Robin Williams once said, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!” and we couldn’t agree more. This week is all about our gorgeous environment. From plant life to wildlife, we’re celebrating it all. With Earth Day on April 22, take the time to appreciate our little piece of the planet with events across the province. Go on a safari at the Manitoba Museum or head out on a geocaching adventure near Morden. And at the end of the day, if you just want to cheers planet Earth at the Winnipeg Wine Festival, that’s okay too. Here’s what’s hot this week…
Celebrate the nature of Manitoba
April 18 to 24
Visitor Information Centre at The Forks
Life is wild in Manitoba. From Churchill to Winnipeg, the prairies are alive with the majestic, the elusive, the ferocious and the cute. From April 18 to 24, pay tribute to all things nature in Manitoba with an epic celebration of wildlife, plantlife and all the adventures in between.
#NatureMB is a online and offline celebration of nature in Manitoba, kicking off right here on ManitobaHot with daily posts! Our Visitor Information Centre at The Forks is where the festivities come alive, with a wild weekend of animals and plant life from our nature destinations and information on our EcoExplore MB program. Here’s the full itinerary!
Learn about the environment at The Forks
The earth is our home. Head to The Forks on Earth Day and learn about their unique initiatives like composting, water usage, biofuel and recycling. Programming for the day is free and includes an eco-kids tour, bike repair station how-tos, electric vehicle demo and urban beekeeping.
Love the Earth at FortWhyte Alive
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg
There is no better way to celebrate Planet Earth than a day at FWA! Embrace green transportation by busing, carpooling, cycling, or walking to FortWhyte. Get outside and enjoy family-friendly activities, games, workshops, and live entertainment. Explore nature trails while on the lookout for spring flowers and animals. There will be info booths, local food, used battery recycling, tire recycling by CAA, and more.
Meet at the marsh for Earth Day
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
Celebrate Earth Day at Oak Hammock Marsh! Join interpreters for guided tours of the marsh to see just how important wetlands are for the health of the planet. Participate in a compost tour or do your part by collecting litter on the trails.
Take a crash course on geocaching
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with a geocaching adventure? First, take a crash course on geocaching and get tips from the pros. Next, head out for an afternoon of exploring the outdoors. GPS units will be available or there is a free geocaching app if you prefer to use your phone.
Sip away at the Winnipeg Wine Festival
April 24 to 30
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Take your senses on a world tour at the Winnipeg Wine Festival! From unique and fun ancillary events to a gala dinner and auction, the festival has everything you could wish for if you’re a wine lover. This year’s theme country, California, brings over 149 wines from 40 wineries to the event! The festival is one of the largest and most respected wine festivals in the country as well as the largest single fundraiser for Special Olympics Manitoba.
Zip through Pembina Valley
Fly through the air and take in a killer view on a ziplining adventure. Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures will take you into the Pembina Valley from 200 feet above with their signature 5 or 8 line tour. The tour includes 1 km of hiking with the average outing lasting just over an hour.
Get wild at the Manitoba Museum
Safari Night is the Manitoba Museum’s second Adult Night of the month, featuring a guided safari in the Museum Galleries. Wander the Earth Explorers exhibit and see some of National Geographic’s most famous images displayed and deconstructed by an expert photographer. Afterward, head to the foyer for a cash bar, DJ and free pizza.
Discover our prehistoric past
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.
Taste your way through Italy
Travel through Italy with an evening of wine and food at De Luca’s. Fit for a foodie queen, the evening starts with prosecco & appetizers prepared by Chef Mike, followed by a 5 course tasting menu paired with wines. Taste your way through the southern parts of Sicily and right through to Tuscany. Buon appetito!
Spend spring at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world. In celebration of spring, each weekend visitors will have the opportunity to meet a zookeeper and learn about animals. This weekend’s theme is Earth Day with a Party for the Planet.
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 11th annual Chocolatefest is 30 days of non-stop chocolately goodness. This year features sippable options for $8 each. Start your chocolate journey at The Forks where multiple vendors are serving up their most delectable creations before heading to restaurants such as Prairie Ink, Ripe and The Merchant Kitchen.
See the hottest spring fashions
Need a wardrobe overhaul? The Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build is holding its 6th annual Garden Party Fashion Show at the Delta Winnipeg. See fashion from local boutiques such as Shelmerdine, Poppie, Loka and Style Bar and start reinventing your look.
Immerse yourself at the theatre
April 20 to 30
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
A potent drama by award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch, In This World invites audiences into a thought-provoking and emotionally intense verbal duel between two high school girls on issues of culture, trust, class, and race.
Go shopping at a spring market
Manitoba Hydro Place
If you love the craft sales of Autumn, you’ll love the 11th Annual Spring Artisans Market! Sixteen vendors will fill the Manitoba Hydro Place with creative goodies. Vendors include: Boreal Workshop, Debra Glenn, Rainy Lake Glass, Trendy Trivets and more.
Take a flight back in time
Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 3 to 28
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.
Join into theatrical tomfoolery and fun
March 30 to April 23
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Unnecessary Farce is a chaotic, comedic and absolutely amusing tale of mistaken identity. When a town mayor is suspected of embezzling funds, two bumbling police officers set up a sting operation to try and lure him into a confession. Things of course go terribly awry in an epic display of theatrical tomfoolery that will have you howling!
Get ready for cottage season
April 22 to 24
Red River Exhibition Park
Summers in Manitoba means weekends at the cabin, and the Cottage Country Show is the best place to go to prepare for the season. The show features exhibits of all types, including designers, yard landscaping, furniture, cottage services, custom builders and more.
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.