The Louis Riel Day long weekend is winter’s version of August long weekend. It is PACKED with festivals and activities! And you know it’s going to be a unique one when events include French Voyageurs, hot Cajun nights and Icelandic cream puffs. Here’s our hot list…
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.
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.
This weekend is Family Weekend! Saturday is Rail Wars and Sunday will have a spectacular fireworks display.
Winter Family Fishing Weekend
Feb 15 to 17
Province wide (excluding Federal Parks)
Break out your rods and reels because you don’t need a fishing license this weekend! All other rules and regulations will apply. Conservation catch limits apply to those angling without a licence, who normally would require one.
Crow Wing Trail
Actif Epica is a one-day, do-it-yourself outdoor active living celebration that will involve communities along the Crow Wing Trail (part of the TransCanada Trail) in southeast Manitoba. Set against the backdrop of a 130km and run voyageur-style ultramarathon in the cold weather and brutal winds of a Southeastern Manitoba winter, five festival sites will glow with the warmth of community spirit, the strength of human ingenuity and the beauty of having fun whatever the temperature.
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.
Cream Puff Day (or Bolludagur)
Feb 16 | 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
New Iceland Heritage Museum, Gimli
Enjoy a delicious day in Gimli celebrating Bolludagur (Cream Puff Day)! Listen to stories about the history of this day while you feast on a fresh Bollur – Icelandic cream puffs complete with jam, whipped cream and chocolate! Kids can also make their own Bolluvöndur – a special wand used by children in Iceland on Bolludagur.
Family Ice Fishing
Marshs Lake, Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Head out onto the frozen lake to enjoy the fun family activity of hard-water (ice) fishing. All necessary equipment will be supplied, or you can bring your own. Discover the fish species found in Spruce Woods and the techniques used to hard-water fish, along with key regulations you need to know.
No fishing license is required, however all other regulations still apply.
Birding hour – Bird Love
Oak Hammock Marsh
Have you ever wondered why some birds are so colourful while some other have such melodious songs? Discover the intimate world of bird courtship and let Resident Naturalist, Paula Grieef, tell you all about how birds find their mates. Workshop fee is $5.00 plus admission. Pre-registration is required.
Valentine’s: Romeo and Juliet
Feb 13 to 14
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
Spend Valentine’s Day weekend with Ravel’s sultry Bolero, a loved one by your side, and music that will score a perfect 10 ! Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet contains the most memorable of all the big tunes that lovers are inspired by. And you won’t want to miss our fabulous young soloists working their two-piano magic in Mozart’s glorious Double Piano Concerto. A beautiful program for people who believe in love on a special day!
Skate the Lake
Feb 14 to 15
Minnedosa Lake, Minnedosa
Skate the Lake is a two-day pond hockey tournament held on Minnedosa Lake. Teams of five compete in a four-on-four pond hockey format in games that have two 15 minute halves. There are no goalies, no refs and no limit to the fun. Players can lace up their skates in a heated, on-ice army tent and skate over to one of six rinks.
Armstrong’s War – MTC regional tour
Feb 9, Binscarth
Feb 10, Strathclair
Feb 11, Neepawa
Feb 12, Minnedosa
Feb 14, Pinawa
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.
Winnipeg Mardi Gras
Feb 13 to 14
RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre, Winnipeg
For the 10th year, Winnipeg Mardi Gras will heat up Winnipeg’s frigid winter during one unforgettable weekend, as thousands come together to experience authentic tastes, sights and sounds of New Orleans.
New Canadian Kid – Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Feb 4 to Feb 13
Manitoba Theatre for Young People – The Forks
“Hello, my name is Nick.” What is it like when your whole world is turned upside down and everything is strange? Exuberant and touching, New Canadian Kid uses a clever language twist that allows audiences to truly share Nick’s experiences as he makes friends, learns a new language, and adjusts to change. Dealing with acceptance, bullying, immigration, racism, tolerance, conflict, resolution, and relocation, this is one of Canada’s most widely produced plays and its universal message of inter-cultural harmony has been lauded by critics and audiences everywhere.
Jan 28 to Feb 15
Various venues, Winnipeg
Delve into drama at live performances, films and readings during CowardFest! The 15th annual Master Playwright Festival is celebrating the life and work of Noël Coward: actor, playwright, director, songwriter and fashion trendsetter.
Private Lives at MTC
Jan 29 to Feb 14
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg
Noël Coward’s deliciously wicked Private Lives is the star of this year’s CowardFest! In this sparkling comedy, the happily divorced Elyot and his new bride inadvertently choose to spend their honeymoon in the suite adjoining his ex-wife Amanda and her new husband. As the old flame is rekindled, so is the venom that extinguished it in the first place.
Wonderful Winter Weekend
Feb 13 to 16
Winnipeg Beach comes alive at the annual Wonderful Winter Weekend! Events include Mixed Doubles Curling Bonspiel, snowmobile radar runs, ice fishing derby, fireworks and a whole lot more.
Canadian Museum For Human Rights
Open Tuesday to Sunday
Contemplate inspring stories of struggle and triumph at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This new 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. All 11 galleries are now open.
Jan 15 to Feb 28
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon
Through research and field study, Kevin Conlin has worked closely with the historical record contained in layers of clay and bedrock. As a ceramic artist and an amateur paleontologist, he anchors his practice in the vast record of the earth’s past and the inevitable effects that humankind will have on its future. Clay not only tells us about the ancient past, but embodies and contains traces of all living things; Conlin’s ceramic vessels and urns act as storehouses of this history.
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.
Festival des amis
Feb 13 to 15
St. Malo Provincial Park
Métis and French culture are shared and celebrated with joie de vivre at the Festival des amis. Take in the culinary experiences, regional cultural entertainment and a whole slate of winter family activities during the Louis Riel long weekend.
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.
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