With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, naturally we wondered what a day in the life of a leprechaun might look like in Manitoba. These mischief-makers are drawn to gold, lucky charms, rainbows and all things green, making Manitoba quite the destination for these Irish fairies. If you spot one, be sure to hold on tight. Just one distraction and poof, your leprechaun will be gone. Here are our suggestions for a leprechaun’s tour of Manitoba, complete with St. Paddy’s Day pin ideas for this year’s celebrations!
Try your luck at the casino
We’re not so sure about how leprechauns would feel about gambling with their gold, but they would definitely bring along a 4-leaf clover for luck. Within the city limits, leprechauns would likely visit the tropical-themed Club Regent Casino, complete with an awesome tunnel aquarium and plenty of palm trees. The McPhillips Station Casino is another option for high rollers, offering a step back in time with an early 20th century grand hotel style.
Leprechauns are a tricky bunch, so they might also feel inclined to wander outside the city in search of gold. South Beach Casino is located just 30 minutes north of Winnipeg on Highway 59, featuring Art Deco design with a tropical atmosphere and plenty of opportunities to win big. Sand Hills Casino is new to Manitoba's casino landscape, located in Carberry with 300 slot machines, Blackjack, Double Deck Blackjack, Roulette, and Live Poker.
Celebrate the Irish way
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day if there wasn’t an ample supply beer, and there are plenty of pubs to celebrate at (with and without green beer). Shannons Irish Pub is a no-brainer when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, offering a more authentic Irish pub setting with plenty of Jameson to sip on and Irish entertainment. The Toad in the Hole on Osborne is another option, with a St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza featuring live music from The Mulvey Street Maniacs.
If you like to include some dancing in your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, King’s Head Pub will turn into a great spot for an Irish jig with Celtic musicians. For more options outside of the city, check these cozy pubs, taverns and watering holes from Winnipeg and beyond.
Discover the magically delicious
What do leprechauns eat? I haven’t the faintest clue, but there’s a few spots in Manitoba that I think they would enjoy. Jenna Rae Cakes is the go-to place in Winnipeg for St. Patrick’s Day themed sweets, from green cake to lucky charms macarons. Leprechauns very well might eat clovers and other plant life, which is why they might enjoy the green beverages of Verde Juice Bar and Green Carrot Juice or the vegan fare of Acorn Cafe.
In addition to the pubs already mentioned, Fionn MacCool’s is an excellent spot for traditional Irish favourites. The Irish Association of Winnipeg and the town of Killarney, Manitoba offer an annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration with plenty of traditional fare, so stay tuned for events to be announced. The Irish Society of Western Manitoba is holding a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and buffet dinner in Brandon. With this many spots to check out, any visiting leprechauns will have to unbuckle their belt to make more room.
Chase a rainbow
At least once in your life you’ve seen a rainbow and thought it a good idea to embark on a quest to find the end, where a pot of gold would be waiting for you. If you’ve never made it to the end – join the club. Leprechauns are notoriously tricky and their pots of gold are nearly impossible to find. In the spring and summertime in Manitoba, there is certainly no shortage of rainbows for leprechauns to use for their gold-hiding schemes. We can only hope that a leprechaun will be tricked by Winnipeg’s colourful murals and misplace their pot of gold somewhere along the way.
Joseph Koensgen is particularly good at chasing rainbows and producing spectacular photos. We’re definitely going to recruit him for our leprechaun-chasing team.
Find your own pot of gold
Manitoba is a gold mine and if we know leprechauns, we know they will be drawn to two spots in particular. The first is of course our famous Golden Boy at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Lucky for Winnipeggers, leprechauns tend to be quite tiny and it’s unlikely they would be able to make up the top.
The second spot is the Royal Canadian Mint, located on the edge of the city but just within reach of leprechauns. Tight security means no Canadian currency will be added to their pot of gold. They will, however, be able to take a tour of the facilities and discover how how the Mint has made over 55 billion coins for more than 75 countries around the world.
See the snakes of Narcisse
Legend says St. Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland (an allegory, as there were no snakes in Ireland) – and leprechauns will certainly be doing no such thing here in Manitoba! We love the snakes of Narcisse, and they are here to stay.
Leprechauns will have to hang around the province until the end of April, when the snakes will come out from their dens and begin their intense mating. Not for the faint of heart.