Manitoba is more mysterious than you think, but this is the week where it all unfolds. Discover the hidden codes within the Manitoba Legislative Building or discover why Narcisse hosts the largest snake gathering in the world. Unearth Manitoba’s spooky prehistoric past and learn about the wildlife wonders that inhabit the province. And if you’ve ever driven down a country road and wondered what a large, colourful print is doing on the side of a barn, now is the time to find out. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Slither into the Narcisse Snake Dens

Open daily

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?”  The latter part of April and the first three weeks of May are the best time of year to see this wild phenomenon. Spring is a hotbed of activity in Narcisse where you will find the largest gathering of snakes anywhere in the world. Keep an eye on the activity log to ensure your visit is successful. The snakes are expected to emerge any day now!

Watching tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes at the snake dens came in at number five on our list of Top 10 wildlife encounters.

Unlock the mysteries of the Manitoba Legislative Building

Hermetic Code Tour

Wednesday evenings from April 27 to October 19
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.

Sip away at the Winnipeg Wine Festival

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.

See Disney’s Fantasia live in concert

Disney's Fantasia WSO

May 1
Centennial Concert Hall

See one of Disney’s most magical movies come to life with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The symphony will accompany scenes from Fantasia showed in high definition on the big screen with music like Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Before the show, children can conduct a group of symphony museums or go to the instrument petting zoo.

Rev it up at a car show

Rodarama Car Show

April 29 to May 1
East End Arena, Winnipeg

Auto enthusiasts gather this weekend at the 17th Annual Rodarama Car Show. See tons of incredible vehicles, most of which are still functional and driven daily in the summer months. The event includes door prizes, a raffle for a rebuilt Chevy 350 engine and much more.

Embark on an epic hike

Devil's Punch Bowl at Spruce Woods Prov Park

Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands and the occasional view-encompassing escarpment. Go for a hike this week on one of Manitoba’s great trails.

Watch an explosive art performance

 Boom at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

April 27 to May 21
John Hirsch Mainstage

BOOM is a solo performance by Rick Miller that takes audiences on a journey through the music, culture and events that defined the baby boomer generation. The innovative stage documentary gives voice to the era’s most influential figures, including JFK, the Beatles and everything/everyone in between.

Get to know Manitoba’s marine life

Manitoba’s Maritime Mammal

May 1
FortWhyte Alive

Learn about Manitoba’s marine life with maritime biologist Kristin Westdal of Oceans North Canada. Manitoba’s iconic beluga whale will be discussed as well as the factors that threaten their species such as climate change, ocean pollution and shipping traffic.

Hold onto the edge of your seat at a film fest

Radical Reels Tour in McCreary Manitoba

April 25
Gas Station Theatre, Winnipeg

There is no better way to get stoked about skiing, biking, riding, or paddling than by seeing the 2015 edition of the Radical Reels Tour! Jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops, and mind-blowing powder. Experience wild action sports as seen through the eyes of some of today’s top athletes and most talented adventure sport filmmakers.

Take a barn quilt tour

Barn Quilt Tour, Interlake, Manitoba

Various locations

Barn Quilts are exactly what you’d expect – giant quilts on the side of barns! But these quilts aren’t made with your traditional fabric and thread. Instead, they are painting onto wood and hung on barns old and new throughout the Interlake and make for gorgeous roadside attractions. Go on a unique roadtrip and snap a photo of every barn quilt along the way.

Go crazy for cocoa at Ciao’s Chocolatefest

Ciao! ChocolateFest 2016

April 1 to 30
Various venues

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.

Zip through Pembina Valley

HyWire Zipline Adventures with BC Robyn.

Open daily

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 in the know on bats and bees

Bats and Bees

April 30
Rivers Edge Resort, Elma

So, what do bats and bees have in common? They are both extremely important for the environment. Learn why at Rivers Edge Resort for a Bat & Bee presentation. Construction of bat houses, bat species, Whitenose Syndrome and bat conservation will be discussed along with the importance of pollinating bees and bee houses. Refreshments will be served.

Discover our prehistoric past

Mosasaur at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Open daily
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.