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2-Day Family Trip to Flin Flon

Flin Flon is a small, picturesque city with a remarkable past and unbeatable wilderness experiences. It also happens to be one of Manitoba’s best kept secrets. Propped up on rock outcrop formed by basalt erupting underwater, this mining city has a unique charm and boasts a number of shops, boutiques and restaurants to keep you occupied and intrigued. Families will love exploring the city’s petting zoo, museum and old school Drive-In (one of few remaining in Manitoba). Outside of town, there is an abundance of pristine lakes (great for kayaking, canoeing or swimming), hiking trails and fishing opportunities just waiting to be discovered. Don’t leave without snapping a photo with Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin, the city’s namesake.

Day 1: Tour the town

Morning

Start the Flin Flon Station Museum to get the complete history of the town and its mining roots. This is also where the Visitor Centre and famous roadside attraction Josiah Flintabbatey Flonatin are located, perfect for photo ops.

Coffee break! The Orange Toad is the best spot in town for a pick-me-up.

Next, bring your hiking boots and water bottle to Flinty’s Boardwalk. The 4.2 kilometre hike will bring you around the perimeter of Ross Lake for some spectacular views. Allow for 1 hour to complete the hike.

Lunch

Located near the entrance of the hike, Mike’s Ice N Burger is a summer town staple and serves diner classics like burgers, hot dogs, fries and milkshakes.

Afternoon

Once you’re all fueled up and ready to go, head to the Joe Brain Petting Zoo to meet a variety of farm animals, from piglets to goats to ponies. There is a playground and wading pool nearby.

Dinner

Rock City Diner is a popular spot for locals, known for its pizza and burgers.

Evening

The Big Island Drive-In is one of only two old school drive in theatres operating in Manitoba, with regular programming during the summer months (and some very yummy concessions). Great for family movie night!

Day 2: Outdoor Adventure + History

Morning

Fishing is best done bright and early, so head out on the water to reel in a big one! If you didn’t bring your own boat, you can take an excursion with a fishing guide through Bakers Narrows Lodge.

Lunch

Before leaving on your next adventure, stop into Mugsy’s Deli for sandwich and soup combo.

Afternoon

Take the drive into Cranberry Portage and stop into the Cranberry Portage Heritage Museum. Since small town museums don’t have the most regular hours, be sure to check open times before you visit. Plan for 45 minutes if taking a tour of the space. Next, keep driving until you reach the Iskwasum Lake campground. Here, you’ll find the trailhead for the Karst Springs hike, a moderate 3.4 km hiking loop that brings you to the karst spring halfway through.

Dinner

Located on the main drag of town, The Royal Rib & Steak House makes for a great dinner spot.

Where To Stay

In town:

Outside town: