Category - Fun & Games

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 speed skates for...frozen turkeys and fish? Crokicurl, Winnipeg Crokicurl combines two of Manitoba’s favourite pastimes – the sport of curling with the tabletop game of crokinole – to make the ultimate Canadian sport. Both games share the same objective: slide a disc closest...

Sure bet ways to win in Winnipeg

Make your next cross-border adventure to Winnipeg even more memorable with game of chance at one of the city's top gaming destinations. What's there to risk? Mostly a whole lot of fun.  Assiniboia Downs 3975 Portage Avenue West at the Perimeter Highway  The coming of spring brings the thundering of hooves at Assiniboia Downs . On a warm evening or sunny afternoon from May to September, the alfresco entertainment of live horse racing is exhilarating for all ages. Young ones gather trackside for an up-close view of the majestic thoroughbreds, while grandma...

Hot this week – January 29 to February 4

Good music and great food. Two of life’s greatest gifts and lucky for you, you can find them both right here in Manitoba and then some. This week, Manitoba just keeps on giving and you’re definitely in for a week filled with activities to pique the senses and have you begging for more. Here’s what’s hot. Unpack the genius of the New Music Festival January 29 to February 2 various venues, Winnipeg Music is the food of life. And play on it will over five days during the Winnipeg New Music Festival . This festival unites artists across Canada and around the world for a...

Everything you need to know about Winnipeg’s magical Ice Castles ✨

There’s snow place like home, especially when you’re spending the winter months in Winnipeg. And our cool city just got cooler with the addition of the Ice Castles at The Forks ! For us, it was love at frost sight (okay, we promise, no more puns). If you want to experience a true winter wonderland fit for Elsa herself, be sure to visit this spectacular show at least once this winter… What: A magical show of light and ice …And some fire too! The Ice Castles will be a visual delight for the young and old alike. Wander through towering structures of icicles and frost and...

Punkinhead the Sad Little Bear, Meat-Hook the Icelandic Elf and 7 other festive facts on Christmas in Manitoba 🎄🎄

Header photo: 1878 illustration from the London news magazine The Graphic. It might come as a surprise to learn that Christmas is indeed a topic of historical interest and depth. And why shouldn’t it be? The world’s most celebrated holiday dates back to the 4th century and has had enormous influence on popular (and unpopular) culture ever since. It might come as even more of a surprise to learn that one of the top Christmas historians in the world resides right here in Winnipeg. I first met Gerry Bowler at the University of Manitoba, where he taught a History of Christmas. Gerry...

Where in Manitoba will you find Santa’s reindeer?

While we know Santa’s reindeer have a very important job to do on Christmas Eve, we’ve discovered where in Manitoba they like to spend their down time. Dasher – Fire on Ice Car Racing at Gimli Ice Festival As his name implies, Dasher is fast, which is why he’s game for the speed of the Fire on Ice Car Racing at Gimli’s Ice Festival. The flat, frozen and open expanse of Lake Winnipeg provides the perfect icy track for cars and speedy Dasher to hit maximum speed. This year’s festival, which also features snow sculptures, ice fishing and a frozen fish toss, happens March 3-4. Dancer –...

Hot this week – November 27 to December 3

Header image: Pineridge Hollow If you ask me, now is the ideal time to start getting into the holiday spirit – and it seems like this week’s events agree with this notion. Christmas cheer will be spread far and wide with events like Holiday Alley in Selkirk and the Crèche Festival in St. Georges. Meanwhile, twinkling lights are brightening up the streets of cities and towns, and everyone’s coming out to join into the fun. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba… Catch the holiday spirit in Selkirk Cloverdale Bed and Breakfast Photo by Home for the Holidays House and...

Hot this week – October 23 to 29

Plays, art shows, haunted houses, trains and theatres. Manitoba is just full of surprises. From the artful to the creepy and of course everything in-between, we’re pretty sure you’ll find something that fits with your pace of life this week. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba. Follow a detective’s complicated life Photo by Tim Nguyen Opens October 26 Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg It’s the 1920s in Hong Kong and detective Tommy Lam faces an uphill battle trying to solve a series of murders of women, while trying to hold on to love, life and his reputation. Nine Dragons takes you into the depths of...

It’s the spookiest time of the year! 💀Manitoba’s most frightening events

It’s the most terrifying time of the year, and ghastly characters are out and about in Manitoba. From clowns at the legendary Six Pines Haunted Attraction, to ghosts at the historic Fort la Reine, there’s just no escaping the fact that Halloween is here. If the thought alone gets your heart racing, can we recommend exposure therapy? Don your favourite costume and brave one of these horrifying Halloween attractions… Haunted forests, mazes, barns and houses Six Pines Haunted Attractions Night time: Oct 13-15, 19-22 & 26-31 | Day time: Oct 14, 21, 22, 28 & 29 | Six Pines, Winnipeg...

Wonderful weekending in Brandon, Manitoba

Brandon is the funnest city in Canada. -Alice, age 5 This was declared by my daughter after three days spent in Manitoba’s second largest city. When you had the weekend we did, it’s really quite hard to argue with that statement. Between the great food, awesome outdoor spaces, a fun hotel and variety of activities, a weekend getaway to Brandon is the perfect family holiday. It all started on a sunny Friday morning. My husband (Matthew) and I packed up the car with our 5-year-old (Alice) and 2-year-old (Nicky) and made the quick and easy two hour drive from Winnipeg, arriving in...