Just try to find a theme in this week’s Hot this Week – you can’t! And while this mismatch of events makes for a less smooth introduction, it also shows off the diversity of events and activities that our province offers. A photography adventure is contrasted by a guided tour of women in aviation; while a film festival focusing on the environment stands alongside an end-of-the-ice fishing season celebration. It’s a week where you can truly have a little bit of everything. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Go on a night time photography adventure

From Here and Away FortWhyte Alive

March 10
FortWhyte Alive

From Here & Away is teaming up with FortWhyte Alive for a special moonlight workshop. This is the perfect opportunity to learn how to photograph in night-time lighting. Participants will take to the trails by snowshoe and will have the opportunity to experiment with astro photography and light painting. The night ends with a cozy bonfire in the forest.

Celebrate nature and take action

Reel Green 2016: Inspiring People, Celebrating Nature

March 10
The Met, Winnipeg

The annual Reel Green Film Festival is back with the mission of inspiring people by celebrating nature. The evening is marked with a series of inspiring short films that look at our natural environment and the work being done to protect it. Eco-themed prizes will be up for grabs with proceeds supporting environmental education and action.

Uncover the Myth of the Ostrich

Myth of the Ostrich

March 9 to 26
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Contrary to what the title of this play (or our feature image) might suggest, Myth of the Ostrich is not about an ostrich. The story begins with Pam arriving unannounced on single mom Holly’s doorstep, eager to discuss their teenagers’ blossoming romance. What follows is an unpredictable and bizarre afternoon and laugh-out-loud surprises. Vague much? Yes. But trust us when we say this play provides the perfect mix of comedy and wisdom.

Bid farewell to fishing season at Festival Manipogo


March 10 to 13
Saint Laurent

The end of the annual fishing season on Lake Manitoba is marked by Festival Manipogo in the Métis community of Saint-Laurent. The festival promotes Michif culture and traditions to present and future generations. Participants can enjoy bombardier rides, ice fishing, a hockey tournament and Métis fiddlers, singers and dancers.

Enter into a dynamic sonic experience at Cluster

March 12 to 20
Various locations

Contemporary art and sound come to a head at Cluster, one of Canada’s most dynamic festivals of the arts. Artists gather at Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival to create, experiment and collaborate with the energy of converging artistic communities. Venues around Winnipeg host sonic experiences that will strike audiences in the heart and mind.

Be inspired by the women pioneers of aviation

Guided Tour: Pioneering Women in Aviation

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays | 2:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

It was during the romantic age of flight when women began to spread their wings and take to the sky. But the freedom women found in flight was not unlimited, as they could not yet make it a career. It took women pioneers of aviation more than 50 years to push open all of the career cockpit doors. Head to the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada to discover the first women who flew in war and those who even blasted off beyond our planet Earth.

Visit an indoor farmers market

Downtown Farmers Market Winnipeg

Various dates and locations

Long after the Farmers’ Markets of summer have packed up their goods and left for the season, the Downtown Farmers’ Market heads indoors for once a month shopping – this month’s date is March 10! The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s popular farmers’ market offers fresh baking, vinegar, jams, spices, meat, sauces, fruits, vegetables and preserves. New to the Winnipeg farmers’ market landscape is the Osborne Farmers’ Market, located at 383 McMillan, operating 7 days a week year round!

Go wild at the Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Open daily
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

Spring time at the zoo means the animals are more active than ever. Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world, including everyone’s favourite charismatic seal!

Meet Bruce at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Bruce the mosasaur, Morden

Open daily | 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.

Take a dip into serenity at Thermëa

Thermea baths

Open daily
775 Crescent Drive, Winnipeg

Experience winter in a whole new way: by bathing outside in cold water. Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is Manitoba’s newest spa. Although there are bathrobes, Thermëa is not your typical spa. Adjacent to the Crescent Drive Golf Course, Thermëa follows the tenets of thermotherapy, the practice of alternating between hot and cold.

New on Thursday evenings (6-11 pm) is Lounge Night, where you can gather with friends and enjoy a social night at the spa.

Kick it up at the Moose game

Manitoba Moose

March 7 and 9
MTS Centre

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 Iowa Wild on March 7 and 9.

Cheer your heart out at the good ol’ hockey game

NHL Hockey - Winnipeg Jets

March 8 and 12
MTS Centre, Winnipeg

The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice for a series of hometown games. The Jets will take on the Nashville Predators on March 8 and the Colorado Avalanche on March 12. 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 Shark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.

Nurture your creativity at a film festival

 Freeze Frame's International Film Festival For Kids Of All Ages.

March 6 to 13
Various locations

It’s a big year for the Freeze Frame, International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages. With 20 years under its belt, this year’s festival features an outstanding lineup of films from over 11 countries. If your child dreams of becoming the next big thing in movie production, this is the festival to attend. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops on everything from animation to storyboards. Step aside, Spielberg.

See photography through new perspective

Sight Unseen at Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba

February 20 to September 18
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

One of the most visually inspiring temporary exhibitions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights was created by artists who cannot see. Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists will open visitors’ eyes to how blind artists “see” and capture images in ways that the sighted cannot. 

Sight Unseen is the first museum exhibition in the world to use 3D Photoworks imagery, which creates a rich, three-dimensional experience, and allows people to see in a new way – through their fingertips.