The yin and yang of winter in Manitoba: Yes, the days are cold, sometimes bone-chillingly so, but those cooler temps brings with it the clearest skies in Canada. And when that big blue sky shows up and that bright sun shines down on you it kind of makes you go “Woah, this place is really something special.”  Our weekly hot list has plenty of things to do that embrace being outside and falling head-over-heels for this wintry place.

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Raw:almond river pop-up restaurant in Winnipeg.

Photo by Marianne Helm for MACLEAN’S MAGAZINE

Jan 22 to Feb 11
The Red River, The Forks

The foodie event of the season! RAW:almond is back on the frozen river for another year to serve you the finest of feasts as you dine on a big block of ice. This year, the restaurant is getting a beautiful architectural update. Unfortunately, the tickets for evening meals are all SOLD OUT. Fortunately, the restaurant offers a hearty, belly-warming skate up brunch each weekend. Skate up and grab a seat, there are no tickets needed. But make sure you arrive early, there’s often a line-up.


Thermea baths

Open daily
775 Crescent Drive, Winnipeg

Experience winter in a whole new way: by bathing outside in cold water. 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.

Scotties Tournament of Hearts: Provincials

Scotties Tournament of Hearts Provincial Women's Curling

Photo by Canadian Curling Association.

Jan 21 to 25
Winkler Centennial Arena, Winkler

Hurry hard to Winkler to watch the top 16 women’s teams in Manitoba compete for an opportunity to represent Manitoba at the 2015 Canadian Scotties Tournament of Hearts! Our golden Olympic Champion’s Team Jennifer Jones are the #1 seeds and heavily favoured to win. Knowing how competitive curling is in our province, they are going to have their work cut out for them.

Guided snowshoe hike

Snowshoeing in Manitoba

Jan 24 |  1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Meet at Yellow Quill Trailhead, Spruce Woods Provincial Park

Explore the trails with a Park Interpreter and discover the many different animals that are very active over the winter months by looking at the tracks and scat they leave on the trail. Learn how to tell tracks apart by examining the different features of each track. Afterwards, warm up by the wood burning stove in one of the shelters and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate.

Brandon Wheat Kings

Brandon Wheat Kings

Jan 23 and 24
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Hit the road to Brandon to catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Prince Albert Raiders and Regina Pats this week. The Wheat Kings enter the week with a record of 33-9-3-1 and sitting atop the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. Friday’s game will feature the 5th Annual Westoba Credit Union Diaper Derby while Saturday’s contest sees the Cameron Hughes Experience return.

Red River Mutual Trail

Enjoying a warming hut on the Red River Mutual Trail at the Forks.

Photo by @abykwek via Instagram

The Forks

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.

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 – Beyond the Score® by WSO

 Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - Beyond the Score

Jan 23 to 24
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Jan 25
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

This is Beethoven, up close and personal as you’ve never experienced before. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® features classical music’s signature Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony! Created by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this acclaimed multimedia presentation brings Beethoven’s masterpiece to life with actors and live theatre followed by a complete performance of the work.

Buy tickets: Winnipeg – Friday, Saturday | Brandon – Sunday

Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery at the WAG

Dalí Up Close at the WAG

Sep 27 to Feb 22
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Savour some surrealism and other masterworks at the WAG’s newest exhibitions Dalí Up Close and Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Dalí Up Closepresents paintings, watercolours, drawings, jewellery, and sculpture by Surrealist master Salvador Dalí, as well as the celebrated photographs produced with Philippe Halsman. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery is an uncompromising selection of international paintings by such artists as Gainsborough, Turner, Sargent, Carr, Thomson, Freud, and more.

Manitoba Ag Days

Manitoba Ag Days

Jan 20 to 22
Keystone Centre, Brandon

Manitoba Ag Days is Canada’s largest indoor agricultural trade show that is 100% Pure Farm – it’s where you will find the latest in production expertise, technology, and equipment. Manitoba Ag Days attracts exhibitors and visitors from across Canada and North Central United States. It’s Where the Ag Year Begins!

Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park

Open daily
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.

Cabaret at MTC

Cabaret at MTC

Jan 6 to 31
John Hirsch Mainstage, Winnipeg

The sexy and electrifying Cabaret is a once-in-a-lifetime theatre experience. When aspiring American novelist Clifford Bradshaw journeys to Berlin to kick-start his flagging novel, he’s drawn into the sensuous and exhilarating underworld of cabaret. His writing falls by the wayside, and Clifford begins a whirlwind romance with a vivacious club dancer. Their carefree lives are soon threatened by the gathering darkness of pre-war Germany.

Sedimentary Antiquity


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.

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

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.

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Arctic Glacier Winter Park

Open daily
The Forks

Head down to The Forks for the official celebration of winter at Arctic Glacier Winter Park! Skate on the many trails, slide down the toboggan run, or try your tricks in the professionally designed Snowboard Fun Park.

That’s Dirty Dancing

That’s Dirty Dancing

Jan 23 to Mar 28
Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Winnipeg

Nobody puts Baby in the corner! Watch a fun-filled spoof of one of Hollywood’s best coming-of-age-stories at That’s Dirty Dancing! It is the early 60’s and the world is a rapidly changing place but one place where tradition remains is Kellermans Prairie Resort. It is summertime filled with first loves, great music and dancing.

Real Pirates

Real Pirates at The Manitoba Museum

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.