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Enjoy the last week of October by treating yourself! This week, eat and shop around the province, find an alternative way to celebrate Halloween or take on a double black diamond bike trail in Neepawa – enjoy the season safely by following COVID-19 government restrictions and regulations! Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...

1. Make Elkhorn Resort your Halloween destination

Elkhorn Resort

Onanole / Treaty 2 territory
October 30 & 31

Bring your family to the Elkhorn Resort for Halloween weekend and enjoy all that the resort has to offer plus the addition of special Halloween activities including pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, an indoor costume parade, trick or treating and a family movie night.

2. Eat and shop at Lady of the Lake

Lady of the Lake shop

Photo credit: Lady of the Lake / @ladyofthelakeb

Brandon / Treaty 2 territory

Visit Lady of the Lake in Brandon to enjoy lunch; the quiche with a fresh salad is recommended. Take time to wander around the shop after your meal at this sunny café. The shop features vintage furniture, home décor, gift ideas and personal accessories.

3. Experience the history of a prairie community

Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie

Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1 territory

Learn about the life of early pioneers at Fort la Reine Museum. Discover the trials of early pioneers – follow along on their journey of trading furs for goods and living away from their families. 

4. Explore Morden Winkler

Bella's Castle Bed and Breakfast in Morden, Manitoba

Morden and Winkler / Treaty 1 territory

Explore what Morden Winkler is famous for! Take a weekend trip to this scenic area of our province. Stay in Bella’s Castle Bed & Breakfast, get a warm beverage at Other Brother Roasters, and shop until you drop at Copper & Sparrow, Dilis Boutique, Pure Anada, Tin Feather Cosmetics and more.

5. Attend a Virtual Book Launch

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Photo credit: portageandmainpress.com

Online / hosted on Treaty 1 territory

McNally Robinson Booksellers is hosting virtual book launches via zoom and will be simultaneously be streaming on YouTube. 

October 28: Geoff Kirbyson - Broken Ribs & Popcorn book launch includes a panel discussion with former NHL players Morris Lukowich and Jim Kyte, the first NHL Jets coach Tom McVie and author Geoff Kirbyson.

October 29: Tasha Spillett - From the Roots Up the sequel to Surviving the City. Tasha Spillett is a celebrated educator, poet and community activist working on land and water defence and the protection of Indigenous women and girls.

6. Trick or Treat at the Farmers Market

St. Norbert Farmers Market

Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1 territory
October 31 / 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Portage la Prairie Farmers Market will be hosting an annual Trick or Treat event. Wear a costume and trick or treat amongst the market crafters, makers, bakers, and gardeners.

7. Mennonite Heritage Village Christmas Market

Mennonite Heritage Village

Steinbach / Treaty 1 territory
October 31 / 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village and taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant. Visit October 31 and attend the Village Christmas Market. Admission to the Christmas Market is by donation in support of Steinbach’s Community Christmas.

8. Check out the HyLife Back Forty Multi-Use Trail Park

Neepawa Hylife Back Forty Bike Trail

Neepawa / Treaty 2 territory

Check out the trails and views from the new HyLife Back Forty Trail Park. The park includes walking paths, biking trails, bird watching, and picnic areas. Trails range in difficulty from beginner (easy) to expert (double black diamond), and have been marked accordingly on-site.

9. Adventure to Pinawa’s Suspension Bridge

Pinawa Suspension Bridge_photo credit @randiv

Photo credit: @randiv

Pinawa / Treaty 3 territory

The Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge is one of the most photographed bridges in Manitoba, stretching 54 metres across the scenic Pinawa Channel. Whether it is surrounded by a colourful fall foliage or winter wonderland landscape, you will not be disappointed with making a stop to check out this suspension bridge.

10. Stay a while at Farmhouse 50

farmhouse 50

Photo credit: Farmhouse 50 / @farmhouse50

Minnedosa / Treaty 2 territory

Farmhouse 50 has a shop with handcrafted products to browse from around the province. While you browse, you can sit down and relax for a moment with a specialty coffee and freshly baked treat, or if you are in the mood for something savoury, you can choose a variety of fresh, healthy, homemade lunch and dinner options. Stay overnight in the Upper Level Farmhouse Loft B&B.