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A view near the Canadian end of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor and Detroit and is considered one of North America’s busiest trade routes. (Steven_Kriemadis/iStock/Getty Images)

White House heeded pressure to reopen Canada border, U.S. lawmaker says

Washington | Reuters — A U.S. congressman from New York said on Wednesday that political pressure had persuaded the White House to end a historic 19-month closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico to millions of non-essential foreign visitors. Representative Brian Higgins, a Democrat representing a district along the Canadian border, said: “You

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


A view near the Canadian end of the Ambassador Bridge, which connects Windsor and Detroit and is considered one of North America’s busiest trade routes. (Steven_Kriemadis/iStock/Getty Images)

U.S. extends travel restrictions at Canada, Mexico borders

Washington | Reuters — The United States on Monday extended restrictions at its land borders with Canada and Mexico through Oct. 21 that bar nonessential travel such as tourism by foreigners despite Ottawa’s decision to open its border to vaccinated Americans. Canada on Aug. 9 began allowing fully vaccinated U.S. visitors for nonessential travel. The

(Photo courtesy Canada Beef Inc.)

Canada to admit vaccinated U.S. tourists

Border to open Aug. 9 after more than 16 months

Ottawa | Reuters — Canada on Monday said it would allow fully vaccinated U.S. tourists into the country starting from Aug. 9 after the COVID-19 pandemic forced an unprecedented 16-month ban that many businesses complained was crippling them. Inoculated visitors from countries other than the United States will be permitted to enter beginning on Sept.




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

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