With a promising forecast ahead, it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic week to get outside for a flurry of fun. Winter just wouldn’t be complete without skating, tobogganing, dog sled racing and hockey – so don’t miss out! Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Watch the dog races at a winter festival

Vita & Area Winter Festival

January 13 to 14
Vita & Area

Vita & Area’s town-wide winter festival is kicking off for its second year, featuring dog sled races, skijoring races, skating, maple taffy making, sleigh rides, a toboggan hill and more.

Discover a magical world of ice

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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.

Learn the intricacies of Métis beadwork

Beading Workshop, St. Boniface Museum

Thursdays, January 11th to March 22nd, 2018 (*except February 22nd)
Saint Boniface Museum

Want to learn the fine art of beadwork? Start by creating a beautiful pair of beaded gauntlets! Workshops are starting up again at the Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum on January 11! Last year’s session sold out quickly, so don’t wait to secure your spot.

Take a trip to see the fossil collection

 Bruce at the Canadian Fossil Discover Centre

Visit Bruce at the Canadian Fossil Discover Centre.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

If it has been a while since your last visit to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, or you haven’t yet had a chance to take it all in, we encourage you to take a journey back in time and get ready to be amazed by Canada’s largest collection of fossils, including Guinness World Record holding Bruce, the largest mosasaur in the world.

Embark on a snow trek

FortWhyte Alive

January 13
FortWhyte Alive

FortWhyte Alive is a winter paradise! Get free admission this Saturday with events like free learn to ski workshops and free use of ski/snowshoe equipment. Did we mention it’s FREE? Don’t forget your skates and toboggans for skating and for taking on the exhilarating Richardson Run.

Catch a hockey game

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January 9, 12 and 13

Join in the excitement and help cheer on a local team in Brandon, Manitoba. Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Edmonton Oil Kings on January 9, the Calgary Hitmen on January 12 and the Medicine Hat Tigers on January 12.

Skate down the Red River Mutual Trail

The Forks

It just wouldn’t be a Winnipeg winter without a skate down the Red River Mutual Trail. The trail is currently open to The Forks Port to Legislature to Osborne Village. Keep your eyes peeled for warming huts!

Get hands on with winter survival techniques

Winter survival tips

January 14
Spruce Woods Provincial Park

The Winter Survival Interpretive Program in Spruce Woods Provincial Park will prepare you for emergencies in the bitter cold. Learn how to build a quinzhee snow shelter, start an emergency fire and how to prepare for the worst case scenario.

Pair your dinner with musical theatre

Runaway Bridesmaids at Celebrations Dinner Theatre

January 13 to March 17
Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Winnipeg

Tired of being the bridesmaid and never the bride? You’re not alone. Runaway Bridesmaids features four women who embark on a bachelorette trip with a goal of searching for husbands of their own. This hilarious romp is set to the classic wedding song playlist that we all know and love.

Peruse a unique art project

Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery

January 9 to February 16
Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery

More than just the artis the brain child of artists  Pauline Braun and Audrey Lute, based on a set of Artist’s Book Ideation Cards designed for book artist. In this project, 52 artists were invited to choose a card randomly from the book to get a “recipe” for their piece, on display starting January 9 at the Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery.

Try your hand at hardwater fishing

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Manitoba’s lakes are fairly notorious in the fishing world, and for good reason. Home of the Master Angler fishing program, anglers from all over the world gather to reel in a big one through the ice. Winter is the best time to catch walleye, sauger and northern pike. Manitoba is a hardwater heaven! Be sure to prepare all necessary licenses and familiarize yourself with fishing regulations prior to your trip.

Dive into the world of Canadian air pioneers

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On until January 31
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

In the 1920’s and 30’s, cold weather was an enormous obstacle for aerial access to the North. Now until the end of the month, head to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and dive into the lives of Canada’s air pioneers and the cold-weather transport airplanes that formed the foundation of today’s northern air industry.

Spend a day at the Assiniboine Park and Zoo

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Open daily
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit your favourite 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.