The long weekend is almost here, and while we’re all getting excited for Easter eggs and carved ham, you should also look at how you’re going to be making the most of this exciting (and delicious) week in Manitoba. Get your chocolate fix at various locations throughout Winnipeg at Ciao’s Chocolatefest, or head to St Pierre Jolys for a sugar spike. McCreary also has something sweet to offer, with plenty of maple syrup available at the annual Maple Syrup Festival. Ready to satiate your sweet tooth? Here’s what’s hot..
Go crazy for cocoa at Ciao’s Chocolatefest
April 1 to 30
Did someone say chocolate? Forget Christmas, this is the best time of the year in Manitoba. The Ciao! Magazine’s 12th annual Chocolatefest is 30 days of non-stop chocolatey goodness. This year features SCRUMPTIOUS options for $7 each. Eat your way through chocolate desserts from Café Ce Soir, Decadence Chocolates, Piazza De Nardi and more.
Learn about the birds and the bees
On until April 16
Prairie Theatre Exchange
What other play has turkeys, virgins and a local bee population all in one performance? The Birds and the Bees centers on a town about to hold its last-ever annual Turkey Days (tragic, yes). Newly divorced turkey farmer, Sarah, is headed home to her mother Gail; an avid bee keeper. That’s where Ben comes in, a 23-year-old virgin focused on studying the decline of the bee population. I don’t know about you, but they had me at Turkey Days.
Flashback to the 90s
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
If the 90’s are your favourite era, you’re in luck. Join into the arena-sized dance part at the I LOVE THE 90s TOUR, one of the most sought-after events in North America. See iconic acts such as Salt N Pepa, Rob Base, All 4 One, Color Me Badd, Young MC and Biz Markie.
Join in on an Easter festivity
Various dates and locations
Start your Easter Sunday (April 16) with a delicious brunch at FortWhyte Alive’s Buffalo Stone Cafe and enjoy a ham carving station, Eggs Benedict, fresh baked goodies; all in the beauty of FortWhyte. Once you’ve had your fill, bring your little ones through the grounds in search of hidden Easter eggs. Outside the city, Oak Hammock Marsh is having an Easter-filled weekend with Bunny Bingo, a GPS egg hunt and Sunday lunch.
Immerse yourself in a theatrical performance
On until April 15
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Widower Jake has given up everything and made all the sacrifices in an attempt to be the best caretaker to his disabled son, Joey. But as Joey enters adolescence and disaster strikes, the question is raised: Who is taking care of who? This fast-paced dark comedy examines the theme of how and why we care for the people we love.
Decode the mystery of the Legislature
Wednesday evenings from April 12 to October 25
Manitoba Legislative Building
Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.
Watch me neigh neigh
April 14 to 16
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Celebrate the power and wonder of the horse-human relationship at Horse3! The event features a multitude of equine disciplines like clinics, demonstrations and entertainment. You can also Ride-with-the-Experts and see the latest products at the H3 Trade Show.
Tour our quirky roadside attractions
Catfish, garter snakes and a very tall viking are just a few of the strange monuments found in Manitoba. Head out on the road to discover our local mascots with a Roadside Madness road trip. Tour our province’s quirkiest roadside attractions while taking in the scenery, shops and restaurants that each location has to offer. Twitter user NHLJets2point0 covered 830 km on the second #shaunaslandmarkchallenge2016. How many can you see in one day?
Take a trek in the Whiteshell
McGillivray Falls self-guiding trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Trek through one of the Whiteshell’s most beautiful gems, McGillivray Falls. This self-guided hiking trail is located off Highway 44 close to Caddy Lake. Spring is the best time of the year to check out this hiking trail as the rapids are rushing from McGillivray Lake into Caddy Lake – Just be sure to bring water-proof footwear! The waterfalls are located at the beginning of the hiking trail and from there you can either hike a short 2.8 km loop or take the 4.6 km loop that takes you all the way to McGillivray Lake.
Take a flight back in time
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
People today take passenger travel for granted. Indeed, there was a time when taking off from Winnipeg seemed like a far-fetched dream. By 1938, Winnipeg’s central position made it the perfect spot for the new Trans-Canada Air Line’s head office, transforming the city into one of the country’s busiest air centres. The historic building is now home to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, where you can take a guided tour of the original headquarters, step aboard the Vickers Viscount and go on a trip back in time.