When the middle of winter hits, that's when Manitoba cranks up the celebrations. Winter brings opportunities for downhill skiing, snowshoeing, curling and outdoor adventure! Look no further than the snow outside your window for a reason to get outside and enjoy this week's events. Here are ten things to do in Manitoba this week...
1. Meet local vendors
January 26 | Access Event Centre, Morden
The Buck & Doe Wedding Show is bringing together local vendors from the Morden area. This event is for more than just couples tying the knot - browse locally made makeup, jewellery, clothing, food and drinks, and take in a fabulous fashion show while discovering incredible Manitoba businesses.
2. Relax and reconnect
February 1 and 2 | Fort Garry Hotel, Winnipeg
Be mindful and reconnect with yourself at Prairie Snowflake, a winter wellness retreat in Winnipeg's downtown. Leave the bustle of the city outside as you participate in yoga classes, meditation sessions and creative workshops at the Fort Garry Hotel. Stay for the whole weekend, take one class or just pop by to shop at the mindfulness market - the choice is yours.
3. Dance to icy tunes
January 31 | The Forks, Winnipeg
Royal Canoe is testing out a new sound at the free Glacial at The Forks concert. The Manitoba band will play their best tunes on instruments made of ice. In addition to a truly Manitoban winter concert, attendees can check out the 2020 warming huts and marvel at the architectural intricacies of the mini amphitheatre made of ice.
4. Cheer on the province's best curlers
January 28 to February 2 | Riverdale Community Centre, Rivers
There are 120 curling clubs across Manitoba, so it's no surprise that some of the best curlers in the country have come from here. The Scotties Women's Provincial Curling Championship hits the ice with teams hoping to earn the opportunity to represent Manitoba in the 2020 Tournament of Hearts in February.
5. Get your fill of poutine
February 1 to 7 | Various restaurants around Winnipeg
French fries, cheese curds and gravy, what more could you want? Well, starting this week, over 65 Winnipeg restaurants are showing that you can have all that and more with their specialty creations for La Poutine Week 2020. Fill your belly with off-the-wall poutines topped with everything from ribeye steak to pickled vegetables to maple smoked baked beans.
6. Celebrate sport and culture
January 30 to February 2 | Keystone Centre, Brandon
The Dakota Nation Winterfest celebrates sport and culture under one roof in Brandon. The festival features an array of events from basketball to bingo to a Wacipi, or powwow, with four grand entries throughout the weekend. Cheer on the sports teams, play in the pool tournament or just enjoy the sound of the drums and jingle dresses at the powwow.
7. Learn and play at Oak Hammock Marsh
February 2 | Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall
Learn about the importance of wetlands and how to protect them on World Wetlands Day. Go for a snowshoe hike through Oak Hammock Marsh, learn to play “shuffle-duck,” and participate in the Wetland Wanderer challenge as you explore the marsh and learn how important it is to Manitoba and the Earth.
8. Enjoy winter at Fortwhyte Alive
February 2 | FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Enjoy everything winter has to offer at FortWhyte Alive's Winterfest. Bring the whole family to try ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, bannock roasting and more at this incredible nature area at the edge of Winnipeg.
9. Hit the slopes
Manitoba may be known as a prairie province but we’ve got mini mountains that allow for some super downhill fun. From bunny hills to double black diamonds, there are runs for all skill levels and interests. So hit the slopes this week and take advantage of the snowy days at a Manitoba ski hill.
10. Sip and be serenaded
January 29 | 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.