5 Gorgeous Eastman Places to Take Wintery Family Photos

Whether you want the perfect Christmas card picture, or it’s just time to update your family photos, picking the right location for your family photo shoot is vital – not to mention hard. But don’t sweat it! Eastern Manitoba is bursting with extraordinary places to snap the perfect winter photo you deserve.

But don’t go overboard. Safety is still the number one priority that everyone should be practicing. The only people you should be taking photos with are people within your household. You can even take the photos yourself with a camera or cellphone tripods. Visit your local electronics store to find the right fit for your needs!

*Disclaimer*

  • Stay home if you have been travelling or do not feel well. Here is an excellent resource if you are quarantined. This will help you find people in Manitoba who are willing and able to help you while quarantined. Help Next Door Manitoba
  • Go out with people within your household, but practice social distancing (2 metres away) with other groups.
  • Please call ahead before visiting a business and inquire about their regulations to enter the building, such as capacity, sanitation, etc. Also, consider using curbside pickup where possible.
  • Please practice Leave No Trace. Clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind, such as trash and waste.

 

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Beaches of 59

Just because it’s winter that doesn’t mean that you can’t visit the beach! Beaches of 59 have some of Eastern Manitoba’s best beaches, giving you the perfect opportunity for some family photos.

Beaches of 59 consist of Albert Beach, Beaconia Beach, Belair, Elk Island Provincial Park, Grand Beach, Grand Marais, Gull Lake, Hillside Beach, Lester Beach, Patricia Beach, Sandy Bay Beach, Traverse Bay, Victoria Beach, and Wanasing Beach.

When you visit these beaches, it’s more than just enjoying the summer days. With multiple trails, thrilling adventures, and astounding scenery lying on these beaches, not only can you take fantastic pictures, but also have a memorable time with family.

 

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RM of Piney

No matter what community you visit in the RM of Piney, beauty, and nature awaits you. With a total of twelve communities, you have various options and locations for your photo shoot. Communities in the RM of Piney are Badger, Carrick, Middlebro, Menisino, Piney, St. Labre, Sandilands, South Junction, Sprague, Vassar, Wampum, and Woodridge.

In these communities, there are six provincial parks and forests. From Sandilands Provincial Forest’s high sand ridges (fun tidbit, they are also the second-highest point of elevation in Manitoba!), Wampum Provincial Forest’s stunning Red Pine trees, to the Cat Hills’ gently rolling hills that are simply breathtaking during the winter months, it won’t be hard finding a place to snap a few photos in these Provincial treasures!

 

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RM of Ste. Anne

The RM of Ste. Anne is where the West begins, and the bush of the rugged Canadian Shield transforms into smooth Western Prairies, giving you a unique contrast and background setting for your photoshoot. Home to the communities of Giroux, Greenland, La Coulee, Richer, and St. Raymond, not only will you discover picturesque locations, but also a powerful community spirit.

From the stunning churches, the mingling of Canadian Shield and Prairie Land, and natural assets like the Seine River and Dawson Trail, you can discover communities with incredible beauty.

The Historical Dawson Trail has everything! From exploring nature, diving into Canadian history to incredible sights, you can have a full-blown photoshoot while creating memories.

The Dawson Trail is often referred to as the ‘Forgotten Trail,’ but this trail played a vital role in Canada’s history. The trail is named after Simon J. Dawson, a surveyor on the expedition that led to the construction of a road that would eventually link the East to the West and unite the country from coast to coast. In 1868, the decision to proceed with the construction of a corduroy road was made and took three years to build.

 

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RM of Tache

With multiple churches dotted across the communities, a rustic farm life setting, and, of course, the center of Canada located here, the RM of Tache is naturally the perfect place to take some family photos!

The RM of Tache holds the communities of Dufresne, Landmark, Lorette, Rosewood, Ross, and Ste-Genevieve; in each one, you can discover the tranquil, scenic settings of Rural Manitoba.

Visiting the Centre of Canada will provide a great place to take photos and be a fantastic activity! This 20-acre park marks where East and West meet, creating the center of Canada – longitudinal 96° 48’ 35.  Trek along the landscaped paths and examine the interpretive plaques, or simply immerse yourself in the feeling of being in the center of our beautiful country.

The Monseigneur-Taché Historic Site is another place where you can capture not only your beautiful family but also this magnificent Heritage Site.

The site comprises a well-preserved historic 1918 wooden church that dominates the main street, and a presbytery built in the same year, a vintage storage building, as well as a quaint and well-kept parish cemetery. The setting is spacious and bucolic with a mix of natural forest, fields and landscaped grounds with picnic tables.

Along with the Monseigneur-Taché Historic Site, there are many gorgeous churches in Tache’s communities. The Notre Dame de Lorette Church and St. Genevieve Church and Rectory are breathtaking buildings that will add some charm to your pictures.

 

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St. Pierre Jolys

The Village of St. Pierre Jolys has incredible and breathtaking places where you can capture the perfect family photo!

If you’re looking for photos with breathtaking buildings in the background, then a visit to the Musee St. Pierre Jolys Museum grounds is just the place! With three museums, each showcasing different aspects and looks of Canadian life, you can get a stunning photo opportunity.

Whether you’re snapping a few photos at Le Couvent, the Sugar Shack (or La Cabane à Sucre as the technical name), or La Maison Goulet, not only can you and your family get beautiful photos, but also take in these magnificent pieces of history.

Please Note: The parking lot at the Museum is often slippery. Please venture with caution.

While you’re at the Museum, take an adventure that will be perfect for capturing. The Crow Wing Trail is accessed through the Museum grounds, and it will be worth the trip! With the Crow Wing Trail in the community, St. Pierre Jolys offers a unique outdoor experience that won’t be soon forgotten.

Along the way, you’ll discover a winter wonderland with gorgeous landscapes, incredible wildlife to be discovered, and an exciting journey.

The Crow Wing Trail also meanders through the Parc Carillon, and while some things may be off-limits, the pedestrian bridge with engraved planks is definitely worth the visit.

 

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