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Show Manitoba some love this week as we welcome (from a distance) the return of hockey, celebrate (virtually) Icelandic heritage in Manitoba, and learn from experts (in person) about how our money is made and where to look to see birds this time of year. Start exploring home with these 10 things to do in Manitoba this week...

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1. Enjoy art on a West End BIZ Mural Tour

Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.

Explore the West End while learning about the incredible public art that covers many buildings in the area on a West End Biz Mural Tour. The number of people on the tours will be limited to respect COVID-19 restrictions, so get your tickets online now! Tours are two hours long and participants must wear a mask.

2. Search for coins at the Royal Canadian Mint

Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis

The Royal Canadian Mint has a new family friendly programs for 2020!  Check out the Manitoba-themed hopscotch walkway and partake in an outdoor coin-themed scavenger hunt. You can also learn how money is made at the Mint on a Family tour (2 adults and 2 children) for $20.


3. Celebrate the Icelandic Festival virtually

Icelandic Festival at Home

Online
August 1 to 3

Islendingadagurinn (AKA The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba) has created a series of online videos and virtual events that will connect people to the Icelandic community and culture to celebrate its 131st in a meaningful and physically distant way. The schedule includes an alternative folk festival, an art show, conversations in Icelandic, a fashion show and much more.

4. Dine at an Outdoor Kitchen Party

Outdoor Kitchen Party at Fort Gibraltar

Fort Gibraltar, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
July 30 / 5:30 to10:30 p.m.

Enjoy a traditional French-Canadian 3 course meal, relax to a live a concert by Andrina Turenne and play games inspired by the voyageur era at the first Outdoor Kitchen Party! Good people, good food and good music: a wonderful combination for a summer evening. Purchase tickets online to reserve a table.

5. Take a road trip through Manitoba's Parkland region

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Parkland region / Treaty 2 Territory 

Whether you're looking for something extra to tack onto your visit to Riding Mountain National Park or you're looking to make some new memories with the family or just want to explore home this summer, a roadside attractions road trip is always worth the drive. Check out this blog post for five quirky and fun roadside attractions along the southern edge of Manitoba's Parkland region.

6. Make soap by hand at St. Andrews Rectory

St. Andrews Rectory

St. Andrews Rectory National Historic Site, St. Andrews / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
See website for event dates and times

Visit St. Andrews Rectory National Historic Site and learn to do something new. This week learn how to make handmade soap or sit around the fire and cook bannock. If you're looking for something more active, join the guided bike tour that leaves from the rectory and takes you down the scenic River Road.

7. Visit a museum and a farmers' market in one

Pioneer Village Museum summer market

Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis

Get locally made goods and fresh produce at a farmers' market hosted by one of these two Eastern museums this week. The Dawson Trail Museum hosts their weekly summer Farmers' Market on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Pioneer Village Museum will also have a selection of arts and vegetables at their weekly market on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

8. Keep your eyes on the skies at Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
July 29 / 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Head out to Oak Hammock Marsh for an early morning walk to search for birds. Though some birds can be harder to spot this time of year, Naturalist Paula Grieef will help you point your eyes in the right direction on this guided walk.

9. Dance your heart out at a physically distant dance party

Gas Station Arts Centre summer patio series

Gas Station Arts Centre, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
July 30 / 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Groove to the tunes of the 70s this week at the Gas Station Arts Centre's outdoor physically distanced dance party. The evening is part of the venue's Thursday night patio series which continues through the summer. 

10. Jets vs Calgary Flames live stream at The Park Theatre

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The Park Theatre, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
August 1 / 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The NHL is back starting August 1 with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Though they aren't playing at home, you can catch the game on the big screen at The Park Theatre. Grab a drink, grab a seat and cheer on the Winnipeg Jets as they play the Calgary Flames this Saturday.