May Long is one of the best weekends of the year – summer is almost here, it’s the camping kick off for many folks, and now, it’s also home to the Manito Ahbee festival. In one blissful, long weekend, you can ignite your spirits at a cultural festival, reel in a big one on one of our many lakes, visit a historical fort, shop a spring market or just settle in and enjoy some sweet, sweet treats. Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…
Feel the spirit of Manito Ahbée
May 18 to 22
Come together in Winnipeg for an unforgettable festival that celebrates Aboriginal arts, culture, music and the seven sacred teachings. Manito Ahbee is an annual festival that shares Indigenous culture and heritage with the world through a number of exciting events, including the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show. You won’t want to miss incredible performances of Metis square dancing and jigging, as well as the International Pow Wow.
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!
Shop at a spring market
Various dates and locations
Ahh, the changing of seasons. Spring calls for something new, and the best place to find that special something is at one of the province’s spring markets.
At the Farm Gate Spring Market | Onanole
Head into the Parkland to Riding Mountain National Park on May 21 and browse the At the Farm Gate Spring Market. Expect regional and local goods, arts, farm produce and baked goods.
Indoor Craft & Vendor Market | Winnipeg Beach
Winnipeg Beach’s annual spring market is back on May 21 for another year of shopping ’til you drop. Enjoy a pancake breakfast, a silent auction and tons of vendors.
Handmade & Vintage Flea Market | Rossburn
Do you brake for rusty items and antiques? Do you get giddy for one of a kind handmade art? If so, head to the 2nd Annual Handmade & Vintage Flea market on May 21 in Rossburn, Manitoba and find your hidden treasure.
Mix and mingle on the rooftop
May 19, 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre
Mix and mingle on the Metropolitan’s gorgeous rooftop patio for the first in a networking summer series. The Hub is a bi-weekly rendezvous where you can meet your next colleague or just make new friends. Check out locally designed fashions, live art and craft cocktails. This week’s event features designers Dediger & Boutique Anya as well as artist Nereo II.
Roll it up at Sushi Fest
May 8 to 22
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?
See snakes on the plains
Manitoba is alive with snakes! Spring is a hotbed of activity at the Narcisse Snake Dens in the Interlake. It’s here that you can see more snakes at a glance than anywhere else in the world. Watching tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes get it on at the snake dens came in at number five on our list of Top 10 wildlife encounters.
Watch an explosive art performance
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.
May 9: Southern Division
May 16: Northern Division
Fishing season is now open in 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).
Head for the hills
Rising dramatically from the prairie landscape, Riding Mountain National Park is a vast expanse of boreal forest and pristine aspen parkland that is sure to enchant and inspire you. You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world as you hike the Escarpment trail system, where the Manitoba plateau falls away 300 metres to the prairies. An abundance of wildlife, forest trails and lakes have attracted nature lovers, camping enthusiasts and summer cottagers for generations. There’s truly something for everyone in this scenic region. Here’s our guide on how to Instagram the perfect trip to Riding Mountain National Park!
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 Sheild outcrops, tee off at top courses surrounded by Manitoba’s natural beauty.
Drive for desserts
In Manitoba, we serve up a thick slice of our history, in cake, torte and pastry form. Whether drawing inspiration from Japan, France, or simply from a serious doughnut craving, you can count on our sweet spots to be every bit decadent.
Spend the day at Assiniboine Park
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Treat yourself to a full-on romp in the picture-perfect Assiniboine Park. Winnipeg’s urban playground is a delightful maze of gardens, walking and biking trails and indoor attractions. Feed the birds at the duck pond, roam over to the Assiniboine Park Zoo to say hello to wildlife species from around the world, stroll through the Leo Mol Garden, play all day at the Nature Playground, or lay down some eats for an idyllic afternoon picnic.
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 theHermetic 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.
Discover Mennonite culture
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.
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.
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.
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?
Navigate our local flora
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!