July is already over, but there are still so many ways to show Manitoba some love before the summer is over. This week, explore home through historical tours, hands-on nature activities or by getting out and visiting a community you've never been to. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Come face to face with marine reptile fossils
Morden / Treaty 2 Territory
The Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre's many paleontology displays lay out a fascinating, ancient and dangerous world, now hidden by serene prairie. Located less than 90 minutes south of Winnipeg, the CFDC houses the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada.
2. Visit a National Historic Site
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site / Treaty 1 Territory
Immerse yourself in Lower Fort Garry's rich history with a new outdoor walking tour. Chat with friendly interpreters and see the curious heritage objects and artifacts. Watch as historic candle making, gardening, sash weaving, wood carving, and music and dance are brought to life in a beautiful outdoor space.
3. Admire art in the Exchange District
Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Explore Winnipeg's Exchange District during First Fridays to discover the arts scene in Winnipeg's original downtown. Art galleries in the area have extended hours for an evening of art appreciation.
4. Smell the flowers of the prairies
RM of Stuartburn / Treaty 1 Territory
The Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in the RM of Stuartburn is the best place to truly engage your senses and soak in the vibrancy of this endangered ecosystem. On Saturday August 8, celebrate Prairie Day by heading out for guided tours and guest presentations. Head off Hwy 59 to PR 201 to reach the preserve's Agassiz Interpretive Trail, a short 3 km walk through prairie and aspen forest.
5. Camp at a historical museum
Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1 Territory
Aug 6 to 7
Bring your tent and camp outside on the grounds of the historical Fort la Reine Museum. Get your campsite set up then enjoy an evening scavenger hunt and campfire stories. The Museum in the Moonlight experience has a $40 tenting fee and is run by volunteers.
6. Explore one of Winnipeg's oldest neighbourhoods
Ross House Museum, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
August 8 / starts at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Start at one of Winnipeg's oldest houses – Ross House Museum – and join in a guided walking tour of North Point Douglas. Learn about points of interest in the neighbourhood and about some of the important people who helped shape the community. Tours are hosted every Saturday through August.
7. Learn about the history of artillery
Shilo / Treaty 2 Territory
The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum owns over 65,000 artifacts and displays about 1000 of them at a time in the public galleries. The RCA museums focuses on artillery created after the invention of gun powder – cannons, track vehicles, and guns from the 1800s to present day. Learn about and discuss conflicts from Manitoba and around the world at this museum near Brandon.
8. Enjoy the outdoors without leaving the city
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Walk through scenic FortWhyte Alive while learning about the natural world. Discover how plants and animals adapt to their surroundings on the Habitat Secrets tour, which plants to live on during the Wild Edible Plants tour, the history of the area at From Bison to Bedrock, and about bison calves on the Baby Bison Walk.
9. Visit Flin Flon
Water. Rock. Art. Adventure. These are the words that should come to mind when you think of Flin Flon, Manitoba, a small city located 8 hours north of Winnipeg along the Saskatchewan border. Discover this amazing area of Manitoba yourself and plan your trip. See our Flin Flon 2-day itinerary to get started.
10. Shop at a night market
Winnipeg and Selkirk / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Two night markets are popping up this week in Manitoba. The first is on August 7 at the Selkirk Waterfront and the second is the Manitoba Night Market & Festival on August 9 at Assiniboia Downs. Browse artisan booths and grab a bite from a food truck at both these markets.