We Manitobans know a thing or two about patio season. But some people might incorrectly assume that our favourite summertime hangouts can only be found within Winnipeg's city limits. That, my friends, is just plain WRONG! There are a number of spots around the province where you can sit back, bask in the warmth of the sun on your face, while enjoying your favourite ice-cold brew, pitcher of fruity sangria, or one of those cute cocktails with a paper umbrella floating on top! Here are a few options where you can wet your whistle this summer:
Wigwam Dining & Lounge, Riding Mountain National Park
For the better part of the last century, the Wigwam has been a meeting place for locals and visitors alike. In the summer months, this outdoor space is teeming with fun-loving folks enjoying the atmosphere and the warm weather. Insider tip: for a true taste of summer, try the Banana Bailey Colada. YUM doesn’t begin to describe it!
Paint Lake Lodge, Paint Lake Provincial Park
After a busy day of waterfall chasing at Pisew Falls or reeling up monster walleyes on the lake, head over to Paint Lake Lodge and grab a seat on their patio overlooking the marina. If you time it right, you’ll have the best seats in the house for one of the most picture-perfect sunsets your eyes will ever see.
Rivers Edge Golf Course, Beausejour
Situated along the picturesque Brokenhead River, this screened-in patio offers a two-for-one: the prettiest view you can imagine while knocking back a cold one! It’s the perfect summer retreat. Pro tip: you don’t have to golf to enjoy the view. This patio (and adjoining restaurant) is open to the public!
McGee’s Family Restaurant, Carman
Overlooking the sprawling greens at Carman Golf & Curling Club, the patio at McGee’s is a stunner and one that everyone should experience this summer. If sipping on a sweet sangria while listening to the soothing sounds of the water fountain in the nearby pond doesn’t sound like a little piece of heaven on Earth, I don’t know what does?
Angry Pelican Lounge, Gull Harbour
Don’t worry, there are no angry pelicans hanging around this lounge! Just thirsty people like you looking for an idyllic spot to while away the summertime hours. Recently renovated, the Angry Pelican boasts two lovely patio areas – a screened-in option and an open outdoor space, both of which boast waterfront views that will make you want to return again and again!
Prairie Firehouse, Brandon
For more than a century, this historic building was home to the local fire station, the base for putting out fires and “cooling off” the surrounding area. How fitting then, that Prairie Firehouse continues to be the local watering hole, cooling down the community on our hot, prairie summer days! Fun fact: many of the patio tables and chairs were handcrafted by local high school students! Admire the handiwork while enjoying your brew.
These are just a small sampling. If you have a favourite must-visit patio outside the perimeter, tell us in the comments below so we can check them out too!