Photography by Travel Manitoba
18 January 2024
In the pulsating core of Canada, Manitoba, 2024 heralds a year resplendent with novel enticements. A symphony of new lodgings, celebratory landmarks, opulent spa indulgences and enthralling tours await.
This is Manitoba, a siren call for the urban explorer, the wilderness wanderer and the wildlife enthusiast.
Behold Riding Mountain National Park, a year-round sanctuary for both locals and globetrotters. Here, the quaint town site of Clear Lake beckons in summer with its inviting eateries, boutiques, and sun-kissed shores.
For the avid hiker, trails like Gorge Creek and Bald Hill unveil the park’s backcountry vistas. Amidst this natural splendour, the Stowaway Inn, a gem from the 1930s, reopens post-renovation, nestled in Wasagaming, the park’s vibrant heart.
For the intrepid soul, the newly unveiled Turtle Village in Wasagaming campground offers a luxurious off-grid escapade. These Indigenous-owned, solar-powered Turtle Shells redefine glamping. Imagine evenings by the fire, enveloped by the hush of wilderness.
Elkhorn Resort, another Riding Mountain jewel, enriches its offerings with the Klar So Nordic Spa, a haven of hydrotherapy complete with hot tubs, saunas, and relaxation zones.
Adventure beckons with Wild Loon Adventure Company’s 13-day odyssey along the Bloodvein River. Traverse this Canadian Heritage River, weaving through the UNESCO-listed Pimachiowin Aki, a landscape pulsating with life.
And then there’s Churchill, now a stop on Silversea Expedition Cruises’ Arctic and Greenland tours. This polar bear capital of the world offers summer thrills from beluga whale tours to sled dog carting.
In Winnipeg, the Indigenous-owned Wyndham Garden Ode Akiing near the airport is a testament to Indigenous culture, with its unique architecture and Manoomin restaurant.
Nearby, The Village at Pineridge Hollow marries prairie charm with chic urbanity. This shopping and dining haven, complete with a farmers’ market and future spa and inn, is a microcosm of Manitoba’s bounteous heartland.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, an architectural wonder, marks a decade of illuminating human stories in September 2024. Its galleries are set to feature the ‘Beyond the Beat: Music of Resistance and Change’ exhibition during this milestone year.
Accessibility? Air Canada and Qantas ensure seamless connectivity from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver, with Winnipeg a mere flight or train journey away.