🍁 HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! 🍁
With glowing hearts, from far and wide, let’s all celebrate Canada’s birthday with a happy bang! Here’s our BIG list of stuff to do around the province this week that will get us out and encourage us to give a good ol’ shout out to the TRUE NORTH strong and free! We’ve got Canada Day-specific events while others are just amazing summer things to do around this magnificent province we ❤️ so much…
CANADA DAY EVENTS
Get festive at The Forks
July 1 | 1:00 to 11:30 p.m.
This is one national birthday party not to be missed. Family friendly activities all day long include musicians, buskers, crafts and entertainment everywhere you look. Local talent fills The Forks with three stages of spectacular entertainment. The evening closes with a captivating fireworks display at 11:00 p.m.(weather permitting).
Be part of the Canada Day Living Flag
July 1 | 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Once again, you’re invited to participate (and reclaim the title) of the country’s largest living flag and pose for the ultimate Canada Day photo. This year’s photo will be set to the backdrop of Shaw Park, home of the Winnipeg Goldeyes, featuring Winnipeg’s signature skyline in the background.
Soar to new patriotic heights in Brandon
July 1 | 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Riverbank Discovery Centre, Brandon
Get ready for a Canada Day of fun for the whole family in Brandon! You can participate in the Canada Day Living Flag or enjoy a scenic ride over Brandon with Prairie Helicopters. Other events include the Brandon Riverbank Duck Race, face painting, origami, a family stage and fireworks!
Picnic in the Park
July 1 | 1:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Lyric Theatre, Assiniboine Park
Celebrate Canada Day at a Picnic in the Park! This family oriented day is FREE to all and a great way to celebrate our nation’s birthday in beautiful Assiniboine Park. The fun includes activities for children, live entertainment, birthday cake and some spectacular fireworks.
Sing loud and proud in Riding Mountain
Wasagaming, Riding Mountain National Park
Join in the fun and commemorate everything that is great about our wonderful country at Riding Mountain National Park! Events include a citizenship ceremony, giant cake, live entertainment, kids activities, and fireworks. There’s FREE entry to the park all day long!
Reflect on our rich history at the Fort
July 1 | 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada
Get FREE admission at Lower Fort Garry to enjoy one of Canada’s unique historic places. There will be kids crafts, entertainment, face painting, and yummy cake!
Dance in the streets of Osborne Village
Jun 30 to Jul 1
Relax at one of the many oversized patios, treat yourself to a gift from the market, munch on delicious food, then take in a band and a cold bevy at the Osborne Village Canada Day Street Festival. That’s not all, don’t forget to bring the kids to the Family Zone, which features inflatable bouncers, obstacle courses, an outdoor arcade and pony rides.
Wave your flags at the Marsh
July 1 | 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oak Hammock Marsh
Bring the whole family to the marsh for an exciting day of all things Canada. Special cupcakes will be served at 2:00 p.m. Horse-drawn wagon rides through the marsh with storyteller Allan Webb from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. available for $5 per person.
Celebrate on Selkirk’s waterfront
July 1 | 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Waterfront Park, Selkirk
Selkirk will be hopping on Canada Day! There will be a 5 km run, food vendors, live entertainment, a game show, kids zone, geocaching, and a great fireworks display.
Cheer for Canada in Thompson
Thompson Regional Community Centre
Thompson is going all around the globe to celebrate Canada Day with Folklorama entertainment. Plus international food booths, local entertainment, a community brunch, children’s fun land and fireworks.
Be patriotic in The Pas
June 30 to July 1
Opasquia Ag Grounds, The Pas
There’s so much going on this Canada Day in The Pas! There’s a parade, flag raising ceremony, community BBQ, live bands, food, family events, rodeo school, gymkhana, petting zoo, bloomer races, horse power vs man power, a dance party and fireworks!
THE REST OF THE WEEK
Climb into legendary WWII bombers
June 29 to July 5
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, Winnipeg
Get a glimpse of combat aircraft this week at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada as two historic WWII bombers will be flying in from the Commemorative Air Force, Arizona Wing. The B-17 Sentimental Journey will be accompanied by the B-25 Maid in the Shade. The bombers are expected to arrive on Monday, June 29 at approximately 10:00 a.m. Public viewing is expected to start at 1:00 p.m. The crew will be on hand to answer questions.
Root for our boys in Blue
July 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Investors Group Field
Are you ready for some football?!! The summer months will once again be all about Winnipeg Blue Bombers football as the team begins its CFL season at Investors Group Field! This Thursday, the boys in Blue will be taking on those feisty Tiger-Cats from Hamilton. C’MON BLUE!!!
The regular season runs from June to November, where hopefully *fingers crossed* we’ll be cheering on the Bombers at home in the Grey Cup!
Dig your toes into the sand at the beach
Hot sand, cool water and bare feet are an unbeatable combination. Every Manitoban has a favourite go-to beach, but with a province that boasts over 100,000 lakes, there are so many new ones for you to discover and enjoy. And you’re in luck because Buzzfeed just posted a list of 14 Manitoba beaches you must explore this summer.
Slide into summer fun at PortageX
July 3 to 5
Portage la Prairie
There is a little something for everyone at PortageX — one of Western Canada’s oldest running fairs! Spend the day enjoying midway rides, horse and cattle shows, family entertainment, a petting zoo, games of chance, and a ranch rodeo and dog show, as well as lots of tasty fair food.
Catch some good hits (and eats) at the ballpark
July 3 to 5
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
Root for the home team at Shaw Park during Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball games! This weekend, the Fish host the Ottawa Champions (pretty presumptuous name if you ask me). Stroll around the ballpark, laugh with the crowd, and enjoy the overall atmosphere. Good times.
And if you’re hungry, the ballpark is the best place to get your nosh on having everything from pretzels to poutine at the concessions. The Clay Oven restaurant overlooking the field serves up some of the city’s best East Indian cuisine. After the final run, head to a nearby pub in the Exchange District or hit up a patio at The Forks for post-game relaxation.
Hike the Spirit Sands
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Explore sand dunes up to 30 metres high in the unique Spirit Sands. The desert is said to be close to the Kiche Manitou — the great spirit — in Aboriginal lore. Follow a self-guided trail to the oasis known as the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Enjoy live entertainment in Assiniboine Park
June to August
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
Get ready for another fantastic summer of musical acts and movies at Assiniboine Park’s Summer Entertainment Series! From June through August, enjoy FREE events with the company of your friends and family at one of Winnipeg’s favourite gathering places.
This Friday, Streetheart will be playing on the Lyric stage.
Cast a line at the Trout Festival
July 1 to 4
Make your way up to Flin Flon for a weekend of fun at the Trout Festival! There will be a fishing derby, fish fry, a parade, battle of the bands, canoe races, amusement rides, Canada Day celebrations and so much more.
Select garden greens for pizza night on the farm
Fridays and Saturdays | 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Pizza night is in full swing at Integrity Foods. Embrace the farm life in this serene setting as your garden-fresh pizza bakes in an outdoor brick oven. Farm animals, pets, gardens, forest trails and children’s activities are just a few of the delights waiting for you on this family abode. Plus, who wouldn’t want to have a pizza picnic? Sandwiches are so overrated!
Hike at your own pace
There is certainly no shortage of exciting hiking trails in Manitoba. Tromp through one of the Whiteshell’s beautiful gems, McGillivray Falls on a self-guided hiking trail or take on one of the province’s most challenging treks along the rugged Canadian Shield of the Mantario Trail. Wind through grasslands and a magnificent stand of eastern white cedar on the Cedar Bog Trail in Birds Hill Park or bird watch along the Rossburn Subdivision Trail.
Observe bison on a prairie safari
Various dates and times, weekly
Fort Whyte Alive
You’ve never been on a safari like this before. Hop aboard the Fort Whyte Alive tour bus and go into the bison prairie for an up-close encounter with North America’s largest land animal. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera on this tour – photo opps galore!
Get away from the hustle and bustle at a unique stay
Planning a staycation in Manitoba? Take the path less traveled and learn about what it takes to run a family farm, or simply kick back at a resort or in your own personal yurt. The oTENTiks in Riding Mountain National Park are an excellent compromise between tent and cabin and are especially convenient for those who prefer glamping to camping. Check in, check out and escape from it all.
Go wild at the Zoo
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg
Polar bears and monkeys and leopards, oh my! Say hello to all the beautiful wild animals at Assiniboine Park Zoo. The Zoo has over 80 park-like acres for you to explore and interact with wildlife species from around the world.
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