Release the hounds! This week Manitoba is going to the dog-races as the Hudson Bay Quest begins its annual run in Gillam. Mix in some colourful Disney characters, a dancing Gene Kelly, the sounds of Big Sugar and sweet, sweet cupcakes and you’ve got yourself a delectable recipe for fun times…

Hudson Bay Quest Sled Dog Race

Wapusk Adventures

Photo via Wapusk Adventures.

Race begins March 13
Gillam to Churchill

This week, the dogs will be ready to run at the annual Hudson Bay Quest Sled Dog Race, which celebrates the history of the early fur traders. Dog teams will test their mettle through forest and tundra, following a 330 km course spanning the edge of Wapusk Park (home to the western Hudson Bay’s polar bears) from Gillam to Churchill. A select section of the race is also run on the Churchill River.

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy

Worlds of Fantasy Toy Story

March 12 to 15
MTS Centre, Winnipeg

Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments will come to life with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.

Singin’ in the Rain by WSO

Singin’ in the Rain – Film with Orchestra at Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

Mar 13 to 15
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

Experience a special viewing of the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain complete with a live orchestra!  Watch and listen as the WSO plays the original MGM music to the award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds.

The acoustical sounds of Big Sugar

The Acoustical Sounds of Big Sugar

Mar 14
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium, Brandon

Fresh from their tour of Europe with Triggerfinger, Big Sugar is ready to unplug and take the sounds of a warm summer night across Canada. Their new album Yardstyle is 13 tracks of languidly-paced, percussion-heavy acoustic reggae. A fragrant spiritual groundation. This heavy, heavy musical statement, runs the gamut from classics like Turn The Lights On to brand new cuts Calling All the Youth and Police Bway the Vampire. Featuring Reggae legend Willi Williams and an extended family of brethren, this is the heartbeat sound of Big Sugar.

Over the Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party

MAWA Over the Top Art Auction and Cupcake Party

Mar 15
Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), Winnipeg

Enjoy an afternoon of fabulous art and sugary goodness at Over the Top auction and cupcake party! There will be over 1,000 cupcakes, amazing artworks from over 100 artists, stellar raffle baskets and much more all in support of Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

Playing with Fire: The Theo Fleury Story at PTE

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.

Greg Staats and Velibor Božović at AGSM

Greg Staats, It dropped down their minds at the AGSM.

Mar 12 to May 9
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon

The AGSM’s latest exhibit features the work of two artists, Greg Staats’ It dropped down their minds and Velibor Božović’s Deep in the Woods (Some Kind of Nature).

Canadian Museum For Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Open Tuesday to Sunday
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.

Late Company at MTC

Late Company at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.

Mar 5 to 21
Tom Hendry Warehouse, Winnipeg

Don’t miss your chance to see Late Company, a riveting and  powerful play Jordan Tannahill. A tragedy has shattered the lives of two families. In a gesture of reconciliation, they sit down to dinner. Before they can even get to dessert, the angry shards of guilt and grief tear away at their best intentions. As both couples navigate a minefield of political, sexual and parental hypocrisy, the road to closure seems miles away. Can they pick up the pieces and find their way to forgiveness?

Canada: 50 Years in Space

Canada: 50 Years in Space Exhibit

Until Mar 21
Western Canada Aviation Museum, Winnipeg

See exciting images and memorabilia detailing Canada’s exploits in space at Canada: 50 Years in Space . This travelling exhibit houses a collection of photographs of our early satellites, the Canadarm, and our brave astronauts like Chris Hadfield and Julie Payette. You can also register for a space workshop. These workshops, led by experts from the local chapter of the Canadian Space Society are for children, adults, hobbyists and teachers.

Winter in RMNP

Riding Mountain National Park in winter

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.

Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Open daily
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park! 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.

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre

Bruce the mosasaur, Morden

Open daily | Morden

Trek out to Morden to see the largest collection of marine reptile fossils in Canada. If you like dinosaurs or sea monsters you will love “Bruce” their 43 ft Mosasaur, the fiercest of all the marine reptiles. He’s bigger than a T-Rex and just as scary. It’s because of him that the Cretaceous seas were considered the most dangerous of all time.

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15

Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 at the WAG

Mar 3 to May 3
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg

Celebrating Nunavut’s 15th anniversary as a territory, Arctic Adaptations: Nunavut at 15 offers visitors a unique look at the relationship between architecture, land, climate, and culture. It features interactive architecture models, photography, and topographical maps of the 25 communities of Nunavut, and specially commissioned work by Inuit carvers who have created masterful scale models of some of the best-known buildings in the territory.

This project was first presented as Canada’s official exhibition at the prestigious 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture, where it was honoured with a Special Mention.


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.

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