Here are ten ways you can explore Manitoba April 25 to May 1.
A visit to Manitoba means travelling through Treaty 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Territory and through communities who are signatories to Treaties 6 and 10. It encompasses the original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Anish-Ininiwak, Dakota, Dene, Ininiwak and Nehethowuk and the homeland of the Métis. To learn more about Manitoba's Treaty areas, click here.
This week, explore Manitoba through performance arts, architectural scavenger hunts, invigorating hikes and intimate outdoor concerts. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba.
1. Admire the architecture of the Exchange District
Bijou Park, Winnipeg April 30 | 1 p.m.
Solve clues to learn the stories behind some of Winnipeg’s iconic buildings on the Hidden Winnipeg architectural scavenger hunt. Starting at Bijou Park in the Exchange District, this scavenger hunt will open your eyes to the architectural wonders of the city’s downtown.
Enjoy an intimate outdoor concert while surrounded by nature at FortWhyte Alive. This week the Moonlit Melodies concert will be played by The Sturgeons with guest Madeline Morin. Purchase a ticket in advance to reserve your seat.
3. Head to the Great Outdoors Expo
Lac du Bonnet April 30 and May 1
The Great Outdoors Expo will feature everything that outdoors people could dream of. From building a beautiful backyard oasis to finding the best outdoor equipment and showcasing outdoor activities and adventures, and a line up of speakers & presentations.
4. Tour and taste at the Fairmont
Fairmont, Winnipeg On until May 2
Sip delicious cocktails while seeing stunning costumes during the Fairmont Winnipeg’s Costumes & Cocktails event. This is an interactive, self-guided tour of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Retrospective Costume Exhibition showcasing costumes from some of their most widely-toured and beloved productions in the lobby of the hotel. Enjoy a perfectly paired classic cocktail from The Lounge at Fairmont while you admire the costumes.
5. Hike to Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls, south of Thompson
Pisew Falls Provincial Park is a must-see on any visit to the north. Located 50 minutes south of Thompson, Pisew Falls can be taken in from the vantage point of two boardwalks that overlook the falls.
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, Winnipeg April 29 to May 1
See novelist Gabrielle Roy’s memories come to life on stage this week in the play La détresse et l’enchantement. Hosted by Theatre Cercle Moliere, the show takes inspiration from Gabrielle Roy’s autobiography to create an intimate and emotional retelling of her life.
Grab your bike and hit the trails in Dauphin. The Northgate trail system is 26 km of multi-use trails for mountain biking, hiking and running. For mountain bikers, the trails feature technical challenges and paths that range from green circle (easy) to double black diamond (extremely difficult)
The largest population of Icelanders outside of Iceland is here in Manitoba. Learn the history of how the Icelanders came to Manitoba and why they left Iceland to come to a new country. Visit the New Iceland Heritage Museum to learn all about it and explore the surrounding community of Gimli, the heart of New Iceland.
10. Experience the magic of Magnet Hill
Head out on Provincial Road no 487 and look for the signs to Magnet Hill. Once there, place your car at the bottom of the dip and put it in neutral and it will seem like your car is being dragged back uphill. Magic? Actually, it's just a clever optical illusion that makes it seem like you're going uphill in reverse, but be prepared to be fooled.
About The Author
Hi! I'm Kit, a Franco-Manitobaine from the Interlake and a champion of the phrase "there's no place like home." If you see me out exploring the province, say hi! Or reach out at email@example.com.