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5 Must Do Family Staycation Adventures in Eastern Manitoba

Are you planning your family vacation? Why not consider a Staycation? Staycations are becoming more popular every year. With no borders to cross, no paperwork to fill out, no new languages to learn, or currencies to convert we think you may find that Staycations are an affordable, stress-free alternative to the family getaway.

Eastern Manitoba is rich with history and culture, endless lakes and beaches for swimming and fishing, waterparks to enjoy, a plethora of trails for hiking, ATVing, snowmobiling, cycling . . . all located within hours of your own backyard.

With a diverse selection of getaways, from simple family camping weekends to weeklong or summer long vacations, we are sure you will find the perfect Staycation destination here with us.


Lilac Resort

Located just 20 minutes south of Winnipeg you’ll find the perfect tropical resort nestled among the prairies. The lodging options include camping sites (tent and RV) and cabin rentals, allowing you to pair your fun in the sun with your desired comfort levels.

Well known for its waterpark with 2 pools, giant water slide, 2-speed slides, wading pool and 4 hot tubs, Lilac Resort provides many additional family-friendly activities. The words, “I’m bored” will not escape the lips of your children as they swim for hours, take in the free entertainment and activities offered by the resort, or get a lively game of soccer, volleyball, baseball, or basketball going on the fields and in the courts.

Falcon Beach Ranch

Located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, just an hour east of Winnipeg, Falcon Beach Ranch offers your family a rustic ranch experience. Take the family horseback riding through the scenic landscapes of The Whiteshell or enjoy the route from the comfort of a horse-drawn wagon. Spend your time relaxing in one of three authentic log cabins, nestled in the forest atop a rock ridge that overlooks the ranch.

Of course, Falcon Beach Ranch is all about the riding experience, and they offer many riding excursions to suit any skill level. From short trail rides to pony rides around the pond to overnight cookouts this is a family vacation that will forever be remembered.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the UFO Ride. This is a unique experience for any rider, and especially for those with interest in the unexplained. This ride takes you to the actual site of the world famous “Falcon Lake Encounter,” one of North America’s most well documented UFO sightings. This ride takes about 1.5 hours and includes a chance to get off your horse and explore the site on foot while your guide tells you the story of that fateful day in May 1967.

Buffalo Point Resort

Located on southern Lake of the Woods in Manitoba, 2 hours southeast of Winnipeg, Buffalo Point Resort overlooks the waters of Big Traverse Bay, Muskeg Bay, and Buffalo Bay. With a mix of accommodation options to choose from (cabin rentals, cottage rentals and camping and RV sites) you’ll be able to find the perfect accommodations for your entire family.

A visual spectacle of rugged, natural beauty carved out of Lake of the Woods, Buffalo Point Resort is as breathtaking as it is fun, offering some of the finest year-round outdoor recreation and hospitality you'll find anywhere. With 7 miles of white sandy beaches, the best walleye fishing year-round, and world-class snowmobiling trails, kids of any age will never want to leave.

Rich in history, Buffalo Point has always been a gathering place for the Anishinabe people dating back to the 1700's when Chief Red Cloud and the Sioux frequented the area until the 1800's when the Ojibwa started to move in. Many battles ensued over control of Lake of the Sandhills, which was the original name of Lake of the Woods. In 1857 Gladman, Hind and Dawson explored this route with the assistance of the Ojibwa. Eventually, it was Simon Dawson who found the route at the Northwest Angle, known today as the Dawson Trail.

In the heart of Buffalo Point community is the unmistakable tipi shape of the Cultural Centre with the traditional thunderbirds gracing the entrance. You are invited to explore the independent spirit of the Buffalo Point First Nation Ojibway people through the architecture, art, archival and interpretive displays.

Nutimik Lodge 

Located on the shore of Nutimik Lake, 1.5 hours east of Winnipeg, you’ll find the perfect family getaway. Set in the midst of 2590 square km of lakes, rivers, forests, rocks and fine sand beaches better known as the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventure packed staycation, Nutimik Lodge has you covered.

Choose from six different cabin styles to stay in, with all the comforts of home and one fantastic view. Enjoy swimming on the three sandy beaches, hiking one of the many scenic trails, cycling through scenic mountain bike trails, getting in a round of tennis or exploring the Indigenous history and culture at Bannock Point. As a four-season lodge, there is also plenty to explore in the winter months with many kilometers of groomed snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trials, ice fishing and more.

The Lodge also offers fishing boat, Pontoon Boat rentals so you can get out on the lake for a chance to catch Northern Pike, Sturgeon, Walleye, Perch, Small Mouth Bass, and Goldeye.

Crow Wing Camp

Located 1 hour South of Winnipeg, on the shore of the Oroseau River, you’ll find the perfect user-initiated adventure area that provides a wide range of activities.

The Crow Wing Camp is a replica of what life used to be like on a major trade route of the 1800's, where travelers would stop to rest, trade, break bread and share stories. It is located near the convergence of the Roseau River and the Crow Wing Trail and is designed for a hands-on experience of ancestral ways.

Campers and visitors are brought back to a time when Red River carts were used to transport merchandise across the Canada/US border, and voyageur canoes traveled with trade goods and furs. An overnight stay is considered a primitive camping experience with little or no modern amenities. Cellular phones do not work, and there is no electricity on site. A rudimentary outhouse is the only concession that deviates from authenticity. Campers savour authentic trail cuisine of bannock and bison stew before spending the night wrapped in history on bear pelts and buffalo robes. This taste of a rich piece of history endows a new-found appreciation of modern life and of what our ancestors had to endure.

During your stay, a local Métis Trader will be your guide and interpreter as you overcome daily challenges and take part in various camp activities. His wealth of experience in the ways of old will be invaluable to you whether you're starting a fire, traveling to a nearby buffalo compound or exploring the rapids. The camp is open to individuals and groups every day of the week from June to September. Accommodations include a tee-pee for up to 6 people or a canvas tent that holds up to 8. Some may even choose to sleep in wool blankets under an authentic Red River cart. 

Eastman's Hot This Week June 11 to 17

We've got another exciting week of activities for you to enjoy in Eastern Manitoba. From a huge succulent plant sale to an interpretive trail hike, a community tipi raising and a musical weekend that includes Terri Clark! Come on out and discover how your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba.


Huge Succulent Plant Sale

June 15
Jacobs Trading - Beausejour

Jacobs Trading is thrilled to be hosting this amazing Succulent Plant Sale at their Beausejour location on June 15th and 16th! Head on over to learn all about Succulent plants and Cactus. Browse the display of plugs and potted plants. The selection will be incredible, and everything will be for sale! Plus, you can participate in an amazing Make & Take Class for those that want to plant their very own Succulent Terrarium right on site! Plants, soil, dish and crystals provided in the very reasonable price of just $15 - $30 (depending on the size of container and number of plants)! Bring the kids and learn all about these super cool creations of Mother Nature! Or if you prefer, you can purchase the succulents separately and plant them at home in your own containers. Succulent soil and drainage stone will be available as well! 

Summer in the City

June 15 to 17
Main Street - Steinbach

Summer in the City is Steinbach's premiere festival featuring local arts and entertainment. Watch as Main Street transforms into a fair-like setting including a Midway, children’s activities, skateboard, sporting demos and much more. In the center of it all, the main stage will host local performers, and emerging cultural entertainers all day long. As the sun begins to set you’ll see the main stage transform into a concert ground where musicians, such as Terri Clark, Honeymoon Suite, and Manic Drive rock our beautiful city. There is a flurry of visual creativity as artists display their works and demonstrate their talents. Hit Main Street and shop! Vendors from southeast Manitoba and around the world set up shop for you to peruse! Relax and soak up the festive summer atmosphere in one of the sunny full-service food and beverage patios. Traditional and cultural food vendors offer some of their famous and delicious tastings throughout the festival.

Go Wild - Edible & Useful Plants

June 16
Cityfolk Farm - Grand Beach

Join Laura Reeves, of Prairie Shore Botanicals, to Go Wild for a day out at Cityfolk Farm on June 16. Learn to ID edible and otherwise useful plants. Gather ’round for a lunch feast, featuring some wild edible teas, garnishes and more that we harvest from the land together! Enjoy a wild plant walk, learn to connect with plants on a personal level, gain confidence with harvesting, become an ethical wildcrafter and learn to dry, store and use the plants you harvest.

Tipi Raising

June 16
Lac du Bonnet & District Museum - Lac du Bonnet

It takes a community to raise a tipi! Join the Lac du Bonnet & District Historical Society at the museum to raise their newly painted tipi. Learn the steps of setting up a tipi from Tipi Joe. Watch the Lac du Bonnet Senior School art students as they hang up their painted lining, a project they have been working on with teachers Amy Usackis and Becky  Reynolds. Bannock and lemonade will be served. 

Discovery Day

June 16
Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail - Scanterbury

Please join us for Discovery Day to discover the hidden gems of the Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail. Learn about aboriginal medicinal plants and culture along with our wild orchids and insect-eating plants while supporting this local initiative. The trail is wheelchair and stroller friendly (no bikes, dogs, or ATVs allowed). Amenities include washrooms, picnic tables, and handicap parking.

Admission includes lunch and a guided tour. 

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

June 12 - Free Mini Hip Hop & Creative Movement Class - Ile Des Chenes

June 13 - Free Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop Class - Ile Des Chenes

June 14 - Tracker's - Anola

June 15 - Relay for Life - Beausejour

June 17 - Father's Day Lunch Buffet - Steinbach

 

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Eastman's Hot This Week June 4 to 10

Who's ready for another great week in Eastern Manitoba? We sure are. With an Old Time Barn Dance, Community Sale, three different horse riding adventures and so much more going on this week, it's going to be hard to pick where to go!


Barn Dance and Pig Roast

June 8
Cook's Creek Heritage Museum - Cook's Creek

Embrace your inner country girl/guy and head on out to the Cooks Creek Heritage Museum Barn Dance and Pig Roast for great food, live music by Old Tyme Friends, and of course, plenty of dancing!

Tractor Trek

June 9
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

Grab your tractor and join the trek! Gather your vintage tractor and join in on Tractor Trek 2018, the trek cross country to nearby communities as we work to support the efforts of both Mennonite Heritage Village and Eden Foundation.

Community Sale with a Twist!

June 10
10 Acre Woods - Anola

If you love craft sales and garage sales, you'll want to head to Anola this weekend for the Community Sale happening at 10 Acre Woods. Not only will you get the best of both worlds when it comes to hitting the sales tables there are tons of extra features that make this a family-friendly hit! With a petting farm, BBQ, canteen, bunny adoption, and hobby farmers with animals, you'll have a full day of entertainment!

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

June 7 - Tracker's - Anola

June 9 - Craft N Coffee Fridge Magnets - Beausejour

June 9 - DRM Pony Club Endurance Ride - Birds Hill Provincial Park

June 9 - Horse Derby - Ridgeville

June 10 - Moss Spur Ranch Fun Show - Whitemouth

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Eastman's Hot This Week May 28 to June 3

We've got another busy week of things to do in Eastern Manitoba this week! Come on out and check out a few of these great events, or try out one of our great trails, paddling locations, fishing hot spots or great campgrounds. There is no shortage of excitement in the Eastman! 

Catch the Tall Grass Prairie Fever!

June 1 to September 15
MB Tall Grass Prairie Preserve - Gardenton

Catch the tall grass prairie fever as former Manitoba Tall Grass Prairie Preserve Botanist, Laura Reeves, shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain). Then marvel at the structural and creative beauty of Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by. Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings. Schedule your tour June through September. Bus/group tours (min. 10 people).

Cycle Your Heart Out!

June 2
Red Rock Bible Camp - Rennie

Ride to raise funds for Red Rock Bible Camp at Cyclathon 49. We are raising funds to offset the summer camp program, help support our summer staff and provide financial assistance for campers. You can ride as an individual, family or group. Start in Steinbach, Landmark or the Halfway Point. You will be taken care of through snack stops, safety patrols and plenty of beverages and supporters along the route. 

Mustseeum Season Opening!

June 3
Anola & District Museum - Anola

Join us from noon to 4 pm for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun at the Anola and District Museum Season Opening. Delicious food, sweet music, and shop at local vendors for unique items. There will be a silent auction, 50/50, a petting zoo, and for the first time-face painting! Also in our blacksmith shop, there will be a forging demonstration! It's always a fun afternoon for all ages, so we hope you can come this year to help us celebrate the museum Learn about "Lessons in Laundry", the 2018 theme exhibit. This is one place you can air your dirty laundry.

The Museum is open Sunday afternoons end of May to early October.

Calling All Pet Owners!

June 3
St. Norbert Community Centre - St. Norbert

Come on out the 2018 Manitoba Pet Expo and see local animal rescues/shelters, advocacy groups, pet food companies, pet supply companies, pet service companies such as groomers, dog sitters, doggy daycare, veterinarians. Local crafters featuring pet-related merchandise will be attending. Food vendors and more will be available. Silent Auction, 50/50 Raffle and Wine Raffle on site!  Well behaved pets are permitted to attend on leash. Please ensure your pets are up to date on their vaccinations. No proof required but this is at your discretion. Money raised at this event supports the Boston Terrier & Pug Rescue of Southern Manitoba (BTPRSM) directly.

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

May 31 - Tracker's - Anola

June 1 - Thomas Gut Musical Event - Beausejour

June 2 - Richer East Flea Market - Richer

June 2 - The Swedes are Coming - Lac du Bonnet

June 2 - The Falcon Lake Walleye Masters Cup - Falcon Lake

June 3 - Birds Hill Mentored Ride - Birds Hill

June 3 - Heritage Day - Fort Dufferin

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Eastman Mustseeums

Eastern Manitoba is land of the explorer, the river systems have been to the core of life in the region for centuries. The indigenous people established themselves along these waterways, which had an abundance of fish, game, edible plants and other necessities of life. 

Today, remnants and artifacts of the indigenous people and settlers are still being discovered by archaeologists and first nation communities. Visit our historical Eastman Mustseeums and discover a region that is open to explore.


Anola & District Heritage Museum

Anola is a peaceful, quiet little village on Hwy 15 and the home of children’s entertainer Al Simmons. Originally named Free Port the name was changed in 1912.

The Anola & District Heritage Museum is a must see which houses to artifacts and buildings from the villages early days at the turn of the century. Among the buildings is the Anola School No. 1602, used by the Anola School District after its establishment in February 1912. You’ll also see a blacksmith shop, an early home, and artifacts showing how life was in the early 1900’s.

This year they’re starting a new exhibit on laundry. Old washing machines, washboards, and great stories. The seasons grand opening is on June 3rd which will be a fun day with a petting zoo, face painting, food, silent auction and 50/50!

Broken Beau Historical Society - Pioneer Village Museum

The Pioneer Village is in the bustling town of Beausejour and the name says it all. It’s a small pioneer village where you can experience the challenges of the (mostly) Polish, Ukrainian, and German pioneers that settled here at the turn of the century.

Located on the grounds is a railway station, barbershop, blacksmith shop, school, community hall, and store just to name a few. You’ll definitely want to check out the Glass Works site which is the site of the first glass container factory in Western Canada founded in 1906.

They have a couple of projects they’re working on including the Schreyer Barn and the Tyndal Elevator. Find out more on their website.

The museum holds several events throughout the summer including Heritage Day on August 12th. Find out more on their Facebook page which they update regularly.

Cook’s Creek Heritage Museum

Built in 1937 the Cook’s Creek Heritage Museum and is situated in the oldest settlement of Galician people in Western Canada, and is housed in the old Roman Catholic Rectory of St.Michael's Parish in Cooks Creek.

The museum tells the story of hardships faced by early settlers from Eastern Poland, Western Ukraine, and other Eastern European Slavic countries. Featuring artifacts and 5 buildings - The Main Museum Building, Bannish Home, Blacksmith and Woodworking Shop, Restored Pioneer Home, and the Wayside Chapel – you’ll see up close the lives the early pioneers lived.

Visit their website, as they have a great summer of events scheduled and you can book group tours.

Dawson Trail Museum

In 2008 the RM of Sainte-Anne, Manitoba designated the Church of the Enfant-Jésus Heritage Site a Municipal Heritage Site, paving the way for the transition of the church to a rural museum in the summer of 2015. Officially renamed The Dawson Trail Museum in the summer of 2015, the site features a Romanesque style church, a century-old cemetery, artifact displays and guided tours.

During the summer the museum hosts a series of Summer Markets. Plus you can enjoy the town of Richer!

Franklin Museum

The Franklin Museum was constructed in 1879 as an Episcopal Methodist Church, the building was purchased by the Anglican Parish of Dominion City in 1908 and relocated to its present site in Dominion City in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin. It was renamed All Saints, expanded in size and consecrated in 1912 by Archbishop Samuel Pritchard. It is a good example of modest Gothic-styled architecture. The central tower, with its pointed arched doorway and decorative wooden trim, is topped by a tall peaked steeple and cross. Pointed arched windows with delicate tracery, wooden mouldings and stained glass in the sanctuary enhance the exterior. All Saints Anglican Church closed in the mid-1960s and, in 1985, the building was purchased by the Franklin Craft Club. In 1992, it became a community museum.

While you're in the area, enjoy fishing on the Roseau River and a hike on the Crow’s Wing Trail! 

Gardenton Ukrainian Museum

The Gardenton Ukrainian Museum is situated in the village of Gardenton in the Rural Municipality of Stuartburn. One of its buildings is the former Dover School. It was purchased by the Wachna family from the Boundary School Division about 1970-1971 when the new school in Vita was completed. The Wachna family donated it to the museum.

Lac du Bonnet & District Museum

Learn about the rich history of Lac du Bonnet and the Winnipeg River. The area economy was built on mining, the fur trade, transport, and the wood industry. Come see artifacts and photos that tell the stories of the people and settlers of the area.

The Lac du Bonnet & District Museum is housed in a log cabin which is a municipally-designated historic site in the RM of Lac du Bonnet. It was built around 1937 by Norwegian immigrant Hans Erickson for his daughter Linnea following the style of workers’ cottages at the nearby Pinawa hydroelectric dam site. Erickson was one of the workers who helped to construct the generating facility and cut wood for the plant’s boilers in winter. He was one of the first to receive a homestead grant and he supplied the company store with milk from his farm. The modest cottage is the only remaining log structure from an era that ended in 1951 with the closure of the hydro installation and abandonment of the nearby town.

The building stands at Halliday Park where it is operated as the Lac du Bonnet and District Museum. Some restoration of the building was done as part of the Manitoba Prairie Icons Project.

Follow them on Facebook to see the summer events planned.

Mennonite Heritage Museum

Explore a turn-of-the-century Russian Mennonite street village on the 40-acre Mennonite Heritage Museum site. Taste traditional Mennonite fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during their summer season. View historic and heirloom treasures from Poland and Russia to Canada displayed in the permanent and Gerhard Ens galleries, and find that perfect souvenir at Village Books and Gifts, all open year-round in the Village Centre.

They frequently add new and interesting exhibits and displays. Check out their event calendar and follow on Facebook to keep up with their busy event schedule.

Midwinter Heritage Museum

The Midwinter School Museum is a 100 yr old one-room schoolhouse, fully restored. It holds memorabilia of bygone days, numerous antique items & artifacts.

Organized formally in June 1917 and a school building was erected on property donated by Charles Midwinter, on the southeast quarter of 4-8-14 east of the Principal Meridian, in what would later become the Rural Municipality of Reynolds. The school closed in June 1968 and the building was purchased by the communities of Glenn, McMunn, and East Braintree.

The building, now a community museum, became a municipally-designated historic site in 1990. The museum is open each July and August, on Saturdays between 2 and 4 PM, and Sundays between 1 and 5 PM. Appointments at other times, year-round, may be arranged.

Musée de Saint-Pierre-Jolys

Musée de Saint-Pierre-Jolys was built in 1900, this building was a teaching convent owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It served as a public school for grades 1 to 10 and as a girls' boarding school for 60 years.

Visit a traditional classroom complete with a mannequin wearing a nun's period habit. View the parlor, which served as a reception area for the guests, the chapel, Mother Superior's small bedroom, along with photos and artifacts from the community and surrounding area.

This historic convent is a reminder of our heritage and serves to recognize the important contribution made by the Sisters in the development of the village of St-Pierre-Jolys and surroundings. The building was declared a provincial heritage site in 1989.

On the museum grounds are also located the "Cabane d'mon oncle Armand", Sugar-Shack, and the Goulet House - "Maison Goulet".

Philip’s Magical Paradise

A mysterious force insists that you must take the time to stop and tour Western Canada’s only Museum of Magic and Illusion, Phillip's Magical Paradise.

Even before you enter, the magic is around you.  Look carefully, as the key to this magic castle may be found in the sidewalk.  Once inside, you will possibly be the closest in life to ‘Magic’s most inner kept secrets!’ On your way out, don’t forget a souvenir from the gift shop!  As you leave, you will be taking a wealth of magic knowledge.

The Monseigneur-Taché Historic Site 

The Monseigneur-Taché Historic Site is a 20-acre municipally designated historic site in the scenic hamlet of Ste. Genevieve, Manitoba. The site comprises a well-preserved historic 1918 wooden church that dominates the main street, and a presbytery built in the same year, a vintage storage building, as well as a quaint and well-kept parish cemetery. The setting is spacious and bucolic with a mix of natural forest, fields and landscaped grounds with picnic tables. It is the Rural Municipality of Tache’s only historic site and museum.

Sprague & District Historical Museum

The Sprague & District Historical Museum highlights the history of the Sprague area. Some points of interest include a mock-up of a CN telegraph station from the 1940’s, a pioneer kitchen and bedroom displays, displays featuring the early logging days and businesses of Sprague, as well as churches and military history.

During the summer months, guided tours are available. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. Reservations for groups and individual tours are welcome.

Whitemouth Municipal Museum

The Whitemouth Municipal Museum includes machinery, an original trapper's shack, two log buildings, a Christ Anglican church 1905, an artifacts building, train caboose 1929, antique tractors, a historic home 1910, a two-man rail car with a set of tracks, farm equipment, and small household items. A cairn honours Dr. Charlotte Ross, "The Iron Rose." Heritage Day is in September. Open July and August. Visit them on Facebook for hours of operation.

Eastman's Hot This Week May 21 to 27

Wow! That was one awesome long weekend in the Eastman and just a taste of what is to come over the next couple of warm months! We've got another exciting week ahead of us, so come discover how your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba!


Water is Life

May 24
Manito Api Site - Whiteshell Provincial Park

Everyone is welcome to this Anishinaabe Nibi (Water) Gathering 2018! Bring your drums, rattles, feast bundles and lawn chair. It's going to be a good gathering. Over the last 4-5 years, Professor Aimée Craft has been working with Elders and learning from them on Anishinaabe law, with a specific focus on water law, Anishinaabe nibi inaakonigewin. There have been 4 big gatherings thus far (Roseau River in June 2013, Whiteshell Provincial Park (Bannock Point) in September 2014, June 2015, and May 2017).  The intention of the gathering was rooted in the idea that “water is living and water is life, in a spiritual and physical way” (Aimée Craft). It was meant to draw out Anishinaabe nibi inaakonigewin, attempt to better understand what it is and to work to implement the responsibilities that flow from it. Anishinaabe inaakonigewin is more than a theory, but a daily practice of a beautiful way of life. 

It's Rodeo Time!

May 25 - 27
Hanover Ag - Grunthal

The Heartland Rodeo comes to Grunthal once again and will entertain you and your family during the annual Spring Rodeo. The Rough Stock School is a 3-day event of in-class and practical training in bull and steer riding and bull fighting. Take in the Gymkhana, a great warm-up event to the weekend. Enjoy the mouth-watering supper special on Saturday then kick up your heels with a dance to follow.

It's Baaaack!

May 26
Stuartburn to Roseau River

After many years of not seeing the Roseau River Canoe Derby, it's back!. With the river mapped and mile marker signed last year, this paddling poker derby event is an excellent opportunity to participate and check everything out. Canoes/kayaks/tubers start out from Stuartburn between 9 am and noon.  Must complete the 11km paddle to Roseau River Park by 4 pm. 

Walk/Run for A Cause

May 26
Library Allard - St. Georges

In a celebration of fitness and the goal of literacy, Library Allard is holding its fifth annual Walk/Run for Literacy on May 26, 2018, at 9 am as a fundraiser to be able to keep the extended library hours.  Runners young and old can take on this community challenge in support of their local library. It’s a wonderful opportunity to join the other walkers/runners in support of literacy and fundraising.  It’s even better if you have planned for the event and know what you can expect that morning.

Two Great Events in Tolstoi

May 27
Tolstoi

Come and Spend the afternoon in Tolstoi, MB on Sunday, May 27, 2018. The Tolstoi Heritage Centre presents a fundraising concert featuring Ray Honeybun and Friends playing traditional Ukrainian and Polish music. From 2 pm to 4 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults. Children under 10 - free. Includes refreshments during the intermission. Tickets are available in advance. The Tolstoi Ukrainian National Hall is hosting a Spring BBQ Supper to raise funds for hall improvements. From 5 pm to 7pm. Admission is $15 for adults, $7 for children under 10 and free for children under 5. The menu includes BBQ Beef, Baked potato, hot veggie, salads and desert.

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

May 24 - Tracker's - Anola

May 24 - Ceramic Mug Workshop - Landmark

May 25 - BriAnimal Band - St. Malo

May 26 - Flame Reading with Danielle - Beausejour

May 26 - Richer East Flea Market - Richer

May 27 - Yin & Restorative Yoga Workshop - East Braintree

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Forecast #WPGwhiteout: Where to take Shelter in #EasternMB

Original Photo by @samsung3photo on Instagram

As Manitoba continues to be pummelled by the #WPGwhiteout, the continued forecast calls for fan excitement, fun times with friends and Big Byfuglien Hits. While the front has slowed a bit when it crossed paths with a small Fleury in Vegas, it's expected to pick back up on Friday at 7 PM.

We made a list of the best places to take refuge with greats eats and big screens and cheering the Jets run! GOJETSGO!!!


Best Southern Style BBQ in Manitoba!

Bigg Smoak BBQ - Grunthal

One taste of the authentic Southern Style BBQ will most definitely keep you going back for more. Bigg Smoak BBQ serves up the most diverse menu of award-winning BBQ in the licensed Grunthal restaurant. Award-winning Pitmaster, Rob Turner, along with his crew sure know how to feed a hungry crowd! Enjoy the Jets Playoff Special: 3 topping pizza, dozen wings, and a 2 litre or explore the mouth-watering menu and discover the best brisket and ribs you have ever had!

Best Pizza in Eastern Manitoba

Barnay's Restaurant & Lounge - Letellier

If you are looking for the cheesiest, most delicious pizza you have ever had, it's time to head on out to Letellier, Manitoba and visit the friendly staff at Barnay's Restaurant & Lounge. This small town dinner, a local watering hole if you will, may not look like much from the outside but it is really a hidden gem in Eastern Manitoba.  With a full complement of menu options, you'll be sure to find the perfect meal to help you celebrate your #WPGwhiteout. There's nothing better in life than a pizza, a cold one and the Jets taking the win!

Sizzling Steaks

Papertown Motor Inn - Pine Falls

Friday nights are steak nights at the Papertown Motor Inn and if you're itching to get out and watch the game with a bud, spud, and steak (cooked to perfection) this is the place to be. With its small-town charm and friendly staff, the Night Crawlers Club provides the perfect atmosphere to catch the game with a group of friends. With a ton of great menu options and Game Day Specials, Papertown is the place to be for every game!

Beer and Wings

Sandbar Motor Inn - Grand Beach

Nothing beats the traditional game day feast of beer and wings! If you're a traditional game day fan, then the gang at Sandbar Motor Inn are ready for you. Enjoy a combination of twelve different flavours, from mild to hot along with your favourite domestic or premium beer. The only other thing you need to enjoy your night at the Sandbar is your nearest and dearest Jets Fans to cheer them on!

Eastman's Hot This Week May 14 to 20

Are you ready for the Long Weekend? We sure are here in Eastern Manitoba. As always, our communities have a full line up of great events happening, so drive on out and discover how your heart beats in the Eastman!


Party with the Band

May 19
South Moon Studio - East Braintree

Alright, folks, it's time to get your spring dancing shoes on and celebrate the long weekend with some of Manitoba's most talented musicians, The Robert Allan Wrigley Band. These guys know how to get a party started and get you up off your seat! Jam Rock, Bluegrass, Roots and Country music, Rob Wrigley is a songwriter, a song collector and a multi-instrumentalist (banjo/mandolin/electric and acoustic guitar). A musician for over 22 years he has been on a musical journey; writing about his experiences and exploring sounds through his influences such as Bill Monroe, Grateful Dead, Phish, and Widespread Panic, the Band, Little feet, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and much more.

Star Gaze with the Best!

May 19
Alfred Hole Goose Sanctuary - Whiteshell Provincial Park

Join guest speakers from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada at Star Gazing. This is your chance to gaze at the stars and hear stories from the astronomers, all while looking through their high powered telescopes. 

Let Your Voice be Heard

May 19
Bannock Point Petroforms - Whiteshell Provincial Park

Be part of the end to the exploitation of Indigenous Women and Indigenous Sacred Sites on Mother Earth. We will hold1-day Ceremony and Red Dresses displayed at the Bannock Point Petroforms for 1 week (May 19 - 27) in the Whiteshell Park. Everyone is welcome to bring a Red Dress and participate in Ceremony. 

Discover our Past

May 19
Pine Ridge Trail - Birds Hill Provincial Park

Stroll into the past with the Park Interpreters along the historical Pine Ridge Trail and visit the Kudlowich homestead, the last remaining home in the park from the Pine Ridge Community. Hear the stories of how these resourceful families lived a prosperous life off the land with so little.

Open House

May 19
Lac du Bonnet & District Museum - Lac du Bonnet

Located in beautiful Halliday Park, the Lac du Bonnet and District Museum is gearing up for another exciting year with its Open House. New 2018 exhibits include Lac du Bonnet's Hidden Gem Pinawa Generating Station, Anishinaabe Treaty 1 & 3, W. D. Halliday Lac du Bonnet Pioneer, Cherished Memories traveling trunk by Kaitlyn Mitchell, and Lac du Bonnet Swedes. You are invited to visit the museum and open the door to Lac du Bonnet's History, explore the collection, discover the past, experience the 2018 exhibits. Coffee & cookies will be served.

Get Your Bikes Ready!

May 20
Lakeview Trailhead - Birds Hill Provincial Park

Grab your bike and helmet and join the Park Interpreters as we explore Birds Hill’s unique past during the Bike the Esker Guided Bike Tour. From glacial formations to people that once called this land home, to the diverse species of plants and animals that are found here today, discover Birds Hill in a way you’ve never known before.

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

May 15 - Perogy Party - St Adolphe

May 15 - Painting on the Prairie - Lorette

May 16 - Parent & Child Stained Glass - Pinawa

May 17 - Tracker's - Anola

May 17 - Animal Blood Donor Clinic - Oakbank

May 17 - Specialty Glaze Workshop - Landmark

May 19 - Community Sale - Anola

May 19 - Museum Dinner and Dance - Sprague

May 20 - CLC Open House - Caddy Lake

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It's Time to Take Up Camping in the Eastman

Camping has always been an excellent way for families to get away from it all. A way to break free of the stresses and business of the regular daily grind; a way to reconnect with yourself, your spouse, your children, and nature. Removed from the regular distractions of life; no tv, no computer, no work, no cell phones (in some cases), no household chores, no errands . . . means that you have no choice but to engage, bond, and socialize with your family.

Camping seems to be one of those rare family activities that can bring everyone together for some real quality time. It’s funny how time seems to slow when you are out there among the trees and stars; breathing in the fresh air and soaking in the giggles and memories that will be talked about for years. It’s almost magical how the simple, mundane family chores become activities and adventures. Meals created over the campfire suddenly become a family affair with all-hands-on-deck. Afternoons are family adventures filled with explorations, games, adventures, and experiences. And evenings become a time to share stories and experiences.

Eastern Manitoba is home to so many beautiful campgrounds to explore. Whether you are new to camping or have been doing it for years, we are sure you will create some wonderful, life lasting memories with your family at one of our top five picks! As a bonus, download the Ultimate Eastman Camping Gear List to help you prep for your trip.

Rock Garden Campground

Rock Garden Campground is a family owned and operated camping getaway in Richer, Manitoba. Located near 7 challenging golf courses, restaurants, fresh fruit stand & market gardens, and the Sandilands Provincial Forest, Rock Garden provides all the amenities and activities you could dream of while getting away for a perfect family weekend.

Heated PoolPicnic ShelterKeith's Way Hiking Trail
Wireless Internet (Hot Spot)Planned ActivitiesBirding
Modern WashroomsPlaygroundGames Room
Hot ShowersFull-sized Basketball CourtBook Exchange
LaundromatHorseshoe PitsFire Pits
Snack BarMini GolfPicnic Tables
Convenience StoreVolleyballFirewood for Sale

Great Woods Park and Campground

A unique and spacious park and campground, Great Woods Park and Campground is located in Beausejour, Manitoba. Enjoy the natural beauty of this park, highlighted with groomed lawns, coniferous and deciduous trees and the meandering Brokenhead River with your family this summer! Great Woods provides plenty of amenities and activities for some time away with the family, and if you're looking for more things to do, the always hoping and vibrant Town of Beausejour is just 5 minutes away!

Suspension Walking BridgeVolleyball & Bocci BallGroup Picnic Facility
Children's PlaygroundTubingFishing
CanoeingSwimingNature Trails
Horseshoe PitsRiverwalkOutdoor Stage
Covered Cabana RentalsWashrooms and ShowersFirewood

Debonair Campground

Debonaire Campground, located in St. Malo, Manitoba, is all about fun, family-friendly camping. With three play structures and a private beach complete with palm trees, kids of all ages will have the time of their lives! Staying at Debonaire Campground puts you minutes away from some of the coolest Eastern Manitoba attractions such as the Crow Wing Trail, Manitoba's Tall Grass Prairie Preserve, St. Malo Provincial Park, and so much more!

Private Beach3 PlaystructuresWiFi Hot Spots
Horseshoe PitsVolleyballGeocaching
Book ExchangeModern WashroomsShowers
LaundromatCampfires 

Prairie Oak Campground

Prairie Oak Campground is a little off the beaten path, providing a quiet and relaxing stay that will surely keep you going back. Located in Emerson, Manitoba, Prairie Oak provides access to local hiking trails and plenty of fishing opportunities along the Red River. With a short drive into Emerson, you'll find golfing, water adventures, trails, and the historic Fort Dufferin.

Man Made BeachAccess to Hiking TrailsATV Friendly
Modern WashroomsShowersLaundromat
FishingWiFi (Complete Site)Playground

Lilac Resort

Located in Ste. Anne, Manitoba, Lilac Resort is Manitoba's most complete RV, Lodging, and Water Park. Whether you are ready to soak up the sun on the tropical sun deck, relax in a hot tub, or dance in the sand by the light of bonfires and Tiki torches, Lilac Resort will whisk your family away for a magical weekend full of excitement and memories. 

Tiki Juice Bar4 Hot TubsWiFi Hot Spots
Water SlideSpeed SlidesAnimal Slides
2 PoolsWading PoolSoccer Field
Beach Volleyball CourtsPlay StructuresTetherball Poles
Convenience StoreFishing PondBaseball Diamond
Basketball CourtLaundromatModern Washrooms
Planned ActivitiesFree ShowersMovie Nights
Game Show NightsLive Entertainment

Eastman's Hot This Week May 7 to 13

Eastern Manitoba is coming alive with an ever-growing list of things to do! Of course, this weekend is Mother's Day and there is no shortage of events and things to do in the Eastman to celebrate with your mom! Check out our Mother's Day Blog Post and discover 5 Amazing Ways to Spend Mother's Day in the Eastman!


Happy Birthday Manitoba

May 12
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

In celebration of Manitoba’s 148th birthday, the Mennonite Heritage Village will be hosting a full day of activities for families and individuals, Manitoba Day.  At 10:00 am, the Steinbach and Area Garden Club will be offering a workshop on spring planting and gardening. This will be followed at 11:00 am by a short ceremony featuring the significance of Manitoba Day with speeches by dignitaries and local government officials, musical guests, raising the flag, and serving birthday cake and coffee. The outdoor village will be open to guests, the Livery Barn Restaurant will be serving its menu of traditional Russian Mennonite food, the Gift Shop and Book Store will feature an assortment of handmade toys, clothing, and household goods, and horse-drawn wagon rides will be available all day. Admission is FREE to the Village Centre and the museum grounds all day (9am-5pm).

Two Centuries of Time

May 12
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

The Art of Mennonite Clocks is an exhibition of Mennonite wall clocks and their stories spanning more than two centuries. Opening on May 12, 2018, the exhibition showcases 33 clocks and their stories. The exhibition runs until April 2019. 

A Celebration of Mothers

May 13
Various Locations

There are a lot of Mother's Day Brunches taking place all across Eastern, Manitoba. Check out this list and find a spot near you.

Mother's Day Brunch - Rivers Edge Golf & Country Club - Beausejour

Mother's Day Brunch and Buffet - Chicken Chef - Lorette

Mother's Day Lunch Buffet - Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

Mother's Day Special - SJ Diner - South Junction

Mother's Day with Lexi and Family - Kismet Creek Farm - Steinbach - a perfect opportunity for a picnic! 

Even More Eastman Greatness!

May 10 - Tracker's, explore the great outdoors - Anola

May 11 - Reactions Spring Market - Pinawa

May 11 - Kismet Creek Farm Wooden Sign Night - Steinbach

May 11 - Felt Flower Wreath Workshop - Beausejour

May 12 - Crystal Wine Charms Make & Take - Beausejour

May 12 - BJ Busy Bees Spring Craft Sale - Beausejour

May 12 - Laura's "You Can Eat That?!" Wild Edible Adventure - Gardenton

May 12 - Tack Sale and Flea Market - RM of Springfield

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