Now that November is nearly over, a lot of us are dreaming of escaping the harsh Canadian winter by jetting off somewhere foreign and fun. If you're lucky enough to be able to get away, we're pretty envious! If you're like the majority of us though, and have found yourself stuck here in Manitoba due to lack of funds, work commitments, or upcoming finals, don't fret - you can still have a good time without even leaving the province!
A lot of people who have never been to Manitoba may wonder, "What even goes on there? Isn't it just prairie?" While there may be an awful lot of small towns and prairie to explore, there's also a lot of other surreal sights to see, including national and provincial parks, polar bears, gardens, and waterfalls! Don't underestimate us - we have a lot more than meets the eye.
If you're in need of a new adventure, look no further than the following list! We've included some of the most stunning and unique spots that Manitoba has to offer, as well as some popular tourist destinations that you can never go wrong with visiting. Take a look, hit up your favourite adventure buddies, and get planning your itinerary for one epic, memorable Manitoba adventure! Where will you visit first?!
Riding Mountains National Park is just one of the many natural beauties that Manitoba has to offer. You can visit any time of year, whether it be for a summertime picnic or a winter photo shoot! Not only does the park provide plenty of beautiful forests, but it also allows you to gain a new appreciation for the prairies. While there, be sure to check out one of the many gorgeous lakes, such as Clear Lake, Lake Katherine, or Deep Lake. Also, don't forget to bring along your camera in case you catch sight of one of the astounding buffalo roaming around!
Ever wondered where you can find the longest swinging bridge in Manitoba? It's located in the town of Souris, and it's just waiting for you to cross it! The bridge spans a total of 184 metres, so you'll definitely get your daily cardio in after walking across it a few times and taking in the amazing views. If you can wait until dusk, the bridge will be lit up, making it even more beautiful, and perhaps even a great date spot! One thing's for sure though, you're bound to get some awesome Instagram photos here.
Want to escape from the prairies for a bit? We highly recommend that you take the trip to Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park and check out Hecla Island. This gorgeous spot is just a short 2-hour trip from Winnipeg, so it makes for a great day trip, or weekend away if you have some free time! On the island, you'll find a historical village where you can pick up plenty of fun facts and knowledge, as well as a picture-perfect old lighthouse. You may not be able to jet off to the tropics, but this is the next best thing in Manitoba!
You may think that there's nothing to Manitoba but prairie, but it turns out there's actually some pretty unique spots to check out! Just one of those places is the stunning Tulabi Falls, located about 2 hours away from the capital city of Winnipeg. Although it's most ideal to visit in the summer, particularly if you're a big fan of cliff diving or hanging out in the water, it's still equally as gorgeous in the winter. When you pay Tulabi Falls a visit, make sure to check out the rest of Nopiming Provincial Park as well.
Seeing as it's the polar bear capital of the world, I think it's only right that every Canadian visit Churchill National Park at least once in their life. While here, you may also catch sight of the stunning Beluga Whales or the Northern Lights - definitely a noteworthy spot for any would-be photography buffs out there to visit. If you have an interest in learning more about Indigenous culture, you can also check out the Eskimo museum, which is home to a vast collection of Native American art and artifacts.
Yet another totally surreal park found in Manitoba is none other than Clearwater Lake Provincial Park. Best known for its gorgeous spring fed, clear water cold lake with giant trout, many people choose to visit Clearwater in the summer months. Don't totally count it out in the winter, though! It's a great spot to come check out the Northern Lights, head out on an adventurous and scenic hike, or simply have some fun with friends and family while frolicking in the snow.
There's always something so serene about spending time in a beautiful garden. Whether you need somewhere to gather your thoughts and relax after a stressful day, or are just interested in learning more about the relationship of peace between Canada and the United States, we highly recommend visiting the International Peace Gardens. It's known for its gorgeous flowers and landscaping, but also for the working floral clock that displays a unique design every year for patrons to marvel at. Nearby you'll find hiking and biking trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and a wildlife refuge.
Many people are totally freaked out by reptiles (including me), but if you're one of those who are fascinated by the creepy crawlies, a visit to the Westman Reptile Gardens should be added to your itinerary ASAP! Home to over 300 different reptiles, these gardens are a popular attraction in Manitoba. Spend your visit getting up close and personal with all sorts of creatures, from boas and pythons to alligators and bullfrogs. The cost for adult admission is just $6, which is a small price to pay for all the astounding animals you're about to see.
If you find yourself in Morden and are looking for something to do, the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre is always a great option! Although the dinosaurs may be long gone, there's still plenty to learn and observe from the fossils they left behind. The centre is home to the largest collection of marine reptile fossils that you'll find anywhere in Canada, so if you have an interest in ancient aquatic animals, this is the spot for you.
Calling all nature lovers! If spending time in the great outdoors is your favourite thing to do, you should definitely check out all the beauty that FortWhyte Alive beholds. Covering over 640 acres, this education and recreation centre has it all - prairies, lakes, forests, and wetlands. You'll find both indoor and outdoor activities that you and your friends or family can enjoy any time of year, as well as plenty of stunning wildlife roaming around for you to observe and admire. During the summer, spend your time hiking, sailing, or fishing, and during the winter try your hand at skating, snowshoeing, or tobogganing.
If you love animals as much as I do, you'll be all over this one. The Assiniboine Park & Zoo is one of the best places to go if you have the urge to travel, but can't leave Manitoba. You can check out everything from kangaroos and emus in the Australian Walkout to majestic lions and tigers in the Animals of Asia section - you'll feel as though you've hit multiple continents without having to pay the price of a plane ticket. The Zoo also offers a Journey to Churchill exhibit, which is a great way to learn more about the province and the amazing things we have to offer.
The rock tunnels of Caddy Lake are something everyone from Manitoba should experience at least once. These tunnels were built decades ago, during the construction of the Canadian National Railway. Spanning over 169km, this river is the perfect spot to spend a hot summer day canoeing from May to September. If you're looking to impress a date who's the outdoorsy type, what better way to pack up your car and head out to Whiteshell Provincial Park for a day of exploring the tunnels and the other amazing things in the nearby area?
If you consider yourself an art connoisseur, or simply have an appreciation for the finer things in life, there's no doubt in our minds that you'll love the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Located in Assiniboine Park, this garden is home to a large collection of absolutely stunning sculptures and works of arts that will have you in awe. The garden itself is also beautifully designed and is a great spot to go for a stroll any time of year, or practice your photography skills - there's no shortage of interesting subjects for you to snap.