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Parts of the trail are marked with good information.

The Great Trail: hike, bike or paddle it

Previously known as the Trans Canada Trail it is more than 24,000 km long

Have you explored any of “the Great Trail?” Known as the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) until a name change in 2016, it is more than 24,000 km long, and seeks to connect the east, west and north coasts of Canada. A not-for-profit organization, the Trans Canada Trail was created in 1992 as part of Canada’s

Alexander Adler purchases a few necessities in Shoal Lake when snow forced him to make a stop there.

Snow forces German cyclist off the road

Shoal Lake’s hospitality appreciated by stranded visitor

An early snowfall forced a German cyclist off the road at Shoal Lake in the latter part of September. Alexander Adler was able to make his way through Oak River and Hamiota during a sprinkle of rain followed by a downpour, but when it turned to heavy snow, he decided to pull over in Shoal


Sisters Tracy Wood(l) and Taralea Simpson(r) say their new farm-stay 
retreat has been widely met with enthusiasm.

Agvocating through experience

Farm-stay business offers both a retreat and up-close view of a working farm

Tracy Wood and Taralea Simpson knew they found the perfect spot when they discovered a 95-acre wooded river lot just outside of Portage la Prairie was for sale. Having long dreamt of owning their own farm-stay, bed and breakfast business, the sisters officially opened “Farm Away Retreat” last month. With their roots deeply embedded in

Trains cross frequently as the bridge is on the 
CN main line.

Plan an autumn visit to the Uno Trestle Bridge

The trestle is impressive and it has an interesting history

For an interesting spot to visit this fall, take a drive to the Uno Trestle Bridge in western Manitoba. The trestle is a very impressive sight, the scenery well worth the trip and, for history buffs, the 1915 disaster at this site is of further interest. The present-day Uno bridge is 1,533 feet long, a

The house in Neepawa where Margaret Laurence lived from 1935 to 1944.

Author Margaret Laurence commemorated in Neepawa

Plaque was unveiled which stands in front of the house in which she once lived

August 10 was a big day for the literary community of Neepawa, Manitoba. On that day, the community held the Manawaka Festival, billed as “a celebration of stories” and, in particular, a celebration of esteemed author, Margaret Laurence, who grew up in Neepawa, and used the town as her basis for stories set in the


The wetlands boardwalk at Cypress River’s Millennium Park has stood as a roadside stop for over a dozen years, although the local conservation district says it’s starting to show its age.

Looking for a sign

Small-town Manitoba is learning to put its best foot forward by highlighting attractions, conservation, local projects, history and more with interpretive signs and trails

If you didn’t know better, you’d never guess Minnedosa was a small town in the rolling plains of Manitoba. Nestled in a valley along Hwy. 10 north of Brandon, the town trades the normal vista of waving crops for a picturesque valley with woody embankments and the Little Saskatchewan River, which pools in a man-made

Opinion: On the road – Ireland’s farms, food and future

Dublin, even in summer sunshine, can’t entirely shake its smoky, troubled past. Bullet holes the size of grapes still pockmark the pillars and walls of the General Post Office. Still, Dublin’s streets are packed. The lovely Catherine and I are there, too, walking along its central artery, the River Liffey. We’re in Ireland to visit

The cliffs at Steep Rock are very popular to photograph.

Steep Rock — well worth a visit

Located along Lake Manitoba, the cliffs are possibly one 
of the most photographed locations in the province

If you’re looking for a different Manitoba spot to explore this year, consider Steep Rock, located in the Interlake, along Lake Manitoba. My husband and I visited there this summer and found it interesting and well worth a day or two in the area. Steep Rock, located in the municipality of Grahamdale, is best known


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