August, where did you go?! Doesn’t it feel like the last long weekend was just yesterday? That’s the problem with summer in Manitoba, there’s just way too much to do! This week’s list is no exception as it’s full of things that will tantalize your artistic side. The Interlake is the place to go to catch the WAVE on an artist tour through the region. In Winnipeg, spend your Friday evening in the Exchange District and wander from art gallery to art gallery on First Fridays. And if you’re in the market for a new piece for your home, Winnipeg Beach plays host to 17 different artists at the Proutopia market. Here’s what’s hot…
Catch the WAVE
September 3 to 4
Various art studios, The Interlake
Clay, glass, wood, paper, stone and paint are a few of the mediums used by the unique artists that make up the WAVE Interlake Artists’ Studio Tour! This weekend, highways 7, 8 or 9 lead to art studios from Meleb in the North to Oak Hammock Marsh in the South, with dozens of stops in between. Along the way you can observe nature in the Interlake, have a picnic in a park, or dine in one of the many cafes and restaurants. Watch for the blue flags!
It’s no wonder anglers fall hook, line and sinker for our many fishing holes. Trophy size catches are common and locals in every region rightly claim their streams offer some of the best fishing anywhere. With more than 100,000 lakes, casual anglers cook their catch of the day over campfires at prime sites from back-country hideaways to easily accessible roadside parks and the vast shores of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba. FortWhyte Alive is hosting a Free Fishing Weekend this September long!
Did you know you can now submit your catches as fast as you can reel them in? Download our Manitoba Master Angler iPhone app to easily submit a new catch and to keep your records within reach (for when you really want to brag to your buddies about how awesome you are at fishing).
Carve out an amazing week at the 4P Festival
August 31 to September 5
What makes up an amazing festival? Start with a FREE community BBQ, followed by a traditional jamboree and a fish fry – served up in brown paper, just like the Irish prefer! Top that with a kid’s zone, outdoor rink, show & shine and an epic carving competition featuring HGTV’s Carver Kings, and you’ve got an incredible community festival. Count us in!
Set your sights on the Souris Bridge
Take a day trip to Souris and brave Canada’s longest historic suspension bridge. The town’s most famous landmark spans 184 metres and is a Manitoba Star Attraction. After you’ve crossed the river (once, twice, or many times), set out to explore the rest of this quaint town to see museums, historic sites and beautiful parks.
Get your adrenaline pumping
Being active is a piece of cake at Adrenaline Adventures. Adrenaline junkies can try cable wakeboarding, climbing or ziplining while those who prefer to have two feet firmly planted on the ground can join a game of paintball or volleyball. Either way, you’ll be having a good nights rest after a day at this adventure park!
Spend Labour Day weekend at Oak Hammock Marsh
Oak Hammock Marsh
Prepare for the arrival of the geese this Labour Day at Oak Hammock Marsh. Embark on a guided canoe adventure in a voyageur-style canoe or wade through the marsh on a walk. Keep your eyes peeled for birds or hop aboard a horse-drawn wagon.
Tour the retired aircraft of yesteryear
September 1 to 29 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday) | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada
Workin’ 9-5, what a way to make a living. Canada’s early aircraft worked hard for a living, and their tough exterior and design was a direct reflection of this. The workhorses of our aerial past had to make the trip to remote northern communities that had no roads or runways. In this exhibit, aircraft has been retrieved from the bottom of lakes or the sides of mountains. Some have been restored, while others are display a plethora war wounds. See these tough workhorses of the past at the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada. The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is open on Labour Day Monday, and admission is only $2 with a free guided tour at 2:00 pm!
Discover exceptional art
The Exchange District, Winnipeg
Wander the Exchange District in search of incredible art at First Fridays. First Fridays is dedicated to bringing together artists, artist run centres, galleries, businesses and the public for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in the Exchange area.
Go into the heart of Riding Mountain National Park
Many have been charmed by the quaint town of Wasagaming, located in the heart of Riding Mountain National Park. Harnessing the best of both worlds, visitors can go from camping in the bush to browsing shops, cafes and bakeries in the same day. With the highest accolades, the area’s yurts, fresh cinnamon buns and sparkling Clearlake will have you returning time and time again.
Escape to a city oasis
It’s no secret that once summer rolls in, Manitoba loves to escape. To the cabin, to the lake, or even on a roadtrip. But guess what? Staying in the city has its own perks. Savour a sunny weekend in the city with rooftop pools, historical sites and gourmet delights. City slickin’ has never looked better. Start planning your itinerary!
Catch a channel catfish on the Red
Whether the channel catfish is the ugliest fish to inhabit Manitoba waters is certainly a topic of debate. What isn’t up for discussion is their ability to deliver fantastic fishing action, no matter if they are big or small. You can catch these toothless fighters in lots of places in Manitoba, but if there’s one place that offers increased odds, it’s near Lockport on the Red River.
Sing along with your favourite ogre
August 11 to 31
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
Journey to a land far, far away to a fairy tale that is anything but ordinary. Follow the grumpy ogre Shrek and his talkative sidekick Donkey (always a fan favourite) as they set out on an adventure to rescue a feisty princess. Along the way, they meet a variety of wacky characters – a little prince with big problems, a fed-up Pinocchio and a confident cookie, just to name a few. If you’re a fan of the movie, you’re going to love watching Shrek the Musical at Winnipeg’s incredible outdoor theatre.
Get your fill at a fall supper
Various dates and locations
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without the opportunity to enjoy a hearty, home cooked meal. Fall suppers are a long standing (and very tasty) Manitoba tradition, bringing together local communities with warm meals.
Winnipeg Beach Fall Supper | September 3
Gardenton Museum Fall Supper | September 4
Pop into Proutopia
September 3 to 4
Runs with Scissors Studio, Winnipeg Beach
Need some new artwork for your home or cottage? Head to Winnipeg Beach for the 2nd edition of this successful pop-up outdoor art market, Proutopia, featuring tons of eccentric Manitoba artworks. 17 guest artists will join Heidi Hunter of Run with Scissors Studio to show off the charming, the new, the fresh and the funky.
Live through fall on the farm
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach
The Mennonite Heritage Village is a must-see-um where you can experience life as it once was for the settlers who called Manitoba home. At Fall on the Farm, experience harvest work, steam-powered threshing, pioneer demonstrations, butchering, music and entertainment. Don’t forget to stop into the Livery Barn for a hearty meal from yesteryear (in inspiration, not expiry date).
Make it to the finish line on an amazing race
September 2 to 4
If you’re a fan of the Amazing Race, you’re going to love this challenge in Pembina Valley. Register your team of 2-8 for an epic challenge that will take you across the Pembina Valley Central Plains region with the opportunity to win a $1000 grand prize!
Join into an old fashioned reunion
September 2 to 3
Pembina Threshermen’s Museum, Winkler
Y’all come back now, y’a hear! Finish off the summer with a family event at the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum. Join into old fashioned fun with activities such as threshing, blacksmith, rope making and antique tractor parades. Kids will love hopping aboard barrel train rides, spending time with animals at the petting zoo and getting hands on with corn grinding and other interactive stations.