City of Morden
Folks are friendly as they come in the Pembina Valley, but Morden's most famous resident is an absolute brute - a 43-foot marine reptile named Bruce, who resides at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. With its vast collection of fossils, the centre is a perfect spot to soak up the area's ancient history as part of a vast sea that stretched from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico.
Climb the hills and steep embankments of the Manitoba Escarpment, carved out by receding glaciers. Take a wild zipline over ravines, go water-skiing on Lake Minnewasta at the western edge of the city, or just relax and enjoy a little fishing and camping. The four-season lake recreation area is ideal for swimming and sailing in summer, or cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice-fishing in winter.
Nearby, the escarpment adds a challenging element to the city's scenic 18-hole golf course, where even non-golfing visitors can enjoy a stroll along a creek and walking trail before tucking into a hearty dinner at the clubhouse.
Stop to smell the roses and chances are they'll be locally bred varieties. Flowers, tomatoes, grains and the Morden Festival apple tree - which ripens in time for the Morden Corn and Apple festival each August - signify a deep horticultural heritage that's now rooted at the Morden Research Station.
Growing at a rapid clip, the multicultural city of 7,800 is home to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, where you can learn about Manitoba women who played in the All American Girls Baseball league during the Second World War, and the Pembina Hills Art Gallery & Gift Shop, where you can browse for one-of-a-kind works by local artists and artisans.