Jillian, traveller first, writer second - holding a giant maple leaf
Author: Jillian

I consider myself a traveller first, then a writer. So being a communications specialist on the media relations team at Travel Manitoba is a perfect fit. I never tire of yarning tales about my home province. Contact me jrecks@travelmanitoba.com or @TravelMBMedia.

12 gift ideas for the proud Manitoban in your life

Header photo of Huron Woodwork ornament by Ivy Delos Santos Are you on the hunt for a gift for the ultimate Manitoban in your life? We checked in with Third + Bird, the province's largest artisan market (and 2018 winner of Travel Manitoba's tourism innovation award), and asked them to recommend

How to weekend in the Wheat City

I thought I knew the Wheat City. With family roots in the fields of southwest Manitoba , I spent a fair amount of time in Brandon growing up: holiday breaks visiting cousins, an annual outing to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair , and a handful of high school sporting events all framed my experience of

6 things I learned from a visit to a military museum

The neat thing about a museum experience is that it's different for everyone. No two people share the same journey while there. Just as the museum exhibits are curated by professionals, an individual curates their own visit, selecting the poignant moments that leave a lasting impression. With this

How Minnedosa charmed the ski pants off me this winter

Minnedosa is one of those pretty prairie towns that I thought I knew. Another historic Manitoba town rooted in railway and agriculture? Maybe. But it's nestled in a river valley on the doorsteps of the Manitoba escarpment, and because of this prime geography, it has an outdoorsy, lake-life vibe

7 obscure winter sports in Manitoba that you need to try

With all eyes on PyeongChang, South Korea and the XXIII Winter Olympic Games , it got us thinking about all of the offbeat sports Manitobans do to keep themselves entertained during the snowy season. Essentially, we have our own version of the Winter Olympics, but here, athletes set aside hockey and