How to Play Tourist in Manitoba

We're less than a week away from summer, officially. June 20th marks the first day of summer, the season that awakens our city and province and one we all look so forward to! Sunshine, adventures, patios, rainstorms, foliage, it makes us feel alive! A lot of people like to travel during this season, but if you're not able to get away or are looking for some local hidden gems to check out, here are some of our favourite things to do in Manitoba! 

WHERE TO EAT:

Wildflower Cafe - 908 Rosser Ave., Brandon
If you find yourself in the Brandon area, this is a must-visit spot! With Green Pina Colada and Banana-Rama smoothies made with fresh, local and organic produce, how could you go wrong?! Refreshing, rejuvenating, delicious! 

Integrity Foods -  30 minutes north of Gimli on Highway 8
The people at Integrity Foods believe in "
the health of people, plants, soil, water supply, and the environment", "preservation of the land through organic and sustainable farming practices" and "producing food for good health and enjoyment" amongst many other amazing things! Visit them for ancient grains bread or even a pizza night! They have some pretty cute animals to play with as well. 

Verde Juice Bar - 887 Westminster, Winnipeg
Although this place hasn't opened yet, we're so excited for when it does! Juicing is so healthy and provides our bodies with healing and detoxifying properties. We also love walking down Westminster and taking in the Wosleley community vibe! 

WHERE TO HIKE:

Spirit Sands & the Devil’s Punchbowl, Distance: 4 to 11 km (1.5 to 4.5 hours)
Traditionally a sacred Cree site known as the Spirit Sands, Spruce Woods Provincial Park is located two hours West of Winnipeg and perfect for hikers of all levels. Meander through the grassy hills, impressive 30-metre sand dunes while soaking up some beautiful vitamin D.

Mantario Hiking Trail, Distance: 66 km (3 to 5 days, or day hike up to 6 hours)
If you're looking for a workout, here's your trail! This is the longest trail in the Canadian Shield and located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park in eastern, this trail is in an area protected from motorized access, hunting, resource extraction or development. We read that it can take experienced hikers and backpackers three to five days to complete, but it's well worth the attempt, even if just for a day!

Omand's Creek Greenway Trail, Distance: 0.53 km & 1.6 km route lengths
You don't even have to leave the city for this one! Omand's Creek is tucked in heart of Winnipeg, surrounded by lush greenery and dogs...most likely! Omand's Park is one of the destinations along this trail and you'll usually come across a furry friend and his/her family along the way. 

WHERE TO HUNT FOR TREASURES:

St. Norbert's Farmer's Market3514 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg
We love Manitoba Farmer's Markets! Wandering through the twists and turns and meandering down the aisle ways, taking in the sites and smells is one of our favourite ways to spend a Saturday morning. Delicious, fresh and locally grown produce, breads and handcrafted goods are all available at the Farmer's Markets. If this one is out of the way for you, check out the Farmer's Market Association website to find one convenient for you!

Rural Thrift Stores, located throughout Manitoba
Okay...this one may sound strange to you if you've never done it before, but searching for vintage gems in the rural thrift stores, the MCC stores for example, can be a pretty good (and successful) time! We've found dresses, coats, jewellery and furniture for a steal at some of the locations and going for a drive through rural Manitoba on a Saturday afternoon is always a good time!

Osborne Village, our home
We love being a part of this community and have been here for twenty-five years this year! We can hardly believe that! The dynamic, lively and charismatic Osborne Village is home to so many unique shops and restaurants. Pop in and visit us and also say hello to our neighbours, too! 

WHERE TO DANCE:

Winnipeg Folk Festival, July 7 - 10, 2016 Birds Hill Provincial Park
The Winnipeg Folk Fest is just around the corner! A four day festival of music, food, gatherings and DANCING nestled in the Prairie woods that's been going strong since 1974! Explore artists featured on nine different stages and enjoy the celebration of people and music!

Rainbow Trout Music Festival, August 19 - 21, 2016 Rosseau River, south of St. Malo
Three days of music, camping, friends, bonfires, dancing and swimming takes place at this Manitoba indie music festival! The best part is, it's 100% volunteer organized and is "dedicated to promoting local music and arts."

Jazz Fest Winnipeg, June 16 - 26, 2016 Winnipeg
Feel like dancing? This festival starts tomorrow! With a wide variety of music celebrating jazz as an urban artform, there are plenty of different concerts and shows to attend. The Exchange District is also lined with vendors and outdoor markets to explore as well. 

WHERE TO RELAX:

Falcon Trails Resort, 100 Ridge Road Falcon Lake
If you've never been here before, their website alone makes you want to stop everything you're doing and TIME OUT for lake time. The stunning hand-crafted lakefront cabins, private hot tubs, remote hike-in eco cabins, docks, trees, beaches, canoes and more create an idyllic experience. Chill time. 

Beach Yoga with Harmony Tree Yoga Studio, Morden
You don't have to fly down to Mexico to practice yoga on the beach as the sun rises, the opportunity is waiting for you in Southern Manitoba! Harmony Tree Yoga Studio offers yoga classes both indoor and outdoors...but Namaste on the beach!

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg
No need to go far, we have our very own place of tranquillity and peace in Winnipeg. Taking time to stroll through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg is a real treat that everyone should make time to do. The flowers are beautiful and the air smells so fresh and healthy. We feel quite fortunate to have such a large green space in the city to enjoy!
 

Whew! That was a lot -- and we only just skimmed the surface of things to do in Manitoba! Are you having a staycation this summer? Where are your favourite spots to go? We'd love to hear!

As always, have a great day!

Peace & Joy,
OOTB Gals