Header photo by Viraj Nagar

New year, new adventures! 2018 is off to a particularly magical start as the mesmerizing Ice Castles gets ready to open its luminescent doors later this week. And the winter fun doesn’t stop there, with curling, skating, snowshoeing and skiing happening all over the province. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Discover a magical world of ice

Ice Castles

Photo by Viraj Nagar

Opens January 5
The Forks

It’s here, it’s finally here! Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring outdoor experience that brings fairytales to life through interactive ice structures. Expect to be mesmerized by ice that lights up and twinkles to music as you wander through a magical environment of ice-carved slides, frozen thrones, fountains and maze-like tunnels.

Wander through the Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Open daily | The Forks

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 wander through twinkling lights.

Discover exceptional art

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January 5
Exchange District

Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.

Watch a game of curling

Curling Rocks

January 3 to 7
Portage la Prairie

Watch 18 teams play for the right to represent Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in  Pyeongchang, South Korea,  where mixed doubles will make its debut as an Olympic medal sport.

Strap on your snowshoes in Riding Mountain

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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.

Take in a century of activity in Brandon

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On until February 28
Daly House, Brandon

While taking photos is now a daily occurrence for most folks, it was just 190 years ago that the first photograph was ever taken. Back then, it wasn’t just a click of the button, even as photography evolved with smaller cameras and film formats. Catch a glimpse of the early years of photography in Brandon with the latest exhibit at Daly House Museum – Spectacles Then and Now: A Century of Recreational Activities in Brandon and Western Manitoba, featuring a collection of images believed to be taken by J.B. Whitehead around 1909 or 1910.

Dig into virtual histories at an art gallery

“InDigiNous Aotearoa : Virtual Histories, Augmented Futures”

On until January 20
Urban Shaman Gallery, Winnipeg

This brand new exhibit at the Urban Shaman Gallery explores the concept of virtual histories, a form of fictional writing that applies a what if scenario to historical events, in relation to some of the so called “true histories” that permeate today.

Take a rare tour in the Nonsuch

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December 26 to January 7
Manitoba Museum

This once-a-year event offers a rare look into the mysterious Nonsuch cargo hold. Step back in time and see what the voyage would have been like – from the crew bunks to the kitchen gallery to the furs and goods being transported.

Hit the slopes

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Various locations

Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort. Springhill Winter Sports Park is another great option, located only 15 minutes from Winnipeg with a sports bar for the incline-adverse.

Witness the resurgence

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

On until April 8, 2018
Winnipeg Art Gallery

INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE is one show you simply can’t miss. The exhibit brings together 29 emerging-to-established Indigenous artists who are pushing boundaries with their work. Expressing political insurgency and cultural resurgence, the mixed media exhibit depicts the need to shift the Canadian paradigm. Curated by Jaimie Isaac and Julie Naga.

Come alive to the sound of music

Sound of Music Winnipeg

January 5 to 7
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

The hills are alive in this heartwarming musical that tells the story of Maria and the von Trapp family. With its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, you won’t be able to resist singing along to the Sound of Music!

Find your zen at FortWhyte

FortWhyte Alive

January 7
FortWhyte Alive

Settle in beside the roaring flames of the fireplace and enjoy a 45 minute yoga session led by Ash Bourgeois of WildPath. After practice, enjoy some wildcrafted tea, and take advantage of advanced presale ticket opportunities for Fire+Ice Festival for all in attendance.