This is the week to honour, salute and give thanks to our brave veterans who have fought for our freedoms.
In addition to Remembrance Day, the province is filled with events that will fill you with wonder and joy – whether it be the off-beat musical based on the Gospel According to Matthew or the Santa Claus parade, starring the man himself. Here’s what’s hot…
Lest we forget
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
Remembrance Day is a time to remember the men and women who have served our nation and those who continue to do so. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is recognizing Remembrance day with guest speakers, including veterans, current military personnel and bush pilots who will discuss their aviation careers throughout the afternoon. The RCA Museum is offering free admission with exhibits and staff on hand to answer questions about those who served. See more Remembrance Day events here.
Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR
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 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.
Catch a glimpse of Santa Claus
As part of his pre-Christmas world tour, the one and only Santa Claus is making a visit to downtown Winnipeg at the annual Santa Claus Parade. Be delighted by moving lights, sounds and characters and get into the mood of the holiday season with cheer and merriment. For children and grown-up kids alike!
Witness time stand still
On until April 9, 2017
Winnipeg Art Gallery
The iconic photographs of American artist and engineer Harold “Doc” Edgerton combine science and art to create images of the undetectable. Using photographic experiments with strobe lights, Edgerton invented a new flash device that was able to catch stillness in motion. You will see why National Geographic named him, “the man who made time stand still” at this exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Take a hike on Hecla Island
The Hecla Village Self-Guiding Trail depicts the history of this small lakeshore settlement, with stops at the village’s centuries-old icehouses, sawmill, dockside fish station, general store as well as its modern museum.
The Grassy Narrows Marsh features a network of trails offering fine bird watching. Boardwalks and blinds provide vantage points for spotting pelicans, terns, hawks, grebes, red-winged blackbirds and bald eagles. A wildlife viewing tower not far from the main road promises early morning glimpses of moose and even the occasional wolf.
Join in on ferocious fun for #PolarBearWeek
November 2 to 9
Now is the best time to visit Churchill, Manitoba to see polar bears, just as they begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory. In celebration, this week is dedicated entirely to all things polar bear. Join us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and here on the blog for a ton of fun bear content and giveaways! This year’s #PolarBearWeek Twitter chat will be hosted by TravelChatCA on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00 pm.
Eat through the northern flavour trail
Culinary revelations abound in the province of Manitoba and our northern communities are no exception. From authentic Thai to retro drive-throughs, you’ll find something to tickle your taste buds along the Northern Flavour Trail.
Express yourself at Studio Central
Daily workshops and events
2nd floor, 444 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg
With the goal of bringing community together in the production of art, Studio Central (a project of Artbeat Studio) offers daily workshops and events for all creative types (and those just discovering their creative side). Activity-based presentations by alumni artists are held daily from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, focusing on a variety of creative techniques and mediums such as drawing, painitng, sculpture, fabric arts and photography. The workshop is followed by coffee and a performance by a local musician, singer, poet or actor. The best part? Everything is free, including the coffee!
Celebrate Jewish culture at Tarbut
November 12 to 20
Rady Jewish Community Centre
The annual Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture showcases the best of Jewish culture through a wide variety of mediums. See performances from local and out-of-town performers, browse the Jewish book Fair and watch compelling feature films. This year’s festival features Israeli superstar David Broza at the West End Cultural Centre.
Cheer on local country artists
Metropolitan Entertainment Centre
If you live for Dauphin’s Countryfest and wear cowboy boots year round (okay, not a requirement), head to The Met on Thursday evening for the 2016 Manitoba Country Music Awards. In the heart of Downtown Winnipeg, the evening will bring the province’s country music community together for top country acts and prestigious awards.
Immerse yourself in a mystery at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre
October 20 to November 12
John Hirsch Main Stage
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time tells the story of Christopher, a teenage boy who is extraordinarily intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he is accused of murdering his neighbour’s dog, he must step outside of his comfort zone to discover the truth. Get the most bang out of your buck by purchasing a Culture Pass.
Reconnect with an old fairytale favourite
November 12, 2016 to January 8, 2017
What was your favourite childhood fairy tale? If you enjoyed classics like Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty and Three Blind Mice, you will be delighted and charmed by the Children’s Museum’s favourite holiday exhibit. The last original Eaton’s Fairytale Vignette Display from the ninth floor annex of Eaton’s downtown store is now fully restored and open to the public, for a limited time only!
Sing along to the Gospel According to St. Matthew
November 10 to 13
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium
It’s the gospel like you’ve never seen it before. Godspell is an off-beat take on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, composed by Stephen Schwartz of Wicked. Revived on Broadway in 2011, Godspell the musical is making its way to Brandon, Manitoba with songs such as “Day by Day” and “Beautiful City”.
Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon
November 11 and 13
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Join in the excitement and help cheer on a local team in Brandon, Manitoba. Hit the road and go west to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Red Deer Rebels on November 11 and the Swift Current Broncos on November 13.
Get the (craft) show on the road
Remember last year when you were running through the mall on December 24th, desperately seeking that perfect (but inevitably sold out) gift? That’s not going to happen this year. That’s right, craft season has arrived and there are tons of shows and markets to browse.
- Nov 12 | Christmas Craft and Vendor Sale, 359 Dowling Avenue E.
- Nov 12 | Craft & Bake Sale, Nor Villa Hotel
- Nov 12 | Charity Craft & Bake Sale in support of A Port in the Storm, 1370 Grosvenor Avenue
- Nov 13 | MS Biking to the Viking Fundraiser Craft Sale, Park City Community Center
- Nov 12 | Killarney: Stuffed Stocking Craft Show, Shamrock Centre
- Nov 13 | Brandon: 2nd Annual Handmade Sale, West End Community Centre
- Nov 12 | Fraserwood: Craft, Trade & Bake Sale, Community Centre