If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this week is your time to shine, and getting active outdoors has never been easier. Slide down snow-covered hills at Adrenaline Adventures or at Asessippi Resort. Snowmobile and cross country ski down groomed paths or take a gentler pace with snowshoeing or horseback riding. Don’t worry, we have a little something for relaxation too. Think steamy spas, cabin getaways and outdoor yoga. Here’s what’s hot this week 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.
Drive for desserts
In Manitoba, we serve up a thick slice of our history, in cake, torte and pastry form. Whether drawing inspiration from Japan, France, or simply from a serious doughnut craving, you can count on our sweet spots to be every bit decadent.
Find your center at FortWhyte Alive
There’s no better way to start the morning than with Cabin Yoga at FortWhyte Alive. On the docket this weekend is a brisk forest hike followed by guided, indoor yoga and meditation. Leader Ashley Bourgeois of Shakti SUP + Snow will help you tap into a zen moment on the most relaxing Sunday ever.
Celebrate 100 years of the vote
On until April 10, 2016
On January 28, 1916, the Manitoba Legislature amended the Manitoba Election Act and for the first time in Manitoba’s history, some (but not all) women could vote in provincial elections. With the 100th anniversary of this event, the Manitoba Museum’s brand new exhibit, “Nice Women Don’t Want the Vote,” outlines the causes, contradictions and people involved. Don’t miss this unique glimpse into the suffragist movement!
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.
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.
Shop, wander and say hi to the goats at Pineridge Hollow
Fairy lights? Check. Campfire? Check. Shopping? Check. GOATS? Check. Located close by Birds Hill Park, Pineridge Hollow is a magical stop where you can sit by the fire to enjoy a s’more, meet and pet the goats, or simply do some shopping in their gorgeous boutique. If you’re planning on dining in the restaurant, be sure to make your reservation ahead of time!
Trot around Birds Hill
Birds Hill Park
Mosey on over to Birds Hill Park Ranch to enjoy a trail ride or sleigh ride in and around the park while breathing in the crisp air and viewing the spectacular scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You may see deer, owls and various other wildlife.
Kick it up at the Moose game
January 5, 8, 9
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 Grand Rapids Griffins on January 5 and the Toronto Marlies on January 8 and 9.
Rev it up for those feisty Jets
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets take on the Buffalo Sabres on January 10. 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.
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.
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.
Spend a day at the Assiniboine Park and Zoo
Open daily | Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.
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.
Discover our prehistoric past
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.