5 Eastman Festivals You Have to Get to This Summer

Celebrate the last six weeks of summer with us in Eastern Manitoba! We have some great festivals coming up that just shouldn't be missed. Relive our Mennonite past, step back in time and take in a jousting match, enjoy the best chili cook-off in our neck of the woods, or be delighted by the most exciting 8 seconds in sports! There's always something wonderful and new to experience in Eastern Manitoba, come on out and discover how your heart beats!

Medieval Festival

July 28 to 29 - Cooks Creek

The Medival Festival is a two day festival of music, dance, chivalry, food, and merriment! Featuring full-contact jousting, heavy combat in armour, archery, merchant marketplace, kids games, live chess tournament, puppet show, medieval petting zoo, the garden of ale, early music in the cathedral, fire dancing, evening banquet and much, much more! 

Steinbach Pioneer Days

August 3 - 6 - Steinbach

Explore a turn-of-the-century Russian Mennonite street village on our 40-acre site. Taste traditional ethnic fare at the museum’s Livery Barn Restaurant, and explore a classic Mennonite housebarn and a fully operational Dutch windmill during our summer season. View historic and heirloom treasures from Poland and Russia to Canada displayed in the Main and Gerhard Ens galleries, and find that perfect souvenir at Village Books & Gifts, all open year-round in the Village Centre. During Pioneer Days, relive your past through a variety of pioneer activities and demonstrations, steam-powered threshing, music and entertainment, kid's activities daily, and lots of good food and fun!

Kleefeld Honey Festival

August 10 to 12 - Kleefeld

The Kleefeld Honey Festival has been a yearly tradition since 1970. This three-day event has tons of fun for the whole family. Start Friday night with Movie Night in the park. Saturday will begin with a free pancake breakfast followed by the parade and the 5th annual Chili Cook-off gets underway just in time for everyone to be the judge for lunch. The kids can play all day at the Play Land of Milk & Honey where your kids will play for hours at the carnival, bouncy park, and more great activities.

Hanover Ag Fair

August 16 to 19 - Grunthal

Get ready for the most exhilarating 8 seconds in sports at the Hanover Ag Fair! Some of the best riders from across Canada are coming to put on a great show, trying to go home with the prize money, the bragging rights, and that shiny new buckle. It's also a weekend packed full of entertainment and activities to suit all ages! Besides from the rodeo action, there's musical talent on the main stage, revving engines during the enduro-cross and demolition derby, children’s activities, special meals and much, much more!

Double B Agricultural Festival

September 7 to 9 - Beausejour

The Double B Agricultural Festival (formerly the "Double B Rodeo and Country Fair") is the premiere summer event in the Beausejour Brokenhead area. The sanctioned Semipro rodeo along with the Manitoba High School Rodeo provide fans with excitement all weekend in September. Along with the ag displays, antique tractors, petting zoo, parade, and fireworks this weekend is full of events for all ages. 2018 is the 25th Anniversary of the Double B.

Eastman's Hot This Week July 16 to 22

This week is jammed packed of all sorts of great events in Eastern Manitoba. We've got two music festivals, a birthday celebration and a country fair, a yoga retreat and wagon trails rides! This weekend, head on over to our neck of the woods and discover how your heart beats in Eastern Manitoba.

Photography Evening with Alexandra Ross

July 19
Tall Grass Interpretive Centre - Stuartburn

Alexandra Ross is a visual artist working primarily in ceramics, print, and photography. Her art disrupts the constructed tensions between chaos and order; human and animal; sublime and mundane. Her work seeks to find the liminal space between these dichotomies and expose areas where the line is blurred or reversed. Alexandra is currently completing her BFA at the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. Join Alexandra for an evening of photography while exploring the tall grass prairies.

Sundial Music Festival

July 20
Pinawa Sundial - Pinawa

Entering the festival scene this year, the Sundial Music Festival is starting off small and intimate, so if you're taking our advice and entering the world of music festivals, this would be a great one for you to test the water in. While it may be short and sweet, the lineup packs a lot of punch! Featuring Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen, The Deeds, Odder than Otters, and  Amadians .

Pinawa's 55th Birthday Weekend!

July 20 - 22
Various Locations - Pinawa

If you're looking for a way to fill your entire weekend, Pinawa has you covered with their 55th Birthday Celebration! Head on out to catch the Lund Mania Boat Parade, participate in the Lund Mania Fishing Tournament, take in the arts at the Pinawa Art Gallery Show and Sale and the 14th Annual Summer Town Market, participate in the family fun beach activities, check out the Sundial Music Festival, and the Beer Gardens with live entertainment, and of course enjoy the amazing fireworks display happening at the marina. 

Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat

July 20 - 23
Moongate Guest House - Whitemouth

The summer months are a time of light and warmth, and the energy of summer radiates at a high vibration. To balance the heat and energy of the summer season, aim to cultivate the opposite environment on the inside of the body — cool and calm. The Feed Your Soul Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat will teach you how to balance your pitta energy through Yoga, Meditation, Self Care, and Ayurveda Cooking. 

Summer Winds Music Festival

July 20 - 21
Victoria Beach Baseball Field - Victoria Beach

Now in its thirteenth year, the Summer Winds Family Music Festival is held at the Victoria Beach Sports Field on Highway 59, Victoria Beach, Manitoba. Offering great entertainment and fun activities that are affordable, family-friendly, multicultural music covering many genres and age groups. From reggae to alternative, to country, to rock, we bring to life the songs from your personal playlists, as well as support emerging artists and their original music. And all this happens in a relaxed and natural outdoor setting located just over an hour north of Winnipeg among some of Canada’s best beaches. The 2018 lineup features Four Mile Road, Dust Rhinos, Busch Stones and the Lucky, Juke Box Heroes and more!

Springfield Country Fair

July 20 - 21
Fair Grounds - Dougald

The Springfield Agricultural Society is proud to host the 136th Springfield Country Fair. Enjoy tons of laughs and great family fun with: Pancake Breakfast, Petting Zoo, Bouncers, Mini Golf, Barrel Train Rides, Children's Crafts, MPI Safety on Wheels - Mini Car Town, Scarecrow Building contest, Pet Show, Tractor Pull, Huck-a-Boot, Face Painting, LEGO Building contest, Bicycle Decorating contest, Quilt Display and MUCH MUCH MORE!

Wagon Trail Rides

July 22 & August 5
Ridge Creek Ranch - Lac du Bonnet

There's more than one way to enjoy the amazing trails located in Lac du Bonnet! Enjoy a relaxing Wagon Trail Ride with Gunner and Ace as they guide us through the scenic wildness of Lac du Bonnet by wagon. Sit back and relax as we wind through the rolling gravel ridges surrounded by pine and spruce bogs and experience the beauty that surrounds us without hassle.

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

July 19 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

July 21 - Cohen  Sieg Live - Lac du Bonnet


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5 Reasons to Get Out to an Eastern Manitoba Farmer's Market This Summer!

Have you been out to your local Farmer’s Market this year? If not, here are 5 reasons why you should get out to one this weekend!

#1 Nothing Beats Farm Fresh!

Nothing against our local grocery stores, but their produce sections just can’t be beaten by the goodness of locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables. In most cases, local farmers are out in the fields on the morning of the market, providing you with the best produce. Until you have bitten into a just off the vine cucumber, or fresh from the patch strawberry, you won’t know what you have been missing all these years.

#2 The Secret Ingredient is Love

Everyone can relate to the nostalgia and sinfully delicious tastes of freshly baked goods. Quite possibly the only thing that beats out that fresh from the vine cucumber is the right out of the oven taste of the freshly baked goods that can be found at a Farmer’s Market. Home cooked, all natural, and often organic foods of all kinds can be found as you walk around the various tables. You’ll find cookies, pies, brownies, bread, even honey and jams to delight your taste buds at any Farmer’s Market you go to.

#3 The Craftsmanship is Outstanding

If you have a hard time finding joy in the mass-produced rows of big box stores, it is definitely time to get out to a Farmer’s Market. From small trinkets, that are perfect for gifts to fantastic furniture that is built to last, you will be amazed by the uniqueness of every piece. Each, a labour of love with its own story to tell. Not only that, you will find an array of exciting products that you just can’t find anywhere else. Beautiful wind chimes made entirely of silver wear, or a recycled wine bottle flattened into cheese trays, discarded antiques given new life as lamps and bookcases, old-fashioned handcrafted wooden toys, and so much more.

#4 Attending Farmer’s Markets Helps Your Community

Farmer’s Markets are more than a place to purchase produce, baked goods and crafts. Digging deeper, Farmer’s Markets provide an outlet, and often, a testing ground for entrepreneurs to showcase their products. Everyone in a community benefits from a Farmer’s Market.

Vendors benefit because they use the market as a sole or first point of entry into a market. This is where they sell their goods with lower overhead and immediate feedback from their consumers. Consumers benefit by receiving access to fresh, locally produced food, products, and services. The one-on-one contact and communication with a producer brings a level of trust and knowledge that you can’t get in a department or grocery store. Finally, Farmer’s Markets help create a robust local economy by providing the venue for the original shop local campaign. Farmer’s Markets were around long before the big box entered the world.

#5 It’s One Big Social Gathering

In every small town, certain events can bring an entire community together. Farmer’s Markets are one prime example of this. Markets are a great place to gather, visiting with family and friends, enjoying the company of your neighbours, and getting to know locals that you just haven’t met yet. Farmer’s markets have a tendency to bring everyone out! Many of them even offer entertainment in the form of local musicians, actors, and artists signing and providing demonstrations of the art. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll find a market and a vendor who offers workshops and classes allowing you to try out a new skill during one of your visits.

Eastern Manitoba Farmer’s Market Locations

Beausejour Farmer’s Market

Location: East of junction Hwy 12 & 44 at Green Oak Gardens Greenhouse

Hours of Operation:  Fridays from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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East Beaches Farmer’s Market

Location: Walter Whyte School on Hwy 59 & Jackfish Lake Rd.

Hours of Operation:  Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Elma Farmer's Market

Location: Hwy 15, Elma

Hours of Operation: Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Lac du Bonnet Farmer’s Market

Location: Community Centre Parking Lot 25 McArthur Ave.

Hours of Operation: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Le Marche St. Malo Farmer’s Market

Location: 123 St. Malo St.

Hours of Operation: Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Pineridge Hollow Farmer’s Market

Location: 67086 Heatherdale Road, Oakbank

Hours of Operation: Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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Southeast Farmer’s Market

Location: Hwy 12 on the corner of Prevost St., South Junction

Hours of Operation: Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Vita and Area Farmer’s Market

Location: Hwy 201, Vita

Hours of Operation: Friday’s from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Eastman's Hot This Week July 9 to 15

We have some of the most uniques events on the calendar this week in Eastern Manitoba. Challenge yourself to hit the Mud Hero Run, celebrate Buffalo Days, check out vintage classic cars and enter your kids into the Pedal Car races or head on out to race some frogs at the National Frog Jumping Championship.

Frog Follies & Agricultural Fair

July 12 - 15
Various Locations - St. Pierre Jolys

Frog Follies is a unique, thriving festival includes a slo-pitch tournament, a parade and performances by local artists and much, much more. The highlight of the weekend is the famous frog jumping championship which draws crowds year after year.

Buffalo Days

July 12 - 15
Buffalo Point Resort - Buffalo Point

Buffalo Days is a fun community festival celebrating the welcoming spirit of Buffalo Point and the local southeast borderland area. Great activities, games, and entertainment hosted for all ages including kids beach day, vintage car show & shine, cultural dancers, fireworks show, music, and much more!

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

July 14
Gardenton Museum & Park - Gardenton

This tiny village will be booming as the most exciting cultural festival in Sunrise Corner heats up with the Gardenton Ukrainian Festival. Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; enjoy a delicious traditional Ukrainian meal; and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. The festivities continue all night with an old-time Ukrainian dance, complete with a live band to polka and two-step your heart out to! It's definitely a festival to add to your bucket list!

Mud Hero Run

July 14
Gardenton Museum & Park - Gardenton

6KM or 10KM, 18+Obstacles, 10,000 watt after-party – Mud Hero Manitoba has changed locations to Grunthal MX Park which is 50 minutes south of Winnipeg. The new location offers much more variety of hills, forests and water crossings making a more fun course. Change is good, and in this new location ROCKS! Mud Hero encourages spectators by providing easy, no-charge access and great vistas to view the course.

Pedal Car Derby & Heritage Classic Car Show

July 14
Mennonite Heritage Village - Steinbach

There is something for everyone at the Heritage Classic Car Show. Kids ages 3-10 can compete with their pedal-powered rides that have 3 or more wheels. We have a timed race which will also be monitored by the RCMP. Yes, they will have their radar gun out and they will be monitoring your little speed demons. Fastest time through the track wins per age group. We have candy bags for all participants and framed certificates for winners.

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

July 12 - Paddle Club - Whitemouth

July 14 - Arting Around in the Gallery - Pinawa

July 14 - Artisan Sale - Victoria Beach

July 15 - Dawson Trail Museum Summer Market - Richer

July 15 - 17 Wing RCAF Pipes & Drums Concert - Beausejour

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It's Time to Join the Crowds at Eastman's Hottest Music Festivals

No matter the genre, our province is chalked full of some of the most exciting, heartfelt, toe-tapping, get out of your seats and dance music you will ever hear. From Juno winners whose names you may recognize to bands who you’ve never heard of before, Manitoba has been well known for producing some of Canada’s most famous music since the early 1960’s.

The Guess Who, Neil Young, Tom Cochrane, Harlequin, the Crash Test Dummies, Chantal Kreviazuk, The Weakerthans, Doc Walker and so many more made their start playing in small clubs and music festivals in our province.

Unless you are an avid independent music lover or frequent the local clubs and festivals, there is also a long list of amazingly talented artists whose name you just don’t know. William Prince, Sweet Alibi, Patrick Alexandre Leclerc, Dustin Harder & The Dusty Roads Band, Richard Inmann, and so many more. And the only way to connect with their music is to get to know them at some of the music festivals happening this summer!

This weekend, Eastern Manitoba is host to one of the provinces largest music festivals, The Winnipeg Folk Fest, kicking off a summer full of great festivals to check out, and incredible talent to get to know.

5 Reasons to Join the Crowd

#5 The Experience is Unforgettable. There is no better way to describe a music festival, other than to say, you just have to get out there and experience it for yourself. The music, the crowds, the good vibes — they are all infectious. From the moment you walk through the festival gates, to the very last performance, you’ll be laughing and dancing, singing along and having a great time.  

#4 The Community of People. Contrary to what you may think, the majority of people who attend music festivals are amazingly friendly and outgoing. I never thought it possible, but I have made countless friends from around the world by visiting the numerous music festivals in Eastern Manitoba. I’ve connected with artists, stagehands, volunteers, and even future business partners by sharing my love of music.

#3 Lasting Memories are Created. You never really know what’s going to happen at a live performance and being part of the crowd as new music legends make their debut performance or having a chance meeting with those considered music icons is remarkable.

#2 The Music is Outstanding. The most spectacular thing about independent artists is that they are absolutely outstanding live! I even go as far as saying that seeing these artists on the stage is much better than listening to their recorded albums and videos. There’s nothing quite like feeling the music as the thumping of the drums beats in your chest, the bass guitar floods through your entire body, and the vocals carry your thoughts away in stories.

#1 You are Never too Old to Be Apart of the Crowd. Having been introduced to the music festival scene well into my thirties, I can attest to this fact. Shed the thought that music festivals are only for the younger generations because they aren’t. I have been surrounded by people from Generation Z to Baby Boomers at all the festivals I have attended. 

A Summer Full of Eastern Manitoba Music Festivals

Winnipeg Folk Fest: July 5 to 7 - Birds Hill 

Don't let the name fool you, The Winnipeg Folk Fest is one of Eastern Manitoba's hottest summer events! This internationally acclaimed celebration of people and music features over 60 acts, six daytime stages, evening main stage, family area, artisan tent and food court. The 2018 lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Bahamas, courtney barnett, The Strumbellas, Elle King, Passenger, John Butler Trio, Natalie MacMaster, A Tribe Called Red, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Whitney, Rhye, Julien Baker & more! 

Summer Winds Family Music Festival: July 20 to 21 - Victoria Beach


Now in its thirteenth year, the Summer Winds Family Music Festival is held at the Victoria Beach Sports Field on Highway 59, Victoria Beach, Manitoba. Offering great entertainment and fun activities that are affordable, family-friendly, multicultural music covering many genres and age groups. From reggae to alternative, to country, to rock, we bring to life the songs from your personal playlists, as well as support emerging artists and their original music. And all this happens in a relaxed and natural outdoor setting located just over an hour north of Winnipeg among some of Canada’s best beaches. The 2018 lineup features Four Mile Road, Dust Rhinos, Busch Stones and the Lucky, Juke Box Heroes and more!

Sundial Music Festival: July 20 - Pinawa

Entering the festival scene this year, the Sundial Music Festival is starting off small and intimate, so if you're taking our advice and entering the world of music festivals, this would be a great one for you to test the water in. While it may be short and sweet, the lineup packs a lot of punch! Featuring Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen, The Deeds, Odder than Otters, and Amadians.

Howl at the Moon: July 27 to 28 - Beaconia

Join us under the Buck moon for two jam-packed days of some of the best country music around. Howl at the Moon Music Festival is a great way to spend a mid-summer Manitoba weekend with friends. Spend the days taking in all of the new music the festival has to offer, kicking back at your campsite or exploring the area. The annual Howl at the Moon music festival features country artists from all over Canada. Canadian stars Brett Kissel and Aaron Pritchett are set to headline this second annual event but you'll also be entertained by the rest of the 2018 lineup featuring Greg Arcade, Skylar Bouchard, Julie Ferguson, Waylon's Wing and so many more!

Fire & Water Music Festival: August 3 to 5 - Lac du Bonnet

Winner of the 2017 Travel Manitoba Event of the Year, Fire & Water Music Festival is Manitoba’s fastest growing, family-friendly, summer festival featuring the best Manitoba has to offer in Music and Arts. Once a year, we celebrate musicians, visual artists, sideshow performers, dancers and artisans alike. Fire & Water offers four stages of music featuring independent Manitoba musicians; playing everything from Roots Country to Hard Rock, artist workshops, children’s programming and activities that is fun for all ages and so much more. The 2018 lineup features My Son of the Hurricane, Matt Epp, Andrew Scott, Echo Nebraska, Skylar Bouchard, Micah Erenberg, Paul McIntosh, and so many more!

Bankside Music Festival: August 11 - Letellier

Bankside Music Festival, located near Letellier, Mb, is a new event taking place on a treed lot alongside the Red River. This annual event features some of Manitoba's top hard rock acts as well as musicians from the surrounding area. The 2018 lineup features Burning Porcelain, Wreckin' So, Dark Mourning, Whiskey Talks, and more!

Rainbow Trout Music Festival: August 17 to 19 - St. Malo

One of the coolest summer indie music festivals that Manitoba has to offer, Rainbow Trout Music Festival is three days of music, camping, good friends, bonfires, dancing, swimming, and so much more.   It's also 100% volunteer driven and dedicated to promoting local music and arts. RTMF showcases the high level of quality that exists in local music of all genres.  Its unique programming inspires audiences and challenges the listener.  Rock, electro, hip-hop, blues, jazz, folk, garage, funk, reggae, just to name a few. The 2018 lineup features Black Cloud, Ghost Twin, Odd Outfits, Pastoralia, Anemone, Smoky Tiger, Lake and Pine and so many more!

Eastern Artists to Watch for

Not only do our rich prairie soils provide some of the best outdoor music festival locations, they have helped grow and nurture some amazing artists. 

Cohen Sieg

A 17-year-old singer/songwriter and musician from Sieg's Corner, Manitoba, Cohen Sieg has been writing and performing for the past seven years at festivals and open mics all across Canada. His musical style is pop/folk but if you've been lucky enough to catch him live, you'll know that he plays a variety of country, rock, and blues as well. This multitalented musician plays the guitar, piano, drums, mandolin, ukelele, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, harmonica, banjo accordion and an assortment of percussion instruments.

What we love about Cohen is how his depth and passion for music plays out in every song, from his first released solo recording "Goodbye" to his covers of Stitches, She's Like the Wind and Shape of You, he brings the music alive. Rumored to be releasing his first album soon, Cohen is a definite must see. You'll have to get yourself down to one of our local music festivals (hint: he'll be at Fire and Water this August Long) to see this music legend in the making. 

Wreckin' So

This Rock/Metal/Blue/Country band has been breaking a new trail in the music industry like never seen before. They are taking the music scene by storm and inviting everyone to come along with them. Wreckin' So produces a sound that is beyond unique - it's downright infectious. The raw, raunchy voice of lead singer Brent Alaire, coupled Ronnie Ladobruk's insane shredding, the exploding talents of Clint Chaboyer on drums and the defining bassline provided by Claude Deveau, is guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat. You'll love their originals such as "The Merchant, The Sailor and the Bride to be" and "Still Smokin" and their metal infused renditions of your favourites such as "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers and  "Midnight Rider" by The Allman Brothers will blow your minds.

Not only do these guys put on the best live show, they also play some pretty unique homemade instruments, the Diddley Bo carved out of a barn door and an electric guitar made with a hubcap from the legendary 1964 Ford Meteor. Wreckin' So is one band you just can't miss this summer (they'll be playing at the Bankside Festival August 11th, or you can catch them in Pinawa during Lundmania on July 21st). 

Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen

Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by a once-in-a-lifetime musical chemistry and friendship, Canadian-American Roots-Folk duo Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen are instantly memorable and magnetically appealing. Beyond the synchronicity of their meeting, Dan and Laurel’s backgrounds and musical palates are a surprising, uncanny, and perfect match. Fans have noted a sense that one is witnessing an output of color, creativity, and artistry far more textured and rich than merely the sum of its parts. Though each artist had a drastically different style of musical training and were the result of different musical backgrounds, their equal dedication, experience, and the ways in which each inspires the other to grow and evolve musically, make Dan and Laurel a dynamic and unstoppable team.

Dan Frechette, Canadian entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, gifted impressionist, and prolific singer-songwriter, hailing from Pinawa. He is a musical force that can only be matched by the lovely vocals, and rich, expressive violin tones produced by the charismatic Laurel Thomsen. With just one listen, we know you will fall in love with, "The Mists of Down Below", "Glory in My Soul", "Puddles in the Rain", and of course the duo themselves. They don't get through Manitoba all too often, so don't miss your chance to see them live at The Sundial Music Festival, happing in Pinawa on July 20.

Music plays a vibrant part in our culture. It is an expressive language that often tells a story, expresses emotion, and shares ideas. It is something that we can all relate to, something that we often include in our everyday lives. No matter our mood, there is always a song that tells our story. This summer, we invite you to join us in Eastern Manitoba to discover a whole new world and music.

July Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

Eastman's Hot This Week July 2 to 8

We sure hope that you're ready for a busy summer season out here in Eastern Manitoba! If you celebrated Canada Day with us, then you'll know that we sure know how to throw a party! This past weekend was just the beginning of a long list of fairs, festivals, and events that are going to keep you super busy and engaged with our beautiful neck of the woods! 

2018 Winnipeg Folk Fest

July 5-7
Birds Hill Provincial Park - Birds Hill

Don't let the name fool you, The Winnipeg Folk Fest is one of Eastern Manitoba's hottest summer events! This internationally acclaimed celebration of people and music features over 60 acts, six daytime stages, evening main stage, family area, artisan tent and food court. The 2018 lineup includes Sheryl Crow, Bahamas, courtney barnett, The Strumbellas, Elle King, Passenger, John Butler Trio, Natalie MacMaster, A Tribe Called Red, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Whitney, Rhye, Julien Baker & more! 

Laura's "You can eat that?!" Wild Edible Adventure

July 7
Prairie Shore Botanicals - Gardenton

Get ready for a fun adventure in wild edible plant identification, harvesting, and preparation! These one-day workshops will give you the confidence you need to incorporate a variety of common wild edibles into everyday meals. With Laura's guidance, you will prepare a full-course meal with a variety of wild edibles that you gathered, yourself! The focus of this workshop will be leaves, flowers, and seeds. The menu will depend on what's available at the time. Class size limit: 12

DC Summer Fest

July 7
Various Locations - Dominion City

Head on out to Dominion City to celebrate summer in all of its goodness! Pack up the family and the sunscreen and head to Roseau Crossing Park for Summer Fest 2018 - guaranteed to be a fun-filled weekend for everyone! Take part in a slow-pitch tournament, pancake breakfast, bingo, free swimming at the pool, water hockey, inflatable bouncers, horseshoe tournament, duck races, live entertainment and so much more!

St. Labre 200

July 6-8
St. Labre 200 Raceway - St. Labre

Day 1 - You Build / Day 2 - You Race

St-Labre 200 is so unique and original, that we dare say it’s the only event of its kind in Canada. St-Labre 200 Inc. has 18 teams registered to build their own go-karts within 24 hours. Every team sets up their build area alongside the pit lane. All teams are provided with identical basic powertrain components (motor, wheels, chains, sprockets, brakes). Teams show up with raw steel and must build their frame on site within the 24 hours allotted period. A team is composed of approx. 8 people. In order to make sure they have the best kart, some teams equip themselves with professional mechanics, welders, and engineers. A not to be missed event in rural Manitoba!

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

July 2 - 7 - Food History Truck - Steinbach 

July 7 - Cohen Sieg Live - Lac du Bonnet

July 7 - DC Summerfest Slo-Pitch Tournament - Emerson

July 7 - 8th Annual Johnson/Overton Texas Scramble - Falcon Lake

July 7 - 2nd Annual Joe Malcolm Memorial Car Show - Scanterbury

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Best Fishing Spots in Eastern Manitoba

Fishing is one of the most popular summer activities. We can’t quite explain why, there’s just something about baiting a hook, making the perfect cast and sitting there in the tranquil peacefulness of nature that makes this a restful and rejuvenating past time. Of course, there is always the adrenaline rush of making your first catch or hooking that Master Angler that adds a sense of thrill and adventure to the day.

Fishing is a great way to connect with your family and friends, leaving the city behind and losing the data connection; focusing on creating, developing and maintaining the bond with your loved ones. It’s also an inexpensive hobby to pick up – all you need is a rod, some bait and a license to get started.

If you are out fishing for the first time or considered a Pro Angler, Eastern Manitoba has an abundance of lakes and rivers just waiting for your cast. To help you plan your next fishing trip, we’ve scoped out great locations for you to check out, whether from the shore or boat.

Otter Falls

Located on the northern end of the Whiteshell Provincial Park, Otter Falls is a large natural area that is characterized by numerous lakes, rivers, and rugged Precambrian Shield.

Falcon Lake

Located just off the Trans-Canada Highway, Falcon Lake has become known as the spot to real in Gigantic Northern Pike. The community hot spot is a weed line at the far western corner of the lake.

Traverse Bay

Traveling straight up Highway 59 to the Traverse Bay Road East turnoff will be well worth the trip for a great day of fishing. This is where the Winnipeg River empties into Lake Winnipeg and provides an excellent fishing location for walleye, sauger, smallmouth bass, silver bass and northern pike.

Lac du Bonnet

With over 60 kilometers of rivers and lakes, Lac du Bonnet is one of the hottest spots in Manitoba to make a cast! Try your luck fishing along the banks of the Winnipeg River, or head on out to the Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Association's Trout Pounds, located on Highway 11.

Mennonite Landing 

This historic site located on Provincial Road 200 is a quiet fishing destination that the locals and guides say is the best in the area. This is where the Rat River flows into the Red River, and walleye are the bulk of the catch.


If you're looking to catch bullhead, carp, channel catfish, drum bass, silver bass, goldeye, mooneye, sauger, or walleye then head on out to the shores of the Red River in Emerson, Manitoba.

Eastman’s Biggest Bodies of Water

Many of the locations we’ve listed above will take you out fishing on one of our two biggest bodies of water, The Winnipeg River, and the Red River. Along the waterway, you will find an abundance of great fishing locations, small cozy towns with all the amenities you need, and tons of great scenery to complete your trip.

The Winnipeg River

The Winnipeg River winds for 235 kilometers northwest from Lake of the Woods, Ontario to the mouth of Lake Winnipeg near Fort Alexander. There are many excellent fishing spots along the way. According to master angler’s and enthusiasts alike, the local hotspots on the Winnipeg River are the stretch from Pine Falls Dam to Lake Winnipeg; Otter Falls and the decommissioned Pinawa Dam offer prime habitats for fish.

Along the Winnipeg River, you will find many places to cast a line from shore or boat launches that will take you out into the thick of things. The Winnipeg River you will find Walleye, Northern Pike, Goldeye, Perch, Bass, Sturgeon, Channel Cat, Lake White Fish, Crappie and Sturgeon in these waters.

The Red River

Flowing north, the Red River starts and ends its 175 km of winding river banks in Eastern Manitoba. Designated as a Canadian Heritage River due to its cultural and historical value, the Red River is Manitoba’s most popular fishing destination. And why wouldn’t it be? Home to over 70 species of fish, including catfish, muskellunge, northern pike, bass, walleye, carp, drum, sauger, and lake sturgeon, among others. A large number of fish present in the Red River makes it a desirable location for fishing

Between Emerson and Winnipeg, the Red River flows through a rich agricultural area, is joined by the Roseau River, and passes through St. Jean Baptiste, Morris, Ste. Agathe and St. Adolphe. It then flows through the urban environment of Winnipeg, where it is joined by the Assiniboine River — the Red’s largest tributary — before returning to an agricultural region and flowing through Lockport and Selkirk on its way to Lake Winnipeg where it drains. Its course is meandering, with numerous oxbow lakes formed along the way.

You’re never far from your fishing experience and you’re never far from the home-style comforts you’ll enjoy in eastern Manitoba.  Cast a line from shore, a boat, canoe, kayak or experience a guided trip to many waters that Master Angler species call home!

Eastman's Hot This Week June 25 to July 1

Eastern Manitoba is alive this week with Canada Day celebrations. From fairs and markets to museum tours and of course, beautiful fireworks displays, you'll be able to celebrate Canada Day in all the corners of the Eastman this week!

Women's Dance, Drumming & Journeying Healing Circle

June 28
Calder House - La Broquerie

Calling all brave women. You are invited to come express your process through Dance, Drumming & Journeying! Through June's Summer Warmth and Vibrant Life Energy, explore the healing of the 3rd Chakra through the power of sharing in trust, journeying into your subconscious, feeling and freeing pain in dance and drumming in ceremony and celebration. The Entire Circle is an opportunity to Share in Sisterhood and Sacred Ceremony.

Canada Day Weekend Festivities in Lac du Bonnet!

June 29 to July 1
Various - Lac du Bonnet

Known throughout the province for their spectacular fireworks display, The Lac du Bonnet Lions are ready to fill your weekend with Wonder Shows Fair Ground, Pancake Breakfasts, Slo-Pitch Tournaments, a Talent Show, Family Fun Zone, Pickerel Fish Fry, Parade and so much more!

Canada Day Weekend at LdB Arena

June 29 to July 1
LdB Arena - Lac du Bonnet

If you're looking for a good party with awesome music this weekend, look no further than the Lac du Bonnet Arena Canada Weekend Celebration! Come out and enjoy a live DJ all weekend plus live bands at the Lac du Bonnet Arena this July Long!! 

Friday night beer gardens - FREE - Live DJ all night, drinks and good company!

Saturday beer gardens FREE all day. $20 after 88 pm for evening performances by Sean Taylor Band and Juke Box Heroes!

Sunday beer garden FREE all day. Evening performance by The Bone Daddy 5, Lac du Bonnet’s local rock band! FREE admission!

Come out and support the local Arena and minor hockey! Food & beverage services all weekend!

Celebrate Canada Day in Richer

July 1
Dawson Trail Museum - Richer

Celebrate Canada Day in Richer, Manitoba at the Dawson Trail Museum. Live entertainment all afternoon and an evening full of face painting, bouncers, balloon creations, kits train and more! And of course, Fireworks at dusk!

Canada Day in South Junction

July 1
South Junction Community Club - South Junction

Head on out to South Junction for free hot dogs, coffee, juice, Canada Day cookies, mini flags and more all while enjoying the amazing talent of local entertainment and more fireworks than ever before!

13th Annual Winnipeg River Car Club Canada Day Car Show

July 1
Second Street - Lac du Bonnet

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Second Street, Lac du Bonnet. Street and Registration open at 10:00 AM for those who would like to arrive early or participate in the Canada Parade. Entrance fee $10.00 per vehicle. First 150 vehicles will receive dash plaques. 50/50 Draw, Door Prizes, and Club Fundraiser. Draws will be held at 3:00 PM. Everyone welcome, come on out and join in the Canada Day Celebrations.

Steinbach Celebrates Canada Day

July 1
Mennonite Heritage Village Museum - Steinbach

Enjoy a day at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum as they celebrate Canada Day! Offering free admission all day, enjoy the Steinbach Short-Play Showcase, Flag Raising Ceremony, Clown Show, Musical Entertainment all afternoon, wagon rides and so much more!

More Eastern Manitoba Greatness

You don't have to be a local to take part in one of these great community events. Stop on in, try something new, and make some great friends!

June 25 - July 1 - Food History Truck - Steinbach 

June 28 - Tracker's - Anola

June 30 - Cohen Sieg Live - Lac du Bonnet

June 30 - LdB Mixed Slow-Pitch Tournament - Lac du Bonnet

June 30 - Emerson Community Yard Sale - Emerson

June 30 - Richer East Flea Market - Richer

July 1 - Dawson Trail Museum Summer Market - Richer

July 1 - Slo-Pitch Tournament - Emerson


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Immerse Yourself in the Indigenous Cultures of Eastern Manitoba

The significance of the summer solstice varies among cultures, but most recognize the event in some way, through holidays, festivals, and rituals. For Indigenous peoples around the world, the summer solstice is a day to gather to celebrate and to thank Mother Earth for her gifts. It is a day to celebrate the languages, cultures, and ceremonies, which have preserved and prevailed for thousands of years.

In Canada, the summer solstice celebration has become National Aboriginal Day, a day to celebrate the contributions and cultures of Indigenous peoples. The lands have changed, and so too have the people and nations upon them, but the history, stories, and legends remain. Eastern Manitoba is a perfect location to stop and explore our past. Our Indigenous cultures run deep with knowledge and teachings in a variety of immersive and hands-on once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are open to anyone who wishes to learn of the very foundations of the land we stand on.

O’Roseau Rapids Park Camp 

The Roseau River Valley has always been historically significant.

Native-Americans called the area "Seebossquitan," which stands for "Where the water rolls." Ojibwa and Sioux tribes often used the river as a way to travel to and from Lake of the Woods and the continent's central plains. It was also used in 1734 by the explorer LaVérendrye on his quest for the Western Sea. The area appears on his maps as well as on those of North West Company fur traders as an alternative to the more northerly and dangerous Winnipeg River route.

Eventually European and Métis settlers populated the area. In the 1830's, the Métis trade route of the Crow Wing Trail crossed the river near Oroseau.

History enthusiast can enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience at Camp O’Roseau as they are whisked back in time for a truly authentic opportunity to live like the Metis for a few days. Immerse yourself in the history and culture along the banks of Roseau River at Rapids Camp, a replica of what life used to be like on a major trade route of the 1800’s. This hands-on experience of ancestral ways will give you the opportunity to live where travelers would stop to rest, trade, break bread and share stories. Sleep on a buffalo robe in a teepee, cook your own bannock, hear the stories of the Voyageurs and First Nations legends, do finger weaving and sing around the campfire.

Bannock Point Petroform Tours 

Explore Canada’s boreal forest, the lungs of Mother earth, with this authentic Indigenous experience that will touch upon all your senses. Walk, listen, smell, and participate in a taste of Anishinaabe cultural traditions, teachings, and stories as your tour guide and teacher, Diane Maytwayashing teaches you of the stories, legends, and history of the Anishinaabe. View the Petroforms, ancient stone forms that have deep meaning and healing power for those who know how to read and work with them and feel the power of the sacred ground you will be standing on.

Brokenhead Skywind Tours 

In the heart of the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, along the Brokenhead River, you can enjoy traditional experiences that will surround you with nature and the Ojibway culture. With Carl Smith as your guide and teacher, experience first-hand the traditional medicine walk, local First Nations history, canoeing, traditional herb gathering, and application. Everyone is also welcomed to attend and participate in the yearly community pow wow.

Brokenhead Wetlands Interpretive Trail 

Visitors can experience the important connection between the wetland and the traditional Ojibway teachings of Respect, Purpose, Balance, and Interconnection. This wetland contains 28 of Manitoba’s 37 native orchid species, including the globally rare Ram’s Head Lady-Slipper, the Dragon’s Mouth orchid and more common yellow and pink lady slippers.

Located 50 minutes outside Winnipeg by paved highway and just north of the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation. The fully wheelchair accessible, the floating boardwalk is 3.66 km return trip and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Buffalo Point First Nations Cultural Centre

In the heart of Buffalo Point community is the unmistakable tipi shape of the Cultural Centre with the traditional thunderbirds gracing the entrance. You are invited to explore the independent spirit of the Buffalo Point First Nation Ojibway people through the architecture, art, archival and interpretive displays.

Tour the museum and learn how Buffalo Point has always been a gathering place for the Anishinaabe people. From the early 1700’s when Chief Red Cloud and the Sioux frequented the area to supplement their primary food source of bison with wild rice and venison; to the beautiful resort community that we all know and love today.

Northern Soul Wilderness Adventures

Adventure is calling you! A canoeing adventure with Northern Soul will take you into the deepest reaches of Manitoba’s wilderness. With state of the art equipment, modern logistics and their partnership with the community of Bloodvein First Nation, these sensory awakening trips are not for the meek of heart. Experience sacred rock paintings, a traditional sweat lodge, feast on local delicacies, view local wildlife, and of course, paddle the scenic Bloodvein Heritage River.

Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre 

The Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is located on a tranquil setting of thirty-six acres of woodland on the Brokenhead River near Beausejour. The wooded parkland offers a peaceful meeting place for groups to learn, plan and vision together.

The Sandy – Saulteaux Spiritual Centre is a place of spirit where First Nation, Métis, and Inuit and Christian spiritual beliefs are respected, shared and understood. In the circle, First Nation, Métis, and Inuit women and men are nurtured for leadership roles in The United Church of Canada, other denominations, and in First Nation, Métis, and Inuit communities as lay, diaconal and ordained ministers.  From the strength of Elders’ wisdom, the Sandy – Saulteaux Spiritual Centre will foster teachings of respect, healing, and connectedness to be shared: for the benefit of individuals: for restoring balance and wholeness among peoples and with all of creation; and for nurturing a prophetic voice.

 Customized programming can be provided for people of all ages to deepen the understanding of Indigenous culture and spirituality.