Embrace Manitoba Winters


Manitoba winters are full of snow and cold weather. While some of us dream of the return of summer, we know it’s still a while away. So instead of avoiding the snow and cold, why not embrace it? Take advantage of what our beautiful province has to offer by unplugging and exploring over the winter season! 

Here are just a few ideas to get out of the house and into the snow (just be sure to dress for the occasion): 


The flat landscape of the prairies makes it the perfect place to put on some snowshoes or cross-country skis and explore! Head out to a provincial park to cruise the trails or go off the beaten path and explore the countryside. Just be sure to prepare according to the weather conditions and have your plan in place before heading out. 


Get together with a group of your closest friends and family and do something new! A unique winter favourite is booking a horse-drawn sleigh ride to enjoy the beautiful winter scenery. There are many ranches throughout the province that offer sleigh rides, so you’re sure to find one near you. Bundle up, make a hot chocolate to go, and sleigh the day away! 


Looking for a bit more adrenaline? Consider renting a snowmobile for a day. You can take the whole family along and explore the numerous trails throughout the province. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, make it a weekend trip! 


Outdoor events aren’t just for the long, warm summer days; there are so many winter events you can check out. Prepare for a day (or weekend) of fun with some of the events listed below, or check out To Do Canada’s website for even more options! 

  1. Beaver Days  
    Beaver Days in Falcon Lake is an event that’s fun for all ages. This yearly winter celebration has a variety of activities such as a snowmobile poker derby, family skating, and kids’ floor curling. Check it out from February 10 to 12. It’s guaranteed to be a (snow) ball of fun! 
  1. KidFish Ice Derby 
    If you’re looking for a fun winter activity and to help a good cause, get tickets to the KidFish Ice Derby. In support of Cancer Care Manitoba and the Children’s Hospital, this event introduces kids of all ages to ice fishing while raising fund for sick kids and their families. Spend the day ice fishing, be entered to win prizes, and support an important cause! 
  1. Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival 
    Join the celebrations at the 75th Annual Northern Manitoba Trappers’ Festival! Located in The Pas, this five-day festival is full of activities and events for the whole family. Watch the dog sled races, peruse the craft show for locally-made products, or join some friendly competitions such as the poker derby, street hockey skills competition, or the junior jigging contest. This is one you won’t want to miss!