Manitoba road trips: Hot dogs and channel cats
April 10, 2023
From fur trade history and retro eats to art deco casinos and beautiful boardwalks, this road trip is perfect for those looking for a balance of adventure, history and nature.
This summer, we're featuring an amazing collection of road trips that will help you explore every corner of Manitoba. The Hot Dogs and Channel Cats road trip takes you through the southern reaches of the Interlake, located on Treaty 1 territory. Take one part of the itinerary for a day trip, or combine them for a multi-day trip.
Start your road trip from the south by travelling along the scenic River Road: a historical ox-cart route that is still speckled with hints of the past. Take in the views of the Red River as you drive past historic homes like the Hay House and the Captain Kennedy House.
Also located along this stretch is the St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church. Dating back to 1845, the stonework on the building is credited to Duncan McRae, one of the top masons of the day. The cemetery is the final resting place of HBC officers and settlers, including Captain William Kennedy. Across the way at the St. Andrew's Rectory, get a closer look at the history of the region with a number of exhibits.
Lockport Provincial Heritage Park
Continue down River Road until you reach Lockport. Lockport Provincial Heritage Park spans over 5.5 acres of lawn that overlooks a more modern engineering feat: the St. Andrews Lock and Dam, the only lock of its kind on the Canadian Prairie. Keep an eye out for flocks of pelicans and anglers that love to hang out at the dam waiting for a bite.
Lower Fort Garry
Enter the historical stone walls of Lower Fort Garry to find Canada's oldest collection of fur trade buildings (some dating back to the 1830s) and to get a glimpse into the life of trappers and traders of the Hudson's Bay Company. Check the website for guided tour dates, or visit in July and August when the buildings are open to the public for self-guided tours – with costumed interpreters to share information along the way.
Continue your road trip through to the city of Selkirk. There are several accommodation options here (including a campground), so stay the night and rest up before continuing onto the next leg of the road trip. If there’s time, you can also check out some of the city’s locally owned businesses like Three 6 Tea, Packers Women’s Fashion and The Gypsy Trader.
Marine Museum of Manitoba
Throw your anchor down at the Marine Museum of Manitoba. This is one of the most unique museums you’ll go to, with six restored boats to explore through - all attached together with outdoor walkways to help tell the story of marine life in Manitoba dating back to 1850.
South Beach Casino & Resort
Time to depart Selkirk and continue heading north to the next stop on this Interlake road trip: South Beach Casino & Resort. Admire the hotel’s art deco inspired design and check in for the night. Spend some time gambling, take a dip in the heated, indoor pool and grab dinner from Mango's Restaurant on site.
Grab breakfast from Mango’s and get in some last-minute gambling before heading out for your final day packed with outdoor adventure.
Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail
Located just 7 minutes from South Beach Casino & Resort, the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail is easy to find and great for people of all hiking levels. The trail features Ojibway teachings in both English and Anishinaabemowin. This messaging on respect, purpose and balance continued throughout the trail, along with information of the traditional medicines found in the area
Patricia Beach Provincial Park
Next, savour the heat of the day by heading to the picturesque Patricia Beach. This little oasis is lined by trees, with a vast strip of sand that stretches along Lake Winnipeg. Don't forget to pick up a Manitoba Park Pass prior to your visit!
After a day spent in the sun, it’s time to head home -- or spend a final night at South Beach Casino & Resort!