Manitoba Day Trips

If you had just three days to live it up in Manitoba, what would you do?
Why not take advantage of local expertise and select a ready-made itinerary to help maximize your enjoyment while you explore the province's urban and country charms. Whether you have one day to spare at the tail end of a business conference, a three-day mini vacation or five fabulous days of freedom, we can help you make the most of your stay.

Beach-y Keen
Pack yourself a beach picnic and head out to one of Manitoba's most popular swimming spots. With more than 100,000 lakes in Manitoba, there is certainly no shortage of sandy shores for sunbathing, swimming, or strolling hand-in-hand. Frolic on the soft sand at Grand Beach, hike through forests and go for a dip in the lake at Birds Hill, and saunter down the boardwalk with an ice cream cone in hand at Winnipeg Beach.
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Festival Fun
Experience our renowned hospitality first-hand at a quirky Manitoba festival – filled with fun, food, and friendly people. These day trips out to rural Manitoba are worth the drive. Get a taste of the pioneer lifestyle and dance your heart out at Austin’s Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede. Celebrate the harvest and sip fresh cider at Morden’s Corn & Apple Festival. Go frog-wild and run obstacles at the St. Pierre-Jolys Frog Follies and Agricultural Fair.
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Culinary Treats and Treasures
Some of the most unique culinary experiences are within reach just outside the city limits. Become a foodie and fill up your Instagram feed, and your belly, with Manitoba’s most mouth-watering delicacies. Enjoy rural traditions and friendly hospitality at a Fall Supper, follow the path to deliciousness on the Cinnamon Bun Trail, and make your own farm-fresh pizza with garden veggies at Integrity Foods. You need only bring your appetite!
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Bird Man-itoba
The province is a birding paradise: three migration routes cross over Manitoba, with over 390 species of birds recorded here and 287 known to nest. Play naturalist for the day on a bird-banding expedition at Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Watch for migrating flocks along the immense wetlands and sandbars at Delta Marsh. Escape on a relaxing getaway and observe herons, hawks, or even the rare western grebe at Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park.
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Winter Wonderland
Winters in Manitoba are bright, crisp, and filled with adventure! Wind your way through Manitoba’s changing landscapes on a groomed snowmobile trail or carve a path as you whip down a downhill skiing run. Winter festivals are a unique opportunity to join with communities to embrace the outdoors and celebrate lively culture. Dog sled, curl, skate, angle into the ice like a local and fall in love with the season.
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Perfectly Parks
Get outside and be revitalized by our fresh air and big, bold skies. In Manitoba, you’ll find two national parks, 54 provincial parks and hundreds of municipal green spaces for your outdoor adventures. Trek through sand dunes at Spruce Woods, reel in a big catch in the Whiteshell, follow the path to the lighthouse at Hecla/Grindstone, or watch for wildlife – like bison and elk- at Riding Mountain National Park.
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History Alive
Many people played a part in shaping Manitoba’s history – make their stories part of your own. Relive the era of the fur trade and help row a York boat at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. Taste real home cooking and explore the street village at the Mennonite Heritage Village. Discover the way of the Icelandic settlers that arrived on the shores of Gimli in 1875 at the New Iceland Heritage Museum.
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Art Show
Our local artists reflect personal and shared experiences from every corner of the province in their works. Embrace every aspect of the arts as you wander our galleries and observe how Manitoba’s nature, people and culture inspires the imagination of many. See talented artists in action and hear about their projects on the self-guided WAVE Interlake Artist Studio Tour or stroll the calming grounds of the stately Gallery in the Park.
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Fishing for All
From remote wilderness lodges to dropping a line in the local river to making memories at the cabin, Manitoba is known for its incredible fishing. While some may aim to become a Manitoba Master Angler, anglers of all abilities love hard water fishing for lake trout in the winter and trolling the Red River for catfish in the summer. Relish in the greatest reward of your catch as you dig into a hearty lakeside shore lunch of freshly caught walleye.
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Hike & Bike
Thousands of kilometers of trails, from lakeside paths to rocky inclines, make it easy to explore Manitoba on foot or bike. Cycle through the prairie wind and discover Manitoba through its communities and wildlife along the Trans Canada Trail. Cyclists can easily reach Birds Hill Provincial Park and its network of trails by bike, and hikers can choose from a wide range of trail types and lengths in the Whiteshell.
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Surprising Discoveries
Manitoba has a knack for surprising people, with curious creatures and ancient signs of animals and people from the past. Did you know you can see thousands of snakes in one place? You can at the Narcisse Snake Dens! Did you know you can unearth 80 million-year-old fossils? You can at the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre! Did you know you can see an ancient and sacred place in one of Manitoba’s most popular parks? You can at Bannock Point Petroforms! 
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