Things to do

What do you love to do?  The five regions that make up Eastern Manitoba all possess characteristics like no other place in the province.  With its scenic waterways, rare wildlife and rich history, it is a part of the province you should not miss on your visit to Manitoba.  From the pristine rivers and lakes in the north to the family fun festivals in the south.  There’s so much to love in Eastern Manitoba.

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Skiing

Cross-country gliding...

Explore the 30-km of cross-country ski trails in popular Birds Hill Provincial Park. Groomed for skiing in the winter, this system of trails criss-crosses Birds Hill's backcountry. The six trails vary from 4 to 14 km in length and are designed for novice to intermediate skiers. Shelters with wood stoves and firewood have been provided along several of the trails. Trailheads are at the riding stable restaurant and at the Chickadee Trail parking lot.

Bury the summer memories of the sandy beach at Grand Beach Provincial Park as it offers some of southern Manitoba's finest cross-country ski trails. All five designated [...]

Skijoring

Harness up your dog and go skijoring on dog-friendly trails. Get a workout for both skier and pet! Or  trade in the skis for a sleigh and go kicksledding with your dog instead. Check out the Snow Motion Winter Dog Sports Club of Manitoba for lessons or group outings with like-minded enthusiasts.

Snowmobiling

Thousands of kilometres of designated, groomed snowmobile trails crisscrossing the region. Ride across the wide open of a frozen lake or enjoy the secluded feel of a forested trail. Sled from town to town or explore the woods from your lodge or cabin on a series of day trips.  Whiteshell Provincial Park has close to 300 km of snowmobile trails in magnificent Canadian Shield country, a combination of rock cliffs and boreal forest. Warm up in one of eight shelters along the route. Continue east into Ontario on the Trans- Canada Snowmobile Trail or south to Minnesota on the Can-Am International Trail.  Plan your sledding trip in the first [...]

Snowshoeing

Strap on snowshoes to explore the bush or ramble on designated trails in Eastern Manitoba’s numerous parks. Try out the modern lightweight, slim versions with crampons to easily traverse hills and hard packed snow or ice. Play it old school with traditional woodframed beavertail or bear paw snowshoes for an authentic feel. The choice is yours – snowshoeing can take you places you could not normally go in the snow!

Sophie's Restaurant & Deli

Authentic Ukrainian cuisine and updated, unique versions of Ukrainian foods with on-site bakery and home-made desserts and pastries. Children’s playground and outdoor eating area with pet friendly outdoor area. Come experience our weekend theme nights (sometimes with entertainment) and enjoy pizza from scratch.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophiesrestaurant

Springfield Agricultural Fair

For over 130 years, this fair has been celebrating agriculture in Dugald each July and features fresh produce stands, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, and the ever popular quilting exhibits. They also have the pancake breakfast, live entertainment, pony rides, bouncers, mini golf, barrel train rides, children's crafts, scarecrow building contest, pet show, tractor pull, huck-a-boot, yes your heard right, face painting, LEGO building contest, bicycle decorating contest and much more.

St-Malo Festival of Friends

The St-Malo Festival of Friends takes place on Louis Riel weekend in February at St Malo Provincial Park.  The annual festival offers a spectacular celebration of culture, cuisine and tradition. Ignore the cold and snow and get out and celebrate all that St-Malo Provincial Park has to offer in the winter. The park will be bursting with culinary experiences, fantastic regional cultural entertainment and wonderful winter family activities. Beat the cold and make the St-Malo Festival of Friends a family tradition.  Since February 2008, the festival is held during the Louis Riel long weekend to celebrate "Joie de Vivre".

 

St. Malo Summer Festival

Each September long weekend, the town of St. Malo celebrates with fireworks, a parade, a car show, baseball tournaments, kids activities, bingo and beer gardens. Build and ride your own soapbox and participate in races. Come join the fun of this annual event.

Steinbach Arts Council (SAC) – A Creative Community

Steinbach Arts Council Hall Gallery

Steinbach’s Annual Winter Carnival

The City of Steinbach's Annual Winter Carnival is scheduled for February by the T.G. Smith Centre. Bundle up the family and come out for a free, fun time of skating, playing in the snow and enjoying winter!

Sugaring Off Festival (Cabane a Sucre)

The community of St. Pierre-Jolys never misses an oportunity to celebrate its rich francophone culture!  In addition to holding its annual Frog Follies Agricultural Fair, St. Pierre-Jolys also marks the spring “sugaring off” season on April 11-12.  Come and indulge your sweet tooth at the St. Pierre Sugar Shack (cabane à sucre).  

Visit our Facebook page at museestpierrejolysmuseum.

Summer Winds Family Music Festival

Victoria Beach comes alive with their annual family music festival featuring multi cultural music and entertainment that is sure to please one and all. Takes place in July.

The 4P Festival

Powerview-Pine Falls residents invite you to celebrate on September long weekend, the area's four P’s: power, pickerel, paper and peas - the four things that Powerview-Pine Falls was built on. Highlights during the festival include, fish fry, open mic music showcase, baseball tournament, fire works and a popular social to end the weekend. Visit www.facebook.com/pages/4P-Festival

The Festival of Lights

The St-Pierre Festival of Lights in December welcomes everyone to their Christmas celebration. The Festival of Lights contest encourages Christmas spirit through the decorating of houses and yards. The featured events include a parade, Santa, bonfire, cookies and hot chocolate, school bands, caroling, crafts and other family entertainment. The festival surrounds the community with the traditional sights and sounds of this wonderful holiday season.

The Great Plains: Festivals & Food in the Heart Land - 3 Day Adventure

Day 1

Just a short drive south of Winnipeg is St. Adolphe, home of the Sugaring Off Festival or Caban à Sucre as it's known to locals.  Celebrate its rich francophone heritage and indulge your sweet tooth.  St. Adolphe is also home of Mudfest: A Family Messtival.    Live like a local while staying at one of the quaint B&Bs.

Day 2

Before heading to your next stop, take a side trip to Grunthal Berries for an authentic jam session.  Pick up a loaf of home-made Mennonite bread from a local bakery to go with your jam for a picnic lunch on the Crow Wing Trail, home of the Actif Epica, a winter marathon of resilience.  The Crow Wing Trail is the [...]

The Hanover Agricultural Fair

This annual fair held in August takes place in Grunthal and features a rodeo, parade and games and was voted the 2012 MRCA Rodeo of the Year, making this event a must see.

The Little North: Paddling Safari - 4 Day Adventure

Day 1

Start your journey in Bissett and explore the Little North.  Its pristine lakes, rivers and lush forest will leave you breathless.  The Bird River is iconic for paddling in Manitoba.  The upper portion is in a protected section of Nopiming Provincial Park and is part of the most popular canoe route in the province.  The lower Bird River is a beautifully undisturbed river teeming with wildlife, all accessible to allow you to experience real wilderness.  Then explore First Nations history and learn about cultures of years past at Hollow Water First Nations.  Northeastern Manitoba will surprise and satisfy your adventurous spirit.

Day [...]

The Shield: Snowmobiler's Dream - 3 Day Adventure

Day 1

Load up your gear and your snowmobiles and head to Whitemouth and stop in at Spicy Radish Cafe for some locally sourced grub. Stay at an eco-friendly B&B before leaving for a day of riding in the Whiteshell Provincial Park.  The Whiteshell is one of Eastern Manitoba's spectacular places to visit.  The Whiteshell has won the Platinum Award for best snowmobile trails.  Off-load your machines at one of the year-round resorts for an afternoon ride before you settle in for the night.  Or take a late-night run under the spectacular light of a full moon.
 
Day 2

Have a hearty, home-cooked breakfast and pack a lunch before you head out onto s [...]

The Trans Canada Trail - Border to Beaches Trail

Discover the Eastern Manitoba section of the Trans Canada Trail that will take you through three provincial parks, covering 370 kilometres. The Border to Beaches trail starts from Grand Beach to Ontario Border near Falcon Lake area. The Red River North Trail, from Winnipeg to MacArthur Falls Area goes through 9 municipalities including Grand Beach Provincial park to Traverse Bay, cuts across Belair Provincial Forest to Powerview-Pine Falls and south to Great Falls and MacArthur Falls connecting to the Blue Water South Trail which goes through the Lac du Bonnet area connecting to the Pinawa Trail. Piñata’s section winds from the Pinawa d [...]

Tree Cutting

The allure of finding the best real Christmas tree is an exciting event in Eastern Manitoba and there are several tree farms to choose from.  Pack up the kids and take a ride to the country  to a local farm and create a special family tradition.  Enjoy a sleigh ride in the forest and feel the crisp winter air on your cheeks, then later warm your toes by a campfire drinking hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows.  

For a list of tree farms visit the Manitoba Christmas Tree Growers Association at www.realchristmastrees.mb.ca.

For Sleigh Rides visit www.facebook.com/pages/Southeast-Manitoba-Draft-Horse-Association

Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre

The Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre provides a unique opportunity to interact with one of the rarest ecosystems in North America. The centre is also the Manitoba Region's base for conservation work in the community and is open seasonally to visitors, and year-round by appointment, providing programming for schools, youth and community groups, tours and meeting space.

Email:  Christine.chilton@natureconservancy.ca
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Nature Conservancy of Canada
Twitter:  @ncc_cnc

Wildlife Viewing

Experience nature up close and personal. From Arctic tundra to the boreal forest, aspen-oak parkland and prairie grasslands, Manitoba’s diverse landscape supports some amazing wildlife. Where else can you see the largest carnivore on land, the fastest bird in the sky, and the largest congregation of snakes in the world?  Are you interested in doing some wildlife watching? The secret to success is knowing where and when to look!

Wildlife Viewing

Calling all birding enthusiasts!  Explore Eastern Manitoba in December as Manitobans embark on the annual Christmas Bird Count.  The Christmas Bird Count is an all-day census of early-winter bird populations sponsored by Bird Studies Canada in partnership with the Audubon Society.   Locations for the events can be found by visiting www.naturemanitoba.ca/?q=christmas-bird-count

Windsurfing / Kiteboarding / Snowkiting

Four seasons of fun - harness the power of the wind to propel you over water, land and snow. Sail across the big open waters of the massive Lake Winnipeg and Big Whiteshell Lake. Windsurfers find a balance of consistent wind and glassy surface at the lagoon in Grand Beach Provincial Park while kiteboarders love the choppy waves at Patricia Beach and Jessica Lake. Blast across frozen fields and lakes in the burgeoning sport of snowkiting. Use the wind to sweep across snow and spin into the sky. Check out Kiteboarding Manitoba for favoured locales and to join others for a day of wind and fun.

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