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Manitoba Attractions

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Manitoba gets it name from "manito waba", an Ojibwan phrase used for the narrows on Lake Manitoba where the sound from the pebbles being ground against the shore by the storm-tossed waves seemed to the early Indians to have come from Manitou, the great spirit.

Winnipeg, Canada

Riding Mountain National Park

Riding Mountain National Park is a mix of prairie, woodland, lakes, and marshes. Many people come to Riding Mountain to hike, boat, or cross country ski in winter. A herd of bison roam freely.

Churchill, Canada

Pinawa, Canada

Pinawa is a small town on the shores of the Winnipeg River. The town has an 18 hole golf courses as well as a popular beach area. Once known for nuclear research Pinawa now is more about recreation. Sitting at the top end of the Whiteshell Provincial Park, Pinawa is a great base to strike out and enjoy the regions attractions such as canoeing, hiking, hunting, fishing, and in the winter, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.
Some of Pinawa's attractions include the Heritage Sundial, The Great Grey Owl Habitat, and Pinawa Dam Provincial Park, site of Manitoba's first hydroelectric dam.

North Route

The North Route of Manitoba takes the TransCanada Highway west out of Winnipeg to Portage La Prairie then north-west to the old fur-trading post of Neepawa and further through the Minnedosa River Valley to the Riding Mountain National Park and The Pas and Flin Flon.
The North Route goes from the cornbelt towns deep in the interior to the lowlands around Hudson Bay, Riding Mountain National Park with its nature reserves and the timber and mining towns of Flin Flon and The Pas, where it is possible to get a flight to visit Churchill, Canada's only sub-Arctic seaport.

Brandon, Canada

Selkirk, Canada

Interlake Route

The Interlake route follows the western shore of Lake Winnipeg north through Netley March and Gimli to the Hecla Provincial Park.
When in 1875 Iceland suffered intense and destruction volcanic eruptions many of its people chose to leave their beautiful but bleak homeland in search of a similar but more hospitable country where they could carry on with their farming and fishing. Liking what they saw of Manitoba, with its broad fertile prairie and many lakes they settled around Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.
The first stretch of the Interlake route along the western shore of Lake Winnipeg takes in what was once New Iceland, an independent territory where lived and ruled the descendants of those first Icelandic settlers, and where their Icelandic traditions still live on today.
It is worth making a stopover in one of the Icelandic-style vacation resorts that have sprung up amidst the forests of spruce, aspen and Scotch pine. The lakes provide excellent swimming and sailing, and there are small car-free islands where moose and bear can be encountered, while in spring the skeins of geese and duck fly in to breed. The landscape is at its most scenic in the autumn, when the woods become a riot of color and the ripe corn stands high in the fields.

The Pas, Canada

The small community of The Pas (pronounced "The Paw") is located in northern Manitoba, approximately 600 kilometers (360 miles) north of Winnipeg. Considered a gateway to the North, The Pas is a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The Pas is considered an excellent base for activities such as canoeing, hunting, fishing, and camping. Originally settled as a fur trading post between the Indians and the white French and English traders, The Pas, has grown substantially over the years.
One of the town's highlights is the strikingly blue lake. Considered a rarity in the world, it is one of only three known to exist. The Pas has several major festivals each year. These include the Trapper's Festival, the Agricultural Fair, and Opasquia Indian days.

Cornbelt Route

Manitoba's Cornbelt route runs west out of Winnipeg on the TransCanada Highway across Whitehorse Plain to Brandon and south through the Turtle Mountain Provincial Park to the International Peace Garden.
It passes through the heart of the cornbelt, thousands of acres of wheat, barley and oats, the "breadbasket of the world", but also important for its livestock farming.
Many farmers and ranchers in the cornbelt take in visitors as guests who can help with such farm chores as haymaking or doing the milking, or sample the pleasures of the lakes, rivers and streams. Spring is the best time for a farm visit since summer temperatures can be as high as 38°C (100°F).

Dauphin, Canada

Dauphin is a small town situated directly north of Brandon. The Fort Dauphin Museum describes the history of the town and region. Dauphin is noted for its rich cultural heritage, most prominently of the Ukrainian variety. Great food and culture abounds in Dauphin and several festivals celebrating this Manitoba town take place each summer. Located south of Dauphin is the Riding Mountain escarpment home to Riding Mountain National Park and numerous recreational opportunities. Northwest of Dauphin is Duck Mountain, a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Dauphin's claim to fame is that it is Canada's sunniest city.

Flin Flon, Canada

Virden, Canada

Virden is located in south-west Manitoba. Attractions in this small town include Virden In-Door Rodeo and the Wild West Daze, held in the fall. The Virden Fair takes place in early July and is one of the town's summer highlights drawing visitors from around the region.
Virden sits atop Manitoba's only known oil reserves and is known colloquially as the "Oil Capital of Manitoba". Over 1,200 oil wells can be found in the Virden area.
The town is known for its fieldstone buildings, some of which date to the late 1800s.

Virden Pioneer Home and Museum

Built in 1888, the Virden Pioneer Home and Museum is a living memorial to the pioneers who came to the region. It is furnished with pieces donated by descendants of the pioneers.
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