Unpack the sensible footwear - once you start exploring Brandon, you won't want to stop.
Manitoba's second-largest city is a bit like an iceberg. You can't miss the amenities straddling the Trans-Canada Highway, but there's so much more beneath the surface.
Meander through downtown and admire a charming collection of historic buildings, some of which house shops and cafés that offer enticing culinary fare, vintage fashions, art and gifts. Daly House Museum, in the imposing home built in 1882 for Brandon's first mayor, has a replica general store, research centre and Victorian garden.
Keep an eye out for an urban nest of Peregrine falcons and head to the Assiniboine Riverbank Discovery Trail to spot Canada geese, green-winged teals and wood ducks - you might just come across a beaver, muskrat or turtle.
Serious birdwatchers will want to head east of Brandon to Douglas Marsh to seek out rare yellow rails. While you're in the neighbourhood, cruise the Westman Reptile Gardens and pay a visit to the RCA Museum, Canada's Artillery Museum. The award-winning attraction at Canadian Forces Base Shilo has a large outdoor collection of artillery pieces and five indoor galleries that have displayed everything from vintage weapons to art to a ball gown once worn by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum at Brandon's municipal airport recalls the history of 14 Manitoba air bases where air crews and more than 50,000 pilots trained during the Second World War. The museum is actually housed in one of the original hangars and contains thousands of artifacts as well as original aircraft.
Known as Manitoba's Wheat City, Brandon hosts three livestock and agricultural fairs each year, along with winter fine arts and cultural festivals and the summer Folk, Music and Art Festival.
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Spring is a perfect time to discover all the reasons that "You Belong in Brandon"! Get out and enjoy the season by taking in one of many of our bike/hiking trails, or by going to the Riverbank Discovery Centre and seeing all that nature has to offer. If you're more interested in staying inside, take in one of our many ethnic restaurants or dive into our history at one of our many museums. The 1st Annual Murderball Classic will be held May 14th & 15th! Five teams of wheelchair rugby's top athletes from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will converge on the Brandon University Healthy Living Centre to compete in this action-packed sport event. Participants and spectators alike are in for a truly exhilarating experience at the Murderball Classic! Starting to plan your summer vacation? Come out to the Manitoba Summer Fair June 8-12 at the Keystone Centre! This event has been around for over 130 years and continues to attract thousands of visitors each year! With a tradeshow, tons of delicious fair food and a midway full of thrilling rides, be sure not to miss this fun and family friendly event! You can experience all of that and more as you discover all the reasons why "You Belong in Brandon"! Web: www.brandontourism.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. more