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    TO THE
    Discover Manitoba’s Parkland, where streams continue to flow through unknown woods
    as they have for ages, and wild animals still rule over vast sections of forest and meadow.
    That is not to say that mankind has left no mark here—the Parkland is rich in grain and
    livestock production, and villages, towns, and small cities dot the landscape—but here,
    people have set aside much of the land as they found it, and have learned to live in
    harmony with nature, achieving a balance whereby it can sometimes be difficult to tell
    where nature’s domain ends, and mankind’s begins. It is a most rare and special place.
    Here you can find pristine lakes, cool, refreshing streams, rolling grasslands, sprawling
    forests, and even the prairie mountains.
    But you will also find history reflecting over 10,000 years of human settlement by the
    region’s Indigenous Peoples. And you can sense the pervading spirit of ingenuity and
    accomplishment that allowed the area’s first settlers to carve a rewarding existence out
    of the landscape, often in the face of remarkable adversity.
    More than anything else, however, those who take the time to explore Manitoba’s
    Parkland region will find memories to last a lifetime.
    Whether you’re after some of Manitoba’s best fishing, or looking for a unique shopping
    or dining experience, you’ll find just what you’re looking for between these covers.
    But there is certainly more to the Parkland than could be fit within these pages. Keep a
    sharp lookout during your travels, for adventures may appear around every corner. Be
    sure to visit us at throughout the year for the latest announcement,
    news and events.
    — Parkland Tourism Association

                                                                                                                                       Parks Canada
    Deep Lake at Riding Mountain National Park

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                                                                                                       Riding Mountain National Park 5   Bringing History to Life 19              Snowmobiling 41
                                                 PHOTOGRAPHY                                           Asessippi Provincial Park 6       Buildings, Markers & Historic Sites 20   Downhill Skiing 42
                                    Unless otherwise noted, photos provided by                         Duck Mountain Provincial Park 7   Places of Worship 22                     Ice Fishing 42
                                           Parkland Tourism Association                                                                  Other Stops Along the Way 24             Cross-Country Skiing 43
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                                                 SPECIAL THANKS                                        Bird Watching 8                   Museums & Collections 25
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                                                  COVER PHOTO                                                                                                                     Cinnamon Bun Trail 15
                                      Moose at Riding Mountain National Park.                                                                                                     Parkland Map 28
                                        Photo provided by Parks Canada.                                                                                                           Fun Facts 29
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                              operations, and events listed in the guide may be cancelled or
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                              of the contacts provided in order to verify information.                 SHOPS & STOPS                     Trails & Cycling 38
                                                                                                                                         Horseback Riding 39
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Riding Mountain National Park

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    The Parkland marks the region of Manitoba
    where the grasslands of the Canadian prairies give
    way to the more densely forested regions of the
    north. It’s an area of stunning vistas, beautiful parks,
    vast forests, diverse wildlife, and never-ending
    recreational opportunities.
    The region is home to Manitoba’s first national
    park — Riding Mountain National Park, established
    in 1933 — as well as a number of provincial parks,
    including Duck Mountain and Asessippi.
    We invite you to explore this most scenic and
    beautiful area of our province, and to discover why it
    is so cherished by residents and visitors alike.

                                                                                                    Parks Canada
    Ominnik Marsh, Riding Mountain National Park

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                                           OVER 3,000 SQUARE KILOMETRES OF PRISTINE WILDERNESS
                                           RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
                                           Since Riding Mountain was first declared           The townsite of Wasagaming was                  National Park. A Bison and Grasslands
                                           a forest reserve in 1895, people have              developed during the Great Depression by        Exhibit at the site relates the natural history
                                           recognized the scenic beauty of the area,          work crews hired through a federal relief       of bison and native grasslands. The Lake
                                           the importance of the habitat for wildlife,        program. Several impressive log structures      Audy road branches west off PTH10 at the
                                           and the potential for recreation and               still exist from this era of the town’s         north end of Clear Lake. Follow the signs to
                                           relaxation to be found in these lands. In total,   development, giving the town a distinctive,     the bison enclosure. Viewing is at its best in
                                           nearly 10,000 km2 of the Parkland is shared        rustic flavour.                                 the morning or evening.
                                           by nationally- and provincially-designated
                                                                                              An abundance of wildlife can be found here,
                                           parks and forest reserves.
                                                                                              including moose, elk, black bear, wovles,
                                           Riding Mountain National Park itself covers        lynx, and cougar. A small bison herd is
                                           3,078 km2, ranging from areas of open                                                                Riding Mountain National Park
                                                                                              kept at Lake Audy. The park offers unique
                                           meadows and fescue prairie to boreal forest,                                               
                                                                                              experiences for families, photographers,
                                           aspen parkland, and deciduous forest,              birders and wildlife enthusiasts.
                                           besides the escarpment from which the park                                                           Campground Reservations:
                                           received its name.                                 Campgrounds can be found throughout     
                                                                                              the park, and an extensive trail system
                                           Manitoba’s first national park achieved this
                                                                                              offers a variety of scenic routes for hiking,
                                           status in 1933. It had previously been set
                                                                                              cycling, horseback riding, cross-country
                                           aside as a forest reserve, amid the rapid
                                                                                              skiing and birding. Over 400 km of summer
                                           deforestation of the surrounding area. The
                                                                                              trails and 260 km of cross-country ski trails
                                           area of the Riding Mountains is held in
                                                                                              are available.
                                           great reverence by Indigenous Peoples of
                                           the area. Seven Anishinaabe communities            Lake Audy Bison Enclosure. A display
                                           recognize the park as part of their                herd of approximately 40 plains bison is
                                           traditional territories.                           maintained at Lake Audy in Riding Mountain


                                           DO SOMETHING WILD
                                           THROUGHOUT THE YEAR                                experiences and more await you in the heart     Riding Mountain National Park for children
                                           EXPERIENCE YOUR                                    of Riding Mountain National Park.               between the ages of 5 and 12. The program
                                           RIDING MOUNTAIN HOME                                                                               includes workshops, hikes and experiments
                                           Explore Riding Mountain National Park              For more details, check online at     relating to the natural and cultural heritage
                                                                                              riding. To book your next adventure call
Left: Parks Canada; Right: Austin MacKay

                                           with one of the park’s guided experiences.                                                         of Riding Mountain National Park. Friends
                                                                                              204‑848-7275 or go to Twitter and Facebook      of RMNP also hosts the Young Explorers
                                           Snowshoe in the winter and explore Gorge
                                                                                              @RidingNP.                                      Program (ages 7-14; Tuesday and Thursday
                                           Creek in the summer. Try a gin tasting with a
                                           splash of underground history. Help to raise       SUMMER 2019
                                                                                                                                              evenings, 7 pm - 9 pm; programs begin June
                                           a Wigii-wam (teepee) with an indigenous                                                            25, 2019) and L’il Critter Camp (ages 5 and up;
                                                                                              PROGRAMS FOR KIDS & YOUTH
                                           interpreter as part of the Heritage Camping                                                        Monday to Friday, 4 pm - 5 pm, beginning
                                                                                              Junior Naturalists Program (Monday to
                                           experience. Find the secrets of the Xplorer                                                        June 24, 2019).
                                                                                              Friday, 10 am - Noon and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm,
                                           program and young visitors will become             beginning June 24, 2019) is a summer            Phone: 204-848-4037.
                                           certified Parks Canada Xplorers. All these         educational program hosted by Friends of                        Bald Hill, RMNP

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               Located at the southeast end of man-made         Asessippi Ski Area & Resort provides
               Lake of the Prairies, Asessippi Provincial       facilities for skiing, snowboarding and tubing
               Park includes facilities for camping, trails     enthusiasts (see page 42 for details).
               for hiking and snowmobiling, boating,            Both the Assiniboine and Shell Rivers
               swimming and water sports on the lake,           provide for good canoeing, and rentals
               and some of the best walleye fishing in          are available at Lake of the Prairies. The
               the province.                                    steeply contoured land around the lake,
               Nearby attractions include Shellmouth Dam        featuring many hills and valleys, provides a
               which was built in 1968 to control flooding      picturesque route for cyclists.
               along the Assiniboine River. The dam             A number of campgrounds surround the
               measures 21 m in height and 1,218 metres         lake, making it possible to take a leisurely
               in length. Lake of the Prairies (see page 33),   tour around the lake with several overnight
               which resulted from the construction of          stops. Facilities also include horseshoe pits,
               the dam, is 67 km long, and straddles the        ball diamonds, children’s playgrounds, and
               Manitoba-Saskatchewan border. The first          group camping facilities.
               6.4 km of the lake is Asessippi Provincial
                                                                Lake of the Prairies has recorded an annual
               Park’s central feature.
                                                                walleye catch per square kilometre that is
               A commemorative plaque and interpretive          five times greater than the provincial average.
               signage mark the spot of the original            Due to the tremendous resources required to
               Asessippi townsite, now a ghost town.            keep Lake of the Prairies well-stocked and to
               Also popular is the Ancient Valley               preserve the high quality of the fishery, a slot
               Interpretive Trail. Steep valley walls along     limit on catches has been enacted.
               the Assiniboine and Shell Rivers provide         For more information on fishing Lake of the
               breathtaking panoramas for those venturing       Prairies or other lakes of the Parkland, see
               along the park’s trail system.                   page 31.

               Boating and fishing on Lake of the Prairies
                                                                                                                   Sandy Black

                                                                                                                                 Viewing tower at Baldy Mountain in
                                                                                                                                 Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Respect the habitat. Your visit to
                                                                                                                                                                                an area should be low-impact
                                                                                                                                                                                (leave no trace of yourself). Carry
                                                                                                                                                                                out any refuse with you, and refrain
                                                                                                                                                                                from damaging any habitat.
                                                                                                                                                                                Feeding wild animals is not a
                                                                                                                                                                                good idea. In fact, it’s illegal.
                                                                                                                                                                                Be aware that your sound and/
                                                                                                                                                                                or scent may frighten an animal
                                                                                                                                                                                and make viewing difficult. Move
                                                                                                                                                                                silently and try to travel downwind
                                                                                                                                                                                from where you expect to find
                                                                                                                                                                                an animal.
                                                                                                                                                                                The opposite of the above tip is
                                                                                                                                                                                true when travelling in an area
                                                                                                                                                                                inhabited by dangerous animals.
                                                                                                                                                                                When travelling through bear
                                                                                                                               Singush Lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park?   country (or anywhere else where
                                                                                                                                                                                you might encounter a potentially
                                                                                                                                                                                dangerous animal, such as a
                                                                                                                                                                                moose), carry a noisemaker, such
                                                                                                                                                                                as a bell, or speak or whistle as
                       WOODLANDS, WETLANDS AND VALLEY MEADOWS                                                                                                                   you travel. A surprised animal

                       DUCK MOUNTAIN PROVINCIAL PARK                                                                                                                            feels threatened, and may react
                                                                                                                                                                                to your sudden appearance in a
                                                                                                                                                                                hostile manner.
                       Clear, spring-fed lakes have made                 country skiers in winter.                        hiking trails, a picnic area, and trail map.          Your two best tools are timing and
                       “The Ducks” a popular tourist destination for                                                                                                            patience. Find out what season
                                                                         Campgrounds and facilities exist at all of the Hours: The Centre is open during July and
                       years. Childs Lake, Wellman Lake, and the                                                                                                                and what time of day are best for
                                                                         park’s major lakes. NOTE: Singush Lake is      August. Location: Approximately 10 km south             viewing the desired animal. Then
                       Blue Lakes are among the most popular.            currently closed to day-use boaters.           of Minitonas on PR366 in Duck Mountain                  settle yourself in, out of sight, and
                       The bottom of East Blue Lake, which
                       descends to 60 metres at its deepest, is          Manitoba’s highest elevation is found at Baldy Provincial Forest. Phone: In the off-season,            watch, wait, and enjoy.
                       visible to some 12 to 18 metres.                  Mountain, which rises 831.2 metres above sea call 204‑734-3089 (Spruce Products).
                                                                         level. Baldy Mountain is accessible by car. An
                       Duck Mountain is home to moose, white-            observation tower offers a scenic view of the
                       tailed deer, black bears, foxes, lynx, coyotes    surrounding forest of tall spruce.                For information on Provincial Parks contact:
                       and timber wolves. A variety of birds nest in                                                       Manitoba Parks
Right: © Enviro Foto

                       the forests and marshes. A 30-km network          Location: 32 km north of Grandview on PR366.
                                                                                                                           Information 1-800-214-6497 or 204-945-6784
                       of trails provides for exploration of the hilly   Duck Mountain Forest Interpretive Centre          Campsite Reservations 1-888-482-2267
                       terrain and forests of the park by hikers in      makes a good station from which to explore        or in Winnipeg 204-948-3333
                       summer, and snowmobilers and cross-               the surrounding area. The site has self-guided                                    Bison

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               MORE TO EXPLORE
               OTHER PARKS & FORESTS                                                                                WATCHING
               SWAN RIVER AREA                                   District Office of Manitoba Conservation.
               PORCUPINE PROVINCIAL FOREST                       204‑734-3429, for the latest road conditions.      With its plentiful forests, fields and
               Where the Parkland gives way to the north,                                                           wetlands, the Parkland has long been
               Porcupine Provincial Forest is a rugged           DAUPHIN AREA                                       a haven for a multitude of bird species.
                                                                 RAINBOW BEACH PROVINCIAL PARK                                                                       Great Grey Owl
               wilderness waiting to be explored. Few                                                               Find out why birders have been
               roads penetrate the forest, set among             Facilities include a beach, campground,            travelling to the Parkland from across
               the Porcupine Hills along the Manitoba            scenic walks along the shore, playgrounds,         North America by checking out some of
               escarpment, which rises to 823 m above sea        picnic areas, ball diamonds, horseshoe             the sites listed below.
                                                                 pits, hiking trails, modern showers and                                                        IBA 81- Sagemace & Coleman Bay
               level at Hart Mountain—a summit to rival                                                             Riding Mountain National Park is an
                                                                 washrooms, and a concession. Dauphin                                                           Islands which includes all the islands of
               Baldy Mountain of The Ducks. Campgrounds                                                             excellent location to experience birding.
                                                                 Lake Golf Club is 3 km away.                                                                   the bays, is one of the 36 Manitoba sites
               exist at Whitefish Lake (on PR279, northwest                                                         The Park’s Birder’s Checklist is available  originally designated as important Bird
               of Bowsman), North Steeprock Lake and Bell        Location: South shore of Dauphin Lake,             at the Visitor Centre to help you keep      Areas (IBAs) by BirdLife International and
               Lake (both northwest of Birch River on PR365).    24 km east of Dauphin on PTH20.                    track of approximately 260 bird species     now by Nature Manitoba. Some of the
               Location: North of Swan River, and west of                                                           found in the area, all waiting to be        50 species seen here include Double-
                                                                 TOUTES AIDES AREA
               PTH10. PR365, north of Birch River, provides                                                         seen among the natural beauty of this       crested Cormorants, Great Blue Herons,
                                                                 MANIPOGO PROVINCIAL PARK
               access to North Steeprock Lake and Bell Lake.                                                        unspoiled habitat.                          Ruddy Ducks, Ring-necked Ducks,
                                                                 Named for the legendary sea monster of
               PR279, west of Bowsman, provides access                                                              The Swan River Valley is at the             Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern
                                                                 Lake Manitoba, Manipogo Provincial Park
               to the southwest corner of the forest and to                                                         crossroads for northern and southern        Pintails, Green-winged Teal, Canvasback,
                                                                 is a favourite among campers and anglers.
               Whitefish lake.                                                                                      species of birds, as well as eastern        Redhead, Lesser Scaup and Buffleheads,
                                                                 The park has kilometres of beaches, boating,
                                                                                                                    and western birds. A great variety of       American Avocet, Semipalmated Plover,
               SWAN RIVER AREA                                   short hiking trails, playgrounds and camping
                                                                                                                    habitat and species makes the valley        Killdeer, Willet, Lesser Yellowlegs,
               KETTLE STONES                                     facilities. Perhaps you can help solve the
                                                                                                                    a prime location for birding. Areas of      Marbled Godwit, Least Sandpiper,
               PROVINCIAL PARK                                   Manipogo mystery. Many people claim to
                                                                                                                    most activity for birding are trails in the White-rumped Sandpiper, Pectoral
               The 4 km2 park, on the north side of the          have seen the sea monster, but there has
               Kettle Hills of Swan-Pelican Provincial Forest,   been no conclusive evidence. Maybe you             mountains, as well as local bird feeders, Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper,
                                                                                                                    wetlands and a 100-box nesting trail.       Short-billed Dowitcher and Long-billed
               features sandstone formations known locally       can spot Manipogo on your next visit! Be
               as kettle stones. The stones, ranging in size     sure to keep your camera or smartphone at          Expect to view peeps, waders, daublers, Dowitcher. Sagemace Bay is also a
                                                                                                                    divers, golden-winged warblers, and         traditional molting and staging area for
               from 45 cm to 5.5 meters in diameter, rise        the ready, just in case!
               above the landscape like stone sentinels.                                                            perhaps even an albino red-tailed hawk. diving ducks, especially Redheads and
                                                                 Location: Northwest shore of Lake Manitoba                                                     to a lesser degree, Canvasbacks.
               The park is the only place in Manitoba where      just a few kilometres north of Toutes Aides        Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
               kettle stones—considered sacred by the                                                                                                           Proven Lake Wildlife Management Area
                                                                 (61 km north of Ste. Rose du Lac on PR276).        During your visit, you may spot hawks,
               Indigenous People—can be observed in their                                                                                                       (WMA) is an IBA (important birding area)
                                                                                                                    warblers, woodpeckers, grouse,
               original setting. A 2.4-metre diameter kettle                                                                                                    south of Riding Mountain National Park.
                                                                 LAKE WINNIPEGOSIS                                  woodcocks, and many more species.
               stone discovered during excavations in Swan       BIRCH ISLAND PROVINCIAL PARK                                                                   At the centre of the 2,000-hectare WMA
                                                                                                                    Asessippi Provincial Park. Near and         is a large wetland where birders may
               River is on display at the Visitor Information    In 2011, Birch Island became Manitoba’s 84th       around Lake of the Prairies observant       enjoy gulls, terns, grebes, and black-
               Centre in Swan River. The park is considered      provincial park. The island is home to a variety

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Above: © by pchoui
                                                                                                                    birders can see American goldfinches,       crowned night herons in addition to a
               to be a Class III protected area under the IUCN   of wildlife including bears, moose, wolves,        kingbirds, common nighthawks, ruffed        great variety of ducks. There is a hiking
               protected area management categories.             lynx, hares, and deer, and many birds including
                                                                                                                    grouse, warblers and vireos. The lake       trail, great for bird watching, which loops
                                                                 terns, ducks, herons, gulls and pelicans. It is
               Location: 72 km northeast of Swan River                                                              itself is a good spot to view American      around the southern edge of Proven
                                                                 managed as a non-operational park.
               near the southeast shore of Swan Lake. The                                                           white pelicans, many species of ducks,      Lake and a small managed wetland.
               route east from PR268 is not paved and is         Location: On Birch Island in Lake                  great blue herons and western grebes.
               impassable when wet, so it should not be          Winnipegosis, immediately east of Swan-            Sandhill cranes make an appearance          Location: Follow PTH10 north of
               attempted by car or van. Phone: Swan River        Pelican Provincial Forest.                         in September.                               Erickson, turn west at PTH45 and look
                                                                                                                                                                for the directional signs along the road.
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                                                                     WHERE NATURE SHARES ITS BOUNTY
                                                                     FLORA & FAUNA OF THE PARKLAND
                                                                     The Parkland provides habitat                   WATERHEN                                         Grandview, Rossburn, Russell, Sandy Lake and
                                                                                                                     WATERHEN WOOD BISON PROJECT                      Swan River have all earned stellar marks in the
                                                                     for an astounding variety                       A free-roaming herd of wood bison are            Communities in Bloom competition.
                                                                                                                     maintained in a 15.5 km2 enclosure near
                                                                     of plants and animals. Here                     Waterhen. Guided tours are available.
                                                                                                                                                                      Our tour starts in Wasagaming, where the
                                                                     you’ll find black bear, moose,                                                                   first‑rate gardens reflect the park planners’
                                                                                                                     Location: 32 km northeast of Waterhen            vision of Riding Mountain as a Victorian
                                                                     deer, elk, foxes, lynx, coyotes,                (95 km north of Ste. Rose du Lac) off PR328.     resort in the wilderness. Highlights include
                                                                     wolves, porcupines, and                         NEAR MCCREARY
                                                                                                                                                                      the floral gardens at the Visitor Centre, the
                                                                                                                     RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK—                   elm‑lined sidewalks of the central park,
                                                                     beaver; birds such as the Great                 EAST SIDE                                        and the Wishing Well Garden with its shady
                                                                     Grey Owl, loon, pelican, and                    Access can be gained to several prime            perennial beds.
                                                                                                                     wildlife viewing, elk bugling and bird           Travel east out of the park on PTH19 to
                                                                     snow goose; and plant species                   watching areas on the eastern escarpment         McCreary, and then north on PTH5 to Ste.
                                                                     native to the grasslands,                       of Riding Mountain National Park. It’s perfect   Rose du Lac where a replica of the Notre
                                                                                                                     for birders looking for a golden winged
                                                                     wetlands and forested regions.                  warbler or those looking for the elusive lynx.
                                                                                                                                                                      Dame de Lourdes grotto in France can be
                                                                                                                                                                      found, including park and gardens.
                                                                     INGLIS                                          OCHRE RIVER                                      Travel west on PTH5 to Roblin where a
                                                                     FRANK SKINNER ARBORETUM TRAIL                   CRAWFORD CREEK ALLUVIAL FAN                      working sundial created from a massive
                                                                     Located at the original nursery of one of       The Crawford Creek Alluvial Fan is the           glacial‑age boulder is the centerpiece
                                                                     Canada’s most innovative horticulturists, the   last intact alluvial fan along the Manitoba      of a beautiful community garden at the
                                                                     Frank Skinner Arboretum Trail showcases         escarpment. As water comes off Riding            intersection of PTH5 and PTH83.
                                                                     some of the nearly 150 plant varieties          Mountain along Crawford Creek, the alluvial
                                                                                                                     fan slows the water down and spreads it          The town of Russell (a 4‑Bloom community,
                                                                     developed by Dr. Skinner to survive in the
                                                                                                                     out. This allows suspended material to drop      located south along PTH83) is home to
                                                                     harsh prairie environment. Picnic tables have
                                                                                                                     and the water is filtered as it passes through   Peace Park, which sits on the Trans‑Canada
                                                                     been placed at the entrance to the trail for
                                                                                                                     kilometres of wetland. The site is located off   Trail route, and has an international flavour
                                                                     public use. The arboretum is preserved in its
                                                                     natural state, so visitors should not expect    PTH5 between Ochre River and Dauphin and         with flags of the world, a wooden bridge and
Right (from top): © by D-Huss, creighton359, D-Huss

                                                                     manicured grounds.                              has a boardwalk and viewing tower where          floral gardens.
                                                                                                                     visitors can view this natural phenomenon.       Take PTH45 east to Rossburn (a 4‑Bloom
                                                                     Location: 23 km south of Roblin or 31 km
                                                                                                                     Location: From PTH5, turn south onto Road        community). A life-sized bronze statue
                                                                     north of Russell on PTH83.
                                                                                                                     104W for 4.8 km, east on Road 137N for           of Duke, an 812-pound black bear killed
                                                                     DAUPHIN (RURAL MUNICIPALITY)                    1.6 km0, south on Road 103W for 1.6 km, and      by a poacher in 1992­—which at one time
                                                                     HIDDEN VALLEY SANCTUARY                         then east on Road 136N for 0.8 km. Phone:        held the record for the largest black bear
                                                                     Donated by the late trapper, naturalist         Turtle River Watershed Conservation District,    every recorded—can be found at Rossburn
                                                                     and photographer, Gordon Mitchell, this         204‑447‑2139.                                    Memory Garden. This beautiful park is
                                                                     Manitoba Wildlife Sanctuary offers excellent                                                     complete with a waterfall.
                                                                     opportunities for wildlife viewing, hiking,     THROUGHOUT THE PARKLAND
                                                                                                                     COMMUNITY GARDENS &                              Next travel east on PTH45 to Sandy Lake
                                                                     fishing and snowshoeing. There is also a        GREEN SPACES                                     (a 5‑Bloom Community), with its floral
                                                                     picnic site.
                                                                                                                     In the Parkland’s towns and villages, greenery   gardens tucked into every possible spot
                                                                     Location: 9.6 km north of Dauphin on PTH20.     is a point of community pride, and the           on the downtown streets, and baskets of
                                                                     Phone: 204-638-6450.                            “Four-Blooms-or-Better” continues to grow.       flowers on buildings and lampposts.

Parkland EXPLORERGUIDE2019 MANITOBA - See it for yourself - Parkland Tourism
                                       2019/2020 EVENTS
     PARKLAND EVENTS                   No matter the season, the Parkland is home to events both large and small. From local
                                       coffee houses and craft sales, to the excitement of our fairs and signature festivals (see
                                       page 14), we invite you to join us for great events throughout the year. Be sure to check

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                                       our website at for event updates Throughout the following listings,
                                       “RMNP” indicates that an event takes place in Riding Mountain Naitonal Park. An asterisk (*)
                                       indicates that an event or date is tentative. Holidays and observances are shown in blue.

                                       MAY 2019                           18 – Coffee House, Royal           Saturdays – Free Parent & Tot
                                       TBA – Laurier Community Yard       Canadian Legion, Swan River,       Swim, 11 am ‑ Noon, Roblin
                                       Sale, Laurier                      204‑734‑3096                       Pool, 204‑937‑8962
                                                                          18 – GSIB Handmade & Vintage       1 – Coffee House, Bellsite,
                                       TBA – Ste. Rose Community

                                                                          Market 2019. 9 am - 3 pm,          204‑545‑2204
                                       Yard Sale, Ste. Rose du Lac
                                                                          Rossburn Town Hall, Rossburn       1 – Free Public Swim, 4 pm ‑
                                       TBA – Theatre Production,                                             8 pm, Roblin Leisure and Aquatic
                                                                          18 – At the Farm Gate Market,
                                       Third Avenue Theatre,                                                 Centre, Roblin, 204‑937‑8962
                                                                          10 am to 3 pm, Onanole
                                       Binscarth, 204‑532‑2287                                               7 – Prairie Classic Walleye
                                                                          Recreation Centre, Onanole
                                       4 – ATV Derby, Shellmouth                                             Tournament Parade, Main
                                                                          20 – Elbert Chartrand
                                       4 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        Friendship Centre Fiddling         Street, Russell, 204‑773‑4728
                                       204‑545‑2204                       Recital, Swan River,               7‑9 – Manitoba High School
                                       11 – Spring Tea & Bake Sale,       204‑734‑9301                       Rodeo Finals, Swan River,
                                       2 pm, Trinity Lutheran Church,                                        204‑734‑9451
                                                                          20 – VICTORIA DAY
                                       Swan River                                                            7‑9 – Barrows 6th Annual
                                                                          24 – Coffee House, Friendship
                                                                                                             Gospel Jamboree, Barrows,
                                       11 – Mother’s Day Dance, 9 pm,     Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                       Lenswood Community Hall,           25 – Megaball Youth Baseball
                                                                                                             7‑9 – Grey Owl Golf Tournament,
                                       Lenswood                           Tournament, Burnside Park,         Clear Lake Golf Course, RMNP
                                       11 – Spring Community Garage       Ste. Rose du Lac
                                                                                                             8 – Lobsterfest, hosted by
                                       Sale, Roblin, 204‑937‑3194         25 – Epic East Gate Trail Run,     Swan River Kinsmen and Swan
                                       11 – Community Club Mother’s       HIstoric East Gate, RMNP,          Valley Museum, Swan River,
                                       Day Dance, Lenswood,               204‑638‑3730                       204‑734‑3858
                                       204‑236‑4608                       26 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,     8 – Free Family Fun Fish Day,
                                       11‑12 – High School Rodeo,         204‑542‑2134                       East Goose Lake / Goose
                                       Swan River, 204‑734‑9451           25 – Swan Valley Historical        Lake Campground, Roblin,
                                       12 – Community Club Mother’s       Museum Opening Celebration,        204‑937‑8333
                                       Day Dance, Lenswood,               Swan River                         8-9 – Family Fishing Weekend,
                                       204‑236‑4608                       31 – Bug Chucker Cup ‑             across Manitoba (excluding
                                                                          Fly-Fishing Tournament, Roblin     federal parks)
                                       12 – Lions Club Mother’s Day
                                                                                                             8‑9 – 15th Annual Russell
                                       Pancake Breakfast, Pine River,     JUNE 2019                          Lions Prairie Classic Walleye
                                       204‑263‑2101                       TBA – Redliners Auto Club          Tournament, Lake of the
                                       12 – Mother’s Day Brunch,          Mud Bog, 2 km east of Russell,     Prairies, 204‑773‑4728
                       Austin Mackay

                                       Ste. Rose Hall, Ste. Rose du Lac   just off PTH45, 204‑773‑3338       9 – Pine River Community
                                       17 – Coffee House, Barrows,        TBA – Town‑wide Yard Sales,        Centre Fundraising Supper,
                                       204‑545‑2204                       Sandy Lake                         5 pm, Pine River

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11 – Elbert Chartrand              27‑30 – Dauphin’s Countryfest,     5 – Russell & Area Farmers’        Pioneers Museum, Roblin            Used Book Sale, Riding               17 – Coffee House, Royal
Friendship Centre Craft Show,      Selo Ukraina, RM of Dauphin        Market & Crafts Market,            21 – NATIONAL INDIGENOUS           Mountain National Park               Canadian Legion, Swan River,
Swan River, 204‑734‑9301           28 – Coffee House, Friendship      Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,   PEOPLES DAY                        3-4 – High School Rodeo, Roblin      204‑734‑3096
11‑13 – Manitoba 55 Plus Games,    Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301   204‑773‑2821                       21 – Renwers-Fishers Siding        4 – Movie in the Park at Dark,       17 – Merridale Mayhem
various venue, Swan River          30 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,     5‑7 – Boggy Creek Jamboree         Family Picnic & Potluck,           Pyott’s West Campground, Roblin      Mud Bog, Roblin, 204‑247‑0928
14‑15 – Wheels N Chrome Show,                                         Weekend Music Festival,            Renwers, 204‑263‑2643              5 – TERRY FOX DAY                    17 – Riding Mountain Triathlon,
car show, Ste. Rose du Lac                                            San Clara                          23 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,                                            RMNP
                                                                                                                                            5 – Langan Lake Fish Derby,
15 – Coffee House, Royal           JULY 2019                          6 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        10 am - 1 pm, Roblin                                                    18 – Riding Mountain Kids of
                                                                                                                                            Langan Lake, northeast of San
Canadian Legion, Swan River,       TBA – Ste. Madeleine’s Métis       204‑545‑2204                       25-28 – Northwest Roundup          Clara on PR367, 204‑937‑3008         Steel Triathlon, RMNP
204‑734‑3096                       Days, 5 kms west of Binscarth,     7‑9 – Mossey River Days,           & Exhibition, Swan River,          6 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,          20 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,
15 – Legion ATV Poker Derby,       204‑532‑2389                       Winnipegosis                       204‑734‑3718                       10 am - 1 pm, Roblin                 10 am ‑ 1 pm, Roblin
Birch River, 204‑236‑4278          TBA – Redliners Street Show,       7‑13 – Wade Dance Camp at          26 – Swan Valley Chamber           8-11 – Roblin Ag Society Fair,       20‑24 – Vagabond Theatre
15 – Town‑wide Yard Sale,          Russell, 204‑773‑3338 or           Asessippi, Asessippi Ski Area &    Parade, Swan River,                Roblin, 204‑937‑7276                 Company’s “Actin’ Up!”
Pine River, 204‑263‑2643           204‑821‑0244                       Resort, Inglis, 204‑773‑3211       204‑734‑3102                       9 – Russell & Area Farmers’          Musical Theatre Camp, Third
15 – Lions Golf Bonanza                                               9 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,        26 – Coffee House, Friendship
                                   Saturdays – Free Parent & Tot                                                                            Market & Crafts Market,              Avenue Theatre, Binscarth,
“Fun”draising Event,                                                  10 am ‑ 1 pm, Roblin               Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                   Swim, 11 am ‑ Noon, Roblin                                                                               Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,     204‑532‑2287
Swan River, 204‑734‑3935           Pool, 204‑937‑8962                 12 – Russell & Area Farmers’       26 – Russell & Area Farmers’       204‑773‑2821                         23 – Russell & Area Farmers’
16 – Father’s Day Brunch,                                             Market & Crafts Market,            Market & Crafts Market,
                                   1 – CANADA DAY                     Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,                                      9 – Rumble in Roblin Car Show,       Market & Crafts Market,
Ste. Rose Hall, Ste. Rose du Lac                                                                         Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,   Roblin, 204‑937‑3194                 Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,
                                   1 – Canada Day Celebrations,       204‑773‑2821
16 – Father’s Day Pancake                                                                                204‑773‑2821                                                            204‑773‑2821
                                   Benito                             12‑14 – Gilbert Plains-                                               9-11 – Western Days, Sandy Lake
Breakfast, Cowan, 204‑569‑4851                                                                           28 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,
                                   1 – Canada Day Celebrations,       Grandview Ag Society Fair &                                           10 – Fusion Credit Union             23 – Coffee House, Friendship
21 – Coffee House, Barrows,                                                                              204‑542‑2134                                                            Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                   Binscarth Park & Pool and          Rodeo, Gilbert Plains                                                 Manitoba Mud Run, Selo
204‑545‑2204                                                                                             30 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,       Ukraina, RM of Dauphin
                                   Binscarth Sports Grounds,          13 – Gilbert Plains / Grandview                                                                            24 – Colour Run, Roblin,
21 – National Indigenous                                                                                 10 am - 1 pm, Roblin
                                   Binscarth, 204‑532‑2361            Fair Dance, Gilbert Plains                                            10 – Manitoba’s Best Lil’ Britches   204‑937‑8251
Peoples Day, RMNP                                                                                                                           Rodeo, Roblin, 204‑937‑7276
                                   1 – Canada Day Celebrations,       13 – Rossburn Day, Rossburn        AUGUST 2019                                                             24 – Cowan Horse Trail Ride,
21 – Aboriginal and Métis Days                                                                                                              10-11 – Birch River Riding Club
                                   Gilbert Plains                     14‑20 – Wade Dance Camp at         TBA – Blue Berry Jam Days,                                              ATV Poker Derby, BBQ Supper
including Sunrise Ceremony,
                                   1 – Canada Day Celebrations,       Asessippi, Asessippi Ski Area &    Kettle Hills, 204‑236‑4201         Horse Trail Ride, Birch River,       & Dance, Cowan, 204‑569‑4851
Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                   Inglis, 204‑773‑6797               Resort, Inglis, 204‑773‑3211       TBA – Slo-Pitch Tournament,        204‑238-4255                         24 – Boo in the Park,
22 – Moonlight Madness, RMNP
                                                                      16 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,       Burnside Park, Ste. Rose du Lac    10-11 – Wasagaming Chamber           Wasagaming townsite in RMNP
23 – Fort Dauphin Clear Lake       1 – Canada Day Celebrations,
                                                                      10 am ‑ 1 pm, Roblin               Saturdays – Free Parent &          Days, RMNP                           25 – Swan Valley Historical
Canoe‑a‑thon, RMNP                 RMNP. Evening fireworks at
                                   Onanole.                           16‑21 – Riding Mountain Film       Tot Swim, 11 am - Noon, Roblin     11 – Durban Demolition Derby,        Museum Harvest Festival,
24 – Junior Naturalists Program                                       Festival, RMNP                     Pool, 204‑937‑8962                 Durban, 204‑539‑2321
                                   1 – Canada Day Celebrations,                                                                                                                  Swan River
begins, for children aged 5‑12,
                                                                      19 – Russell & Area Farmers’       2 – Russell & Area Farmers’        13 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,         25 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,
this program runs weekly           Roblin, 204‑937‑8251
                                                                      Market & Crafts Market,            Market & Crafts Market,            10 am - 1 pm, Roblin                 204‑542‑2134
until week of August 19‑23,        1 – Canada Day Celebrations,       Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,   Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,   16 – Coffee House, Barrows,          27 – Roblin Farmers’ Market,
Friends Learning Centre, RMNP,     Picnic in the Park & Evening       204‑773‑2821                       204‑773‑2821                       204‑545‑2204                         10 am ‑ 1 pm, Roblin
204‑848‑4037                       Fireworks, Swan River              19‑20 – Barrows Jamboree,          2-4 – Canada’s National            16 – Russell & Area Farmers’
24 – Lil’ Critter Camp begins,     1 – Canada Day Celebrations,                                                                                                                  30 – Russell & Area Farmers’
                                                                      Barrows, 204‑545‑6215              Ukrainian Festival,                Market & Crafts Market,
for children aged 5 and up,        Ste. Rose du Lac                                                                                                                              Market & Crafts Market,
                                                                      19 – Coffee House, Barrows,        Selo Ukraina, RM of Dauphin        Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,     Russell Leisure Centre, Russell,
this program runs daily,
                                   1 – Canada Day Pancake             204‑545‑2204                       3 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        204‑773‑2821
4 pm ‑ 5 pm until August 30,                                                                                                                                                     204‑773‑2821
                                   Breakfast, Minitonas,              20 – Coffee House, Royal           204‑545‑2204                       16-17 – Weekend Music Fest,
Friends Learning Centre, RMNP,                                                                                                                                                   30 ‑ Sept. 2 – Dark Sky
                                   204‑525‑4461                       Canadian Legion, Swan River,       3-4 – Third + Bird, Summer         Pyott’s West Campground, Roblin
204‑848‑4037                                                                                                                                                                     Weekend, RMNP
                                   1 – Canada Day Pancake             204‑734‑3096                       Market, 10 am - 3 pm,              16-17 – Craft, Art and
24 – Young Explorers program
begins, for children aged 7‑14,    Breakfast, Sandy Lake              20 – Parks Day, RMNP               Danceland, Wasagaming              Garden Show, Pyott’s West            SEPTEMBER 2019
this program runs Tuesday and      2 – Roblin Farmers’ Market         20 – Yoga on the Lake, RMNP        3-4 – Beach Volleyball             Campground, Roblin                   1 – Coureur des bois (trail run),
Thursday evenings until August     Opening Day, 10 am ‑ 1 pm,         20 – Cycle Clear Lake, RMNP        Tournament, Pyott’s West           16‑24 – Tamarack Golf                Beach Ridges Trailhead, RMNP,
29, Friends Learning Centre,       Roblin. Markets run every          20 – Keystone Pioneers             Campground, Roblin                 Tournament, Clear Lake Golf          204‑638‑3730
RMNP, 204‑848‑4037                 Tuesday through July & August.     Museum Day, Keystone               3-4 – Friends of RMNP Annual       Course, RMNP                         2 – LABOUR DAY                                                                                                                                                                                                    11
                                                                                                                           2 – Mafeking Duck Race             21 – Mafeking Legion               6 – Roblin Fire & Rescue Pancake
                                                                                                                           & Barbeque, Mafeking,              Pickerel Supper, Mafeking,         Breakfast Fundraiser, Roblin Fire
                                                                                                                           204‑734‑5333                       204‑236‑5333                       Hall, Roblin, 204‑937‑8082
                                                                                                                           6‑8 – Riding Mountain Pride,       22 – Cowan Fall Supper,            11 – Binscarth Park & Pool
                                                                                                                           RMNP                               Cowan, 204‑569‑4851                Spud ‘n’ Steak Night, Binscarth
                                                                                                                           7 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        27 – Coffee House, Friendship      Community Hall, Binscarth,
                                                                                                                           204‑545‑2204                       Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301   204‑532‑2012
                                                                                                                           7 – Minitonas Tent Town            29 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,     11‑14 – Beef and Barley
                                                                                                                           Garden Club Annual Fruit           204‑542‑2134                       Festival, Russell
                                                                                                                           Festival, 2 pm ‑ 4 pm, Minitonas                                      13 – Vesna Fall Supper, Vesna
                                                                                                                                                              OCTOBER 2019
                                                                                                                           7‑8 – MS Bike Tour ‑ Riding                                           14 – THANKSGIVING DAY
                                                                                                                           Mountain Challenge, Dauphin        TBA – Parkland Horsemen
                                                                                                                                                              Association Chuckwagon             18 – Coffee House, Barrows,
                                                                                                                           to Clear Lake, 800‑268‑7582
                                                                                                                                                              & Chariot Races, Parkland          204‑545‑2204
                                                                                                                           14 – At the Farm Gate Market,
                                                                                                                                                              Horsemen Track,                    19 – Coffee House, Royal
                                                                                                                           10 am to 3 pm, Onanole
                                                                                                                                                              Ste. Rose du Lac                   Canadian Legion, Swan River,
                                                                                                                           Recreation Centre, Onanole
                                                                                                                                                              TBA – Spooktoberfest Haunted       204‑734‑3096
                                                                                                                           14 – Binscarth Museum Day*,
                                                                                                                                                              House, Swan River                  20 – Smorgasbord, Shellmouth
                                                                                                                           Binscarth, 204‑532‑2347
                                                                                                                                                              TBA – Laurier Community Fall       Community Hall, Shellmouth
                                                                                                                           15 – Riding Mountain Marathon,
                                                                                                                                                              Supper, Laurier Hall, Laurier      20 – Fall Feast, Binscarth
                                                                                                                           21.1 km half marathon and
                                                                                                                                                              TBA – Bowsman Fall Supper,         Community Hall, Binscarth
                                                                                                                           10 km run, RMNP
                                                                                                                                                              Bowsman                            25 – Coffee House, Friendship
                                                                                                                           20 – Coffee House, Barrows,
                                                                                                                           204‑545‑2204                       TBA – Ste. Rose Community          Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                                                                                                           21 – Coffee House, Royal           Fall Supper, Ste. Rose Hall,       25‑27 – Creepy Hollow
                                                                                                                           Canadian Legion, Swan River,       Ste. Rose du Lac                   Hauntings Weekend, Friends
                                                                                                                           204‑734‑3096                       TBA – Spooky Halloween             Learning Centre, RMNP
                                                                                                                           21 – Turkey TV Dinners*,           Event, Ste. Rose Recreation        26 – Birch River Fall Craft Sale,
                                                                                                                           Binscarth Community Hall,          Facilities, Ste. Rose du Lac       Birch River, 204‑236‑4982

                                                                                                Scott Munn, Parks Canada
                                                                                                                           Binscarth, 204‑532‑2012            4‑6 – Hoof ’n’ Holler Days,        27 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,
                                                                                                                           21 – Moose Knuckles                Ste. Rose Recreation Facilities,   204‑542‑2134
                  Micro Cube at Wasagaming Campground                                                                      Adventure Race, Camp               Ste. Rose du Lac                   27 – Benito Fall Supper,
                                                                                                                           Kippechewin, RMNP,                 5 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        4:30 pm, Curling Rink, Benito,

                  DO SOMETHING FUN
                                                                                                                           204‑638‑3730                       204‑545‑2204                       204‑539‑2375

                  SUMMER 2019                                 SUMMER 2019                                                  JULY 1, 2019                                         AUGUST 10-11, 2019
                  EXPERIENCE RIDING MOUNTAIN                  MUSIC, DANCE & CULTURE                                       HAPPY CANADA DAY                                     WASAGAMING CHAMBER DAYS
                  NATIONAL PARK THROUGH                       RM of Dauphin                                                Various communities Parkland-wide                    Wasagaming
                  AN ARTIST
                                                              Two of Manitoba’s largest music and                          A number of Parkland communities will                Take part in a variety of events organized
                  Riding Mountain National Park
                                                              cultural festivals call the Parkland home.                   host festivities to celebrate 152 years of           by Riding Mountain National Park’s townsite
                  The Artists’ Residency Program offers a     For country music lovers, the 30th annual                    Confederation. Look for pancake breakfasts,          businesses and Wasagaming Chamber of
                  series of events by some of Manitoba’s      Dauphin’s Countryfest is the place to be                     picnics, musical entertainment, special              Commerce. Sandcastle building contest
                  leading professional artists. They range    June 27-30. And you’ll receive a friendly                    events and other festivities—and of course           and fun family activities are just some of
                  from highly interactive workshops to sit-   “Bitaemo” at Canada’s National Ukrainian                     fireworks to finish the day. To find out             the events. The Friends of Riding Mountain
                  back, listen and relax activities.          Festival, August 2-4. Both events are held                   which communities are hosting events                 National Park Kiddie Parade, for children
                  For event times visit     at the Amphitheatre at the Selo Ukraina site                 for Canada Day, see the July 1 events                under the age of 14, takes place on
                  or for more details about the residency     11 km south of Dauphin on PTH10.                             on page 11.                                          August 10.
                  program, visit   and                                                                              
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                    NOVEMBER 2019                                                                                             8 – Pulp River Country             (Jan. 19) Weekend*, RMNP           23 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,
                    TBA – Ten Thousand Villages                                                                               Christmas Party, Pulp River,       24 – Coffee House, Friendship      204‑542‑2134
                    Craft Fair, Swan River                                                                                    204‑236‑5429                       Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301   23 – Bellsite Annual Poker
                    1 – Calico Corners Craft Sale &                                                                           12 – Santa Claus Parade &          26 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,     Derby, Bellsite, 204‑545‑2259
                    Bazaar, Veteran’s Community                                                                               Russell and District Chamber       204‑542‑2134                       28 – Coffee House, Friendship
                    Hall, Swan River, 204‑734‑9114                                          Artists’ Residency Program        of Commerce Shop Late ’til 8*,                                        Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                                                                        Riding Mountain National Park         Russell, 204‑773‑2456              FEBRUARY 2020
                    2 – Coffee House, Bellsite,
                                                                                                                              17 – Christmas Bird Count, RMNP    TBA – Togo Snowmobile Derby        MARCH 2020
                                                                                                                                                                 and Roblin Iron Dog Vintage        TBA – Merridale Snowmobile
                    3 – Annual Arts, Crafts &                                                                                 20 – Coffee House, Barrows,
                                                                                                                                                                 Derby, Togo, SK                    Derby, Roblin, 204‑247‑0928
                    Promotions Show, 11 am ‑ 3 pm,                                                                            204‑545‑2204
                                                       24 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,      3‑7 – Festival of Trees,                                              1 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        7 – Coffee House, Bellsite,
                    Binscarth Community Hall,                                                                                 21 – Coffee House, Royal
                                                       204‑542‑2134                        Swan River                                                            204‑545‑2204                       204‑545‑2204
                    204‑532‑2012                                                                                              Canadian Legion, Swan River,
                                                       28 – Russell and District           5 – Russell and District           204‑734‑3096                       7‑9 – Winter Adventure             14 – 23rd Annual Billy Beal Ice
                    11 – REMEMBRANCE DAY
                                                       Chamber of Commerce                 Chamber of Commerce                                                   Weekend*, Friends Learning         Fishing Derby, Whitefish Lake
                    15 – Coffee House, Barrows,                                                                               25 – CHRISTMAS DAY
                                                       Shop Late ’til 8*, Russell,         Shop Late ’til 8*, Russell,                                           Centre, RMNP                       Provincial Park
                    204‑545‑2204                       204‑773‑2456                                                           26 – BOXING DAY
                                                                                           204‑773‑2456                                                          15 – Coffee House, Royal           20 – Coffee House, Barrows,
                    16 – Roblin’s Annual Craft         29 – Swan Valley Chamber of                                            27 – Coffee House, Friendship
                                                                                           5 – Russell Game & Fish                                               Canadian Legion, Swan River,       204‑545‑2204
                    Show, Roblin, 204‑937‑3194         Commerce Black Friday – Tree                                           Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                                                                                           Big Buck Night, Russell,                                              204‑734‑3096                       21 – Coffee House, Royal
                    16 – Coffee House, Royal           Lighting, Santa and Bonfire,                                           29 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,
                                                                                           204‑773‑3461 or 204‑773‑2173                                          15-17 – Family Fishing             Canadian Legion, Swan River,
                    Canadian Legion, Swan River,       Swan River                                                             204‑542‑2134
                                                                                           7 – Coffee House, Bellsite,                                           Weekend, across Manitoba           204‑734‑3096
                    204‑734‑3096                       30 – Benito Craft and Trade                                            31 – Asessippi Family New
                                                                                           204‑545‑2204                                                          (excluding federal parks)          21 – Mafeking Ice Fishing
                    16‑17 – Photos with Santa,         Show, Benito                                                           Year’s Eve, Asessippi Ski Area &
                                                                                           7 – Benito Craft & Trade Event,                                       15‑17 – Louis Riel Weekend*,       Derby, Mafeking
                    11 am ‑ 3 pm both days, Friends                                                                           Resort, Inglis, 204‑564‑2000
                    Learning Centre, RMNP. Bring       DECEMBER 2019                       Benito, 204‑539‑2296                                                  celebrate Louis Riel Day           22 – Langan Lake Ice Fishing
                    along your pets on Sunday for      TBA – Annual Christmas              7 – Opening Day at Asessippi*,     JANUARY 2020                       (Feb. 17), Friends Learning        Derby, Langan Lake, northeast of
                    their photo with Santa.            Carol Fest, 7:30 pm, George P.      Asessippi Ski Area & Resort,       1 – NEW YEAR’S DAY                 Centre, RMNP                       San Clara on PR367, 204‑937‑3008
                    17 – Russell Craft Show,           Buleziuk Centre, Russell            Inglis, 204‑564‑2000               4 – Coffee House, Bellsite,        17 – LOUIS RIEL DAY                27 – Coffee House, Friendship
                    12 pm ‑ 4 pm, George P.            TBA – Santa Skate, Ste. Rose        7 – Winter Craft Sale, Ste. Rose   204‑545‑2204                       17 – Manitoba Snowshoe Run,        Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301
                    Buleziuk Centre, Russell           Arena, Ste. Rose du Lac             Arena, Ste. Rose du Lac            17 – Coffee House, Barrows,        Selo Ukraina, RM of Dauphin        29 – Coffee House, Pine Creek,
                    22 – Coffee House, Friendship      TBA – Get Amped, evening            7 – Annual Christmas Craft         204‑545‑2204                       21 – Coffee House, Barrows,        204‑542‑2134
Top: Parks Canada

                    Centre, Swan River, 204‑734‑9301   rail jam, Asessippi Ski Area &      Sale, Friends of RMNP, RMNP        18 – Coffee House, Royal           204‑545‑2204                       Visit
                    22 – Festive Friday –              Resort, Inglis, 204‑564‑2000        7 – 6th Annual Christmas Craft     Canadian Legion, Swan River,       22 – Lake of the Prairies Ice      for the latest events, news
                    Downtown Shopping Specials         TBA – St. Nicholas Day Tea &        Sale & Family Fun Day, Onanole     204‑734‑3096                       Fishing Derby, Lake of the         and stories about everything
                    & Parade of Lights, Roblin         Bake Sale, Sandy Lake               Rec Centre, Onanole                18‑19 – World Snow Day             Prairies, 204‑773‑2456             happening in the Parkland.

                    AUGUST 17, 2019                                     AUGUST & OCTOBER 2019                                 AUTUMN 2019                                                     LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020
                    MERRIDALE MAYHEM                                    FRIGHTFULLY GOOD FUN                                  FALL FOOD FEASTS                                                MANITOBA 150
                    Roblin                                              Celebrate Halloween early at Boo in the               Fall or fowl suppers—sometimes called                           “United in celebration - Unis
                    Enjoy a beautiful drive in the countryside and      Park, August 24, 2019, in Wasagaming,                 smorgasbords—are a bit of a tradition in                        dans la fête” is the tagline for
                    spend a day relaxing at leisure with your family    featuring scary fun for the whole family. Or          communities throughout the Parkland,                            Manitoba150, a celebration to
                    by watching a bunch of mud-boggin’ mayhem           take in Creepy Hollow Hauntings Weekend,              starting around harvest time in August, and                     unite all Manitobans throughout
                    and tire twistin’ smoke shows! Light exercise       October 25-27, 2019, at the Friends Learning          extending into the holiday season. There’s a                    2020, the 150th anniversary of the
                    can be had for many by participating in a slo-      Centre in Wasagaming. Sights and sounds               tasty feast practically every weekend in local                  passing of The Manitoba Act by
                    pitch tournament, and kids can unwind in a          will test even the bravest of souls! And if           community halls and arenas. Expect some                         the Parliament of Canada, making
                    soothing and revitalizing mud race activity.        you still haven’t had your fill of frightening        great home-style cooking, often featuring                       Manitoba the fifth province to join
                    Concession/refreshments on site. Quads &            fun, enjoy the Spooky Halloween Event                 local produce, beef, chicken and pork,                          Confederation.
                    Side x Sides only; registration at 9 am.            in Ste. Rose du Lac (TBA - October 2019).             lovingly prepared and served with a smile.
                                                                        Check for updates.                See the events calendar above for details.
                    Phone: 204-247-0928
                  SIGNATURE EVENTS
                  JUNE 27 - 30, 2019                               JULY 13, 2019                                     Amphitheatre. Local entertainers, as well
                  DAUPHIN’S COUNTRYFEST                            ROSSBURN DAY                                      as talent from across Canada and Ukraine,
                  Selo Ukraina, RM of Dauphin                      Rossburn                                          highlight this national festival.
                  With three stages running simultaneously,        This new event combines features of

                                                                                                                                                                                                           by D-Huss
                                                                                                                     Phone: 204‑622‑4600 or 1‑877‑474‑2683.
                  Countryfest attracts an impressive               Rossburn’s former Canada Day and Dukefest
                  contingent of artists for four days of first-    celebrations into one event-filled day. The
                  class entertainment. Confirmed for this year’s   day’s events include the Rossburn Lions           AUGUST 10, 2019
                  30th Anniversary edition are Jason Aldean,       Annual Goods and Services Auction.                MANITOBA’S BEST
                  Toby Keith, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion,                                                        LIL’ BRITCHES RODEO
                                                                   JULY 16-21, 2019
                  Terri Clark, Clay Walker, Chad Brownless,                                                          Roblin
                  David Lee Murphy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,    RIDING MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK
                                                                   FILM FESTIVAL                                     During fair weekend, kids can participate
                  Charlie Marjor, Madeline Merlo, Neal McCoy,                                                        in and experience the truly unforgettable
                                                                   Wasagaming                                                                                          OCTOBER 11-14, 2019
                  Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye,                                                          excitement of Canadian Prairie’s style
                                                                   The festival inspires visitors to create                                                            BEEF AND BARLEY FESTIVAL
                  Doc Walker, The Reklaws, Chris Buck Band,                                                          mutton’ bustin’, goat milking and pig
                                                                   an emotional investment in our natural                                                              Russell
                  Andrew Hyatt, and more. Set in a beautiful                                                         scrambling events. Enjoy the memories of a
                  outdoor amphitheatre, the event offers much      environment through the power of film                                                               Enjoy the Welcome to Russell event, trade
                                                                                                                     lifetime that unfold at this family and animal-
                  more than just music—a variety of food           and storytelling. Screened films include                                                            show, Country Hoedown, Barley King and
                                                                                                                     friendly entertainment event that puts kids
                  vendors, on-site camping, workshops and          documentaries about environmentalism,                                                               Queen Competition, children’s activities,
                                                                                                                     on an exhilarating adventure of grit and
                  contests provide non-stop enjoyment to the       agriculture, adventure, the local food                                                              cabaret and more.
                                                                                                                     futility, and has parents rolling out of their
                  10,000 fans in attendance.                       movement and regionally-inspired films.
                                                                                                                     seats in side-splitting comedy.                   Phone: 204-773-2456.
                                                                   Digital media camps are also held for youth.
                  Phone: 1‑800‑361‑7300.                                                              Registration: 204-937-7276 or visit
                                                                                                                                              OCTOBER 4-6, 2019
                  JULY 12-14, 2019                                                                                                                                     HOOF ’N’ HOLLER DAYS
                                                                   JULY 25-28, 2019                                  AUGUST 10-11, 2019                                Ste. Rose Recreation Facilities,
                  AG SOCIETY FAIR & RODEO                          NORTHWEST ROUNDUP                                 WASAGAMING CHAMBER DAYS                           Ste. Rose du Lac
                  Ag Society Grounds and Arena, Gilbert Plains     AND EXHIBITION                                    Wasagaming
                                                                   Swan River                                                                                          Enjoy the indoor rodeo, pancake breakfast,
                  The fair and rodeo will include a dual-                                                            Take part in a variety of fun, family events      beef barbecue, ranchers’ banquet, dances,
                  approved rodeo, large craft fair, good food,     Events include the Chamber of Commerce            organized by Riding Mountain National             Hoof ‘n’ Holler Queen Contest, parade, and
                  great parade, an ever-expanding exhibit hall     Monster Parade, rodeo, chuckwagon races,          Park’s townsite businesses and Wasagaming         numerous children’s activities.
                  and a light horse show.                          light and heavy horse shows, midway,              Chamber of Commerce.
                                                                   concert, dances, home craft displays, pancake                                                       Phone: 204‑447-2229.
                             breakfasts, and more. Experience life “Down       AUGUST 9-11, 2019
                                                                   on the Farm” interactive exhibits with many ag-   WESTERN DAYS
                  JULY 12-14, 2019
                  BOGGY CREEK JAMBOREE
                                                                   related exhibitors.                               Sandy Lake                                          2019 AG FAIRS
                  San Clara                                        Phone: 204‑734‑3718.          Events include Chip Bingo, Friday and
                                                                                                                     Saturday evening meals, live entertainment          GILBERT PLAINS / GRANDVIEW,
                  Step, stomp, fiddle and jig to a mix of          AUGUST 2-4, 2019                                                                                      July 12-14, 2019
                                                                                                                     at the Sandy Lake Hotel, Borscht & Bread,
                  traditional music and live performances from     CANADA’S NATIONAL                                 a parade and much more.                             SWAN RIVER, July 25-28, 2019
                  Friday afternoon to Sunday evening at Shell      UKRAINIAN FESTIVAL
                  River’s weekend music festival. Concessions      Selo Ukraina, Dauphin                                                                                 ROBLIN AG SOCIETY FAIR,
                  and camping available.                                                                                                                                 August 8-11, 2019
                                                                   This annual festival features dancing, music,
                  Phone: 204-937-4985.                             arts and cuisine at Selo Ukraina Hillside                                                   

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                                                                                                          GRANDVIEW                                         the shop, many frequent Parkland visitors
                                                                                                          FRIENDLY CORNER BAKE SHOP                         make Parkland Bakery their first destination
                                                                                                          Friendly Corner Bake Shop is a very special       when visiting Roblin.
                                                                                                          place. All of the food is down-home good,         Location: 210 Main Street.
                                                                                                          and the cinnamon buns are exceptional as          Phone: 204-937-2371.
                                CINNAMON BUN TRAIL                                                        are all of the baked products. The bakers
                                                                                                          are residents of the local group home for         RUSSELL
                                                                                                          people with intellectual disabilities and they    BIN 22 COFFEE CO.

                                                                                                          approach their baking duties very seriously       Bin 22 Coffee Co. offers specialty coffees
                                                                                                          and patiently. Great care goes into all of the    (including espresso), cheesecake, cinnamon
                                                                                                          preparation and every item is handmade.           buns, and bundt cake.
                                                                                                          Soups, salads and sandwiches are great.
                                                                                                                                                            Location: 202 Main Street N.

                                                                                                          Best to arrive early as daily output is limited
                                                                                                                                                            Phone: 204-773-4328.
                                                                                                          and reputation is widespread!
                                                                                                          Location: 431 Main Street.                        RUSSELL
                                                                                                          Phone: 204‑546‑3004.                         TINHOUSE DESIGNS AND COFFEE
                                                                                                                                                       Enjoy homemade, “from scratch” lunches
                                                                                                                                                       and cinnamon buns, specialty coffees, ice
                                                                                                          GONE SCRAPPIN’ IN BLOOM
                                                                                                                                                       cream, frozen yogurt, and other interesting
                                                                                                          From-scratch cinnamon buns are on the        and different items. Dine in or on the large
                                                                                                          menu in the coffee shop area of this large,  patio. Licensed.
                                                                                                          unique, former 1940s grocery store. The menu
                                                                                                          includes specialty coffees, ice cream treats Location: 161A Main Street. Phone:
                                                                                                          and lunches. The store offers scrapbooking   204‑773‑2291.
                                                                                                          supplies, fresh flowers, and gifts, and also ONANOLE & WASAGAMING
                                                                                                          classes, concerts and catered meals.         THE FOXTAIL CAFÉ
                                                                                                          Location: 20 Victoria Avenue East.           The Foxtail Café crew excel at making
                                                                                                          Phone: 204‑859‑3334.                         fabulous pizzas in the two wood-fired pizza
                                                                                                          SWAN RIVER
                                                                                                                                                            ovens at these locations. Also try panini
                                                                                                          QUIK STOP CONVENIENCE STORE                       sandwiches on homemade focaccia bread,
                                                                                                          The Quik Stop is also a deli and “from scratch”   homemade soup, intriguing salads, and of
                                                                                                          bakery with cinnamon buns (regular sticky,        course the fresh cinnamon buns.
                                                                                                          cream cheese or raisin), along with doughnuts,    Locations: PTH10 and Victor Avenue, Onanole
                                                                                                          tarts, Danish, four kinds of bread, and other     (204‑848‑2195); and Wasagaming Drive,
                              They’re tasty, and oh so ooey-gooey good.                                   treats. Enjoy homemade soup, panini               Wasagaming (204‑848‑7517).
                              Journey across the Parkland as we share places to                           sandwiches and subs made from turkey, beef
                                                                                                          and pork roasted on site. A very popular site!    WASAGAMING
                              find mouthwatering cinnamon buns—plus other                                                                                   WHITE HOUSE BAKERY AND
                              sweet treats and delicious homemade foods                                   Location: Main Street at PTH10.                   RESTAURANT
                                                                                                          Phone: 204‑734‑4140.                              Join daily lineups for cinnamon buns—
                                                                                                          ROBLIN                                            maple, cream cheese, plain, pecan, apple
                              Hours of operation of these businesses vary, especially from                PARKLAND BAKERY                                   cinnamon, and whole wheat—baked on
                                                                                                                                                            site and deliciously sticky! Perogies, panini, by rudisill

                              season to season. It’s best to call ahead to find the best time to visit.   This is a century-old family-run bakery
                              Visit for the latest updates.                           with a strong foundation built on scratch         sandwiches, wraps, burgers, vegetarian
                                                                                                          secrets. Although Parkland Bakery’s fresh-        choices, in-house gluten-free rice bread, and
                                                                                                          made breads, buns, cookies, doughnuts             numerous dessert choices are all here and
                                                                                                          and cinnamon buns can be found sprinkled          from local suppliers when possible. Licensed.
                                                                                                          around the Parkland in a 125-km radius from       Location: 104 Buffalo Drive. Phone: 204‑848‑7700.

BINSCARTH                                           ONANOLE
                                                          ARBUCKLE’S FINE EATERY                              SOLSTICE SPA
                                                          & CURIOSITY SHOP                                    Solstice Spa is where time stands still. The
                                                          Enjoy fine dining in a homestyle, family            Elkhorn Resort’s full‑service spa offers a
                                                          atmosphere. The music-themed décor                  mineral pool, physiotherapy treatments,
      SHOPS & STOPS                                       of antique and modern instruments is
                                                          so appropriate for listening to live local
                                                                                                              massage and aromatherapy, wellness soaks,
                                                                                                              facials, hand and foot care, body scrubs
                                                          entertainment and premium touring talent            or mud wraps with vichy shower, Reiki and

     TREATS &
                                                          every Friday. Most dishes are created and           raindrop therapies and guided energy
                                                          cooked on site with local meats and locally         sessions. Enjoy a healthy and refreshing
                                                          purchased produce. Look for the Blues               spa lunch.
                                                          Brothers Steak, baby back ribs, mac and
                                                                                                              Phone: 204‑848‑8739.

                                                          cheese and pecan pie. With sufficient notice,
                                                          Arbuckle’s will provide for gluten-free and         ROBLIN
                                                          special dietary needs. This is a popular spot,      CRAVE STYLE
                                                          and reservations are recommended.                   Crave Style offers fair trade ladies’ fashion
                                                          Hours: Open Thursday to Sunday.                     trends, organic skin and bath essentials,
                                                          Phone: 204-532-2099.                                handmade arts and accessories and locally
                                                                                                              sourced products. Check out Crave Style’s
                                                          BARROWS                                             latest features and new items on Facebook.
                                                          CREATIVE SPIRIT
                                                                                                              Location: 182 Main Street, Roblin.
                                                          A unique gift store with wild herbal teas
                                                                                                              Phone: 204‑937‑8618.
                                                          (Labrador, mint, hyssop), salves, balms, twig
                                                          wreaths, birch bark bitings and other wild          ROBLIN
                                                          crafts by local Aboriginal artisans. Stay in        NETTIES EXPRESSIONS
                                                          year‑round guest houses or an authentic             Netties Expressions offers a wide variety of
                                                          Aboriginal teepee. Enjoy workshops for making       endearing handmade designs on quality
                                                          wreaths, tapping birch, gathering fiddleheads,      greeting cards, rustic wood signs and decors
                                                          harvesting teas and more. DVDs available.           items, art prints, stationery bags, baby growth
                                                          Phone: 204‑545‑6215.                                charts that are each a unique of artwork. To
                                                                                 see photos and place custom orders visit the
                                                                                                              store’s website, or stop by the store.
                                                          POOR MICHAEL’S EMPORIUM                             Location: 213 -2nd Avenue N.W. Phone:
                                                          Poor Michael’s Emporium is no ordinary
                                                          bookshop. It offers a fine selection of quality     ROSSBURN
                                                          used books, from first editions to vintage          GONE SCRAPPIN’ IN BLOOM
     The Parkland has many unique destinations for        magazines, local histories, art, literature, kids   Enjoy the ambiance of an original 1940s
     you to discover. One-of-a-kind shops and quaint      and summer reading. Also featured is an             brick store with all-wood interior. Sip a cup
                                                          eclectic mix of Manitoba artwork and global         of espresso, discover a selection of unique
     boutiques are a shopper’s delight, with everything   treasures, with an emphasis on handmade,            products, fresh flowers, plants, scrapbooking
     from antiques and crafts, to works of art and        one-of-a-kind items. The cafe offers coffee         supplies, gifts, Manitoba chocolates, art and
     special souvenirs.                                   and delicious homemade light lunches and            more. Visit the café portion for specialty
                                                          desserts. Enjoy the unique patio for relaxing       coffees and teas, soups, desserts and
                                                          or listening to evening music concerts.             ice cream.
                                                          Hours: Open early May to mid-October.               Hours: Open year‑round. Location: 20 Victoria
                                                                                     Avenue E. Phone: 204‑859‑3334.

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