Did you know that this week is the most romantic week of the year? That is, if you're a fan of Valentine's Day! Even if you don't have a beau to share the long weekend with, show some love to Manitoba's winter events and festivals that are just ramping up.
1. Find your joie de vivre at Festival du Voyageur
February 14 to 23 | Winnipeg
If you listen closely to the wind in the third week of February you can hear it whisper the Voyageur song (oui, oui, oui!). And if you follow the call into the Winnipeg neighbourhood of St. Boniface you’ll find Western Canada’s largest winter festival. Festival du Voyageur has been celebrating Franco-Manitoban culture and history and embracing Winnipeg winters for 50 years. Check out 7 NEW reasons to say 'Hé Ho!' at Festival du Voyageur this year!
2. Have a wonderful winter weekend
February 14 to 17 | Winnipeg Beach
Weekends are made to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends. This weekend is no different and Winnipeg Beach is the place to be with an ice fishing derby, a fish fry and fireworks on the lake.
3. Experience the Northern Manitoba Trapper's Festival
February 12 to 16 | The Pas
The Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festival in The Pas is a celebration of the strong heritage and traditions in this region of the province, running from February 12 to 16. Warm up by the GIANT bonfire, watch the World Championship Dogsled Race and experience the north.
4. Feel the romance on Valentine's Day
Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Palentine's Day, there are several super cute events to check out on February 14. Pair a scrumptious three-course meal with art at FEAST: Valentine's Edition or have a cozy date night in the woods at FortWhyte Alive. For something a little more hands on...try making a new craft at DIY Craft Bar! Meanwhile, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be hosting their Friday Night Rights event with a Valentine's Day twist.
5. Celebrate Louis Riel Day
February 17 | Various locations
Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg - Shop the Indigenous Makers Market, see the Asham Stompers and catch some live music during Louis Riel Day at Festival.
Voyageur Day, Stonewall – Get to know what the life of the voyageur was truly like at Oak Hammock Marsh.
Franco-Fun Day, Winnipeg – Celebrate French-Canadian culture at the Children’s Museum.
Louis Riel Day Celebration, Austin – Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides and bannock with jams and jellies in the Homesteaders’ Village at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.
6. Test your mettle during Actif Epica
February 14 to 16 | Southeastern Manitoba
Test your mettle against the elements in a do-it-yourself active outdoor event. Actif Epica celebrates the ingenuity of human perseverance and takes place along the Crow Wing Trail in southeast Manitoba and includes biking and ultra marathons of up to 200 km over a two-day period.
7. Take a culture trip to Morden
February 15 | Morden
Get your fill of winter fun at Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest. This community celebration welcomes all for a day filled with activities, including horse drawn carriage rides, snowshoeing, cultural entertainment and a bonfire. Traditional foods and hot beverages will also be available as well as indoor crafts, refreshments and much more.
8. Skate and rock the lake
February 15 & 16 | Minnedosa
Register your team for Minnedosa's annual Skate the Lake hockey tournament, featuring 8+ groomed outdoor rinks. Or, if you prefer curling, join into Rock the Lake: 2 person teams, stick curling, no sweeping, 8 ends of play. This year’s dates are February 15 to 16, 2020.
9. Try something new in rural Manitoba
With mild temperatures ahead, now is the best time to get out and explore what Manitoba's rural communities have to offer in the wintertime! From octopus skating rinks and ice garages to poutine and ski trails, here are 10 things you should do this winter in Manitoba that are NOT in Winnipeg.
10. Hurry hard to the The New Canadian Curling Club
Set and Lighting Designer Steve Lucas, Costume Designer Maureen Petkau. Photo by Dylan Hewlett
February 12 to March 7 | Royal Manitoba Theatre Company
The latest production by the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company is bursting with Canadiana vibes. Set in a small Canadian town (so small in fact, it only has ONE Tim Hortons), community-minded Marlene is determined to diversify the curling club by enlisting four newcomers to learn the game. After a fateful accident, it's up to her less-than-politically-correct ex-husband Stuart to step in and take on the team. Catch The New Canadian Curling Club until March 7 at the John Hirsch Mainstage.