Stepping onto the site of the Negrych Pioneer Homestead is like being transported in time and space, from 21st century Manitoba, to 19th century Ukraine. In 1897, Wasyl and Anna Negrych and their seven children left their home in the Carpathian Mountains of Western Ukraine to make a new life in Manitoba.
The air is hushed with the whispers of spring birds. Thawing branches of ancient trees snap and creak and sometimes sigh.
A footfall and then another heralds the arrival of a huddle of deer, suddenly frozen to a standstill among the scant protection of the naked forest. You remain motionless, eye-to-eye with the leader, who then signals the rest and moves on, across the trail, to the still-frozen river.
Visitors to the corner park at Railway Avenue and Alexander Street in Treherne will come away surprised and charmed by the small collection of unusual buildings located there.
Driving through the Duck Mountains, you’d expect to see deer, elk, maybe the odd moose, but Nubian goats? Not so much.
Still, this is Manitoba, land of the unexpected, and Nubian goats it is, raised by the Lange family out of the UK by way of Scotland for nine years now.
Summers are a very important part of the Manitoba lifestyle and camping is part of it. Camping in Manitoba is a vibrant and growing activity, offering a wonderful way to see our province and to experience all that it has to offer. Camping comes in many forms, from hiking to a secluded spot and setting up a tent, to enjoying all the comforts of a 5-star hotel room in your own fully equipped RV.
We never think about Manitoba as being a Mecca for valuable antique and classic cars, but apparently others do. Take Bill Casey, lately MP for Colchester-Cumberland in Nova Scotia. Bill is a former car dealer and a collector of venerable automobiles and he has sourced many of his finer specimens right here in the friendly province.
The town of Churchill cradles a population of under 1,000 souls; not many, considering the role the community plays on the international, federal, and provincial stage.
The frigid air turns into ice crystals the moment it hits the warm breath of man and dog, gliding across the snow on the edge of Hudson’s Bay. While others in the South may be dreaming of spring and already noting the snowmelt, here between Churchill and Arviat on March 21, the solstice, there is no hint of this yet except for a slight change in the hours of daylight.
The Eastern Manitoba Concert Association (ECMA) has an impressive track record. Over the past 35 years, the Pinawa-based volunteer organization has presented more than 200 performances of Manitoban , Canadian and international artists – including at least 25 Juno Award winners, and even Grammy and Oscar Winners.
Along the two-kilometre Spirit Way trail and bike path, from the Heritage North Museum to the Miles Hart Bridge, visitors can plainly see the marriage of Thompson’s cultural history to its natural environment.
What is it that makes you think back to when grandma or mom called you to dinner at the carefully set dining room table that gives you that warm feeling of comfort and satisfaction? The smell of savoury, cloves, fresh bread and pie...
The Flin Flon Arts Council is called Northern Manitoba’s Cultural Tour de Force for a reason. Celebrating over 25 years of arts and culture promotion, this arts council boasts extraordinary artistic success stories.
Early evening sun glimmers off water that is, for tonight, utterly devoid of paddlers, motorboats or spring ice jams. The autumn foliage colours the riverbanks and partitions the first river lots surveyed in the province.
There are plenty of ways to enjoy summer in Manitoba: water-skiing at the cottage, swimming at the white sand beaches, berry picking, bird-watching . . .
But suppose you’re looking to try something new and challenging, something that will get you and your family outdoors and keep everyone involved?
The Interlake has been the site of live theatre since 1992, when the Gimli Theatre Association was formed. The founders of the Gimli Theatre Association wanted to achieve two goals – to give Gimliland surrounding communities a chance to experience live theatre in their own backyard, and to give local actors and backstage people the opportunity to gain experience close to home.
Every school child in Canada learns about the Canadian Shield. Created over two billion years ago, it is the oldest land form in North America and covers most of Quebec and Ontario and much of eastern Manitoba.
Golf enthusiasts argue over the birth of the game, some claiming it started in Holland and others (mainly Scots) knowing it came from Scotland, but one thing is for sure. The name “golf” does not stand for “Gentlemen only, ladies forbidden”.
The story of how Flin Flon got its name dates back to the year 1914. Prospector Tom Creighton and his escort, local trapper David Collins, were exploring the northern frontiers of Manitoba in search of ore.
How does a tough northern mining town change its self-image? How does that same northern mining town transform itself into a tourist destination while attracting both tour operators and travel writers from across the continent and beyond?
It was a sunny September day in 2004, as my hunting partner Bill and I arrived in Thompson in search of that elusive Canadian bull moose and black bear.
What is there about fishing that fascinates us so much? Perhaps it’s the tranquillity of waiting, silently, for the big one to bite. Or it could be the way fishing brings you so close to nature; that silly sense you get that you and the fish are communicating, playing an exciting game of hide and seek with you in the air, the fish in the water.
Driving across the Narrows, over the bridge that spans the tiny waist of Lake Manitoba, is an experience that will bring joy to the hearts of prairie dwellers. For a few brief moments, as you travel over the hump-back-shaped bridge, it feels as though you are suspended between earth and sky, with blue both above and below. It’s a great feeling, this oneness with the sky. It suits us, who live here where the sky never ends.
Leaf Rapids lies 1,000 kilometres north of Winnipeg in the heart of an endless forest of pine and spruce trees, meandering sand eskers and some say 10,000 lakes. It is a place of elegance and beauty.
What makes the difference between a good-tasting cheese and one that excites your taste buds beyond compare, leaving your mouth watering and longing for more of the heavenly treat?
Judith Graile used to jump from planes for fun. Now she raises and trains horses and horsemen in western Manitoba with the same aplomb. Judith is a former skysurfer, a one-time member of the German national team. She always had a love for horses, but for many years she lived to jump from planes while the horses stayed earthbound behind the hangar.
Whether scouring the marshes for some prized waterfowl or combing the bush for that elusive big game trophy, you’ll be sure to enjoy the help and support of the province’s many licensed outfitters and experienced guides.
Prairie Dog Central’s stately Coach 103 is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. To commemorate the occasion, this fully refurbished 36-passenger car combo box car will be traveling the rails from Inkster Junction to the Prairie Dog Central Railway northern station in Warren.
Nestled deep in the northeastern Interlake is a small island fishing community accessible by the only cable ferry below the 53rd parallel in Manitoba. With more bald eagles than residents and more boats than cars, Matheson Island seems a world unto itself.
With an enormous yellow turbine runner beckoning your entrance into the historic Harrow Terminal Station at 680 Harrow Street, you can’t miss the building that now houses the Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre.
With its tremendous wealth of waterways and unbridled natural beauty, Manitoba is home to any number of exciting canoe adventures. Whether you are seasoned paddler, or have simply grown tired of circling the lake, take full advantage of the crisp fall weather to challenge yourself and the province’s white water channels before the onset of winter.
A winter rite of passage in Riding Mountain National Park, the annual Christmas Bird Count, will once again be held this December in Wasagaming, with participation from the surrounding communities of Onanole, Crawford Park and Whirlpool Lake to Bead Lakes.
“No sound is heard, until it is left behind, and then it is heard forever.”
This concluding stanza of a poem displayed at the site of Pisew Falls in northern Manitoba is indicative of the subtle yet meaningful impact that this largely unknown area of the province will have on any adventurer who seeks out this remote and seldom travelled road.
Paradise means different things to different people. To fishermen, it’s lakes and rivers and long sunny days; to skiers, it’s downhill excitement and cross country trails through the boreal forest in winter and a warm fire waiting; and to the snowmobile buff, it’s lots of snow, warm-up cabins and well-groomed trails! Thompson has all of this – and now, even more.
The hardships faced by Manitoba’s first settlers are well documented. During the 19th century, extreme weather, with its accompanying floods and crop failures, were just some conditions people were forced to confront in their newly adopted homeland.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of D-Day and for many it brings back a rush of memories about the Second World War. D-Day was the tipping point for the war when thousands of Canadian, British and American troops hit the beaches at Normandy on June 6, 1944, beginning the long march to victory after five heartbreaking years for Canadian and British forces.
Russell’s Main Street is getting a folksy new look! Under the guidance of the Main Street Revitalization Committee (MSR), a group of local business people, Russell is focusing on a number of projects to enhance the business district.
Spanning the length of Main Street, Russell, a series of arches make for a street scape that is both unique and absolutely stunning to the eye.
When a group of Winnipeg gentlemen decided to build a private nine-hole golf course in the early 1920s, it is unlikely they believed it would become the hidden gem in the Manitoba golf world it has in 2009.
Almost 200 years ago, the Selkirk Settlers arrived in Manitoba and Winnipeg. Their arrival marked the beginning of a change from a fur trade dominated settlement at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers to a new agrarian economy based on farming.
A winter in Manitoba means getting out to enjoy the snow and you don’t have to fly to Banff or Whistler to have a perfect winter holiday Our own Manitoba Asessippi Ski Area & Resort is the perfect getaway for the whole family and offers a very wide range of activities without the travel costs.
Come to Fort Gibraltar to see the humble beginnings of our mighty Manitoba. P’tis Bert spends most of his time with a drawknife, somewhere between stages of his latest woodworking project. Last year, that project was a workbench.
We take the beach for granted if we come from Manitoba and it has always been so. Long before nobody but the rich and privileged could afford the luxury of a “camp”, (as cottages were called back then at Kenora or Lake of the Woods), less fortunate Winnipeggers could always rely on the beach. The train went to Grand Beach, and at one time you could take a trolley bus to Winnipeg Beach.
Just outside of Grandview, along highway 5, a scaled-down replica of an early 20th century Phoenix Steam Hauler recalls the influence of former Lieutenant Governor T.A. Burrows and the machinery of a community’s growth.
It ought to be the duty of every Manitoban – in fact, every visitor to the province – to visit the sleepy little village of Steep Rock, a 2 1/2 hour drive north of Winnipeg on the shore of Lake Manitoba. The bluffs overlooking the lake, carved by tens of thousands of years of erosion, are simply breathtaking. You don’t have to take my word for it, of course; the pictures tell the story.
The Steinbach Arts Council is home to 60 arts programs, 11 arts organizations, and a hive of activity that draws in more than 500 people every week. The audiences and participants in the range of programs totals in the thousands, creating a vibrant arts community in the southeastern region.
There’s nothing that tastes so wonderful as good food served in the open air. That’s why patios and picnics are so popular.
Now, since 2004, Manitobans can feast al fresco in a completely Manitoba way. Supper-in-the-Field was created in 2004, by Parkland Tourism as the first rural culinary tourism event in Manitoba.
On Saturday, August 23, 2008, Supper-in-the-Field at the lake will take place at Kippichewan on Clear Lake, in Riding Mountain National Park. Prepared by an impressive team of partners, the event will be eco-friendly as well, with biodegradable plates, drinking glasses, utensils and napkins all going into the compost site at Riding Mountain National Park after dinner.
Here’s something to think about as you drive down Number One.
The Dawson Trail was the route thousands of pioneers once followed from what is now Thunder Bay to the Red River Settlement. The trail is named for Simon James Dawson, the surveyor and engineer who surveyed the country from Lake Superior to the Red River territory.
There’s nothing like the taste and smell of hot cinnamon buns, dripping with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, with little caramelized bits clinging to the edges from the buns closest to the corner of the pans.
One sunny fall afternoon, I came upon John and Pam Bartley at the side of the highway in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. John, a trapper for many years and a learned woodsman, had befriended a little white beaver.
Is it the natural beauty of the Interlake that draws the talented artisans or is it the talent of the artist that draws inspiration from the beauty of the area? Does this raw natural beauty feed the soul of an artist- drawing, ounce-by-ounce, the creative talent from within them?
Ever gone seeking the perfect perogi? How about exquisite Ukrainian folk art and crafts? Thanks to the Babushka Trail, the newest driving tour developed in the Parkland region, your search just got easier.
Arrogant is how Percy Criddle would probably have been described today. He was an egotist, even a hedonist; sure of his world and his place in it and confident that everyone around was put there to serve his needs. Nonetheless, he had a certain stubborn courage, an indomitable spirit that kept him going when many other pioneers turned back from the hardships of 19th century Manitoba.
The Brokenhead River flows through the Brokenhead Reserve, and crosses Hwy 12 and Hwy 44 near Beausejour. The Brokenhead Reserve was the home reserve of legendary World War II hero, Tommy Prince, whose bravery is reflected in the Legend of the Brokenhead told below by the people of this river land, the Brokenhead Ojibway nation.
The Pas Arts Council has been promoting and supporting artistic culture in The Pas for over 25 years. They help in promoting local groups andtheir activities and by hosting professional performers and workshops.
A lifelong collector, Sam Waller called himself a “pack rat” and referred to his museum as a “clutter–torium”. Following in the tradition of the Victorian-era collector of oddities and curiosities, he amassed an astounding and eclectic array of unusual items over his lifetime.
Question: What eastern Manitoba town has a history of draft-dodging, rum running and dimly lit gambling dens? Hint: It’s on the Whitemouth River, at the junction of Hwy 15 and Hwy 11.
As my friends know, I am a woman of many passions: trees turn me on, the symphony sends me into raptures, gardening gives me great pleasure. But what friends may not know about is my love for Manitoba.
Tucked in the undulating Tiger Hills of central Manitoba is a thriving arts and culture scene driven by the efforts of the Tiger Hills Arts Association.
Ukrainian dance has been popular in Rossburn since the early 1980’s and out of this has grown the Vinok Ukrainian Dance Group. The group is dedicated to promoting the art and joy of Ukrainian dance in children and youth. It is made up of dancers from Birtle, Shoal Lake and Rossburn, but it still has room to grow. Presently, the there are more than 25 dancers in the beginner, intermediate and novice levels.
The village of Saint-Claude, 60 miles west of Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Highway 2, is sending its volunteers to prison. A couple of years ago, an old, run-down eyesore of a shed in the middle of St. Claude seemed destined for demolition.
The building that houses the Watson Art Centre in Dauphin was originally built in 1905 as the Town Hall. Over the years the building has been home to the Fire Station, the RCMP detachment, the library and ARC Industries.
Even as a child, I knew there was something far beyond magnificent just ten kilometers from my back door. Growing up in the heart of Manitoba’s north, in the small mining community of Snow Lake, I was surrounded by breath- taking scenery comprising pristine lakes and vast virgin boreal forests. But nothing was as captivating or exquisite, as the backdrop provided by Wekusko Falls.
With most of the world and its treasures somewhat accessible for exploration, the intrepid traveller may sometimes be guilty of forgetting about those fascinating places and people here in our own backyard.
Early one summer in the 1690s, a band of Assiniboines was camped on the banks of the Assiniboine River, about ten miles west of present day Winnipeg. They received a visitor; a young Cree brave from Lake Winnipegosis came to their camp and asked if he might marry the chief’s daughter.
Tucked away a mere one half hour north of the Riding Mountains and nestled near the south shore of the great Lake Winnipegosis is the quaint and picturesque village of Winnipegosis. Although steeped in legend and history, Winnipegosis is often overlooked as a destination. Yet there is much to discover in this seemingly sleepy town.
If any one project could be said to define the Spirit Way, it might well be the 86-foot image of Robert Bateman’s s iconic “Wolf Sketch” on the side of Thomspon’s tallest building, the 10-storey Highland Tower.
Mark and Thomasina Charney are building a dream. It’s Thomasina’s dream, really. She is creating a back-tonature experience on the shores of Rossman lake, installing yurts and a teepee for visitors who love camping but are not so thrilled with the sore back syndrome of sleeping on the ground.