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A summer staycation is a wonderful thing when you live in Manitoba. Art, culture, sport and nature come together to form our incredible province. So show Manitoba some love this summer by exploring home. Here are 10 things to do this week to inspire you to explore and experience Manitoba. 

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1. Discover Icelandic heritage in Manitoba

Exhibit at the New Iceland Heritage Museum

New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli

In the heart of Gimli, along the shores of Lake Winnipeg, is the New Iceland Heritage Museum. It's here that you can discover the story of the settlement of New Iceland through high quality permanent exhibits and traveling exhibits, which change quarterly.

2. See the world's largest mosasaur

Bruce the mosasaur at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

Head to Morden to see the renovated Mosasaur Hall at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre. Check out Bruce, the largest mosasaur on display in the world, and four other assembled skeletons.

3. Venture across the Souris Swinging Bridge

Souris

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.


4. Get dressed up for a virtual Drag Safe Grad

Virtual Drag Safe Grad 2020

Hosted online | June 26

Put on your best grad party look and tune in for the first virtual Drag Safe Grad. Join Principal Prairie Sky and Vice-Principal Cake for a grad ceremony complete with rap, dance and of course drag performances.

5. Delight in French music

Lisa LeBlanc will perform during Saint-Boniface Célèbre

Hosted online | June 24

Celebrate the first days of summer and Manitoba's Francophone community with Saint-Boniface Célèbre. Enjoy music from nine Franco-Manitoban artists, like Lisa LeBlanc and Kelly Bado. This year the concert will be hosted online.

6. Road trip through the Narrows

Lundar Goose

Check out some roadside attractions in Manitoba! Take a road trip up highway 6 and through the Lake Manitoba Narrows to the Parkland region. There, you will encounter beautiful scenery AND a great collection of landmarks that your kids will love. See our blog post for a suggested route.

7. Splish Splash  

Floating on tubes down the Pinawa Channel

Summer + sun = splish splash fun. Make family memories by hitting the road, exploring corners of the province you've never been to and stopping at some of these wet 'n' wild waterparks or floaty activities

8. Relax at Thermëa

Exterior of main Thermea building

Thermëa, Winnipeg | starting June 22

Thermëa re-opens their thermal experience June 22. The saunas will remain closed for now but you can still enjoy the thermal pools, enjoy a boxed lunch and schedule a massage. Book in advance through Thermëa's website.

9. Jazz up your week

Chuck Copenace performs virtually with Jazz Winnipeg

Hosted online | June 25

Missing Jazz Fest this year? You can still catch a virtual performance hosted by Jazz Winnipeg as part of the Apart Together series. Chuck Copenace will perform original music with his groove-based Jazz group on June 25. 

10. Explore multicultural identity through art

Weaving Cultural Identities at the Urban Shaman Gallery

Urban Shaman Gallery | Until July 31

A new exhibit has come to the Urban Shaman art gallery. Weaving Cultural identities is an exhibition that celebrates diversity and cultural heritage through textiles. The exhibit features works from 18 artists and are on display at the gallery until July 31.