As we move into Phase 2 of Manitoba's re-opening we are able to get out and start exploring Manitoba once again. Parks, museums and restaurants are slowly and safely re-opening their doors so we can enjoy the great attractions and public spaces we love and miss. Here are 10 things you can re-discover this week in our province. It's time to show Manitoba some love.
Please remember to practice physical distancing and follow the government's safety recommendations, and any regulations set forth by any of the following organizations.
1. Marvel at Manitoba's marine fossils
Did you know that most of Manitoba was once covered by a giant glacial lake? Now you can once again discover the aquatic creatures that lived in Lake Agassiz at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden. The CFDC hosts the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada, including Bruce, the largest displayed mosasaur fossil in the world. The CFDC re-opened June 1, 2020. Please see the CFDC website for current health and safety protocols.
2. Take a hike
Breathe in the fresh air. Smile at nature's beauty. Take some time to appreciate this beautiful province. Now is a good time to deviate from routine, and explore somewhere new. Take off on the Elk Island Loop, discover the Blue Lakes Trail in Duck Mountain Provincial Park or check out one of these 20 hiking trails you probably haven't heard of.
3. Visit a Victorian home, online or in-person
Dalnavert Museum in Winnipeg's downtown has opened their doors once more to in-person visitors. The 1895 Victorian mansion will give you a "day-in-the-life" experience of the 19th century. As part of their safety precautions you must book in advance and make an appointment for a tour if you are going to visit the house. If you're still staying home and hesitant to venture out to the museum, you can also take a 3D virtual tour on the Dalnavert website.
4. Get in touch with Manitoba's military history
View artifacts, uniforms and various aircrafts used by Commonwealth countries, including Canada, during World War II at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum. This museum is housed at the Brandon Municipal Airport and features a hangar filled with aircrafts that are over 50 years old, some of which can still be flown today.
5. Visit the animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
Visit your favourite furry, feathered and fierce friends as Assiniboine Park Zoo re-opens their doors to the public. Most indoor spaces remain closed but the outdoor walkways are open, as well as the popular Gateway to the Arctic in the Journey to Churchill exhibit. Please see the Assiniboine Park Zoo website for current health and safety protocols.
6. Embark on a roadside attraction road trip
Across Manitoba you'll find sometimes wonderful, sometimes bizarre, and always enormous roadside attractions. Each one represents its surrounding community in some way. Whether it's a play on words, like Happy Rock in Gladstone, or a reminder of the town's agricultural history, like the antique tractor in Austin, the roadside attractions of Manitoba will give you a smile and a great reason to get out for a road trip. Start with these 9 awesome roadside attractions in western Manitoba and keep your eye out for more road trip routes on our blog in the coming weeks!
7. Listen to Mardi Jazz at home
The Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain continues to host incredible musicians every Tuesday, just without an audience. But if you want to get your local music fix, you can head over to their YouTube to see past musical performances (as well as French stand-up comedy). Or tune in live on Facebook for a new jazz performance Tuesday June 2 at 8 p.m.
8. Go on a cycling scavenger hunt
The Social Distancing Alley Cat Race is a fun way to get out and explore Winnipeg on a bike. Take photos, make sketches and strike poses around the city as you complete the scavenger hunt tasks set forth by the race organizers. The current race ends this Sunday June 7, but that still leaves plenty of time to knock out a few scavenger hunt tasks.
9. Enjoy a massage at Thermëa
Although Winnipeg's Nordik spa – Thermëa – is not yet opening their pools, saunas or relaxation areas, you can now book a massage. There are four massage options, from relaxation to intensive and you can book online through their website. Let's be honest, we could all use a massage right about now.
10. Get some greenery
Now that spring has sprung, there are no shortage of greenhouses open that will be able to satisfy both your indoor and outdoor garden needs. Shelmerdine Garden Centre (Headingley), Lacoste Garden Centre (Winnipeg), The Green Spot (Brandon) and The Garden Spot (Swan River) have reopened with careful social distancing measures in place, so if you don't have your garden figured out yet, it's time! Or if you're more of an indoor plant person you can check out our blog post for more places to get your plant fix.