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Roadside statues have a story to tell

Some represent history, geography or legends, others are just plain quirky

Are you interested in exploring Manitoba’s rural areas, and want an educational summer project for your children? Why not research and visit some of the province’s many roadside statues. Often the monuments represent something important in the history of a town, such as the giant Viking at Gimli (which has the largest population of Icelanders […] Read more

Visit rural Manitoba’s historic churches

Buildings and cemeteries hold much historical information and some are designated heritage sites

Manitoba has many historic rural churches. Some no longer operate as churches, while others hold services only occasionally, but the buildings and accompanying cemeteries are often well maintained. Country churches, those not in towns or villages, are particularly interesting. One such church is St. Mary’s/St. Alban’s Anglican Church, situated southwest of the village of Kaleida […] Read more

Arden – come for the crocuses, stay and explore

Attend the Crocus Festival in the village and explore the other attractions the area has to offer

With warmer weather arriving, it’s time to plan some exploration trips around Manitoba. A good beginning might be the Crocus Festival at the village of Arden, 16 km east of Neepawa, and then six km north on PTH 352. Arden (population about 150) is an interesting place to stop at any time, but particularly when […] Read more

2018 declared the Year of the Bird

A good way to celebrate is by attending La Rivière’s Raptor Festival

This year has been declared the Year of the Bird. National Geographic, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and over 100 other organizations have announced this as a way to mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This bird-protection law was passed 100 years ago, and the centennial is an occasion to recommit to […] Read more

Invasive birds — some welcome, others not

Some species had been deliberately introduced to the country, while others came on their own

Alien invaders in your backyard? I recently saw three from my kitchen window, and I was pleased to see them, as they weren’t from outer space. These invaders were Eurasian collared-doves, which are spreading across the southern part of Manitoba. The Eurasian collared-dove first arrived in the New World in the 1970s. Some were brought […] Read more

Time to start planning for summer camping

It seems early with snow still around but some reservations can be made this month

Snow may still be on the ground, and camping may be far from your mind, but it’s almost time to make plans — especially if you want to make reservations for provincial cabins, yurts or group-use areas. Reservations for these spots open Monday, March 19 at 7 a.m., and the cabins and yurts fill up […] Read more

Where to celebrate Louis Riel Day

With a variety of activities to choose from there’s sure to be something to interest you on this long weekend

Do you have plans for the Louis Riel Day long weekend? Are you getting a little tired of winter? Why not use the holiday to do something different, choosing from the many activities happening. A February holiday was originally started in Alberta in 1990 to celebrate the family life of the early pioneers and to […] Read more

A real-life superhero in action

In and out of hospital as a child, Jamie McDonald now gives back to children’s charities

Jamie McDonald, a.k.a. “Adventureman,” made stops in rural Manitoba on his second passage through the province, and just like on his first trip to Canada, he is raising funds for children’s charities. But this time he is driving across the country, not running, and giving motivational presentations and selling his book, Adventureman: Anyone Can Be […] Read more

Get ready for the Christmas Bird Count

This annual event has become a holiday tradition for birders

It’s almost that time of year again — for religious observances, holiday celebrations and family get-togethers. But for birders, it’s also time for the annual Christmas bird counts, a tradition that has been carried out since the first one was held on Christmas Day in 1900. Prior to that, it had been a custom to […] Read more