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The Polonia grotto is in a scenic but little-visited river valley.

Rural Manitoba grottos can make an interesting day trip

Take to the rural roads to visit these interesting places of faith

Looking for a new type of day trip this fall? Take a drive to visit one or more of the grottos found at some of our rural churches and enjoy the coloured leaves while you do so. A short walk around the grounds can be just what you need for an interesting day. The largest

The railway arrived at the village of Mowbray, south of Manitou along the North Dakota border, in 1902.

Rural Manitoba ghost towns make an interesting day trip

You can imagine the days when the streets bustled with activity

For an interesting day trip in southern Manitoba, visit a couple of ‘ghost towns.’ Both were once thriving spots but now are virtually abandoned, except for one or two possibly inhabited buildings. Ste. Elizabeth, located about eight miles east of Morris on Highway 23 and a mile south on road 12 E, was established as


Deloraine’s former Presbyterian Church was only used for 21 years as a church.

Plan a day trip to visit a historic church

Manitoba’s small towns have many culturally significant houses of worship

Feeling housebound? With present-day limitations, consider alternatives. A rural drive can be a pleasant diversion — to view the scenery or visit some of our historic churches.  The buildings may be closed, but usually we can walk around them and explore nearby cemeteries. Depending on where you live, there are one or more historic churches

Swans and mallard ducks, seen using a car as a photography blind.

Continue with bird activities in spring

With the new season come new avian arrivals and observation opportunities

Are you one of those who has recently taken up watching birds, or feeding or photographing them? With most Manitobans staying close to home, these have become new hobbies for many. With the arrival of spring, there are different birds to watch for, new requirements in bird feeding and maybe some changes in how you

Rural Manitoba libraries have responded to COVID restrictions by adapting their services, curbside pickup being one of them.

Libraries press on in COVID era

From curbside pickup to more e-books, local libraries make the best of it

The past year has been a difficult one for many businesses and offices. As conditions and regulations changed from month to month, libraries — like other businesses — have had to adjust and develop different strategies in order to continue serving the public. It hasn’t been easy but most rural libraries have continued operating to


During the First World War Camp Hughes became a bustling mini community.

Mark November 11 with a visit to Camp Hughes

This site near Carberry is Manitoba’s lone National Historic Site dedicated to the Great War

November 11 is fast approaching, but this year’s events may need to be somewhat different. If Remembrance Day programs are cancelled in your area, or if you’re unsure about attending a socially distanced service, consider an outdoors way of remembering and honouring our fallen soldiers. If the weather and roads remain good, one good way

The Souris Swinging Bridge is the community’s most famous feature.

Visit Manitoba’s suspension bridges

These scenic destinations are perfect for a day trip

If you’re looking for new outdoor spots to explore in southern Manitoba during this time of ‘keeping apart,’ consider a drive or two to search out some of Manitoba’s suspension bridges. Probably our best-known suspension bridge is the one in Souris, famous as the longest swinging pedestrian bridge in Canada. The original bridge was built

The most famous structure on the site is this recreation of a working windmill.

Celebrate Manitoba’s 150th by visiting the Mennonite Heritage Museum

Get a glimpse into the pioneer years of this group of early settlers

This summer or autumn, how about a trip to the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Steinbach? With cooler weather now approaching, this would be a good time to walk through the museum and explore the many heritage buildings. It’s a fine way to celebrate Manitoba’s 150 years as a province. Descendants of Mennonite pioneers will find


The grotto at St. Alphonse.

Take a country drive to explore some historic Manitoba churches

See some historic buildings of faith while staying home this summer

At times like this, when some some tourist attractions are closed, or we are uncertain about crowds, a country drive can be a pleasant diversion for those who are feeling house-bound. There are many spots we can drive past and/or stop for a brief visit, even if we cannot physically go inside buildings. Old churches

The Badger Creek Museum site at Cartwright.

Provincial sesquicentennial, staycations make historic sites of interest

Explore some of Manitoba’s rich and abundant history this summer

With COVID making the ‘staycation’ fashionable and Manitoba celebrating its 150th anniversary this summer, this is a good time to make plans to search out some of our historical sites. During this uncertain time of social distancing and self-isolation, planning future outings is an activity which can involve the whole family. A great many towns and villages have museums