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Forecast #WPGwhiteout: Where to take Shelter in #EasternMB

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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

Find more great events happening in the Eastman on our Facebook Calendar!

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.

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

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

Find more great events happening in the Eastman on our Facebook Calendar!

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.

5 Amazing Ways to Spend Mother’s Day in the Eastman

Mother's Day is May 13th and we've put together an amazing collection of ways you can celebrate here in Eastern Manitoba. 

#1 Hit the Trails on Horseback

Get ready to holler ‘giddy-up’ and let loose your inner cowgirl or cowboy! Exploring the Eastern Manitoba trails by horseback is one of the most rewarding ways to spend the day in our awe-inspiring, scenic backyard. With four horseback riding facilities to choose from, you’ll be able to plan the perfect day!

 Falcon Beach Ranch – Falcon Lake 

Birds Hill Park Ranch – Birds Hill 

Horseback River Trails – Outterburne

Ridge Creek Ranch – Lac du Bonnet 

Eagle Ridge Ranch and Wellness Centre - Stuartburn

#2 Plant Your Landscape with Colour

Eastern Manitoba is home to so many wonderful and amazing garden centres. Not only do they carry the most vibrant and amazingly colourful floral embellishments; they each have friendly and knowledgeable staff that are willing to share their green thumb with you. Spend the day amongst the lush colours at our local garden centres and grow the bond with your mother all summer long.

Schriemer's Greenhouses & Garden Centre Ltd – Springfield 

C & S Country Gardens – Lorette

Green Oak Gardens – Beausejour

Vandermeer Garden Centre – Ile-des-Chenes 

Giz’s Garden Centre – New Bothwell 

Glenlea Greenhouses – St. Agathe 

Chevrefils Greenhouse – St. Georges 

Margie’s Greenhouse – Lac du Bonnet 

Fryfogel Flowers – Dugald 

Golden Plains Greenhouse – Kleefeld

Rainbow Mill Gardens – Vivian

Sunshine Greenhouse – Steinbach 

#3 Make Some Furry New Friends

You are never too old to get out and enjoy spending time with the loveable cuties that can be found at our regional petting farms and camps. Featuring lambs, sheep, goats, calves, miniature horses, rabbits, chickens and more, you’re bound to make some great family memories. You’ll also enjoy learning about agriculture and food production and the important tole farm animals have in producing our food.

Dear Meadow Farms – RM of Springfield 

10 Acre Woods – Anola

Kismet Creek Farm – Steinbach 

#4 Discover the Mouth Watering Hidden Gems of the Eastman

Eastern Manitoba has so many wonderful food destinations to choose from it was difficult to keep our list of favorites short. From authentic Ukrainian and German Cuisine to the best crème brûlée and poutines you are sure to find a menu that is perfect for the entire family.

Sophie’s Restaurant and Deli – Hadashville 

Benjamin’s Bistro – Traverse Bay

Lazy Tuesday’s – Seddons Corner - 

Oma’s Schnitzel Stube – St. Pierre Jolys 

The Poutine Trail Manitoba – Various Communities 

#5 Take the Scenic Route Along the MOM’s Way Historic Highway

Make your own adventure as you travel along Highway 12 from Ste Anne to Middlebro. This Historic east-west route joins Lake Superior to the western prairies. MOM's Way is the name for a series of highways in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba and the U.S. state of Minnesota. The name "MOM" is an acronym for Manitoba, Ontario, and Minnesota.For centuries, First Nations people and the fur trades, "coureurs de bois", paddled the historic boundary waters of this route joining Lake Superior to the western prairies. Today you can explore the beauty and wonder of the original route. Boasting beautiful prairie sunsets and lake-filled forests, the route will take you through interesting cities and villages including Ste Anne, Steinbach, Zhoda, Piney, and Middlebro. 

RM of Hanover 


RM of Piney 

Buffalo Point First Nation