Edition 51: July 19, 2005
In the 51st issue of the Bed and Breakfast e-Traveller, we take you to the province of Manitoba, the “Gateway to the West”!
Explore Manitoba's rich history and diverse cultural heritage, complemented by thousands of immigrants from over 40 ethnic communities. Along the way, stop at quaint museums, enjoy a game of golf, go fishing and take in the hospitality of bed and breakfasts. With over 100 unique and enjoyable establishments throughout the province, you are in in for a memorable time! www.travelmanitoba.com 1-800-665-0040 ext. AC5.
WINNIPEG www.destinationwinnipeg.com 1-800-665-0204
Winnipeg, a Cree word for "muddy water," is known as "The Chicago of the North." Come now to see the Bears on Broadway, some 62 seven-foot polar bears on display until October 22, 2005. Take a stroll among them before they hibernate!
Gaze at the “Golden Boy" atop the Provincial Legislative Building, or take a self-guided tour of the Exchange district, a national historic site due to its rich collection of turn-of-the-century terra-cotta and cut stone buildings unrivalled in the world.
Stroll along on the new "Esplanade Riel" bridge, or explore the Forks, one of downtown's brightest spots where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. www.theforks.com
Share a moment in history with the 175-year reunion of the Red River Descendants. www.redriverdescendantsreunion.org
WESTERN REGION www.southwestmanitoba.ca
This region of contrasts contains open prairie agricultural fields, wooded parklands filled with wildlife in the Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, and desert dunes in the Spirit Sands of the Spruce Woods Provincial Heritage Park.
Visit the International Peace Garden, located near Boissevain. This Manitoba “Star Attraction” is a botanical park dedicated to the long-standing peace between Canada and the United States of America. www.peacegarden.com
The town of Boissevain www.boissevain.ca, also a Manitoba ‘Star Attraction,’ features over 20 giant outdoor murals of historical significance, as well as beautiful floral gardens and the Turtle Island Festival, August 12, 2005. Members of Gardens of Western Manitoba are pleased to share their town and country gardens with visitors. gardenswestmb.cimnet.ca Also stop by the towns of Souris, famous for the 101-years-old free-suspension foot bridge, and Neepawa, the ‘World Lily’ capital and the hometown of Margaret Laurence.
CENTRAL PLAINS REGION - www.echoesandlegends.com
The importance of agriculture in Canada is displayed at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum located in Austin, which boasts the largest collection of operating vintage farm machinery in Canada.
INTERLAKE REGION - www.interlaketourism.com
Dauphin is the city of sunshine, situated in the south-central portion of Manitoba, 311 km north of Winnipeg. Major attractions include: CNR Station & Park, Hidden Valley Sanctuary, Selo Ukraina and much more. Come and join us for the Fur Traders Rendez-Vous, held September 4, 2005. Enjoy a fiddlers' jamboree, Voyageur games, spike driving, team log sawing, a market garden and much more. 1-877-566-5669 www.dauphin.ca
For a truly enriching environmental experience visit the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre for wildlife and bird viewing. The Migration Festival, held October 1 & 2, celebrates the arrival of the many migratory species of birds that appear each fall.
PARKLAND REGION - www.parklandtourism.com
The Riding Mountain National Park of Canada is a peaceful 3000 sq km boreal forest, a haven for the outdoorsman and home to a bison herd on some of the native grassland. Visit the Inglis Grain National Historic Site in the small town of Inglis where the last remaining row of standard country grain elevators stand alongside an abandoned rail line. Supper-in-the-field is an upscaled version of a prairie tradition by Red Seal chefs, with musicians, wine-tasting, horse and wagon rides. 1-888-528-6484
The Morden Corn and Apple Festival, August 26-28, has grown into one of the largest street festivals in Manitoba! Over 50,000 people come out to enjoy this activity-packed three-day event. It's Fun and it's Free! www.mordenmb.com/CornAndApple/cornapplevis.html
Churchill is situated on the shore of Hudson Bay, 1,000 km north of Winnipeg. From January to March, Northern Lights decorate the skies; from May to July, the region becomes a birdwatcher’s sanctuary; and from June to August, whales are visible in the bay!
Powdery white sand beaches and grass-topped dunes cover Grand Beach, one of the top beaches in North America. Grand Beach is located 87 km northeast of Winnipeg, on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, Canada’s fifth largest lake. www.grand.beach.mb.ca
Come for the first "Gardens, Parks, & Treasures," Poker Derby on August 6, 2005. Visit the Broken Beau Pioneer Village Museum Heritage Day on Sunday, August 7th, where all antique farm equipment is working and bread is baked in an outdoor oven. For more information contact Carol at 1-204-268-3950 or download the brochure (.doc). Don’t miss the fourth WAVE Artists Studio Tour on Sept 3-4, 2005, presented by the Winnipeg Beach Art & Culture Co-op Inc. www.watchthewave.ca.
The Bed and Breakfasts of Manitoba vary in style, ambiance and personality. What does not vary is our standard for comfort and cleaniless and the warm hospitality of our hosts! For information and reservations, please contact the B&B of your choice. http://www.bbcanada.com/associations/manitoba/
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