The staycation: staying where you are for vacation. It’s advertised as an affordable option, where you don’t have to spend heaps of money to be able to enjoy some well-deserved holiday time. They also support your local economy where money remains in your community to support the amenities and services that benefit your area. Staycations make good economic sense, but they also make good environmental sense.
Travelling long distance by car and/or airplane significantly contributes to your carbon footprint and climate change. Hotels are notorious for the amount of waste they generate, especially when it comes to electricity, water and single-use plastics. People tend to abandon their usual healthy eating habits while on holidays, so with a staycation you can be better manage your diet of sustainable and healthy foods (while also enjoying some amazing, local eats!).
If travel is part of your holiday plans this summer, consider vacationing within Manitoba to save both the financial and environmental costs of travelling those extra kilometers outside of the Province/ Country. Take advantage of the many amazing natural, cultural, historical, and artistic resources Manitoba has to offer!
The Great Outdoors
Manitoba is a natural beauty. Numerous studies have demonstrated that nature is good for our health and happiness. Spending time in nature also establishes a connection, which is one of the most essential ways of creating a desire to care for and protect our environment. Whether you’re visiting a park, hiking trail, campsite, or beach this summer, remember to leave no trace!
We love the sound of the High Lake Eco Cabins at Falcon Trails Resort near Falcon Lake, Manitoba. This is where you will find six outpost luxury eco cabins offering the latest sustainable technologies in addition to all your cottage comforts, including solar power electricity supply, state of the art composting toilet, gravity fed water supply, locally harvested logs and materials, composting and Recycling bins for waste, and promotion of sustainable transportation.
Summer in Manitoba is jam-packed with fun things to do for the whole family! See Travel Manitoba for a comprehensive list of events taking place across Manitoba. Here are a few staff favourites:
- Folk Fest (July 5-8)
- Winnipeg Fringe Festival (July 18-29)
- Gimli Film Festival (July 25-29)
- Folklorama (August 5-18)
- Assiniboine Park’s Summer Entertainment Series (July & August)
- Icelandic Festival (August 3-6)
You can use the Single Trip Matching feature of our ridesaring app, GoManitoba, to find someone to carpool with to a one-time event, sports game, festival, etc. By sharing a ride you reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, demand for parking, traffic congestion, and overall time spent commuting, as well as save money (split gas, parking, etc.) and meet new people in your community!
Even though many of the following sites are open year-round, summer is a great time to get out and experience them as many offer specialized programming (especially for families):
A visit to The Forks National Historic Site is a must have in the summer, with its offerings of tours, live entertainment, shopping, and food and drink. Their Target Zero Eco Tours teach children and families how to minimize their carbon footprint by showcasing their environmental iniaitives. The tours, created and executed in conjunction with Green Kids Inc., offers a 60 minute interactive walking experience for school-aged children during the school year, and families in the summer months.
Take a tour through the world-renowned Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and see the seasonal exibit Mandela: Struggle for Freedom. Every Sunday is Family Day, where children under six get free admission and family-friendly tours and activities are offered.
The Manitoba Museum and Winnipeg Art Gallery with its award winning galleries and largest collection of Inuit Art, respectively, are both must-see stops in Winnipeg, each with their own unique events and proramming. Both have and are currently undergoing major renovations, so it’s a great opportunity to see what’s new and what’s changing.
Assiniboine Park and Zoo, with about 400 acres of parkland with picnic areas, the Leo Mol Sculpture Gardens, Nature Playground, steam train rides, Qualico Family Centre, and over 300 different species in the zoo, offers visitors endless opportunities over the course of the summer!
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site offers a unique experience for visitors with costumed interpreters bringing history to life. Each day features a different exciting event for the public including Children’s Days, Murder Mystery T, and historic “Iron Chef”.
Food & Drink
It’s that wonderful time of year when markets are fruitful and in full swing! St. Norbert’s Farmers Market and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Farmers Market, servicing two very different areas, offer local food and handcrafted goods. See our blog for a full list of local food options and markets in Winnipeg.
Manitoba has a top-notch food scene. You can sample diverse dishes at mom-and-pop restaurants, bite into innovative tapas at trendy bistros, and get the full fine dinning experience (visit www.pegcitygrub.com to search for eateries by category in Winnipeg). We encourage supporting establishments that offer local food sourced and served sustainably (see the 105+ restaurants taking the 2018 Strawless Summer Campaign). Here are a few staff favourites:
- Brazen Hall
- Pineridge Hollow
- Circle Kitchen
- Copper Chimney
- Chaeban Ice Cream
- BMC Market – Taqueria
- Mon Ami Louis
- Feast Café Bistro
- Prairie Firehouse