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Eastman's Hot This Week August 20 to 26

The lazy days of summer are slowly coming to end. With a few weeks left of summer to enjoy we hope that you'll find great adventures in the Eastman. This week, we've got some lively options to choose from. The first Harvest Festival is this weekend, or perhaps a horse show or street hockey tournament is more your style. Plus we've got tons of great activities coming to end an end soon, so if you haven't been out paddling in Whitemouth or haven't been arting in Pinawa, or attended one of the great educational talks at our local provincial parks . . . you'd better hurry and squeeze them into your schedule! 


Tolstoi & Area Harvest Festival

August 25
Various Locations - Tolstoi

Get ready for an action-packed day at the Tolstoi & Area Harvest Festival! Kick it all off with a Pancake Breakfast then head off to participate in the Family Slo-Pitch Tournament, walking tours of Tolstoi, Children's Activities with games, petting zoo, face painting and more; try your luck at the Horseshoe Tournament; enjoy live music and cold refreshments, learn how to make perogies, enjoy the classic car shoe, stop for a quick dinner Perogies and Sausage, and then dance the night away at the evening social featuring the band, Cold Hard Cash. 

St Malo Street Bash

August 25
Various Locations - St Malo

Hockey enthusiasts everywhere should head on out to the St Malo Street Bash! Start your day by fueling up at the pancake breakfast, then register your street hockey team and compete in the tournament! Spectators are welcomed to watch the games or participate in tons of other great activities like the Kid Craft Tent and Activity area, Slapshot Radar, an outdoor social, teen zone, petting farm, beer gardens and entertainment, and more! 

14th Annual Sundown Gymkhana

August 25 - 26
Sundown Road - Sundown

Everyone is welcome to enjoy or participate in the 14th Annual Sundown Gymkhana, a fun country horse show! Corral your family and head on out to Sundown to watch the horse show, enjoy a perogy supper and live entertainment, free camping and more!

Fiesta

August 25
Grand Pines Golf Course - Traverse Bay

Get ready to party Fiesta Style at this great event hosted by Grand Pines Golf Course! Come in your best costume, listen and dance to the Latin sounds, take a swing at the piñatas and try a variety of Margarita. 
Featuring an authentic Taco Bar, serving Enchiladas y mucho mas! Costume Prizes for tacky resort tourist, best-dressed cliche, “I’m with the Band”, “Hola? I thought it was Aloha! - and others...

Heritage Day

August 25
Grand Pines Golf Course - Traverse Bay

Celebrate Cooks Creek Heritage Museum's 50th anniversary at the annual Heritage Day! Head on out for a fun-filled day with performances by local musicians and dancers, pioneer activities, food, vendors, and games and crafts for all ages. The event will be on Sunday, August 26th, from 12-5 pm, and all proceeds from the event go towards the maintenance of the museum.

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!

August 23 - Puppet Shows - Birds Hill Provincial Park

August 23 - Seniors Games - Whitemouth

August 23 - Bannock Point Petroforms Guided Tour - Whiteshell Provincial Park

August 23 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

August 23 - Lac du Bonnet Night Market - Lac du Bonnet

August 24 - Wolf Howl - Whiteshell Provincial Park

August 24 - Buzzy Like a Bee - Campfire Talk - Birds Hill Provincial Park

August 24 - Outdoor Movie Night: The Incredibles - Whitemouth

August 25 - Cohen Sieg Live - Lac du Bonnet

August 25 - Arting Around the Gallery - Pinawa

August 25 - Plight of the Piping Plover - Amphitheatre Presentation - Grand Beach Provincial Park

August 25 - Swat it or Save it? Amphitheatre Presentation - Birds Hill Provincial Park

August 25 - 2018 Winnipeg Stroll for Liver - St. Adolphe

August 26 - Bike the Esker: Guided Bike Rides - Birds Hill Provincial Park

August 26 - Boreal Birding: Ancient Beached Trail Guided Hike - Grand Beach Provincial Park

 

 

 

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Find Your Eastman Adventure by Car, Boat, or Bike

Discover routes, trails, and rivers that will provide you and your family with hours of fun. Discover new amazing routes to take along Eastman’s roads, rivers and trails that are perfect for hiking, cycling and cruising with the top down or the windows wide open. This adventure is carefully mapped out providing you with tons of information on where to stop along the way for shopping and food, sightseeing and whatever your heart desires.

 

Drive Yourself Wild in Eastman!

Pack a bag, fuel up your car or motorcycle and hit the road to one of our friendly Manitoba communities. Discover our back-road villages and towns and explore somewhere that you haven’t been before. There are many options to fill your bucket list and must-dos include golf, horseback riding, hiking, river tubing and wildlife viewing.

Eastern Manitoba communities have wide open arms and highways for you to explore and offers endless outdoor enjoyment. Our historic highways wind their way through 22 Provincial parks and forests so don’t forget your park pass if you plan to stop and smell the flowers along the way.

 

Paddle Your Way to Adventure!

Paddle a little or paddle a lot. Eastern Manitoba has hundreds of quiet lakes and gentle channels as well as thousands of kilometres of wild, remote and not so remote white-water rivers and waterways, completely devoid of motorized craft. One can paddle on a multi-day river such as the stunning pool-and-drop Bloodvein River, designated a Canadian Heritage River or the Manigotagan River, more accessible but equally as challenging. The scenic Pinawa Channel to Pinawa Dam Provincial Park is a gorgeous place to end a paddle as the sun sets, then explore the concrete ruins of a dam not used in more than half a century. Other day options include a paddle on the Roseau River located along the US/Canada border and the Whitemouth River which spills into the Winnipeg River. These rivers have been mapped out for entry/exit points. Other paddle routes that are accessible are the Brokenhead River and Maskwa River.

 

Bike or Hike . . . the Trails Await!

Whether by cycle or on foot, pedal your bike or wander through the Boreal Forest, Canadian Shield, pass stunning waterways and prairie pastures. All those who wander are not lost, just follow the trails listed here and discover Eastern Manitoba’s abundant flora and fauna.

Eastman Tourism is here to help you plan your perfect adventure. Pick up our Drive, Paddle, Cycle guide at your local Municipal Office, or from one of our partner locations. We can also mail you a copy, all you have to do is give us a call or shoot us an email.

 

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Extend Your Visit . . . Stay Overnight

 

Get into Nature on these Trails

 

Eastman's Hot this Week August 13 to 19

We sure hope you weren't looking for a lazy week because the Eastman is bursting with things to do and see. We've got the Hanover Ag Fair, the self-guided Boreal Shores Art Tour, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival, guided walking tours, concerts, a car show and tons of other fun activities to keep you busy all week long!


Hanover Ag Fair

August 16 - 19
Hanover Ag Exhibition Park - Grunthal

Get ready for the most exhilarating 8 seconds in sports at the Hanover Ag Fair! Some of the best riders from across Canada are coming to put on a great show, trying to go home with the prize money, the bragging rights, and that shiny new buckle. It's also a weekend packed full of entertainment and activities to suit all ages! Besides from the rodeo action, there's musical talent on the main stage, revving engines during the enduro-cross and demolition derby, children’s activities, special meals and much, much more!

Rainbow Trout Music Festival

August 17 - 19
Rapids Park - St. Malo

One of the coolest summer indie music festivals that Manitoba has to offer, Rainbow Trout Music Festival is three days of music, camping, good friends, bonfires, dancing, swimming, and so much more.   It's also 100% volunteer driven and dedicated to promoting local music and arts. RTMF showcases the high level of quality that exists in local music of all genres.  Its unique programming inspires audiences and challenges the listener.  Rock, electro, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, garage, funk, reggae, just to name a few. The 2018 lineup features Black Cloud, Ghost Twin, Odd Outfits, Pastoralia, Anemone, Smoky Tiger, Lake and Pine and so many more!

Boreal Shores Art Tour 2018

August 18 - 19
Various Locations - Various Locations

Creativity runs deep in Eastern Manitoba and inspiration flows at every turn. From the surreal east shore beaches of Lake Winnipeg, through the Winnipeg River System to the rugged lake country of the Whiteshell, embark on a tour of art and landscapes as artists across this beautiful region open their homes and studios to share their world with you. 45 artists will have their works on display during the 2018 Boreal Shores Art Tour. Join them for a weekend of art as you set off on this self-guided tour, featuring artist studios, artist group locations and galleries scattered throughout the beautiful and diverse Boreal forest and shore regions of Eastern Manitoba.

Sprague Show & Shine

August 18
Hwy 12/PR 308 - Sprague

See antique, classic, vintage, sport, muscle and off-road vehicles at the Sprague Show & Shine. Barbecue and refreshments will be served, and there will be live entertainment! All proceeds are donated. Now that's community spirit in rural Manitoba!

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!

August 14 - Polka in the Park - Whitemouth

August 16 - Senior Games - Whitemouth

August 16 - Bannock Point Petroforms Guided Tours - Whiteshell Provincial Park

August 16 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

August 16 - DIY Rustic Sign Class - Beausejour

August 17 - Trial by Fire at South Beach Casino - Scanterbury

August 18 - The Shake at Falcon Lake - Falcon Lake

August 18 - The Doctor is In! - Rennie

August 18 - Basics of Navigation Campfire Talk - Grand Beach

August 19 - Dawson Trail Museum Summer Market - Richer

August 19 - Annual His & Her Golf Tournament - Lac du Bonnet

 

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5 Ultimate Eastman Picnic Adventures

The lazy days of summer are soon coming to an end, oh who are we kidding . . . your summer has been full of outings and adventures, and as the summer winds down, maybe it’s time to slow things down just a little.
We’ve got just the thing for you! How about a nice relaxing drive to discover the ultimate Eastern Manitoba picnic location? That sounds relaxing, doesn’t it?

Step One: Leave the City Behind

The first step to enjoying the ultimate picnic experience is to get out of the city; leaving behind the noise and the hustle and bustle that undoubtedly surrounds everyone, everywhere! Load your car up with a few essentials, a blanket, your favourite music for the trip, a book to read while relaxing amongst the peacefulness of the country, sunscreen, a hat, and whatever else you think you may enjoy using for the day.

Step Two: Choose One of these Picnic Adventures

The St. Malo Adventure

Your picnic adventure begins with a stop at the St. Malo Meat & Deli market where you will find a fantastic selection of fresh, local treats. Choose from a wide range of deli products including an assortment of cheese, salads, meat, smoked products and other prepared foods. Once your picnic basket is full, it’s time to head over to the St. Malo Provincial Park. Enjoy your time relaxing in the pleasant and calming atmosphere of the park or go for a dip in one of the two beaches. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, St. Malo Provincial Park is also an excellent destination for canoeing or sailboarding or hiking the trails and exploring the Rat River dam and dyke.


The Lac du Bonnet Adventure

Start this picnic adventure off with a stop at Gran’s Bake Shop in Lac du Bonnet. As the name would suggest, your senses will come alive with the tastes and smells of daily, fresh baked goods just like Grandma used to make. From cookies and muffins, bread and buns to the most amazing cinnamon buns on this side of the province, you won’t regret the extra calories. Once you’ve got all the baked goods you can carry, head on over to the Lac du Bonnet Town Dock where you can set up your picnic on the lawn and afterward, take a nice long swim in the cool waters of the Winnipeg River. This is also a local fishing hot spot, so pack your rods and perhaps catch some dinner!


The St. Pierre Jolys Adventure 

Dazzle your taste buds with the fresh, delicious tastes of German Cuisine by starting your picnic adventure at Oma’s Schnitzel Stube. Weiner Schnitzel, Jaeger Schnitzel, Zwiebel Schnitzel, Zigeuner Schnitzel, Schweizer Schnitzel, Mailaender Schnitzel and Schnitzel Cordon Bleu are the hot menu items to choose from, but no fear . . . if you are traveling with a picky eater, they can enjoy chicken finger, beef stew and more. With your Schnitzel in hand, head on over to La Cabane a Sucre (a.k.a.) The Sugar Shack, to enjoy your picnic on the grounds where maple syrup has been made since 1986.


The Beausejour Adventure

This adventure starts with a phone call to Bluewater Whole Hog where you can order up a picnic feast fit for a king. Choose from a wide selection of salads, perogies, meatballs, cold cuts, fruit platter, cheese platter and more. Once you’ve got your goodies stashed it’s time to head over to the Beausejour Daylily Gardens to enjoy the sights and smells of thousands of flowers including daylilies, irises, peonies, lilies, and many more. 

The Farmer’s Market Picnic Adventure

Eastern Manitoba is home to 7 Farmer’s Markets in 7 different towns! With this adventure start by selecting a Farmer’s Market location of your choice. With farm, fresh produce, fresh baked goods and smoked meat & fish available you’ll be able to put together an impressive spread that everyone will love! Once you have all your picnic goodies, it’s time to lose yourself in the community you have chosen until you find the perfect park or beach or secret location to have your picnic. One great thing about small towns is, it is nearly impossible to really get lost, just pick a direction and go. If you prefer to cheat, open up Google Maps to help you find the perfect destination.

Step Three: Eat, Relax and Enjoy the Company

Once you’ve got your food in hand, and have found that perfect destination, all that’s left to do is eat, relax, and enjoy the company of those you are with! What could be better than that?

Eastman's Hot this Week August 6 to 12

We sure hope that you are ready for one of the busiest weeks in Eastern Manitoba! There are so many events going on, it's going to be impossible to catch them all. Join us for songwriting workshops, music festivals, stand up paddle boarding lessons, rodeos, festivals and fairs, sand castle building, art workshops, and so much more. If you haven't discovered how your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba, now is the time!


Songwriting Workshop with Justin Lacroix

August 8-10
Saffies General Store - Albert Beach

As Artist-in-Residence for the week, Justin Lacroix will be setting up at The Beach Exchange and offering songwriting sessions every morning. Registration is at Saffies and is $10 per session plus a donation to the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. Every morning, he'll work with the group on a song that will be later be put to music and performed on Saturday, August 11th at the Concert in support of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation. 

Matt Epp Down by the River

August 9
Moon Gate Guest House - Whitemouth

Sweet Spot Productions & Moon Gate Guest House present Matt Epp Down by the River featuring new music from Shadowlands released June 22, 2018. There are geographies of darkness within each of us. Monstrous thunderclouds, black as pitch, gather and roll over vast Prairies; great lakes pulse and seethe and swell as their depths swallow up every ray of light that pierces their waves. It was into this psychic terrain that Matt Epp walked to harvest the lush, haunted Americana of Shadowlands—an unflinching portrait of the artist dropping his guard to explore and embrace his own twilight wilderness.

Richer Rough Stock Rodeo

August 10 - 12
Dawson Trail Park - Richer

Multiple "Rodeo of the Year" winner, the Richer Rough Stock Rodeo is scheduled for August 10, 11 & 12, 2018. Friday Night Bullnanza! Saturday and Sunday Heartland Rodeo! Live music on two stages, lots of activities for the kids and entire family. Giant Trading post with crafts and other goods! Friday night Cowboy Social and Saturday Night Concert/Social!

Kleefeld Honey Festival

August 10 - 12
Kleefeld Park - Kleefeld

The Kleefeld Honey Festival has been a yearly tradition since 1970. This three-day event has tons of fun for the whole family. Start Friday night with Movie Night in the park. Saturday will begin with a free pancake breakfast followed by the parade and the 5th annual Chili Cook-off gets underway just in time for everyone to be the judge for lunch. The kids can play all day at the Play Land of Milk & Honey where your kids will play for hours at the carnival, bouncy park, and more great activities.

Great Woods Music Festival

August 10
Great Woods Campground - Beausejour

One of Manitoba's best kept secrets! This intimate festival features musical acts along the scenic Brokenhead River. The Moonrise Cabana offers delicious food vendors and a full bar. Book your camping site in advance and take advantage of everything Great Woods has to offer! From tubing down the Broken Head River to relaxing at your campsite during the day. The Great Woods Music Festival is truly a unique experience and will be featuring The Livesays, Tuva Bergstron, Tracy K Band, Toney Stevens, Slow Ride, and Original Foghat.

Festival 59 Blues

August 10
Hill Top Resort - Grand Beach

Festival 59 Blues brings together the best of two worlds with camping and music! This weekend, enjoy all the finest parts of camping, ATVing through the mud pits by day and then clean yourself up for the best Blue Music for miles around with Greg Leskiw, Big Dave McLean, Dustin Harder's Prarie Soul, South Thunderbird, Tracy K Band, Malcolm Campbell Band, D.B. + The Dead Beats.

 

Sprague Fest

August 11
Various - Sprague

Head on out to Sprague Fest for fun, food, dancing, and sports! With a pancake breakfast, parade, basketball tournament, free kids activities, bingo, beach party and live music, it promises to be a family fun-filled day! 

Bankside Music Festival

August 11
Bankside Festival Grounds - Letellier

Bankside Music Festival, located near Letellier, Mb, is a new event taking place on a treed lot alongside the Red River. This annual event features some of Manitoba's top hard rock acts as well as musicians from the surrounding area. The 2018 lineup features Burning Porcelain, Wreckin' So, Dark Mourning, Whiskey Talks, and more!


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!

August 8 - Outdoor Evening Market - Lac du Bonnet

August 9 - Senior Games - Whitemouth

August 9 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

August 9 - Bannock Point Petroforms Guided Tours - Whiteshell Provincial Park

August 11 - Arting Around in the Gallery - Pinawa

August 11 - Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons - Lac du Bonnet

August 11 - Prairie Day - Gardenton

August 11 - Carrick Days - Spurgrave 

August 11 - Grand Beach Sand Castle Contest - Grand Beach Provincial Park

August 12 - Community Sale - Anola

August 12 - Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons - Pinawa

August 12 - Bannock Point Petroforms Guided Tours - Whiteshell Provincial Park

August 12 - Bike the Esker Guided Bike Tour - Birds Hill Provincial Park

August 12 - Critter Dip - Grand Beach Provincial Park

August 12 - Heritage Day 2018 - Beausejour

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Immerse Yourself in a World of Eastman Art

Creativity runs deep in Eastern Manitoba and inspiration flows at every turn. From the surreal east shore beaches of Lake Winnipeg, through the Winnipeg River System to the rugged lake country of the Whiteshell, embark on a tour of art and landscapes as artists across this beautiful region open their homes and studios to share their world with you.

45 artists will have their works on display during the 2018 Boreal Shores Art Tour. Join them for a weekend of art as you set off on this self-guided tour, featuring artist studios, artist group locations and galleries scattered throughout the beautiful and diverse Boreal forest and shore regions of Eastern Manitoba.

Artists You will Discover Along the Way

Janice Charko - Fibre Arts

Venturing into the artistic world has been a consuming new adventure for Janice Charko who creates wearable works of art! Janice's passion is fibre arts. Working with silks, felts and wools as her blank canvas, she creates beautiful, one-of-a-kind scarves, shawls, wrap-skits, hats, purses, and various home accessories.  

Janice will have her work on display at the Lac du Bonnet Pioneer Club along with fellow artists, Demi-Raine Enns (Mixed Media, Acrylic, Pencil, Ink Charcoal, & Oils), Pam Habing (Alcohol Inks), Shirley Kurian (Photography) and Roy Ward (Wood Turning).

Denise Gray - Pebble Art

From time immemorial, man has been fascinated by the beauty and variety of stone giving Denise Gray the inspiration she needs to create original and whimsical pieces of art. With hand-picked pebbles, stones, pieces of driftwood and sea glass as her medium, Denise sets to work telling the tales of the mediums and the eons of time it took to shape them. 

Denise will have her work on display at Senior Scene along with fellow artists, Corinne Flaws (Photography, Oil, Alcohol Ink, Watercolour), Chris Ford (Photography), Alex Martin (Photography), Bridgid Meakin (Stained & Fused Glass), Trish Richardson (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolour, Pen & Ink), and Diane Silverthorne (Photography).

Rick Merrit - Woodcarving, Wood Burning, Acrylic & Watercolour

Exploring endless possibilities, Rick Merrit dives into the spirit of each wildlife carving, or painting bringing a true likeness and character along that is uniquely his own. For twenty years, Rick has been shaping, constructing, painting and carving his visions to life; with his latest adventure leading him into the world of chainsaw carving. 

Rick will have his work on display at South Moon Studio along with fellow artists Chrissy Sie-Merrit (Acrylic, Drawing, Fibre Weaving), Margaret Brook (Fibre Arts in Wool & Silk), Brigitta Urben (Ceramic Sculptures & Dinnerware, Oil Paintings). 

Great Food to Keep You Going

Benjamin's Bistro - Traverse Bay - Serving breakfast or lunch from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and fine dining until 8:00; Benjamin's Bistro is a great place to stop and refuel. Known for their amazing traditional breakfast and lunch choices, the real treats are on the dinner menu with Stuffed Yorkie, Salmon en Croute, and Sesame Teriyaki Shrimp! 

Drifter's Inn - Lac du Bonnet - open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Drifter's is a great place to stop and grab a bite to eat, or spend the night! The restaurant offers a full menu of traditional breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, but the local favour the homemade pizza, loaded nachos and of course, the wings!

Spicy Radish Cafe - Whitemouth - open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Known for serving up the best locally grown and produced foods in all of Manitoba, you can enjoy their all-day menu any time! Not sure what to get? Try one of the signature dishes that the locals rave about, Spicy Radish Burger, Fettuccine Alfredo, or the fall-of-the-bone Rib Dinner.

Rest Your Weary, Art Filled Head

Moon Gate Guest House - Whitemouth is a unique, peaceful retreat nestled on the banks of the Whitemouth River. This five bedroom guest house offers a sanctuary from technology, allowing you the freedom to connect with yourself, your friends and nature as you disconnect from the daily stresses of life. 

The Staff House B&B - Seven Sisters Falls - built in the 1920’s to house men working on the construction of the Seven Sisters Dam. The Staff House B&B is a sprawling 5700 sq. ft. home that has been extensively renovated while retaining many of the original features & stylings of the original house. It remained in service as a staff house until the late 1990’s.

The Rennie Hotel - Rennie - is a quaint hotel situated at the "Gateway to the Whiteshell" in Rennie, Manitoba. They offer clean, affordable accommodations year round. Each room features full bath, towels and accessories, satellite TV and air conditioning.

Eastman's Hot This Week July 30 to August 5

Machine de Cirque - Truck Stop

August 1
LdB Community Centre - Lac du Bonnet

Enjoy this FREE family theatrical event! A motley group of campers in search of adventure and thrills decides to hitch up their trailer to set out on a journey across the American continent. With a well-stocked cooler, windows wide open and music blaring, they are all set for an epic odyssey on wheels. Salty air that fills the lungs, enshrouding forests, electrifying cities, breathtaking mountains and plains that stretch as far as the eye can see hold the promise of an unforgettable trip. Travel from east to west with five performers and a musician who will take you on a coast-to-coast trip in fifty minutes during Truck Stop: A Great Journey.

An Evening with Alexandra Ross

August 2
Tallgrass Prairie Interpretive Centre - Stuartburn

Join local artist Alexandra Ross for an evening of artistic creation at the Weston Family Tallgrass Prairie Interpretive Centre. Participants will make and take home their own unique nature-inspired art print. Alexandra Ross is a visual artist working primarily in ceramics, print, and photography. Alexandra is based in rural Manitoba and her art disrupts the constructed tensions between chaos and order; human and animal; sublime and mundane. Her work seeks to find the liminal space between these dichotomies and exposes areas where the line is blurred or reversed. Alexandra is currently completing her BFA at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. This event will take place at The Weston Family Tallgrass Prairie Interpretive Centre at 7 p.m. All ages welcome. This event is family appropriate.

Steinbach Pioneer Days

August 3 to 6
Mennonite Heritage Village - Steinbach

Relive your past through a variety of pioneer activities and demonstrations, steam-powered threshing, music and entertainment, kid's activities daily, and lots of good food and fun! Our biggest event of the year! The weekend is jammed packed full of great things to see and do, so make sure to visit them online to get all of the details for Pioneer Days

Manitoba's Award Winning Music Festival: Fire & Water Music Festival

August 3 - 5
LdB Community Centre - Lac du Bonnet

Winner of the 2017 Travel Manitoba Event of the Year, Fire & Water Music Festival is Manitoba’s fastest growing, family-friendly, summer festival featuring the best Manitoba has to offer in Music and Arts. Once a year, we celebrate musicians, visual artists, sideshow performers, dancers and artisans alike. Fire & Water offers four stages of music featuring independent Manitoba musicians; playing everything from Roots Country to Hard Rock, artist workshops, children’s programming and activities that is fun for all ages and so much more. The 2018 lineup features My Son of the Hurricane, Matt Epp, Andrew Scott, Echo Nebraska, Skylar Bouchard, Micah Erenberg, Paul McIntosh, and so many more!

Angels Cabin Music Festival

August 4
Gardenton Museum & Park - Gardenton

From folk, country, and bluegrass, to rock n' roll, Gardenton will be jamming at Angels Cabin Music Festival to the finest local tunes. Canteen, beer garden, and free overnight camping will be available!

Paddle Jam

August 5
Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes - Falcon Lake

Bring the whole family for an afternoon of Paddleboarding fun at Falcon Lake this August long weekend. $10 classes being offered to introduce you to the world of SUP, along with SUP Yoga and SUP Bootcamp. All equipment is provided for the classes. Wrap up the day with a group paddle (FREE) from Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes to Picnic Island for a campfire! Free Smores sponsored by the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes! Bring your own vessel to paddle (anything that floats will do...) and don't forget your lifejacket.

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!

August 2 - Seniors Games - Whitemouth

August 2 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

August 4 - Arting Around the Gallery - Mini Masterpieces - Pinawa

August 4 - Free Pony Rides - Lac du Bonnet

August 5 - Wagon Trail Rides - Lac du Bonnet

August 5 - 2018 VBYC Yacht Club Dance -  Victoria Beach

 

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27 Spectacular Things to do in Eastern Manitoba Before Summer's End

Heading into August, with our Manitoba summer almost over, it’s time to check in and make sure that you’ve been getting out and about. So far, it’s been a great summer. The days have been long and mostly the perfect temperature, and the bug population seems to be at a record low this year.  We hope that you’ve been out and about exploring the great outdoors, taking in the events and making some great memories along the way. If you haven’t . . . well, it’s time to get out there!

We’ve put together a list of 27 spectacular things to do in Eastern Manitoba throughout the month of August. From visiting our Mustseeums, historical sites and absorbing the cultures, history, art, and music around us to hitting the rivers, lakes, and trails for heart-pounding adventures or lazy days in the sun. Don’t wait until summer is over, come, discover how your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba.

Visit Our Mustseeums Before they Close for the Season

Pioneer Village Museum – Beausejour 

Established in 1967, the Pioneer Village Museum recreates a small pioneer village. It contains a log house, school, community hall, Canadian Pacific Railway Station, store, blacksmith shop and a Ukrainian Church with a bell tower. Most of the pioneers of this region were of Polish, Ukrainian, or German descent coming from the areas known as Galacia and Volhynia. These pioneers had to face many hardships in carving out the wilderness and learning to adapt to a new country and a new way of life. Many artifacts depicting the lifestyle of the early pioneers of the surrounding area are located in these buildings. Hours of operation for August are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. 

Whitemouth Municipal Museum – Whitemouth 

The Whitemouth Municipal Museum includes machinery, an original trapper's shack, two log buildings, a Christ Anglican church 1905, an artifact 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 in August from Friday to Tuesday; hours vary by day.

Philip’s Magical Paradise – Giroux 

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 magical knowledge.

Interesting Historical Places to Check Out

The Manitoba Glass Works Historic Site – Beausejour

The Manitoba Glass Works Historic Site is the site of the first glass container factory in Western Canada. It was built in 1906 by Joseph Keilback and his partners. Glass-blowers from Poland and the United States, aided by local labour, used silica sands to produce bottles for breweries and soft drink companies in Winnipeg, serving the prairie market. Semi-automatic machines were soon installed to increase production. Winnipeg businessmen took over and enlarged the plant between 1909 and 1911. The new company expanded its production to include jars and medicine and ink bottles. At its peak, it employed 350 workers.

This historic site is situated at the south end of Glass Lake on First Street. It is open to public viewing throughout the summer months. Archeologists have participated in public digs at various times. Ink bottles, glass pieces, and tools have been found.

Fort Dufferin - Emerson

From 1872 to 1874, Fort Dufferin was the headquarters and winter home to the British-Canadian contingent of the International Boundary Commission. In mid-1874, a contingent of the newly-formed North West Mounted Police (later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police), assembled here prior to its march into what is now Alberta.

One of the buildings that once sat at the site still exists. A monument at the entrance to this site, near Emerson in the Municipality of Emerson-Franklin, bears two plaques. One plaque, erected in 1997 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, describes the westward march of the North West Mounted Police. The other plaque commemorates two constables in the force, W. C. Brown and A. McIntosh, who died in 1874 at Fort Dufferin and are buried in unmarked graves near the site.

Mennonite Landing – RM of Ritchot

Mennonite Landing is the site of the first landing of Mennonite settlers in western Canada. On 1 August 1874, the “International,” a steam-powered riverboat, landed here with the first contingent of 65 families. Between 1874 and 1880, some 7000 Mennonites came to Manitoba from German-speaking colonies in South Russia (Ukraine). The majority arrived at this spot, making their way 6 miles east to the Jacob Shantz reception houses near Niverville. From this base, they established some 54 villages in the East Reserve, present-day Rural Municipality of Hanover. Visit this historic place on Hwy 200 opposite Fontaine Road about 3.5 km north of Hwy 305 in the Rural Municipality of Ritchot.

Immerse Yourself in the Indigenous Cultures of Eastern Manitoba

Buffalo Point First Nations Cultural Centre – Buffalo Point  

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. Tour the museum and learn how Buffalo Point has always been a gathering place for the Anishinaabe people. From the early 1700’s when Chief Red Cloud and the Sioux frequented the area to supplement their primary food source of bison with wild rice and venison; to the beautiful resort community that we all know and love today.

Enjoy an Authentic Metis Experience – O’Roseau Rapids Park

History enthusiast can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Camp O’Roseau as they are whisked back in time for a truly authentic opportunity to live like the Metis for a few days. Immerse yourself in the history and culture along the banks of Roseau River at Rapids Camp, a replica of what life used to be like on a major trade route of the 1800’s. This hands-on experience of ancestral ways will give you the opportunity to live where travelers would stop to rest, trade, break bread and share stories. Sleep on a buffalo robe in a teepee, cook your own bannock, hear the stories of the Voyageurs and First Nations legends, do finger weaving and sing around the campfire.

Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail – Brokenhead 

Visitors can experience the important connection between the wetland and the traditional Ojibway teachings of Respect, Purpose, Balance, and Interconnection. The Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail contains 28 of Manitoba’s 37 native orchid species, including the globally rare Ram’s Head Lady-Slipper, the Dragon’s Mouth orchid and more common yellow and pink lady slippers. Located 50 minutes outside Winnipeg by paved highway and just north of the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation. The fully wheelchair accessible, the floating boardwalk is 3.66 km return trip and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Fairs and Rodeos

Kleefeld Honey Festival – Kleefeld 

A community tradition since 1970, this three-day event has tons of fun for the whole family. Start Friday night with Movie Night in the park. Saturday will begin with a free pancake breakfast followed by the parade, and the 5th annual Chili Cook-off gets underway just in time for everyone to be the judge for lunch. The chili promises to be out of this world as the finalist from this Canadian Food Championship will go on to Worlds! The kids can play all day at the Play Land of Milk & Honey where your kids will play for hours at the carnival, bouncy park, and more great activities. Kleefeld Honey Festival takes place August 10 – 12, 2018.

Hanover Ag Fair – Grunthal 

Get ready for the most exhilarating 8 seconds in sports at the Hanover Ag Fair! Some of the best riders from across Canada are coming to put on a great show, trying to go home with the prize money, the bragging rights, and that shiny new buckle. It's also a weekend packed full of entertainment and activities to suit all ages! Besides from the rodeo action, there's musical talent on the main stage, revving engines during the enduro-cross and demolition derby, children’s activities, special meals and much, much more! Hanover Ag Fair takes place August 16 – 19, 2018.

Celebrate the 4 P’s – Powerview-Pine Falls

Say goodbye to summer at the ever-growing 4P Festival! One of Eastman’s largest festival events celebrates Power, Pickerel, Paper, and Peas, the things that this community was built on. Highlights of the festival, running from August 30 through to September 3, include a fish fry, open mic music showcase, baseball tournament, fireworks, chainsaw carving competitions, children’s activities, town market and so much more.

Music and Arts

Great Woods Music Festival – Beausejour

One of Manitoba's best kept secrets! This intimate festival features musical acts along the scenic Brokenhead River. The Moonrise Cabana offers delicious food vendors and a full bar. Book your camping site in advance and take advantage of everything Great Woods has to offer! From tubing down the Broken Head River to relaxing at your campsite during the day. The Great Woods Music Festival is truly a unique experience and will be featuring The Livesays, Tuva Bergstron, Tracy K Band, Toney Stevens, Slow Ride, and Original Foghat.

Rainbow Trout Music Festival – St. Malo 

One of the coolest summer indie music festivals that Manitoba has to offer, Rainbow Trout Music Festival, is three days of music, camping, good friends, bonfires, dancing, swimming, and so much more.   It's also 100% volunteer driven and dedicated to promoting local music and arts. RTMF showcases the high level of quality that exists in local music of all genres.  Its unique programming inspires audiences and challenges the listener.  Rock, electro, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, garage, funk, reggae, just to name a few. The 2018 lineup features Black Cloud, Ghost Twin, Odd Outfits, Pastoralia, Anemone, Smoky Tiger, Lake and Pine and so many more!

Boreal Shores Art Tour – Various Locations

Creativity runs deep in Eastern Manitoba, and inspiration flows at every turn. From the surreal east shore beaches of Lake Winnipeg, through the Winnipeg River System to the rugged lake country of the Whiteshell, you’ll be taken on a tour of art and landscapes as artists across this beautiful region open their homes and studios to share their world with you. 45 artists will have their works on display during the 2018 Tour. Embark on this self-guided tour, featuring artist studios, artist group locations and galleries scattered throughout the beautiful and diverse Boreal forest and shore regions of Eastern Manitoba.

Experience the Extreme Adventure of Eastman’s Great Outdoors

Explore the Natural Beauty of the Mantario Hiking Trail – Whiteshell Provincial Park 

Extending 60 kilometers, the Mantario Hiking Trail is the longest Canadian Shield trail in Western Canada. Completing the trail can take 30 hours, stretched over 3 or 4 days, but with its climb along granite ridges, panoramic views of lakes and bogs and the undulating boreal forest surrounding you, it’s definitely a bucket list worthy trip.

Tackle the Waves at Sturgeon Falls – Nutimik Lake 

We bet you didn’t know that Sturgeon Falls is regarded as a world-class river surfing destination that is ideal for aspiring river Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) surfers! Forget heading to the ocean to learn how to surf, hit the waters at Sturgeon Falls and see how we do it on the prairies!

Put Your Beta to the Test Rock Climbing – Whiteshell Provincial Park 

Here’s another extreme outdoor sport that you probably wouldn’t think to find in Manitoba – Rock Climbing. Eastern Manitoba has two amazing destinations where climbers can put their skills to the test, Castle Rock, and Lily Pond Cliff, climbing the Canadian Shield.

Enjoy the Lazy Days of Summer Relaxing in the Great Outdoors

Pinawa Channel Float – Pinawa 

Hailed as one of the most scenic canoe trips in the province, the Pinawa Channel also offers the ultimate tubing experience. Float along the channel surrounded by the boreal shores, deer, turtle, otters, birds, and more great wildlife. Don’t have a tube? No worries Wilderness Edge Resort in Pinawa tents tubes and more, plus they’ll drive you out to the channel and pick you up at the suspension bridge at the end of the route!

Get Lost in the Maze Oakbank and Steinbach  

Corn mazes are pretty self-explanatory, large mazes cut into crops of corn, full of twists and turns and dead ends. Your goal . . . find your out while laughing wildly with your family! Eastern Manitoba has two spectacular corn mazes to check out, Amaze in Corn and Deer Meadow Farms, but don’t just think all you’ll see is corn! You’ll want to plan an entire day to take in the petting zoos, pumpkin patches, wagon rides, bale pyramids and much more!

Relax at One of Manitoba’s Best Beaches – Grand Beach

Grand Beach is an excellent summer destination and has been a favourite Manitoba holiday destination since 1916. Enjoy playing along the white sandy beach, swimming, windsurfing, hiking along the Wild Wings Trails, or stroll the bustling Boardwalk along the beach.

Paddle Your Heart Out in Eastern Manitoba

Three great adventures await you at Tulabi Falls – Nopiming Provincial Park 

Immerse yourself in nature by paddling one of two canoe routes on Tulabi Lake or Elbow Lake; breathe in the fresh air while hiking Tulabi Falls Trail or enjoy a quiet day at the beach relaxing in the clear water of the lake while enjoying the spectacular view of Tulabi Falls.

Paddle the Rock Tunnels at Caddy Lake – Whiteshell Provincial Park

These man-made tunnels through solid granite rock allow for the natural flow of water for the Whiteshell river system and provide paddlers with one unique trip along Caddy Lake. The view within the tunnels is outstanding and only pales in comparison to the natural tree-lined shore that provides ample opportunities to observe deer, fox, eagles and other wildlife as they come to the shore to drink.

Enjoy the Tranquility of the Whitemouth River - Whitemouth 

Whitemouth River is a hidden gem that stretches throughout the RM of Whitemouth. With tranquil passages for a relaxing scenic river paddle, Whitemouth River provides the perfect paddle escape for novice paddlers or those who just want a relaxing day on the water. Whitemouth Paddle Club meets weekly on Thursdays, (bring your own equipment) and explore the river with a group of paddling enthusiasts.

Explore the Scenic Route

Take a Day Trip on Paved Roads - Sunrise Corner 

Do you want to drop the top down and feel the wind on your face? Sunrise Corner has over 80 kilometres of paved roads! Along the way, you’ll find a provincial forest, museums, good food and historical sites. Let our highways be your next destination.

Take a Route Explorers Discovered over 300 years ago – The La Vérendrye Trail

Located in Manitoba's most diverse tourism region, La Vérendrye Trail is comprised of five distinct corridors within Northeastern Manitoba, each with its own geographical and cultural uniqueness. Use the Trail as an exciting opportunity to explore the adventurous heart of Manitoba's historical and cultural past. Travelers coming from the west begin their adventure at the historic Forks in Winnipeg, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. Follow the yellow and blue signs of La Vérendrye appearing on the designated highways in eastern Manitoba, marking the path of the fur traders along the Red River to the beaches of Lake Winnipeg. The LaVerendrye trail will take you to many unique little towns and villages where you will discover a treasure trove of things to do and see!

Drive, Paddle, Cycle Adventure – Various

Discover routes, trails, and rivers that will provide you and your family with hours of fun. Discover new amazing routes to take along Eastman’s roads, rivers and trails that are perfect for hiking, cycling and cruising with the top down or the windows wide open. This adventure is carefully mapped out providing you with tons of information on where to stop along the way for shopping and food, sightseeing and whatever your heart desires. Stayed tuned as more information about this adventure is released in the coming weeks!

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Eastman's Hot This Week July 23 to 29

They say all work and no play makes for one boring life or something like that. Step away from the computer, forget the yard work for one weekend and head on out to Eastern Manitoba where you can take a paddling adventure, watch a jousting match, listen to some great music, and build some great family memeries! 


Sunova Carnival Day

July 27 
Whitemouth Curling Rink - Whitemouth

You're invited to the WRRC's Sunova Carnival Day! This two-part event will keep the kiddies busy all day long! Part 1: Sign your kids up to attend Summer Day Camp with games, water balloon activities, crafts and lots of carnival fun! Part 2: Join the carnival in the evening for the Community Carnival Night where all are welcome to attend! Enjoy tons of great carnival activities with the whole family including, a magic show, face painting, popcorn, bouncy castle, games and more!
 

Caddy Lake Meditation Retreat

July 27 - 29
Caddy Lake

Escape the city and join us at Caddy Lake for a weekend of meditations! We will be exploring various forms of meditation including but not limited to: Kundalini, guided visualization, Qigong, fire dance meditation, mindfulness, self-inquiry, walking, focused and independent. We will provide up to ten opportunities for you to explore meditation throughout the weekend. Explore the beautiful surrounding area or go swimming during your free time, sit back and relax by the lakeside fire at night. 

Howl at the Moon Music Festival

July 27 - 28
Hill Top Resort - Grand Beach

Join us under the Buck moon for two jam-packed days of some of the best country music around. Howl at the Moon Music Festival is a great way to spend a mid-summer Manitoba weekend with friends. Spend the days taking in all of the new music the festival has to offer, kicking back at your campsite or exploring the area. The annual Howl at the Moon music festival features country artists from all over Canada. Canadian stars Brett Kissel and Aaron Pritchett are set to headline this second annual event but you'll also be entertained by the rest of the 2018 lineup featuring Greg Arcade, Skylar Bouchard, Julie Ferguson, Waylon's Wing and so many more!

Whitemouth River Paddle Day

July 28
Whitemouth Falls - Whitemouth

The race is on - again this year! Canoe, kayak or raft your way down the Whitemouth River from River Hills to Seven Sisters during Whitemouth River Paddle Day! Cash prizes - 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each event and a prize for the best-decorated raft! The 50/50 Duck Races will be back by popular demand as well as kids crafts and activities, paddle board raffle, Food Trailer and Farmers Market. Join the Manitoba Paddling Association for a FREE 45 minute paddle clinic. Try out a canoe, kayak or paddle board. No experience required. Provided by the Whitemouth River Recreation Commission Inc.

Cooks Creek Medieval Festival

July 28 - 29
Immaculate Conception Church & Grotto - Cooks Creek

The Medival Festival is a two day festival of music, dance, chivalry, food, and merriment! Featuring full-contact jousting, heavy combat in armour, archery, merchant marketplace, kids games, live chess tournament, puppet show, medieval petting zoo, the garden of ale, early music in the cathedral, fire dancing, evening banquet and much, much more! 

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!

July 25 - Creative Farmhouse String Art Night - Ridgeville

July 26 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

July 28 - Arting Around in the Gallery - Treasure Boxes - Pinawa

July 28 - Flame Reading with Danielle - Beausejour

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5 Eastman Festivals You Have to Get to This Summer

Celebrate the last six weeks of summer with us in Eastern Manitoba! We have some great festivals coming up that just shouldn't be missed. Relive our Mennonite past, step back in time and take in a jousting match, enjoy the best chili cook-off in our neck of the woods, or be delighted by the most exciting 8 seconds in sports! There's always something wonderful and new to experience in Eastern Manitoba, come on out and discover how your heart beats!


Medieval Festival

July 28 to 29 - Cooks Creek

The Medival Festival is a two day festival of music, dance, chivalry, food, and merriment! Featuring full-contact jousting, heavy combat in armour, archery, merchant marketplace, kids games, live chess tournament, puppet show, medieval petting zoo, the garden of ale, early music in the cathedral, fire dancing, evening banquet and much, much more! 

Steinbach Pioneer Days

August 3 - 6 - Steinbach

Explore a turn-of-the-century Russian Mennonite street village on our 40-acre site. Taste traditional ethnic fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during our summer season. View historic and heirloom treasures from Poland and Russia to Canada displayed in the Main and Gerhard Ens galleries, and find that perfect souvenir at Village Books & Gifts, all open year-round in the Village Centre. During Pioneer Days, relive your past through a variety of pioneer activities and demonstrations, steam-powered threshing, music and entertainment, kid's activities daily, and lots of good food and fun!

Kleefeld Honey Festival

August 10 to 12 - Kleefeld

The Kleefeld Honey Festival has been a yearly tradition since 1970. This three-day event has tons of fun for the whole family. Start Friday night with Movie Night in the park. Saturday will begin with a free pancake breakfast followed by the parade and the 5th annual Chili Cook-off gets underway just in time for everyone to be the judge for lunch. The kids can play all day at the Play Land of Milk & Honey where your kids will play for hours at the carnival, bouncy park, and more great activities.

Hanover Ag Fair

August 16 to 19 - Grunthal

Get ready for the most exhilarating 8 seconds in sports at the Hanover Ag Fair! Some of the best riders from across Canada are coming to put on a great show, trying to go home with the prize money, the bragging rights, and that shiny new buckle. It's also a weekend packed full of entertainment and activities to suit all ages! Besides from the rodeo action, there's musical talent on the main stage, revving engines during the enduro-cross and demolition derby, children’s activities, special meals and much, much more!

Double B Agricultural Festival

September 7 to 9 - Beausejour

The Double B Agricultural Festival (formerly the "Double B Rodeo and Country Fair") is the premiere summer event in the Beausejour Brokenhead area. The sanctioned Semipro rodeo along with the Manitoba High School Rodeo provide fans with excitement all weekend in September. Along with the ag displays, antique tractors, petting zoo, parade, and fireworks this weekend is full of events for all ages. 2018 is the 25th Anniversary of the Double B.