Whether you want to race, dance, climb or zip, this week in Manitoba will move you. Summer is in full swing and the province is alive with festivals, fairs and unique outdoor activities. From the far north region of Churchill to the lush Pembina Valley, there is an adventure just waiting to be embraced. Here’s what’s in store for Manitoba…
Find your folk spirit
July 9 to 12
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Tromp, cycle or dance from stage to stage at one of the most anticipated folkin’ events of the summer, the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Head to Birds Hill Provincial Park to hit one of 10 stages for notable acts such as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Royal Canoe and Bahamas. In between shows, you can shop in the Hand-Made Village, kick back on your campsite or try sustainable-sourced food from the festival vendors.
View inventive contemporary art
On exhibit until August 31
Winnipeg Art Gallery
Wanda Koop’s new suite of paintings, VIEW from HERE, both affirms and disrupts two quite different genres: landscape and portraiture. Using ink and acrylic on canvas, these nine-by-seven-foot works use landscape tropes to compose immense and surreal human heads that seem to float in ambiguous space.
Enjoy live entertainment in Assiniboine Park
June to August
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Get ready for another fantastic summer of musical acts and movies at Assiniboine Park’s Summer Entertainment Series! From June through August, enjoy FREE events with the company of your friends and family at one of Winnipeg’s favourite gathering places.
Race to the finish line
The Reebok Spartan Race takes obstacles courses to a whole new level, and now, athletes in Manitoba have the chance to compete in this high energy spring. Chase the finish line for three miles through mud, fire, walls and barbed wire and declare yourself a Spartan.
Follow in Louis Riel’s footsteps
July 2 to 30
St. Boniface Cathedral and Cemetery
Follow In Riel’s Footsteps as colourful characters guide you through the St. Boniface cemetery and cathedral for a summer evening of lively theatre and Métis culture. Built in 1818, the iconic St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica is not only an architectural and historical must-see, but also the perfect backdrop to learn about the perseverance and legend of Louis Riel.
Get your adrenaline pumping
Being active is a piece of cake at Adrenaline Adventures. Adrenaline junkies can try cable wakeboarding, climbing or ziplining while those who prefer to have two feet firmly planted on the ground can join a game of paintball or volleyball. Either way, you’ll be having a good nights rest after a day at this adventure park!
Watch fireworks at a country fair
July 9 to 11
You can find all the usual suspects at this year’s Carman Country Fair. Be entertained (or scared) by the clown, scream your heart out on a rollercoaster and eat to your heart’s content at one of the many food vendors. Put your farm skills to the test at the Farmers Challenge and celebrate your win at the beer gardens before the day is through.
Join into a street fest in Minnedosa
July 11, 10am-4pm
The Minnedosa Fun Fest is exactly as it sounds – fun. Bring your kids along to participate in the bike decorating contest, kiddie’s parade and magician show. Browse the street market, stop in at the beer gardens and dance the night away at the social. It’s Manitoba tradition!
Spend a day in the life of a pioneer
July 6, 10am-4pm
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum
Go on a family adventure and live in the past lane at A Day in the Life of a Pioneer. Don’t worry, there will be significantly less chores and way more exploring to be had at this unique museum. Visit the good ol’ General Store and collect old-fashioned souvenirs at every stop.
Travel to the shores of New Iceland
Open 10am-4pm daily
Gimli is the place to go for all things Icelandic in Manitoba, and the New Iceland Heritage Museum is the central hub for the area’s history. Step out on a walking tour to key locations and icons along Gimli’s waterfront or browse artifacts, including a stunning collection of Icelandic stones and minerals. I guess you could say New Iceland rocks.
Get hooked at Winnipeg Fish Festival
July 11, 11am-4pm
Gear up for a family friendly day of fishing activities at the Winnipeg Fish Festival. Learn everything from the initial cast to how to prepare a shore lunch and get hooked on fishing. Filleting demonstrations, a casting lane, learn to fish clinics, fish displays, arts and crafts and critter dipping are just a few of the angling activities set for the festival!
Go on an uplifting journey of hope and salvation
July 9 to 24
Take a breath of fresh air at Canada’s largest and longest running outdoor theatre. Sit back and be entranced by the soaring melodies of the unforgettable Les Misérables. The lives of Jean Valjean, Fantine, Cosette and Marius will draw you into a tale of universal struggle and the redemptive power of love.
Cheer on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers
July 10, 6pm
Investor’s Group Field
The summer months will once again be all about Winnipeg Blue Bombers football as the team continues its CFL season at Investors Group Field! This Friday, the Blue Bombers will be taking on the Montreal Alouettes. Let’s not talk about the last game. It’s all about living in the now! The regular season runs from June to November, where hopefully *fingers crossed* we’ll be cheering on the Bombers at home in the Grey Cup!
Select garden greens for pizza night on the farm
Fridays and Saturdays | 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Pizza night is in full swing at Integrity Foods. Embrace the farm life in this serene setting as your garden-fresh pizza bakes in an outdoor brick oven. Farm animals, pets, gardens, forest trails and children’s activities are just a few of the delights waiting for you on this family abode. Plus, who wouldn’t want to have a pizza picnic? Sandwiches are so overrated!
Celebrate the deepest lake in Manitoba at Meteor Fest
July 11 and 12
West Hawk Lake
The 12th annual Meteor Fest kicks off this weekend, where you can gaze across the lake in wonder as you give kudos to the mass that created it. The action-packed event includes beach BBQ, a street hockey tournament, live entertainment, horseshoe and yoga. We just like the idea of celebrating a rock.
Zip through Pembina Valley
Fly through the air and take in a killer view on a ziplining adventure. Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures will take you into the Pembina Valley from 200 feet above with their signature 5 or 8 line tour. The tour includes 1 km of hiking with the average outing lasting just over an hour.
Go into the heart of Riding Mountain National Park
Many have been charmed by the quaint town of Wasagaming, located in the heart of Riding Mountain National Park. Harnessing the best of both worlds, visitors can go from camping in the bush to browsing shops, cafes and bakeries in the same day. With the highest accolades, the area’s yurts, fresh cinnamon buns and sparkling Clearlake will have you returning time and time again.
Swim with the canaries of the sea
A visit to Churchill offers an unparalleled ability to get close to docile beluga whales during the summer months of July and August. A natural phenomenon to witness, each year thousands of whales make their way to the chilly waters of the Hudson Bay’s Churchill River, to birth their calves. Get ready to sputter out a blitz of oohs and ahhs!
Reflect in the Whiteshell
Let the wonders of nature be a backdrop for reflection on the power of the human spirit at Whiteshell Provincial Park. Begin your Whiteshell journey at the Bannock Point Petroforms near Nutimik Lake before embarking on the eight kilometre trail at Rainbow Falls. Bring your tent for a night under the stars, or choose one of the park’s many comfy resorts.