Last week, I looked outside and realized I was living in a snow globe. And I loved it! With snow and ice comes amazing indoor and outdoor fun. This week is particularly plentiful with unique events, including the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, the Hot Blizzard Folk Fest and various lively small town winter festivals. Boredom has met its match. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Hurry hard at The Forks
February 5 to 7
Sweep ’til you drop at the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel, happening this weekend at The Forks. Participants will curl on the ice of the river and raise money for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. It is a truly Manitoban experience for the young, old and everyone in between.
Dine about in Winnipeg
February 2 to 12
Experience the best of Winnipeg’s culinary scene with Ciao’s Dine About. There are over 20 restaurants to choose from, including Corrientes, Chop, Resto Gare, Fusion Grill, Smith and more. Each restaurant will offer an exceptional three-course menu at a set price and reservations are required, so be sure to make yours soon!
Embrace winter in Carman
Snow is on the forecast for Carman’s Blizzard Fest, bringing the community together for an awesome day of winter fun. Events include dog sled races and rides, snow bowling (sounds amazing), curling, log sawing, skating, hay rides, snow gold, cross country skiing, slap shot challenge, fireworks and more. And as all small town festivals require, there will be a pancake breakfast. Yum.
Celebrate the Whiteshell with Beaver Days
February 6 to 7
Whiteshell Community Club, Falcon Lake
Whether you are a beaver enthusiast or not, Beaver Days in Falcon Lake is the place to go this weekend with your family. Activities include a family skate night, beer gardens, casino night, a snowmobile poker derby, a sponge hockey tournament and tons of kids’ activities.
Go on a sleigh ride at the Emerson Winter Carnival
February 5 to 7
This border hugging town of Emerson is in for a treat this weekend. The Winter Carnival makes the most out of the season with a family ice dance, wagon rides, hockey games, bonfires and more. And with events such as the Cardboard Toboggan Contest and the Milk Jug Curling Competition, there will certainly be no shortage of laughs.
Get stuck in a hot blizzard
Portage la Prairie
Settle in for a blizzard unlike any other in Portage la Prairie. Hop aboard the Hippie Bus and head to this community for the annual Hot Blizzard Folk Festival, taking place at the historic Trinity United Church. Headliners include Leaf Rapids, The Perpetrators and Ed Goertzen.
Get a lesson in love
February 3 to 20
Tom Hendry Warehouse
February is the month of love and romance, and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is certainly not shying away from the theme. In Things We Do For Love, Barbara rents out her top floor to an old friend and her fiance and violent passions ensue. It’s a wicked comedy that takes a closer look at the things we do (and wish we didn’t do) for love.
Be moved by the power of Harriet T
February 3 to 14
Manitoba Theatre for Young People
There is much to be taken from The Power of Harriet T, on this month at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People. This story of courage is based on the life of Harriet Tubman, a woman who fled slavery and risked her life to help others find their way to Canada on the Underground Railroad.
Gather at Oak Hammock for World Wetlands Day
Oak Hammock Marsh
Celebrate the importance of Manitoba’s wetlands at Oak Hammock Marsh with World Wetlands Day. The day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971. Join into a special presentation, play shuffle-duck and explore the marsh’s hands-on exhibits.
Wander through an icy wonderland at The Great Ice Show
Starting January 25
It’s finally here! After much anticipation, the Forks has been transformed into an icy wonderland that you have to see to believe. Explore every inch of this artistic achievement and see a wide variety of sculpted animals, a huge toboggan slope, igloos and an enormous ice replica of the Manitoba Legislative Building! There’s something for everyone at The Great Ice Show, including workshops, weekly activities, fireworks, DJ’s and an ice bar.
Skate down the Red River Mutual Trail
Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.
Savour winter in Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park
Awaken your senses and chart your own amazing experiences on the many trails awaiting you in Riding Mountain National Park. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skate-skiing, traction kiting, and sleigh rides will take you to places that are deeply moving and beautiful. Connect with nature and with yourself when you embrace winter and all the rewarding ways you can interact with the season.
Put on your dancing shoes at Billy Elliot: The Musical
January 12 to February 6
John Hirsch Mainstage
Be inspired by the story of a boy who defies the odds and realizes his dreams in Billy Elliot the Musical. You will be dazzled by Billy, a young boy in UK destined to follow his father and brother to work in the coal mines until he discovers the exciting world in ballet. Featuring music by Elton John and incredible dance sequences, Billy Elliot The Musical is set to be the Royal MTC’s largest production of the year.
Slide down snow tubing hills
Open weekends | Adrenaline Adventures, Headingly
Put on the ski pants and get ready to tackle the snow tubing hills at Adrenaline Adventures! Winter activities begin this weekend with several lanes open for tubing featuring a variety of bumps and lots of speed. For those seeking something a bit more adrenaline-pumping, we’re introducing some extreme snow tubing lanes which will have you yelling in delight all the way down.
Kick it up at the Moose game
February 4 and 6
The Manitoba Moose are back, baby! Winnipeg is welcoming this iconic team back to the arena with open arms, and AHL hockey has never been more exciting. This week, head to the MTS Centre to watch the Moose take on the Toronto Marlies on February 4 and 6.
Rev it up for those feisty Jets
February 2 and 5
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Dallas Stars on February 2 and the Carolina Hurricanes on February 5 . As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like The Pint, Shark Club,The Met, and Tavern United.
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.