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Let's get exploring! The Hecla Provincial Park lighthouse in Manitoba is so east coast that it's like visiting the Maritimes without actually leaving the province. To reach the beacon building, it's just an easy five-kilometre trail.

Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park is located about an hour and 40 minutes north of Manitoba's capital.

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Escape for a tropical vacation without leaving Canada. This hidden gem isn't your regular swimming hole. Manitoba's Steep Rock Beach has bright turquoise water and friendly goats.

You might do a double-take when you view the photos of the ample beaches. No, this isn't the Big Island, but the sandy oasis is just as stunning. 

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Imagine a staycation where you step into an enchanting world. Did you grow up reading stories of magical winged creatures like sprites and dragons? All you fantasy fans will want to plan a trip to stay at this fairy cabin in Manitoba.

Crooked Mountain Cabins Resort has to be on your magical bucket list. It is two hours and 40 minutes from Winnipeg in Clanwilliam. 

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Welcome to paradise. Hidden in the prairies, you'll find a tropical beach that looks just the Caribbean. But what makes Little Limestone Lake truly unbelievable is the water actually changes colour throughout the day.

Five hours north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, you'll find the largest colour-changing marl lake in the world. It's just like those retro mood rings; its hues change as the hours go by.

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There's no time like the present to start planning a winter getaway that takes you away from the snow and cold and directly to the sun and sand. Swoop flights from Winnipeg are now taking off to new sunny destinations. It's time to book that flight down south and start packing bathing suits and sun hats.

On November 15, the airline launched the first of a series of inaugural flights from Winnipeg that go directly to five new destinations in Mexico, Florida and Nevada. 

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When you think of the most Canadian animals ever, you probably think about beavers, moose, loons and polar bears! If you're wondering where to see Polar Bears in Canada without being in any danger and having to voyage way up north, then there's a place in Manitoba that you have to see. Manitoba is famous for Churchill and its polar bear population, but when polar bears are orphaned and need rescue, then they move to an incredible zoo and rescue centre in Winnipeg.

The Assiniboine Park Zoo has a Journey To Churchill exhibit, where you can get up close with the polar bears and it will blow your mind. This is a unique chance to see these gorgeous and dangerous Canadian creatures and help support rescue efforts. Right now, there are nine polar bears who call this place home and you should totally visit Winnipeg to meet them.

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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.

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So camping is totally out of the question at this point, for about 99% of us or even more like 99™.99999%. I know there are some people who go in the winter but those are a unique few and definitely not me. My tent is from Canadian Tire, not the arctic. So since camping is out of the question and we won't be able to go do that comfortably for many months from now, getting a winter rental or Airbnb is totally the way to go! You get to have an outing or mini vacay while staying warm with heat, lights, running water, and maybe even some extra luxuries, it's great!

Even if you still want that outdoorsy lifestyle there are rustic cabins to rent so you are still enjoying nature. If rustic isn't your thing, get a nice condo in the city which is especially awesome if you are from out of town or need to leave your crazy household. You can even stay in some cool lofts with private rooftop patios to get a little luxury and feel like you are living a fancy life even if it's just for one night.

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Get some Manitoba magic! Not the real magician kind, although there is a Winnipeg magic club just in case you were wondering. They're pretty cool! Remember Criss Angel!? He was like my favourite magician, also the only one I even knew of. Well, I don't know what happened to him, maybe he's still doing magic, but we have some magic of our own right in our own backyard.

It's these amazing photographers more than anything though who are able to capture the beautiful things in Manitoba. They really put forward the magical places that we have here by traveling around the province and into the bush just to get an amazing shot. Without them we wouldn't get to see what rural Manitoba has to offer, unless you like to go all Survivor Man. It's them who really show us just how beautiful it can be.

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We've had amazing weather lately so let's enjoy it while we can and enjoy the fall while it's hot out! Even though those water activities might be a little cold it's actually been warm enough lately to hit the beach!

While the fall isn't normally beach weather it's still a perfect time to go mountain hiking and exploring! You can still get on the water and take a canoe trip or even a cruise. So enjoy these 9 Surprising Things You Never Thought You Could Do In Manitoba This Fall.

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Remember how cool it was to hang out in forts that you built when you were a kid? Maybe they were made outside with sticks or maybe they were made out of blankets in the living room. Either way, hideaways are the best.

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