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Autumn is quickly descending upon Manitoba. Make the most of the changing season this week by experiencing the magic of migration, ziplining above the changing foliage in the Pembina Valley or taking in art and culture events around the province. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba.


1. Take a drive through history with Parks Canada

Cars at Lower Fort Garry for the Red River Valley driving tour with Parks Canada

Red River Valley / Treaty 1 territory
Thursdays in October / Begins at 6:30 p.m.

Discover the history and architecture that helped shape much of Southern Manitoba in this 90-minute, 55km driving experience through ten locations in the Red River Valley, all from the comfort of your car! Tickets are $15.60 per vehicle. Reservations are required and filling fast! Call 204-785-6050 to book your spot. For more details visit the Parks Canada website.

2. Celebrate art and culture in its many forms


Various locations across Manitoba / Treaty 1, 2 and 5 territories
September 26 to October 25

The national Culture Days festival is back this year with both in-person and online events. Nearly 50 events will take place across the province in Winnipeg, Brandon, Dauphin and The Pas that celebrate culture in its many forms – visual art, music, dance, history and much more. Many of the events take place on September 26 which is Nuit Blanche, where art installations will pop up for an evening of art in Winnipeg. For a full listing of events visit the Culture Days website. 

3. Enjoy dinner and nature's show

FortWhyte Alive Fall Migration

FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory
Wednesday to Sunday until October 3

Enjoy a three course seasonal-inspired meal by SMITH Restaurant at the annual Goose Flight Feasts. Watch as the sun slowly sets over the lake at FortWhyte Alive and geese begin landing in a stunning natural display.

4. Take in the magic of the fall migration

Oak Hammock Marsh

Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall / Treaty 1 territory
September 26 & 27

Take some time out on a crisp, autumn evening to witness and experience the magic of fall migration. Head to Oak Hammock Marsh this weekend to experience this natural wonder during the Migration Festival. Rent a canoe for a paddle on the marsh, learn about bird banding and marvel at the sunset fly-in as the geese settle for the night.

5. Experience art like never before

Imagine Van Gogh – The Immersive Exhibition Photo by Laurence Labat

RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
September 24 to October 31

Step inside the paintings of Van Gogh at the Imagine Van Gogh Immersive Exhibition. Admire The Starry Night, Irises and Sunflowers, or be drawn into the intimacy of his Bedroom in Arles. The exhibit is accompanied by music from the great composers like Mozart, Bach and Satie to create a full sensory experience. 

6. Enjoy a fall supper, drive-thru style

Fall Suppers Manitoba

Pansy and Tolstoi / Treaty 1 Territory

Normally fall would be full of fall suppers in nearly every community across the province. This year, there are few that have adapted to accommodate physical distancing by hosting drive-thru fall suppers! The Pansy Fall Supper will take place at Pansy Hall on September 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Each takeout container costs $17. Also this week, the Tolstoi Drive-By Fall Supper will take place on September 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

7. Watch the Red River Paddle Challenge

Red River Paddle Challenge

Red River, Winnipeg to Lockport / Treaty 1 territory
September 26 / Race begins at 9:00 a.m.

Head to the St. Vital Park boat launch to watch as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and other paddle craft take to the river for the Red River Paddle Challenge. Competitors will paddle 45 kms down the river to Lockport where there will be a finish line celebration at Half Moon Drive In.

8. Appreciate live theatre at FemFest 2020 

Monstrous at FemFest 2020Photo of performance Monstrous - FemFest 2020

Online and various locations, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 Territory
September 19 to 27

The annual theatre festival FemFest – showcasing plays by women for everyone – will be in-person and online this year. Over nine days the festival will present 27 shows, workshops, readings and walking tours. See the full schedule and find ticket details on their website.

9. Have a staycation at the Fairmont

The Winnipeg skyline from the pool at the Fairmont Winnipeg

Fairmont, Winnipeg / Treaty 1 territory

Have your own little getaway at the Fairmont Winnipeg this weekend. Book a room, get into a cozy robe, take a dip in the pool and enjoy a delicious meal at the Velvet Glove. While you're there, take some time to explore the surrounding Downtown and Exchange District neighbourhoods. 

10.  Go ziplining in the Pembina Valley

Hy-wire ZipliningPhoto by: Liz Tran

Pembina Valley / Treaty 1 Territory

Fly through the air and take in the stunning fall foliage on a ziplining adventure. Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures will take you into the Pembina Valley from 200 feet above with their signature 5 or 8 line tour. The tour includes 1 km of hiking with the average outing lasting just over an hour.