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10 things to do in Manitoba: July 12 to 18

Posted July 09, 2021 | Author Kit Muir

We continue to stay safe and physical distance in 2021. Here are ways you can explore Manitoba safely both outdoors and at home.

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 in Manitoba you can enjoy the great outdoors with a cycling trip through the Pembina Valley, a golf game in the Interlake or a drive-in movie with Gimli Film Festival. If you're staying in instead, take a virtual tour of Dalnavert Museum, watch a Fringe show and listen to Inuit stories. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Play your way through the Interlake

Greens of a golf course with two sand pits and trees at the far end.
Interlake Tourism Association

Although many golfers may prefer quality over quantity, the Interlake offers golfers both challenges and excitement in its many courses! Here are a few Interlake golf courses to challenge you this summer. Can you hit them all?

2. Explore Dalnavert Museum from home

A Victorian-style bedroom in Dalnavert museum. Wooden bed, chair and matching dresser with Victorian lace dresses on display
Dalnavert Museum


Take a virtual tour of Dalnavert Museum, a 125 year old Victorian mansion in the heart of Downtown Winnipeg. Curate your own tour and get up close and personal with 19th century artifacts usually only seen from behind the ropes.

3. Catch a flick with the Gimli Film Festival

Online and in Gimli
July 12 to 25

The annual Gimli Film Festival is offering a brand new experience this summer! To accommodate provincial gathering restrictions, the festival invites attendees to roll up to a drive-in theatre experience. Buy a ticket online to reserve your spot for one of the six drive-in screenings. If you can’t make the drive, there is even more to watch from the comfort of your home with over 60 films to stream online during the festival.

4. Walk through the new gardens in Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

The newest addition to Assiniboine Park – the Gardens at The Leaf – are now open to the public. The nearly 30-acre space is free to explore and houses six distinct areas including the Indigenous Peoples Garden, the Kitchen Garden and the Seasonal Garden. Take a stroll through the space now and come back later to see how it changes with the seasons. You can also watch the half hour video that tells the story of the creation and vision for this green space.

5. Enjoy the wild and wacky with Winnipeg Fringe Festival

July 12 to 17

The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival takes over the online stage this week with a wide variety of entertainment for all ages. Watch live poetry slams, short plays and musical performances on their YouTube and Facebook for free throughout the week. There are also 17 full-length shows with ranging ticket prices that can be streamed online.

6. Breath in the outdoors in the Brandon Hills

Two people and their dog walk across a short footbridge on a walk through the forest in Brandon Hills.

Just south of Brandon, the Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area is a summer playground for hikers, bikers, dog walkers and birdwatchers. There are multiple loops ranging from 2 to 7.5 kms throughout the 722 hectare area. Let these trails take you over rolling hills and through the tall grass prairies, low-lying marshes and aspen and oak forests that make the area so beautiful.

7. Listen to Inuit stories

The outside of Qaumajuq, part of the Winnipeg Art gallery
Tyler Walsh/Tourism Winnipeg

July 17 | 10 a.m.

Though the WAG-Qaumajuq may be closed to in-person visits at the moment, the opportunity to experience parts of INUA is still available. Qaumajuq’s inaugural exhibit has a series of virtual events so you can learn and be part of the exhibit from nearly anywhere. This week author Michael Kusugak will share Inuit stories for children (and adults) of all ages.

8. Cycle through the Pembina Valley

A bike lies in the grass on a cycling trail
Explore Morden Winkler
A cyclist on a rough dirt trail in a forest
Explore Morden Winkler

Bike in the scenic Pembina Valley for incredible views along cycling trails for all ages. The 16 kilometre Lake Minnewasta Recreational Trail is great for avid mountain bikers. It also connects to the Great Trail which uses dirt and gravel roads and single-use bike trails to guide cyclists through the beautiful oak forests and prairie fields in the area.

9. Take a road trip for the food

Summer is here which means drive-ins across Manitoba have opened their windows and are slinging your favourite road trip foods and ice cream treats. Hit the road and grab a bite to eat from one of these 50 drive-ins outside of Winnipeg. (Check opening hours before you go.

10. Visit one of Manitoba’s waterfalls

Mist rising over Pisew Falls at sunset.

Manitoba is home to many stunning waterfalls. Learn more about Manitoba’s great waterfalls on our YouTube channel as part of the 7 Wonders of Manitoba video series. Admire their beauty and plan a day trip of your own when the time is right.

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

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