There's nothing like a road trip to shake off the dust of the daily grind.
Hop in the car and go whichever way the wind blows - but do take a scenic route. You'll find plenty of them in Manitoba.
Steer your wheels east and follow the yellow and blue signs that tell you're on La Vérendrye Trail. With five travel corridors to choose from, you can spend days touring the towns and nature paths around Whiteshell Provincial Park. Cruise north to Rennie and Seven Sisters Falls before you circle back to the beaches on the east side of Lake Winnipeg.
Along the west side of the lake, follow Hwy. 9 north as it winds along the shore to Gimli, with a stop at Winnipeg Beach to stretch your legs on the boardwalk. Continue north on Hwy. 8 to Hecla Island and Arborg, where you can follow PTH 68 west to Lake Manitoba and drive across the bridge spanning the lake at The Narrows. Stop to enjoy the view and beaches, then carry on west toward Dauphin, skirting the southern edge of Rainbow Beach Provincial Park, or double back to Hwy. 6 and strike out for points north.
In southeast Manitoba, a serene cruise south on Hwy. 59 will take you to the French villages of St. Pierre Jolys and St. Malo. Or follow the patchwork of rural roads through the Pembina Valley before heading up to Portage la Prairie. Carry on a little farther north and you'll be at Delta Marsh at the south end of Lake Manitoba. Or head west toward Spirit Sands, Riding Mountain National Park or the Yellowhead Highway.
Whatever direction you choose, all signposts point to free-wheeling freedom.