Manitoba Summer Activities with a Historical Twist

We bring you a sampling of Manitoba summer activities with a historical twist.  Check them out!

THURSDAY, JUNE 15, 2023 AT 8:30 AM – 8 PM
Red River North Day Trip
From C$100 · 1000 Taylor Avenue,Winnipeg,R3M 3A3,CA

Join the Manitoba Historical Society guides as we follow the Red River northward visiting exquisite heritage sites for a day bus excursion. This tour will visit built heritage sites along the Red River Northward to Selkirk, and in and around surrounding areas.
Our first stop will be the historic Captain Kennedy House, St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church, and cemetery and then St. Andrews Rectory. Our lunch stop will be Skinners in Lockport, where you can purchase your own lunch (or brown bag your own), with a short stop to visit and chat about the historic building of the Locks in Lockport.
We’ll then board the bus and travel to the Church of the Immaculate Conception at Cooks Creek. Our guided tour will include the story of its designer Father Phillip Ruh, a tour of the grotto, and grounds, and then a visit to the Cooks Creek Museum.
Our day will conclude with a delicious community Polish themed supper provided at the Cooks Creek Heritage Museum.
*Pick up will be at the Walmart Parking Lot on Taylor ave. Drop off at the end of the day will also be at this location.
Our Lead guide will be John “Jock” Lehr, Senior Scholar, and retired University of Winnipeg Professor of Geography, former MHS Executive Board Member, and longstanding MHS member!
Price: MHS Members: $100, Non-Members: $115
*Purchase an MHS Membership and get the members rate!

SATURDAY, JUNE 17, 2023 AT 1 PM – 3 PM
APTN Indigenous Day Live Competition Powwow
The Forks National Historic Site, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The IDL powwow is returning this year by popular demand, and everyone is invited to participate! The powwow will take place during the IDL celebrations at The Forks on June 17, 2023, from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Dance:  Fancy Shawl, Jingle, Traditional Cloth/Buckskin, Fancy Feather, Grass & Chicken, Traditional.


JUL 14 AT 9 AM – JUL 15 AT 4:15 PM
The Russlaender Mennonites: War, Dislocation, and New Beginnings
University of Winnipeg

Between 1923 and 1929 some 21,000 Mennonites from the Soviet Union left a land decimated by violence, famine, and epidemic. They found shelter in far-off Canada, where government, church communities, and private businesses supported their immigration. These migrants, popularly known as the Russlaender Mennonites, made Canada their home. For the past hundred years, they have influenced the shape of Canadian Mennonite communities through their family networks, churches, economic pursuits (as labourers, professionals, and entrepreneurs), and in the world of politics, faith, arts, and service.
This centenary conference presents papers that explore the development of the Russlaender, from late imperial Russia, through war, revolution, and upheaval in the early Soviet Union, to their relocation to Canada. It will also feature conversations with noted authors of fiction about the Russlaender experience.
There will be a livestream of this event.
Visit the conference website for full conference program and free registration

JUL 21 AT 6 PM – JUL 23 AT 4 PM
100 Years of Great Falls Centennial Celebration
Great Falls Community Hall. Great Falls, MB


JUL 25 AT 8:30 AM – JUL 28 AT 4:30 PM
Treaties 1-11 Gathering
Naawi-Oodena, Winnipeg, MB


THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2023 AT 10:30 AM – 2 PM
Prairie Dog Central Heritage Tour
C$32 · 64099 Prairie Dog Trail,Rosser,R0H 1E0,CA

Travel on the Prairie Dog Central Train, from the Inkster Junction Station, for a round trip to Grosse Isle, and a Heritage Village Tour!

The Prairie Dog Central Railway is a short line railway owned and operated by the Vintage Locomotive Society Inc. (VLS), and it is one of the oldest regularly scheduled operating locomotive in North America.  Arrive at the Inkster Junction Station located on the Prairie Dog Trail, on the North side of Inkster oulevard between Sturgeon Road and Route 90 prior to boarding. The train leaves at 10:30 AM sharp, and arrives back in Winnipeg at 2:00PM.  The day will take you out to Grosse Isle for a Heritage Picnic, which includes sandwhiches, chips, and a salad with a light dessert. After lunch, the Grosse Isle Heritage Village Buildings will also be open that day.

The cost is $32 per person (+admin fee) with an option to include a donation to the MHS with each ticket.  All aboard!


SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2023 AT 9:30 AM – 7 PM
Icelandic Festival In Gimli, MB (Day Bus Trip)
Gimli, MB

Join us August long weekend for the annual Islendingadagurinn.  Visit the heart of New Iceland, Gimli, Manitoba – just 1 hour North of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and celebrate family, friends and Icelandic heritage and culture.  Islendingadagurinn is the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America.  Velkomin (welcome), and enjoy the food, music, events, activities and of course, the Vikings!
Pricing & Booking:
Contact:  Ph.204.930.9651






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