Manitoba's roadside attractions

Bonjour Manitoba

We challenge you to find them all this summer!

Six Amazing Golf Courses You Need to Play in Manitoba

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Summer time in Manitoba means tee time! 

Top 8: Where to Eat Ice Cream

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In addition to their beauty and short duration, Manitoba summers are particularly well-known for their intense heat. Luckily, our beautiful bilingual communities are replete with ice cream parlours and restaurants that serve ice cream, which will help you beat the heat this summer. Here is a list of some of our favourite places to get ice cream! 

5 Farmers' markets to visit in Manitoba this summer!

The Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for any Manitoban summer! Especially in these times, visiting your local farmers’ market is a great way to support local producers, artisans, and farmers while obeying public health orders.

6 Bed and Breakfasts to Discover in Manitoba

Bonjour Manitoba

Looking for some authentic experiences in rural Manitoba? There’s no better way to go about it than staying overnight at a local bed and breakfast. 

Discovering the Artists of the Dawson Trail

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Dawson Trail, an event will be held on the weekend of September 18 and 19 in Richer. Pierrette Sherwood, Chair of the Executive Committee - Dawson Trail Arts and Heritage Tour, comments on this long-term project:

New Culinary and Historical Tours at the St. Pierre Jolys Museum

Bonjour Manitoba

Want to discover an authentic culinary and historical experience? Take it all in at the St. Pierre Jolys Museum, just a short 40-minute drive from Winnipeg! 
Follow the guide and enter the world of the Rat River Métis... 
 

 

Get Lost in Adventure at Two Corn Mazes this Fall in Manitoba

Bonjour Manitoba

If you’re looking to get lost in a corn maze this fall, A Maze in Corn in St. Adolphe, MB and King Korn Maze in Notre Dame de Lourdes are 2 places you must visit in Manitoba's Francophone communities! 

5 places to spend time outside with your family

Bonjour Manitoba

Here are 5 of our favourite spots to spend time with your family this summer in Manitoba!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - A conversation with Dr. Phil

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Have you heard of the most recent virtual resource for learning about the francophone history of Saint-Boniface? If not, Kenza is about to introduce you to it: the online documentary A visit with Dr. Phil !

4 places to go camping with your family this summer in Manitoba

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Discover family-friendly Manitoba campsites to plan your vacation this summer.

Explore Southern Manitoba by bike!

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Explore Southern Manitoba by bike with these two self-guided cycling tours!

Our 4 Recommendations for Mother's Day 2021

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Our favourite ways to treat Mom this Mother's Day.

Vacationing on the shores of Lake Manitoba

Bonjour Manitoba

For almost a year, Sterling Ducharme has been developing the project to open a campground in Saint-Ambroise. It will be done this summer. For him, it is a real pleasure to offer a place of rest and leisure on Lake Manitoba.

Do you know the story of the Dawson Trail?

Bonjour Manitoba

An overview of the historic road's history over the years.

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - My 2021 Festival du Voyageur

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

How did you celebrate Festival du Voyageur from home? 

After a year of restricted traditions, Kenza presents some innovative tips for "Festival-ing" from home.

The ceinture fléchée, a sash keeping the tradition alive

Bonjour Manitoba

A seasoned festival-goer would never leave home without donning a sash. Also known widely by its French name, ceinture fléchée, the sash has become a perennial symbol of Métis and Franco-Manitoban culture.

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - A sweet yet active Valentine's Day

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

What are your Valentine's Day plans? Kenza presents an overview of a few St. Boniface activities for this love-filled weekend!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Happy Holidays

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

In this last blog of the year 2020, Kenza presents a few different ways to celebrate the holidays in Saint-Boniface despite health restrictions. Happy holidays everyone!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - 5 reasons to see the play "Léon et sa maison" by Maison Gabrielle-Roy

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Featured in this week's blog: not the author Gabrielle Roy, but her father, Léon.

Kenza has 5 good reasons to convince you to watch Léon et sa maison, the virtual play.

A historical and cultural journey waiting to be discovered

Bonjour Manitoba

The Dawson Trail is a vestige of the past that runs through several Francophone communities in southeastern Manitoba. 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Fall / Winter in St. Boniface

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Kenza provides a little update on what's going on in Saint-Boniface right now. The return of cold weather doesn't mean that the activities stop!

Walking part of the Camino de Santiago in Manitoba

Bonjour Manitoba

Also known as Chemin St-Paul in French, the Crow Wing Trail is part of the historic Trans Canada Trail. It’s almost 200 kilometres long and runs from Winnipeg to Emerson, at the U.S. border, passing through St. Malo, St-Pierre-Jolys and other communities. The Crow Wing Trail Association Chemin Saint-Paul, CDEM and the Canadian Company of Pilgrims launched the first Camino between St. Malo and St-Pierre-Jolys on October 3.

Shop local

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Now, more than ever, it is important to support our businesses and entrepreneurs here at home.

Cross Country Ski Trails

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Rejoice in winter!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Enjoying winter in St. Boniface

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

What's your favourite winter activity? Skating? Skiing? Snowshoeing maybe?

This week, Kenza recounts her snowy adventures in Saint-Boniface. There's so much to keep you busy in our beautiful neighbourhood! 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG: AT THE HEART OF MANITOBA'S FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITY

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

One of the questions about Saint-Boniface and Manitoban francophonie that comes up often is “why?”  Why do we speak French here?  And the follow-up question - why is it so important? 

Kenza takes you through these questions in the discovery of the At the Heart of Manitoba’s Francophone Community documentary that's shown at the Tourisme Riel office in Saint-Boniface. 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - 5 Reasons to Visit the CCFM

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

The CCFM (Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre) at 340 Provencher Blvd. plays a key role in Winnipeg and Manitoba’s francophone art and culture. 

Kenza presents the CCFM's fall/winter programming, encouraging you to participate in French cultural and artistic activities!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Théâtre du Cercle Molière: between traditions and new challenges

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

As is the case for everyone, 2020 is an unusual year for the Cercle Molière Theatre. So, the TCM is showing us that the theatre can come to life behind a screen just as well as in person.

This week Kenza explores the classic traditions of the TCM as well as their modified online programming!  

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Michelle Gervais, pioneer of francophone tourism

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Kenza gives a glimpse at the impressive career in the tourism industry of Michelle Gervais... after 30 years, she's retiring, but not without leaving her mark on tourism in Manitoba.

Support Local, Stay Warm

Kenza Zaoui

For your holiday shopping, we wanted to introduce you to various local shops with an authentic selection of warm clothes to bundle up for the winter season

Year two of Movies Under the Stars - a great succes amidst the pandemic

Bonjour Manitoba | Florent de Veillis

Movies Under the Stars held at Saint-Boniface Cathedral

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - 4 shops to treat yourself

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Whether it's along Provencher Blvd or Marion Street, Saint-Boniface is bursting with local shops to satisfy all tastes.

Kenza presents four shops for your shopping enjoyment... and dares you to leave empty-handed!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Culture Days in St. Boniface

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

This year, Culture Days has been reinvented: wandering down Provencher Blvd. has been replaced by a series of events. 

Kenza presents a vast selection of cultural and artistic events to explore online or in-person!

A look back at a most unusual tourist season

Bonjour Manitoba

Manitoba boasts more than 100,000 lakes and 90 natural parks, including a UNESCO World Heritage Forest (Pimachiowin Aki Forest), covering an area of 649,950 km (Travel Manitoba). It is therefore not a stretch to say that the province is one of the world's richest areas in terms of natural spaces.

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - My visit with Gabrielle Roy

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

At the time, there were only three houses on Deschambault, no industrial buildings, no parking lots. Can you imagine that?

This week, go for a little tour of the House of Gabrielle Roy with Kenza!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Art In Saint-Boniface: La Maison Des Artistes Visuels Francophones

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

One of Saint-Boniface’s secrets is undoubtedly the little art gallery at 219 Provencher: la Maison des artistes visuels francophones. Comme and discover this enchanting site through Kenza's eyes!

Seven Rural Activity Ideas for Children

Kenza Zaoui

Looking for rural activities to do with your kids this fall? Here are seven suggestions that will appeal to a range of tastes: a touch of history, a bit of adventure, some treats, a few animals and a whole lot of discovery!

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Local Holiday Shopping

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Do you still need ideas for gifts this holiday season? No worries, Kenza presents four businesses in Saint-Boniface to finish off your shopping! 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - A Summer Like No Other

By Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Our lives have been turned upside down during these last few months and we are now in the 3rd phase of re-opening in Manitoba. Follow the charming Kenza through her explorations of the re-opening of Saint-Boniface and its surroundings. 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - A Visit to the Saint-Boniface Museum

By Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Ah! The Saint-Boniface Museum! This magnificent ode to Manitoba's history holds thousands of treasures from back in the days. What could be better than following along with Kenza to explore this building and its history to give you a little taste!

Two-Wheels Travel in The Pembina Valley

Bonjour Manitoba

The Prairie Velo Tour, an event supported by Bonjour Manitoba, was designed to promote the wide variety of gravel roads in the region, plus showcase local food and culture.

Local Culinary Experience at Prairie Berry

Bonjour Manitoba

New francophone culinary experience in Manitoba!

Top Drive Ins in our francophone communities!

Bonjour Manitoba

What's your favorite Drive In?

La Cabane Guesthouse wins 2018 Fosse

CDEM

The jury had a tough choice to make on April 26 at the Fosse aux Lions competition. After deliberating for more than a half hour, the four judges finally selected Dominique Noël’s La Cabane Guest House as the big winner of the 7th edition of La Fosse aux Lions. She takes home $15,000 in prize money, free publicity, and a mentorship opportunity.

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Bon Appétit Saint-Boniface: a guided foodie tour

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Join Kenza in her exploration of the Bon Appétit Saint-Boniface culinary tour!

Maison Gabrielle Roy, Deschambault Street

CDEM

The home of Gabrielle Roy is a very important and recurring symbol in the Franco-Canadian author's work. She lived there from her birth in 1909 to her departure for Europe in 1937. This house has been mentioned in many of her works, particularly in "Street of Riches" a series of stories inspired by the author's childhood in St. Boniface. Completely restored like in 1918, the house is today a must-see public museum.

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - A Day at the Festival du Voyageur

By Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

View a day in the life of a Festival du Voyageur goer through Kenza's eyes. 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Geocaching in Saint-Boniface

By Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Looking for a fun and inexpensive activity to do with friends or family? I have the solution for you: geocaching!

A memorable dining experience

La Liberté

An iconic site from the fur trading era, Fort Gibraltar is now open for special, private events, in collaboration with the Gibraltar Dining Corporation, the Fort's exclusive caterers.

Rural Manitoba's Take on a Tasty Treat

Poutine Trail

Manitoba's bilingual communities serve poutines that are as tasty as they are original. Try them out along the Poutine Trail and discover the French flavour of the region!

A New Blogger for the Passion & Histoire Brand

Michelle Gervais

In continuity with the Passion & Histoire Saint-Boniface branding project we are launching for the year 2020 our Passion & Histoire Blog that will be written by the famous French blogger Kenza Zaoui from Cups of English Tea.

The SHSB at your service

La Liberté

The Société historique de Saint-Boniface (SHSB) is dedicated to acquiring, preserving and promoting the heritage of the Francophones and Métis of Western Canada, especially Manitoba.

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - A Day in the Life of a Voyageur at Fort Gibraltar

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

Are you curious to know what a voyageur is? Would you like to find out how theses infamous explorers lived their every day lives? Search no longer, and come on over to the Fort Gibraltar with Kenza to re-live the time of the voyageurs!

Connecting the Crow Wing Trail to Santiago

Bonjour Manitoba

All Roads Lead to... Santiago de Compostela! Manitoba's Crow Wing Trail / Chemin Saint-Paul runs 193 km between Winnipeg and Emerson. 

A place of leisure and learning

La Liberté

At Fort Gibraltar, fun and historical discover go hand in hand, year-round. 

Borealis Beading or the art of combining passion and transmission

Bonjour Manitoba

Mélanie Gamache is passionate about beading, a skill that has its origins in Métis culture. With her company in Sainte-Geneviève, Borealis Beading, the craftswoman offers workshops related to her passion.

New workshops at Festival du Voyageur

Bonjour Manitoba

This year, the 2020 edition of Festival du Voyageur will be offering an even greater variety of workshops with the revival of the Voyageur Apprenticeship (Apprentis voyageurs) workshops of previous years.

A small museum that tells a rich history

La Liberté

The St. Boniface Museum is located at 494 Taché Avenue. It plays a dual role of guardian and ambassador. For Vania Gagnon, the Museum’s Director, the roles coincide perfectly with the Museum’s community vocation.

Le Roy des sentiers

Katherine D., La Liberté

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About the Saint-Boniface Cathedral

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

The Saint-Boniface Cathedral is understandably one of the most photographed monuments in Winnipeg and Manitoba. It's located in the historical Old Saint-Boniface region, at the heart of the francophone community. Today, join Kenza to discover some of its secrets. 

PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG - Canada Day 2020 in Saint-Boniface

By Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

How was your Canada Day 2020 celebration?

Kenza's was virtual! Connected through the Tourisme Riel / Passion Histoire Facebook page July 1st, she followed along with Barney Morin for an hour while he wandered through Saint-Boniface on his bike.

Movies to go!

Bonjour Manitoba

CDEM and Alliance française du Manitoba are launching a Movies Under the Stars program this summer for the first time. For $100, your community can rent our inflatable movie screen and quality projection equipment and watch French movies in the great outdoors.