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School's out and it's time to start enjoying summer (if you aren't already!) Show Manitoba some love this week by shopping local, learning at museums across the province and of course enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds us. Here are 10 things to do this week to inspire you to explore home! 

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1. Go on an eco tour at FortWhyte Alive

Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Sundays and Thursdays in July and August

Walk through scenic FortWhyte Alive while learning about the natural world. Discover how plants and animals adapt to their surroundings on the Habitat Secrets tour, which plants to live on during the Wild Edible Plants tour, the history of the area at From Bison to Bedrock, and about bison calves on the Baby Bison Walk. 

2.  Cycle through the Pembina Valley

RM of Stanley / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis

Bike in the scenic Pembina Valley for incredible views along cycling trails for all ages. The 16 kilometre Lake Minnewasta Recreational Trail is great for avid mountain bikers. It also connects to the Great Trail which uses dirt and gravel roads and single-use bike trails to guide cyclists through the beautiful oak forests and prairie fields in the area. 


3. Enjoy Manitoban musicians virtually 

Rayannah online concert with the West End Cultural Centre

Hosted online 
July 4 at 7 p.m.

Winnipeg musical artist Rayannah will be the second performer to feature in the West End Cultural Centre's new "Bring Your Own Mic" online concert series. Get a $2 ticket online and support local musicians. The next two shows will be performed by Micah Erenberg on July 25 and Leonard Sumner on August 15. 

4. Shop local

St. Norbert, Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m.

Third + Bird and St. Norbert Farmer's Market have partnered up to create SHOP! This hybrid market will feature a new rotation of makers each week, through July, keeping things fresh and fun. Enjoy food trucks, a Sip + Shop bar and many amazing local vendors. Get your $5 ticket on Eventbrite.

5. Explore the curiosities of the Sam Waller Museum

The Pas / Treaty 5, traditional land of the Cree

The Sam Waller Museum is home to many curiosities and quirky artifacts about the life and history of northern Manitoba. Take in strange curios like a two headed goat and a squirrel toasting to your good health, along with more weighty exhibits that outline the early geology, history and customs of the area. Please keep in mind, the Sam Waller Museum is currently only welcoming visitors who reside in Northern Manitoba, as per the Manitoba government's current COVID-19 guidelines. 

6. Find art in the Exchange District

Winnipeg / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, Dene and Metis
July 3

Explore Winnipeg's Exchange District during First Fridays to discover the arts scene in Winnipeg's original Downtown. Art galleries in the area have extended hours for an evening of art appreciation.

7. Take a road trip to the Interlake

Riverton Moose

Various communities in the Interlake / Treaties 1 and 2, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Ojibwa and Metis

On a beautiful summer day, a family road trip to Gimli or Winnipeg Beach is a must. But how do you make an already amazing road trip ever better? Add in some roadside attractions! On your next trip up to the beaches of the Interlake, make a few stops along the way at these six giant Interlake gems.

8. Get hands-on with history at Fort la Reine Museum

Fort la Reine Museum, Portage la Prairie

Portage la Prairie / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Dakota, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene and Assiniboine

Fort la Reine Museum has re-started their Prairie Sundays. Join their tour guides for hands-on activities like clay oven baking and potpourri making throughout the summer. You can even book a private tea party for afterwards, complete with Victorian etiquette lessons! And this week, on July 1 they are hosting their annual Vintage Car Day.

9. Visit Manitoba's second-largest city

Downtown Brandon

Brandon / Treaty 1, traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, Dakota, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dene and Assiniboine

Brandon will bring you back for more if you give it the chance. It's filled with hidden gems that are well worth a weekend trip. Discover history at the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, enjoy the surrounding natural beauty on a hike through the Brandon hills and shop and eat at local businesses in the historic downtown. 

10. Listen to live music (virtually) on July 1

Saint-Boniface Canada Day 2020

Hosted online
July 1

Kick off July with two virtual celebrations hosted by The Forks and Saint-Boniface. St-Boniface Celebrates Canada Day will feature four Manitoban artists and runs from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Over on The Forks' Facebook and YouTube you'll be able to see musicians, poets, performers and visual artists steaming from 2:00 to 7:00 PM. The event will also feature a fireworks display. Please note: both of these events are online only, there will be no in-person performances or fireworks.