It’s tough to live in a place with such a variety of activities, events and experiences. Every winter, outdoors lovers are treated with the opportunity to skate, cross country ski and snowboard throughout the province. Those who prefer the arts can choose from toe-tapping musicals and innovative theatre, while those looking for quiet contemplation might decide to take a day at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. How will you spend your week? Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…
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.
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
Contemplate inspiring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This national museum strives to create inspiring encounters with human rights, by engaging you in an immersive, interactive experience that offers both the inspiration and tools to make a difference in the lives of others.
While there, check out the Witness Blanket exhibit, a large-scale art installation that honours the children who were forced into Indian residential schools in Canada between 1870 and 1996, and symbolizes ongoing reconciliation. The museum will be closed on January 11 but reopen January 12.
Venture into the backwoods at FortWhyte Alive
For adventurers and bonfire lovers, this FortWhyte Alive hike takes participants into the backwoods to look for animal tracks, owls and other wildlife. Headlamps will light the way to a bonfire in the north forest, ending the trek with some relaxation and bannock.
Day trip to the Whiteshell
If you haven’t experienced the Whiteshell in winter, it’s time to give it a try. Start your staycation in the cozy Falcon Trails Resort before hitting the outdoors. In a paradise for nature-lovers, you can glide along cross-country ski trails, get back to nature on horseback, sled over groomed snowmobile trails, wait for the big catch while ice fishing, or break through fresh snow by snowshoe all while keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife.
Get to know another side of Canada at the Banff Mountain Film Festival
Burton Cummings Theatre
Mountain culture is coming to Winnipeg! Get a glimpse into beautiful Banff, Alberta and other mountainous regions of the world with a series of inspiring, funny and thought-provoking films from cinematographers around the globe. The Banff Mountain Film Festival will send you into flurry of emotions as you go from holding onto the edge of your seat to wiping away tears and blaming it on something in your eye. A must-see for adventure seekers and film lovers alike.
Brush up on your cross-country skiing
Birds Hill Park
Want to get out and active this winter? Learn how to properly cross-country ski or brush up on your already existing skills at the Cross Country Ski Clinic! Come equipped with your skis and join the Park Interpreter and Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors and get ready to hit the trails.
Find your soul on ice
If you’ve ever watched figure skating and imagined yourself gliding over the ice to a musical number of your choice, Soul on Ice is for you. Head to The Forks on January 17 when the Canopy Skating Rink will be transformed into a dance floor complete with DJs and plenty of groove. Weather permitting!
Spin your way to the Prairie Theatre Exchange
January 14 to January 31
Prairie Theatre Exchange
In this theatrical journey, the Bicycle serves as a muse, musical instrument and an agent of social change. Inspired by the tale of Annie Londonderry, the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894, Spin features stories of liberation and songs of consumer culture. Poetry, music and theatre mix together as one in this unforgettable production.
Rev it up for those feisty Jets
January 12 and 14
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the San Jose Sharks on January 12 and the Nashville Predators on January 14. 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.
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort. If you’re trying out skiing or snowboarding for the first time, head down on January 10 from 10:00 am -to 1:00 pm for a Snow Sampler for only $19.99.
Explore the ancient world at Olympus
On until March 6, 2016
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Take the entire brood to see the famous families of ancient Greece and Rome at Olympus.Spanning almost 10 centuries of artistic production, this extraordinary collection features over 160 ancient treasures including statues, vases and jewelry. Get to know the The 12 gods of Olympus at the WAG before you meet them in the flesh – or rather in the marble, bronze, and terracotta.
Skate, slide and snowboard at The Forks
The Forks, Winnipeg
Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on the many trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.
Kick it up at the Moose game
January 11 and 13
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 Lake Erie Monsters.
Strap on your snowshoes in Riding Mountain
Riding Mountain National Park
There are 43 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, as well as the unlimited possibilities that await you when you set out “off trail,” including the challenge of snowshoeing Mt Agassiz. Riding Mountain’s snow conditions and six designated snowshoe trails make it one of the best places to snowshoe in Manitoba.
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.