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U.S. extends travel curbs at Canada, Mexico land borders

Washington | Reuters –– The United States on Friday extended the closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel such as tourism through Sept. 21 despite Ottawa’s decision to open its border to vaccinated Americans. The latest 30-day extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came after Canada said in

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

Considering Churchill’s future

With melting permafrost, is Churchill's rail line viable over the long term?

A sudden, substantial drop in grain exports from Churchill this summer raises questions about the long-term economic viability of the port. A comprehensive review is needed to identify costs, benefits and risks associated with saving the railway, along with alternative economic opportunities for a port community on Hudson Bay without rail access. Federal and provincial

Nikita Shaurette is owner of the Shuttle Bug, a passenger vehicle fleet operating in the Riding Mountain National Park area.

Onanole entrepreneur driven to succeed

Nikita Shaurette started her shuttle company getting the bar crowd home safely. Now she’s transporting birdwatchers and hundreds of other tourists to and fro in the Riding Mountain area

Onanole resident Nikita Shaurette used to wonder why there was no local bus service. Lots of people were always headed to and fro in and around Riding Mountain National Park. Those leaving local bars often got behind the wheel — even when they shouldn’t. It was when a friend was injured in a car accident


Ukrainian culture showcased to tourists

It’s a rare Prairie cathedral, an outstanding example of early Christian Church architecture, and something visitors to Dauphin seldom saw, save from the outside. The Church of the Resurrection has been a local landmark since its construction in the 1930s, but until recently, few had a chance to learn about it or the people who

Farmers are a tourist draw, experts say

Conference explores opportunities, best practices in agri-tourism What’s the main attraction on a farm these days? If you’re a kid, it might be patting the puppies or jumping off a stack of bales. But meeting ‘a real farmer’ can be a special moment, too. That’s the case at the Meandher Creek Pumpkin Patch, a transformed

Rural tourism association seeks members

Agri-tourism is growing in Manitoba and a new organization hopes it can grow with it. At just over a dozen members, the Manitoba Rural Tourism Association sees an opportunity to tap into the hundreds of farm hosts now taking part in events like Open Farm Day and the annual Direct Farm Marketing conference, said the


Manitobans visit farms for third annual Open Farm Day

A day with the public continues to reap hands-on learning, farm product sales, 
and positive feedback from visitors and participating farm owners

Cars lined driveways and filled up farmyards last Sunday as Manitobans ventured out for another Open Farm Day. This is the third year the province has hosted the day to encourage ordinary Manitobans to get out and visit participating working farms and agritourism ventures. Fifty-one locations were listed in the 2012 guide, including many playing

OUR HISTORY: 1800s — 1940s

Getting around in the early days The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is opening a new transportation display on Manitoba Day May 12. The display tells the story of transportation in rural Manitoba from the Red River cart of the 1800s right through to the vehicles of the 1940s. It uses real artifacts from the various eras