Fall has officially arrived and with it many of the season's best features. Enjoy the fall colours in nearly every area of the province, eat a hearty meal from a drive-by fall supper and shop at a local pop-up market. Here are ten things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Eat your heart out at a new burger week
Morden & Winkler area / Treaty 1 territory
September 28 to October 3
Enjoy the Morden & Winkler region's first ever Burger Week! Fourteen restaurants are getting creative with a breaded brie cheese wheel, hickory potato chips and even farmers sausage making an appearance on some of these burgers. Visit the Explore Morden Winkler website for a full list of participating restaurants.
2. Go to a drive-by fall supper
Zhoda Community Hall, Zhoda / 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! On October 3, the community of Zhoda will hold its drive-by fall supper from 3 to 6 p.m. For $15 you'll get a full plate of perogies, cabbage rolls, meatballs and more.
3. Plan a fall getaway in Clear Lake Country
Riding Mountain National Park / Treaty 2 territory
By mid-September much of the summertime crowds have dissipated in Riding Mountain National Park. Left behind is a beautiful display of fall colours, roaring campfires, and a quiet and quaint townsite. If this appeals to you, check out this blog post to unlock the ultimate fall getaway.
4. Explore an outdoor art gallery
Altona / Treaty 1 Territory
The Gallery in the Park is a must-see in Altona. Wander through the outdoor space and admire the sculptures that dot the property. Then head inside the heritage-house-turned-gallery for hand-painted, textile and photography art exhibits.
5. Tune into a music livestream
Sundays until October 25 / 7 p.m.
Quiet Concerts was started in Brandon as a unique in-person concert event at the Brandon Public Library, now it has expanded so you can listen in from home. Tune in this Sunday on Facebook or YouTube to listen to the Brandon indie-rock artist Shotgun Jimmie.
6. Capture the colours of fall in the Whiteshell
Whiteshell Provincial Park / Treaty 3 territory
Get the most out of the fall colours before they’re covered in snow! Whiteshell Provincial Park is a great place to head out on a trail through the changing trees, take a final bike ride around the South side of Falcon Lake or discover the historic and natural sites like Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary and the Whiteshell River Suspension Bridge.
7. Shop at a local pop-up market
Keystone Grounds, Brandon / Treaty 2 territory
October 2 & 3
Shop from over a dozen Manitoba makers at this year's Apple + Pine Farmers' Market. Shop jewelry, clothing and food at this outdoor pop-up event. Tickets are $5 and it is recommended to purchase in advance from the Apple + Pine website.
8. Venture across the Souris Swinging Bridge
Souris / Treaty 2 territory
The Souris Swinging Bridge is one of Manitoba’s Star Attractions. Over 5,000 visitors cross the bridge every year. Nestled in the heart of the town of Souris and spanning the Souris River, the Swinging Bridge is a must see in this vibrant community.
9. Kayak at Steep Rock
Steep Rock / Treaty 2 territory
Get out for a fall paddle on Lake Manitoba in an area where thousands of years of waves lapping against limestone have created unique rock formations. Steep Rock Beach Café is a popular spot for a light bite to eat while Steep Rock Canoe & Kayak offers rentals to get you out on the blue waters.
10. Relax on Hecla Island
Hecla Grindstone Provincial Park / Treaty 2 territory
Take the drive to Hecla Island and experience some of what the Interlake region has to offer. Journey along the Lighthouse Trail with its stunning views of the shoreline with Lake Winnipeg on one side and Gull Harbour on the other until you arrive at the island’s lighthouse and most iconic feature. Stay overnight at Gull Harbour, which offers a fantastic lakefront location and 12 guest rooms to choose from (each with a waterfront view).