15 Small Towns and Cities For a Weekend Trip in Manitoba

As summer approaches, many of us are gearing up for fun, adventurous road tips. Manitoba has plenty of awesome sights to see, along with innumerable quaint small towns and cities to check out. Here are 15 you’ll want to add to your list.

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Pinawa

 

This community on the border of Whiteshell Provincial Park may be small, but it isn’t lacking in things to do. Here, you’ll find the remains of an old dam which make for a great photo op. You’ll also want to check out the legendary Pinawa Heritage Suspension Bridge which stands 650 feet above the water and is a popular tourist attraction.

The Pinawa Channel makes for a great place to go for a swim in the summer. Pack a tube and go tubing along the channel with a couple of friends.

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Portage La Prairie

Visit Portage La Prairie in southern Manitoba and spend a day or two exploring everything this town has to offer. One of Portage La Prairie’s main attractions is its Island on the Prairies, which includes several hiking paths and a water park.

The Fort la Reine Museum is open from May until October every year. Those who come to this museum will be treated to a taste of what early settler life in the area was like. If you’re more interested in going for a hike, Delta Marsh is a fantastic place for a walk.

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Beausejour

 

The name “Beausejour” translates from French to “It’s a beautiful day,” and every day in this lovely small town northeast of Winnipeg truly is beautiful. One thing you’re going to want to see here is the 120-foot suspension bridge that connects the two sides of the Brokenhead River.

You can visit Great Woods Park for a day of hiking, fishing, birding, and some canoeing. Beausejour is also home to the Broken Beau Pioneer Village Museum, which is a great place to go if you want to learn more about Manitoban history.

Getaways Romantic Resort is a great place for a weekend stay and do not forget to visit Beausejour Daylily Gardens to view beautiful flowers in full bloom.

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Gimli

The Rural Municipality of Gimli, nestled on the western shores of Lake Winnipeg, offers visitors plenty of fun, especially if you’re headed here in warmer weather.

You can spend some time at the Gimli Marina walking along the pier where you’ll find paintings from local artists. You’ll also want to check out the Viking statue in Viking Park, a tribute to Gimli’s Icelandic roots as well as the New Iceland Heritage Museum that tells the story of new Iceland. And, of course, you can’t forget about heading to the beach for a swim.

If you are visiting in July, be sure to take in the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba.

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Carberry

This beautiful town is full of fun tourist attractions. It’s close to Spruce Woods Provincial Park, where you can go camping or hike through the Spirit Sands.

Remember to go to the Carberry Plains Museum which details the lives of the early settlers of the area. If you’re looking for somewhere to take some stunning pictures, then head to the Daylily Garden.

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Neepawa

Just two short hours west of Winnipeg, Neepawa has a rich cultural history. Come to this town and check out the Margaret Laurence House to learn more about this Canadian author and to pick up a book or two.

There are plenty of other heritage sites like the Beautiful Plains Country Courthouse which has been used as a jailhouse, court, and even a theatre. You may want to head to the Knox Presbyterian Church which was built in 1891 and in 1992 was dedicated as a provincial heritage site.

Tour the Farmery Estate Brewery and see where the ingredients in the famous beers are grown and how it’s made.

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Souris-Glenwood

Visit this municipality and enjoy all the fun tourist attractions. Visit The Bowl in Victoria park which makes for a picnic in the afternoon.

You should also make time to visit The Mystical Old Oak Tree which is said to be 600 years old. And you can’t forget the Souris Swinging Bridge which gets illuminated at night, making it look stunning.

Located not far from the town is Souris River Bend Wildlife Management Area.

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Steinbach

The small city of Steinbach has plenty to do with visitors and residents alike. Visit the Mennonite Heritage Village and learn about this group of settlers that came to Manitoba by exploring the outdoor museum.

 

You’ll also find Kismet Creek Farm in the area, a great place for animal lovers to go. Steinbach is also home to many parks, including Kinsmen Park and A.D. Penner Park which make for great places to go for a walk or a picnic.

Explore the city’s history by going on Steinbach’s Heritage Walking Tour.

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Selkirk

Visit the City of Selkirk just north of Winnipeg and enjoy everything it has to offer. There are plenty of parks to visit, like Little Lake Park and Selkirk Park, where you can go camping.

If you’re into roadside attractions, you may want to check out Chuck the Channel Cat, a massive catfish statue located on Main Street. The Marine Museum of Manitoba is a great place for anyone interested in marine life to visit.

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Stonewall

This small community north of Winnipeg isn’t lacking in opportunities for exploration. Its main attraction is, of course, the old limestone quarry, which makes for a great place for a walk.

There’s lots of shopping to do in Stonewall too, including some great antique shops. As berry picking season approaches, you’ll also want to visit Boonstra farms for their U-pick services.

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Minnedosa

There’s so much to love in this small town north of Brandon!

Minnedosa is located in the Pembina Valley Region and provides visitors with beautiful views as well as fun things to do.

Check out the Minnedosa District Museum and Heritage Village to learn about the area’s past. The Minnedosa Bison Park offers visitors a great walk, as well as the opportunity to see these beautiful, massive beasts up close. If you’re a golfer, then the country club is the place to go.

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La Riviere

You’ll find La Riviere in the Pembina Valley, which is a stunning part of the province. The town is home to Holiday Mountain Resort, which offers skiing and snowboarding opportunities in the winter.

If you’ve got a bike, then cycling along the Pembina River offers beautiful views and a bit of a challenge. Don’t forget to say hello to the Wild Turkey statue roadside attraction while you’re here.

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The Pas

Known as the “Gateway to the North,” The Pas is full of great experiences for visitors. Head to the nearby Clearwater Lake Provincial Park for a hike, and when you get hungry check out one of the Pas’s numerous restaurants.

If you’re a history buff, then make sure you carve out some time for the Sam Waller Museum which shows visitors the town’s fascinating and colourful past.

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Morden

This little city in the Pembina Valley is a great place to go if you’re interested in history and culture. If you have a particular interest in paleontology, then be sure to head to the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

If you feel like being outside, then head to Minnewasta Lake or Colert Beach on a nice, sunny day. If you’re a sports fan, then pay a visit to the Manitoba Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Flin Flon

Located close to the Saskatchewan border in northern Manitoba, Flin Flon is a mining town with a rich history and plenty to do.

Go explore Flinty’s Trail and Boardwalk and walk along the shores of beautiful Ross Lake. The Flin Flon Museum is located in the old Canadian National Railway Station Building and offers an in-depth look into the area’s history. If you want to get the most out of the summer months, head to Denare Beach for some swimming or boating.

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