Call me an optimist, but I truly feel Manitoba is one of the best places in the world. Where else can you find the awe inspiring flatness, breathtaking beaches, deserts, white water rafting – don’t even get me started on the food! Allow me take you on a day of touring Manitoba. If you are not convinced, do yourself a favour and take a look at HomeFree: Exploring Manitoba by Adam Kelly! So, bring along your sun screen, comfortable shoes, and a full cooler for a BBQ dinner.
When you wake up, stop for a great coffee at any one of our many local coffee shops. Start your day with a 5 km walk around the historic Forks beginning at Fort Garry Gate, walk towards the Forks, down Tache, then return to Fort Garry Gate. You can find this walk among others in Prairie Pathfinders Winnipeg Walks.
A short drive from Winnipeg, along the scenic River Road, you will reach Gimli. From the lake front views, the film festival, and museums, you can get lost in Gimli, but today we only have time for lunch in one of the local fresh fish and chip shops. Gimli Harbor and Fishery: An Illustrated History by local author and Professor Andy Blicq is about the history of this fascinating town – he can fill you in on the rest.
An hour north from Gimli is the beautiful Hecla Island. Be sure to say hello to Lundi Moose in Riverton, one of Manitoba’s giant town statues. In Hecla you will find self-guided and interpreter-led hikes. One 5 km hike starting from the Gull Harbour Boat House is perfect for all skill levels. Prairie Pathfinders also have Manitoba Walks: Your Adventure Guide to Day Hikes & Town Walking Tours where you can find many other hikes throughout Manitoba.
To end our day we will be driving to Lundar Manitoba, about an hour and a half from Hecla. The sunset views over Lake Manitoba are absolutely beautiful. There is a provincial park here where you can lay your head, start a fire, and cook your dinner over an open flame. Try a perfect BBQ recipe from Winnipeg Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Top Chefs by Robin Summerfield. I recommend the Chicken Burgers with Zucchini Relish on page 28.
For many more daytrips check out A Daytripper’s Guide to Manitoba: Exploring Canada’s Undiscovered Province. You might be amazed at what you can find!