Not all treasures are hidden. Here’s our list of the top eight golden treasures that are easily found right here in Manitoba.
1. The Golden Boy
Perched atop the Manitoba Legislative Building, the 5.25m (17.2ft) Golden Boy embodies the spirit of enterprise and eternal youth. Cast in Paris in 1918, the Golden Boy was on his way to Winnipeg when the ship he was on was commandeered for the transport of troops during the First World War. Learn more about the Golden Boy’s mythological roots during a Hermetic Code Tour, starting April 27 and running until October 19.
2. Golden leaves
Take a leisurely drive through Riding Mountain National Park to take in the brilliant colours of fall foliage. Fall is also a great time for wildlife viewing in the park. Keep an eye – and ear – out for the mating elk and their bugle call and visit Lake Audy to see the resident herd of bison.
3. Blue and Gold: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Blue and gold will always have a special place in our hearts, through thick and thin. The Winnipeg Blue Bomber’s 2016’s preseason starts in June, so grab your tickets while you still can and get ready to cheer on our boys in blue.
4. Winnipeg Goldeyes
Manitoba’s only professional baseball team is the 2014 American Association North Division Champions. With a 63-win season, the Winnipeg Goldeyes put out a crowd-pleasing effort to repeat their success as League Champions. The team returns to Shaw Park in May.
5. Manitoba’s goldeye
Named for its yellow to gold iris, the goldeye not only gives its name to our baseball team, but is also a treat when smoked. This delicacy can usually be found at Gimli Fish Market. And goldeye is a great catch for anglers – despite the fish’s relatively small size, it makes up for itself in its voracious bite and non-stop action.
6. Gold coins and bars
Visit the Royal Canadian Mint to get your hands on some solid gold. See if you can lift the 23lb solid gold bar worth half a million dollars. Unfortunately, this item cannot be found in the gift shop. But after touring the production facility to learn how massive strips of metal meet 50-ton presses to produce over 1000 coins per second, visit the gift shop to take home a collector’s pure gold coin.
7. Golden beets
With the fall harvest comes a bounty of Manitoba farm-fresh vegetables, including golden and red beets, carrots, leeks, potatoes, zucchini and more. Visit a farmers’ market located in Winnipeg – like Manitoba largest, the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market– or find one located in every region of our fertile province.
8. Golden beats
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is ready to shake, rattle and roll to the golden oldies with its Air Canada Pops series concert The King – A Tribute to Elvis (October 17 to 19 at the Centennial Concert Hall). The WSO celebrates Elvis Presley’s thrilling performances of his greatest hits, including Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog and more – like never before with a full symphony.