Psst...we have the secret recipe for beckoning in the new season. Just add a pinch of migration magic, combine with a hearty serving of crackling bonfires and blend in some pumpkin spice for good measure. Ready to make this delicious autumn concoction yourself? Here are our picks for 10 things to do in Manitoba this week...
1. Savour a fall weekend in Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park
Golden hues, crunchy leaves, warm fires - what could be better than a fall weekend in Riding Mountain National Park? Snuggle into an oTENTik or check out a number of events happening this weekend. First up: join Lakehouse for a Feast in the Forest on September 20, 7:00 pm. The experience begins with a sunset hike through Wasagaming where you will learn about the town's unexpected dark history. From there, you will arrive to a crackling fire where an amazing spread of locally made dishes and craft cocktails await. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. On September 21, Clear Lake Danceland will play host to 20+ local food and beverage makers at LoveLocalMB, an evening of sipping, sampling and savouring Manitoba-made products.
2. Watch the migration
Oak Hammock Marsh and FortWhyte Alive
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. Watch this natural wonder unfold at a number of weekly events, including Sunset Feasts, Sound Safaris and Birding Breakfasts, at FortWhyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh.
3. Uncover a mystery at the Manitoba Legislative Building
Manitoba Legislative Building Main Entrance, Winnipeg
For the Dan Brown fans, the Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building is the perfect way to discover an architectural wonder while uncovering a few mysteries of the occult. Join Dr. Frank Albo as he takes guests on a journey unlike any other filled with intrigue at every turn.
4. Ex-beer-ience an ale tour
Meet at The Forks
In case you missed it, Winnipeg is getting pretty good at this craft beer thing – and Winnipeg Trolley Company wants you to experience a taste of the scene. The Ale Trail Craft Brewery Tour is a delicious introduction to three of Winnipeg’s top breweries, set to the backdrop of our capital city’s wicked past.
5. Discover our prehistoric past
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T-Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.
6. Keep your campfires burning
Why should camping end in the summer? Keep those campfires going all autumn long with an extended campground season. Wake up in the morning to crisp air, a warm cup of coffee and a mosaic of red, yellow and orange. Here is the full list of campgrounds who have extended their season. Don’t forget to pack the marshmallows.
7. Carve, bake and celebrate at the Teulon Pumpkinfest
Pumpkin enthusiasts, gardeners and artisans alike will gather at Pumpkinfest this weekend in Teulon. Fill up on pumpkin pie, participate in a workshop or enter a competition. Are you a master canner? Cake boss? Professional carver? Gardening connoisseur? At Pumpkinfest, talents of all types are recognized and celebrated. With $1000 up for grabs, the biggest award of the event will go to one lucky (and giant) pumpkin in the Largest Pumpkin Contest. Bigger is better!
8. Fall in love with red pandas at the zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Celebrate International Red Panda Day by visiting the Zoo to take part in a series of special activities to help you learn more about red pandas and what you can do to make a positive impact on their survival in the wild.
9. Get your fill at a fall supper
Various dates and locations
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home-cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long-standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.
September 17: Winkler Bible Camp Fall Supper
September 20: Landmark Fall Supper
September 22: Argyle Fall Supper, Richer Fall Supper, Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Fall Supper, La Salle Fall Supper, Gordon Howard Centre Fall Supper, Friedensfeld Community Center Fall Dinner, Flin Flon Fall Supper
10. Feel the luck of the Irish at the Winnipeg Irish Festival
Fort Rouge Crescent United Church
The Winnipeg Irish Festival is back for another year to celebrate Irish culture and music. Join an afternoon of workshops and music, or check out the evening variety show featuring a number of Winnipeg performers of Irish trad music.