The end of our Canada 150 series is being amalgamated into our Christmas Advent blogging. Today we are talking all about Calgary's friend to the east, Manitoba. Learn all about this beautiful province and some of its unique attractions!
Turtle Mountain, part of which resides in present day Manitoba, was the first area of land to be exposed following the ice age. This made it an ideal spot for First Nations groups to settle. European explorers first came to Manitoba via the Hudson's Bay--named after explorer Henry Hudson whose crew abandoned him. The Hudson's Bay Trading Post was swiftly established, and soon, much like what happened in the rest of Canada, European immigrants flooded in.
Manitoba was the fifth province to join Canada on July 15th, 1870 after a failed rebellion by Louis Riel. Manitoba is celebrating Canada 150 in many ways, one of which being through highlighting their Dairy Farmers. A new book "printed in both French and English, Dairy Farmers, Deeply Rooted for a Strong Future , profiles dairy farmers in each province... dairy farmers were integral in building Canada and feeding the country" (Manitoba Cooperator). Many families in Manitoba have been dairy farmers for generations! They have all contributed to Manitoba's rich history.
Here are some items for your Manitoba bucket list:
Summer Northern Safari: Head out to Churchill Manitoba for the outdoor experience of a lifetime. Churchill is "called the polar bear capital of the world... [and] is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder's paradise and one of the best places to experience the northern lights" (Everything Churchill). While you can get a glimpse of some of these amazing animals in the Calgary Zoo, in Manitoba you can see them up close and personal.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: This gorgeous new museum is located in Winnipeg, "where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on Treaty One Land - a historic meeting place for thousands of years" (Travel Manitoba). Designed to educate and inspire, the "multi-sensory exhibits explore human rights concepts with an international scope, but through a uniquely Canadian lens" (Travel Manitoba). You do not want to miss this!
Caddy Lake Rock Tunnels: Take in the beautiful scenery as you canoe through one of Manitoba's gorgeous lakes. But watch out - you may have duck! The Caddy Lake Rock Tunnels are "located in Whiteshell Provinchal Park near the Manitoba-Ontario boarder. They were blasted through sold granite rock when the railways were built" (Hike Bike Travel). This hidden gem is best explored when the water levels are low, so check before you start paddling.
What is your favorite thing about Manitoba? Let us know and please share this with friends and family!
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