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5 Must Do Family Staycation Adventures in Eastern Manitoba

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

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

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

Lilac Resort

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

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

Falcon Beach Ranch

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

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

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

Buffalo Point Resort

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

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

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

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

Nutimik Lodge 

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

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

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

Crow Wing Camp

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

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

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

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

Eastman's Hot This Week June 11 to 17

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

Huge Succulent Plant Sale

June 15
Jacobs Trading - Beausejour

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

Summer in the City

June 15 to 17
Main Street - Steinbach

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

Go Wild - Edible & Useful Plants

June 16
Cityfolk Farm - Grand Beach

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

Tipi Raising

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

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

Discovery Day

June 16
Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail - Scanterbury

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

Admission includes lunch and a guided tour. 

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

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

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

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

June 14 - Tracker's - Anola

June 15 - Relay for Life - Beausejour

June 17 - Father's Day Lunch Buffet - Steinbach


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.

Eastman's Hot This Week June 4 to 10

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

Barn Dance and Pig Roast

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

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

Tractor Trek

June 9
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

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

Community Sale with a Twist!

June 10
10 Acre Woods - Anola

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

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

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

June 7 - Tracker's - Anola

June 9 - Craft N Coffee Fridge Magnets - Beausejour

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

June 9 - Horse Derby - Ridgeville

June 10 - Moss Spur Ranch Fun Show - Whitemouth

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.