Sad that summer is over? There’s so much to look forward to in Manitoba in the fall!
First, the cooler temperature invites you to thoughtfully contemplate nature’s beauty amidst its changing colours (see, I’m already starting to sound poetic). Around you, you will see trees and shrubs change to varying shades of red, orange, brown, and vibrant yellow. This phenomenon is such a wonder to behold that watching fall leaves change colour is considered a regular pastime. It’s called “leaf peeping” and it means to travel to view and photograph fall foliage. It’s so popular that foliage tours are being offered in certain places in Canada and the US.
Second, you can look forward to…well, let’s just continue with a list:
Did you start a garden this summer? Well then it’s time to reap your rewards! Your fall harvest may include apples, corn, squashes, beets, Brussels sprouts, and many others. If you are not into gardening, you can still enjoy the many fruits and vegetables in season by getting them at farmer’s markets or at groceries. Use them for making great comfort food like soups and stews as well as pies and puddings. These goodies are perfect for the cold weather.
Did you know that in the early days before electricity, farmers relied on the moon at harvest time? Farmers waited for the full moon that occurred in September for the extra available light. This allowed them to work until later in the night to harvest crops. This is why the full moon that happens on fall equinox is called the Harvest moon.
The best time to catch northern lights is in the fall. Why? Because the longest hours of darkness in Canada starts this season. Did you know that in Canada, Manitoba is one of the best spots to see an Aurora? Churchill is always mentioned but even in Winnipeg, you might be able to catch this natural wonder on a clear night.
You don’t have to start hibernating in your room just because summer is over. Fall camping is a great and unique experience that will allow you to go leaf peeping up close (incidentally, do you know why leaves change colour in the fall?) and if you’re lucky, maybe even see an aurora. In the evenings, make a bonfire to stay warm and cuddle up with someone. Complete the experience with some s’mores and hot chocolate. Go to Manitoba Parks to check fall camping schedules and for reservations.
There are four holidays in Manitoba in the fall. We look forward to: Labour day (1st Monday of September), Thanksgiving (second Monday of October), Remembrance day (November 11), and Halloween (October 31). These occasions are great opportunities for you to celebrate with the community and get to know Canada even more through the values it celebrates and holds dear.
Festival season is never over in Manitoba. The province has about 15 festivals in September alone. This includes ManyFest, Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival and the Manitoba Fibre Festival in Winnipeg; Honey, Garlic and Maple Syrup Festival in Pembina Valley; Harvest Moon Festival in Clearwater; and Teulon Pumpkinfest in Manitoba’s Interlake region. So enjoy nature’s fall bounty or take a road trip or two with your family before winter begins.
No more bugs!
If you were pestered by mosquitos, wasps, ladybugs and other bugs in summer, you can now go outdoors in peace! The colder weather pushes out most insects to migrate or hibernate.
You get back an hour of sleep in November! DST or Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. on November 4 this year. Remember to set your clocks accordingly to avoid confusion. Want to know more about DST? Read: What is Daylight Saving Time?
Sources: 10 facts about the fall season, CBC News; Where to see the best and brightest fall foliage in Canada, Cheryl Santa Maria, The Weather Network; All about fall harvest vegetables, Unlock Food.ca; and Festivals in Manitoba in September, To do Canada. All retrieved August 30, 2018.
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