March is here, which means spring is on the way! But don't worry there's still time to enjoy the last few days of winter. This week, head to a winter festival, get your adrenaline pumping at the Power Toboggan Championships, go ice fishing, or stay inside and savour some of the best Manitoba-made food and beverages. Here are ten things to do in Manitoba this week...
1. Shop Manitoba eats and treats at Love Local MB
March 7 | Victoria Inn, Winnipeg
Sip, sample and savour the best of Manitoba Made at this year’s 7th Annual food, beer, and wine tasting event! Love Local Manitoba takes place March 7, 2020 at Victoria Inn (Wellington Ave. near the airport), from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. This early spring celebration will wash away the winter blues and feature food and beverage artisans from across Manitoba.
2. Have a weekend of fun at the Gimli Ice Festival
March 6 to 8 | Various locations in Gimli
If you're heading up to Gimli on the first weekend of March, you'll find some pretty wacky activities underway as part of the Gimli Ice Festival. Watch cars race on the frozen lake, compete in the frozen fish toss, yell and cheer during the viking demonstrations, cook bannock over the fire, and participate in some snowy team challenges. Gimli celebrates winter in a way nowhere else in Manitoba can.
3. Celebrate the final days of winter at the Pipoon Festival
March 3 to 8 | Various locations in Norway House
Trappers’ Fest has come and gone, but here’s your chance to experience another festival of similar vein. Head to the Pipoon Festival 2020 in Norway House. Events include the king and queen trapper, square dance and singing competitions, open recreation hockey, snow sculpting, a fish fry, and much more.
4. Get your adrenaline pumping at a power toboggan race
March 7 & 8 | Beausejour
The fastest racers in the world? A world-class racing track made of pure ice? Insane speeds of over 160 km/hr? The Canadian Power Toboggan Championships are back in Beausejour and it's an adrenaline lover's dream. Get your tickets online or at the door, and witness the best in the world duke it out for the CPTC crown.
5. Sip and sample whisky
March 6 & 7 | Fairmont Winnipeg
Explore and appreciate more than 100 varieties of Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee and Canadian whiskies at the Winnipeg Whisky Festival! Along with the wide array of whiskies, you will also enjoy a diverse selection of mouthwatering cuisine available throughout the entire evening, and all attendees will receive a souvenir Glencairn Whisky Glass.
6. Get out on the ice
March 7 | Various locations
Grab your fishing rod and your auger and get out on the ice for a fishing derby this weekend. Go north to The Pas for the Jimmy Jackfish Ice Fishing Derby, head east to Grand Marais' Family Walleye Fishing Derby or head to Pelican lake the southwest region of the province for the 7th Annual Healthy Lake Ice Fishing Derby for a day of fishing fun.
7. Enjoy a week of films
March 8 to 15 | Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, Winnipeg
Now in its 24th year, the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages rolls around again for 8 days of 40 films and 150 hours of workshops. This year’s incredible lineup includes animated, live-action, documentaries and short films.
8. See the fur trade from a new perspective
February 26 to March 16 | Tom Hendry Warehouse
Experience a theatre show that combines history and humour through the eyes of the women of the fur trade era. Women of the Fur Trade focuses on three women and shows their perspectives as they share parts of their lives in the changing world of the 19th century.
9. Appreciate art in the Exchange District
March 6 | Exchange District, Winnipeg
Explore Winnipeg's Exchange District during First Fridays to discover the arts scene in Winnipeg's original Downtown. Art galleries in the area have extended hours and restaurants, cafe and pubs will host local musicians for an evening of art appreciation.
10. Sing along with Fred Penner
March 8 | Burton Cummings Theatre
Fred Penner takes the stage for the 40th year during The Cat Came Back Tour. Sing along to feel-good tunes for all ages sung by one of Winnipeg's premiere family entertainers. You're guaranteed to feel good after this special anniversary show.