brought with it a little taste of winter with early snow. Luckily, the early Octo- ber snow didn’t last too long here in Manitoba. Looking out my office at the Legislature I couldn’t help but think of all the winter festivals we are so fortunate to have in our beautiful province. Winnipeg is a world class city in a world class province. We have so much to be proud of here. We have interesting festi- vals all year round but I think our winter festivals are especially impressive because of how Manito-

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bans brave the cold and get out to enjoy what this great place has to offer. Winnipeg is officially classified as a World Winter City (as designated by the World Winter Cities Association for Mayors) and it’s a fitting title. There’s so much to experience in the winter months! Here are a few of my favourite Manitoba winter ac- tivities: The Santa Clause Parade kicks off this list of festivals. This holiday parade is sure to get your family excited for the holiday season. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Winnipeg’s Santa Clause Parade marched for the first time in 1909. It has since grown to a large attraction that people attend from far and wide. It is estimated that roughly 60,000 people attend the Winnipeg Santa Clause Parade an- nually.

The Manitoba Legislative building is one of Mani-

More fun this fall and winter with Downtown Winnipeg tours

while also getting to see new developments that are changing the city’s core. Downtown Winnipeg Tours offers five unique tours over the fall and winter, including: Cocktail Crawl Tour

D The winter answer to our popular summer Patio

Crawl tour! Use the Winnipeg Walkway system to hit three to four downtown restaurants for cocktails and appetizers. Coats are for chumps – we won’t be going outside at any point for this tour. Find some great new spots and visit some old favourites, all connected to Winnipeg Walkways!

Tap In Tour Test out Winnipeg’s favourite watering holes on the

Tap In beer tour! Tours run from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and include beer and menu samplings at three to four different restaurants, such as Carbone Café Club, Garbonzo’s Pizza Pub, Rudy’s Eat & Drink, Shannon’s Irish Pub, Tipsy Cow, Shark Club and Moxie’s Restau- rant and Lounge.

The Breakfast Club Tour

Join the early birds for a mobile Sunday brunch at The Breakfast Club Tour. Tours run on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and include breakfast samplings at four restaurants, such as Prairie 360, The Original Pan- cake House and Blaze Restaurant. Winnipeg Wine Tour

Explore the wine lists of some of Winnipeg’s top downtown restaurants and sample delectable food pairings with this guided tour. This tour runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and includes stops at down- town’s top fine dining restaurants. Bikes and Brunch Tour

Be a true Winnipegger and conquer the Winter-blues with this tour of downtown’s best brunch spots using a winterized or fat bike! Option to rent a fat bike, if you choose. For a complete listing of downtown tours including dates and featured restaurant stop, and to purchase tickets, visit

November 2018

The annual seasonal flu vaccine is available to all Manitobans at no charge. It will offer protection against four seasonal flu strains.

An annual flu vaccine is especially important for those at increased risk of serious illness from the flu, their caregivers and close contacts.

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To get your free flu vaccine, contact your public health nurse, doctor, pharmacist or call Health Links – Info Santé at

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iscover great restaurants and all-time favou- rite hidden gems with year-round downtown tours! Learn more about downtown’s history

Manitoba shines in winter W

eather broadcasts depicted snow-covered

cities all over Canada and by early Octo- ber it was here in Winnipeg. Fall, this year,

Celebrating winter at the Festival du Voyageur.

toba’s most extraordinary buildings. This grand and beautiful building has been my workplace for twenty years. Our beautiful building is open to visitors all throughout the year but on one special day offices are open to guests. In the holiday spirit the Legislature’s Christmas Open House is sure to be a great time for the whole family. I particularly enjoy the Open House as the Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly. Every Christmas Open House the Speaker leads all MLAs in joyful choir singing on the grand staircase. It’s a great sight to see visitors fill this architecturally stunning place.

Northern Manitoba has many awe inspiring attri-

butes. From the Polar bears to the northern lights, this region is jam-packed with special Canadian gems. One of those gems is the Northern Manitoba Trappers festi- val. This winter festival celebrates winter in a way that is true to northern Manitoba’s roots. Located in The Pas, Manitoba, guests get a feel of some of the fun that ties to Northern Manitoba’s trapper history. It is well known that voyageurs played an important

role in the history of settling the prairies. The Festival du Voyageur has taken place every February since 1970 in Saint Boniface, Winnipeg. There are great aspects to this event for all ages. Taking place at Fort Gibraltar this event has all the makings for a memorable time. There is delicious food, wonderful music, impressive ice sculptures, and educational activities. The purpose of the Festival du Voyageur is to promote the discovery of the rich history of the voyageur era and the vitality of the French language and culture in Manitoba. This ten day event takes place in mid February and boasts a plethora of bands and entertainment, fireworks, school programs, fiddling and jigging. Skaters on the Red River Mutual Trail don’t have to go far from Fort Gibraltar to get onto the longest ice skating trail in Canada. With artistic warming huts lin- ing the trail skaters are able to enjoy themselves with the opportunity to rest out of the cold. Asessippi Provincial Park is another wonderful area in our province. In our prairie province we are most usually associated with flat plains so it is great to have an area with rolling hills. This region is beautiful all year around. In the winter the snow covered hills create a gorgeous ski area. In February, Asessippi celebrates a Family Weekend for guests to bring the whole family and enjoy the winter sports Manitoba has to offer. Although the Journey to Churchill at the Assini-

boine Park Zoo is an exhibit open all year I think it is worth mentioning when discussing winter activities as it’s a great way to see what makes Manitoba the Polar Bear capital of the world. This exhibit has areas where guests can see the polar bears and seals swimming in their respective tanks. It’s amazing! I am so proud to be Manitoban. All throughout

the year we have many interesting events. We live in a truly unique place. With our hot summers and cold winters there is so much to do. It’s wonderful that we Manitobans aren’t ones to shy away from some colder weather.




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