5 Things To Do On Route 59 South

Are you looking for a road trip idea? Eastern Manitoba has many activities and adventures waiting for you! Travel down Route 59 South, and discover a world of opportunities and fun staycation destinations. Whether you’re bringing the family or getting together with friends, you can make memories and have an unforgettable adventure with those you care about.

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  • 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 practice Leave No Trace. Clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind such as trash and waste.

 

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Niverville’s Wetlands (Niverville)

Niverville’s Wetlands, part of their Green Initiatives, is not only great for the environment and first-of-its-kind project in Canada but is also a breathtaking experience.

This multi-award-winning project (most recently the 2019 CAMA Environment Award – Under 20,000 Population Category) offers an experience of beauty, education, and wonder. The project started with the Town of Niverville’s decision to decommission the 12ha Niverville Lagoon System (that had reached the end of its life) in a responsible, environment-friendly way. Native Plant Solutions came to Niverville to propose an in situ treatment of bio-solids (sludge) using Phyto- and bio-remediation, and with that, the Niverville Wetlands was born.

The Wetlands are thriving, and development for visitors of the land continues. In 2018, 270 trees were planted, a viewing hill constructed, an educational kiosk along the Crow Wing Trail was added, and walking paths that connect to soccer fields, the splash pad and a Wetlands interpretative recreational park were developed.

The wetlands are only the beginning of things to do in Niverville. Check out Discover your Heart in: Niverville to discover more fantastic activities in Niverville.

Musee St-Pierre-Jolys Museum (St-Pierre-Jolys)

Explore the museum grounds in St-Pierre-Jolys and discover rich French-Canadian history. With three museums, each building showcases different aspects of Canadian living and how St-Pierre-Jolys came to be. From September to June, people can reserve private tours to visit these fantastic heritage sites.

Le Couvent was built in 1900 and served as a teaching convent owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. For sixty years, the building was a girls’ boarding school for grades one to ten.

Today, you can venture into Le Couvent and find a traditional classroom complete with a mannequin wearing a nun’s period habit. You can view the parlour, which served as a reception area for the guests, the chapel, Mother Superior’s small bedroom, along with photos and artifacts from the community and surrounding area.

The Sugar Shack, or La Cabane à Sucre as the Francophone name, is another great visit. Armand Desharnais ventured out in the spring of 1986 to tap a few Manitoba maple trees on the museum grounds. What came out was clear maple water, producing fine syrup. With the help of volunteers, this started the annual Sugaring-Off Festival.

As the festival grew, a larger sugar shack was needed. In 1998, local artist, Réal Bérard, designed the “Cabane à Sucre”, and it was erected on the museum grounds. The original sugar shack is adjacent to the newer building, and in 2000 was named “Cabane d’mon oncle Armand” to honour Armand Desharnais.

La Maison Goulet was once Moise Goulet’s house. Monsieur Goulet was a freighter who transported merchandise by Red River oxcart from St. Paul, Minnesota to Fort Garry, Manitoba. Situated on the Crow Wing Trail, his house was a resting place for freighters.

 

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O’Roseau Rapids Park (St. Malo)

If you are looking for a new and exciting way to connect with nature, then you have just discovered it! O’Roseau Rapids Park is set amid breathtaking scenery and is a user-initiated adventure area that offers a wide variety of recreational activities for groups and individuals.

The options for adventures are endless and include biking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, rafting, swimming, field sports (team building), camping, geocaching, fishing, hunting, X-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and skating. They often hold programs and workshops like astronomy, finger weaving, plant identification, and more.

When you visit O’roseau Rapids Park, it’s more than nature at its finest. It also incorporates the rich and diverse Metis history of the surrounding areas. With access to the Crow Wing Trail (part of The Great Trail), touring the province’s oldest swinging bridge, picnicking at the Gardenton Tall Grass Prairie Reserve, or visiting an ancient aboriginal site, nature and history mix in the perfect way.

They offer two experience-packed camp trips that are more than just sleeping in a tent. The Crow Wing Camp has a wide range of historical Metis programs incorporated in this package. Designed to foster a better appreciation of Canada’s rich Metis history, individuals and groups can learn about our country’s early existence and gain a better appreciation of what our ancestors had to endure.

This private camping experience is where you decide what activities and what kind of adventure you want. You can set up your tent, bring the RV or large camper trailer, or try out the O’Roseau B&B. With so many adventures waiting for you, the only hard part is deciding where to start!

For more things to do in St. Malo, visit Discover your Heart in: St. Malo.

Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area (Vita)

If you are looking for the perfect spot for wildlife sightings, magnificent natural beauty, and unique plant life, then Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area is where you need to go!

Operated and maintained by Nature Conservancy Canada, Tall Grass Prairie is like stepping into another world of nature. When you visit, you’ll experience wet and dry tallgrass prairie, marshes and fens, savannah and dense woodlands, riverbank areas and rivers. This land is home to a variety of different species of animals, birds, plant life, and bugs, including many that are nationally or provincially endangered.

This is the perfect location for those who want to immerse themselves in nature. Whether you’re hunkering down for bird watching, snapping a photo to preserve its beauty even when you’re gone, or merely hiking along and taking in the scenery.

Vita is part of the beautiful Municipality of Stuartburn. For more information on exciting activities to do, visit 5 Reasons to Visit the RM of Stuartburn.

 

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Tolstoi Self-Guided Walking Tour (Tolstoi)

Part of the Rural Municipality of Emerson is the community of Tolstoi. Full of rich history, community volunteers designed the Tolstoi Self-Guided Walking Tour for people to celebrate and learn of its sorted history. Featuring twelve sites, you can explore the town and discover unique facts and tidbits of the community while taking in the gorgeous sights.

Some buildings you will discover are the Tolstoi Ukrainian Catholic Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Majewski’s Blacksmith Shop (The first blacksmith shop built in 1912), Tolstoi Ukrainian National Home, and many more.

If you feel like you need to stretch your legs, this walking tour is a great way to do it and is also a fantastic activity for the whole family!

 

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