This weekend is all about one person and one person only: Dad. Your itinerary depends completely on what type of father you have. Golf Dad? No problem. Hit up one of our incredible greens. Jazz Dads can be found at the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Fest while thrill-seeking dads are spending the day enjoying the ride on a roller coaster at the Red River Ex or speeding down a zipline in Pembina Valley. Happy Father’s Day! Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Ride it all at the Ex
June 17 to 26
Red River Exhibition Park
EX-perience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Manitoba’s largest (and funnest) summer fair! Featuring nightly concerts, family attractions, animals, agriculture and the worlds largest travelling midway. Here, you will scream your heart out while flying down a roller coaster at lightning speeds, discover unusual creatures from around the world and witness amazing feats unlike any other.
Jazz it up downtown
June 16 to 26
Various locations, Winnipeg
A world-class lineup of artists is set to perform at the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! From June 16 to 26, the Exchange District will come alive with music performed by the best local, national and international artists.
Discover exciting festivals at The Forks
June 13, 14, 15
Travel Manitoba Visitor Information Centre at The Forks
This week at the VIC, we’re celebrating the amazing impact that festivals make on tourism! Stop by the centre on June 13 for your chance to win tickets to the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. On June 14 and 15 from 1 to 4pm the Red River Exhibition will be in the Centre to sell advance tickets and give away 3 sets of tickets to lucky visitors.
Learn to camp like a pro
June 18 and 19
Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park
Learn to Camp at Riding Mountain National Park! What’s summer without a camping trip or two (or three, or four…)? It’s time to start the tradition for your family and experience sleeping under the stars. Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op team up for this special workshop to show you how to camp. Phone to sign up: (204) 848-7275.
Golf, bowl, curl and shuffle at the 55+ games
June 14 to 16
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries 55 Plus Games are the largest annual 55+ multi-sport event in Manitoba that encourages seniors to stay active into their 80’s (and 90’s, and 100’s). Events include arts & crafts, card games to bowling, golf, snooker, floor curling/shuffleboard, track, swimming, slo-pitch, scrabble and pickleball! The event includes the opportunity to mix and mingle at the Variety Concert or the Athlete’s Banquet.
Zip through Pembina Valley
Get your adrenaline pumping all while taking in a killer view with a ziplining adventure. Take the plunge in the Pembina Valley with Hy-Wire Zipline Adventures and see the 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.
Meet the colourful characters of Fort Gibraltar
Tours offered daily
Take a journey back in time to the Fur Trade in the early 1800’s. Eccentric costumed interpreters will guide you through the historic Fort Gibraltar that originally sat at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine River. Guided tours are approximately 2 hours long and cover everything from the role of the fort as a North West Company trading post to the development of the Red River Settlement and the notorious conflict between competing fur trading empires.
Surprise dad with a ride on the Prairie Dog Central
June 14 to 16
Invite your dad to hop aboard the Prairie Dog Central for a special Father’s Day celebration. Travel through Manitoba with family and friends and listen to exciting tales of railroad past with the on-board historian. The stopover includes an opportunity to explore a Heritage House and enjoy music by the Audayo Brothers.
Set out on a full moon canoe trip
Whiteshell Provincial Park
This relaxing canoe expedition starts with a full moon paddle in the stunning Whiteshell Provincial Park. An experienced guide will draw you in with Indigenous teachings about the full moon, all before gathering around a lake-side fire with refreshments under the stars. Recommended for participants with some paddling experience.
Gallery in the Park Spring
June 3 to July 31
Gallery in the Park, Altona
Altona’s Gallery in the Park is ready to unveil its spring exhibit, featuring artwork by Diana Persson, Kathleen Black and Elfie Elias. The 1902 home houses artwork while the surrounding grounds hosts a variety of sculptures and gorgeous landscaping. Wander through the garden to the water fountain or relax on the outdoor patio in this little piece of paradise.
Decode the mystery of the Legislature
Wednesday evenings from May 6 to Oct 14
Manitoba Legislative Building
Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions,numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new 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.
A Perilous Crossing runs until September 25, offering a moving and thought-provoking look at the rescue of migrants at sea during this harrowing crisis.
Get in a game of golf
Picking which club to use to make that shot may be easier than deciding which of Manitoba’s more than 120 golf courses to play. From lakeside links, to fairways next to farmers’ fields, to putting greens nestles along rocky Canadian Shield outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty. We recently listed 15 golf courses that will make you want to grip it and rip it in Southwestern Manitoba.
Celebrate Father’s Day at FortWhyte Alive
Show your dad some love this Father’s Day and bring him to FortWhyte Alive for a day of BBQ and fishing (what more could a dad want?!). The Father’s Day BBQ kicks off at 11 am with the Buffalo Stone Cafe serving up traditional BBQ fare. Afterward, hit the water for a free day of fishing, equipment and bait included.
Get out to the beach
Hot sand, cool water and bare feet are an unbeatable combination. Every Manitoban has a favourite beach, and 100 years ago, Lake Winnipeg’s most famous retreats were so popular they were serviced by up to 13 trains a day from Winnipeg. On the lake’s eastern shore, Grand Beach is regarded as one of the best in North America. Trip across its soft white sand, fish off the causeway and go birdwatching in the marsh. On the western shore, the rolling lawns and boardwalk of Winnipeg Beach separate the surf and sand from the resort town’s small shops and restaurants.
Go on a wilderness river adventure
Jun to Sep
Nelson River Adventures, Gillam
Be surrounded by wildlife and history as you travel the Nelson River and its tributaries. These river tours offer you firsthand glimpses of our Manitoba history with a breathtaking backdrop of wildlife, tundra horizons and boreal forest canopies.
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.
Swim and splash at Lilac Resort
Open daily, June to August
A short ride outside the city limits of Winnipeg brings you to a family-friendly oasis of summer fun. Spend the day speeding down water slides, or just relax in the hot tub. There are tiki juice bars, wading pools, beach volleyball course, pedal boats, a stocked trout pond and live entertainment every weekend. Lilac Resort is the place to go for a day of soaking in the sun!