10 things to do in Manitoba: May 15 to 21

Posted May 12, 2023 | Author Desiree Rantala

It's time to see more of Manitoba and May is no exception! Stop by to sssssssseeee the world famous red-sided garter snakes of Narcisse, make your way to the Manito Ahbee festival to learn about Indigenous culture, reminisce in the nostalgia of a used book store, and go to a Goldeye's Game. All because, why not? Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba!

1. BYOB - Bring your own binoculars

Riverbank Discovery Centre | Brandon
May 18

Get ready to BYOB - Bring Your Own Binoculars! Head on over to the Riverbank Discovery Centre for their upcoming Bird Walk Tour. This site plays host to many different species of birds. The bird walk will be led by a local experienced birder, and give participants the chance to see these birds and learn more about them. This program is open to those of all skill levels, from beginners to advanced bird watchers. If you are interested in getting started in birdwatching, this is a great opportunity to begin! If you are interested in joining please register online.

2. ssssseee snakes at the Narcisse dens

Narcisse Wildlife Management Area

Thinking of a trip to see the world famous red-sided garter snakes of Narcisse? It's about a one hour drive north from Winnipeg to the Narcisse Snake Dens. Sunny days are always best for snake viewing. There's a large gravel parking lot and the trails throughout the site are well-packed crushed limestone. Snake activity updates can be found here! Washrooms are available, but primitive (outhouses / privies). Bring your own food and drink, or you can stop in one of our small town eateries along the way.

3. pedal pinawa unplugged


Explore Pinawa a different way - by bicycle! Opt in for a 2 hour self guided e-bike adventure. This self guided tour will take you on a sight seeing treasure hunt. Bike a loop of Pinawa that showcases all the sights that make Pinawa a hidden gem in the boreal forest. The self guided tour will direct you to the sundial, reflection benchmark project, diversion dam, suspension bridge and a spectacular view point over looking the Pinawa Channel!

4. be a conservation superstar

Assiniboine Park | Winnipeg
May 20 - Sept 14

Start your journey to becoming a conservation superstar! Opening May 20 at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Wildlife Rescue: Miracles in Conservation is an eye-opening, interactive, animal experience that’s fun for the whole family. The Zoo is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wildlife Rescue is included with regular admission!

5. make your way to the manito ahbee festival

Manito Ahbee Festival | Red River Exhibition | Winnipeg
May 19-22

The Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates the best of Indigenous arts, culture, music and sport in Winnipeg Manitoba. This year's lineup includes NextGEN, the Red Road Runway, our signature powwow, Indigenous Marketplace and Food, Ignite Our Spirit Performance Stage, Jig n Jam, and Indian Horse Relay racing May 18-22, 2023

6. visit a used bookstore

Poor Michael's Emporium, Onanole

Thyme Books, Winnipeg

Whodunit Bookstore, Winnipeg

Various Locations

If you’re a collector of old books (or if you know one), there’s a real thrill to combing through the shelves of a used bookstore or book sale; searching through old romance novels and movie tie-ins to find that one book you’ve always wanted to read, but just haven’t had the time to. Even if you’re not a collector, you might need a new page-turner for your summer vacation, or maybe you just want to populate that empty shelf at home! Whatever your fancy, here are some places you can find used books in Manitoba!

7. Play trail bingo

Rosie Mayne Nochemek Trail | The Pas OCN

This self-guided interpretive trail located in The Pas OCN, is ready to welcome you with a little bit of fun. Nearby marshes and the @rosie.mayne.nochemek.trail are buzzing with life as birds return, tadpoles and frogs hop around, and vibrant plants are blooming! To enhance your exploration, don't miss out on this awesome BINGO card! It's a fantastic way to add an extra element of fun to your adventure. You can easily download the PDF version from their website.

8. Leap on over to lilac resort

Lilac Resort

Get outside and enjoy your first big camping weekend of the year. A Tiki Juice Bar, hot tubs, live bands, play structures and fishing pond... what more could you ask for? Round up the family and head to Lilac Resort this season for old fashioned family fun with modern luxuries!

9. forage to make your own tea

RM of Lac du Bonnet
May 20

How amazing would it be to be able to know what exactly is growing in your backyard and what it might be good for. Join Erica Lindell for a session on foraging and DIY tea making! How cool is that? Learn more on their website.

10. Go to a goldeye's game

Shaw Park, Winnipeg

Winnipeg Goldeye's | Shaw Park | Winnipeg
May 19-21

It's more than just a game when you watch the Goldeye's play at Shaw Park on opening weekend. It's a family-friendly experience! Try great food and beverage options, like Craft Beer Corner! Play contests, win fun prizes, enjoy some laughs, take selfies, and enjoy post-game fireworks on May 19! #LetsGoGoldeyes

About The Author

Hey there, I'm Desiree! I've lived in Manitoba my whole life. I love a great slice of pizza, photography and exploring our beautiful province. I'm passionate about storytelling. Have an idea for adventure? Let me know! drantala@travelmanitoba.com

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