They don’t hibernate in these parts–they celebrate! There’s nothing like a crisp Manitoba winter day to enjoy the great outdoors or soak up pure luxury in a world-class spa.
- Start practising the familiar chant “he-ho” before immersing yourself in the French Canadian culture at Festival du Voyageur (February 14 to 23, 2014), Western Canada’s largest winter celebration. There’s foot-stomping music, sparkling snow carvings and, of course, poutine.
- While winter is still young and fresh, board a plane from Winnipeg and take a day trip to Churchill, polar bear capital of the world. Jump on a Tundra Buggy to get up close and personal with the wildlife, enjoy dinner in the north then head home to sleep in your own bed that night.
- Lace up and go for a glide on the longest, naturally frozen outdoor skating trail in the world. Check out the architecturally cool warming huts along The River Trail at The Forks, a gathering spot in Winnipeg.
- Stroll out onto a frozen lake, drop a line and hope a big one comes to bite. There’s a $10,000 prize for the heaviest fish at the Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off, one of Manitoba’s many ice-fishing derbies.
- Find a big fur hat and bring a hearty appetite when you make your way up north to The Pas for the Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival. If you’re lucky, you’ll meet the King Trapper and the Fur Queen.
- Drift away under the twinkling lights in the steamy, sultry Ten Spa in the posh Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. Mint tea, Turkish delight and an olive-oil hair wash are just the beginning of your exotic journey in the hamam.
- You’ve never seen a drive-thru quite like this. The Canad Inns Winter Wonderland meanders through Red River Exhibition Park, with more than a million holiday lights twinkling for your viewing pleasure.
- They race along age-old fur trade routes over some of the most remote and unforgiving terrain in the province. Follow the Hudson Bay Quest as dog-sled teams battle the elements.
- If you call them, they will answer. Settle in to a clear, dark winter’s night in Riding Mountain National Park. Call the wolves. Wait for their answers. Let chills run up your spine.
- Jack up your snowboarding skills with a visit to Adrenaline Adventures where you’ll be towed by an overhead cable. Do you wanna go faster?
Courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission.