This week marks a series of exciting events. We don’t feel a day over 21 as Manitoba turns 146, with parties happening in several spots around the province. Next, anglers get back into the swing of things as Fishing Week kicks off with the season opener in southern Manitoba (May 14). Say bonne fête and cast a line with us as we celebrate all week long. Here’s what’s hot in Manitoba…

Cast a line for Fishing Week

Best Manitoba experiences of 2015: Fly fishing

May 13 to 20
Visitor Information Centre

Anglers rejoice! Fishing season is here and it’s fishing week at our Visitor Information Centre. Our VIC will be decked out in angler fashion with tables set up from Conservation and Fisheries. Come in and sign up for our e-newsletter for a chance to win a cat fishing trip for 4 with City Cats. Special events:

May 13: Meet the rock n’ roll fisherman of City Cats, Todd Longley, and learn what it takes to reel in a monster cat.

May 14: Does your child dream of becoming a Master Angler? Bring them in for a fishing demo off the boardwalk of The Forks at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm

Celebrate Manitoba day at our Visitor Information Centre

Flag of Manitoba

May 12
Visitor Information Centre

Say Happy Birthday to Manitoba at our Visitor Information Centre at The Forks. FREE cake will be provided from the wonderful High Tea Bakery for the first 250 people from 11 am to 2 pm, as well as we’ll be giving away 250 car flags courtesy of the fantastic Flag Shop and the rest of our awesome #ExploreMB books. Come celebrate with us!

Join today’s most provocative thinkers

Spur Festival Winnipeg

May 12 to 15
Various venues

Spur is a national festival of politics, art and ideas that brings together thought-provoking artists, activists, entrepreneurs and everybody in between. Topics covered at this year’s festival include LGBTQTS’ing Canada, I am Winnipegger, Hive Mind or Internet Mob? and Feminist Futures.

Roll it up at Sushi Fest

Sushi Fest Winnipeg

May 8 to 22
Various venues

Sushi lovers, rejoice. Sushi Fest takes nine of Winnipeg’s best local sushi chefs in an epic month of sushi-goodness. Each restaurant has created a special, mouth-watering feature roll for the festival – how many will you try?

Learn about Manitoba’s innovations in flight

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

May 12
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

This Manitoba Day, celebration Manitoba’s innovations and achievements in flight. You probably didn’t now that Manitoba made huge breakthroughs in cold weather flying, rocketry and even Canada’s first helicopter – and that’s just the beginning. Walking tour free with general admission.

Catch a channel cat on the Red

Catch a channel cat on the Red River

Photo by Jean Fillion.

Whether the channel catfish is the ugliest fish to inhabit Manitoba waters is certainly a topic of debate. What isn’t up for discussion is their ability to deliver fantastic fishing action, no matter if they are big or small. You can catch these toothless fighters in lots of places in Manitoba, but if there’s one place that offers increased odds, it’s near Lockport on the Red River.

Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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.

Discover Mennonite culture

Mennonite Heritage Village

Photo by Jerry Grajewski.

Open daily
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum, Steinbach

Hitch your horses and pack your luggage for a harrowing tale of migration and settlement at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Travel through time to a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village on our 40 acre site, taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during the summer.

On Thursday, May 12, celebrate Manitoba’s 146th birthday at the Village! There will be a short program at 9:30 a.m. at the Steamer Shelter, speeches by dignitaries and local government officials, and flag raising ceremony.  $2.00 admission.

Get in a game of golf

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.

International Migratory Bird Day

International Migratory Bird Day at Oak Hammock March

May 14
Oak Hammock Marsh

Head out to one of the best areas in North America to watch migratory birds and celebrate International Migratory Bird Day! See songbirds up close by participating in bird banding or join a warbler workshop.

Get robbed by cowboys

The Prairie Dog Central Railway

May 15 | 11:00 a.m.
Departing from Inkster Junction Station

All aboard! Travel back in time to the Wild West and experience a Great Train Robbery on the Prairie Dog Central! Get your tickets to ride the rails and enjoy a fun re-enactment of an old-fashioned train robbery, where bandits on horseback or in vintage automobiles storm the train along the line.

Catch some good hits (and eats) at the ballpark

Goldeyes Home Opener

May 10 to 11
Shaw Park, Winnipeg

Root for the home team at Shaw Park during a Winnipeg Goldeyes exhibition game! This week, the Fish host the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Stroll around the ballpark, laugh with the crowd, and enjoy the overall atmosphere. Good times.

And if you’re hungry, the ballpark is the best place to get your nosh on having everything from pretzels to poutine at the concessions. The Clay Oven restaurant overlooking the field serves up some of the city’s best East Indian cuisine. After the final run, head to a nearby pub in the Exchange District or hit up a patio at The Forks for post-game relaxation.

Discover exceptional art

March 4
Exchange District, Winnipeg

The first Friday of each month means art, art, and more art. Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.

Go fish!

Fishing in Manitoba is the best.

Photo by Brian Irwin.

May 14: Southern Division
May 21: Northern Division

Fishing season is now open in Southern Manitoba! Open water season can’t start soon enough for all of our anglers who are itching to hit our fully-stocked lakes and rivers. Are you ready to get hooked? That Master Angler fish is waiting.

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).

Slither into the Narcisse Snake Dens

Open daily

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” The latter part of April and the first three weeks of May are the best time of year to see this wild phenomenon. Spring is a hotbed of activity in Narcisse where you will find the largest gathering of snakes anywhere in the world. Keep an eye on the activity log to ensure your visit is successful. The snakes are expected to emerge any day now!

Watching tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes at the snake dens came in at number five on our list of Top 10 wildlife encounters.

Unlock the mysteries of the Manitoba Legislative Building

Hermetic Code Tour

Wednesday evenings from April 27 to October 19
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.

Embark on an epic hike

Devil's Punch Bowl at Spruce Woods Prov Park

Hiking in Manitoba means you never need to worry about altitude sickness. But that’s not to say the province’s broad, sweeping canvas is bland. Ma Nature painted in tall wild grass prairie, rolling, forested hills, undulating river valleys, vast wetlands and the occasional view-encompassing escarpment. Go for a hike this week on one of Manitoba’s great trails.

Watch an explosive art performance

 Boom at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

April 27 to May 21
John Hirsch Mainstage

BOOM is a solo performance by Rick Miller that takes audiences on a journey through the music, culture and events that defined the baby boomer generation. The innovative stage documentary gives voice to the era’s most influential figures, including JFK, the Beatles and everything/everyone in between.