Header photo by Robert Tinker
This is it – one of the last real weekends of the sweet, sweet summer. But instead of mourning, make the most of it by joining into one of many celebrations and events happening throughout the province. Savour fresh corn on the cob at the Morden Corn & Apple Festival, or hit the beach for a free concert in Riding Mountain National Park. And if you’re the autumn-fanatic type, start getting excited: the fall suppers are already arriving! Here’s what’s hot…
Savour fresh corn on the cob
August 25 to 27
Free hot buttered corn-on-the-cob? Free apple cider? Free live entertainment? We’re in! The Morden Corn & Apple Festival brings back all the fan favourites as it enters its 51st annual year. Be a kid again at the Wonder Shows Midway or stand on the sidelines of Manitoba’s largest parade. The event rounds off with crafts, street vendors, food, a petting zoo and old tyme dancing. It’s family fun at its very best!
Say yee-haw at the Teulon Rodeo
August 26 to 27
Summer rodeos aren’t through yet. Don’t miss the 4th annual Teulon Rodeo. Don your favourite cowboy boots and head out for a weekend of heartland adventures. Watch chariot races, cow pony races, and mutton busting or get your fill at pancake breakfast. Expect all the usual fun: a parade, children’s activities and various exhibits, displays and vendors.
Explore the C3 expedition at the Manitoba Museum
On until October 1
Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
All summer long, the Canada C3 expedition has been traveling by ship around Canada’s three coasts in celebration of the big 1-5-0. Be a part of this journey by visiting the Manitoba Museum’s Science Gallery for interactive touch-screen displays showing real-time maps, streaming videos and live updates. Go on an expedition on the Giant Floor Map and experiment with some of the science being conducted on the C3 vessel.
Join into the masquerade at Phantom of the Opera
August 23 to September 3
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Be entranced by the music of the night as Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera takes over the stage of the Centennial Concert Hall. A harrowing tale of romance and obsession, the Phantom of the Opera is a musical classic made bigger and better than ever before.
Laugh your pants off at a Comedy Festival
Aug 24 to 27
Have a laugh this weekend at Winnipeg’s growing comedy festival. Oddblock is a block party style, four-day comedy festival in Winnipeg’s South Osborne neighbourhood. Comedians include Ron Lynch, Nick Thune, Eliza Skinner and more.
Get your fill at Ribfest
Aug 25 to 27
Head to the Forks for a finger lickin’ good weekend. The Rotary Club of Winnipeg is having its annual RibFest and it’s sure to be a lip smacker. This two-day, mouth-watering event will have BBQ served by Canadian Champion ribbers, entertainment and a beer garden ft Farmery Estate Brewery.
Go on a fossil dig adventure
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
If you like adventure and hands-on experiences, then sign up for a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour! This is one of Manitoba’s hottest tourism products where you can hunt for fossils on active dig sites in the Morden area. Home to Bruce, the 43-foot mosasaur (or marine reptile), the CFDC is unearthing a steady stream of fossils near Morden – an area that was once covered by a saltwater seaway in the Late Cretaceous Period.
Find out what these fossil digs are all about OR see how Morden’s mosasaur compares to Jurassic World’s mosasaur.
Say boo in the park
Like we said, summer’s not over yet, but all the signs are pointing to that the end is nigh. Riding Mountain National Park is giving into this with their annual early Halloween celebration: Boo in the Park! Bring a costume or get creative and enjoy some spooky fun.
Fly into one of Manitoba’s greatest stories of aviation
On a fateful Saturday in the early summer of 1983, the little town of Gimli, Manitoba made big headlines as an Air Canada pilot pulled off one of the greatest emergency landings in aviation history. The Gimli Glider is surely one of Manitoba’s (and the world’s) most unique aviation stories – with a happy ending, too. The Gimli Glider Exhibit tells the story of an extraordinary moment of flight and innovation with memorabilia, aircraft parts and artifacts from the now-famous Boeing 767.
Get in a game of golf
Picking which club to use to make that shot may be easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Shield outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty.
Wander through sculptures
Mark this gallery on your must-see list for this summer! The seasonal Gallery in the Park is located in and alongside Altona’s historic Schwartz house and features an art gallery and a unique sculpture garden. The serene Gallery is a highly recommended stop for art enthusiasts and tourists alike. The summer exhibit includes artists Angela Lillico + Genevie Henderson/ Art and Spirituality, Naomi Gerrard / Multigrains of Energy, Vern Zacharias and Cody Klassen.
Gain insight into Winnipeg on a city tour
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Departing from The Forks
How much do you know about Winnipeg’s origins and many attractions? Whether you’re a local or a first-time visitor, the Wonderful Winnipeg City Tour offers an excellent overview of some of the city’s best spots. Learn about Winnipeg’s famous personalities, hear tales of our storied past and have a ton of fun along the way. Advanced booking is recommended.
Go to Greece with Mamma Mia!
August 10 to 31
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
Shimmy along to the catchy tunes of ABBA in the hilarious story of a mother, a daughter and three possible dads. Rainbow Stage is taking on the ultimate feel-good show with Mamma Mia!, a hit musical about a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father.
Catch a free concert in Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park
What’s better than enjoying a FREE concert from the beach in the beautiful Riding Mountain National Park? Doc Walker and Madeline Merlo headline the event, with beverages available from the Clear Lake Country tent from 5 to 10 pm.
Rejuvenate and relax at the spa
Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.
Hit the road to Clearwater Lake
Located 20 km north of The Pas, Clearwater Lake Provincial Park is best known for its lake of the same name, which takes up a beefy half of the park. This deep (clear to the bottom at 11 m), spring fed lake boasts stunning quality and provides ideal conditions for lake trout to flourish. While an obvious hot spot for anglers, Clearwater Lake is also popular for camping, kayaking, SUPing, boating, and in general, spending a blissful day on the water. Accessible via a self-guided trail is one of nature’s great achievements – the caves – made up of giant chunks of rock broken off from the dolomite cliffs.