There’s something to be said about the warmth of a chilly February. Whether it’s by coincidence or by design, one of the coldest months of the year just seems to be filled with events that bring warmth. After all, February is the month of love thanks to Valentine’s Day. It’s also the month of festivals that bring so many people out that you hardly even notice the chill. This week, we’ve got a variety of activities that will bring warmth to every day of this February week. Here’s what hot in Manitoba.

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Discover your joie de vivre!

The spirit of the voyageur is alive and well at Festival du Voyageur

February 16 to 25
Whittier Park, Winnipeg

Where else can you find indoor and outdoor kids activities, toe-tapping concerts, the best French-Canadian food, an International Snow Sculpting Symposium, a Wood Carving Challenge and a historic fur-trade fort filled with costumed interpreters? Discover your joie de vivre at the 49th edition of Festival du Voyageur.

Admire design details of the river trail warming huts

Warming Hut, The Forks 74

Red River Mutual Trail, Winnipeg

The weather this week should be serving up the perfect conditions for hitting the trails, which are dotted with designer warming huts for those moments when you want to take a rest, or to simply admire the details in the designs. And if you have little to no experience ice skating, best to rent a pair of skates at The Forks from Iceland Skate Rentals.

Explore the fantastical Ice Castles

Ice Castles at The Forks, Winnipeg

The Forks, Winnipeg

Think winter wonderlands, twinkling lights and magical structures and the Ice Castles at The Forks quickly come to mind. These sculpted pieces of art won’t be around forever, so don’t miss your chance to experience the fantastical creations.

Gain insight into the Indigenous voice

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba Photovoice Project

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The voices of Indigenous youth come to life in a collection of photographs and stories this week in Brandon. The Photovoice Project aims to shed light on the impact that people, the environment, and infrastructure can have on a neighbourhood and its residents. This first project is titled A Healthy Neighbourhood: Voices of Indigenous Youth.

Learn Icelandic

Gimli Viking Statue

Lady of the Lake Theatre, Gimli

If you’ve ever wanted to learn Icelandic, the New Iceland Heritage Museum will be offering beginner and intermediate classes continuing every Thursday until April 12. For more information, click here.

Explore the HMS Erebus

HMS Erebus Manitoba Museum

Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

Experience some of the excitement archaeologist Ryan Harris must have felt when he finally discovered the wreck of the HMS Erebus. For the next few weeks, a scale model of the ship joins the Franklin Exploration pop-up display at the Manitoba Museum offering visitors a chance to experience a significant portion of history.

Discover a century’s worth of photography

Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba

Daly House Museum, Brandon

Take a journey in time with the Daly House Museum and discover the evolution of photography at Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba. This exhibit features a collection of images believed to have been taken by former Brandon Sun owner and editor, J.B. Whitehead, from 1903-1937.

Watch a tragic comedy

Shanleyfest, Royal MTC Outside Mullingar

ends February 17
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

As part of Shanleyfest, Royal MTC continues its run of the tragic comedy Outside Mullingar at Tom Hendry Warehouse. Set in an Irish farming community, where the land feud between the Reilly and Muldoon families ultimately affects the childhood friendship between Rosemary Muldoon and Anthony Reilly.

Return to pioneering days at Trappers’ Fest

Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival

February 14 to 18
various venues, The Pas

Return to the period of the pioneers at the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas! There will be no shortage of excitement with activities that range from dog races to ice fishing, chain saw events to bannock slap street hockey. And of course, this festival wouldn’t be complete the coronation of the King and Queen Trappers and a Fur Queen.

Head to John Hirsch for Once

Royal MTC's Once John Hirsch TheatreClaus Andersen images

opens February 15
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

Royal MTC has been abuzz with exceptional productions this season. John Hirsch Mainstage continues the trend with the play Once that centres on an Irish street musician, Guy, and Girl, a Czech immigrant, who inspire each other to soar.

Dance the night away to Celtic rock

Derina Harvey Band

February 15, 17 & 18
Community Conference Centre, Minnedosa
William Glesby Centre, Portage la Prairie
Community Centre, Gladstone

If you’re a fan of Celtic and rock music, then you won’t want to miss out on the five-piece Celtic-rock band led by the fearless front-woman Derina Harvey and her fresh take on traditional tunes. The band will be making stops in Minnedosa, Portage la Prairie, and Gladstone.

Test your mettle during Actif Epica

Actif Epica

February 16 to 18
Southeastern Manitoba

Test your mettle against the elements in a do-it-yourself active outdoor event. Actif Epica celebrates the ingenuity of human perseverance and takes place along the Crow Wing Trail in southeast Manitoba and included biking and ultra marathons at up to 200 km over a two-day period.

Watch a Charlie Chaplin love story

Charlie Chaplin, City Lights, Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

February 16 to 18
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Stumble back to the Charlie Chaplin era of cinematic glory with City Lights, a timeless tale of love and selflessness that unfolds to the live accompaniment of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Discover something new in health and wellness

RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

February 16 to 18
RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg

Canada’s Premiere Wellness Expo returns for its 24th year in Winnipeg bringing together practitioners and marketers from the wellness industry to showcase products and services for enhancing quality of life.

Celebrate Louis Riel in St. Malo

Festival des Amis St. Malo

February 16 to 19
various venues, St. Malo

Celebrate the culture and traditions of the Métis and French settlers in St. Malo this weekend. The Louis Riel weekend of celebration brings an atmosphere of music, dance, food and fun and is perfect for the entire family.

Have a Wonderful Winter Weekend

Wonderful Winter Weekend Winnipeg Beach

February 16 to 19
various venues, Winnipeg Beach

Weekends are made to be enjoyed in the company of family and friends. This weekend is no different and Winnipeg Beach is the place to be with an ice fishing derby, a fish fry and fireworks on the lake.

Watch a dark tale

It’s Dark Outside by Manitoba Theatre for Young People

February 16 to 19
MTYP, Winnipeg

The Manitoba Theatre for Young People is letting the darkness in this week with the production of It’s Dark Outside. The story unravels a heart-touching tale about redemption and dementia with nary a word spoken.

Experience Mardi Gras at Union Station

New-Orleans-style Mardi Gras-Union Station, Winnipeg

February 17
Union Station, Winnipeg

Dispel the blues of winter and cut loose at Union Station in a massive, New-Orleans-style Mardi Gras party and that will also include a special musical guest, a DJ, New Orleans-inspired snacks, classic Beale Street cocktails and a free afternoon parade on the river trail.

Explore the fascinating world of birds

Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

February 17
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Get a whole new perspective on birds at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre with a workshop that will explore their fascinating world. If you’re a bird lover, or you have kids who love birds just as much as you do, bring them along to the centre where there will workshops for all ages.

Head to the Mennonite winter carnival

Winter Carnival in Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

February 17
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Steinbach is heating things up with a winter carnival. Skate, build a snowman, or take a sleigh ride, while enjoying a warm drink from the hot chocolate bar, or s’mores by the bonfire. The Mennonite Heritage Village will be holding its winter carnival on Saturday with tons of activities for all ages.

Take a culture trip to Morden

Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest

February 17

Get your fill of winter fun at Morden’s Multicultural Winterfest. This community celebration welcomes all for a day filled with activities, including outdoor boot hockey, snow sculpting, dance demonstrations, cultural entertainment and a bonfire. Traditional foods and hot beverages will also be available as well as indoor crafts, refreshments and much more.

Listen to a fantastic fable 

Children's Museum

February 17 to 19
Children’s Museum, Winnipeg

This month, the Children’s Museum is celebrating “I Love to Read Month” with special crafts, activities, and story times with Fantastic Fairytales. Celebrate French-Canadian Culture and Louis Riel Day at the museum with a performance from l’Ensemble folklorique de la Riviere Rouge, or create your own Franco-Fun Day postcard with Graffiti Gallery. There will also be a special French story time.

‘Paddle’ away at the Wild Winter Canoe Race

Inclusion Winnipeg’s Wild Winter Canoe Race at The Forks

February 19
Red River Trail, Winnipeg

Show your voyageur grit at The Forks for Inclusion Winnipeg’s Wild Winter Canoe Race. Whether you’re participating with a team, or just spectating, the Wild Winter Canoe Race will prove to be an unforgettable “paddling” event.

Let your inner geek out at Winkler Comic Con 

Winkler Comic Con

February 19
various venues, Winkler

Whether you secretly love the villains, or wear your heart on your sleeve for the heroes, Winkler Comic Con is the place where you are free to explore your passion for the world of comics and cosplay.

Test your slingshot and snowshoe skills

Voyageur Day at Oak Hammock Marsh

February 19
Oak Hammock Marsh, Stonewall

Get to know what the life of the voyageur was truly like. Oak Hammock Marsh is ready for such an event with a few friendly competitions and games where you can even practice your skills using slingshots and snowshoes, or try your hand at making bannock.

Treat yourself after your Voyageur challenge

Voyageur Games, FortWhyte Alive

February 19
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg

FortWhyte Alive also presents the opportunity to explore your inner voyageur for Louis Riel Day. And once you’ve conquered that challenge, you can move along to the maple taffy on snow at the sod house.