Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, fall suppers – what more could you want from autumn in Manitoba? This week you can experience these things and much more as you safely celebrate the fall season. Please remember to follow all the government of Manitoba's safety protocols as well as any safety measures implemented by the organizations and businesses creating safe events and activities in our province.
1. Attend a fall festival
Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, Brandon / Treaty 2 territory
October 17 & 18
Celebrate the season at Fall Fest in Brandon. Jump on a hayride, wander through the pumpkin patch, grab a bite from a food truck and shop local from the 20 vendors at the first Market at the Dome. Please follow all COVID-19 safety protocols in effect at this event.
2. Wander through a corn maze at Fort la Reine Museum
For the very first time, Fort la Reine Museum has opened a corn maze! Head out for a walk among the stalks, then explore the museum's 25 heritage buildings. The corn maze will be open until the end of October.
3. Watch a film with Reel Pride Film Festival
October 13 to 18
The Reel Pride Film Festival celebrates LGBTTQ* artists, film makers and the Winnipeg queer community through film and visual art. In its 35th year you can catch award-winning films from the comfort of your home during their virtual festival.
4. Watch a theatre show online
Allow your own perceptions to shape what and how you view the pop-up performance of Perceptions. This theatre show, hosted by Cercle Molière and led by the Urban Indigenous Theatre Company, will be available for online viewing starting this week as part of Culture Days Manitoba.
5. Enjoy a fall hike in Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Spruce Woods Provincial Park / Treaty 1 territory
Explore the desert-like landscape that is completely unique in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Hike the Spirit Sands Self-guided Trail which will take you to the Devils Punch Bowl, a bowl-shaped depression that measures 45 metres deep to reveal a pool of blue-green water.
6. Find nature and culture at Buffalo Point
Buffalo Point / Treaty 3, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibwa and Sioux
Buffalo Point, in the southeast corner of Manitoba is where prairie, Canadian shield and sparkling waters meet. Enjoy incredible nature, relaxing activities and learn about the history and cultural importance of this area on a weekend trip. Note: The above video was filmed pre-COVID.
7. Watch the goose migration
Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary / Treaty 3 territory
Take a drive to Eastern Manitoba to see the Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary. The sanctuary was established in 1939 after Alfred Hole rescued the four goslings and was inspired to do more. Catch the end of the fall migration season as Canada geese start their journey south for the winter.
8. Learn about Manitoba's Icelandic history
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli / Treaty 1 territory
In the heart of Gimli, along the shores of Lake Winnipeg, is the New Iceland Heritage Museum. It's here that you can discover the story of the settlement of New Iceland through high quality permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits, which change quarterly. In recent years the museum has also added exhibits about the first Ukrainians in the area as well as the important role of the Indigenous and Métis communities in the survival of those first settlers.
9. Road trip through southern Manitoba
Various locations in southern Manitoba / Treaty 1 territory
Hit the road on a mini adventure to discover some roadside attractions from Elm Creek to Glenboro. Along the way you'll meet Sara the Camel, see a house made of bottles and pass by a giant fire hydrant. Use this blog post as your map for your journey.
10. Feast at a drive thru fall supper
Various locations / Treaty 1 territory
October 17 & 18
Normally fall would be full of fall suppers in nearly every community across the province. This year, there are a few that have adapted to accommodate physical distancing by hosting drive-thru fall suppers! Here are three happening this week: