Blog » February 2018

Eastman's Hot This Week February 19 to 25

There is always so much to do and see in Eastern Manitoba, and this week is no different. Join us for Arts and Theatre, Education and Workshops a Winter Carnival and even a Winter Safari. Discover where your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba this week!

Springfield Theatre Company Presents Annie

February 20 to 24
Annie, Oakbank

Enjoy this classic tale as Springfield Theatre Company Presents: Annie. An orphan in a facility run by the mean Miss Hannigan, Annie believes that her parents left her there by mistake. When a rich man named Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks decides to let an orphan live at his home to promote his image, Annie is selected. While Annie gets accustomed to living in Warbucks' mansion, she still longs to meet her parents. So Warbucks announces a search for them and a reward, which brings out many frauds.


Grow Your Skills and Community

February 21
Experiential Excellence - An Introduction to Experiential Tourism Part 1, Beausejour

This one day workshop brought to you by Eastman Tourism will engage participants in understanding the concept of experiential travel and how to work and partner with tourism organizations, tourism coordinators, other tourism attractions/operators and local businesses to create travel experiences specifically oriented to Manitoba tourism markets and target audiences. Some spaces are still available. Please contact Jenny Dupas to register.

Become a Nature Detective

February 21
Nature Detectives Preschool Program - "A" is for Astronomy, Birds Hill Provincial Park

Explore the planets, stars, sun, and moon in our solar system with exciting songs, games, and crafts that are out of this world at the Nature Detectives Preschool Program "A" is for Astronomy! Join in on a guided moon walk on part of Nimowin Trail as we imagine we’re walking through space. Dress warmly! Enjoy fun games, crafts, songs and a healthy snack while learning more about the outdoors and discover the animals and plants that call Birds Hill Park their home.The program takes place at the Interpretive Workshop, located at the end of Nimowin Road.


Educate Yourself About Radio Frequencies

February 23
Generation Zapped, Whitemouth

GENERATION ZAPPED investigates the potential dangers of prolonged exposure to Radio Frequencies (RF) from wireless technology; its effects on our health and well-being, as well as the health and development of our children. From its links to breast and brain cancer to its associations with increased infertility and genetic mutations related to autism and ADHD, to newly developed illnesses, such as Electrical Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS)."

Marg Friesen, M.Sc. and former biologist and scientific advisor with the Federal Government will also be on hand to speak about her experience with EHS. Marg is also a director with Canadians for Safe Technology. Visit for more info. She will be demonstrating her RF meters.

Get in on the Fun

February 23 to 25
Grunthal Winter Carnival, Grunthal

The Winter Carnival Committee is excited to announce the return of the Grunthal Winter Carnival! This exciting weekend will host a variety of events, including free sleigh rides, a free candy scramble, an art contest (with prizes), tobogganing hill, a broomball tournament, bonfires, a crib tournament and a surprise hockey game.


Enjoy a Winter Safari

February 25
Winter Safari Event, Birds Hill Provincial Park

Beat the winter blues at our annual Winter Safari Event! Family fun activities include guided snowshoe treks, a bonfire and bannock bake, scavenger hunt, bird feeder craft and skijoring and kick sledding demos by Snow Motion Winter Dog Sports Club. Location: Interpretive Workshop (at the end of Nimowin Road)


Get Painting

February 25
Kids Paint Club, Beausejour

Kids Paint Club is back which is great for all of our young aspiring artists in the region. 



Get featured in Eastman's Hot This Week! Let us know about your event and we'll help you promote it in a variety of ways.

Celebrate Louis Riel Day in True Eastern MB Style

Lois Riel Day is a truly Manitobian Holiday that was first started in 2008 to commemorate this Manitoba politician. The date does not have any special connection to a particular event in Louis Riel's life, but it has become a special day for families around the province. 

Louis Riel was a leader of the Métis people of the Canadian prairies. These are an Aboriginal people with their own culture, language and heritage. The area, which was their ancestral homeland, is now in the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and the Northwest Territories and parts of the north-west of the United States. Louis Riel was also a founder of the Manitoba province and a Canadian politician. However, during his lifetime, he was a controversial figure and lived in exile in the United States for a number of years. He was involved in a number of uprisings and, after a controversial trial, he was executed for treason in 1885.

On February 19th, families from around Manitoba will celebrate and honour both Lois Riel and Family in a variety of activities. Here at home, in Eastern Manitoba, our communities and organizations have planned some great events to help us! 

Make Some New Friends!

February 16 to 19
Various Locations, St. Malo

Celebrate the culture and traditions of the first Metis and French settlers to the area with your new friends at the Festival des Amis (Festival of Friends). On Louis Riel long weekend, people from all over gather to enjoy music and dance, food and fun in a family atmosphere. Head on out to taste the delicious Beaver Tails, a delicious fried pastry covered in cinnamon sugar, or learn how to snowshoe and take in the wonderful homemade products at the Pop Up Farmers' Market. There is also a Junior Hockey Game, Pancake Breakfast, Cross Country Skiing, Pow Wow, Pea Soup Contest and so much more! Ignore the cold, and head out to St. Malo this weekend.


Take Up One of Manitoba's Favorite Outdoor Sports

February 19
Lyons Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Discover the fun family activity of ice fishing! Brought to you by Manitoba Parks you will learn the techniques and regulations then head out onto the ice to a pre-drilled hole. Be sure to bring your own rod and tackle to try to catch a trout, raised at the local Whiteshell Fish Hatchery! No fishing license is required, however, all other regulations apply.


Get Out and Enjoy Winterfest!

February 19
Various Locations, Beausejour

Winterfest just keeps getting better and better! Entering its 11th year, the team of organizers has a carefully scheduled program of activities that the whole family will enjoy. Enjoy the twirling, whorling and tossing of the Teakle Family Circus, pin your family against each other in the DartPocalypse Nerf Gun Battles, check out the creepy crawlies at the Prairie Exotics Reptile Display, enjoy some time skating at the rink or rest up while your kiddies bounce away in the inflatable bouncers.


Experience some Wacky Family Fun!

February 19
Various Locations, Lac du Bonnet

With a full day of Winter Family Fun planned you and your family are bound to get a little silly. Start your day with some Bannock and Snowshoeing before taking part in the Cornhole competition, the Wacky Sled Race, where you will be judged on your homemade sled, or take part in the Blindfolded Cookie Decorating Contest. There are tons of other activities planned for the day including, snow painting, obstacle courses, Pop Up Playzone, Smoosh Races, and so much more!

Even More Great Events Happening this Weekend


February 12 to 18
Various Locations, Eastern MB

The Eastern region of the province is always alive with amazing events and experiences. Check out what else we have going on this Long Weekend in Eastern Manitoba!


Get featured in Eastman's Hot This Week! Let us know about your event and we'll help you promote it in a variety of ways.

Eastman's Hot This Week February 12 to 18

Historically, February is one of the coldest months of our Manitoba Winters, but that hasn't stopped our Eastern Manitoba communities from bringing together some of the best events happening this year. Be a hearty Manitobian this week, hidden beneath your layers, upon layers of clothing, and get out to explore #EasternMb. From the indoor warmth of a high-energy Celtic performance to howling with the wolves, we're sure that you are going to have one exciting Eastern adventure.

Enjoy the Rocky, Rhythmic Undertow of the Derina Harvey Band

February 16
Pinawa Community Centre, Pinawa

EMCA presents the Derina Harvey Band, an Alberta-based Celtic-rock act, who offer an authentic east-coast experience with a fresh take on traditional tunes as well as their own original jigs and reels. Their rocky, rhythmic undertow is layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped by Derina’s powerful voice. These transplanted east-coasters have earned a reputation with their high-energy live show, leaving many an audience out-of-breath and hollering from their seats!


MHV Winter Carnival

February 17
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach

Enjoy a fun-filled day at Steinbach's Mennonite Heritage Village. Tons of outdoor activities are planned with skating, snowman building contests, sleigh rides, hood hustle, bonfire, hot chocolate bar, smore making, tug of war, snow bowling, snowball toss, dart toss, snowman golf, guessing booth, snow castle building contests, ring toss, and smoosh races.


Achieve Personal Greatness this Weekend 

February 16 to 18
Crow Wing Trail, St Malo

If you enjoy pushing yourself to the max, then the 2018 Actif Epica Ultra Marathon is the place to be this weekend. Participants can join in on the classic 125 km race, cyclists will have the option to tackle a longer 200 km course, while runners can opt for a 162 km route. This winter adventure is located on the Crow Wing Trail near North America's geographic centre.


A New Winter Festival Makes its Debut

February 17 to 18
Various Locations, Pinawa

The Whiteshell Winter Arts Festival is going to be a huge hit this weekend as it makes its debut and will undoubtedly become an annual gathering of community, festivities, family, friends, and fun. With so many activities planned, you are not going to be able to do it all. Pinawa will be bursting with creativity and fun as different activities, classes, workshops, and performances take place both inside and out. There will be clay sculpting/painting demonstrations, painting workshops for both kids and adults, snow painting, storytelling, book signing and author presentations, yoga, tours of the art gallery, live music, meditating classes, photography, curling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, puppet shows, a soup bar, chicken drop, a paint night, smores by the bonfire and so much more!


Pair Up & Celebrate the Love

February 17

Join Mind and Body by Mad Back for a fun interactive workout made for two! 


Howl at the Moon, You Know You Want to!

February 17 
Red Rock Lake Snowmobile Shelter, Whiteshell Provincial Park

Meet up with a Manitoba Parks' Interpreter for this amazing Interpretive Event at the Red Rock Lake Snowmobile Shelter on Snoman Trail 66 for this unique opportunity to howl for wolves and listen for their haunting calls. Afterwards, warm up in the shelter with hot chocolate next to the wood stove.


Celebrating Love in Eastern MB

February 9 to 14
Various Locations, Eastern Manitoba

Find out what's hot for Valentines Day in Eastern MB in our Celebrating Love in Eastern Manitoba article. 

Get featured in Eastman's Hot This Week! Let us know about your event and we'll help you promote it in a variety of ways.



Celebrating Love in Eastern Manitoba

Valentine's Day has a unique and interesting history. Once more commonly celebrated as an annual holiday honouring one or more early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day started evolving. In the 14th Century, February 14th became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer. By the 18th Century, the day had evolved into the celebration we still practice today, one in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting gifts such as flowers, chocolates, and greeting cards.

We found some wonderful and unique ways to celebrate Valentine's Day in the Eastman. From the DIY craft nights for those who are artistically inclined to the most romantic pizza love can buy, check out our list of interesting and unique Valentine's events.

Pennyweight Market Doubles the Love with 2 Valentine Craft Events!

Valentine Craft Night - Friday, February 9 from 7 PM to 9 PM

Don't just pin it! That's our 2018 motto. We take all the work out of crafting all those great Pinterest items. This class celebrates Valentine's Day, with a mason candy jar (filled with your choice of candy treats), handmade gift tag, and a "message in a bottle" necklace. $40.00 for the class also includes coffee/tea and a slice of ice cream cake. Register in person at Pennyweight Market to hold your spot.

Valentine's Crafts n'Coffee - Saturday, February 10 from 10 AM to 12 PM

Love crafting with kids, but not the mess? Or maybe finding time to organize the supplies is difficult? Let us take the work out of crafting with your kids, so it's all about the fun! We have a drop in Valentine's Cards day, with great options to choose from. Caregivers get a free coffee or tea if their kids are crafting. You pay per card, but no drop in cost is required.

Share the Love & Make some New Friends at Kismet Creek Farm

Share the Love at Kismet Creek Farm - Wednesday, February 14 from 1 PM to 5 PM

Open for a half day on Valentine's Day for anyone wanting to show the animals some love and soak up the wonderful happy energy of our sanctuary. There will be scrumptious vegan baked goods for sale, discounts on all our heart logo items as well as pink/red soaps and bath bombs. Admission discounts will be offered as well: two adults for $14 and children 4 and under are free! No need to purchase tickets in advance; just pop on in!

Enjoy a Romantic Dinner for 2 at Diner on 52

Candle Light Dinner for 2 - Wednesday, February 14 from 5 PM to 9 PM

No Plans for Valentine's Day? Let us take the stress out of it for you! We'll provide you with an intimate candlelight dinner, with soft live acoustic music, tablecloths and rose petals. Enjoy a homemade 3-course meal for one single price, beverages included!. Have special requests? We'll do our best to help. Call us to book your reservation today 204-326-5252.

Let the Youth Dance!

The Winter Market Valentine's Day Special!


Will You Be My Pizza-tine?

Nothing says I Love You better than a heart-shaped pizza! Find this unique Valentine's Day meal in Richer at Timberline Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop!

Relax with the Special from Beau Town Bath Boutique

Pamper your sweetheart with a special gift from Beau Town Bath Boutique where you can find everything to help them relax, unwind, and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.


Valentine's Gift Packs are Ready at Prairie Oils and Vinegars

Are you looking for a way to spice up your . . . cooking? Prairie Oils and Vinegars has you covered with gift baskets to suit the popcorn fanatic to the gourmet chef in your home.


Eastman's Hot This Week February 5th to 11th

Casting call- Gardenton Theater Group

Date: February 7

Location: Gardenton Park Main building

Times: 7:00 PM

Would you like to participate in a dinner theater production in Gardenton? Then, please, plan on attending this organizational meeting and open call... Not only do we need a name, we need set builders, props managers, stage managers, light & sound managers as well as actors and a director... we need you all! 
If you have experience in live local theater or if you would like to try it out, we'd love to see you there!

Make Moccasins and High Top Moccasins

Date: February 9th, 16th, 23rd and March 9 (four-part class)

Location: Lac du Bonnet Centennial School Rm 5

Times: 6:30 PM TO 9:00PM

All Premium Supplies included with lots of “new” fur and suede color options! Student price perks and access to a student at home assisted videos. In this course, students will design and learn to make their own unique pair of moccasins, beginning with beading techniques, to sewing and full instruction to enable them to make a completed pair. Multiple variations of moccasins will be covered. Amber (the instructor) will provide information on where to shop for materials as to enable students to continue on their own making more moccasins. Students will also receive a complete package of materials as well as access to patterns and equipment required to make their first pair and many more. Material package will include; choice of colored suede, choice of colored rabbit fur, foot linings, beads, beading needles, beading thread, glover needle (specialty leather needle), specialty leather thread.

Standard First Aid/CPR Level C (2 Full Days):

Date: February 10 and 11 - Please note: preregistration is required.

Location: Pinawa

Times: 9:00 AM start

Comprehensive two-day course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills for those who need training due to work requirements or who want more knowledge to respond to emergencies at home. Includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines. Meets federal and a variety of provincial/territorial regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR. Exceeds competitors’ standards by including injury prevention content, CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED).

Beaver Days

Date: February 9th to 11th

Location: Whiteshell Community Club

Times: Various

Beaver Days is a premier winter festival! Hosted by the Whiteshell Community Club in Falcon Lake, it is a winter weekend destination - attended by snowmobilers, area residents, cottagers, and families. The fun and games of Beaver Days offers something for everyone! Check out the brochure for more event details and times!

Manitoba Outdoors Show

Date: February 9th to 11th

Location: Red River Exhibition Park

Times: Friday 4 PM – 9 PM, Saturday 11 AM – 5 PM, Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

While this event isn't located in the Eastman, Eastman Tourism and a bunch of our friends are going to have booths at the show. The Manitoba Outdoors Show is a showcase for outdoor enthusiasts featuring products & services geared towards a healthy and adventure-filled lifestyle. Stop on by our booth and discover how your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba!

Coffee House Fundraiser for the Piney Area Food Pantry

Date: February 10

Location: International Christian Fellowship Church

Time: 4:30 PM

Enjoy live music, silent auction, light lunch, desserts, specialty coffees, and teas. 

Evening with Elvis

Date: February 10, 2018

Location: Woodridge Community Club

Times: From: 5:00 PM 

Don't miss out on a fun and entertaining evening with tribute artist Corny Rempel as ELVIS, Saturday, Feb 10th at the Woodridge Community Centre. The dinner is at 5 pm and the show starts at 7 pm (cash bar, 50/50 draw).

Snowshoe Adventures

Date: February 11, 2018

Location: Pine Point Trail – Whiteshell Provincial Park

Times: From: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Trek through fresh snow, discovering winter’s finest designs and some of the most scenic locations in the park on our guided snowshoe adventures!

Snowshoe along with a Park Interpreter as we trek to the scenic Pine Point Rapids. Along the way, discover what makes a Whiteshell winter special. At the rapids, warm up in the shelter with hot chocolate next to the woodstove. We’ll provide snowshoes or bring your own!

Michael Harner's The Way of the Shaman®

Date: February 10 to 11

Location: Light of the Prairies Centre Lumiere des Prairies - Lorette, Manitoba

This is the basic, introductory course of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies. It is the prerequisite to the advanced weekend workshops and other advanced training through the Foundation (

During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal, near-universal, and common methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem-solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.

Eastman Tourism is Kicking it up a Notch!

The turning pages of the calendar bring a new year with new goals and resolutions, plans and changes. Eastman Tourism has always been dedicated to aiming the spotlight on Everything Eastman, but this year we’re kicking it up a Notch!

Welcome to Our Newest Feature: Everything Eastman

Everything Eastman is a bi-weekly blog that will be chalked full of . . . well, Everything Eastman.

On Mondays, we will be focusing on sharing as many Eastman events as we can find in “Eastman’s Hot this Week”. We’ve been running this feature for the past six months on Pinterest and it’s so popular, we knew it was time to upgrade this feature and give it a proper home on our blog.

New for Eastman is the inclusion of a variety of pieces that will provide a more in-depth look at local upcoming events, local attractions, special celebrations, individual communities and so much more.

Do you want to find out where the best fishing spots are? Or perhaps you’re more into culture and history and want to get your fill this summer. Maybe you’d rather find the most offbeat, hidden gems on our trails. Or find the best music festivals the province has to offer. Eastman has it all and we’re going to share with you our best kept and most guarded secrets through Everything Eastman.

You never know what we may be revealing, so make sure you follow us on social media to get the most up-to-date information: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

So Much More is Coming . . .

This is just the first of many new amazing upcoming changes and additions to Eastman Tourism. We’re not going to reveal everything all at once but stayed tuned as we continue to improve our services and our look in order to bring you the latest and greatest about Everything Eastman.

P.S. If you run a local business that hosts events, or are part of a community group or organization that hosts events, we want to hear from you! For more information on how we can work together, please read How You Can Help Us, Help You!

How You Can Help Us, Help You!

Marketing and promotions can be a time-consuming nightmare, especially when you don’t know where to start or have a budget, or the personnel in place to get the ball rolling. 

Eastman Tourism is here to help, there are a variety of free marketing and promotions tools that are simple to set up, don’t take a lot of time and will help you spread the word.

We do our best to share all the fabulous events hosted in the Eastman, but we can’t share your event if we don’t know about it.

There are a few simple things you can do to help promote your event and help us promote your event for you. Doing all the below will certainly widen your reach and get more people seeing your event, but if you don’t have time to do everything we’ve listed, at the very least, get on our calendar of Things to Do.

#1 Get on our “Things to Do” Calendar

Simply complete the Submit an Event Form. Events submitted here will most certainly make it into our Eastman’s Hot this Week articles as well as be featured on our Facebook Page.

Listing your event with us makes it easy for us to share across all our social media channels. Submitting your event as soon as possible (we have summer events listed already) will bring more attention to your event and will help generate a larger interest and reach, as more people will see it listed.

#2 Create a Facebook Event Page

If you’re on Facebook, create an Event Page for your event. This is a great free tool that allows people, who may not have “liked” your Facebook Page, to see and engage with your upcoming event.

Eastman Tourism will add your event to our Facebook page too. This will include additional feature spots on our Facebook page not only as a post but as part of our listing of events that are happening in the Eastman Region.

#Submit Your Event to Other Local Calendars

Most of our communities have local event calendars on their websites. Submit your event to those calendars and help promote their use so that everyone can benefit. In addition to your local calendar, make sure you take a few minutes to list your event with our Parent Company, Travel Manitoba. This is the one-stop shop for everything in Manitoba and is widely visited by those who live in the province as well as those who will be visiting.

These three simple and free ways to market and promote your next upcoming event will only take about 45 minutes to an hour to complete and will provide your event with some excellent marketing avenues that will help increase your reach, engagement and participation levels.

Happy Planning