Celebrate our amazing country on Canada Day, catch BIG cats on the red, or step back in time to the 19th century fur trade at Lower Fort Garry -- that's just a taste of the fun you can have this weekend in Manitoba.

Canada Day celebrations

Jul 1 | Various locations

With glowing hearts, from far and wide, let's all celebrate Canada's birthday with a happy bang! Here's our list of some of the fun events happening around the province on July 1st.

Gone fishin'

The Red River

Whether the channel catfish is the ugliest fish to inhabit Manitoba waters is certainly a topic of debate. What isn’t up for discussion is their ability to deliver fantastic fishing action, no matter if they are big or small. You can catch these toothless fighters in lots of places in Manitoba, but if there’s one place that offers increased odds, it’s near Lockport on the Red River.

Lower Fort Garry

Open daily | Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada

Step back in time to the 19th century fur trade at the oldest stone fur trading post still intact in North America at Lower Fort Garry. Costumed interpreters will take you back to the mid-1800s as they re-enact events of the early days of this Hudson's Bay Company post.

Trout Festival

Jun 27 to Jul 1 | Flin Flon

Make your way up to Flin Flon for a fun weekend of fun at the Trout Festival! There will be a fishing derby, fish fry, family dance, battle of the bands, canoe races, amusement rides, Canada Day celebrations, duck races and so much more.

Explore Riding Mountain

Riding Mountain National Park

Ready for a great escape? This 3,000-square-kilometre paradise is a nature-lover's dream. Bike, hike or saddle up for a trail ride and take in glorious views from the hills of the Manitoba Escarpment, trip through boreal forests and camp out in the deep woods, where wolves and coyotes will serenade you on moonlit nights.

Summer Entertainment Series

Jun to Aug | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

Here comes another fantastic summer of musical acts, movies and art exhibitions at the Assiniboine Park! From June through August, enjoy these FREE events with the company of your friends and family at Winnipeg’s favourite gathering place.

This Friday, the WSO will be playing on the Lyric stage.

Dauphin Agricultural Society Fair

Jun 26 to 28 | Dauphin Fair Grounds, Dauphin

Take a road trip to the Parkland for a weekend of family fun at the Dauphin Agricultural Fair! There will be cattle and horse shows, midway, animal farm, parade, demolition derby and lots more.

Pride North of 55

Jun 28 | MacLean Park, Thompson

Join in to celebrate our diversity at the PRIDE North of 55! This is Northern Manitoba's first ever PRIDE celebration!

The Manitoba Museum

Open daily | The Manitoba Museum

When the summer heat becomes too much, cool off with a day exploring and learning at The Manitoba Museum! The planetarium and science and museum galleries has something for everyone.

Spirit Sands

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Explore sand dunes up to 30 metres high in the unique Spirit Sands. The desert is said to be close to the Kiche Manitou -- the great spirit -- in Aboriginal lore. Follow a self-guided trail to the oasis known as the Devil's Punch Bowl.

The Comedy of Errors from Shakespeare in the Ruins

Jun 4 to 28 | Trappist Monastery, St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park

Everyone is seeing double in the legendary town of Epheseus this June at The Comedy of Errors! Enjoy one of the Bard’s most farcical comedies of slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. And who doesn't like puns?!

Go on a wilderness river adventure

Jun to Sep | Nelson River Adventures, Gillam

Be surrounded by wildlife and history as you travel the Nelson River and its tributaries. These river tours offer you firsthand glimpses of our Manitoba history with a breathtaking backdrop of wildlife, tundra horizons and boreal forest canopies.

Farmers' markets

Various locations around the province

Feast on freshly produced goodies at your local farmers' market! This is the perfect time for you to shop for locally-produced foods and discover the real great tastes of Manitoba. Yum! Here's a list of markets province-wide and Winnipeg-specific.

Have a great weekend everyone!