Gather the squad and leave the men behind because it’s time for a girl’s weekend getaway! Whether you are looking for a winter vacation, summer fun or anything in between, we’re gathering some of the best things to do in Manitoba with your girls.
You’ll be taking selfies for days and making memories to last forever. Between spa resorts, the ultimate music festival and adding a little culture into the mix, we have you covered. Create your invite, add your closest girlfriends and pack your bags for one of these weekend trips. Here are 15 girl’s weekend getaways to do in Manitoba you’ll want to start planning today.
1. Rossman Yurts – Gundy Lake
Here is one for you and your adventurous ladies. Do you like camping? Do you enjoy what winter can offer? How about combining them together! A yurt is a way to ease into winter camping. These yurts are right in Riding Mountain National Park and can house up to five people and your pets!
Plan the ultimate getaway with the ladies and hide from reality for a few days. Hang out in the hot tub all evening or sit by the fire pit. In the daytime, the park offers trails for hikes, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Rent a snowmobile and hit the trails for the afternoon as well.
2. Winnipeg Folk Festival ~ Early July
Bring your girlfriends and meet new ones along the way at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. This is the place where music-lovers, art-lovers, just people-lovers in general, gather for a weekend of fun.
There are nine stages across the festival site with music playing all day and well into the evening. It’s not just folk music you’ll be hearing. Electronic, indie-rock, country and so much more will be playing from over 75 artists. Walk around the festival grounds and take in the atmosphere. Enjoy some food and drinks and take in the whole experience. Grab your tents and make it a weekend worth remembering.
3. Yoga Retreat – Calder House
Do you want a change to “Feed Your Soul” with your besties? Then how about a yoga retreat with the ladies? The Feed Your Soul Ayurveda & Yoga Retreat has three different opportunities throughout the year. Your guide takes you to a sacred place in the province where you will practice and learn all you need to know about Ayurveda and Yoga.
Each retreat lines up with a particular season. Become more connected with yourself, your girls and the world around you as you flow through new yoga poses. Meditate and nourish the body through holistic therapies. While you’re at it, enjoy a few excursions and have a lot of fun.
4. Morden Corn & Apple Festival
This corner of the province is known for their sweet, sweet corn. So much that in 1925, Morden became known as the Corn and Apple Belt – hence the name of this festival. It started back in 1967 as a commemoration of Canada’s Centennial.
This free festival is the fourth weekend of August, right in the heart of Morden. Their main street is shut down for three days so buskers, artists, street fair foodies and rides can take over. In the evenings, head over to beer gardens for a drink (or two) before hitting up the main stage entertainment.
Need a place to stay for the weekend? Check out Bella’s Castle Bed & Breakfast for a cozy place to rest.
5. Lilac Resort – Ste. Anne
Here is a little getaway you won’t want to miss this summer. The Lilac Resort offers you the chance to take a tropical vacation, with barely a half hour outside of Winnipeg. This RV, Lodging and Water Park Resort has something for everyone.
Rent a deluxe cabin for the weekend for your little getaway. They are fully furnished and ready for the girls. Head over to the Water Park where there are four hot tubs, two pools, multiple styles of water slides, beach entrance wading pool and of course, a Tiki Juice Bar. Take a look at the schedule and plan your stay around the entertainment of your choice.
6. Grand Beach – Lake Winnipeg
If there is one thing Manitoba is known for, it’s all the lakes. Of course, you need to add a summer beach trip for your ladies. Lake Winnipeg is Canada’s fifth largest lake. Its unique feel will make you question if you’re still in the prairies.
White sand surrounds the massive Lake Winnipeg. Trees edge the lake and provide shade from the sun. The boardwalk overlooks the beach so you can people watch, shop and relax with a cold beverage. There are campgrounds and cabins nearby to stay for the weekend. Swimming is a must and while you’re at it, try a little windsurfing. Grand Beach provides endless amounts of activities for you and the girls.
7. Manitoba Stampede – Morris
Around mid July is the Manitoba Stampede in Morris. Approximately an hour outside of Winnipeg, Morris hosts Manitoba’s Pro-Rodeo each summer. If you’re looking for a unique getaway that is bound to make the men jealous, this is the place to be.
Sit back and be entertained by the rodeo clown, saddle bronc riding, bull riding and much more. Had enough? Head over to the Midway for rides and activities to make you feel like a kid again. Once the sun sets, the beer gardens await where everyone mingles for the evening. Hit the dance floor with live music and even partake in a few casino games, all under the same tent.
8. South Beach Casino & Resort – Brokenhead
Opened May 2005, South Beach Casino & Resort is straight from the Hollywood set. Feel like you’re living the Miami life while barely even leaving Winnipeg. South Beach is a bustling casino that never sleeps. The Casino houses 600 slot, various table games and loads of entertainment.
Gamed out? Grab your bikinis and head over to the resorts tropical pool. Relax in luxury with this artistic pool. There’s even a waterfall that comes from the ceiling. You and the girls won’t want to leave this tropical place. Stay late when the kids go to bed, and it is adults only at the pool.
9. Dauphin’s Countryfest ~ Canada Day Weekend
This festival attracts thousands and thousands of people for one weekend! With over 4000 campsites and 14,000 daily attendees, you know it’s going to be good. So grad your girls, pick up some cowboy gear and get ready to head out for the weekend.
The campgrounds have showers and washrooms available. Hit up the Malibu Beach for games and a live DJ. Experience the festival from the sky in a helicopter ride. Visit the nightly keg parties, ride the mechanical bull or hand out at the Canadian Tire Sports Bar. There’s something there for everyone – and of course, lots and lots of music.
10. Falcon Trails Resort – Whiteshell Provincial Park
Whiteshell Provincial Park is a beautiful destination that you should add to your list. Stay at the Falcon Trails Resort for an ultimate relaxing yet fun getaway. They have multiple different styles of cabins to stay at with the girls. Look at their High Lake luxury eco cabin for an experience of a lifetime – but quickly, there’s only six.
Each of these cabins has their unique personality. They are located around High Lake, which is a remote lake from their Welcome Centre. The trip to the cabin itself will be an adventure. Enjoy the scenery in the summertime or hit the ski hill in the winter, your choice.
11. Winnipeg Fringe Festival ~ End of July
Roam the streets of Winnipeg, taking in culture and theatre all at the same time. Over 180 theatre companies take over the streets in the heart of the city, giving you performances of a lifetime. View the performances descriptions ahead of time so you and the ladies can map out your days to see all the best shows.
While you’re in between shows, hit up a few food trucks for some one-of-a-kind street food. Head to Arthur Street where the vendor court is. Unique items from tons of vendors will be available to purchase. Plan out a unique take on a girl’s getaway that will leave you all with memories for life.
12. Paint Lake Lodge – Thompson
Head north to Thompson to the Paint Lake Lodge. This full-service resort will take you away from the city, but will still keep you connected to the world around. Rent a cabin for the weekend and let the fun begin.
Visit the Pisew Falls, Manitoba’s second largest falls. Grab some bikes and hit the trails. Head to Thompson to the zoo to see what northern Manitoba’s wildlife has to offer. The lodge has a marina for boat rentals. Head over to their restaurant and lounge for the evening to help you unwind after a busy day.
13. Thermea Spa – Winnipeg
Looking for the ultimate relaxation getaway with the squad? Thermea Spa has you covered. Less than a half hour drive from downtown Winnipeg, Thermea specialized in techniques from Scandinavian countries. The spa houses three different outdoor baths, four saunas, resting areas throughout and a restaurant for a fantastic dining experience.
Although the spa itself doesn’t have a place to stay (unless you fall asleep during your massage 🙂 ), they’ve partnered with multiple different hotels in the city. View the different packages available which include hotel accommodations. Plan a weekend for the girls to relax and rejuvenate, and head back home a whole new you.
14. Churchill Learning Vacations
Sometimes your vacations are meant to relax and unwind. Other times you and the girls are in full party mode. But every once in a while, a vacation pops up that is not only fun but educational as well. Plan a trip to the beautiful area of Churchill that is filled with history and wildlife. Courses range from five to seven days and include accommodations, transportation, wildlife viewing and local tours.
Get a chance to view the Northern Lights in one of the best spots. Head out during the season when birds migrate back home. Experience hundreds of thousands of Snow Geese flocking back. Take your experience underwater, watching belugas through the camera lens. While you’re at it, you’ll get an opportunity to hike around historical sites. These types of packages give you everything you could imagine on a trip like this. Save up now and don’t miss out on one of these opportunities.
Plan a weekend getaway to Gimli, the town that is “Home of the Gods.” You don’t even need to plan it when there’s an event happen – Gimli already has so much to offer. This town is known for all of the Icelandic settlements, the most settlements outside of Iceland.
This is a summer hotspot for travellers, so grab your ladies and head on out this summer. Gimli Beach offers swimming, sailing, boating, windsurfing and so much more. Want to add a little more than being lazy on the beach? You’ll find lots of art and history in Gimli. Visit the Sea Wall at Gimli Harbour or the New Iceland Heritage Museum.
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