A lot of places have winter. But Manitoba does winter. Instead of hiding from the cold, we embrace it. Instead of cursing the snow, we play in it. Here’s some of the ways we make winter awesome.

1. We turn snow into art and put art on ice

Snow sculpture at Festival du Voyageur

Every year during the Festival du Voyageur, huge blocks of snow are transformed into amazing works of art, thanks to the talents of snow sculptors from around the world. We also put art on ice, with the warming huts, a display of architecture and art that line the skating trail on the river at The Forks.

2. We eat gourmet food on a frozen river

RAW almond RAW:almond is an innovative dining experience located on the frozen river where the Red and Assiniboine meet. From January 22 to February 11, this pop-up restaurant will see guest chefs from around the world join head chef Mandel Hitzer in creating a unique dining experience that celebrates the beauty of our wonderful winters.

3. We drill through ice to go fishing

Ice fishing If the ice fishing huts dotting the Red River, Lake Manitoba and hundreds of other bodies of water are any indication, ice fishing is serious business in Manitoba. Walleye, Lake Trout, Northern Pike – all offer an exhilarating fishing adventure. And for even more excitement, sign up for one or more of the several ice fishing derbies taking place this winter.

4. We do yoga in the snow

Yoga hikes Yoga Hikes happen year-round in Manitoba – and that includes winter. These one hour (3 km) outdoor yoga classes are led by instructor Gwendolyn Penner and take place in different locations in Winnipeg and surrounding locations. The combination of the crisp winter air, a snowy trek and a variety of yoga poses easy to master in full winter gear is match made in a wintery heaven.

5. We make warming up super cozy

Whiteshell cabin

Whiteshell cabin. Photo by Emily Christie

After all our snowy activities, there is nothing better than peeling off the layers and sipping a hot chocolate in front of a crackling fire. Find the coziest of cabins, timber-framed and lakefront, at Falcon Trails Resort in the Whiteshell. Or choose a welcoming bed and breakfast, where country charm and hospitality will warm you instantly.