Summer starts kicking into high gear this week. Ok, so it’s not technically summer yet, but with the amount of fun you can have outside, mixed with the crazy amount of activities you can participate in — the hottest being a little competition called FIFA Women’s World Cup — this province is hitting on all cylinders. So let’s get to it! Here’s the best of the week…

Kick it at Women’s World Cup!!!

FIFA Women's World Cup - Winnipeg

June 8 to 16
Winnipeg Stadium

The FIFA starts this week in Winnipeg! Catch premier teams from around the globe battle it out in an attempt to win the gold trophy in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015! Crowds will be out in full force to cheer on teams from around the world. And not only is Winnipeg going to be front and center on soccer’s world stage, but our Group D is widely considered the Group of Death (and that’s a good thing).

This is just one of the fantastic sporting events and activities happening this year in Manitoba.

Ride it all at the Ex

Red River Ex

June 12 to 21
Red River Exhibition Park

EX-perience the sights, sounds, and tastes of Manitoba’s largest (and funnest) summer fair! Featuring nightly concerts, family attractions, animals, agriculture and the worlds largest travelling midway.

Want more Ex-cellent info? Here’s a handy map and a great list of things to do at the fair.

Summer family fishing weekend

Make fishing memories in Manitoba

Photo by Josh McFaddin.

Jun 13 to 14

Want to fish? Don’t have a fishing license? No worries, this weekend your whole family can fish without a license. Free family fishing weekend is province-wide, except in national parks where a federal licence is still required. All other rules and regulations apply. Conservation limits apply to those angling without a licence, who normally would require one. For more information, call 204-945-6784.

Jazz it up downtown

Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

Jun 11 to 21
Various locations, Winnipeg

A world-class lineup of artists is set to perform at the Winnipeg International Jazz Festival! From June 11 to 21, the Exchange District will come alive with music performed by the best local, national and international artists.

Go wild for the Zoo

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Photo by Paul Flemming (@lovethywalrus).

Open daily
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg

Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world.

Fall in love with Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare in the Ruins

June 3 to 27
Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park

Journey through the Trappist Monastery Ruins for an exciting live theater production. With a track record of taking old classics and making them new again, Shakespeare in the Ruins is a unique cultural experience that draws audience members through non-traditional settings. Antony and Cleopatra is no exception. A story of occupation, Antony and Cleopatra is set on the pre-confederation plains of Manitoba during the fur trade.

Be enveloped in human stories at CMHR

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Photo by Aaron Cohen / CMHR.

Open Tuesday to Sunday
Canadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks

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.

Head for the hills

Rising dramatically from the prairie landscape, Riding Mountain National Park is a vast expanse of boreal forest and pristine aspen parkland that is sure to enchant and inspire you. You’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world as you hike the Escarpment trail system, where the Manitoba plateau falls away 300 metres to the prairies. An abundance of wildlife, forest trails and lakes have attracted nature lovers, camping enthusiasts and summer cottagers for generations. There’s truly something for everyone in this scenic region.

Decode the mystery of the Legislature

Hermetic Code Tour

Wednesday evenings from May 6 to Oct 14
Manitoba Legislative Building

Sign up for an unforgettable evening of magic, mystery and architectural wonder on the Hermetic Code Tour. The charismatic Frank Albo, researcher and inspiration behind the bestseller The Hermetic Code, will take you along a step-by-step tour to reveal a trail of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked they have escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years! This is part of the Canadian Signature Experience collection.

Celebrate the Pride of the Prairies

Winnipeg Pride of the Prairies

Join a welcoming Winnipeg’s Pride of the Prairies is one of the largest celebrations of LGBTTQ culture between Toronto and Vancouver. We invite everyone from far and wide to join our welcoming community and celebrate Pride in Winnipeg – the heart of the continent!

Take a journey through the ages

Photo by BCRobyn

Photo by BCRobyn

From festivals to fossil digs, Manitoba is a place where the past and present intermingle. For history fanatics, cultural buffs and explorers of all kinds, the province offers an exciting variety of immersive activities to take you from days past to celebrations and activities of people living today. Start planning your weekend adventure with these unique experiences in Manitoba.

Dance your way to West Side Story

Rainbow Stage West Side Story

June 4 to 19
Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park

The legendary musical about star-crossed young lovers, West Side Story, hits the outdoor stage in Kildonan Park. This classic musical adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet” follows a pair of feuding families that become two warring New York City gangs – the white Jets, led by Riff, and the Puerto Rican Sharks, led by Bernardo.

Go on a fossil dig adventure

Fossil Dig Adventure Tour

Open daily
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, Morden

If you like adventure and hands-on experiences, then sign up for a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour! This is one of Manitoba’s hottest tourism products where you can hunt for fossils on active dig sites in the Morden area. Home to Bruce, the 43-foot mosasaur (or marine reptile), the CFDC is unearthing a steady stream of fossils near Morden – an area that was once covered by a saltwater seaway in the Late Cretaceous Period.

Our own Alexis McEwen took the tour and dug it!

Immerse yourself in culture at the Manitoba Museum

The Manitoba Museum

Photo by Paul Fleming (@lovethywalrus)

Open daily
The Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg

Human and natural history come alive at The Manitoba Museum. Permanent exhibits beyond the diorama of bison that greet you at the entrance include galleries featuring ancient aquatic fossils, an aboriginal encampment and an urban gallery that depicts Winnipeg in the 1920s, complete with a dentist’s office. Don’t miss the Nonsuch Gallery, where you’ll find a replica of a 17th century fur-trading ship. The captain’s log might note that visitors have included Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, who once enjoyed a romantic dinner on deck.

Gaze at the wonders of the air

Oak Hammock Marsh

Open daily
Oak Hammock Marsh

See why the Oak Hammock Marsh is the world’s ‘Best Environmental Experience’! Under the guidance of our friendly interpreters, you can trek over 30 kilometers of nature trails, take a guided tour of the marsh, go canoeing, view birds and wildlife, watch a film in our multimedia theatre, enjoy a meal in our café and check out our fun, interactive exhibits.

Take a walking food tour in the Exchange

Exchange District Food Tour

Monday through Thursday | 5:00 pm
Exchange District, Winnipeg

Winnipeg’s food scene is more diverse than you think. Head out on one of four tours in the Exchange District for a gourmet experience that will most definitely inspire your taste buds. Sip on ale at Winnipeg’s hottest downtown pubs and find out why Winnipeg was once named the “Wickedest City in the Dominion”, or discover Winnipeg’s very own Little South America district. Don’t forget to bring your appetite.

Paddle your own canoe

Paddling in Manitoba.

Photo by Laurel Friesen.

Savour the serenity as you dip your paddle into gentle waters on a quiet lake, or go for broke on rushing river rapids as you follow in the wake of the voyageurs. Head to Grass River Provincial Park or launch your canoe west of the park at Cranberry Portage and take a 176-kilometre run to Wekusko Falls on northern Manitoba’s legendary Grass River route. Admire the pictographs at Tramping Lake along the way – it’s believed the images painted in red ochre on rock faces just above the waterline were created by aboriginal artists who were seated in canoes.

Explore the ancient world at Olympus

Olympus at the WAG

Apr 26, 2015 to Apr 17, 2016
Winnipeg Art Gallery

Take the entire brood to see the famous families of ancient Greece and Rome at Olympus. Spanning almost 10 centuries of artistic production, this extraordinary collection features over 160 ancient treasures including statues, vases and jewelry.

Cycle out to MEC Bikefest

MEC Bikefest

Jun 13, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Mountain Equipment Co-op, Downtown Winnipeg

Interested in cycling and all things bike related? Join in on the fun and connect with the local cycling community at the 7th annual MEC Bikefest! There will be tune-ups, bike demos, clinics, gear swap, group rides, crafts and prizes.

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