Header photo by Robyn Hanson

Got your costume ready? Good, because this is the last week to indulge in the spook-tacular time of year that is Halloween. But it’s not all scary. The faint of heart can opt for a hockey game, theatrical performance or cabin yoga (which certainly sounds more relaxing than screaming your way through a haunted house). Here’s what’s hot this week in Manitoba…

Catch a fright on Halloween


Photo from Six Pines

Various dates and venues

‘Tis the season for fear and fright, and what better way to give yourself the shivers than by getting out to one of Manitoba’s many Halloween haunts. From haunted forests for the adults (Six Pines) to ghostly tours for the kids (Lower Fort Scary), there’s something bone-tinging for everyone this October.

Parade with the pumpkins

Gimli Pumpkin Parade

November 1

It’s time to hail to the pumpkin king in Gimli, Manitoba, where townfolk and visitors will gather with their jack-o-lanterns and battery powered candles for a glowing parade. The event kicks off at 6:00 pm at the Gimli Harbour Area.

Discover the duality of the human spirit at the Autumn Festival

Autumn Festival at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

On until November 4
Centennial Concert Hall

At this year’s Autumn Festival, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra will dive into ying and yang, and the musical visions of the highest aspirations and the darkest conceits. The week of music includes Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins and Natasha Paremski in recital.

Try a new bakery

The Pennyloaf Bakery

Various locations

Fresh baking…the aroma alone can waft away any worry and warm the chilliest fall day. While the art of baking may be lost on some of us, luckily, there’s a bakery (quite a few, actually) for that. Check out 10 bakeries outside the breadbox.

Bust a Wheat Kings move in Brandon


November 3 and 4
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 Kootenay Ice on November 3 and 4.

Take a hike on Hecla Island


Photo by Robyn Hanson

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.

Embark on a scenic road trip

Park Hwy 10 to Dauphin

Hwy 10 to Dauphin.

One thing’s for certain, no matter where you are, or where you have been, there’s always something new that you can discover along the way. So sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery on a road trip through Manitoba. Sometimes even the best destinations are all about the journey.

Find your center at FortWhyte Alive


November 5
FortWhyte Alive

There’s no better way to start the morning than with Cabin Yoga at FortWhyte Alive. On the docket this weekend is a brisk forest hike followed by guided, indoor yoga and meditation. Leader Ashley Bourgeois of Wild Path will help you tap into a zen moment on the most relaxing Sunday ever.

Take a glimpse into history


On until January 12
The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum

Visit the The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum in Shilo to see the international travelling exhibition from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Learn about Anne Frank’s time in hiding during the Holocaust and of the Canadian participation in WW2.

Dive into culture

Polish Fest

November 4
Club Regent Casino Event Centre

You don’t have to be Polish to have a blast at this one-day festival that showcases and shares traditional Polish food, dance and language. The event will entertain and excite with local talent from the Polish community and beyond.

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