With hockey games, bustling markets and the beginning of the annual polar bear migration underway, there's a ton of movement and excitement going on this week in the province. It's up to you to decide how to join into the fun. Here are our 10 picks for this week in Manitoba...
1. Watch a fresh drama at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
Tom Keenan, Beverly Ndukwu, Warona Setshwaelo. Set Designer Adam Parboosingh, Costume Designer Joseph Abetria, Lighting Designer Scott Henderson. Photo by Dylan Hewlett.
Starting October 2
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Theatre season has arrived! Kicking off the season at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is Bang Bang, a fresh contemporary drama that will make you rethink the meaning behind the phrase "based on a true story." When a black female police officer shoots an unarmed young black man, a white playwright uses this event as inspiration for his hit play soon to be adapted into a movie. But will he stay true to the facts? Grab your tickets here.
2. Adventure to the polar bear capital of the world
October 10 to 17
Churchill Northern Studies Centre
The annual migration of polar bears has begun in Churchill, Manitoba and one of the best ways to experience this natural wonder is on a learning vacation with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. The Lords of the Arctic itinerary includes two full days touring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area aboard a custom-built tundra vehicle. This is Centre's most popular program and all proceeds support scientific research in Churchill.
3. See an absurdist dramedy at Prairie Theatre Exchange
On until October 20
Prairie Theatre Exchange
Trace the history of Canada from pre-settlers to current day in this absurdist dramedy by playwright Ian Ross. The Third Colour is told through the eyes of two spirits in the shape of Indigenous women and poses the questions: "How did we get here?" and "What's next?"
4. Try a new bakery
Fresh baking…the aroma alone can waft away any worry and warm the chilliest fall day. While the art of baking may be lost on some of us, luckily, there’s a bakery (quite a few, actually) for that. Check out 10 bakeries outside the breadbox.
5. Cheer on those feisty Jets
October 10 and 13
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Minnesota Wild on October 10 and the Pittsburgh Penguins on October 13. There’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at the MTS Centre’s surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries.
6. Catch a thrill at a Halloween attraction
Things always tend to get a little eerie at this time of the year, when the fog rolls in over the lake and all sorts of ghouls and ghosts follow in its path. There's no point in trying to run. Instead, join into these 23 Halloween attractions.
7. Visit a hobby farm
Is there anything more quaint than a fall day on the farm? There are a variety of hobby farms that open their doors for petting zoos and workshops: Aurora Farms, Six Pines, Deer Meadow Farms and Kismet Creek Farms. Your kids will LOVE meeting the animals.
8. Shop a farmers' market, or two
Whether you're making homemade soup or yummy desserts and pies, it's the best time of the year to shop local for your produce. For a full list of farmers’ markets happening this week across the province, visit our website.
9. Learn how to photograph the migration
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
Manitoba is a key resting spot for over 400,000 geese, ducks and other migratory birds on their way from their nesting grounds in Canada’s north to their winter homes down south. This week at FortWhyte Alive, learn how to photograph the migration with Walter Potreba Photography. Bring your own camera and lenses*, and head outside to snap shots of geese as they land on Lake Devonian.
10. Take your die-hard devotion to the Bombers field
October 12 | Investors Group Field, Winnipeg
Summer may be gone, but football fans are die-hard in their devotion. Be a part of the action as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers take on the Montreal Alouettes at the Investors Group Field.