10 things to do in Manitoba: May 16 to 22

Posted May 13, 2022 | Author Kit Muir

Here are ten ways you can explore Manitoba May 16 to 22.

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.

The May long weekend marks the return of a lot of summer fun in Manitoba. From seasonal museums opening their doors to drive-ins serving up tasty roadside treats to the start of the camping season, there's so much to do as summer begins. Here are 10 things to help you explore the province this week.

1. Let your imagination soar

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, Winnipeg
Opening May 21

Rediscover the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, opening May 21. Learn the stories behind Canada's rich aviation history in their brand-new building at the Winnipeg Airport. Explore immersive exhibits, a boutique giftshop, play area, and more.

2. Learn about endangered species

Snow leopard
Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
May 20 to 23

This weekend the Assiniboine Park Zoo celebrates the endangered species in their care with special activities, Zoo Chats, and more! Learn about the zoo's conservation efforts, and help them raise funds for the Snow Leopard Trust which works to protect these beautiful, endangered cats and their habitats.

3. Feast on poutine

Various restaurants in Morden and Winkler
May 16 to 21

Over the next week, visit participating restaurants in Morden and Winkler to try their exclusive Poutine Week creations. At the end of the week, Explore Morden Winkler will crown the poutine with the most votes as the official 2022 EMW Poutine! Choose your favourite dish and remember to vote with your stomach.

4. Camp all May long

May 20 to 23

The May Long Weekend is Manitoba's unofficial kick-off to the camping season. It's been a long winter and rain, snow or shine it's time to gather and experience the rejuvenating power of the outdoors. Dust off the RV, pack up your camping gear, and reserve your campsite or rental cabin today! See some great camping options on the Manitoba Association of Campgrounds & Parks website.

5. Experience a historic aviation event

Gimli Glider Exhibit, Gimli

Gather your friends & family and visit the Gimli Glider Exhibit. Besides the ever-popular simulator that allows visitors to see how they might react during this harrowing aviation event, the exhibit has two new features. Take a tour using bilingual audio wands and listen at the reading station featuring Capt Pearson's memorabilia.

6. Relax at Lilac Resort

Lilac Resort, Ste. Anne
May 20 to 22

Shake off the winter blues and get outdoors with family and friends this May Long at Lilac Resort. Enjoy the Tiki Bar and access to hot tubs, live entertainment, play structures, sports courts and catch and release fishing. Just 20 minutes east of Winnipeg. Reserve your camping site or cabin rental today! *Water Park opening June 3rd.

7. Laugh out loud at a live show

Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
May 4 to 22

Laugh out loud at the creative musical talent of the comedy group Outside Joke. This month, they take on the challenging task of live improvising an entire musical, making a whole new show during every performance. Go once, go twice, or go every night for new laughs each time.

8. Visit the bison at Lake Audy

Watching bison roam peacefully across the plains against the backdrop of the setting sun is a quintessential Manitoban scene. See the herd of nearly 40 bison that make their home in the Lake Audy Bison Enclosure in Riding Mountain National Park. Remember to always stay in your car and of course take plenty of photos.

9. Take a mini road trip

Take a drive to explore the incredible natural beauty, roadside attractions and delicious dining options around Manitoba. Start by choosing the area of the province you want to explore then check out this blog post for bakery stops along the way and this blog post for incredible drive-ins where you can grab a bite on route, all outside of Winnipeg.

10. Go to an art exhibit

Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg
Until May 21

This month, Urban Shaman Gallery welcomes the mixed-media arts of Joe Lanceley into their exhibition space. The exhibit A Path to the Tipi Between Stars and Time is inspired by Joe’s journeys in life, the paths he’s travelled and the cycles he’s seen. There will also be a virtual version of the gallery available to view shortly on Urban Shaman’s website.

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 kmuir@travelmanitoba.com.

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