Next weekend is a busy one: it's Fathers' Day and the official start of summer. So this week, try floating down the Pinawa Channel, check out the bike trails at Asessippi Resort or catch a feature film at a drive-in movie theatre. Here are 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Shop local at St. Norbert Farmers' Market
The St. Norbert Farmers' Market Wednesday market opens for its 2020 season on June 17, with brand new hours. Head to the market from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday (or from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday), enjoy a meal from a food truck vendor, and pick up all you need for a fabulous week of local products. Support local at St. Norbert Farmers' Market!
2. Catch a drive-in movie
Drive up, lean your seat back and enjoy! A drive-in movie is just that easy. This week, a drive-in movie theatre is popping up at the Winnipeg airport. There are 14 movie showings to choose from.. If you can’t make it to Winnipeg, you can also catch a movie at the Stardust Drive-In in Morden this summer.
3. Float and Paddle down the Pinawa Channel
Enjoy an afternoon on the water with Pinawa Channel Float & Paddle. Rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board for a little light exercise as you go, or just rent a tube and allow the current to leisurely take you downstream.
4. Watch a virtual workshop with the sākihiwē festival
The sākihiwē festival (formerly Aboriginal Music Week) will happen virtually this year in August, but they are making local Indigenous music accessible to many right now through their online dance and songwriting workshops. This week’s workshops feature the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, Damase Elis, Don Amero and Andrina Turenne.
5. Celebrate pride month
Winnipeg Pride has been postponed until September but there are still ways to celebrate Pride Month in the province. Club 200 and Fame Nightclub in Winnipeg have both reopened and often have shows on the weekends. Morden Pride will also be launching their digital written media gallery, a collection of poems, stories and essays, on June 20.
6. Visit the Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum has re-opened its doors, with COVID-19 restrictions in place. Take your family out to visit the galleries, or go online and participate in one of their virtual programs. This week, on June 16, they will have a virtual pop-up talk about The Jingle Dress.
7. Go camping
Is it even summer in Manitoba if you don't go camping? There are so many amazing camping options - there's one for every style of camper - and here are 15 campgrounds that still have availability this summer.
8. Go to a drive-in diner
Anyone else miss going out to eat? As some restaurants start to open again in the province, one thing’s for sure: our favourite drive-ins are still serving up treats from their to-go windows. Grab a bite to eat from one of these 42 drive-ins outside of Winnipeg. (Check opening hours before you go.)
9. Virtually explore a historic site
Though Fort Gibraltar has not yet opened its physical doors to the public, you can still explore this re-constructed historical fort virtually. Check out the online tour here.
10. Ride the trails at Asessippi
Asessippi is well known for its skiing and snowboarding in the winter, but now that the snow is gone, they’re getting ready to welcome mountain bikers to the hill. The trails open Saturday, June 20. Get your bike lift pass now on their website.