10 must-dos to add to your summer explorer checklist

Posted June 02, 2022 | Author Breanne Sewards

Here in Manitoba, every summer weekend is dedicated to the pursuit of adventure and fun.

From garden tours and small town drive-ins to waterparks and museums, these activities will keep you busy all summer long.

1 - Venture into the wilds

We're starting this list off in a big way with Churchill Wild. Unforgettable and tremendously difficult to put into words, this life-changing summer adventure will take you into the wilderness of northern Manitoba to view some of our most extraordinary wildlife. There are four summer safaris to choose from in 2022: Summer Dual Lodge Safari | Birds, Bears and Belugas | Hudson Bay Odyssey | Arctic Discovery.

Each one of these once-in-a-lifetime safaris focuses on ethical wildlife viewing of beluga whales and polar bears, with the opportunity to stay in an authentic, fly-in wilderness lodge where you'll be wined and dined with some of the best cuisine you'll ever taste.

Learn more about Churchill Wild here!

2 - Explore the town of Souris

No matter where you're headed this summer, be sure to stop into some of Manitoba's small towns along the way - or, make a small town your destination! The Town of Souris is a welcoming community with plenty to explore.

Cross Canada's longest swinging pedestrian bridge before exploring places to shop and eat. Visit the famous Rock Shop, where you can choose between a variety of polished stones - or find them yourself by obtaining a permit into the Agate Pit. Then, stop into local favourites like the Woodfire Deli, Minary Bakery and The Dairy Bar for a bite to eat. After a wander through the beautiful Victoria Park, head to the dock to find River Rat Rentals, where you can rent canoes, kayaks, SUPs, paddleboats and more!

For families, the Souris Pool is a popular spot for spending a hot summer day, with four slides, a lazy river and easy, beach-like entry.

3 - Get active at Lasertopia

Summer fun isn't limited to outdoor activities - sometimes, air conditioning is nice too. Round up your family and head to Lasertopia to spend the day with laser tag, arcade games, mini bowling and the Lazer Frenzy laser maze challenge.

4 - Splash the day away in Reston

Located within the RM of Pipestone, Reston is a fun summer getaway for families. Plan to stay overnight at the Reston Lake & Campground and explore the area which includes a spray park with a waterslide and a nine-hole golf course. The beach is the perfect spot to spend a hot summer's day, with a clubhouse that offers snacks, meals and ice cream.

5 - Go back in time at the Mennonite Heritage Museum

Feel immersed in Manitoba's pioneer history at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. Explore the buildings of the turn-of-the-20th century street village and see Canada’s only wind-operational windmill, which produces flour used in the fantastic Livery Barn Restaurant. Head to the museum from July 30 to August 1 for Pioneer Days, where you can relive the area’s Mennonite heritage through pioneer activities, steam-powered threshing, music and more.

6 - Stop and smell the roses on a Garden Tour

The annual Garden and Art Tour has returned to Red River North, July 17, 2022 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm! Venture through the areas of St. Andrews, St. Clements and Selkirk and tour beautiful gardens and the artwork found along the way. Works from regional artists will be tucked among the garden beds, flowers and trees, plus displayed in pop-up galleries throughout the region. Pick up tips and tricks from fellow gardeners, shop the Makers Market and more!

7 - Dive into a tropical paradise

If waterslides, pools, tropical tiki drinks and live entertainment sounds like something right up your family's alley, Lilac Resort is sure to become an annual tradition. The popular campground fills up fast, but there are day passes available that gets you access to all of the resort's facilities, with options for poolside gazebo, tent and BBQ rentals.

8 - Cool off in Central Manitoba

Central Manitoba is a vast region which encompasses towns and cities such as Altona, Morden, Winkler and Portage la Prairie - all of which make for excellent day or weekend trips during the summer. Stay cool and center your trip around water destinations like the Treherne Aquatic Centre, Splash Island Waterpark in Portage la Prairie, the Winkler Aquatic Centre and Splish Splash Waterpark in Morden.

9 - Stay under the stars at a private campground

If you have fond memories of camping with your family weekend after weekend in the summer, it's time to bring back the tradition. While provincial park campgrounds tend to fill up fast, there are many options available in Manitoba's private campgrounds. These lesser known properties often offer attractive, family-friendly amenities like pools, kids programming and more of a community-focused atmosphere.

10 - Watch a flick at the drive-in

Head to the small town of Killarney after the July long weekend and you'll have the opportunity to watch a movie the old school way - at the drive-in! The Shamrock Drive-in theatre offers 99.3 FM sound and a concession with popcorn, nachos, candy bars and more. Stay tuned for the 2022 lineup.

About The Author

Hey! I'm Breanne, Editorial Content Specialist for Travel Manitoba. First to jump in the lake and last to make it down the River Trail. Lover of croissants, cats, and croissant-shaped cats. Got a story idea? Email me at bsewards@travelmanitoba.com.

Editorial Content Specialist