Discover your Heart in: The RM of Springfield

Who is ready to go on an adventure? Not far from the city of Winnipeg is the Rural Municipality of Springfield, where whatever adventure you’re craving, you can find it. The RM of Springfield incorporates the communities of Anola, Cooks Creek, Dugald, Hazelridge, and Oakbank. In these towns, you will find hours, and even days, worth of entertainment and activities.

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

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Birds Hill Provincial Park provides the perfect location for you to enjoy any of your favourite outdoor activities. You can walk, bike, or evening saddle up your horse to explore their trails. Along the way, you can admire the breathtaking scenery that mixes esker ridges, dry prairie lands, wet meadows, bogs, aspen-oak and even boreal forest.

The land of Birds Hill Park is the perfect home to a variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes open, and you might see rabbits, Canadian Beavers, turtles, black bears, otters, and, of course, White-tailed deer. The Park is also home to over two-hundred bird species like the Pileated Woodpeckers, Great Grey Owls, Soras, Great Egrets, Bald Eagles, and many more!

You could even spot several rare plant species during your visit like prairie moonwort, pinweed, sideoats grama and dioecious sedge. The meadows and prairies provide a habitat that some endangered plant life can thrive. The rough agalinis and the western silvery aster are just a few that grow among the land.

 

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Head over to the charming Deer Meadow Farms that is ready to give you a rootin tootin good time! There are many activities and things to do here, but the must-see attraction happening at the moment is the ten acres corn maze! Every year, Deer Meadow designs a new, exciting maze, and this year might be the best one yet. In celebration of Manitoba 150, Deer Meadow pays tribute to First Nations people, providing a breathtaking (and challenging) maze.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! If you feel like you need a warmup before challenging yourself with the corn maze, try out Fort Frontier, a fence maze. Along the way, you can play Barnyard Bingo and unscramble games hidden around the maze.

The kids can have loads of fun (and hopefully tired themselves out) by climbing on the Tire Mountain and Bale Pyramid. And no trip to Deer Meadow Farms is complete without visiting the petting farm and BunnyVille! From lambs and sheep, goats and kids, calves, miniature horses, chicks, pigs, and many more, you’re never too old to visit some barnyard animals.

Finish your day at Deer Meadow with the Wild Game Preserve & Wagon Train. On the ride, you can view and learn about Deer Meadow Farmers’ rescued herd of Fallow Deer.

 

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Head over to the Cooks Creek Heritage Museum to indulge in the area’s history and visit one of Eastern Manitoba’s Star Attractions. The grounds of the site is home to five historic buildings, each giving significant stories and holding artifacts that paints a picture of ages ago.

Buildings that are included in your experience are: Main Museum Building that was one a show home by the Hudson’s Bay Company; The Bannish Home which shows the life of a more prosperous pioneer farm family; Blacksmith and Woodworking Shop; a Restored Pioneer Home; and the Wayside Chapel a building that holds six people and used as a place of rest for travellers.

Be guided by the helpful, friendly volunteers of the museum and discover the rich history that inhabits Cooks Creek.

Before visiting the Heritage Museum, please contact them to reserve your tour. Visit their website for more information.

 

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If you have the shopping bug, the RM of Springfield has many unique shops that impossible to leave empty-handed. Ol’Lamplighter Antique Shop (in Dugald) is the perfect fit if you are searching for something unique and antique. The shop has one of the largest collections of oil-burning lamps and part in Manitoba. You could spend hours here exploring this cozy store in a world of antique furniture, lamps, and décor.

Pine Ridge Hollow has everything you need in Oakbank! From home décor, clothing for women, children and babies, to beauty and wellness products. Search through their shop and discover that must-have item. They are currently offering workshops on creating the perfect fall wreaths and centrepieces to add that ‘wow’ factor to your home.

 

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While you’re visiting Pine Ridge Hollow, don’t forget to reserve a table beforehand to have a delicious meal! Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, children’s menu, and vegan and gluten-free items, the whole family can experience the mouthwatering meals.

 

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If you’re in the mood for some Chinese food, the Lake Trail Family Restaurant is the perfect place to stop for your meal. Situated in Anola, you can enjoy a variety of favourites like chop suey, egg and spring rolls, and much, much more! They also offer Vegetarian Delights, so all can experience the excellent food.

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