It's a leap year! Meaning you've got an 'extra' day this month to spend exploring Manitoba. Whether you want to get outside to enjoy the approaching end of winter or stay inside and watch a film, here are ten awesome events and activities to inspire your plans this week.
1. Take the Friday Night Rights: Quiz Challenge!
February 28 | Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Make this the week you check out Friday Night Rights at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This Friday, in addition to getting access to amazing galleries and behind-the-scenes tours, there are also quiz challenge activities planned. Get a team together and head to the museum. Admission is $5 after 5pm.
2. Skate on the lake in Morden
Enjoy skating on the wide open lake in Morden, Manitoba. A section of the lake has been cleared for skaters in the winter months. If you prefer to toboggan, there's also spot for that! So bring the whole family for a wonderful wintery day in Morden.
3. Get out your skis
February 29 | Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes
A unique Nordic experience awaits you at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes Chalet for the third annual Floppet Loppet Ski Race. The loppet mirrors the Scandinavian cultural event, which brings together huge gatherings of skiers in a warm and festive environment of celebration, prize-giving, music, food and drink.
4. Laugh it up at a film festival
February 26 to 29 | Cinematheque and The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
Laugh your heart out at the Canadian International Comedy Film Festival. This year, the first three days of the festival take place at the Winnipeg Cinematheque and the last evening will be at The Park Theatre.
5. See opera up close and casual
February 26 | Little Brown Jug, Winnipeg
If you think you don't like opera, think again. Opera by the Pint is back for a third year and promises spontaneous, unrehearsed performances from emerging and established artists who will share their favourite solo and ensemble pieces. So grab a pint, take a seat and experience opera up close and casual.
6. Knit, paint or create at St. Andrews Rectory
February 29 | St. Andrews Rectory
Visit St. Andrews Rectory National Historic Site and learn to do something new. The rectory runs programs throughout the year. This week they have a beeswax wrap workshop where you'll learn about sustainability and get to create and take home two beeswax food wraps. They also have a kids' paint night and a knitting club for beginners and advanced knitters.
7. Fish the lake in Lac du Bonnet
February 29 | Lac du Bonnet Town Dock
Get out on the ice and try your luck at the 14th Annual Lac du Bonnet Ice Fishing Derby. Unlike other derbies, in Lac du Bonnet, size doesn't matter. The length requirement is a mystery when you start fishing, meaning any fish you catch could win you the $10,000 prize. Holes are drilled by LDB Ice so you can leave your augers at home and show up ready to have fun.
8. Celebrate Polar Bear Day at the zoo
February 29 | Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Head to Gateway to the Arctic at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for an afternoon of polar fun. Learn about polar bears from one of the zoo's animal care professionals, make a northern species button or get crafty with recycled materials. Activities take place from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
9. Listen to an incredible musical duo
February 28 & 29 | Various locations
Multi-award winning Canadian duo Twin Flames is touring the province with four shows across Manitoba over the next two weeks. This week they visit Pinawa on February 28 and Portage la Prairie on February 29. This Inuk and Métis duo's music represents their cultures through beautiful harmonies, powerful songwriting and lyrics in Inuttitut, English and French.
10. Try potatoes 84 ways
Until March 1 | Various restaurants across Winnipeg
Mashed, fried, frozen into ice cream and made into doughnuts – these are just a few of the ways you can try potatoes during the third annual Potahto Week in Winnipeg. Over 80 restaurants are participating this year and are cooking up their tastiest and most creative potato creations. How many will you try in a week?