This week is all ’bout that puck, no kidding. The Jets are home and looking to increase their hold on a wild-card spot, the Wheat Kings are destroying the Eastern Conference and the exciting All Nations Tribal Days’ annual hockey tournament is going down in Portage la Prairie. Add Theon Fleury’s new play Playing with Fire to the mix and you can safely say we live and breathe hockey here. Here’s the best of the week…
Feb 24, 26, Mar 1
MTS Centre, Winnipeg
The good old hockey game brings the roar to the crowd when the Winnipeg Jets at home (Tuesday: Dallas Stars; Thursday: St. Louis Blues; Sunday: Los Angeles Kings). As always, tickets are limited, so grab what you can before they’re all gobbled up. And there’s plenty of pre- and post-game action at surrounding pubs, clubs and eateries like Shark Club, The Met, and Tavern United.
Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb 25, 27, 28
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Hit the road to Brandon to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on Medicine Hat Tigers and Kootenay Ice this week. The Wheat Kings enter the week firmly entrenched in first place in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 44-10-4-2 record. Friday’s game features a Player Card Giveaway while Saturday’s contest is Pink the Rink Night.
All Nations Tribal Days
Feb 27 to Mar 1
Portage la Prairie
Head out to Portage la Prairie for exciting hockey at the All Nation Tribal Days, which is proudly hosted by the Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation, Long Plain First Nation and Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation. In addition to the hockey tournaments, events include a talent show and square dancing exhibition, a teen video dance, Moccasin games, Star Blanket competition, volleyball tournament, Texas Hold ’em, Halo 4 tournament and Monster Bingo.
Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story at PTE
Feb 25 to Mar 15
Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg
Catch the inspiring true story of an unlikely hockey star at Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story. Based on the best-selling biography and developed with Theo Fleury himself, Playing with Fire is the brutally honest story of how a 5’6” Metis youth, who grew up in Russell and played for the Winnipeg Warriors, overcame poverty, neglect, physical, psychological and sexual abuse to become an NHL star. Performed entirely on skates and synthetic ice, Playing with Fire is a triumph of one man’s spirit.
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.
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. Every Saturday enjoy the Snowpacked Music Series in the Powder Keg Pub.
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.
The Predators – Guided ski expedition
Feb 28 | 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Pine Point self-guiding trail, Whiteshell Provincial Park
The cunning predators of the Whiteshell have a wide variety of ways to track down their prey. Follow along on your skis with the Park Interpreter to learn how Manitoba’s top carnivores find their food. Warm up with a fire and hot chocolate once you reach Pine Point Rapids. Please bring your own skis and dress warmly for this 5 km ski. For more information, email ParkInterpretation@gov.mb.ca.
Get a glimpse of what skiing the Whiteshell is like through the eyes (and skis) of Hike Bike Travel.
Winnipeg Whisky Festival
The Fairmont Winnipeg
Explore and appreciate more than 100 varieties of Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, Tennessee and Canadian whiskies at the Winnipeg Whiskey Festival! Along with the wide array of whiskies, you will also enjoy a diverse selection of mouthwatering cuisine available throughout the entire evening,and all attendees will receive a souvenir Glencairn Whisky Glass.
Cross Lake Trappers’ Festival
Feb 23 to Mar 1
The 56th annual Cross Lake Winter Festival welcomes people from across the country and parts of the U.S. This year’s events include a talent showcase, King & Queen Trapper competitions, dog sled races, monster bingo and square dance competitions.
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.
Winter in RMNP
Riding Mountain National Park
Awaken your senses and chart your own amazing experiences on the many trails awaiting you in Riding Mountain National Park. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, skate-skiing, traction kiting, and sleigh rides will take you to places that are deeply moving and beautiful. Connect with nature and with yourself when you embrace winter and all the rewarding ways you can interact with the season.
Lake of the Prairies Ice Fishing Derby
Lake of the Prairies, Asessippi Provincial Park
Get your fish on at the 6th annual Lake of the Prairies Ice Fishing Derby! First prize is $10,000 with over $20,000 in cash and merchandise awarded in total. Ice is groomed and holes are pre-drilled.
OUTERBRIDGE: Pure Illusion
Roxy Theatre, Neepawa
You won’t believe your eyes as you watch the grand illusions of Ted Outerbridge who has been called “The Most Successful Professional Magician in Canada.” This is one show you won’t want to miss.
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.
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.
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.
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