history and wildlife, you’ll also gain a better understanding of how this mining town came to be. Located behind the museum is the Spirit Way Trail, a pathway and biking trail through the heart of Thompson that overlaps with the Millenium Trail, a 15-kilometre trail that takes you past 16 points of interest throughout the town, including the Boreal Discovery Centre and King Miner statue. Find more itinerary ideas at

More of the North About two hours northeast of The Pas is the town of Snow Lake. The town is surrounded by many more beautiful lakes like Herb, Kormans, Tramping and Osborne Lakes. Learn about the history of this town at the Snow Lake Mining Museum. See exhibits of authentic mining equipment, including mock-ups of mining drifts and a mine rescue centre. Relax in the cutest community space, the Ladybug Garden, before checking out Sweet Nothings, where exhibits and creations from local artists are on display. Head west along Highway 39 for a stop at Grass River Provincial Park. A top paddling destination, the Grass River connects First, Second and Third Cranberry Lakes with the park’s large Reed Lake. There are designated backcountry campsites along the routes, but the park also has three campgrounds and lodge options. Check out the 3.2-kilometre Karst Spring Trail, a lovely loop that features a spring gushing from the sedimentary rock cliff. Then continue northwest toward Cranberry Portage. Going back 2,000 years, this was an important portage route connecting the Grass and Saskatchewan River systems. Learn about the area’s history at the carefully restored rail station, home to the Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum. Stop by the Irvin Head Gallery showcasing Indigenous carvings and paintings by local artists.

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Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature

When your heart needs an escape

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Spas and Getaways Whether you want to escape the daily grind with a relaxing retreat or a heartpounding adventure, Manitoba has both ends of the spectrum covered. After an outdoor adventure or regional road trip, these spa experiences are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Find peace at a Scandinavian-inspired spa featuring a collection of saunas and baths at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature. Go from the hot sauna to the cold pool, followed by a rest period—choose an outdoor hammock, the temperate pool or the indoor relaxation chalet. The feature treatment at the downtown Winnipeg Ten Spa, located in the historic Fort Garry Hotel, is the hamam. This Turkish treatment involves laying on a heated marble slab while enjoying a soothing massage and refreshing splashes of water. Find a slice of tranquillity at Riverstone Spa, located in the Inn at The Forks. Book a spa package that combines multiple treatments, like an aromatherapy hot stone massage and a customized facial. Icelandic for “peace”, Salka Spa on the

shores of Lake Winnipeg at the Lakeview Hecla Resort is a soothing retreat. Spa treatments embrace fire and ice elements, including a range of skincare and body treatments. Your heart rate will only rise when you step into the Nordic Plunge mineral pool. Riding Mountain National Park has a new expanded resort offering. Klar So Nordic Spa offers a range of treatments like massage and aromatherapy with the added benefit of an outdoor spa experience, including two steam saunas, two cedar dry saunas, a salt exfoliation experience, a relaxation pavilion, two hot pools, a temperate pool and a cold plunge pool. The Hills Day Spa in Brandon is located in a heritage building in the heart of the city. They offer specialized services and treatments, including a hamam experience, massage therapy, a eucalyptus-infused steam room and cedar dry sauna. Find more inspiration for your next escape at

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Manitoba has so many wonderful spas. We absolutely love Thermëa in Winnipeg. It is such an incredibly relaxing place to get away. A true oasis! You will leave feeling rejuvenated and the food is decadent! In Brandon, The Hills Spa is a stunning place to visit as well! The Turkish Hammam treatment is wildly luxurious and we would highly recommend it. —  Cassandra and Stephanie Lepp, @thetulepps



Winnipeg’s Ultimate Wellness Getaway

With the thermal cycle at its core, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature has transformed the traditional spa into an immersive wellness experience. Located a short 10 minute drive from downtown Winnipeg, this relaxation retreat is a destination inspired by sauna culture and spa rituals from around the world, but with a distinctly Canadian identity. Thermëa is a spa in the Canadian prairies like no other. You’ll experience thermotherapy, a three-step wellness ritual that involves spending time in a hot environment like a sauna or steam room, followed by a plunge into cold water, then a period of rest. Repeating this cycle three times during your visit will maximize the



health benefits of this experience, which include improved physical and mental well-being; deep relaxation; relief from injury, chronic pain, arthritis and more. No wellness escape is complete without experiencing the Aufguss. This ancient German ritual occurs inside a sauna and is designed to maximize the benefits of thermotherapy through an intensified thermal cycle. A Rituals Artisan pours water and essential oil-infused snow onto the heated stones of the sauna and then uses choreographed movements along with a towel to move gusts of hot air through the space. With a variety of rituals offered, no two Aufguss are the same. The Aboreal

Aufguss is Thermëa’s Canadian ritual, inspired by the Canadian boreal forest. In the winter, you can relax in plush robes, warm up in the heated relaxation beds or one of the four saunas, or sit, rest, and listen to the crackle of roaring fires. In the summer, Thermëa’s seasonal beach area offers an additional escape where you can dig your toes in the sand, enjoy a crisp, craft beer with an artisanal wood-fired pizza from the outdoor Biergarden, bask in the sunshine and cool down in the spa’s luxurious rainforest mist. No matter the season, this wellness haven is a must-visit place in Manitoba.

Stunning Stays


Wherever you go in Manitoba, you’ll find options for unforgettable stays with heart-stirring views. Sleep in a tiny modern houseboat while floating on the picturesque Winnipeg River with Voyageur Houseboats. Slumber peacefully in a geodesic dome with Moonlit Canopy, Wild Skies Resort, Oak Haven Oasis or Glamping InStead or cozy up in a lakeside yurt at one of Manitoba’s provincial parks. Stay in one of Manitoba’s newest accommodations at the renovated upscale Hotel at Falcon Lake—located right across the street from the main beach. Pair your stay with a charming atmosphere and a delicious home-cooked breakfast at a B&B like Bell Aura Bed, Breakfast & Bistro, Moon Gate Guest House (don’t forget to check out their Friday pizza nights in the summer!), Herdsman House and Riding Mountain House.



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voyageur houseboats

Unique Accommodations

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Embrace Hospitality, Explore Delight Book with the Bed and Breakfast Association where warm hospitality awaits at any of their B&Bs. Immerse yourself in unique stays, each one offering a delightful blend of comfort, charm and local flavour.



Cabin in the Woods Spend your nights away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a cabin or cottage rental. Savour the beauty of the outdoors in any season with Inverness Falls Resort in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Visit Eagle Nest Lodge, a fly-in fishing lodge on the Winnipeg River, for a “Fly ‘n’ Dine” experience where you take a 20-minute float plane ride departing from Lac du Bonnet to the lodge for a 3-course dinner. Total trip, including flights and time at the lodge, is three hours—perfect for a day trip. Explore cottage country in Whiteshell Provincial Park from gorgeous lakefront cabins like Pinewood Lodge, Caddy Lake Resort and Otter Falls Resort. Adults-only cottages in the park include Barrier Bay Resort and Tallpine Lodges. In the north, consider Gangler’s Fly-in Lodge located near the North Seal River for a wild and remote angling experience or choose drive-to options like Bakers Narrows Lodge or Wekusko Falls Lodge as your home base for your northern exploration.

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Where to Book Your Stay Visit the accommodations section on our website at to find hotels, lodges, resorts, B&Bs, and other options for your trip in Manitoba.

What’s Calling You? Experience the call of the wild at Turtle Mountain Resort. Indulge at Velvet Antler Café, stay in a rustic cabin and fish for master blue gills on Lake Metigoshe—perfect for families, friends and explorers.

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Golf Getaways Manitoba is home to over 100 golf courses, many of which take advantage of natural landscapes like dense forests and winding creeks. Located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg is Lakeview Hecla Golf Course. As you tee off at hole 12, try not to be distracted by the beautiful sight of this massive inland body of water. The lake will happily steal your ball and a stroke from your score. In the province’s eastern region is the Pinawa Golf and Country Club, with its meandering course along the Winnipeg River and Pinawa Channel. Nearby, visit Granite Hills Golf Course, located on the shores of Lac du Bonnet. Or check out the Falcon Lake Golf Course, lined by thick curtains of trees. Nearby in Brandon’s Assiniboine River Valley lies Wheat City Golf Course and The Eagles Nest Bar & Grill on-site for your pre- or post-round meal. Meanwhile, the Minnedosa Golf and Country Club offers elevation changes of over 120 feet with breathtaking views from some of the raised tees. The Carman Golf and Curling Club is a popular destination in summer for golfing and winter for curling, known for its tranquil setting and restaurant patio. Heading further south, Minnewasta Golf and Country Club in Morden features naturally hilly terrain, lending to a scenic and challenging course. Also in the Pembina Valley, on the southern tip of Pelican Lake, is the Pleasant Valley Golf Club, featuring 125-foot elevations and large, undulating greens. In northern Manitoba, golfers will enjoy the scenic setting of the Halcrow Lake Golf & Country Club just minutes from The Pas. The Thompson Golf Club boasts a nine-hole course featuring well-placed bunkers and water hazards. Ready to go golfing? Visit to plan your trip.

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Exploring Manitoba’s golf scene is a treat with diverse options. Oak Island Golf Resort offers waterfront charm while Wheat City Golf Course showcases timeless play. Neepawa Golf & Country Club blends challenge with beauty. Both Clear Lake and Falcon Lake Golf Courses provide scenic, nature-filled rounds for unforgettable golfing experiences. — Drake Zimmerman, @golfhighway




Road Trips

As you roll down the windows of your truck, the fresh scent of pine trees fills the air and you can’t help but feel at home. Your kids squeal with excitement as they spot bison grazing in the distance. You smile, knowing that this is the kind of moment that they will remember for years to come. With a stop at the beach, you dig out the tackle box cast a line in the water for hours, watching the pure enjoyment fill their faces as they reel in a fish for the very first time. They both end up in the water as the light dims, splashing around, you listen to the sound of their giggles and laughter, taking you back to the days you did just that with your siblings. As the day wears on, the sun begins to dip low in the sky, casting a warm, golden glow across the landscape. You pull into the small town, its quaint streets lined with cozy-looking homes and mom-and-pop shops. The kids beg to stop for ice cream, explore the town, and you can’t help but indulge them.

Wandering the streets, hand in hand with your little ones, you find yourself reflecting on your own childhood memories. There’s something special about the simplicity of it all, the way that life seems to slow down just a little bit.

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Shopping and Dining Whether it’s a stop en route or at the end point of your journey, be prepared for some top-notch shopping during your Manitoba explorations. A culinary journey to any of our local restaurants will leave you with a full belly and an endless list of memories and fun adventures—both planned and spontaneous.

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Rural Treats and Eats The oldest operating store in Manitoba is H.P. Tergesen & Sons in Gimli. This historic site, still owned and operated by the Tergesen family, carries unique giftware, local fashions and jewelry with a nod to the area’s Icelandic roots. While in town, stop by Beach Boy Restaurant or Ship and Plough for some local Lake Winnipeg pickerel (the Manitoban name for walleye). If you just need a quick refuelling, stop by Flatland Coffee Roasters for their flagship coffee, Rogue Wave Espresso. Don’t forget the farmers’ markets and fall suppers that deliver a made-inManitoba promise. The Arnes Farmers’

Berry Farm for a unique farm-to-table dining experience served right in the strawberry patch. Enjoy a three to seven course meal prepared by a local chef inspired by the bright red berries. Dinners take place during peak berry season which typically lasts two to three weeks beginning in July. You’ll find perogies o’ plenty in the Parkland, and Corrina’s on Main in Dauphin is a must-stop for everything homemade. Their famous King’s burger is sure to impress, and the Clubhouse is a triple-decker, proving this place knows how to sandwich. Gear up for outdoor adventures at

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Market, just north of Gimli, is one of rural Manitoba’s largest, with various vendors selling everything from fresh produce to used books. Near Birds Hill Provincial Park, explore The Village at Pineridge Hollow, a new outdoor shopping experience and dining destination. Stroll through The Village plaza to visit unique shops like Poplar & Birch, Naturely, and House in the Oak Trees. Looking for food and beverage? Grab a coffee from Empty Cup, a cocktail or beer from the Village Square, fresh pastry from Hildegard’s Bakery and a hearty meal from NuBurger. South of Winnipeg visit Prairie

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Must-Visit Drive-ins Outside of Winnipeg Manitoba is home to dozens of drive-ins and drive-in-esque establishments. Scan the QR code for the full list.



Prairie Supply Co. on Main Street. You’ll also find a wide variety of local goods to choose from! While a trip to Riding Mountain National Park is about enjoying nature, don’t forget the park’s townsite, Wasagaming, which offers a range of dining and shopping options. Choose from Italian at T.R. McKoy’s, tasty bar food at 1929 Dining and Lounge, or skip straight to dessert with a massive, soft, sweet cinnamon bun from Whitehouse Bakery. Try Camp Cantina for deli service with takeaway patio- and picnicstyle fare. At happy hour, stop by for a glass of wine and small plates—perfect

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and a local lager. In Lac du Bonnet, the Manitoba Made store stocks items from over 100 local vendors like specialty food items, home decor and gifts. In nearby Beausejour, take a load off at Colin’s House or Blue Haze BBQ and refuel to continue your shopping adventures. In Winkler, stop for lunch at Charley B’s Classic Grill or check out authentic tacos at Flavors of Mexico. After, take a tour of Dead Horse Cider Company to learn how they turn local apples into tasty cider. Stay a while and shop at charming boutiques in Winkler and nearby Morden.

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for sharing with your camping buddies after a full day of adventuring the park. Several shops in town carry everything from clothing to giftware and souvenirs like The Cove, The Sugar Shop and Clear Lake Trading Post. Visit the Friends of Riding Mountain Learning Centre or the café Lakehouse for official Clear Lake Country gear. If you’re whisking away into the Whiteshell, enjoy delicious year-round dining at Brereton Lake Resort Restaurant or Hi-Point Restaurant and Lounge in West Hawk Lake. The burgers in Brereton or the homemade pizza at Hi-Point pair well with an afternoon hike

Check Out These New Breweries With a dynamic blend of traditional craftsmanship and innovative flavours, these new breweries offer a delightful spectrum of brews, from rich stouts to refreshing IPAs.

Manitoba’s iconic prairie grid road system, serves up prairie-themed brews named “Combine” and “Bison”. Enjoy them on the outdoor patio and pick up a pack as a souvenir.

Visit Interlake Brewery at their brewpub in Gimli complete with a new rooftop patio, where they serve up small batch microbrews that are constantly rotating for fresh and unique flavours.

Try Black Wheat Brewing for a cool and casual brewery experience in Brandon. The space has an array of seating for those looking to sit back and socialize, or set your sights on the behind-the-scenes view of the production area.

Obsolete Brewing Co. in Dauphin has a wide variety of beers to choose from. On tap are 16 different house-made beers, including four craft non-alcoholic versions. Section 6 Brewery in Brandon, named for

Devil May Care Brewery, Good Neighbour Brewing (Manitoba’s first all-female owned and operated brewery!), Kilter Brewing Co. and Low Life Barrel

House in Winnipeg are also great spots for a taste of the thriving microbrewery scene in Manitoba’s capital city. Can’t decide on just one? Take a bike tour with Pedal Pub to several spots in Winnipeg’s downtown and Exchange District areas. Purchase the Manitoba Brew Pass for exclusive discounts to select breweries and distilleries throughout the province! Purchase the pass online at



In Winnipeg, head to the Exchange District for creative brunch fare and breakfast cocktails at Clementine. Also downtown is King + Bannatyne serving classic sandwiches with quality ingredients. Taking you from lunch to late, try Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar, serving Dutch-inspired food with a twist and a large selection of teas, cocktails, wine and more. Patent 5 Distillery’s cocktail bar is a cozy setting for a tipple, or get skyhigh views at Darling Bar for rooftop drinks. Rosé Coffee and Wine is located in a historic Main Street building with a unique setting draped in rosy shades of red throughout the space. On the other side of Old Market Square, Peasant Cookery serves classic French comfort dishes (hint: try their charcuterie). Enjoy small plates inspired by Spain and southwest France paired with wine and beer from Europe at Cordova Tapas & Wine. Closer to the Red River, the East Exchange District offers up Nonsuch Brewing Co., serving locally crafted brews in a stunningly designed taproom with a rotating menu of shareable dishes. James Avenue Pumphouse operates out of a historical building which houses Winnipeg’s first high-pressure water system used to help fight fires in downtown Winnipeg. Danook Restaurant serves up savoury wraps and platters, prepared with Halal meat, all inspired by Syrian cuisine. Try

Blufish Japanese Restaurant for sushi rolls and sashimi and Bahay Kubo for Filipino dishes in a tiki-style bar setting. The Exchange District is also known for local boutiques featuring one-of-a-kind products and clothing. Shop colourful arts and stationery items at Seduta Art, locallycrafted botanical body care and home goods at Northlore, and shop local and curated goods at 26 Market and Plant Lab Botanical Design. Coming together to share food at The Forks is a natural fit, plus browse dozens of local shops featuring unique and authentic goods—perfect for your Winnipeg souvenir! Central to The Forks Market is The Common, where you can enjoy sips indoors or outdoors and pair your pour with tasty food hall eats. Inside the Inn at The Forks, SMITH is an upscale woodsy eatery with seasonal fare and weekend brunch. Still downtown, visit Hargrave St. Market at True North Square. This food hall features pizza, tacos, ramen, burgers, coffee and locally brewed craft beer. Find more delightful restaurants in neighbourhoods like St. Boniface and Norwood, where you can enjoy Marion Street Eatery, a contemporary café with gourmet comfort eats all day. Embracing the Francophone influence, Pauline, inside the Norwood Hotel, is a charming French bistro serving breakfast and brunch. Promenade Brasserie infuses their dishes with French-Métis inspired flavours


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Adventures in the West End Take a guided walking tour in the summer to see striking murals and taste diverse culinary eats in Winnipeg’s West End neighbourhood. New to the West End? Join the New Skater Program in Central Park in winter.



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using locally-sourced ingredients. Down the street on Provencher is Japanese restaurant Dwarf no Cachette Cafe & Gift. Their speciality is Asian dishes served in a cute, kawaii and country setting. On Marion Street, you’ll find classic drive-in food at Dairi-Wip Drive-In. Also on Marion Street is Nola, a Pacific-Northwest inspired restaurant known for their shareable plates and craft cocktails. Stop in next door at Bar Accanto for an after-dinner glass of wine. In south St. Boniface is Juneberry, a brunch spot serving comfort breakfast dishes with a twist. Winnipeg’s West End has a burgeoning food scene. Start your morning with a flaky croissant or danish from Sleepy Owl Bread and pop in next door to Seven Café for a cup of joe. Looking for lunch? Just up the street is Wall Street Slice, an easy stop to pick up a tasty slice of ‘za. During the summer months, the West End Biz hosts food tours for the opportunity to sample superb cuisine and local baked goods in the neighbourhood. Academy Road is a local hot spot for boutique shopping. Browse the popular Mad About Style Boutique before shopping for yummy gifts of the macaron and dainty variety at Jenna Rae Cakes. Other stores you can’t miss include Margot & Maude and Grace & Company. New to the area is The Sobr Market offering zero-proof craft beer, wine, spirits



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and pre-mixed cocktails. For moody candlelit dining with a hidden entrance, Sous Sol in Osborne has upscale Canadian fare. At The Roost on Corydon, you’ll find a creative craft cocktail menu, snacks, and small and medium bites. Corydon Avenue is also home to quite a few charming stores like October Boutique and Riley Grae. Voted one of the best neighbourhoods in Canada, Osborne Village is always bustling with energy—whether it be for the food, the bars, or the shops along the main strip. Plan to spend a few hours in this area, browsing trendy clothing and accessory shops like Rooster Shoes, Out of the Blue, Unique Bunny and more. After a full day of shopping, refuel at Mesob Ethiopian Eats and cap it off with a sweet treat from Chocoberry Dessert House. For fine wine and dishes meant to share, there’s Oxbow in South Osborne, a thriving stretch of Osborne Street tucked between Pembina Highway and the Red River. For authentic Mexican tacos there’s BMC Market and for dessert you can’t beat locally-made Chaeban Ice Cream. Black Market Provisions is also a must to stock up on picnic-fare, sweet treats and locally made goods. If malls are more your style for shopping (and food!), Winnipeg has a few to choose from. Outlet Collection Winnipeg is the city’s first outlet mall, complete with

higher-end brands and a large food court. It’s also conveniently located across from Manitoba’s only IKEA location. Nearby is Cabela’s, an outdoor gear and clothing shop for your camping, hunting, fishing and hiking activities. CF Polo Park is a two-storey shopping plaza between the St. James and West End neighbourhoods, St. Vital Centre is located in the south end of the city and Kildonan Place Mall is northeast. Brandon, Manitoba’s second-largest urban centre, has a growing culinary scene. The Chili Chutney is known for its authentic Indian cuisine and The Dock on Princess serves comfort food made with local ingredients. Lady of the Lake is a muststop for themed décor and housewares, while the attached café and pub emphasize local and organic ingredients. Stop by Chez Angela Bakery and Café for some droolinducing pastries, sandwiches and pizzas, and grab a coffee at One & Only Design Studio while you browse their collection of trendy home decor. Get more ideas on where to find delicious dining and great shopping at and dining. For Winnipeg inspiration, visit Tourism Winnipeg’s official food blog,

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Dinner With a Side of LOL Enjoy tasty food and drinks with a serving of comedy at Rumor’s Restaurant and Comedy Club in Winnipeg’s Tuxedo neighbourhood or Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club at the Fort Garry Hotel, Spa & Conference Centre. Book the Date Night Package at Rumor’s on Thursdays for two show tickets and food. A local favourite is Wee Johnny’s Irish Pub in the Exchange District.



Your Moment Awaits

Your evening, amplified. Come enjoy a night out at Club Regent Casino or McPhillips Station Casino! You’ll find a wide variety of quality gaming, dining and entertainment experiences. Whether you’re here for the live and electronic table games, slots, live electronic bingo, restaurants, entertainment or special events throughout the year, there’s always something fun and exciting to experience. Out-of-town guests can take advantage of the casinos’ Stay & Play package. Locals and guests can come for dinner and a show at the Club Regent Event Centre, which hosts live music, comedy shows, tribute performances and more. Amenities include free parking and convenient access to the Canad Inns Destination Centre Club Regent Casino Hotel.



Family Fun

Plan an array of engaging family activities that cater to every season.

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Need for Speed Discover the thrill of racing at Speedword’s 27,500 sq. ft. indoor go-kart track. Feel the need for speed when you hit 50 km/h in a go-kart—it’s unmissable fun open year-round!

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Pool Time

Outdoor Thrills

For many families, a hotel with a pool is a must-have when planning an overnight stay. In Winnipeg, Delta Hotel boasts an indoor and outdoor (rooftop!) pool with views of the city. In Brandon or Portage la Prairie, Canad Inns brings the fun with their indoor Splashers waterpark. Also in Portage la Prairie, check out the big yellow slide at Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham. For even more waterpark fun, don’t miss Days Inn by Wyndham in Steinbach, Fairfield Inn & Suites Winnipeg or Blue Crescent Hotel in Carman. Plan a getaway to Elkhorn Resort or Hecla Lakeview Resort, two family-friendly resorts that boast top water parks, including outdoor pools and hot tubs. Test your luck at South Beach Casino & Resort and stay for the weekend. Take a dip in the indoor pool and try dinner at their onsite restaurant all in a unique art deco-inspired atmosphere. If a hotel stay is not in the budget, plan a day trip to a community pool for affordable family fun. Steinbach, Swan Valley and Portage la Prairie have great indoor pools at their recreation complexes.

Add a jolt of adrenaline to any day at Hywire Zipline Adventures located 30 kilometres west of Pembina Valley Provincial Park on a stunning valley property. Choose from five-or eight-line tours that have you soaring 200 feet above the valley. Head north to Tribe Cable Park in The Pas for a different kind of thrill—the park has a cable system to pull you around the water while wakeboarding. Fall is the perfect time to take the family and wander through corn mazes at Deer Meadow Farms, Secord Corn Maze, Boonstra Corn Maze, A Maze in Corn and King Korn Maze. Check online for other farm activities at these mazes like petting zoos and Halloween-themed attractions.



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Fun and Games Activate Games is a live-action gaming centre where families and groups work together to complete 11 interactive video game-inspired challenges, ranging from dodgeball to a dance off on a motionsensored floor. Other arcade and virtual reality gaming attractions ideal for spending a few warm indoor hours in Winnipeg include The Rec Room and Uptown Alley. Organize a board game night with a visit to Across the Board Café, a restaurant and board game space in the Exchange District. Flying Squirrel is an indoor trampoline park perfect for literally bouncing off the walls. Kids love being immersed in the Manitoba Children’s Museum’s 12 interactive permanent galleries, such as the tasty Lasagna Lookout climbing structure and the watery fun Splash Lab.

Escape the Ordinary! Enigma Escapes offers 12 themed escape adventures at three different locations in Winnipeg. Solve a murder at Mardi Gras, escape Blackbeard’s Brig, explore the Mayan Tomb or mysterious Voodoo Island or choose a family-friendly escape designed for kids.



Scare Yourself Silly They squeal in delight at the chance to conduct a real-life diesel locomotive and to zip down the giant and colourful Illusion Tunnel slide. There is also a dedicated “tot spot” for the museum’s smallest visitors. From arctic foxes and ringed seals to wolves and polar bears, Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo is the perfect activity any time of the year. See polar bears swim in the underwater Sea Ice Passage or play outside your window at the Tundra Grill. The indoor Polar Playground is a great place for kids to burn more energy. And in summer, the Nature Playground in Assiniboine Park is rife with discovery for kids—from the sand and water play area, to the slithering slides and willow tree tunnels. At the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, kids can sit in the pilot seat and explore different types of aircraft.

Visit The Hollows for a frightening good time. Heebie Jeebie’s new fifth maze, new photo ops and new surprises in every maze are the perfect reason to come back year after year.

There’s a space-themed children’s play area and an observation lounge where the family can watch flights take off from the nearby airport. For more family fun ideas visit


Winnipeg Adventures For thousands of years, the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers has been a meeting place. Today, Manitoba’s capital city is the largest city in the province. Winnipeg has been central to the fur trade, the railway, and the grain exchange and now it’s known for its aerospace, technology and creative industries, among others.







At the center of the city where the Assiniboine River meets the Red River, lies The Forks - one of Canada’s top tourist destinations. Come explore where the rivers meet.

Located inside Inn at the Forks, SMITH restaurant invites you to indulge in luxurious, shareable, local food, within in a rustic modern setting.

Within a contemporary luxury setting, every treatment at Riverstone Spa is focused on harmonizing and connecting your mind, body and spirit.

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City Tours


Take a tour! One of the best ways to get to know the city is through a guided tour. Unearth hidden gems, cultural treasures, and exciting experiences in this vibrant city—all from the perspective of a local. Find more tours at

Taking a tour is a great way to get to know Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Trolley Company’s tours take you to some of Winnipeg’s most famous landmarks, which you can enjoy from inside a historically-inspired trolley. Soncina Travel and Events shares stories of the city’s personalities through lesser-travelled neighbourhoods like Wolseley and Chinatown. Get a different view of the city’s stories on a tour with Splash Dash River Tours or on two wheels with a rental from Plain Bicycle or a tandem bike rental from Bee2gether. The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ offers a range of options to tour the city’s downtown. Their walking and cycling tours include stops to sample food and drinks. The Exchange District BIZ’s selection of tours in the summer includes guided walks featuring architecture and food. Explore the city’s French restaurants, cafés and neighbourhood

on a walking tour of Old St. Boniface with Tourisme Riel. Check out the tour options from SquarePeg Tours to discover Winnipeg’s unexpected and spooky history. Wonderful Winnipeg City Tours take you through a few notable central neighbourhoods including St. Boniface and the Exchange District. Winnipeg’s West End Biz offers mural and food tours throughout the summer months. Located 10 kilometres from downtown Winnipeg, the Royal Canadian Mint is a unique attraction with a major international impact, manufacturing coins for more than 75 countries around the globe. The best way to learn about the facility is on a 45-minute tour offered regularly throughout the summer and delivered in both English and French. Don’t forget to stop in the gift shop and pick up a souvenir coin made exclusively at the Mint.

All Roads Lead Here The Fort Garry Hotel is your one-stop destination for relaxation, fine dining and entertainment. Whether it’s dinner at Vida Cucina Italia, a drink at the Oval Room Brasserie or the Sunset Terrace, a hamam at world-renowned Ten Spa or live entertainment in the Club Room—this hotel has it all.




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Winnipeg Street View Discover different aspects of Winnipeg’s history by checking out these downtown attractions. Manitoba Legislative Building: This beauxarts style home of Manitoba’s government features the symbolic Golden Boy perched atop its dome. Upper Fort Garry: After strolling down Broadway Avenue under a leafy canopy, stop at Upper Fort Garry Provincial Heritage Park. The park features the original wooden and stone gate from this 1850s fur trade fort and uses gardens to recreate the footprint of the original fort. An interactive wall uses LED lights and sounds to bring the fort to life. Union Station: Cross Main Street and head into Union Station. Designed by the same architects as Grand Central Station in New York, this historic site features a beautiful rotunda and local Tyndall limestone. Today, Via Rail passengers going cross country or heading north to Churchill walk the same floors as thousands of immigrants in the early 1900s. Niimaamaa: Head east down Main Street to this impressive 30-foot statue located on The Forks grounds. Niimaamaa is a word recognized by Cree, Ojibwe and Métis speakers as “my mother”.

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Check out the Winnipeg Attractions Pass Save on admission to some of Winnipeg’s top attractions with the Winnipeg Attraction Pass. Use the mobile exclusive pass at the Manitoba Museum, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint and FortWhyte Alive. Purchase yours at

Esplanade Riel: Follow the pathways through The Forks to the striking Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, which connects The Forks to St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French neighbourhood. Find a tourism information kiosk and a food kiosk operating during the summertime. Exchange District: This downtown region hosts dozens of arts, culture and music events year-round. The Winnipeg TD International Jazz Festival, Fringe Theatre Festival and Nuit Blanche all hold events at The Cube stage, right in the middle of the Exchange District. The Forks: One of Winnipeg’s most popular attractions, The Forks is a must for a wide array of dining experiences and shopping, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that encompass the site’s natural, historic and human-made features.

Explore the Exchange Discover over 120 historic buildings in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Restaurants, galleries, boutiques and more are waiting to be explored!



AMAZING EVERY DAY! Assiniboine Park Zoo is your destination for extraordinary animal adventures! Visit playful polar bears at the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit, play alongside lively goats at Aunt Sally’s Farm, and get closer to incredible animal species from across Canada and around the world at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo is open year-round for four seasons of fun, and there’s always something new to discover!

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The city of Winnipeg is blessed with a vibrant urban forest, easily enjoyed in city parks and green spaces. Assiniboine Park is the largest park in the city, covering over 1,000 acres along the Assiniboine River. Check out The Pavillion’s Pooh Gallery exhibition to see works of art, objects and archives that comprise the multi-layered identity of Winnie the Pooh— both the cartoon character and the bear that inspired the story. Visit the Zoo to see nearly 150 different species of animals, including polar bears! Bike or walk the trails through the Assiniboine Forest or stroll through the English Garden, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden or the 30 acres of blooms and greenspace that make up the outdoor gardens at The Leaf, Assiniboine Park’s newest addition. Then, venture inside to see The Leaf’s stunning indoor conservatory, bask in a tropical biome and see Canada’s tallest indoor waterfall at six storeys high. St. Vital Park curves around a bend of the Red River and is a favourite for skating and tobogganing in the winter.


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Also along the Red River is King’s Park which features the Carol Shields’ Memorial Labyrinth, an accessible garden maze. Further north along the Red River, Kildonan Park enchants with the Witch’s Hut as well as the open-air theatre Rainbow Stage. Along the Seine River, you’ll find Bois

des Esprits, the city’s largest remaining riverbank forest. Plus, this forest holds a secret; along the trail are wood spirits— wood carvings that have given dead trees a new life. Visit for more Winnipeg trip ideas.

A Convenient and Comfortable Stay Book your stay at Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites and enjoy the convenience of being near the airport and less than five minutes from local shopping, dining and entertainment. After a full day exploring Winnipeg, enjoy the indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness centre, all-day dining and more.



Cheer on the Home Team Winnipeg is home to the loudest fans, which means catching a game—be it hockey, football, basketball, baseball or soccer—is an electrifying experience. Cheer on the Winnipeg Sea Bears in their second season as part of the Canadian Elite Basketball League. After an exciting inaugural season, the Sea Bears are back at Canada Life Centre. Sea Bears games have quickly become known for drawing record crowds with great halftime entertainment and fan giveaways. Head to the lively IG Field to cheer on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Valour Football Club also returns to the pitch

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for another season of the Canadian Premier League. Or if your summer sport of choice is baseball, get a seat behind home plate at Blue Cross Park to watch the Winnipeg Goldeyes for a fun and affordable family outing. Hopes are high for the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets and an energetic slate of white-out street parties. Get your tickets to catch them in action. Bring the kids to see the AHL’s Manitoba Moose—same arena, same high-energy atmosphere. Get more game day inspiration at

Assiniboia Downs Experience the thrill of live horse racing at Assiniboia Downs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from May to September. Horse racing, 140 VLTs and fabulous dining—it’s fun you can bet on!

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Luxury and Convenience Visit the Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre where luxury, comfort and exceptional service come together to create an unforgettable experience.

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Whether it’s the cultural stories that draw you in or the desire to discover how we’re all connected, discover arts, culture and history that brings together the stories of the people and the land in Manitoba. Peruse art galleries and museums, discover new perspectives through workshops and tours, learn about Francophone culture, taste authentic cuisine from Indigenous-owned restaurants and attend a powwow. Watch a heart-wrenching performance or visit a thought-provoking exhibit and you’ll leave with a changed outlook on life.

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Arts, Culture and History Cultural Cradle of Canada The Canadian Museum for Human Rights stands alone as the only museum in the world dedicated to the topic of global human rights issues. Through eyecatching design and poignant, interactive content in ten permanent galleries, the museum is a reminder of the darkness of days past and a beacon of hope towards a brighter and more just future. A new wave of public art is turning once-forgotten buildings into largerthan-life canvases highlighting the city’s diverse creative voices. These murals build on the city’s reputation as an art destination, beginning with the Winnipeg Art Gallery, home to an impressive collection of Canadian and international works, including the new Inuit Art Centre, Qaumajuq. Since the city’s first live theatre performance in 1867, Winnipeg has

Let Your Imagination Take Flight Time travel through 100 years of aviation history at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg. Climb inside a fighter jet trainer, board a 1960s airliner and see experiential aircraft that didn’t quite make it off the ground. Learn, play and be inspired!



been known for its stage productions. Anchoring the city’s theatre district is the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, performances are so well-loved the theatre runs two stages two blocks apart. The Prairie Theatre Exchange celebrates Canadian achievements in drama while Théàtre Cercle Molière brings Manitoba’s rich Francophone culture to the stage with French-language performances. The maestro’s baton seems never to stop considering the jam-packed performance schedule of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. You can catch everything from classical favourites to movie scores. The Manitoba Opera brings real drama to the stage, and don’t miss the world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, which performs not only the classics but new works pushing the boundaries of ballet.

Along Portage Avenue is a laboratory for research and art, the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. You’ll find a diverse collection of shops and galleries in Winnipeg’s Exchange District—a 20-block national historic site protecting 1900s warehouses and early skyscrapers. Throughout summer, First Fridays is a monthly event when galleries, artist-run centres, studios, shops and museums open late in the Exchange District. Among the Exchange is Cre8ery Gallery and Studio, which rents its space to an ever-growing roster of artists and Martha Street Studio. This artist-run centre showcases the art of printmaking through its exhibitions and programs. Katie and Gunner Gallery is a contemporary art gallery featuring Inuit art, photography, sculpture, textile and folk art. Nationally recognized as a leader in contemporary

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Indigenous art, Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery is a hidden gem in the Exchange District. Admission is free, and the gallery is managed by Indigenous artists committed to displaying emerging, midcareer and established artists. In Brandon, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is rooted in community, with its contemporary art exhibits, events and education. Flin Flon’s NorVA Centre is an artist-run studio and gallery cooperative with a shop offering local artwork and handmade items. The seasonal Gallery in the Park is located in and alongside Altona’s historic Schwartz house and features an art gallery and a unique sculpture garden. To discover how Manitoba’s diverse landscapes influence local artists, venture out on a self-guided behind-thescenes art tour. You can see how the colours of a sunrise over Lake Winnipeg make their way into the artworks displayed at the Interlake WAVE Artists’ Studio Tour. See how artists infuse their work with a fall palette during the Pembina Valley Studio Tour. Discover how the creativity runs as deep as the lakes of the Canadian Shield on the Boreal Shores Art Tour in eastern Manitoba.

My favourite thing about the art scene in Brandon is how authentic it is. Whether a studio sale, an honour’s exhibition at Brandon University, or a big exhibition at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, you’ll find yourself among artists who believe in themselves, and the people who believe in them. —  Lucie Lederhendler, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

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Accessible Attractions The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was designed with inclusivity in mind—all entrances are free of stairs and accessible by wheelchair and all exhibits can be accessed by way of ramps and elevators. Wheelchair accessible parking is available next to the main entrance on Israel Asper Way or use the accessible drop-off entrance right at the doors of the museum. Service animals are welcome at the museum. The museum also offers an accessible self-guided museum tour through their free mobile app available in English, French, American Sign Language (ASL) and Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ). The Manitoba Museum is accessible from the Rupert Avenue and Lily Street entrances—both are equipped with a ramp and the Lily Street entrance includes a small lift to access the Planetarium and Science Gallery level. Book an adapted tour at Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq to experience art

through your senses. The gallery offers enlarged print documents for artwork label content. The gallery is entirely wheelchair accessible with accessible parking directly in front of the WAG on Memorial Boulevard. Attend a Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra or a Royal Winnipeg Ballet performance at the Centennial Concert Hall. The hall has wheelchair accessible parking, ramps, restrooms, elevators and theatre seat locations—contact their guest services team to learn more about on-site accessibility. Listening aids are also available free of charge from guest services in the main lobby of the hall. Rainbow Stage Theatre in Kildonan Park offers performances with American Sign Language interpretation, audio described receivers and relaxed atmospheres which is a daytime matinee without the typical lighting and busy atmosphere of an evening performance.




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Explore space, touch the stars and voyage across time. Our full-dome theatre will immerse you in awe-inspiring stories of wonder.

Test the universal laws of science and explore the wonders of technology in this hands-on, highenergy environment. Fun for all ages!

Journey through millions of years, from the icy arctic coast to the windswept prairies. Meet dinosaurs, trilobites, and climb aboard the Nonsuch, a full-sized replica 17th-century English merchant ship.

At the Manitoba Museum, the history, nature, and science will change your life forever. 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba (204) 956-2830

More Museums, Please! Fleas dressed in costumes? We’ve got a museum with that (Sam Waller Museum in The Pas). World’s largest mosasaur on display? We’ve got a museum with that, too (Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden). Aircraft you can climb in? We’ve got you covered (Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada in Winnipeg). Manitoba has hundreds of museums, each with interesting pieces of our history on display. Arborg & District Multicultural Heritage Village: Visit homes, a school, a church, a grist mill and other buildings that help tell the stories of Icelandic, Polish, Ukrainian and Indigenous cultures. Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum: Get to know the history of the region through a collection of unique objects and records in this former CN Rail station turned museum. Dalnavert Museum: Housed in a restored 1895 Queen Anne revival building and the historical home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, Dalnavert Museum is a small Victorian mansion nestled in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown area. Flin Flon Station Museum: This former CN Rail station features artifacts from the city’s mining and pioneering history.

Itsanitaq Museum: This Churchill museum is home to a collection of Inuit art carvings and artifacts considered to be among the oldest in the world. Lower Fort Garry: This national historic site on the banks of the Red River features original buildings dating as far back as the 1830s. This fur trade fort was the site of signing Treaty No. 1, the first of Canada’s numbered treaties. Marine Museum of Manitoba: Located in Selkirk, this museum is home to six historic ships that sit at the entrance of Selkirk Park, including the S.S. Keenora, Manitoba’s oldest steamship. Manitoba Museum: Visit this museum to immerse yourself in Manitoba’s history, nature and science, and discover the stories of Indigenous Peoples and newcomers to Manitoba.

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Winnipeg River Heritage Museum: This heritage museum in St-Georges celebrates the people who have endured and thrived on the river for generations including the stories of Indigenous and Métis peoples, trading posts, settlements and communities around the river.

Miami Railway Museum: Relive the life and times of a rural station agent at this historic site in central Manitoba.

Riding Mountain Historical Society & Pinewood Museum: Located in a 1932 building known as the ‘Hall Cottage’ or ‘Casa Loma’, this is Riding Mountain’s only historical museum, showcasing photos and artifacts from Clear Lake’s past. Stop in at the Pinewood Museum to learn more about the region’s Indigenous history and ongoing cultural connections.

Nellie’s Homes of Manitou: Visit two former homes of Nellie McClung, now located on one site alongside a gift shop in a log cabin built in 1884.

Snow Lake Mining Museum: See heavyduty mining equipment and learn about the importance of mining to this northern community.

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Can You Land a Jetliner? Experience a world-famous moment in Canadian aviation history. Visit this museum to try executing a simulated emergency landing of a large jetliner on a racetrack! Relive the moment at the Gimli Glider Exhibit.



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Francophone Experiences French explorer La Vérendrye set foot in what is now Manitoba in 1738, establishing a legacy of our province’s rich French culture and history. Today, the Francophone spirit lives on through French-speaking communities around the province and must-visit attractions celebrating Franco-Manitoban culture.



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Jeudis franco Thursdays is a weekly summer celebration in the heart of Saint-Boniface. Visit the summer market for local vendors and unique handmade crafts, catch a movie under the stars and take a guided tour of Saint-Boniface. Check out from June to August for the full schedule of activities.

Be sure to head beyond Winnipeg’s perimeter to explore more authentic Francophone communities. It’s a short drive to Saint-Norbert at the south end of Winnipeg, a Métis settlement now home to le Marché St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, the province’s largest market. Local vendors sell fresh produce, homemade goods, artwork and more throughout the year. Nearby Saint-Norbert Provincial Heritage Park offers an open-air history lesson of early Métis life in the 1800s. St-Pierre-Jolys is a charming French town along the Rat River about 30 kilometres south of Winnipeg. Its annual summer festival, Frog Follies, takes place in Carillon Park and celebrates community and Francophone heritage. The town also celebrates “sugaring off” each spring by inviting guests to the St. Pierre Sugar Shack, the only site in Manitoba to produce real maple syrup. This end-of-winter festival is an excellent opportunity to tour Musée St. Pierre-Jolys and Maison Goulet, a Métis freighter’s house located on the historic Crow Wing Trail trade route, which is now a part of the Trans Canada Trail. Further down Highway 59 and the Crow Wing Trail, the town of St. Malo has a reproduction of the grotto in Lourdes located along the Rat River. The river is also the main feature of next door St. Malo Provincial Park, where a reservoir makes for a perfect familyfriendly beach and campground. The park is also great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Passion & Histoire Commence your journey with the passion and history weaved into Saint-Boniface, the capital of Francophone culture in Western Canada, located across the Red River from downtown Winnipeg. Cross the Provencher Bridge leaving from downtown to reach Saint-Boniface. In the summertime, visit Crêperie Ker Breizh’s kiosk on the bridge for sweet and savoury treats or Le Monkey Bar for a cool beverage perfect for a hot summer day. Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum, housed in the oldest building in the city and former Grey Nuns convent, is a keeper of Francophone and Métis heritage. It also houses a tremendous collection of Louis Riel artifacts for those curious to learn more about the Métis founder of Manitoba. In summer, the museum offers



regular neighbourhood walking tours and programming. Saint-Boniface Cathedral is one of Winnipeg’s most photographed sites. The current church, the sixth since 1818, showcases the iconic façade and ruins of the beautiful 1908 cathedral that was destroyed by fire in 1968. The grounds of Saint-Boniface Cathedral also offer the best views of the downtown Winnipeg skyline. Saint-Boniface is home to Western Canada’s largest winter festival. Festival du Voyageur is a celebration of FrancoManitoban culture and history while embracing winter in Winnipeg. Taste the sweet maple taffy, freshly poured on a bed of snow, while admiring the impressive snow sculptures or dancing to lively performances.

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Indigenous Experiences

Stories and experiences rooted in Indigenous culture elevate our collective knowledge in the spirit of truth, reconciliation and collaboration. Discover Manitoba’s deep cultural roots with these Indigenous experiences that bring together the stories of the people and the land in Manitoba.

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Bannock Point Petroforms, a sacred site in the north Whiteshell Provincial Park, features rocks arranged in the shapes of turtles, snakes and humans in abstract patterns. Take a tour with an Indigenous guide from Whiteshell Petroforms Authentic Indigenous Tours to better understand the site’s significance. Flashes of colour and big, bold blooms are the hallmarks of Métis beadwork. At the Borealis Beading studio in Ste. Genevieve, visitors can participate in two-needle beading workshops in traditional circle style. Beginners can stitch a simple flower onto a cloth tobacco bag, while experienced beaders can tackle mitts or moccasins. The National Indigenous Residential School Museum of Canada, situated on the urban land of the Long Plain First Nation, adjacent to Portage la Prairie, is designated as a National Historic Site. The museum is uniquely located inside the former Portage la Prairie residential school which operated for more than 60 years. Inside are historical artifacts and documents to memorialize those who attended the schools. At Buffalo Point Resort, you can golf, swim, fish, dine or do it all. Tucked into the southwest corner of Lake of the Woods, Buffalo Point First Nation invites diners to the Fire and Water Bistro, where a stand-out dish is the pan-fried pickerel served with a smoked bean cassoulet over locally harvested wild rice. Visitors can also tour the cultural centre where art and interpretive displays tell stories of Indigenous life as far back as the 1700s.

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The largest celebration of Indigenous culture is the Manito Ahbee Festival that happens each May at Red River Exhibition Park on Treaty 1 Territory. The gathering features traditional and modern Indigenous musical acts, art and craft displays, and cultural competitions such as an international powwow and tipi raising contest. Discover Mino bimaadiziwin, which means “the good life” in the Ojibwe language, with Turtle Village. This unique Indigenous-owned and-operated off-grid accommodation option is brand new in Wasagaming Campground in Riding Mountain National Park. Each unit is a four season glamping option that has zero impact on the ground while providing you with the comforts of home. Solar panels and a battery bank provide power source for interior lighting and options for keeping your electronics charged.

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The Original Original Accredited authentic Indigenous experiences across Canada and in Manitoba are identified with The Original Original logo. Check out this map for a list of Original Original experiences found throughout the province: Visit to find more Indigenous experiences in the province.




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Boozhoo from Winnipeg Boozhoo is a greeting in the Ojibwe language Anishinaabemowin. Manitoba’s Indigenous roots can be seen throughout Winnipeg in the form of art, food and cultural sites. Visit Agowiidiwinan Centre, a new Treaty education centre located at The Forks, to learn more about treaties through visual and interactive displays. Qaumajuq, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, holds 14,000 carvings, drawings, prints and textiles—the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. The white stone façade echoes the vastness of the landscape of Canada’s North. Inside, a three-storey glass vault filled with Inuit carvings greets visitors and bright gallery spaces with insightful exhibits. For authentic flavours, head to Feast Café Bistro in the West End, where the menu highlights traditional First Nations ingredients with a modern spin. Try the butternut squash bannock pizza or the shredded bison dip. Riel House National Historic Site in Winnipeg’s Saint-Vital neighbourhood explores the family home of Louis Riel, champion of Métis rights and founder


of Manitoba. Guided tours by costumed interpreters are available in the summer. Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery has long given a platform to established and emerging Indigenous artists from around Canada in its hip gallery in a historic Exchange District warehouse. Since 1995, Teekca’s Boutique has sold one-of-a-kind, handmade crafts, home decor and fashion made by Indigenous artisans, and traditional medicines. Three locations around Winnipeg include The Forks Market, St. Vital Shopping Centre and Long Plain First Nation’s urban reserve on St. Matthew’s Street. Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport is a newer hotel located on an urban reserve in Winnipeg. Owned by Long Plain First Nation, Wyndham Garden is a short drive from the airport and is located nearby CF Polo Park Mall and other shopping centres.

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When your heart needs to sing

No matter what time of year, annual festivals and events happen in every corner of the province. Our events will stir your heart—whether it’s a performance that makes you reflect or a concert that makes you sing. Join us and celebrate the spring thaw, the summer sun, the fall colours and the winter air.

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Festivals and Events

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Winter Winnipeg New Music Festival

January / Winnipeg The biggest of its kind in Canada, the Winnipeg New Music Festival features guest artists who perform world and Canadian premieres written by exciting up-and-coming composers.

Festival du Voyageur

February / Winnipeg Hé ho! In winter, Winnipeg is home to a 10-day party featuring dynamic live musical performances, show-stopping snow sculptures, French Canadian fare, historical re-enactments and celebration of Métis culture that bring the voyageurs’ joie de vivre to life.



Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival

February / The Pas For more than 70 years, King and Queen Trapper competitions have been testing the skills required to thrive in the North— moose calling, trap setting, canoe packing, tea boiling, log throwing and more. Plus, take in the World Championship Dog Race, street festival and many more familyfriendly activities.

Winter Adventure Weekend

February / Riding Mountain National Park Strap on skates, skis or snowshoes during this winter-loving festival that also features an outdoor beer garden and live music.

Canadian Power Toboggan Championships

March / Beausejour Watch snowmobilers race at speeds over 170 km/h on the world’s fastest (and safest) oval track on ice! Racers of all ages and skill levels compete in a series of races known as the “greatest show on snow”.

Gimli Ice Festival

March / Gimli This festival highlights the best of winter on the shores of frozen Lake Winnipeg. Embrace the elements and your inner viking!

Hudson Bay Quest Invitational

April / Churchill Watch dogsled racers travel hundreds of kilometres across Manitoba’s northern region. Spectators can cheer on the dogs and their mushers at the starting and finishing lines in Churchill.

Spring Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

March–April / Brandon Touch, feel and experience agriculture by spending your spring break at this indoor agricultural fair and equestrian show. Watch horse competitions, tour the exhibitor trade show and get swept up by the familyfriendly excitement complete with live entertainment and hands-on activities.

Valour Football Club

April–October / Winnipeg Winnipeg’s soccer club kicks off its season in April and goes until October. The club competes as part of the Canadian Premier League and plays its home matches at IG Field.

Assiniboia Downs

May–September / Winnipeg From May to September, watch live horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Manito Ahbee Festival

May / Winnipeg Watch the impressive display of talent and colour at the International Pow Wow and the Indigenous Music Awards. Take home a piece of authentic artwork from the Indigenous Marketplace.

Winnipeg Comedy Festival

May / Winnipeg Canada’s funniest comics converge on Winnipeg for seven days of stand-up, sketch and improv comedy.

Winnipeg Goldeyes

May–August / Winnipeg Catch the Winnipeg Goldeyes at their annual home-opener in May at Blue Cross Park near The Forks. Baseball season lasts until August.

Indigenous Day Live

June / Winnipeg Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) presents Canada’s largest celebration in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Head to The Forks for a day of cultural activities and live music that showcases First Nations, Inuit and Métis culture.

National Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend

June / Riding Mountain National Park Located in Treaty 2 Territory, Riding Mountain National Park celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day with a weekend of special events and programming hosted by Parks Canada and Clear Lake Country.

Winnipeg International Children’s Festival

June / Winnipeg Let your imaginations run wild at The Forks, as this fun festival features loads of activities. Kids can climb through an obstacle course, master the art of hula hooping and try different musical instruments between catching performances from musicians, storytellers and comedians.

Manitoba Filipino Street Festival

June / Winnipeg This event celebrates Manitoba’s vibrant Filipino community with a parade, market, food vendors, performances and more.

Manitoba Highland Gathering

June / Selkirk Travel through time and experience Scottish heritage, piping, drumming, Highland dancing, sheep shearing and a Scottish market.

Manitoba Summer Fair

June / Brandon With great food, family fun, live entertainment, horse shows, vendors and a midway, the Manitoba Summer Fair has been a staple event for over 135 years.

Indigenous Day Live at The Forks

Sea Bears

May–August / Winnipeg Regular season play starts in spring for the Winnipeg Sea Bears, Manitoba’s first Canadian Elite Basketball League team. Games are held at Canada Life Centre in downtown Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

May–November / Winnipeg Football season kicks off at IG Field each spring as early as May and ends with the Grey Cup in November.




Pride Winnipeg

June / Winnipeg Celebrating inclusiveness, this festival features a rally and parade that ends at festival headquarters at The Forks. Take in family activities, shop at the PrideMART and party at the Queer Beer Beverage Tent.

Red River Ex

June / Winnipeg Manitoba’s largest midway arrives at Red River Exhibition Park in late spring/early summer. This family favourite includes nightly headlining concerts, animals and agricultural displays, and can’t-miss tasty treats.

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

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June / Winnipeg Centred around the unique Cube Stage of Old Market Square in the Exchange District, this downtown festival features a range of jazz artists.

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June / Thompson Celebrating the city’s mining heritage, this festival features a midway, parade and fireworks along with feats of skill and strength as part of the National King Miner Contest.


Summer Ai-Kon

July / Winnipeg A three-day, non-stop, Japanese anime and pop culture convention including cosplay, dance performances, industry guests, panels, video games and more!

Ballet in the Park

July / Winnipeg Free summer performances by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet are held at the Lyric Theatre in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park.

Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival

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July / Dauphin Join this celebration of Ukrainian Canadians’ rich, vibrant culture and heritage. Take in an abundance of Ukrainian food, performances showcasing Ukrainian culture, amateur talent competitions and activities for kids.

Dauphin’s Countryfest

July / Dauphin Canada’s longest-running country music festival welcomes the biggest names in country music.

Fire and Water Music Festival

July / Lac du Bonnet In July, the town of Lac du Bonnet fills with the sound of music for a family-friendly festival. Participate in a music workshop, visit the farmers’ market or stretch it out with yoga with other festival-goers.

Frog Follies

July / St-Pierre-Jolys This festival features performances, family-friendly games, and the headline event, the National Frog Jumping Championship—if your frog jumps the farthest, you win!

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Gimli Film Festival

July / Gimli Watch blockbusters on a giant screen come to life on the shores of Lake Winnipeg at sunset. Other venues around town showcase various film features, documentaries and shorts from Canadian and international filmmakers.

Long Plain First Nation Treaty Week & Powwow

July / Treaty 1 Territory Manitoba’s longest-running powwow takes place annually in Portage la Prairie, located on Treaty 1 Territory.

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Manitoba Stampede

July / Morris Manitoba’s only professional rodeo features chariot and chuckwagon racing, a midway, a petting zoo and children’s entertainment.

Manitoba Sunflower Festival

July / Altona Catch the parade before checking out live music, delicious food, and a lively atmosphere for all ages to enjoy in the town of Altona.





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Manitoba Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede

July / Austin Manitoba’s rural history comes alive at this pioneer festival! Over 100 acres of pioneer living demonstrations, vintage farming activities and horse shows at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum. Manitoba’s best rodeo action and live music takes place every evening.

Ste. Madeline Métis Days

July / Former townsite of Ste. Madeline (near Binscarth) This event commemorates the former rural town of Ste. Madeline. Former residents and the local community mark the day with musical performances, a jigging contest, children’s activities and more.

Peacock Days & Fair

July / Souris This event has all the trappings of a summer festival—food trucks, pony rides, petting zoo, farmers’ markets, plus a peacock calling contest you don’t want to miss!

Rainbow Stage

July and August / Winnipeg Nestled in Winnipeg’s Kildonan Park is Canada’s largest open-air theatre. Every summer, this venue presents a packed line-up of musical theatre.



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Real Love Summer Fest

July / Teulon An indie music festival, Real Love Summer Fest is an annual event taking place at the Ignite Retreats grounds in Teulon.

Winnipeg International Soca-Reggae Music Festival

Beauhead Arts Fest

August / Beausejour Artists’ pop-up galleries are displayed in the historical buildings of the Pioneer Village Museum in Beausejour during this annual festival. Peruse the vintage and antique artifacts while viewing local art from artists and makers of the Beausejour and Brokenhead communities.

Blueberry Jam Music Gathering

August / Flin Flon This annual three-day music festival invites musicians and music lovers to come out, meet new people, dance and enjoy the beautiful northern town of Flin Flon.

Clear Lake Country Third + Bird Market

July / Winnipeg Celebrate soca, reggae and calypso music at this Caribbean culture festival held at The Cube, Old Market Square, in downtown Winnipeg.

August / Riding Mountain National Park The historic Danceland in Wasagaming welcomes over 45 local makers. Come experience this unique shopping experience filled with inspiring visuals, food and drink, live music and infectious energy.

Summer Winds Family Music Festival

Corn & Apple Festival

July / Victoria Beach This family-friendly event brings to life the songs from your personal playlist. From rock to country and reggae to alternative, soak up the relaxed vibe of this beachside festival.

Winnipeg Folk Festival

July / Birds Hill Provincial Park Under the prairie sun, music lovers come to dance to the mix of bluegrass, roots, funk and world music. Stay at the festival campground for complete Folk Fest immersion.

Winnipeg Fringe Festival

July / Winnipeg See hundreds of performances in venues around Winnipeg’s downtown and Exchange District. Choose from improv or sketch comedy, musicals or solo shows and don’t forget to catch the free performances at Old Market Square.

August / Morden The largest street festival in Manitoba is known for its free local hot buttered corn on the cob, free apple juice, along with free admission, free parking, free bus tours, free entertainment, free children’s tent and so much more!

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Culture Days

September / Various locations Communities across the province show off their creativity and passion for culture during a weekend packed with free events, including everything from art shows to street dances. Find activities in Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Morden, Gimli, Dauphin and Flin Flon.



August / Winnipeg Choose from over 40 pavilions to experience this memorable multicultural festival. You’ll be captivated by dance, cuisine, art, language, stories and music.


August / Gimli The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba on August long weekend brings the area’s Icelandic culture to life. Enjoy food, music, entertainment, events, activities and, of course, vikings!

Opaskwayak Indigenous Days

August / Opaskwayak Cree Nation Traditions of Cree culture come alive with canoe races, a community feast and the Western Canadian Square Dance Championships.

Pioneer Days

August / Steinbach Celebrate pioneer life with interpretive demonstrations, including butter churning, log cutting and steam-powered threshing at the Mennonite Heritage Village.

Rainbow Trout Music Festival

August / St. Malo This festival features indie music and takes place about 70 kilometres south of Winnipeg. Performances include rock, folk, electronic, hip hop, blues, country, roots music and more.

Double B Agricultural Festival Treaty & York Boat Days

August / Norway House Cree Nation This event is a celebration of Norway House Cree Nation’s role as a fur trade hub. Watch voyageur canoe races and the World Championship of York Boat Rowing.

Virden Indoor Rodeo and Wild West Daze

August / Virden This event features live entertainment, a variety of food and activities for all ages to enjoy. In the kids’ zone, you’ll find inflatables, carnival games and face painting. Three semi-pro rodeo performances take place over the weekend with competitors from across Canada and the U.S.

Winkler Harvest Festival

August / Winkler Find free family fun in Winkler with a midway, kids’ activities, parade, fireworks and nightly main stage entertainment.

Brew at the Zoo

September / Winnipeg This event is after-hours and adults-only, showcasing Manitoba’s craft brewers plus a selection of brews from across Canada and around the world. brew-at-the-zoo

Chinese Night Market

September / Winnipeg Head downtown for a unique selection of street vendors and cultural entertainment, including food trucks, bouncy castles, artisan market and live music.

September / Beausejour Watch the Manitoba High School rodeo and a semi-pro rodeo at this annual festival in the eastern region in Manitoba. Take in a community parade, midway, kids’ activities and a fireworks display.

Harvest Moon Festival

September / Clearwater Celebrate the harvest season and local food production at this music and arts festival connecting rural and urban communities together.

Nagar Kirtan Parade

September / Winnipeg Nagar Kirtan is an annual celebration held by the Sikh community. The parade takes place in downtown Winnipeg and ends at Memorial Park for a festival filled with free food, traditional Sikh music and cultural performances.

Nuit Blanche

September / Winnipeg No sleep, just art at this free all night art and cultural event. Thousands of art enthusiasts, cultural animators and visitors gather in downtown Winnipeg to celebrate and explore contemporary art as part of the Culture Days celebration.

Pineridge Hollow Fall Fair

September / Pineridge Hollow Help usher in the new season at Pineridge Hollow with live music, outdoor pub, farmers’ market, food trucks, kid’s tent, children’s entertainers and so much more.



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Fall / Winter Boo at the Zoo

October / Winnipeg A family-friendly affair at Assiniboine Park Zoo celebrating all things spooky and surprising during the month of October.

Comic Con

October / Winnipeg This annual event is dedicated to pop culture in the form of a fan convention with multi-genre content including comic books, sci-fi, horror, anime, video games and the entertainment world.

Winnipeg Jets

October / Winnipeg Hockey season kicks off in the fall with a home opener at the Canada Life Centre in downtown Winnipeg.



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Holiday Alley

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Santa Claus Parade

Zoo Lights Festival

November / Selkirk The holiday spirit comes to old downtown Selkirk as the lights twinkle above the streets filled with music, art and creativity. Enjoy and buy art and crafts, get a family photo with Santa outside and learn to dance in your boots in the snow.

November / Winnipeg This city’s annual holiday tradition features all your favourite floats. The parade takes place down Portage Avenue with various lights displays, colourful floats and music to usher in the holiday season.

December and January / Winnipeg This festive seasonal event features light displays with over one million lights and 26 different theme areas. View the lights from the comfort of your vehicle during this 2.5 kilometre drive-through event. canad-inns-winter-wonderland

December and January / Winnipeg Thousands of light installations bring Polar Town to life within Assiniboine Park Zoo. Nightly programming takes place at Town Hall, storytelling happens in the Village, magic shines in the Icy Forest, local vendors sell their wares at Market Square and Tundra Grill, and the Ice Bar offers festive fare.

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Visitor Information Centres

We can help you plan your visit! Make sure your first stop is at a Manitoba visitor information centre. Our friendly Travel Counsellors are happy to provide assistance and information to help you plan your trip or learn more about the amazing experiences Manitoba offers. Here’s how to connect with us: By phone: 204-927-7800 or toll-free 1-800-665-0040 By email: On the web: In-person: Our Visitor Information Centres in Emerson and at The Forks in Winnipeg are open and staffed year-round with friendly Travel Counsellors. Please visit our website for the location and hours at

Other visitor information centres operate throughout the province. Please check their websites for operating hours:

Russell Visitor Centre: 1-888-824-6484 (toll-free)

Tourism Winnipeg: 204-943-1970 or 1-855-734-2489 (toll-free)

Churchill Visitor Centre: 204-675-2022

Tourisme Riel, Winnipeg: 204-233-8343

Parks Canada Visitor Centre: 204-675-8863 (Churchill) or 204-927-7874 (The Forks, Winnipeg)

Boissevain Tourism Information Centre: 204-534-6662

Heritage North Museum, Thompson: 204-677-2216

Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon: 204-729-2141

Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre, Gimli: 204-642-4001

For more detailed information on travelling to and within Manitoba, please visit our website at



About Manitoba At the longitudinal centre of Canada Size: 649,950 sq km (250,000 sq mi) Population: 1.3 million Ecozones: Prairie, boreal plains, boreal shield, tundra and taiga and Hudson plains 100,000+ Lakes and Waterways 93 Provincial Parks and Park Reserves

Useful Information

Treaty Areas

Climate Manitoba boasts four distinct seasons thanks to its continental climate.

A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territories and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. Manitoba is located on the ancestral land of the Anishinaabeg, Anishininewuk, Dakota Oyate, Denesuline and Nehethowuk Nations and is the Homeland of the Red River Métis. Northern Manitoba includes lands that were and are the ancestral lands of the Inuit. To learn more about Treaty Areas and the communities that share in the benefits and obligations of these Treaties, visit

Average spring temperatures: +15°C (59° F) Average summer temperatures: +26°C (79° F) Average fall temperatures: +20°C (68° F) and as low as 0°C (32° F) Average winter temperatures: -12° C (10° F) 2,300 hours of sunlight annually Average annual precipitation: 497 mm (19.5 in)

Language Manitoba’s official languages are English and French. English is the most spoken language throughout the province and there are 17 bilingual municipalities. Many service providers in Winnipeg and throughout the province offer English and French services. Thanks to Manitoba’s rich diversity, many other languages are spoken including Arabic, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Filipino, German, Hebrew, Inuktitut, Japanese, Mandarin (Chinese), Michif, Ojibwe (Anishinaabemowin), Oji-Cree, Portuguese, Punjab, Spanish and Ukrainian.

4 Canadian Heritage Rivers 2 National Parks 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site Time Zone: Central Standard Time

winnipeg folk festival PHOTO: DAVID QUIRING

Taxes and Tipping Goods and services purchased in Manitoba are subject to a 7 per cent Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and a 5 per cent Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Many cities in the province also charge an accommodation tax. Tipping between 10 and 20 per cent is customary for services provided in Manitoba, including taxi drivers, tour guides, hotel staff and meal service. Gratuity is generally not included on the bill.

Liquor and Smoking Laws


Park Passes

The legal age for alcohol consumption is 18 years. Spirits, wine and beer are available at Manitoba Liquor Marts, private wine stores and hotel beer vendors. Open liquor must be transported in the trunk of a vehicle. Smoking or vaping cigarettes or cannabis is prohibited in all public places, including restaurants, bars, malls, sporting events, parks and beaches. In Parks Canada campgrounds, cannabis consumption is limited to campsites as they are considered temporary residences. Therefore, cannabis consumption will not be allowed in shared public spaces within campgrounds (i.e. kitchen shelters, washrooms, trails, roads or anywhere else outside a person’s campsite). Public cannabis consumption is not permitted in Riding Mountain National Park day use areas, trails, playgrounds or Parks Canada accommodations (oTENTiks, Yurt, microcube, Cairns Cabin).

In Winnipeg: Taxis and Winnipeg Transit service locations throughout the city. Local ridesharing apps include Uber, InstaRyde and ReRyde. Bus tours can be reserved in advance. Sunshine Transit and Go Orderly offer wheelchair accessible transportation services throughout Winnipeg.

Provincial Parks Manitoba Parks vehicle permits must be displayed year-round in provincial parks. Permits are available online at and most park campground offices. Fishing and hunting licences are also available for purchase online. Campgrounds and other accommodations in parks should be booked in advance by visiting Manitoba Parks’ online reservation system. Campsites can be booked over the phone.

Mobile coverage Wireless coverage is available in the majority of populated areas. Many establishments offer free Wi-Fi. Coverage is not guaranteed outside populated areas, and those planning backcountry treks should not rely on cellular access.

Outside Winnipeg: Charter services can be booked in advance. VIA Rail services a selection of communities by train ( Communities are serviced by bus with Kasper Transportation Services (, Thompson Bus (, Maple Bus Lines (, Rider Express (, and Mahihkan Bus Lines ( Scheduled air access is available to northern Manitoba destinations with Calm Air (, Perimeter Aviation (, Cranberry Air & Wilderness Outfitters (204-472-3088), Wings over Kississing ( or Gogal Air in Snow Lake (

Manitoba Parks Reservation Service 204-948-3333 1-888-482-2267 (toll-free) National Parks Passes for national parks in Manitoba are available at all Parks Canada locations or can be ordered online. If visiting Churchill, Parks Canada recommends that visitors use the services of a licensed commercial operator when travelling to Wapusk National Park in order to address the various safety risks. Check operating hours and visitor information with Parks Canada before you visit York Factory National Historic Site or Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. Search online at

Travel Information Stay informed and up-to-date on weather, road conditions and travel notices. Use our Trip Essentials to help you plan your trip before coming to Manitoba and check back for new updates during your travels in the province. Visit or scan the QR code.



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