It isn't officially summer but the weather sure is beautiful! So why not get outside, eat on a patio, hit the greens at the golf course or do some outdoor yoga – all activities you can enjoy this week in Manitoba. And there are still a few unique virtual experiences that you can participate in from home! Check out these 10 things to do this week in Manitoba...
1. Dine on an Exchange District Patio
Beautiful weather, tasty food and incredible architecture, what a way to kick off the summer! Enjoy world class culinary delights and stunning architecture while dining al fresco on a patio in the historic Exchange District.
2. Relax with outdoor yoga
Take a deep breath of fresh Manitoba air, and relax into a guided outdoor yoga session. Head to eastern Manitoba for outdoor yoga in Nopiming Provincial Park or visit Aurora Farm for goat and alpaca yoga! Both events require you to bring your own mat and will have physical distancing protocols in place.
3. Discover Manitoba's connection to Iceland at the New Iceland Heritage Museum
Learn about the strong Icelandic heritage in Gimli at the New Iceland Heritage Museum. The museum tells the story of the arrival of the first Icelanders in Manitoba – their struggles and their successes. In recent years the museum has also added exhibits about the first Ukrainians in the area as well as the important role of the Indigenous and Métis communities in the survival of those first settlers.
4. Feast at the Distant Dinner Party
That's right, the West End Biz is hosting another Distant Dinner Party, on Wednesday June 10. This time it will feature a meal from Good Lands Café, delivered right to your door (if you live in Winnipeg). Then you'll get to tune into a tour on Zoom, which will focus on the history of food in Manitoba and talk about edible Manitoba plants. Get your tickets on the West End Biz website before Tuesday June 9th!
5. Enjoy a virtual performance by a Manitoba musician
Manitoba Music is filling the whole in our hearts where live music should be, by hosting MB Live Sessions – virtual concerts. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. a Manitoba musician plays live on the Manitoba Music Facebook page. Last week Zuki performed live and this week, on June 11, Sierra Noble takes the virtual stage.
6. Visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery
The WAG has re-opened its doors to the public. Visit the gallery and explore one or all of their nine current galleries. One exhibit, subsist, features works from 12 artists – from photography to sculpture to painting – all centred around the discussion of Indigenous traditional practices of food sovereignty and economies.
7. Get out on the green
Get outside if Winnipeg for a day of golfing. There are plenty of course to choose from that aren't far from the city. In fact these 11 courses outside of the city are so close to home that you might not even know you're gone.
8. Explore the trails at FortWhyte Alive
In the southwest corner of Winnipeg sits the outdoor gem that is FortWhyte Alive. Walk through wetland, forest and prairie grassland while watching out for wildlife along the walking paths. After a refreshing nature walk, grab a meal to go from Buffalo Stone Café, in the site's reception centre.
9. Shop at a Farmers' Market
Get locally made goods and fresh produce at a farmers' market this week. St. Norbert Farmers' Market runs on Saturdays (and will run on Wednesdays starting June 17) with physical distancing restrictions. They are still offering online ordering if you'd rather not spend the time browsing and just want to pick up your local goods. Pineridge Hollow also starts their Farmers' Market this Saturday, June 13.
10. Take a road trip in the Interlake
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 giant mosquito or the world's largest curling rock, the roadside attractions of Manitoba will give you a smile and a great reason to get out for a road trip. Head off on an Interlake road trip to see these six fun and wacky roadside attractions!