Summer time is here! It’s time to get out, enjoy the sunshine and experience everything
this beautiful province has to offer!
The following activities and events are on my to-do list this summer:
My kids have been asking me to go camping for a while now. So this summer I am
surprising them with a mini getaway to beautiful Clear Lake, Manitoba. I haven’t visited
the area since my early twenties, so I am definitely excited to go back and experience it
with my family! I have rented this super cool tent like hut - an oTENTik tent, highly
recommended by my good friend Gabby! The oTENTik tent offers a unique blend of
homey comfort and a taste of outdoor adventure (I am not a hardcore camper – so this
is a good compromise LOL). I am really looking forward to checking out some local
shops, hiking, wandering, and of course, enjoying the water! If you have any
recommendations on what else we should do while there, please contact me!! I
welcome any and all suggestions!
GIMLI FILM FESTIVAL | July 25-29
My family and I attend the Film Festival annually - what a great way to celebrate and
experience Manitoba-made cinema! I highly recommend the sunset screening – FREE
on the beach movies!! What’s better than that?! A great idea for family night or date
night! On the list this year are a few of my old favorites including – A League of Their
Own, The Big Lebowski, + Stand By Me.
ICELANDIC FESTIVAL | August 3-6
I can honestly say I look forward to this weekend every single year! So many fun and
exciting things to do for young and old alike! Everything from the Wonder Show Midway
to craft beer and all the food vendors, live music, sandcastle competition, a street
parade, fireworks... I could seriously go on and on!!! If you haven’t been, I HIGHLY
recommend adding it to your calendar this year!
Where to begin! I absolutely love this place and every time I go, I find something new to
do or see! Enjoy a delicious homemade meal or light snack at the onsite restaurant.
Their menu offers a wide variety of options, so there is bound to be something for
everyone! After lunch, be sure to stop by the store (I could literally spend HOURS in
here!). They carry everything from home decor, clothing + accessories, gift-ware,
furniture and SO MUCH MORE!!! And before you leave, don’t forget to visit Faith (the
CUTEST pig) and all her other friends!
ARNE’S FARMERS MARKET | Saturday’s & Sunday’s
This place is an absolute MUST!!! I don’t have enough good things to say about the
Arne’s Farmers Market – I go every summer! Located just north of Gimli, this market
features locally (and Manitoba) made food and products. You can find: LITERALLY the
best doughnuts on earth (no, I am not exaggerating), an assortment of fresh fruit and veggies, handmade goodies and so much MORE. And of course I’m looking forward to
visiting some of my favorites – Essentially Minded and She’s Got Leggs!
Located in Riverton, this family farm is bound to appeal to young and old alike! This
place is truly a haven situated just a short drive from the city! In addition to the delicious
baked goods (that can be purchased onsite), you can enjoy the beautiful garden, AND
you will find some cute playful creatures that love getting attention from visitors (ducks,
chickens, alpacas, and more!).
I also recommend attending their “Pizza Night”, which runs every Friday and Saturday
from 5pm – 9pm (rain or shine!). I personally haven’t been (yet!), but definitely on the
agenda for this summer. I have heard only good things about it!! Tables, chairs, and
picnic blankets are all provided but you are encouraged to bring your own drinks,
salads, desserts to enjoy with your delicious PIZZA! How cool!
GIRLS NIGHT ON LA ROCA’S PATIO
Bring on the sangria and cold margaritas! Nothing beats a hot summer night on
Winnipeg’s nicest 2-story outdoor patio! Enjoy live music, Mexican cuisine, and a fun
atmosphere, while hanging with your girls! I don’t know about you but when I am out
with my girls we ALWAYS have a blast and close the place down!!
Every summer Craig and I go on a double date with our good friends Kristen and
Landon. Casa Bianca is the best Italian restaurant hands down; offering wholesome
authentic food, an amazing wine list and excellent ambiance and service. You literally
feel like you have escaped to Italy for the night! (pro tip: to avoid disappointment, call
ahead and make a reservation as they are fully booked every evening!)
Now that I have shared my summer with you, I encourage you to get out, perhaps try
something new and make the best of yours! XO