Discover your Eastman Adventure: Fall Fun in the Eastman

As the leaves start to change colours and the temperature begins to drop, it can be easy to feel disappointed that summer is coming to an end. But the fun doesn’t need to stop! Grab your sweater and boots, and discover how to have fun in Eastern Manitoba.

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

 

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A Maze in Corn (St. Adolphe)

Are you ready for a corny adventure? At A Maze in Corn, you can trek through a corn maze, climb the giant hay bale pyramid, and meet lambs, bunnies, kittens, and goats at the petting zoo. See the grounds in style – while riding along on a hayride, of course!

The bloom is still on! There is still some time left to explore the Sunflower Expo. With forty varieties of sunflowers, it is truly a sight to see and offers a fantastic photo opportunity.

In mid-September, you can find freshly grown squash, sweet corn, local honey, and pumpkins at the Pumpkin Barn.

On October 2, be prepared to be scared as the Haunted Forest comes alive, and the creatures start awakening. This interactive outdoor experience is sure to put all in the Halloween spirit and . . . send chills down your body. The 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM slots is more family-friendly.

 

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Deer Meadow Farms (Springfield)

Deer Meadow Farms creates a new design for their ten-acre corn maze each year – and this year might be the best one yet! The Manitoba 150 maze pays tribute to First Nations people and amazes all that sees it and navigates its twists and turns. Along the way, you can discover six large trivia signs and answer the questions. If you need a little practice before entering the maze, then visit Fort Frontier, a fenced maze with activities like Barnyard Bingo and unscramble games hidden around the maze.

After conquering the maze, you can take full advantage of the many attractions they have on-site! Visit the Pumpkin Patch and use the authentic one-hundred-year-old scale. While you’re there, you can pick up some farm goodies like free-range eggs, vegetables, grass-fed ground beef, and much, much more!

If your little ones need to blow off some steam, then a visit to the Tired Mountain and Bale Pyramid is sure to tucker them out!

A visit to the farm isn’t complete without a trip to the petting zoo! Age doesn’t matter; everybody loves to give a few scratches to farm animals! With Lambs and sheep, goats and kids, calves, miniature horses, chicks and even a few baby ducks, you can have a furry good time.

Take a ride on the Wagon Train and visit Deer Meadow Farms’ Wild Game Preserve, where you can spot their rescued herd of Fallow Deer. On the ride, you learn about Fallow Deer, habitats, eco-systems and food chains.

On October 16, you can experience one of Manitoba’s most terrifying and thrilling experiences – The Forbidden Forest and Haunted Hayride. Deer Meadow Farms goes all out for Halloween; with ten life-size and huge sets, fifteen acres of Forest with nightmarish creatures, full special effects with lights, sound, fog and SFX, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Your evening of fright starts with the Haunted Hayride as it travels to the Forbidden Forest. If you dare, enter the forest to find a world of monsters, evil, and terror. Navigate through the six sets (Cemetery, Clown Box, Castle, Wolf’s Lair, the Asylum and the Witch’s Hut, and (hopefully) come out alive.

 

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Farms

Open Farm Days may be cancelled this year, but you can still get the full farm experience!

 

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Long Way Homestead (Ste. Genevieve)

If you are looking to explore a family-owned and operated fibre farm and wool mill, then look no further! Long Way Homestead would love to have you take a tour of their farm. Call ahead to make an appointment to get the full experience.

A day at the farm is a day of meeting sheep, watching the adorable lambs explore, holding baby ducks, and taking a tour through their natural dye gardens. They’re not afraid of showing you the nitty-gritty either! Take a tour of the wool processing mill and learn how yarn and textiles are made.

Keep your eyes open for workshops too! Most workshops that Long Way Homestead are planning are via Zoom, so you can learn about breed-specific knitting, sheep school (how to raise sheep), natural dye, and much more in the comfort of your home.

The farm grounds are breathtaking! Situated on Treaty One Territory, just on the edge of the Boreal Plains region, the land is a mix of forest and wetland. Scattered across the land are Balsam Poplar, Jack Pine, and Black Spruce trees, and you will find it is home to many wild animals like deer, coyotes, beaver, squirrels and many different species of birds.

The Farm is home to laying hens, a flock of Shetland Sheep and Merino cross sheep and two llamas. In the Summer months, you can also find chickens and heritage breed pigs for meat. In Fall, they sell they pastured poultry, free-range eggs, and pork direct from the farm. As guiding values for how they treat their animals on the farm, they strive for:

  • Providing access to fresh seasonal vegetation for all our animals.
  • No growth hormones or antibiotics
  • Locally sourced grain and avoid known GMO grains

 

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Stoney Brook Creamery (Woodmore)

It’s time to get your dairy on! Taste the way milk is meant to be – pure, delicious, and organic milk. Stoney Brook Creamery is dedicated to providing you with the freshest, best quality organic milk out there. Beginning with the soil that provides the food for the cows, the milk remains untainted and fresh for you.

From milk, chocolate milk, cottage cheese, and cheese curds, you’ll find it here!

 

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Nature

In Eastern Manitoba, nature opportunities are a four-season asset! All year long, you take life on the simpler side and experience pure bliss with nature.

 

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Trails

Whether you’re hitting the trails by hiking, biking or horseback, to pulling out the skis and snowshoes in the winter months, you can experience endless sights that will leave you awestruck and mesmerized. In Fall, view the lush green forests turn into a vast sea of reds, golds, and browns. No matter what Eastern Manitoba community you’re visiting, there’s a trail waiting for you.

 

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Wildlife Viewing and Birding

Eastern Manitoba has a diverse landscape – from the peaceful boreal forest and mighty Canadian Shield; to aspen-oak parkland to prairie grasslands. With such a mix of land, it’s no wonder that many animals call this region home. From white-tailed deer, bears, otters, turtles, and much, much more, you can spend hours in nature and spot countless wildlife.

Birding is a fan favourite in the Eastman. With a variety of birds soaring through the sky, you never know what you might find.

 

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Lincolns & Longhorns Inc.

Are you searching for a bus tour? Look no further! Lincolns & Longhorns Inc. have a variety of trips coming up whether you’re looking for a trip to Banff for the incredible photo opportunities or want to stay closer to home and visit unique restaurants and venues for a day trip.

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