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Supercharge Your Outdoor Experiences with The Great Outdoors Expo

By Eastman Tourism

April 8, 2022
Read time: 11 min

Supercharge Your Outdoor Experiences with The Great Outdoors Expo

Outdoor Adventure & Art Combine at The Great Outdoors Expo!

Whether you’re looking for new outdoor gear, the next great adventure, or even looking for artistic outlets and products, you’ll find all that and more at The Great Outdoors Expo and Artisan Market in Lac du Bonnet! Taking place on April 30 and May 1, 2022, The Great Outdoors Expo will feature everything that outdoors people could dream of; from building a beautiful backyard oasis to finding the best outdoor equipment and showcasing outdoor activities and adventures.

The Artisan Market will feature Manitoban Artisans and their homemade, handcrafted works of art. Enjoy browsing the aisles where you can find a diverse selection of products like jewelry, food and beverages, musicians, painters, woodcarvers, small businesses, and much more!

The Expo will be held in Lac du Bonnet Arena, and the Market will be in the Lac du Bonnet Community Centre.

You also have the chance to win some great prizes! Enter to win a gorgeous fire table from Country Classics Cedar Furniture by attending the Great Outdoors Expo! You’re automatically entered to win when you purchase a two-day VIP Pass to the Great Outdoors Expo! VIP Passes are available for online purchase only. Get your tickets today!

You can also enter to win a weeklong stay at Barrier Bay Resort by attending the Great Outdoors Expo! Your ticket comes with your free ballot for your chance to win a romantic getaway in the Whiteshell. Get your tickets today!

Eastern Manitoba Businesses at the Market

The Expo and Artisan Market will be featuring many businesses and organizations from all across Manitoba, but there will certainly be some fantastic Eastern Manitoba businesses that you definitely have to visit!


Barrier Bay Resort – Whether you’re an outdoors person looking to explore and discover adventures or needing a place to escape from the busyness of everyday life and simply relax for a few days, this Resort is everybody’s paradise.

Moon Gate Guest House – Take a break from distractions, stress and daily life to immerse yourself in this secluded, charming guest house where rejuvenation and reconnection are its heart and soul.

Art & Craftsmanship

James D Niedermayer – If you’re looking for a one-of-kind gift or an item to add that finishing touch to the cottage, you’ll find it with James D Niedermayer’s beautiful chainsaw art!

Lake Winnipeg Glassworks – Guided by a desire to make Canadian art available to everyone, Lake Winnipeg Glassworks uses glassblowing and engraving techniques from around the world to create modern and beautiful additions to your home.

The Backwoods Craftsman – Treat yourself to Backwoods Craftsman’s beautiful wooden serving trays/charcuterie boards, cutting boards, cheese slicer boards, butcher blocks, and home decor. All made with care!

The Little Wood Chipper – Sometimes, starting a fire is as easy as pie and other times . . . it can be a headache and a half. But with The Little Wood Chipper’s 100% natural, recyclable and biodegradable firestarters, you can start that fire quick and easy!

Windy Day Woodworks – Whether you want to purchase a beautiful woodcarving, are interested in learning this incredible medium, or just want to see the process of chainsaw carvings, you can with Windy Day Woodworks.

Build Your Back Yard Oasis

Country Classic Cedar Furniture – Country Classic Cedar Furniture handcrafts the highest quality of furniture! While their line of products is short, the quality, care, and workmanship that goes into each item is truly and uniquely beautiful and is sure to add that finishing touch to your home!

Green Inspirations Landscaping – Owners Keith and Amber Kurian combined their love of the outdoors, gardening and landscaping their own yard, along with Keith’s equipment operating experience, to become a full-service landscaping company. Green Inspirations are your landscaping specialists from design to maintenance and everything in between.

Old Hickory Buildings – Using the old-fashioned country tradition of barn building, Old Hickory Buildings create quality storage buildings for many happy customers.

S & H Docks and Lifts – Serving Lac du Bonnet and surrounding Eastern Manitoba communities (for 20 years, I might add), you can easily fulfill your dock, lift, and ramp needs with S & H Docks.

Sunspace of Lac du Bonnet – Sunspace LdB is ready to help you find the ultimate comfort right at home! Specializing in custom-designed Sunrooms, Screen Rooms, Patio Covers, Porch Enclosures, Decks, Railings, Sunshades and WeatherMaster Porch Windows & Doors, they build to extend the enjoyment of your indoor/outdoor living space.

Top Deck Leveler – Top Deck Leveler system is the fastest and easiest way to keep your deck or platform perfectly level. All adjustments are made while standing on top of your deck!

Community Tourism Specialists

CDEM – The Manitoba Bilingual Municipalities Economic Development Council (CDEM) is the engine of economic development in Manitoba’s bilingual municipalities. They are active in the sectors of community economic development, business support, employability, immigration, tourism and youth.

Eastman Tourism – Eastman Tourism is your way to discover all that Eastern Manitoba has to offer! Through their website and social media, this non-profit organization showcases the gems and treasures that reside within the region

Manitoba Lodge and Outfitters Association (MLOA) – From luxurious, all-inclusive northern fly-in lodges to family-friendly resorts on the comfortable edge of the wilderness, MLOA’s members can accommodate any kind of outdoor adventure for anglers, hunters and sightseers alike.

My LdB – Discover the thrilling outdoor activities, the best place to grab a bite, the hottest shops to visit, and so much more about Lac du Bonnet with My LdB!

Pinawa CDC – By working in partnership with local businesses, non-profits, real estate agents, developers and regional tourism organizations, Pinawa CDC helps promote and grow their beautiful community.

Sunrise Corner Tourism – Sunrise Corner Tourism is the destination marketing organization for the Rural Municipalities of Piney and Stuartburn, who have teamed up to share this beautiful corner of the Province with the world!

Whiteshell Marketing Organization – Explore the Whiteshell with the Whiteshell Marketing Organization! No matter what you desire, the Whiteshell and its locals have what you need to get you there.

Cool Eastman Experiences

Borealis Beading – Borealis Beading is a place to learn and appreciate the art of 2-Needle Beading, Finger Weaving, and Quilting while diving into the cultural and historical significance of the Métis people, “The Flower Beadwork People,” and their practices.

Epic Rides MB – Coming in the summer of 2022 is Epic Rides, a brand-new video series and website dedicated to showcasing Motorcycle and Road Tripping Routes throughout Manitoba. Epic Rides will take you on an amazing journey through some of the most scenic parts of Manitoba, highlighting the routes, the people, the businesses, and the landmarks of this great Province.

Hidden Valley Haven – With the Haven’s retreats, programs and owner/instructor Jordana’s spunk and uplifting presence, you get an experience that opens you to self-discovery and reconnection.

Jackson’s Lodge and Outposts – Jackson’s Lodge and Outposts is a family-operated business that has been providing guests with the finest fly-in fishing and hunting trips in Manitoba for nearly three decades.

Lac du Bonnet & District Museum – The Lac du Bonnet District Museum collects and preserves artifacts integral to the area’s history, from prehistoric and early pioneer times to the industries which contributed to the region’s development through to the present.

Food, Beverages and Treats!

Amore Cantina – If you’re looking for homemade, authentic Italian food, then Amore will not disappoint! Enjoy various tasty meals like panzerotti, pizza, three cheese ravioli, pasta alla carbonara and even some American cuisine (like sub sandwiches and burgers).

Fudge by Fiona – Whose belly is rumbling for some fudge?! Fudge by Fiona bakes up a storm of fresh, homemade and scrumptious fudge that is well-worth taking a cheat day on your diet!

Golden Bay Honey – Grab your fresh honey, handmade birdhouse and other wood crafts from Golden Bay Honey!

Gust of Wind Farm – Enjoy the taste of freshly baked, full-of-love treats like cakes, breads and buns, jams, jellies, and so much more from Gust of Wind Farm!

Von Slick’s – Add your finishing touch! Von Slick’s product lines specialize in finishing butters of the utmost detail and flavour that will perfectly and simply enhance any dish!

Ostlund Falls Company – And don’t forget the treats for Fido too! Ostlund Falls Company is a family farm that makes premium pet food products with as many of their own or locally sourced ingredients as possible.

Hit the Trails & Waterways

All Terrain Vehicle Association of Manitoba (ATVMB) – ATVing is one of the most popular activities in Manitoba. And with the hard work and help of the ATVMB, people have enjoyed this incredible activity for years in a safe, sustainable, and environmentally conscious way while still being able to enjoy this exciting Manitoban favourite pastime.

Eastman ATV Association – Eastman ATV’s goal is to promote safe, responsible, family-oriented ATV riding and ensure the conservation of our wilderness areas for continued use by those who come after us. They also built and continue to maintain the Eastman ATV Trail located in Sandilands Provincial Forest!

West Hawk Marine – Established at two locations (West Hawk Lake and Lac du Bonnet), their financing, rentals, parts, service, pro shop, and product specialists are excellent ways to get acquainted with marine and powersports with ease and confidence.

Outdoor Education

International Canadian School of Survival Inc. (ICSOS) – ICSOS teaches a Survival Pattern that can be used in any environment – arctic, desert, jungle, grasslands, or forest; and whether travelling by boat, plane, or overland. This unique training program complements and often underlines any disaster preparedness planning, whether urban or wilderness, man-made or natural disaster.

Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Association – LDBWA has been active in the community by creating the Wildlife Ponds and trails, education programs, research with the University of Manitoba, funding bursaries for students pursuing careers in Resource Management, developing the Outdoor Education Centre – and advocating on behalf of hunting & angling enthusiasts, and sustainability issues.

Nature’s Edge Tourism – Nature’s Edge Tourism was born to help educate and empower folks to explore Manitoba’s waterways from a different perspective – through standup paddleboarding!

Wildlife Haven – Along with coming to the aid of animals in need, Wildlife Haven are avid educators that want to teach you about wildlife. Through virtual lessons, in-person workshops, live presentations, and their non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors, you can have a fun and enjoyable educational experience!

Shopping & More

Lac du Bonnet Foundation – The Lac du Bonnet & District Charitable Foundation is a community-based philanthropic organization led by a dedicated Board with the goal of building significant capital, the annual earnings of which benefit their community and its residents today, tomorrow and forever.

Scentsy (April Saindon) – With warmers and scented wax, there is no flame to have to worry about. Scentsy warmers are cleaner for the air and breathing, safer when spilt or touched, and can warm for hours, making your home smell wonderful! They also have laundry care, body care, and so much more!

Sunova Credit Union – Sunova is a vibrant, innovative, and friendly full-service financial institution dedicated to providing outstanding member service. During the Expo, LdB Sunova will be running the kids’ area with some fantastic games and activities!

Think Goodness (by Angela Lamboo) – Think Goodness is here to make the world a little brighter, better and definitely more fun! They are your one-stop-shop for custom jewelry, health and wellness, skincare, and top-of-the-line clean makeup!

Tupperware (by Valerie Thiessen) – Tupperware is a preparation, storage, and serving product for the home that minimizes waste – with containers that keep food fresher, longer, helping to minimize food waste; and long-lasting, durable products that are used time and time again.

Wholehearted Sage – As an Ayurvedic Practitioner, yoga teacher, organic farmer, biologist and naturalist at heart, Jodi of Wholehearted Sage will support you in connecting with your own inner wisdom and bringing balance to your whole life.

MB Pop Up Store – Manitoba Made store will be bringing some of their fabulous vendors to the Great Outdoors Expo! This pop-up store is a great way to discover unique items from clothing, jewelry, home décor, and everything else in between!

And there you have it! All the Eastern Manitoba vendors who will be at the Great Outdoors Expo! For a complete list of vendors that will be attending, visit their website!

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