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5 Reasons You Have to Visit St-Pierre-Jolys!

By Eastman Tourism

August 13, 2021
Read time: 17 min

Located in Eastern Manitoba, you’ll find the village of St-Pierre-Jolys. This village may be small, but don’t let that fool you. Here are 5 Reasons You Have to Visit St-Pierre-Jolys that are just some of the highlights of things to do in this vibrant community.

The activities, things to do, and adventures waiting for you are undeniably unique and spectacular that promises endless opportunities for fun and memorable day trip or staycation.

Explore their rich history, immerse yourself in nature, claim the adventures nestled throughout the community, find your new home away from home, and prepare to be charmed and enthralled by St. Pierre Jolys.

1. Discover a Home Away from Home at The House That Love Built

One of the top 5 reasons you have to visit St-Pierre-Jolys is for a unique stay at The House That Love Built! The peaceful one hundred-plus-year-old Canadian farmhouse turn B&B offers guests a relaxing getaway destination that feels like home.

During your visit, experience cozy bedrooms with a fresh yet wholly country environment throughout the whole house. When requested, you can experience breakfasts or full and light meals in al-fresco dining fashion, which is the perfect mix of relaxation, food, and breathtaking nature. You’ll find that many of their meals feature local fresh produce and goods, and, of course, the secret ingredient is love! They are also happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions and are celiac cooks!

2. Explore The Rich History at St-Pierre-Jolys Museum

There is a lot to see at this unique museum! The Village of St-Pierre-Jolys has a rich French-Canadian history, and the museum perfectly displays this in a variety of ways.

Step into the past by exploring three authentic buildings, Le Couvent, La Maison Goulet, and The Sugar Shack.

Le Couvent – Built in 1900, this building was a teaching convent owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. It served as a public school for 1 to 10 and a girls’ boarding school for 60 years.

The Sugar Shack (Cabane à Sucre) – Thanks to the dedication of many volunteers, the “Cabane” has become a very important part of the tourism development of the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys.

La Maison Goulet – Moïse Goulet was a freighter who transported merchandise by Red River oxcart from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Fort Garry, Manitoba. His house was situated on the Crow Wing Trail, near the Rat River, two miles south of St-Pierre-Jolys. It was donated to the St-Pierre-Jolys Museum in 1985 and stands straight and strong on the magnificent Museum grounds.

The Museum also offers incredible experiences like the Maple Syrup Tour, Glamping at the Goulet House, Making of the Rat River Métis Tour, and a virtual tour of the Sugar Shack. You can experience and learn the remarkable history of this village.

3. Fantastic Restaurants (Perfect for Picnics!)

During your visit, you can also find great restaurants to grab some food and tasty treats!

J’em Bistro – You can enjoy delightful, made from scratch with love sandwiches, soups, salads, pizzas, tasty treats and more at this wholesome and delicious Bistro.

Le Routier Restaurant – Are you starving for burgers, chicken, sandwiches, homemade fries, or all-day breakfast? Then Le Routier Restaurant is where you need to go!

Lucky Luc’s Bar & Grill – Offering a wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, poutines, pizzas, desserts, soups, salads and more, you can’t go wrong with a visit to Lucky Luc’s. But the must-try item is their wings that come in 40 different wing flavours!

Boulangerie St-Pierre Bakery – Sometimes, you just want to skip the main course and go right to dessert! Boulangerie Bakery offers all your favourite tasty goodies like cakes, doughnuts, dainties, cookies and many more sinfully delicious treats! They also make incredible pizzas!

Oma’s Down Home Cooking – Enjoy a home-cooked meal like Grandma would make! Some things on the menu are burgers, soups, salads, pulled pork, and a whole lot more.


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4. Outdoor Adventure Galore!

One of the top 5 reasons you have to visit St-Pierre-Jolys is the excellent outdoor adventure and activities opportunities.

The Crow Wing Trail is twists and turns through St-Pierre-Jolys. Access is located at the St-Pierre-Jolys Museum and promises an adventure of magnificent beauty, wildlife, and connecting with nature.

The Crow Wing Trail is a total of 193 km, connecting and twisting through communities starting at Emerson-Franklin and ending in Winnipeg and is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Towns and Municipalities it runs through are Roseau River First Nation, De Salaberry, St-Pierre-Jolys, Niverville, Ritchot and Emerson Franklin.

SAYZOONS is the perfect place to look for outdoor adventures! Whether you’re looking for canoe, tube, bike, Stand Up Paddleboarding, or kayak rentals (they also offer winter gear for rent as well) or some unique programs and experiences to partake in, you can find it at SAYZOONS.


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5. Enjoy a Round of Golf at Maplewood Golf Course

If you love to golf, then you have to visit Maplewood Golf Course! This 18-hole course consists of rolling tree-lined fairways, elevated greens and challenging water hazards that complement the Rat River, which meanders through the course. The course offers opportunities for golfers of all skill levels and is visually spectacular.

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