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Venture to the Pembina Valley, where two thriving communities are waiting to be explored. Located only 10 minutes apart, Morden Winkler has all the amenities you can expect from small cities with the big hearts of a small town.
Set your home base at a quaint bed and breakfast and get ready to explore the area’s many offerings – from art and culture to restaurants and shopping. One of the most unique attractions is housed within the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre – where Bruce, the world’s largest publicly displayed mosasaur – will impress you with its size and its many sharp teeth.
Visit in the heart of summer to enjoy the local beach, nearby trails and more.
Go back in time – way back – at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre in Morden. Here, you will find Canada’s largest collection of marine reptile fossils as well as Bruce – the world’s largest publicly displayed mosasaur. Take a tour or wander through on your own and discover the fascinating geological history of Manitoba and the creatures that once swam in its depths. Take your visit to the next level with a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour, where you’ll have the opportunity to get out in the field for a hands-on experience.
Upstairs from the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre, get a little closer to present day with the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame. The space holds records from some of the greatest legends in the province’s history, as well as baseball memorabilia dating back to the 1900’s.
Next, head to the Pembina Threshermen's Museum for a look into pioneer life in the early 1900s. Located midway between Morden and Winkler, this outdoor museum has historic and replica buildings full of antiques, artifacts and working farm machinery collected from families around the Pembina Valley. An immersive flashback to life on the prairies during the early 20th century, the village is replete with retro and photo-worthy sets such as a barbershop, gas station and old-fashioned variety store.
It doesn’t matter which of these twin cities you start in – as long as you have plenty of time to explore a plethora of local boutiques and restaurants.
Get your caffeine fix in Winkler with a specialty coffee from small batch roaster, Other Brother or from local café, Whitecap. Both options are perfectly paired with a croissant from the Valley Bakery and Pastry Shop. In Morden, pick up fresh-from-the-oven pastries from As Told in Legends Bakery.
Shopping in Morden includes stops at Saban & Company, Stephen Street Wear and The Quilter’s Den. Meanwhile in Winkler, don’t miss shopping at Ten Thousand Villages, Willow Creek Home Décor, Pure Anada, Love is in the Details, Copper & Sparrow and the Village Toy Shop.
Morden Winkler is also one of the best destinations in the province for authentic Mexican food – with options like Resturante Dos Banderas and Flavors of Mexico. Other food options include traditional German fare at Ralph’s German Restaurant and Café, classic sandwiches from King’s Deli Market & Eatery, drive-in favourites from Charley B's Classic Grill and local brews at Rendezvous Brewery and Taproom.
Morden Corn and Apple Festival
The Morden Corn and Apple Festival, is Manitoba's largest street festival that happens each August. The festival is enormously popular with families, featuring free corn on the cob, apple juice, a midway, stage entertainment, children’s events and more.
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