Free fun can sometimes be hard to find, with such events and activities far, few and in-between. But if you’re a if-it’s-free-count-me-in kind of guy or gal, you’d be pleasantly surprised to know that Manitoba speaks your language. Here are a few free things to do when you’re low on cash, or just plain ole cheap.
For the city slicker
If the city is where your heart is and beer is a language you speak, then look no further than a free tour of the Half Pints Brewery. Every Saturday from 1 p.m. the brewery invites up to 20 visitors in to learn about how beer is made, and best of all, to sample some of its brews. For the artsy types, the Exchange District is a great place to explore. First Fridays present an especially great opportunity to see the new works of Manitoba’s creators. A scenic and leisurely stroll around the four-season playground that is The Forks offers opportunities to discover cool things about the province with the rivers as the backdrop.
For the history buff
Museums offer a wealth of information so isn’t it good to know that you can learn something new without it costing you a penny? Air Force Heritage Park and Museum has Canada’s most extensive collection of military aircraft and you can visit the park at any time. The Winnipeg Police Museum at the police headquarters in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, has displays that date back to the 1800s and you can even schedule a tour at your own convenience. While a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has an admission fee, on the first Wednesday of every month, you have the reprieve of free entry.
For the romantic at heart
You don’t have break the bank to impress your date. In fact, just a little bit of thought and effort could go a long way in securing another rendezvous. Assiniboine Park offers a free service on its 34-seater trolley from The Forks. Once you’re in the park, stroll around the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden just a short distance from the Pavilion.
For the water baby
Want to combine your love of water with your love of thrift? With summertime just around the corner, Manitoba has a few ideal spots where you cab do both. Head to Minnedosa and soak up the rays as you sit on the sandy shores. Gimli Beach is always a great place for a family outing, while Morden’s Lake Minnewasta has some of the calmest waters that can be either teeming with people, or uncannily serene, depending on the day you go.
For the outdoor enthusiast
Are you one of those who never needs an excuse or coaxing to leave the house? So long as you’re outdoors, with minimal to no costs involved you’re there? If a city hike speaks to your plein air passions the Assiniboine Forest’s all-weather trail is a healthy balance of a wilderness hike in the city. Living Prairie Museum is home to more than 150 species of wildflowers and prairie grasses, and an array of prairie wildlife. At the Interlake’s Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail you’ll discover a boardwalk shaded by trees on either side and dotted with some of nature’s wonders like insect-eating and Indigenous-healing plants.
For the music lover
Somewhere in Manitoba, there will be a free concert series happening from the time the temperature hits the double digits. In Winnipeg, the Downtown Concert Series pops up in different spots on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. In Morden, Big Times in the Suncatch always happens on a Friday evening, while the Selkirk Waterfront Concert Series takes over the waterfront at least one day each month during the summer.