Welcome to the Manitoba what-will-you-do-this-week game show! We have several doors for you to choose from to create your fun-filled week. Behind Door #1: A free weekend of exploring Winnipeg’s stunning historical buildings. Behind Door #2: Enormous dinosaurs that lurk in every corner of the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Door #3? An amazing week-long celebration of the LGBTTQ community. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of other doors to open and explore. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Wander through the open doors
May 28 to 29
Various buildings, Winnipeg
If you love history, and appreciate unique architecture, discover the tales held within some of Winnipeg’s most architecturally stunning and historically significant buildings at Doors Open Winnipeg. Explore some of our most fascinating buildings while enjoying the many walking tours and events during this FREE weekend.
Go on a scavenger hunt at the Forks
The Forks, Starting at the Visitor Information Centre
Race around the Forks from clue to clue on an epic scavenger hunt that will bring you through one of Winnipeg’s most popular historic sites. There are 10 locations, a photo challenge and a special Parks Canada challenge that will lead you to victory. All participants will be entered to win a Travel Manitoba prize pack that includes 4 tickets to the Assiniboine Park Zoo, 4 passes to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and a family pass for the Splash Dash Tours. Come to the Visitor Information Centre between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm to get started! Weather dependent.
See dinosaurs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
May 21 to September long weekend
Various buildings, Winnipeg
Something BIG has arrived at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for the summer. Dinosaurs Alive!® is an immersive and comprehensive dinosaur experience that allows visitors to step back in time to the prehistoric era as the lifelike dinosaurs move and roar throughout the zoo. Learn about your favourite dinosaurs or just enjoy the thrill of seeing these beasts in action. Don’t miss it!
Pan for gold at Oak Hammock Marsh
May 28 | 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Oak Hammock Marsh
Minerals, fossils and rocks dazzle, shimmer and shine at Oak Hammock Marsh’s Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals weekend! Archaeology fanatics can roam a variety of displays, enter the rockin’ silent auction, and watch a live demonstration of flint knapping. Find the gold at the end of the rainbow as you try your hand at gold panning, and don’t forget to bring in your own collection of stones for identification by experts!
See North America’s largest urban bison herd
May 26 | 11:15 am
Located in the heart of Winnipeg (off McCreary Road) FortWhyte Alive boasts the largest urban bison herd in North America on its 70-acre Bison Prairie. The centre is home to about 30 of the burly behemoths. The large furry beasts once freely roamed the plains. Hunted to near extinction in the late 1800s, these magnificent creatures are definitely worth seeing on a Bison Safari.
Gaze at exceptional architecture in Old St. Boniface
Daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Starting point is Old St. Boniface City Hall, St. Boniface
Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s Old St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both the determination and Joie de vivre of Franco-Manitobans. Duration: 75-90 min.
Celebrate the Pride of the Prairies
May 27 to June 5
Join a welcoming Winnipeg’s Pride of the Prairies is one of the largest celebrations of LGBTTQ culture between Toronto and Vancouver. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming community and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent!
Set the table for 1201
May 28, 6:30 to 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 Legislative Building spread is any indication of what’s to come, we are sure guests will not be disappointed.
Get into the spirit of holidays across Canada
May 21 to September 5
Manitoba Children’s Museum
Where can you celebrate all the holidays in one place? The Manitoba Children’s Museum, of course! Kids Celebrate! is a fun-filled festivity that brings together the spirit of various holidays. Discover the dances, foods, decorations and costumes of each holiday and participate in creative activities and interactive challenges. Children will learn about the special occasions in a variety of cultures across Canada.
Go on a fossil dig adventure
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden
If you like adventure and hands-on experiences, then sign up for a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour! This is one of Manitoba’s hottest tourism products where you can hunt for fossils on active dig sites in the Morden area. Home to Bruce, the 43-foot mosasaur (or marine reptile), the CFDC is unearthing a steady stream of fossils near Morden – an area that was once covered by a saltwater seaway in the Late Cretaceous Period.
Cast your fly at the Bug Chucker Cup
May 26 to 28
Roblin & District Lakes
Head out to Manitoba’s fly-fishing capital for some premiere stillwater competition at the Bug Chucker Cup! The Cup is a great opportunity to compete with other fly fishers to try and reel in a few Rainbows, Browns, Speckles or Tigers! With Stillwater Fly Fishing becoming the new horizon in fly-fishing, you will see some of the newest techniques put to use.
Paddle your own canoe
Savour the serenity as you dip your paddle into gentle waters on a quiet lake, or go for broke on rushing river rapids as you follow in the wake of the voyageurs. Head to Grass River Provincial Park or launch your canoe west of the park at Cranberry Portage and take a 176-kilometre run to Wekusko Falls on northern Manitoba’s legendary Grass River route. Admire the pictographs at Tramping Lake along the way – it’s believed the images painted in red ochre on rock faces just above the waterline were created by aboriginal artists who were seated in canoes.
Heal your teddy bears at Assiniboine Park
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Get the kids to grab their ailing teddy bears and head out to the park for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic! This annual event brings kids, teddy bears and parents together for a day of health education, fun activities and entertainment. Rain or shine teddy bears always have a good time!
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.
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.
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
Saturdays and Wednesdays
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.
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.