Header photo by The Forks
Red and white are all the rage this weekend in Manitoba, with Canada 150 events happening EVERYWHERE in the province – and we do mean everywhere (if we missed your town’s event, leave us a comment and we’ll add it in)! There’s no shortage of opportunities to show off your Canadian Pride on this special occasion, and you’re going to want to plan accordingly. But let’s not forget about the other awesome things happening this week – like Dauphin’s Countryfest and Rainbow Stage’s first production of the year: Little Shop of Horrors. It’s going to be a hot hot hot week full of spirit and celebration. HAPPY CANADA DAY, MANITOBA! 🍁🍁🍁
Celebrate Canada’s big 1-5-0!
The Forks, Winnipeg: This year’s Canada Day celebration at The Forks is big – and when we say big, we mean BIG. See a pow wow and listen to Indigenous storytelling at the Oodena Celebration Circle, or check out one of the 5 stages for live entertainment. There are endless vendors to check out throughout the day. Performers include Whitehorse, Faouzia and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. A fireworks show unlike any other caps off a day of celebration. The HUB is hosting an event to showcase Manitoba’s top artists in the cobblestone underpass that connects Main Street and The Forks.
Osborne Village, Winnipeg: Attend the best street festival party of the year with FOURTEEN extended patios and 5 live entertainment stages! Be wowed by the Village Fashion show, or enjoy the day at the massive Family Zone. There’s something for everyone!
Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg: Celebrate the nation’s birthday starting at 1:00 PM in the park! Activities are tailored to families and children, with musical entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks show you will NOT want to miss.
FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg: Catch a glimpse of one of Canada’s greatest animals, the bison, on a guided bison hike, or go on a ride in the voyageur canoe. Regular admission applies, free entry if biking or walking to FortWhyte Alive.
Transcona, Winnipeg: Gear up for a family-friendly day of fun in Transcona! Start with a pancake breakfast before enjoying cake for the big celebration. Folklorama performances begin at 12:45, followed by an amazing game zone with giant jenga, connect four, backgammon, scrabble and more. Kids can enjoy an obstacle course, velcro wall, magicians and Princesses Belle and Elsa. The fireworks show starts at 10:15 in Buhler Recreational Park.
Oak Hammock Marsh: Why celebrate for one day when you can celebrate for two? Oak Hammock Marsh has activities all weekend long! On Saturday and Sunday, bring the whole family to enjoy birthday cake and horse-drawn wagon rides through the marsh with storyteller Allan Webb. Guided canoe adventures are also available!
Royal Canadian Mint, Winnipeg: Go for the gold on Canada Day at the Royal Canadian Mint, where you can join into a 1-dollar coin exchange, get a Canada 150 themed token strike, or go on a free self-guided tour.
Canada Day Living Flag, Portage and Main: Celebrate Canada’s big day by creating the largest maple leaf at Portage & Main. Wear a red shirt and join into the tradition!
St. Boniface: Music, food, buckers and events abound in Winnipeg’s French Quarter. Find out what joie de vivre is all about!
Gimli: Festivities kick off with a pancake breakfast at the Gimli Harbour, with mini donuts and pickerel snacks sold throughout the day. The Canada 150 parade starts at 11:00 am with officially ceremonies at the Harbour Stage at 12:30. The theme for the Canada 150 Celebrates is “Love Our Lake” with lake-friendly activities like kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing happening all afternoon. In the evening, check out The Great Canadian Song Stage at Harbour Stage and end the day with fireworks accompanied by a boat parade of lights!
Warren: Show your prairie pride at Warren’s Canada Day celebration, complete with a pancake breakfast, sud spud n’ steak, a baseball tournament, kids games, live entertainment, beer gardens, fireworks and MORE.
Stonewall Quarry Park: The party starts in Stonewall at the Quarry Park Heritage Arts Centre at 11 am. Join into the fun for face painting, a trivia contest and children’s games. At 2:00 pm, celebrations at Kinsmen Lake kicks off with a sand castle building and big splash contest, and an epic scavenger hunt. The day tops off with birthday cake, refreshments and fireworks.
St. Andrew’s Rectory: Explore Canada’s early history with stories about the Red River Settlement and enjoy music by Old Tyme Music. There will be plenty of kids activities, tours, bbq and birthday cake.
Lake Manitoba Narrows: Take part in a family fishing derby from 8 am to 12 pm before getting your fill at a free BBQ lunch. The afternoon is fun fun fun for kids with a magic show, petting zoo and tons of games. Fireworks wrap up the day!
Selkirk: Selkirk Waterfront is coming alive for a full day of activities for the whole family. Legendary Manitoba rock and rollers Harlequin are the event’s headliners, with an amazing fireworks show happening after sunset.
Stony Mountain: Stony Mountain is marking the nation’s big day in true style: with a community water fight! The day also includes kids activities, a hole-in-one competition, live entertainment and beer gardens.
Winnipeg Beach: Spend Canada Day at the beach with special events happening all weekend! Head to the Community Centre for free zumba, face painting and horse-drawn wagon rides.
Inglis: With a pancake breakfast, parade, and fireworks, it looks like Inglis has Canada Day down pat!
Shilo: See rock legends Loverboy and country music star Michelle Wright at Canadian Forces Base Shilo this Canada Day. Canada D’Eh includes a variety of local bands, a beer garden and a show and shine car show. Family activities start at 2:00 pm with laser tag, an obstacle course, bubble soccer, foam party, dunk tank and more. The RCA Museum is open all day and will have vehicles on display near the car show. And in true Canada Day fashion, the event ends with a fabulous fireworks display.
Brandon: Spend Canada Day at the Riverbank and celebrate a second milestone: Brandon’s 135th Anniversary! Help form a Canada Day living flag or check out cultural performances. There will be a duck race, a Doc Walker concert and a magnificent fireworks show.
Souris: Victoria Park Bowl is the venue for this year’s Canada Day event in Souris. Dance along to outdoor stage performances or enter the beard-growing contest. The Fit Kids Healthy Kids is a free play zone with awesome equipment and supervised games – perfect for the little ones!
Mennonite Heritage Village, Steinbach: Grab a slice of birthday cake and enjoy the Canada Day opening ceremony at the Mennonite Heritage Village in Steinbach. There will be tours, rides, entertainment all day long as well as lunch in the Livery Barn Restaurant.
Vita: Vita’s celebration has it all! Browse a flea market or car show, or take part in a baseball tournament. Beer gardens, a parade, rodeo and live entertainment will keep you occupied for the day, while a perogy supper will keep your energy flying high!
Canada 150 Ultramarathon, Great Falls: Embark on an epic journey of 150 miles across the beautiful Canadian Shield. The course begins along the Winnipeg River at Great Falls and takes participants across Precambrian Rock faces into Falcon Trails Resort. You must have successfully completed one 100 mile (or longer) trail run between May 2015 and race day to qualify to register.
Richer: Ball Hockey, music, free food, kids and family activities and fireworks at happening on Canada Day in Richer’s Dawson Trail Park.
Grand Beach: The Grand Marais Recreation Centre is the place to be on Canada Day, with a pancake breakfast, face painting, children’s activities, a bochi ball tournament, horse rides and fireworks on the shore of Grand Beach!
Lac du Bonnet: Luc du Bonnet will be bustling with energy for Canada Day with a parade, family fun zone, fireworks, wonder shows and tons more!
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.
Winnipegosis: Head to the Winnipegosis Museum for hotdogs, pop, cupcakes and tons of kids activities. There will be prizes for the best decorated hats, so better get started on planning your outfit!
Pembina Valley Central Plains
Fort la Reine, Portage la Prairie: Head to the Fort for the unique opportunity to build a prairie icon, a Red River Card. A Metis historian/craftsman will be on hand to assist in the project and teach about the history of the legendary piece of equipment. Building workshops are ongoing throughout the day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Dragon Boat Festival, Portage la Prairie: Cheer your heart on from the dock as a 500-metre race featuring 11-person dragon boats take off in Portage la Prairie. The event raises money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Morris: The Morris Pool is open from 12:00 to 8:00 pm for FREE swimming, while music by Josh Nickel and Fernado Neufeld can be enjoyed at the Manitoba Stampede Grounds. Get your fill at the FREE BBQ and delight your kids with tons of activities including an appearance by Olaf and Leonardo the TMNT. At dusk, make your way to the Morris Baseball Diamonds for a huge firework display.
Morden: Shimmy on over to Lake Minnewasta for the annual Canada Day Beach Blast! It is indeed as fun as it sounds, with tons of activities throughout the day and live music in the evening.
Holland: A celebration is in order, and Holland knows how to do it right! Activities start at 10 am with an all day BBQ, kids activities, a quilt show, Pow-wow and more. The evening is marked by a massive fireworks show.
Emerson: What’s going on in Emerson for Canada Day? Just about everything. Have a blast with a slo-pitch tournament, free swimming, Ricklyn Farms Petting Zoo, henna tattoos by Carly Becker, beer gardens, mobile arrow tag, a contortionist/stilt walker and tons of carnival games.
Elm Creek: Another town, another celebration! See antique threshing demos, fireworks, children’s entertainment and more!
Winkler: It’s going to be an awesome (and free) street party in Winkler on Canada Day, with events and entertainment happening at Bethel Heritage Park.
Flin Flon: The Canada Day celebration is extra special in Flin Flon in that it is also a Homecoming! Activities are happening all weekend long with neighbourhood parties, a Homecoming social and teen dance, fireworks and live shows. Visit the past with old friends like Flintabbatey Flonatin and you might even witness the resurrection of the famous footlong hot dog. It sounds like a blast!
Thompson: Canada Day in Thompson is marked by the usual suspects: a pancake breakfast, kids activities and some amazing performances provided by Folklorama!
Take part in an historic trade workshop
Various dates in July and August
Lower Fort Garry
Try your hand at an historic trade every day of the week at Lower Fort Garry. In July and August, make your own bannock on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, or make yur own tallow candles from scratch on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If you prefer something a little more decadent, make your own heritage hot chocolate recipe on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Enter the Little Shop of Horrors
June 22 to July 14
Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg
Who wouldn’t want to watch a musical about a man-eating plant? The sci-fi smash musical Little Shop of Horrors is ON at Rainbow Stage. Head to Canada’s largest and longest-running outdoor theatre to watch the story of meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn as he stumbles across a new breed of plant, Audrey II, who happens to be bloodthirsty with a lofty of global domination.
Don a cowboy hat for Dauphin’s Countryfest
June 29 to July 2, 2017
Dauphin is a 4 hour road trip away from Winnipeg, and at certain times of the year, thousands make the trip up. Dauphin’s Countryfest is one of those occasions. Country-lovers from across the province and the country flock to Canada’s longest running country music festival. The festival gets 14,000 attendees per day and boasts over 4000 campsites. This year’s music lineup features headliners Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Johnny Reid and Doc Walker. Don’t forget your cowboy hat (our summers are hot)!
Discover the mysteries of a curious cabinet
On until July 9
Big Top, Winnipeg
Enter the Seeker’s Cabinet of Curiosities to a place where time stands still, where the world of fantasy becomes reality, and where just about anything is possible. Cirque du Soleil is back, this time under the Big Top for its production KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities™.
Catch some good hits (and eats) at the ballpark
June 30 to June 2
Shaw Park, Winnipeg
This week, the Fish host the Sioux-Falls Canaries. 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.
Paddle board into the sunrise
Experience FortWhyte Alive outside their regular hours, and better yet, on paddleboard. Learn how to do SUP yoga on glassy still water with Ash Bourgeois of Wild Path and watch the sun rise or set over the horizon. Participants in the morning class will be treated to breakfast on the beach while evening participants will enjoy s’mores over the campfire.
Visit an exotic animal ranch
Open daily 10 am to 5 pm
Provincial Road 542
Betcha didn’t know that Manitoba has an exotic animal farm! That’s right – Westwood Ranch is home to lemurs, zebras, walaroos, ostriches and all the usual suspects of rabbits, sheep, goats and more!
Experience how fur traders lived at Pine Fort Days
June 30 to July 3
Spruce Woods Park Centre
Head to the living history campsite in Spruce Woods Provincial Park for Pine Fort Days, with awesome Coureur de Bois themed activities all weekend long. Bake bannock by the fire by day and embark on a candlelit tour of the camp by night. There’s even the opportunity to take part in an archaeological dig!
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