Music, movies, museums and markets – what more could you want to see in one week in Manitoba? Well...add cats, art and craft beverages and we've really got all the bases covered this week! You may not have time for it all, but here are 10 things to do this week to inspire you to show Manitoba some love and explore home.
1. Paddle your heart out on the Whitemouth River
RM of Whitemouth / Treaty 3 Territory
Paddle or tube your way to adventure on the Whitemouth River. Mapped out with entry and exit points, winding past rapids and points of interest, the river is perfect for beginners and experienced paddlers. Bring your own gear, paddle for an hour or the entire day through four quaint communities along the way.
2. Stay and play in the municipality of Louise
Municipality of Louise / Treaty 1 Territory
The Crystal City and Pilot Mound are ready to welcome you into the Municipality of Louise in southern Manitoba. Enjoy two fully serviced campgrounds, a swimming pool, golf course and local restaurants. Stay and play in Louise – rural life at its finest!
3. Discover Summer Saturdays at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum
Austin / Treaty 1 Territory
Saturdays in July and August
Show the Manitoba Agricultural Museum some love this summer! Visit the museum and learn more about Manitoba's agricultural past. On Saturday July 18, enjoy the afternoon threshing demonstration put on by the steam team. Then on July 24 and 25 join the inaugural Relic Run to see a variety of vintage tractors and vehicles.
4. Watch films all week with the Gimli Film Festival
July 22 to 26
The Gimli Film Festival has moved online this summer as it celebrates the 20th year of brining local and international films to Manitoba. This year you can buy individual tickets or a 6-day steaming pass, which gives you access to over 100 films, including a selection of Manitoban feature and short films.
5. Enjoy live jazz music
Online and at Dalnavert Museum, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
July 23 & 26
Feel jazzy this week at two musical events hosted by Jazz Winnipeg. On July 23, watch Kelly Bado's live performance for free on Jazz Winnipeg's Facebook page. Then on July 26 catch the second concert in the six-part concert series Jazz Age Garden Parties at Dalnavert Museum. Tickets for the Garden Party are $25 each.
6. Shop local at a Farmers' Market
Head to one of our province’s markets for farm-to-table realness and tons of local vendors – selling everything from produce to homemade mustard to honey galore. A few places to start are St. Norbert Farmers' Market in Winnipeg, Pineridge Hollow Farmers' Market in Oakbank, Arnes Farmers' Market and the Beausejour Farmers' Market.
7. Discover the wonders of Northern Manitoba
Treaty 5 Territory
In all its incredible vastness, northern Manitoba is home to some of the most remarkable landmarks and landscapes in the province. Start exploring this region with these seven wonders of the north! Some are easier to visit than others, but doesn't that make it all the more exciting?
8. Embark on an Art Walk
Exchange District and West End, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
July 23, 7-8:30 p.m. or July 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Admire and learn about the public art that represents and interprets history and culture in Winnipeg. Embark on two free guided Art Walks this week to see five installations in the Exchange District and ten in Winnipeg's West End.
9. Go for the cat, stay for the history
Attractions are so much better when there's a friendly resident cat to meet. As they say....come for the cat, stay for the museum...farm...you get it! Check out this post to discover seven Manitoba tourist attractions that are enhanced by cats.
10. Listen to live music at The Beer Can
220 Main Street, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
Grab a local beer or a custom cocktail (non-alcoholic versions available) at The Beer Can, a pop-up beer garden in Downtown Winnipeg. Head down on Friday July 24 for live music performed by The Perpetrators + The Brent Parkin Band.