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Eastman's Hot This Week June 25 to July 1

Eastern Manitoba is alive this week with Canada Day celebrations. From fairs and markets to museum tours and of course, beautiful fireworks displays, you'll be able to celebrate Canada Day in all the corners of the Eastman this week!

Women's Dance, Drumming & Journeying Healing Circle

June 28
Calder House - La Broquerie

Calling all brave women. You are invited to come express your process through Dance, Drumming & Journeying! Through June's Summer Warmth and Vibrant Life Energy, explore the healing of the 3rd Chakra through the power of sharing in trust, journeying into your subconscious, feeling and freeing pain in dance and drumming in ceremony and celebration. The Entire Circle is an opportunity to Share in Sisterhood and Sacred Ceremony.

Canada Day Weekend Festivities in Lac du Bonnet!

June 29 to July 1
Various - Lac du Bonnet

Known throughout the province for their spectacular fireworks display, The Lac du Bonnet Lions are ready to fill your weekend with Wonder Shows Fair Ground, Pancake Breakfasts, Slo-Pitch Tournaments, a Talent Show, Family Fun Zone, Pickerel Fish Fry, Parade and so much more!

Canada Day Weekend at LdB Arena

June 29 to July 1
LdB Arena - Lac du Bonnet

If you're looking for a good party with awesome music this weekend, look no further than the Lac du Bonnet Arena Canada Weekend Celebration! Come out and enjoy a live DJ all weekend plus live bands at the Lac du Bonnet Arena this July Long!! 

Friday night beer gardens - FREE - Live DJ all night, drinks and good company!

Saturday beer gardens FREE all day. $20 after 88 pm for evening performances by Sean Taylor Band and Juke Box Heroes!

Sunday beer garden FREE all day. Evening performance by The Bone Daddy 5, Lac du Bonnet’s local rock band! FREE admission!

Come out and support the local Arena and minor hockey! Food & beverage services all weekend!

Celebrate Canada Day in Richer

July 1
Dawson Trail Museum - Richer

Celebrate Canada Day in Richer, Manitoba at the Dawson Trail Museum. Live entertainment all afternoon and an evening full of face painting, bouncers, balloon creations, kits train and more! And of course, Fireworks at dusk!

Canada Day in South Junction

July 1
South Junction Community Club - South Junction

Head on out to South Junction for free hot dogs, coffee, juice, Canada Day cookies, mini flags and more all while enjoying the amazing talent of local entertainment and more fireworks than ever before!

13th Annual Winnipeg River Car Club Canada Day Car Show

July 1
Second Street - Lac du Bonnet

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Second Street, Lac du Bonnet. Street and Registration open at 10:00 AM for those who would like to arrive early or participate in the Canada Parade. Entrance fee $10.00 per vehicle. First 150 vehicles will receive dash plaques. 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, and Club Fundraiser. Draws will be held at 3:00 PM. Everyone welcome, come on out and join in the Canada Day Celebrations.

Steinbach Celebrates Canada Day

July 1
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

Enjoy a day at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum as they celebrate Canada Day! Offering free admission all day, enjoy the Steinbach Short-Play Showcase, Flag Raising Ceremony, Clown Show, Musical Entertainment all afternoon, wagon rides and so 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!

June 25 - July 1 - Food History Truck - Steinbach 

June 28 - Tracker's - Anola

June 30 - Cohen Sieg Live - Lac du Bonnet

June 30 - LdB Mixed Slow-Pitch Tournament - Lac du Bonnet

June 30 - Emerson Community Yard Sale - Emerson

June 30 - Richer East Flea Market - Richer

July 1 - Dawson Trail Museum Summer Market - Richer

July 1 - Slo-Pitch Tournament - Emerson


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Immerse Yourself in the Indigenous Cultures of Eastern Manitoba

The significance of the summer solstice varies among cultures, but most recognize the event in some way, through holidays, festivals, and rituals. For Indigenous peoples around the world, the summer solstice is a day to gather to celebrate and to thank Mother Earth for her gifts. It is a day to celebrate the languages, cultures, and ceremonies, which have preserved and prevailed for thousands of years.

In Canada, the summer solstice celebration has become National Aboriginal Day, a day to celebrate the contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples. The lands have changed, and so too have the people and nations upon them, but the history, stories, and legends remain. Eastern Manitoba is a perfect location to stop and explore our past. Our Indigenous cultures run deep with knowledge and teachings in a variety of immersive and hands-on once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are open to anyone who wishes to learn of the very foundations of the land we stand on.

O’Roseau Rapids Park Camp 

The Roseau River Valley has always been historically significant.

Native-Americans called the area "Seebossquitan," which stands for "Where the water rolls." Ojibwa and Sioux tribes often used the river as a way to travel to and from Lake of the Woods and the continent's central plains. It was also used in 1734 by the explorer LaVérendrye on his quest for the Western Sea. The area appears on his maps as well as on those of North West Company fur traders as an alternative to the more northerly and dangerous Winnipeg River route.

Eventually European and Métis settlers populated the area. In the 1830's, the Métis trade route of the Crow Wing Trail crossed the river near Oroseau.

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.

Bannock Point Petroform Tours 

Explore Canada’s boreal forest, the lungs of Mother earth, with this authentic Indigenous experience that will touch upon all your senses. Walk, listen, smell, and participate in a taste of Anishinaabe cultural traditions, teachings, and stories as your tour guide and teacher, Diane Maytwayashing teaches you of the stories, legends, and history of the Anishinaabe. View the Petroforms, ancient stone forms that have deep meaning and healing power for those who know how to read and work with them and feel the power of the sacred ground you will be standing on.

Brokenhead Skywind Tours 

In the heart of the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, along the Brokenhead River, you can enjoy traditional experiences that will surround you with nature and the Ojibway culture. With Carl Smith as your guide and teacher, experience first-hand the traditional medicine walk, local First Nations history, canoeing, traditional herb gathering, and application. Everyone is also welcomed to attend and participate in the yearly community pow wow.

Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail 

Visitors can experience the important connection between the wetland and the traditional Ojibway teachings of Respect, Purpose, Balance, and Interconnection. This wetland 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.

Buffalo Point First Nations Cultural Centre

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.

Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures

Adventure is calling you! A canoeing adventure with Northern Soul will take you into the deepest reaches of Manitoba’s wilderness. With state of the art equipment, modern logistics and their partnership with the community of Bloodvein First Nation, these sensory awakening trips are not for the meek of heart. Experience sacred rock paintings, a traditional sweat lodge, feast on local delicacies, view local wildlife, and of course, paddle the scenic Bloodvein Heritage River.

Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre 

The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is located on a tranquil setting of thirty-six acres of woodland on the Brokenhead River near Beausejour. The wooded parkland offers a peaceful meeting place for groups to learn, plan and vision together.

The Sandy – Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is a place of spirit where First Nation, Métis, and Inuit and Christian spiritual beliefs are respected, shared and understood. In the circle, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit women and men are nurtured for leadership roles in The United Church of Canada, other denominations, and in First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities as lay, diaconal and ordained ministers.  From the strength of Elders’ wisdom, the Sandy – Saulteaux Spiritual Centre will foster teachings of respect, healing, and connectedness to be shared: for the benefit of individuals: for restoring balance and wholeness among peoples and with all of creation; and for nurturing a prophetic voice.

 Customized programming can be provided for people of all ages to deepen the understanding of Indigenous culture and spirituality. 

Eastman's Hot This Week June 18 to 24

Who's ready for another great week in Eastern Manitoba? We sure are. With so many different things going on this week, it's going to be difficult to fit them all in! Check out the great seminars on coffee or foraging, join in on the summer solstice retreat, check out some old cars, or head on out for a summer tea. However your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba, we've got you covered!

From Seed to Cup

June 20
Moon Gate Guest House - Whitemouth

Come to From Seed to Cup to find out how the coffee gets from the farm to your cup from Trail’s End Coffee 2018 trip report. Tickets for the event are $10. Coffee sampling and refreshments provided. A limited amount of tickets available. 

Felt Flower Headbands

June 22
Pennyweight Market - Beausejour

Learn how to make felt flower headbands. Choose from a variety of colors and flower patterns. These look adorable on babies and little girls. Learn a technique that can be adapted to create hat pins, and other cute felt flower accessories.

Family Foraging and Wilderness Skills Workshop

June 23
Praire Shore Botanicals - Gardenton

The entire family will have a blast at the Family Foraging Workshop searching for edible treasures, building fires, making rope, tea, shelters and more. Fun games will help to build awareness skills and develop a deeper connection with and empathy for all of nature. As usual, this class is designed to provide as much hands-on learning as possible.

Summer Solstice Retreat

June 23
Moon Gate Guest House - Whitemouth

Join us at the beautiful Moon Gate Guest House for a unique getaway near the banks of the Whitemouth River! Join us for a day of relaxation, peacefulness, and connection with nature at the Summer Solstice Retreat! Every guest will receive a powerful healing henna tattoo with Lori, as well enjoy a private mediumship reading with Medium Michelle Stokotelny to connect with spirit as you receive healing, guidance, and insight about your path! You can join us for meditations, a yoga session, drumming, and more, as we let go of the stresses of daily life to heal, rejuvenate, and balance ourselves, mind, body, and spirit. Light vegan meals will be provided and you are more than welcome to bring snacks for yourself or to share! 

Lake Fever Tour - The Incredibly Hip

June 23
Hilltop Resort - Pine Falls

Canada's Premiere Tragically Hip Tribute Band - features a live, rocking experience with songs from Canada's greatest band - The Tragically Hip. 

The Garson Car Show

June 24
Garson Centennial Community Centre - Garson

The Garson Centennial Community Centre invites you to come out & join them at their first ever Garson Car Show on Sunday, June 24th, 2018!  If you are proud of your ride...come show it off for everyone to see! Make the lovely drive out to Garson Manitoba :) Whether you have a Classic or Vintage Car, Special Interest Vehicle or Motorcycle. Everyone is welcome to attend! 

Spring into Summer

June 24
Cooks Creek Heritage Museum - Cooks Creek

Located at Cook's Creek Heritage Museum, the tea will include scones and dainties. The price for adults (13 and up) is $10, 6-12 is $5, and for children under 5 is free. As a bonus, you get free entry into 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!

June 19 - Painting on the Prairies - Lorette

June 21 - Tracker's - Anola

June 22 - Dominion City Community Garage Sale - Dominion City

June 23 - Flea Market / Garage Sale / Restuarant Equipment Auction - Grunthal

June 23- Sketching in the Gardens - Beausejour



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5 Must Do Family Staycation Adventures in Eastern Manitoba

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

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

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

Lilac Resort

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

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

Falcon Beach Ranch

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

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

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

Buffalo Point Resort

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

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

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

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

Nutimik Lodge 

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

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

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

Crow Wing Camp

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

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

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

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

Eastman's Hot This Week June 11 to 17

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

Huge Succulent Plant Sale

June 15
Jacobs Trading - Beausejour

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

Summer in the City

June 15 to 17
Main Street - Steinbach

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

Go Wild - Edible & Useful Plants

June 16
Cityfolk Farm - Grand Beach

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

Tipi Raising

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

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

Discovery Day

June 16
Brokenhead Wetland Interpretive Trail - Scanterbury

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

Admission includes lunch and a guided tour. 

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

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

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

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

June 14 - Tracker's - Anola

June 15 - Relay for Life - Beausejour

June 17 - Father's Day Lunch Buffet - Steinbach


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Eastman's Hot This Week June 4 to 10

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

Barn Dance and Pig Roast

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

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

Tractor Trek

June 9
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

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

Community Sale with a Twist!

June 10
10 Acre Woods - Anola

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

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

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

June 7 - Tracker's - Anola

June 9 - Craft N Coffee Fridge Magnets - Beausejour

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

June 9 - Horse Derby - Ridgeville

June 10 - Moss Spur Ranch Fun Show - Whitemouth

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June 2018 Newsletter