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46 drive ins you must visit this summer that are not in Winnipeg

Summer is meant for adventure, and sometimes that adventure is as simple as heading out on the highway in search of some amazing drive in food. How many of these drive in (and drive-in-esque) establishments can you visit this year? Get the list
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Mind-blowing moments from my Churchill summer safari

“Welcome to Churchill. Either you’ll get it, and I won’t have to explain it to you. Or you don’t get it, and I’m not going to bother explaining it to you.” Our Lazy Bear Expeditions guide Jason – a goateed, sun/wind-kissed wildlife photographer – is an...

20 photos that prove Manitoba lake life is the best life

I don’t care about how much of a city slicker you are, when summer hits, we all itch to get out to the lake – any lake! Manitoba’s 5 degrees of cabin separation means that most of us get out at least once during the summer, while others move into their...

9 terms to help you get your Viking on at the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba

Once you have the pronunciation of Islendingadagurinn down pat, it’s time to start studying other terms that might come in handy at the 2018 Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, taking place from August 3 to 6 in Gimli, Manitoba. From Viking villages to sweet...

Magical yurt weekend at Journey Home Artist Retreat

If you find yourself driving through the tiny town of Waldersee, Manitoba, the last thing you might expect to stumble upon are two traditional Mongolian yurts, nestled alongside an idyllic creek at the end of a long road.

Scouting for UFOs in Falcon Lake, Manitoba

Do you believe in the unexplained?The story of Stephen Michalak and the ‘Falcon Lake Encounter’ is one that will certainly leave you questioning the universe around you. It remains one of the most credible and well-documented cases in the world of a UFO...

Sink your hook into one of Manitoba’s top 5 fish species

Manitobans are a bunch of diehard, outdoorsy folks. No question about that. Whether it’s minus 40 or plus 15, you don’t have to look too far, too hard, or too long to find a Manitoban searching for the next great outdoor adventure.

Uncovering the gems of Manitoba’s Provincial Parks

Manitoba has a whopping 90 provincial parks. That’s a lot of land and lake to cover.

10 Manitoba diners and drive-ins that Archie and the gang would totally love

Whether you’re a new fan of Riverdale or a long-time Archie comic fan, infusing modern life with retro aesthetic is all the rage right now.

Snuggle into a strange structure in Manitoba’s Parkland

These structures may be strange to some, but they are right at home here in Manitoba.

Finding your way to winter zen

While the Spring Equinox may be just around the corner, if the recent drop in temperature is any indication, winter has not yet had its final say. And so, this presents us with a few more opportunities for a go-around with the season that brings us such...

Look up: Manitoba’s biggest, boldest skies

From stormy horizons of heavy clouds and hopeful rainbows to the colourful ribbons of the Aurora Borealis; sky-gazing takes on a new meaning in Manitoba.

The spirit of the voyageur is alive and well at Festival du Voyageur

The spirit of the voyageur endures at Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Here are 8 ways to tap into your inner voyageur at this Western Canada's largest winter festival…

A new side of an old family friend: Riding Mountain National Park in winter

I’m guilty of avoiding winter, especially since my kids are young and getting them outdoors can be a lot of work. I know the season can be magical, but rarely do I take time to discover it.

Riding Mountain Romance

Riding Mountain National Park will always hold a special place in my heart. It was where my husband Matthew proposed to me on bended knee in front of a campfire almost 10 years ago. Now, here we are two kids, a dog, and a couple of houses later and it...

Sam Waller Museum: A collection of oddities from around the globe

The Sam Waller Museum would make an excellent setting for an iSpy book. The founder, Sam Waller, coined himself a Pack Rat and called the museum a “Clutter-torium” – a nickname that was certainly no exaggeration.

Winter road trip – hello Brandon!

Road trips aren’t only for the summer. We had our sights set on a winter road trip to Brandon, for a weekend full of fun and discovery, without the crowds you might expect during the busy summer months. Here’s what Manitoba’s second largest city had in...

36 amazing facts about polar bears

Did you know that polar bears are actually black? Or that they can eat 100 pounds of blubber in just one sitting? Not just stars in Coca Cola commercials, polar bears are fascinating creatures; it’s no wonder they’re known as the ‘Lord of the Arctic’ in...

150 Things to do in Manitoba in 2017

Have you heard ? The biggest blockbuster of 2017 is going to be Canada’s 150th birthday! Join us this year in celebrating Canada’s big 1-5-0 all year long. Explore something new. Do something you’ve never done before. Make it an action packed adventure, a...

If these walls could talk: Manitoba’s historic theatres

Manitoba has had a long-time love affair with performing arts. The first live theatre on the prairies dates back to Red River Hall in 1867 (and the list that follow is impressive!) Because our isolation in the heart of Canada, Manitobans create out of...

Manitoba’s literary locales

Canada is a fertile ground for scribes, and Manitoba has produced some of Can-Lit’s most unique voices. Readers and wordsmiths alike must check out these stomping grounds of four of Manitoba’s most prolific authors.

Grow your heart 3 sizes bigger at the Home for the Holidays House & Heritage Tour

Calling all scrooges, grinches and angry elves. If you struggle with getting into the holiday spirit, might I make a suggestion? Add the annual fundraiser Home for the Holidays House & Heritage Tour to your list of ways to change your grouchy ways. On...

The north is calling: Walking unfamiliar terrain at Seal River Heritage Lodge

I can’t be the only one who has uttered the phrase when stepping off the plane in Churchill, Manitoba – and this is my own province! It was my first time visiting northern Manitoba, and I had my sights set on a remote lodge 60 kilometers north from the...

Living on the edge in the Town of Churchill

Life on the edge on the Arctic is just a little bit different. Churchill is Manitoba’s northernmost community, located where the boreal forest meets the tundra, on the shores of Hudson Bay. Every year, visitors who come here to see the wildlife end up...

Double, double toil and trouble 7 Halloween costumes inspired by Manitoba

While we didn’t see any proof in the form of pictures, we’re certain that there must have been an influx in Nutty Club and Flintabbety Flonatin costumes last year after we inspired the masses to think Manitoba for Halloween. But if you were one of the few...

Finding the true meaning of luxury (and lots of polar bears) in northern Manitoba

What is luxury? When it comes to travel, most of us—including me—picture hotels with lavish interiors, a 24-hour concierge, and marble bathrooms, Frette linens and Molton Brown toiletries. But my idea of luxury has been turned upside down. I blame it on a...

Scenic day trips from Winnipeg

Clear blue skies. Fluffy white clouds. Crisp orange leaves. The open road. Nothing like a scenic day trip through the country. We’ve picked a few of our favourites that combine beautiful vistas, delicious nosh and a little adventure along the way. Gas up...

Fall Suppers: a food scene cooler than you realize

Harvest time on the prairies means Manitoba’s oldest culinary tradition comes alive: the fall supper. From mid-September to mid-November, rural churches and community halls open their doors and offer buffets of down-home cooking, served with a side of...

Migration magic

What sound does the approaching winter make?