What do most Manitobans do for rest and relaxation? There are a lot of choices! Aside from exploring nature, culture and the arts, there are many things you can do to relax and recover from a busy work week. Here are some of the most common ways you can have fun on the weekends:
Who doesn’t love barbecues? Look at most Manitoban backyards and you’ll see a grill. Summer is the season for barbecue parties but you can grill even until late fall, or as long as you’re not knee-deep in snow! A barbecue is a great way to get together with your neighbors and friends and start getting to know them over yummy food and beers (or other drinks, of course).
As of June 21, Manitoba has eased some COVID-19 restrictions, however, please note that there are still capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor gatherings (provincial public health guidelines). Adequate physical distancing from members of different households should be observed.
Explore family parks
In Winnipeg, your all-weather park is Assiniboine Park. It is where you can take long strolls, play sports, or barbecue outdoors in spring, summer and fall. In winter, you can learn to ice skate there through a kilometre long ice trail (Terry Fox Fitness Trail). The Assiniboine Park Zoo also has various attractions all year-round.
If your family likes the carnival atmosphere and taking exciting rides, you can go to amusement parks like Tinkertown Family Park (check website for updates on days and hours of operation). A Maze in Corn is a farm/family park that offers zip lining, hay rides, pony rides and other attractions. It will open in August 2020. Manitoba also has many water parks and spray pads. Check out the Winkler Aquatic Centre, Splash Island Water Park in Portage la Prairie and Steinbach Aquatic Centre. Again, due to the pandemic, public safety guidelines should be strictly followed to ensure safety. Check with the waterpark for guidance on pool schedules and other information.
Fishing is one of the major pastimes in the province. Plus, it’s one of those activities where social distancing comes naturally. But before you go out into the water, you should get information about recreational fishing regulations to know how and where to get a licence, what fishing methods to use, and other guidelines. Also check out Fishing in Manitoba (Travel Manitoba site) and Manitoba’s fishing hot spots for more great tips.
If retail therapy is your only cure, Manitoba has malls and shopping centres where you can treat yourself (pun intended). Around Winnipeg, there’s Polo Park, St. Vital Centre, Portage Place, Johnston Terminal, and the Forks Market (or read Winnipeg Shopping Guide: The top 5 shopping districts in Winnipeg for more upscale and/or quaint shops around the City). Brandon has Brandon Shoppers Mall, Portage la Prairie has Portage la Prairie Mall and Steinbach has Clearspring Shopping Centre.
Occupancy limits in retail businesses have been removed by the province but customers are still asked to maintain a distance of two metres from each other. You may also want to wear your fashionable mask as an added protection.
Restaurants and clubs
Aside from the many bistros, bars and restaurants that offer western food, Manitoba is a great place for authentic international cuisine (read Craving for your native dish? You just might find it here). With many restaurants and patios now open and set up better to keep you safe, you can now dine out and celebrate.
In Winnipeg, Corydon Avenue features a strip of restaurants and bars offering anything from Mediterranean to Thai. Foodies like you will have many dining experiences to look forward to in the city. Remember to call the restaurant before going – some may require reservation or have limited hours of operation at this time.
Relax at home
Who’s up for two stress-free, relaxing days, spent at an easily accessible venue with comfortable and familiar surroundings? Plus, accommodations are free (well, technically, it’s not, because you do pay rent or mortgage, but you know what I mean)! The ultimate staycation is spent at home, sleeping in late, cooking and having meals together with your family, exchanging stories and catching up with each other. You can also play board games, jigsaw puzzles, or even come up with a quiz on Canadian culture to make learning fun. Just make sure everyone (even the little ones) can join in and participate in all the activities. Enjoy your weekend!
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