Fall is all around us, and it's a lovely week to get out and enjoy it. This week, take a scenic and historic hike, relax with a pumpkin spice body scrub or learn about historic sites in Brandon -- it's up to you to decide how to join into the fun! Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Walk the Crow Wing Trail
Crow Wing Trail / Treaty 1 territory
The Crow Wing Trail makes up the longest portion of The Great Trail in Manitoba stretching from Emerson to Winnipeg. This week, hike the 12kms between St. Pierre-Jolys and St. Malo. Learn about the trail's history along the way and bookend the hike with a visit to the St. Malo Grotto and the St. Pierre-Jolys Museum.
2. Relax at a spa
Elkhorn Resort, Onanole / Treaty 2 territory
After a busy summer of exploring Manitoba, we all deserve a little relaxation. Head to Elkhorn Resort, on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park for a full day of pampering at Solstice Spa. If you're a true fall fanatic you can even get the Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub, the perfect way to find autumn relaxation.
3. See the "ruins" of Pinawa Dam
Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park / Treaty 3 territory
Though no longer functional, the Pinawa Dam is over 100 years old and is a marvel of engineering that still stands today. Explore the hardly ruined dam and hike through the beautiful scenery that surrounds it in Pinawa Dam Provincial Heritage Park.
4. Explore Brandon on a self-guided walking tour
Downtown Brandon / Treaty 2 territory
Learn about important buildings and heritage homes in Downtown Brandon with the 'Tripvia Tours' app. Pass by prominent points of interest such as the Brandon Federal building, Daly House Museum and the McKenzie building, and hear stories about past residents of heritage homes on two self-guided walking tours.
5. Admire fall colours while on horseback
9 Finger Ranch, Rossburn / Treaty 2 territory
Surround yourself with gorgeous lakes and rolling hills at 9 Finger Ranch, located in Rossburn, on the south end of Riding Mountain National Park. At this ranch, you can saddle up and take a ride off the beaten path on horseback for a chance to view wildlife and explore the vast National Park area. Book a half-day or whole-day ride, or stay in the available cabins and rooms for a weekend getaway on the ranch.
6. Have an adventure in the Pembina Valley
Morden & Winkler / Treaty 1 territory
Spend a weekend in the Morden Winkler area. Go ziplining above the amazing fall foliage, visit museums and eat at local restaurants. Get inspiration from the adventure of YouTubers He Goes She Goes, who shared their trip to the Pembina Valley this week.
7. Learn the history of the rails
Dauphin Railway Museum, Dauphin / Treaty 2 territory
Browse artifacts, photographs and archival materials relating to 100 years of railway history in the Parkland region at the Dauphin Railway Museum. The museum is housed inside the 1912 railway station and visitors can also see a caboose, and one of the last turntable roundhouses in Canada. The museum is currently open on Saturdays or by appointment.
8. Learn about aircraft and military history
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon / Treaty 2 territory
Spend an afternoon at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum and enjoy the interactive aircraft exhibits and learn about military history. Along with the many vintage aircrafts and vehicles on display in the hanger, visitors should see the memorial wall outside with over 18,000 engraved names of men and women who lost their lives serving in the RCAF during WWII. Visitors must wear a mask while touring the museum.
9. Visit Manitoba's Valley Paradise
Minnedosa / Treaty 2 territory
Minnedosa is known as Manitoba’s Valley Paradise – and a visit to the town will show you why! There are plenty of ways to spend the day in Minnedosa; from walking the flag trail between the Heritage Village and the spillway to see flags from various countries around the world to taking a self-guided tour of the stone buildings located within the town. Other must-sees are the Rotary Suspension Bridge, the Historic Train Engine & Caboose and Bison Park.
10. Admire Manitoban art
Photo credit: Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment
Prairie Fusion Arts Centre, Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1 territory
Two exhibits wrap up at the Prairie Fusion Arts Centre this week. See the fibre art in the Prairie Perspectives display until October 8 and the Main Gallery exhibition – Celebrate Canada – on until October 9. The gallery requests that all visitors phone ahead to make an appointment to visit the exhibits.