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Summer is creeping to a close, but there's still plenty of time for the whole family to explore home. Release some stress with a laugh at a Winnipeg Comedy Festival show, head to a drive-in edition of the Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival or check out any one of these 10 things to do in Manitoba this week. Please practise physical distancing and follow all provincial travel advisories while exploring Manitoba.


1. Search for coins at the Royal Canadian Mint

Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory

The Royal Canadian Mint has a new family friendly programs for 2020!  Check out the Manitoba-themed hopscotch walkway and partake in an outdoor coin-themed scavenger hunt. You can also learn how money is made at the Mint on a Family tour (2 adults and 2 children) for $20.

2. Laugh it up at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival

Various locations in Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
August 21 to 28

Local comedians take the stage this week for the annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival. The festival will host 23 shows throughout the week. Each show has limited seating to allow for physical distancing so get your tickets soon!

3. Listen to music at a drive-in festival

Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1 Territory
August 28 & 29

Whoop & Hollar Folk Festival celebrates its 8th year of sharing music with a special drive-in edition. Register online to secure a pod for your household, then enjoy music from nine performers from the comfort of your car. Don't forget to decorate your vehicle to get in the festival spirit!

4. Spend a day at Assiniboine Park

Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory

With nearly 300 acres of green space within Assiniboine Park and Forest, it's easy to spend a day here. More than just the beuty of the outdoors, families can head to the Assiniboine Park Zoo, take a ride on the Steam Train and grab a bite to eat from The Park Cafe. And for the adult visitors, the Cargo pop-up bar is serving up specialty cocktails and local beer until September 6. 

5. Sit for dinner and a show

West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
August 28 / 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy the music of three talented Jazz performers during the West End Cultural Centre's Jazz Voices Concert. On top of great music, attendees will also be treated to a locally made dinner from Feast Cafe Bistro. Enjoy this fabulous evening and support local artists and a restaurant. Tickets are limited, buy yours on the West End Cultural Centre's website. 

6. Wander through the corn maze at Fort la Reine Museum

Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1 Territory

For the very first time, Fort la Reine Museum has opened a corn maze! Head out for a walk among the stalks, then explore the museum's 25 heritage buildings. The corn maze will be open until the end of October.

7. Savour a field-to-fork meal

Elma/Treaty 3 territory

Moongate Guest House boasts an artisan bakery that welcomes guests on Friday nights in August and September to enjoy pizza in the yard straight from their outdoor, wood-fired oven. With a field-to-fork philosophy, owners Jenny and Michael Dupas offer all local ingredients to build your own pie. Wind down by the river, watching the sunset, with delicious pizza in hand. 

8. Watch French films under the stars

Cinéma sous les étoiles à Saint-Boniface

Saint-Boniface Cathedral, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
Thursday August 27 at 9:30 p.m.

Pack a blanket and a snack and enjoy Francophone films outdoors at the Saint-Boniface Cathedral. This Thursday, catch a French movie at the final Cinéma sous les étoiles of the summer (English subtitles are included). For registration information visit the Facebook event page

9. Enjoy a night at a colourful Winnipeg hotel

Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory

Even if you're not staying overnight at Mere, it's impossible to ignore the hotel's colourful facade as you drive, walk or cycle down Waterfront. Stop for a quick photo on your way to the delicious Cibo Waterfront Cafe or stay the night to fully enjoy this trendy hotel. 

10. Go paddling at Clearwater Lake

Clearwater Lake Provincial Park / Treaty 5 Territory

Nestled in Manitoba's north about a 6.5-hour drive northwest of Winnipeg, Clearwater Lake Provincial Park can be easy to overlook. But once you visit you won't soon forget this diamond in the wild. Paddle your canoe, take a hike through the caves, or just splash around in its cooling waters.