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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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Manitoba’s world records

In the spirit of Olympic record-breaking performances, here are some of Manitoba’s own world records.

7 stores for antique hunting in Manitoba

Calling all collectors and bargain hunters: Manitoba is a hot spot for antique shopping. Our beloved antique stores are crammed with pieces from yesteryear for the most curious of shoppers; designed to thrill those on the hunt for valuable antiques, as...

Take a hike II: 6 more amazing trails in Manitoba

A short while ago, we published a “6 amazing hikes” post and you all went bonkers for it! It was one of our most popular pieces of all time. ALL TIME! There’s some serious trail love happening here in Manitoba.

Kids’ picks for summer fun

Schooool’s out for summer! With loads of long sunny days, summer is the time to make some family memories. Here are some sure-fire way to keep the kids busy this summer.

A midsummer dip? Gettin’ beachy on Lake Winnipeg

In 35 minutes, you could be at the beach. That’s right. From the northern edge of Winnipeg, it takes just over half an hour before you’re dipping your toes in the refreshing waters of the vast Lake Winnipeg.

Where to rent outdoors gear in Manitoba

For outdoor enthusiasts, Manitoba is a giant playground where one can cycle through the city, trek into the escarpment or camp along the Whiteshell – and those are just a few options.

Ripe for the picking: Manitoba’s berry boon

Manitoba’s annual crop of berries, saskatoons, raspberries and strawberries, come of age by late June. That’s also when legions of berry lovers hit fields across the province and harvest the sweet, luscious fruit for jams, pies and tarts.

Peek into a small farm in rural Manitoba: Hearts & Roots

If you’ve ever wandered through a farmers’ market during the warm months in Manitoba, you’ve likely come across many small farm producers who share their delicious, mouth-watering fresh produce with us each summer.

30 insanely delicious sweets and where to find them

Sometimes you just gotta satisfy those sweet, sweet cravings. Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to TREAT YO’ SELF this summer at one (or more!) of Manitoba’s many bakeries, sweet boutiques and ice cream shops.

8 routes to paddle in Manitoba

In Manitoba, summer means getting out and enjoying all that our rich environment has to offer, whether it be venturing out on a hike or dipping a paddle into one of our 100,000 lakes. Both beginners and seasoned pros can find a route to suit their needs,...

How to fall in love with Clear Lake (hint: it’s easy)

In the heart of Riding Mountain National Park, lies the comforting calm of Wasagaming, a charming, easy-going lake town chock-full of friendly folk and lovely places.

Mennonite Heritage Village: stroll around structures that built a bustling community

“The way of the pioneer is always rough.” The Russian Mennonites who arrived in Manitoba in the late 1800s would most likely agree with that statement. They embarked on a long, hard journey all the way to Canada with the hopes of finding good farmland and...

15 golf courses that will make you want to grip it and rip it

The golf is right, Bob. And it couldn’t be more right than in Southwestern Manitoba where the hills roll, the water meanders and the greens are lush.

10 summer festivals you can’t miss in Manitoba

If you thought we take winter seriously in Manitoba, wait ’til you see us in summer. Winnipeg is one of the most consistently sunny cities in Canada (in July and August, our capital city has 60 out of 62 days with measurable sunshine) and we jam pack...

Setting the scene for your northern Manitoba summer safari

Churchill, Manitoba is renowned as the Polar Bear Capital of the World for heart-pounding encounters with the world’s largest carnivore during their annual fall congregation in October and November. This remote town on the edge of Hudson Bay, however, is...

Manitoba in springtime: A birder’s paradise

With three major migration corridors and more than 390 species in the province, Manitoba is a birder’s paradise. The province’s diverse landscape-grasslands, wetlands, sub-arctic and Boreal forest areas-attract a diverse crowd of birds. Spring migration...

Floral fever in Manitoba

Is there anything that better awakens our senses to the summer months than the fresh smell of flowers in bloom? Whether you are an avid gardener or just wear the occasional floral crown at one of summer’s festivals, it’s time to appreciate the lush beauty...

Take a hike: 6 amazing trails in Manitoba

Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands...

Watchable wildlife: what to see where

One of the absolute best things about being in the wilderness is having the opportunity to watch the animals that live there. From the silent appearance of a massive moose to the impressive wingspan of a bald eagle, here are some of Manitoba’s amazing...

Menno-toba: Top spots in Manitoba to make like a Mennonite

Some people work harder than others at finding peace and quiet. Take the Mennonites, for example. Evolving out of the 16th century Reformation, they were persecuted for their pacifist beliefs for 400 years. With stops in Germany, the Netherlands, Poland...

Build it and they will come

The most famous wave of architecture in Winnipeg is evidenced by the turn-of-the-century buildings in the Exchange District. New visitors to this area are awed by the Chicago-style architecture, with their large picture windows and ornamental cornice...

The BIG list of FREE

We love free stuff in Manitoba. Like, really love it. Being thrifty is our thing. We’re good at it. So much so that we have plenty of free events and attractions to show for it. So put your wallet away, for here’s a nice big list of stuff you can do when...

A Churchill calendar: When to see what

Churchill, an isolated town in Manitoba’s northern Hudson Bay coastline, is a magnet for outdoor adventurers and nature lovers. Experiencing Churchill’s natural wonder triumvirate – swimming with belugas, chasing the Northern Lights and seeing polar bears...

Icons of Manitoba’s multi-cultural faith

It took a lot of faith for Manitoba’s early pioneers to travel here some two hundred years ago from the European continent, and to survive the rigours of wild, harsh weather, the likes of which they’d never experienced before. As they carved villages and...

39 Hours takes competitive fishing to whole new level

Aaron Wiebe, YouTube fishing sensation and host of Uncut Angling, has once again taken the angling world by storm. His latest production, 39 Hours, showcases three teams, Team Manitoba, Team Saskatchewan and Team Shimano, fiercely competing for an entire...

Flin Flon: Cool mining town with a storied past

Flin Flon has been a a mining centre since Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Company (now Hudbay Minerals) started in 1927. But this town, which is buried in the Boreal forest on the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, is a gem for many more reasons.

Breathe in, breathe out: 5 ways to chill out in Manitoba

Travel can be stressful, and exploring the world certainly isn’t all fun and games. Here’s a scenario we’ve all had: After a long day of travel, you finally get through the airport and realize your bags haven’t arrived, and you’re about to venture out...

Be our guest at Manitoba’s most unique winter stays

This summer we listed some of Manitoba’s most unique stays, leading to impromptu roadtrips, staycations and weekend getaways. Now with winter well underway, you are likely starting to crave some time away from home to decompress and enjoy all the season...

8 steps to suffragist enlightenment: Exploring local landmarks that honour Nellie McClung

This January 28 marks a significant milestone in our province’s history: 100 years ago women from Manitoba became the first in Canada to win the right to vote.

Dalnavert Museum: Clues to our past

There is no mystery here: the Dalnavert Museum, the former home of a prominent Winnipeg family built in 1895, is a dramatic and striking restoration. Saved from a sure demise by the Manitoba Historical Society in 1969, the house and its contents are a...

10 amazing art galleries in Manitoba

Contemporary, classic and cutting edge. For the curious and the creative, Manitoba is teeming with art galleries that reflect our unique regions, cultures and histories. These galleries are found in every corner of the province, delivering...

6 Manitoba cocktails sure to warm you up this winter

This winter, toast your guests with one or two (or all) of these fun, festive Manitoba-inspired cocktails. All of our drink recipes require Canada’s best—no, make that the world’s best—whisky, Crown Royal, which is distilled right here at home in Gimli,...

Spotlight on: Kal Barteski

We all agree: polar bears are often ferocious, sometimes adorable, and always majestic. But to Kal Barteski, they are also a work of art, acting as her muse and living, walking inspiration. Known for her script, typography and breathtaking polar bear...

It’s Polar Bear Week!

Join us for a polar bear love fest! Right now is the absolute best time of year to see polar bears roam the tundra, and, for the next few days, we want to show you how magical a winter safari up in northern Manitoba can be.Check back here and on our...

43 fun facts about Manitoba that will blow your mind

Most of what the world knows about Manitoba is based on movie mentions, Winnipeg’s reigning title of Slurpee Capital of the World, or the fact that we have been colder than Mars.

28 spectacular fall photos

It’s not hard to fall for Fall. Not hard at all. She’s a right honest beauty all dressed up and strutting around the province in her fancy colours. But, unfortunately, fall doesn’t stick around forever in these parts, so make the most of her loveliness...

Wildlife encounters with Paul Epp

Ok, I might be dating myself, but does anyone remember that Wilderness Family movie? You know, the one where some stressed-out family leaves their urban life to go live out in the wilderness and eventually befriend and adopt grizzly cubs. Yes, they become...

10 steps to clear your mind at Falcon Trails Resort

My summer was jam packed – we did our first ever family camping trip in Minnedosa, an epic train-taking, beluga-watching, dog-carting trip to Churchill, plus trips to the beach, the lake, the farmers’ market, the pool, the park, etc, etc, etc…So as the...

The ABCs of my family summer vacation in Churchill

Thinking of putting Churchill on the list for your next family summer vacation? I say do it! We took our two boys and had a blast. From A to Z, here’s what you need to know about a family summer vacation in Churchill.

Beluga insider: Alex de Vries

Photographer. World traveler. Polar Bear guide. Beluga whisperer. Alex de Vries is one of the few individuals who gets to interact with the wildlife of Churchill on a daily basis – and he’s got the stories to prove it. In celebration of #BelugaWeek, we...

Learn more about the friendliest whales in Manitoba

We'll admit it: we have a huge crush on these smiling sea mammals up in Hudson Bay. Each summer, 57000 of these amazing animals make their way to the Hudson Bay to feed and birth, more than 3000 of which enter the Churchill River Estuary. Learn more about...

27 Manitoba sky photos that will blow your mind

Yeah, we hear it all the time, “Manitoba is so flat.” You know what else is flat? The thinking that there’s not much to see in a land where you can actually see forever. And most locals will tell you one of the best places to look when you’re here is UP....

The problem with camping in Manitoba

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that the people of Manitoba love camping. We also know that our camping is among the best. But we aren’t perfect. There are plenty of problems you could encounter on your camping trip in our province, and we’re...

Decoding Winnipeg’s food lingo

I’ve eaten a nip, downed a goog, why not a shmoo? Where am I, you ask? But of course, Winnipeg!When it comes to food – and food lingo – this prairie city has a quirky sub-culture all its own. And I dig it. Forget fancy food and white linen, These are the...

Movie mosasaurs vs. Morden’s mosasaurs

Not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s this new movie out called Jurassic World and it seems to be a wee-bit popular. Like already made a billion dollars worldwide popular! Yes, one billion dollars. Now, it could be that hunky Chris Pratt bringing the...