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They say that certain smells can evoke the strongest memories. Just a whiff of something from your past can transport you to another time and place. And while there are certain smells that are less than welcome, it's the ones that make us inhale a little deeper that can truly shape an experience.

With that in mind, we've gathered together 10 of the smelliest places in the province that are sure to tuck a happy tidbit deep inside your memory bank. (And we felt that we needed to give credit where credit was due and give a shout out to Expedia for mentioning us and inspiring this article.) 

1. The Forks Market

One of the busiest places in the province is also one that is full of scents. With more than a dozen food stalls, the aromas of numerous delectable creations waft throughout the market embodying both the salty and the sweet. 

 

2. Charleston and Harlow Candle Co. 

This Brandon based candle company is making smells with their concoctions like Wasagamazing and Mad for Plaid. They've also recently opened their first bricks and mortar location in downtown Brandon, making it even easier to find a complement to your evening bath. 

 

3. Integrity Foods and Hildegard's Bakery

Head out to Riverton on a Friday or Saturday evening in summer and the sweet smells of pizza baking in an outdoor oven will greet you. Their pizza nights have become the place to be with their homegrown ingredients and friendly hospitality. If summer has passed and you're in the city, you can experience the same doughy goodness at their bakery in the city. 

 

4. Festival du Voyageur

It might seem strange to call a festival smelly, but this one is (in a good way, of course). Combine the aromas of crackling bonfires and the wood chips that line the tent floors; the smells of fried dough cooking for beavertails and pea soup boiling in its pots; and even the cold crisp scent of a February day and you have yourself an olfactory symphony. 

 

5. International Peace Garden

It's hard to argue with the scent of flowers--they really are the kings of all 'things that smell nice'. Take a trip to the Peace Gardens, located on the Manitoba and North Dakota border and enjoy the harmony and bouquet. 

 

6. Gorge Creek Trail

Considered one of the more challenging hikes in the province, this 12km trail spans through Riding Mountain National Park offering stunning views and, of course, a plethora of natural perfumes. Between the leaves crunching underfoot, the evergreens lining the pathways, and the fresh, clean breezes you'll want to take a deep breath. 

 

7. La Parfumerie

One's own signature scent can be as important as the very skin you wear. Head to this cute little shop in the neighbourhood of Wolseley where master mixers will help you create a perfume that is uniquely you. 

 

8. Churchill's Coastline

Sometimes it's easy to forget that Manitoba has a coastline--we are a prairie province after all. But ocean adjacent we are and a trek to the town of Churchill, also known as the polar bear capital of the world, will bring with it salty sea breezes and the spice of marine life. 

 

9. Thermea

There are few scents more enticing than the aromatic wooden interior of a hot dry sauna. It's positively intoxicating. Head to Thermea for a sweat in one of their many dry saunas and then relax in a wet sauna perfumed with the essences of orange or eucalyptus. And don't forget to take in the bonfires (cause they smell nice too). 

 

10. Chocolatier Constance Popp

Is there anything better than the smell of chocolate? How about a whole store full of chocolate? Head to this cute little shop in the neighbourhood of St. Boniface for sweet treats that will tickle your nose and your taste buds.