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This week, you'll have plenty of opportunity to be amazed at the wonders of the province. Whether it be giant pumpkins, the tiniest carvings, scenic drives and out-of-this-world theatrical performances, there's something to behold around every corner. Here are our 10 picks for this week in Manitoba.

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1. Go on a sub-arctic adventure to see the northern lights

Various dates, North Seal River Lodge, Northern Manitoba

Travel to Gangler’s Sub-Arctic and experience an unforgettable northern lights show in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Tour the beautiful sub-arctic tundra and discover a world most will never experience. This region is teeming with wildlife, unique plant life, Indigenous history & geological wonders you can only experience here.


 

2. Put your pumpkin to the test at the Roland Pumpkin Fair

October 5 | Roland

If you know anything about Roland, Manitoba, you know it's the home of Pumpkin royalty. The giant gourd in town was built in honour of the town’s Pumpkin King, Edgar VanWyck, who grew a pumpkin large enough to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. The spirit of the Pumpkin King lives on at the annual Roland Pumpkin Fair, where savvy pumpkin farmers put their pumpkins to the test at the Great Pumpkin & Vegetable Commonwealth Weigh-Off. If you don't have a pumpkin to enter into the competition, you can also enjoy beer gardens, craft sales, food vendors, a tea room, children's activities and more. 

3. Watch a fresh drama at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre Bang Bang

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

4. See over 100 miniature carvings

On until February 9, 2020 | Winnipeg Art Gallery

As we wait in anticipation for the Inuit Art Centre to open, get a glimpse of what's to come with the Small Worlds: Inuit Miniature Carving exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  The exhibition contains a collection of more than 100 miniature carvings by Inuit artists that will amaze you in their intricate level of detail, artistry and precision. 

5. Catch a hockey game

Will drive for hockey? Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Vancouver Giants on October 4 and the Edmonton Oil Kings on October 5. While you're in Brandon - why not make a weekend out of it? We have the makings for a perfect fall getaway in the Wheat City.

6. Go ziplining in the Pembina Valley

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. 

7. Take a scenic drive

With the changing colours and mild temperatures, now is the best time to take a drive in Manitoba. One thing’s for certain, no matter where you are, or where you have been, there’s always something new that you can discover along the way. So sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery with these 3 recommended routes. Sometimes even the best destinations are all about the journey.

8. Make your way through a Manitoba themed escape room

On until October 4 | Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie

This brand new escape room at the Fort la Reine Museum will take you back in time to post WW1, when the Winnipeg General Strike was just about to begin. Work through clues to discover how this southern Manitoba doctor changed the face of the region, just one year prior in 1918.

9. Delight in an evening under the big top

On until October 20 | Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg

You're invited to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Amaluna tells the story of Queen Prospera as she directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony; a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance. That is, until a group of young men land on the island, triggering an epic story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor.

10. Shop a craft sale

Various dates and locations

Love giving handmade gifts but don't have a creative bone in your body? Fear not, craft show season is just around the corner which means you can shop handcrafted goods from hundreds of local vendors before the holidays arrive. There are two craft sales to check out this week:

Oct 5-6 | BrandonBrandon’s Big One Arts & Crafts Sale, Keystone Centre

Oct 5 | Selkirk: Craft Sale, Selkirk Rec Complex 180 Easton Dr.