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5 Winter Getaway Destinations

Vacations are not just a summer activity, and you don’t have to travel far to have a fantastic stay!

By Eastman Tourism

November 9, 2020
Read time: 23 min

Vacations are not just a summer activity, and you don’t have to travel far to have a fantastic stay! In Eastern Manitoba, you can have a relaxing, thrilling, and memorable staycation without the worry of getting on a plane. Discover your next getaway destination, and take the break that you deserve!


  • Stay home if you have been travelling or do not feel well. Here is an excellent resource if you are quarantined. This will help you find people in Manitoba who are willing and able to help you while quarantined. Help Next Door Manitoba
  • Go out with people within your household, but practice social distancing (2 metres away) with other groups.
  • Please practice Leave No Trace. Clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind such as trash and waste.


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Country Relax’n B&B (Roseau River)

Experience relaxation like never before! Country Relax’n B&B is where your stress will melt away. Situated in the beautiful Roseau River, you’ll never want to leave this rural, peaceful B&B.

Take full advantage of solitude with your hosts Peter and Lind Elias, whose goal is to ensure your stay gives you the ultimate restful and refreshing getaway. With three guest rooms, a large lounging area, kitchenette, and, best of all, a hot tub. Take in the great outdoors around a warm fire, or simply sit back and relax in the screened sun-room. Go all out and treat yourself to a full-body relaxation massage.

Don’t forget the breakfast and dinner options!


  • Eggs, with Bacon, or Ham, Toast, Fruit
  • Waffles with fruit and whipped cream
  • Pancakes with bacon & fruit
  • Omelets with cheese, ham peppers, onions with toast & fruit
  • Caramel baked French toast with strawberries & whipped cream
  • Breakfast comes with regular, decaf or flavoured coffee. Regular or flavoured tea, milk or juice

Continental Breakfast:

  • Muffins, cereal, toast, yogurt, fruit, homemade jams
  • coffee, tea, milk & juice always available


  • Chicken breast, baked potato, vegetables, dessert & beverage
  • Roast beef, mashed potato, vegetables, dessert & beverage
  • Sweet & sour spareribs or farmer sausage, rice/potatoes, vegetables, dessert & beverage
  • Mennonite farmer sausage & noodles (kielke) with cream gravy, vegetables, dessert
  • most options available if notified ahead of time

Nutimik Lodge (Whiteshell Provincial Park)

If you are looking for a place with great wilderness activities, then look no further! Nutimik Lodge is located in Whiteshell Provincial Park. Naturally, this is the perfect getaway destination for those looking for some relaxation and outdoor excitement!

Surrounding the lodge is 2,590 square km of lakes, rivers, forests, rocks and fine sand beaches; the options are limitless. Try your hand at fishing for Northern Pike, Sturgeon, Walleye, Perch, Small Mouth Bass and Goldeye, or simply enjoy the view of the water.

This can be a hunter’s paradise getaway too! With waterfowl, upland game, deer, and bear inhabiting all over the area, you won’t be leaving empty-handed (when in season).

Now that it is beginning to get into the winter months, you might think that the fun stops there. But you can experience all your favourite winter activities here! Bring your snowmobile and venture the many kilometers of marked, groomed Whiteshell Snowmobile Trails.

Don’t forget about your skis! Explore by cross country ski the variety of groomed trail. The Picket Creek ski trail (across from the resort) is a fan favourite for visitors.

Or simply take in the beauty of nature. Walk under a clear, starry sky and feel your worries slip away. You might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Their cabins will make you feel right at home. With the option of staying in Luxury Cabins, Ultra-Deluxe Cabins, or Deluxe Cabins, you may decide never to leave your homey cabin.


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Pinawa Motel (Pinawa)

The community of Pinawa is a place full of outdoor fun! Whether you’re looking for a weekend stay or going out for a staycation, the town of Pinawa and the Pinawa Motel is just the place for you.

Walk across the Suspension Bridge to truly discover the natural beauty of Pinawa. Part of the Trans-Canada Trail (just off the Alice Chambers Trail), the bridge is fifty-four meters long, one meter wide, and overlooks the Pinawa Channel. The bridge is part of a loop trail for interpretive walks, casual fishing, and cross-country skiing.

As you are walking in the town of Pinawa, don’t forget to stop by at the Sundial. Built to mark the new millennium, the design is an expression of various themes: art, science, and heritage. Stretching ten meters square, with a gnomon five meters high, the Sundial represents not only Pinawa but Eastern Manitoba. Through twelve heritage icons, it displays the history of the Eastern Region perfectly with themes of the First Peoples, La Vérendrye, the fur trade, the development of hydroelectric power, industry, research, as well as others.

Pinawa’s section of the Trans-Canada Trail  is a breathtaking mix of forest, granite ridges, and beaver dams. If you are looking for a place to hike or bike, Pinawa will not disappoint.

You can also enjoy classic activities like fishing (and ice fishing), hunting, golf, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and much more!

The Pinawa Motel is located in the heart of Pinawa. With a friendly staff to make you feel right at home and many accommodations, so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff, you can enjoy this home away from home.


  • BBQ facilities
  • Fireplace and picnic area
  • Outdoor electrical outlet
  • Free parking lot
  • Private dock for guest
  • Fridge, microwave, and coffee maker
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • Hairdryer and alarm clock
  • Electric kettle (upon request)
  • Ironing facilities (upon request)
  • Bedding, Towels & Toiletries
  • Coffee, Black & Green Tea
  • Sugar, Whitener, Bottled Water
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry Service (additional charge)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV Channels & DVD Player
  • Badminton Equipment
  • Basketball Equipment
  • Rentals: Bikes, Canoes, Kayaks, Pedal Boats, Standup Paddle Boards


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Richer Inn (Richer)

Stay at the Richer Inn and enjoy all of the Rural Municipality of Ste. Anne’s wonderful heritage assets. With countless nature opportunities like the Seine River, parks, farmers’ market, resorts, hunting, ATVing, cross-country skiing, geocaching, and fishing, you’ll have a fantastic stay.

Enjoy an adventure that incorporates both nature, art and history. The Historical Dawson Trail is often referred to as the Forgotten Trail, but that doesn’t erase the significant role the trail played in Canadian history. The trail is named after Simon J. Dawson, a surveyor on the expedition that led to the construction of a road that would eventually link the East to the West and unite the country from coast to coast. In 1868, the decision to proceed with the construction of a corduroy road was made and took three years to build.

The Dawson Trail runs along the north side of the Seine from Winnipeg and through the towns of Prairie Grove and Lorette to Ste. Anne, east through Richer, whose main street is on the route and across the Brokenhead River near its source, to the Whitemouth River. The bridge across the Whitemouth no longer exists, but the trail ran eastward to cross the Birch River north of Birch Lake. Then it turned southeast to Harrison Creek, whose north bank it followed to the northwest Angle Inlet on Lake of the Woods. The clearing made for the trail in the woods is still visible, and it intersects the present provincial highway 308 about 5 miles or so south of East Braintree. At Northwest Angle, an old immigrant house still stands in silent tribute to the more than 3,000 pioneers who followed the old voyageur route.

Another great way to get in touch with the history of the RM of Ste. Anne is to visit the Ste. Anne Roman Catholic Church. This Romanesque Revival-style complex is one of the oldest parishes in southeastern Manitoba. Erected in 1895-98, the substantial brick edifice, symbolically cruciform in plan and designed by Joseph-Azarie Senecal, then the architect of choice for local Roman Catholic facilities presents a stately visage from its spacious site in the centre of Ste. Anne.

Another reason why this church holds significant value is the impressive interior. The elegantly appointed nave and sanctuary paintings are magnificent and were painted by internationally renowned artist Leo Mol.

Also valued for its historical significance, this church serves a parish established in the pre-Confederation era (1859) by Father Joseph LeFloch to minister to Metis and French settlers (many of whom are buried in the adjacent cemetery) and is situated on the Dawson Road, part of the first surveyed all-Canadian route between Lake Superior and the Red River district.

After visiting these incredible sites, you’ll probably be exhausted. Instead of driving home, stay at the Richer Inn!


  • Satellite TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Queen Sized Beds
  • Rooms for 1 to 6 persons comfortably
  • High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • Licensed Restaurant on site
  • Coffee/Tea and In-Room Fridge
  • Four rooms with doors to inside and outside
  • Four rooms with outdoor access from the deck
  • One room fully wheelchair accessible
  • The building is Non-Smoking for your health and comfort

Superior Inn (Beausejour)

In the beautiful community of Beausejour, you’ll discover a world of art, history, outdoor activities, and fun times! Contact the Superior Inn (204-268-9050), and start planning your getaway and activities for a few days of exploring!

Dive into the history of the first glass container factory in Western Canada. Explore the ruins of the site and travel back in time to the place that once employed up to 350 workers.

Construction began in June 1906 with Joseph Keilbach and his partners Gustav Boehm, Edward Keilbach, and Carl Keilbach, and in October of the same year, history was made. Glassblowers from Poland and the United States, aided by local labour, used silica sand to produce bottles for breweries and soft drink companies in Winnipeg.

In 1907, the plant was producing 15,000 to 20,000 bottles per week, and in 1909 new semi-automated equipment was installed, and production of jars, medicine and ink bottles started and continued to 1911.

Unfortunately, the Beausejour plant could not compete with the Eastern Canada manufacturers who had an exclusive license for fully automatic machines. The glass company was sold to a Montreal company and eventually was relocated to Redcliff, Alberta, due to an offer of free natural gas and land. By 1914 the glass company was closed in the town of Beausejour.

While there are no buildings on the site today, concrete foundations can still be seen and some glass pieces to be found. The Chryplywy Nature Park is nearby this historic site, so when you’re done, you can trek the trail!

At St. Mary Roman Catholic Church, you can take in the sight of Leo Mol’s mural by appointment. This breathtaking art is truly a sight to see. The mural expanding from wall to ceiling is not one that gets to be experienced every day.

Leo Mol was a prominent sculpture and painter in Manitoba. Born in Ukraine in 1915, Mol worked with clay from an early age, his father teaching him. He studied at the Leningrad Academy of Arts and later continued his studies in Berlin and the Hague.

In 1948, Mol and his wife emigrated from the Ukraine to Canada and later in 1949, moved to Winnipeg, where he began working as a ceramic artist, church painter, and stained-glass artist. Over the years, Mol would design and build over eighty stained glass windows for Manitoba churches. Notable churches he worked on were the Westworth United Church in Winnipeg, where you can view the Last Supper scene through the stained glass; and the Saints Vladimir and Olga Cathedral, where views of Ukrainian history were used in his art.


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