Hello it’s Kate! Since I am Miss Teen Manitoba, I thought I should write some pieces about Manitoba. There are so many fun, fascinating facts about Manitoba, making writing a short piece difficult but I thought I would cover a few interesting items for now so here it goes!
When I meet people who have not been to Manitoba, I often get the question, “How do you stay warm during your cold winters?” Yes, it is true, Winnipeg, and the Province of Manitoba can definitely experience cold Winters. However, for those of you who do not like cold temperatures and enjoy the heat, parts of Manitoba can exceed 30 °C (86 °F) numerous times each summer, and the heat and humidity together can result in humidex values the mid-40s. Did you know that Carman, Manitoba, which is approximately 40 minutes southwest of Winnipeg, recorded the second-highest humidex ever in Canada in 2007, measuring 53.0. Now that’s hot!
According to Environment Canada, Manitoba ranked first for clearest skies year round, and second for clearest skies in the summer and I am excited to brag that Manitoba is the sunniest province in the winter and spring. Bright, clear skies and warm sun! What’s not to like about that!!!
Manitoba’s northern sections (including the city of Thompson and Churchill, (which I had the pleasure of visiting) are in the subarctic climate zone. This region features long, cold winters (yes, the cold I already spoke about!) and brief, warm summers. Overnight temperatures can drop to −40 °C so it is certainly important to dress warm when travelling in Northern MB in the Winter. If you love adventure; however, I strongly recommend travelling to northern Manitoba! There is so much to see and experience. I had a very exciting trip to Churchill, which is noted for its northern polar bear population and commonly referred to as the “Polar Bear Capital”. Yes, I did see some polar bears. What an adventure! If you would rather go when it is not quite as cold outside, I recommend travelling to Churchill in August to see the beluga whales. Churchill is also known as a beluga whale watching hotspot, a birder’s paradise, and one of the best places to experience the northern lights. If you are lucky, you might even get the chance to see both the beluga and polar bear at the same time. http://everythingchurchill.com/
Manitoba has numerous festivals that attract both Manitobans, and other visitors every year including the following to name a few:
Manitoba’s Festival du Voyageur is Western Canada’s largest winter festival.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival, is a year-round arts organization that presents one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals each July. The summer festival’s cumulative attendance exceeds 70,000 annually and attracts visitors and performers from across North America and around the world. I attended the 2018 Winnipeg Folk festival for a day earlier in July to check out the music and entertainment.
Folklorama, held in Winnipeg each August, is noted as the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world. Folklorama began in 1970 as a celebration of Manitoba’s centennial, and has grown into an annual two-week festival of global culture that takes place generally in the first two weeks of August. Over 40 volunteer-run pavilions participate each year, showcasing unique cultures in venues throughout Winnipeg. Pavilions feature lively entertainment, cultural displays, warm hospitality and authentic ethnic cuisine (Delicious!). The 2018 Folklorama runs from August 5-18, 2018. I recommend that you get a passport to check out as many Pavillions as you can over the two week period. I have experienced the tasty cuisine and treats and entertaining performances at many Pavilion’s over the years. Follow the links below to learn more about folklorama including admission prices, locations of and much more.
The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba is a volunteer organization dedicated to promoting and sustaining interest in Icelandic culture and descent. The festival is held every August long weekend in Gimli, Manitoba. You can enjoy Icelandic food, music, entertainment, events/activities, and experience Icelandic culture, and of course, Vikings The 2018 Icelandic Festival dates are August 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.
The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is an alternative theatre festival held each year for twelve days in July. The 28th festival ran July 13–24, 2016 and the 2017 festival ran from July 19–30 and is on now and ends July
Check out the following links if you want to learn more about things to do in Mantioba and things you may not have known about Manitoba.
Another must see in Winnipeg is Ballet in the Park. Every year at the end of July the Royal Winnipeg Ballet puts on a show at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park. I attend Ballet in the Park every year, and it is always mind blowing watching the talented dancers!
Manitoba is the place to visit!