With so many lakes, the beaches for kids to run and play on are endless. The waters are ready for them to dive in or to cruise on in a boat. But it is not just the beaches that are calling the families. Manitoba offers so many resorts and campground that cater to families. On top of that, water parks, zoos and northern Arctic tours provide families with a chance to make memories unlike anything before.
So if you are planning your next family trip, consider staying (or heading to) Manitoba. Here is a list of 15 different getaways across the province your family will be excited to go on.
Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground
If you are looking for a family campground, the Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground is the place to be. It features more than just a campground, but also cabins and a motel. In the campground, there are two heated swimming pools with bumper boats and two hot tubs.
The resort has everything a family needs to stay entertained. A recreational building is available with satellite TV and arcade style games. There is also mini golf, a baseball diamond, playground and a pond filled with ducks. Rubber Duck is only 20 minutes out of Winnipeg, making it a convenient location for the whole family. Rubber Ducky Resort and Campground
Whatever you imagine a tropical resort to look like, Lilac Resort will make that picture come true. You do not need to leave the province to have a destination-style vacation with the family. Instead, pack the bags for the weekend and head only 20 minutes out of Winnipeg.
There are two pools with different types of waterslides. Depending on what you are comfortable with, there is a giant slide, two speed slides and three animal slides. Or head to one of the four hot tubs to relax. The kids can go to the play structures while you relax in the wading pool with a beach entrance. Lilac Resort
Falcon Beach Ranch
Located in the Whiteshell Provincial Park, the Falcon Beach Ranch is everything the family needs to a wild-west type vacation. There are three authentic log cabins in the forest that will give you a breathtaking view of the Ranch.
Take the kids on horseback rides, wagon rides or sleigh rides if there is still snow on the ground. They even offer private riding lessons so your kids can get a one-on-one experience on riding a horse. Plan your getaway for a kid’s birthday. The Ranch has special birthday party packages for all ages. Falcon Beach Ranch
Buffalo Point Resort
Here is a resort that caters to anyone at any age, children included. There are cabins, Lakeview Cottages, Lakefront Cottages, the Luxury Lakefront Cottage and a campground to stay at. No matter where you stay, the kids won’t want to leave.
There are white sandy beaches near the resort, along with some of the best walleye fishing available. Head to the marina for the boats and places for kids to jump into the water. Take a hike down the trails to see what the kids can find. There is always something available to do that is fun for the whole family. Buffalo Point Resort
Big Whiteshell Lodge
Whether you and the family need an action-packed getaway, or some time to unwind and bond together, the Big Whiteshell Lodge has everything you need to do both. There are five different styles of cottages to stay in, all with everything you need and a fantastic view.
Bring your boat (or rent one) and hit the lake for some water activities. Or you can cruise around until you find the best fishing spot. The kids can run and play on the beach that has a roped off designated swimming area. The Lodge offers complimentary use of peddle boats, yard and board games. Big Whiteshell Lodge
Asessippi Ski Area and Resort
Asessippi Ski Area and Resort are a must family getaway to add to the list. You don’t need to leave the province to have an excellent ski vacation. Even if you do not like to ski or snowboard, they offer a separate slope to ride down on tubes. There are so many things to do in the winter time to keep the kids active.
Although this is more of a winter getaway, Asessippi offers wonderful trails for hiking and biking during the summer. There is something to do all year round with guest houses and cabins to rent nearby.
TinkertownTinkertown is a family amusement park filled with rides and attractions for everyone, especially if you have young kids. It is the place to take your kids for a good time during the summer months. The ride styles vary from a Kiddie Swing to a drop tower and a Wet Boat Ride. Bring a picnic or indulge in fair-like food.
Tinkertown is an inexpensive way to entertain the family. The tickets range from $3 for a single, $19 for 20 tickets or an unlimited wristband for $18. You don’t need to spend a lot to have a lot of fun.Tinkertown
If you live in Winnipeg, you can rent a nearby hotel and make it a weekend vacation. But if you live outside of Winnipeg, taking the kids for a weekend trip to the big city is a must. You should have the Assiniboine Park Zoo at the top of the list of what to do on your little getaway.
There are lots of exciting animals to see that will get the kids excited. Plan your trip during one of their exhibitions, like the Gigantic Bug Exhibit this summer. Your kids will be able to see animals they never heard of, all while learning something new. Assiniboine Park Zoo – Winnipeg
If you are looking to take your family on an unforgettable (and also educational) outdoor adventure, FortWhyte Alive is the place to go. The site is 640 acres of protected green space that allows you to connect with nature. FortWhyte has many different events that run throughout the year.
The whole family can learn something new as the tour around. Learn how to sail or canoe with rentals available. Or take a kayak or stand-up paddleboard lesson for a fun activity. There are also camps that run throughout the year for the kids for an educational retreat. FortWhyte Alive
What kid doesn’t love a weekend at a waterslide park? Take the whole family to Fun Mountain Waterslide Park for a memorable weekend. Fun Mountain is Manitoba’s largest waterpark with affordable prices.
There are multiple different slides to choose from depending on what you are looking for. There are hot tubs to relax in after, bumper boats to battle on or relax on a boat and tour around. Enjoy some tasty food and drinks and watch all the games that happen throughout the park. Fun Mountain will keep the kids entertained and have them wanting to come back every weekend. Fun Mountain Waterslide Park
Churchill WildA Churchill getaway is worth saving up for. Going to the northern part of Manitoba, your family is in for a treat of a lifetime. The north is very different than what you may typically be used to. Experience the Arctic along the Hudson Bay coast. You and the kids can go on Polar Bear safaris and get an up and personal look at these amazing animals. Or go on a beluga whale tour to see what they look like.
The Churchill Wild is the place to be with accommodations and world-class service at the fly-in Polar Bear Eco-Lodges. Churchill Wild
Mystery MountainLooking for another winter getaway for the family? Mystery Mountain is another one to add to the list. This ski park is near Thompson, so you’ll be able to experience more of Northern Manitoba. There are many accommodations available in Thompson that is only 20 minutes away.
There are four different lifts with eight runs to choose from. Add that to 10 km of cross-country ski trails; there is something available for all levels. The ski park offers programs for beginning ski and snowboarders. Mystery Mountain
Riding Mountain National Park
Riding Mountain National Park is a destination that should be on every getaway list. It is a place that allows you to make your vacation into whatever you want. There is always something to do here throughout all months of the year.
Whether you want to stay at a resort, bed and breakfast, cabins or cottages, Riding Mountain has so many accommodations to choose from. If you and the family are wanting to try out something different, stay in a tent, and cabin combo called an oTENTik. Whether you are looking for something relaxing or activities to keep the kids active, there will never be a dull day here. Riding Mountain National Park
Turtle Mountain Resort
When their slogan is “Experience the call of the wild,” you know this is a getaway to take the kids that love to roam the outdoors. Turtle Mountain is off the shores of Lake Metigoshe in the southern part of Manitoba. This family-owned resort focuses on providing a family-friendly culture with high-quality hospitality.
The family can stay in a cabin or at the campground to rest up for a day of adventures. Take the kids fishing or golfing. Head down to the lake where there is a public beach, boat launch and playgrounds around. The kids can swim around while you relax on the sand. Turtle Mountain Resort
If you and the family are looking for the ultimate beach getaway, Grand Beach is where you need to go. Located along the shores of Lake Winnipeg, Grand Beach offers pristine white sand with a boardwalk to stroll down. This area has been a favourite destination for over a century.
There are many cottages, bed and breakfast, resorts and campgrounds in the area to stay at. In the summer, the activities are endless. Go swimming, bird watching, bike rides or try out some watersports. Even in the winter time, there are many activities available for the whole family. Grand Beach
If you are looking for an inexpensive getaway, why not try Manitoba Provincial Parks? Whether you want to camp out, spend the day relaxing at the beach or explore new terrains, these parks offer you many choices for a fantastic weekend getaway. With over 20 parks within 200 km of Winnipeg, Manitoba provincial parks are also great day trip destinations to immerse yourself in nature and to have a fun family day out. Manitoba Parks
Located on the west side of Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba’s Interlake region, Gimli is a family vacation paradise. Head to the Blue Flag certified Gimli Beach for swimming, windsurfing, sailing, boating and more! See the history of Interlake as told by the local artists in the murals along the Sea Wall at Gimli Harbour. From here, head to the Lake Winnipeg Visitor Centre. In here, you can see a glimpse of the fishing history of the region. On the way to the 1st Avenue, see the T33 military jet and cenotaph in honour of the veterans of the World War and Korean conflict. On the main floor of Gimli’s Waterfront Centre, you can find the New Iceland Heritage Museum (a designated Manitoba Signature Museum) telling the story of new Iceland. Learn about the “Gimli Glider”, the Air Canada Flight 143 that run out of fuel mid air and landed in the town. Details