Winters in Manitoba are bright, crisp, and filled with adventure!
Drive time: various
Not surprisingly, the wide open prairies provide a perfect playground for sledders, with more than 50 different clubsand nearly 13,000 kilometres of groomed trails in Manitoba. Discover why the Lac du Bonnet area received a gold medal from SnoRiders West Magazine, or check out Seven Sisters, Pinawa or Pine Falls before heading further north to Grand Beach Provincial Park. Or experience the vastness of Lake Winnipeg with a trip from Grand Marais to Gimli on the opposite shore. Trails in the Whiteshell are popular, and some of the best in Canada. Make sure to stop for lunch along the way - restaurants in these communities are ready to welcome snowmobilers with hearty soups and sandwiches and hot cup of coffee.
Drive time: 20 minutes to 4 hours
Don't be fooled by Manitoba's status as a prairie province - if you're looking for a downhill day trip, Manitoba delivers. There are six hills within easy driving range from Winnipeg - reach the half pipe at Spring Hill Winter Park in about 20 minutes and the terrain park at Stony Mountain Ski Area in 40. Venture a bit farther and find 11 runs atHoliday Mountain, five runs and snow tubing at Falcon Ridge Ski & Recreation Area, and nine runs at Minnedosa's Ski Valley, all reachable in about 2.5 hours or less. Manitoba's largest ski resort, Asesseppi Ski Area, is four hours from Winnipeg. It has 25 runs, some as long as 700 metres, three aerial lifts, and two freestyle terrain parks.
Drive time: various
For some, winter means hibernation. But not in Manitoba. With every winter weekend there is another festival and event taking place, offering lots of chances to play in the snow. How about joining racers from around the world to cycle or run 130 km over Manitoba's frozen landscape? Actif Epica takes place in February on a course that runs from St. Malo to Winnipeg, with communities along the way celebrating the joys of winter during Co-Actif events. Métis and French culture are shared and celebrated with joie de vivre at the Festival des amis in St. Malo Provincial Park. Take in the culinary experiences, regional cultural entertainment and a whole slate of winter family activities during the Louis Riel long weekend in February. Carman's Blizzard Fest features dog sled rides, jam pail curling, while the Gimli Ice Festival puts its party on ice with ice car racing, a frozen fish toss and kids' ice fishing.