6 Places to Learn Something New This November in Manitoba

Posted November 06, 2023

November is an in-between month that is often unpredictable. Fall might be lingering, or perhaps winter has already begun.

And while some travellers head up to Churchill for the height of polar bear season; those types of trips require plans made well in advance. For those looking for activities to while away the month, here are six easy day trips you can embark on this November in Manitoba. You might even learn something new along the way!

Sport History in Morden

Many know Morden for the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre; home of the world's largest publicly displayed mosasaur. But did you know that the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame is situated in the same building? This is a great outing for the sports lover in your life, who will delight at seeing memorabilia that celebrates the history of baseball in Manitoba.

While in Morden, grab a bite to eat from one of the town's many restaurants and eateries including Ralph's German Restaurant & Cafe, Restaurante Dos Banderas or King's Deli Market & Eatery.

Park Bites and Sights

If a late fall trip to Riding Mountain National Park is on your radar; opt to enter the park from the east side. You'll have the opportunity to stop into Kelwood Barn, which holds a general store with local goods as well as a fantastic restaurant called The Farmers Daughter, open 10 am to 7 pm from Tuesday to Saturday.

Entering from the east also means you'll pass through the historic East Gate, which stands proud as the last remaining early 1930s-style National Park gate. Learn about the history of the park with interpretive signage and take in the scenic views from the nearby trails.

Remember and Reflect

As November 11 marks Remembrance Day in Canada, it's the ideal time to make the trip to the Royal Canadian Artillery Museum in Shilo, Manitoba. The museum tells the history of the more than 200,000 Gunners who selflessly served Canada, giving you the opportunity to learn and reflect on our role in war. The museum hosts a ceremony on Remembrance Day each year to honour the sacrifices of the men and women who served. The city of Brandon is nearby and offers a huge variety of options for lunch or dinner.

A Trail to Discover

The beautiful Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail is located just off Highway 59 in a sacred area that has been used by the Ojibway people for over 300 years. The trail has a boardwalk installed all the way through with the opportunity to follow along with interpretive signs on a self-guided tour teaching you about the land, the history, and the Indigenous culture and principles engrained in the sacred area. While the gate is closed for the season, visitors are still welcome to park outside the gate and experience the trail.

New Iceland Tales and Ales

Gimli's rich history is central to its identity, and for insight into the community, one need look no further than the New Iceland Heritage Museum. Open year-round at the Waterfront Centre, the museum displays a compelling array of artifacts, vibrant murals, and engaging multimedia exhibits. Gain a deep appreciation of how a wave of Icelanders, seeking refuge from economic hardship, established themselves in the region with the invaluable assistance of local Indigenous groups.

While in Gimli, stop into the brand new Interlake Brewing Co., for a refreshing ale and a bite to eat.

Travel Down River Road

Travel north from Winnipeg on the picturesque, winding River Road. Enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Red River, charming 19th-century architecture, and some of the province's most exquisite residences. You'll pass St. Andrew's Rectory and Church, the grounds of which are accessible year-round and host to a number of events, programs and workshops.

Continue your tour of historic buildings past Hay House, one of only a handful of stone houses left from the Red River Settlement era. Discover more sites with the self-guided driving tour of the Red River.

Plan your visit from November 16 to 19 and stop into the nearby city of Selkirk for the always dazzling Holiday Alley.