Manitoba is known for its friendly people. But if you’re looking for someone to be more than just a friend, here are some Manitoba events and attractions where love is in the air.
Maple taffy tryst
You and some pals are experiencing the joie de vivre of the Festival du Voyageur. You venture over to the Sugar Shack to sample this sweet treat. You begin rolling your maple taffy on your stick only to realize that a cute stranger has rolled their stick on the opposite end of the same taffy! Laughs are shared and a connection is made, as you each insist the other take the two-stick-taffy.
If you don’t find yourself in a maple taffy tangle, head over to the Université Saint-Boniface Portage Tent on February 13 at 8 pm for the official Festival du Voyageur Singles Night (18+). DJ Co-Op and Françoise Therrien Vrignon will supply the music, and games and competitions will get you mingling.
A real catch
You’re all geared up for a day of ice fishing on the Red River in Selkirk. You know this is a great place to land master greenback walleye. You’ve dropped down your small jig and watch as your bobber signals some action. You reel in only to find that this trophy has chomped down on two hooks – the second belonging to the angler with the warm smile who insists you take the catch.
This scene may only happen in movies, but for real life ice fishing action, sign up for fishing derby at Selkirk Park on February 27. There are hourly cash prizes, but the real catch might not be a fish!
You’re spending the day carving the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort. You’re about to hop onto the chair lift when a rude snowboarder cuts in front of you. You see the same scoundrel at the bottom of the hill and you’re ready to give them a piece of your mind. Until you realize they’re holding out a hot chocolate, with an apology on their lips and a smile in their eyes.
Plan to find your own downhill darling during the events happening on the hill during Rail Wars on February 13, with Family Weekend activities continuing – including fireworks (how romantic!) on February 14 – until Monday.
You’re in Thompson hot on the tracks of the elusive wolf. You’ve followed Spirit Way, the 2.5 km trail that features beautiful wolf sculptures and takes you to important and scenic points of interest in the city. Suddenly, you hear the howl you’ve been waiting for coming from around the bend. You follow the hauntingly beautiful noise only to find it’s not a wolf, but a fellow wolf-lover, whose intense gaze reveals an instant bond.
If you don’t find a howlin’ hottie on the Spirit Way trail, be sure to check out Thompson’s Heritage North Museum, where you can learn about Aboriginal culture, natural history and the city’s mining heritage. This area also has loads of snowmobile trails to meet up with other outdoor enthusiasts at popular destinations like Paint Lake Provincial Park.
You’re spending the day learning about Manitoba’s human and natural history at the Manitoba Museum. You’re admiring the fact that the Nonsuch, the 17th century ship replica, actually travelled 14,000 km of fresh and salt water before landing at the Museum. You’re so lost in thought that you trip down the steps into the hold of the ship, only to be caught by a dreamboat with eyes as blue as the Hudson Bay.
If you don’t land a dreamboat on the Nonsuch, mingle with like-minded nature lovers at the Museum’s Adult Evening on February 11. Tour the Earth Explorers exhibit and see some of National Geographic’s most famous images displayed and deconstructed by expert photographers. Bring your own camera and go on safari in the Museum Galleries with an expert guide who will show you how to capture images of wildlife in the field.
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