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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!


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.