Got a hangover from all that fun you had over the long weekend? Well, ain’t nobody got time for that! The good times just keep rolling in this week. Axes will be thrown at Trappers’ Fest, pea soup will be steaming at Festival du Voyageur and dancers will twirl and swoon at Cinderella Story. Plus, the WAG wants you to dress like a god or goddess (you know you want to) so you can strut around in your toga swag at Art & Soul. What a time to be alive in Manitoba! Here’s what’s hot this week…
Toss an axe at the Trappers’ Festival
Feb 17 to 21
Various venues, The Pas
Party pioneer-style at at the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas! You’ll see brave souls set traps, filet fish, build fires from scratch and even whip up a snack over that open fire. And no trappers’ festival would be complete without an axe-throwing competition, championship dog race and, of course, the coronation of the King and Queen Trappers and a Fur Queen.
If you are a newbie to the festival, Shel Zolkewich, has a handy list of tips to make your experience a wonderful one.
Shout “Hé Ho!” at Festival du Voyageur
Feb 12 to 21
Voyageur Park, St. Boniface
Put on your felt toque, wrap a sash around your waist, and get ready to celebrate our French-Canadian history at Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival! This 10-day event celebrates Canada’s fur trading era and combines the joie de vivre of the Voyageurs with more than 300 music performances, magnificent snow sculptures, historical interpretation of the early 19th century, traditional dishes, arts and crafts, the Torch Light Walk, and a beard growing contest.
Party with the gods
Winnipeg Art Gallery
One of the hottest events of the year, Art & Soul: Clash of the Titans, will take you from the heights of Mount Olympus to the depths of the underworld. Dress as your favourite mythical figure and rub shoulders with other deities and heroes while enjoying non-stop entertainment. All proceeds support the WAG.
Frolic with the fam in Spruce Woods
Feb 20 | Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
It’s Family Fun Days this weekend in Spruce Woods Provincial Park! Everyone’s welcome to participate in skating, jam pail curling, snow painting, skiing and snowshoeing (equipment provided), crafts, and scavenger hunts. There will also be sleigh rides! And warm your bellies with FREE hot chocolate, cookies and chili.
Wander through an icy wonderland at The Great Ice Show
Starting January 25
It’s finally here! After much anticipation, the Forks has been transformed into an icy wonderland that you have to see to believe. Explore every inch of this artistic achievement and see a wide variety of sculpted animals, a huge toboggan slope, igloos and an enormous ice replica of the Manitoba Legislative Building! There’s something for everyone at The Great Ice Show.
Plus, flying down the ice slide at night feels like you’re in a colourful video game!
Twirl and swoon at A Cinderella Story
Feb 17 to 21
Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg
The 1950’s is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale. Experience this unique take complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes, electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, all arranged for a live jazz orchestra by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley.
Experience the Whiteshell in winter
If you haven’t experienced the Whiteshell in winter, it’s time to give it a try. A paradise for nature-lovers, in the park you can glide along cross-country ski trails, get back to nature on horseback, sled over groomed snowmobile trails, wait for the big catch while ice fishing, or break through fresh snow by snowshoe all while keeping your eyes peeled for all sorts of wildlife.
Become a Northern Explorer
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
There’s a snow flurry of fun to be had at Assiniboine Park in winter! Visit Hudson and all his furry friends at The Zoo, skate like graceful swans on the duck pond, fly down the Toboggan Hill, or enjoy the beauty of the park while skiing the groomed trails.
February is Northern Explorer Month at the Zoo. From February 1 to 29, pay for one regular priced admission then use the same ticket to return to the Zoo as many times as you like for the remainder of the month.
Feel the magic of Disney on Ice
February 18 to 21
A dream is a wish your heart makes. Join your favourite Disney Princesses and enter the magical, musical world of Disney on Ice Presents: Dare to Dream! Classic Disney Princesses such as Cinderella and Snow White will make appearances as well as modern princesses such as Rapunzel and Tiana. Beauty, sparkle and spirit take to the ice in this unforgettable performance that your family will remember forever.
Cheer on the Gold Rush
Feb 17, 19
Keystone Centre, Brandon
Catch the Brandon Wheat Kings take on the Edmonton Oil Kings and Kootenay Ice this week. The Wheat Kings enter the week firmly entrenched in first place in the Eastern Conference.
Get a lesson in love
February 3 to 20
Tom Hendry Warehouse
February is the month of love and romance, and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre is certainly not shying away from the theme. In Things We Do For Love, Barbara rents out her top floor to an old friend and her fiance and violent passions ensue. It’s a wicked comedy that takes a closer look at the things we do (and wish we didn’t do) for love.
Skate down the Red River
Take in the picturesque sights of Winnipeg as you’ve never seen them before, from the frozen Red River! Venture out to The Forks to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities: skating, walking, curling, hockey, family activities, historic interpretation, cycling, broom ball, and much more.
Rejuvenate and relax at the spa
Wouldn’t a day spent at a luxurious spa be just the ticket? Experience relaxation in a whole new way at the outdoor Scandinavian style oasis, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature or escape to Ten Spa at Hotel Fort Garry for a self-detox Hamam. The Riverstone Spa is an ideal (and very serene) option after a day of exploring The Forks. If you’d like to relax outside of the city limits, head north to Elkhorn Resort on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park.
Hit the slopes in the Parkland
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort
Hit the slopes at Asessippi Ski Area and Resort for skiing, snowboarding and downhill snow tubing at Manitoba’s largest ski resort.
Frolic under fireworks in New Bothwell
Follow the cheese. Head out to New Bothwell to enjoy a weekend of fun at their Winter Carnival! Events include a cribbage tournament, pancake breakfast, bingo, hockey, skating, ice scrambles, great food, and fireworks.
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