If you’re settling into a bit of a slump after an amazing May Long, fear not – another week of fun is here! Are you looking for adventure to pump up your adrenaline? New discoveries in nature? An event to simply sit back and be entertained at? Or perhaps, you’d like to expand your foodie horizons? If you said yes to any of the above, we have something for you. Here’s what’s hot this week…
Tour our quirky roadside attractions
Camels, fire hydrants and windmills are just a few of the strange monuments found in Manitoba. Head out on the road to discover our local mascots with a Roadside Madness road trip. Tour our province’s quirkiest roadside attractions while taking in the scenery, shops and restaurants that each location has to offer. Twitter user tuliplights covered 821 km and 17 towns in 12 hours during her own #shaunaslandmarkchallenge. How many can you see in one day?
Witness a serious case of spring fever
The first three weeks of May is the best time to see the snakes of Narcisse Snake Dens in action, so you better get going if you want to play witness to some serious spring fever. See more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world and watch tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes get it on at this wildlife wonder.
Set the table for 1201
May 23, 7:00-9:00 pm
Another Winnipeg Whiteout is hitting the city at Table for 1201. Taste cuisine made by local chefs from RAW: almong and Diversity Food Services while dining at one of the longest dining tables on record. The location is kept secret until hours before the event, but if last year’s Esplanade Riel spread is any indication of what’s to come, we are sure guests will not be disappointed.
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.
Journey out on a geocaching scavenger hunt
May 24, 10:30 am-12:00 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
Do you live for the thrill of the hunt? Geocaching may be the hobby for you. Head to Oak Hammock Marsh on May 24 for a Geocaching Workshop. Here, you will explore the world of GPS systems and learn about these fascinating, high-tech scavenger hunts. Bring only your curiosity and navigation skills: a GPS unit will be provided for all participants.
Enjoy exhilarating horse racing at the Assiniboia Downs
Racing season is on at the Downs! With Wednesday, Friday and Saturday being the best days to watch the races at the Assiniboia Downs, there are plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. Nothing gets the heart racing faster than the sound of thundering hooves and the encouraging yells of jockeys, especially if you have a few bucks on it. And remember, never bet on a horse named Tripod.
Shimmy along to Ballroom with a Twist
May 22 to May 24
Centennial Concert Hall
Shimmy and shake in your seat to Ballroom with a Twist, on from May 22 to 24 at the Centennial Concert Hall. Cheer on your favourite you-should-have-won finalists from So You Think You Can Dance and American Idol as they sing their hearts out and dance the samba, waltz and foxtrot like you’ve never seen it before.
Angle in a big one
With fishing season officially open in Manitoba, we will bet many of you are itching to get out on the water! Whether you’re set on reeling in a Master Angler, or if you prefer just to take it easy on the open water, this week is perfect to get out there and hook one in.
Did you know you can now submit your catches as fast as you can reel them in? Download our Manitoba Master Angler iPhone app to easily submit a new catch and to keep your records within reach (for when you really want to brag to your buddies about how awesome you are at fishing).
Pick up fresh fare at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market
Every year, farm families travel from St. Adolphe, Starbuck and even Killarney to bring their freshest and most delicious fare to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. Manitoba’s largest farmers’ market is sure to impress, with an abundance of flowers, meat, vegetables, fruits and locally made wares such as soap, crafts, toys and even furniture. Saturdays just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the market!
Meet the colourful characters of Fort Gibraltar
Tours offered daily
May 19 to August 30
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.
Navigate our local flora
May 23, 9:00 am-6:00 pm
At Laura’s “You can eat that?!” Wild Edible Adventure, you will head into the bush with wild edible plant expert Laura to discover how to identify, harvest and prepare common wild edibles. Get hands on experience in telling the difference between edible plants and their poisonous look-a-likes, and when and how to gather your edibles. By the end of the one-day workshop, you will prepare a full-course meal with the plants you gather. Bon appetite!
Sway to the musical styling of Diana Krall
May 19, 8:00 pm
Centennial Concert Hall
Don’t miss your chance to see the iconic Diana Krall perform tonight at the Centennial Concert Hall. Diana will be performing songs from her new album, “Wallflower”, which include popular classics from The Mama and the Papas, The Eagles and Bob Dylan. As one of the most recognizable artists of our time and with nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums under her belt, you can bet this concert will be one to remember.