The great thing about this province is that even during the coldest of days, we still throw on a festival…or two…or three! It could be because we love a good party, or the fact that we know what “layer up” means, or maybe it’s the anticipation of that warm cup or bowl of deliciousness waiting for us when we get back inside. And festivals always have the best food served by the warmest people with the friendliest of smiles. Here’s what’s happening around Manitoba this week…
Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival
Feb 18 to 22
Various venues, The Pas
Party pioneer-style at at the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas! You’ll see brave souls set traps, filet fish, build fires from scratch and even whip up a snack over that open fire. And no trappers’ festival would be complete without an axe-throwing competition, championship dog race and, of course, the coronation of the King and Queen Trappers and a Fur Queen.
If you are a newbie to the festival, Shel Zolkewich, has a handy list of tips to make your experience a wonderful one.
Festival du Voyageur
Feb 13 to 22
Voyageur Park, St. Boniface
Put on your felt toque, wrap a wool sash around your waist, and get ready to celebrate our French-Canadian history at Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival! This 10-day event celebrates Canada’s fur trading era and combines the joie de vivre of the Voyageurs with more than 300 music performances, magnificent snow sculptures, historical interpretation of the early 19th century, traditional dishes, arts and crafts, the Torch Light Walk, and a beard growing contest.
See our list of unique ways to Hé Ho ’til the cows come home.
Family Fun Days
Feb 22 | Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
It’s Family Fun Days this weekend in Spruce Woods Provincial Park! All events are FREE to participate in and include skating, jam pail curling, tobogganing, snow painting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing (equipment provided), crafts, and scavenger hunts. The Skijoring group will be there to demonstrate with their dog teams. And warm your bellies with FREE hot chocolate, home made cookies, regular chili and vegetarian chili.
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.
February is Northern Explorer Month at the Zoo. From January 31 to March 1, pay for one regular priced admission then use the same ticket to return to the Zoo as many times as you like for the remainder of the month.
Dinosaurs in 3D
Feb 18 to Mar 28
Portage and District Arts Centre and Gallery, Portage la Prairie
Check out some cool 3D photography and phantograms by Dennis Wiens! From a very early age Dennis became fascinated with 3D starting with his Viewmaster. While searching through photography sites he learned that he could make his own 3D prints and began experimenting. He started by using two disposable cameras mounted on a piece of wood then upgraded to two Ricoh 35mm cameras mounted on a metal plate with a wire to synchronize them.
Maple Leaf Monster Jam
Feb 21 to 22
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
Get your motor runnin’ cause Maple Leaf Monster Jam is returning to Winnipeg for three BIG shows! Watch in awe as twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines tear through the MTS Centre. Monster Jam is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet. The larger-than-life machines will bring you to your feet as they race and rip through a custom-designed track full of obstacles. Round up the entire family, because kids’ seats are just 15 bucks!
Armstrong’s War – MTC regional tour
Feb 17, Steinbach
Feb 18, Carman
Feb 19, Crystal City
Feb 20, Portage la Prairie
This year, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Company is featuring Armstrong’s War on its regional tour! Corporal Michael Armstrong is recuperating in a rehab hospital when he’s ambushed by a Girl Guide looking to earn her Community Service badge. After battle lines are drawn, the unlikely allies show each other how to stand tall.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at MTC
Jan Feb 11 to Mar 7
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg
Christopher Durang’s new play proves that misery loves comedy in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike — one of the hottest shows on Broadway! Siblings Vanya and Sonia are left with little but each other after sacrificing their adult lives to care for their ailing parents. But when their sister Masha, an aging actress, arrives with unsettling news and her 20-something boy toy Spike in tow, their static lives are thrown for a loop.
Riding Mountain National Park
There are 43 kilometres of groomed snowshoe trails, as well as the unlimited possibilities that await you when you set out “off trail,” including the challenge of snowshoeing Mt Agassiz. Riding Mountain’s snow conditions and six designated snowshoe trails make it one of the best places to snowshoe in Manitoba.
775 Crescent Drive, Winnipeg
Experience winter in a whole new way. Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is Manitoba’s newest spa. Although there are bathrobes, Thermëa is not your typical spa. Adjacent to the Crescent Drive Golf Course, Thermëa follows the tenets of thermotherapy, the practice of alternating between hot and cold.
No reservations are required for the thermal experience, but you can make a reservation to enjoy a massage or face or body treatment. There is also a restaurant onsite, so you can take a break from all that relaxing to enjoy a meal or sip a glass of wine.
Red River Mutual Trail
Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.
Pukak paradise campfire talk
Feb 21 | 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Betula Lake Group Use Shelter, Whiteshell Provincial Park
Winter may seem like a quaint and quiet season in the boreal forest; however the season is teeming with life under the snow. Join the Park Interpreter at a campfire to discover where all the active animals hang out during the winter. Afterwards, enjoy some hot chocolate and s’mores!
Oct 17 to Apr 17
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
Argh, matey, it’s all about that booty (pirate’s booty, that is) at the interactive exhibit Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship at The Manitoba Museum. The exhibit tells the true story of the Whydah — a real pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago — and showcases treasure chests of coins and gold, jewelry, weaponry such as cannons, pistols, and knives, and a replica of the actual ship that visitors can board.
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.
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