It seems summer is in full swing and getting outside and active is great for your physical and mental health! Whether you just need some ideas on fun activities to enjoy outside or you are looking to plan out your Challenge days this is the post for you!
Please keep up to date with local and provincial wide restrictions surrounding covid-19 and code red, follow all current rules and restrictions as advised and practice safe physical distancing. More information on current restrictions are available here.
We advise you to confirm current operating status of any places or businesses you decide to visit, and what restrictions they may have that you should be aware of.
We Challenge YOU!
This years Commuter Challenge recognizes that getting around sustainably isn’t only about going to and from work, so we want to encourage making small changes in your day to day lives which can make a big impact in the long run to both your health and the environment! All activities listed in this post can be counted towards chances to win prizes during the week of May 30 – June 5, 2021, just make sure to enjoy them using active and/or sustainable movement! Simply register for free in teams with your friends, family, coworkers or even solo; log any and all of your active or sustainable movement throughout the week, and you will be entered to win awesome prizes! But the most important thing is… HAVE FUN!
Full changes to the 2021 Challenge can be seen here.
Check out the full details on how to enter, qualify, tips & tricks, along with so more on our Challenge main page!
BINGO! & New Prizes?!
We challenge you to complete as many activities as you can on the Bingo sheet! Every activity challenge that you complete and post to social media during the Challenge week will enter you to win the Bingo Prizes! The more posts and activities you complete, the more chances you have to win.
Make sure you tag @GreenActionCentre (Instagram or Facebook) or @GreenActionCtr(Twitter) and #CommuterChallengeMB to be entered to win!
Use this sheet for ideas on what activities you can try out throughout the summer or during the Commuter Challenge. You can even try building some long term habits and make the pledge to complete every activity throughout the month of June! Log those kilometres into your GoManitoba profile (you can register for free if you haven’t already) and you will be entered to win even more prizes!
Additional Resources & Ideas!
We have gathered some resources to make it easy for you to enjoy these various activities! Keep checking back on this post as we will add more resources when they become available.
Audio Tours of the Exchange District
Explore the Exchange District with self-guided audio tours!
The Exchange District Biz has made multiple walking tours available for free, listen to these while walking around the historic Winnipeg neighbourhood, learn new facts and hear about Winnipeg’s unique history and the stories behind our beautiful buildings. Keep track of your kilometres while doing these tours during the Challenge week for chances to win!
Central Winnipeg Bike Loop
This is the perfect way to quickly and safely get some kilometres in during the Challenge! The Central Winnipeg Bike Loop will take you through 7 central neighbourhoods of Winnipeg; with 10 kilometres of bike paths, maps to help you along the way, and tons of awesome spots to stop at throughout the trip. This is the perfect activity to get confident in your biking skills and learn how accessible Winnipeg is by bike!
Murals & Ghost Signs
Winnipeg is filled with new and old murals, take a walk around and see how many you can spot! Or check out these websites for locations and more details on murals and ghost signs.
Check out the full list of Open Streets available for cycling throughout the city. These are great safe spaces to practice your cycling skills, get some physical activity and get comfortable on the roads! Check out GoManitoba to get matched up with Cycling Mentors for tips & tricks to biking safely!
Lions, Tigers & Bears!
Well you likely won’t find those animals in Manitoba (apart from potentially bears), we guarantee you will see a lot more wildlife than you would expect if you keep your eyes and ears open for it, even in Winnipeg! Here is a great blog post with tips for wildlife watching and what animals you might be able to see here in Manitoba. We also recommend just going out making note of what you spot, and then doing some research to learn more about the MANY different types of insects and animals the we live with!
Use this free guidebook as a starting point to explore your neighbourhood, so you can learn more about the types of trees we have here in Manitoba. There is a ton of information to learn how to identify the trees, our eco-zones, and just get to know what nature here has to offer! Talk a walk and see if you can identify the various trees you live by.
There are tons of parks to explore both within Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba.
Please note back country hiking is currently restricted in many areas of Manitoba, please ensure you follow all rules and restrictions currently in place.
Check out the map and find your nearest Little Library. Simply bring a book and exchange it for a different one!
Last but not least, Bike Week rolls around the week after the Commuter Challenge! There are a ton of awesome virtual events, challenges and activities you can continue to enjoy throughout the week! This is a great way to check off more items on your bingo card, get active and win even more prizes if you keep track of your activities with GoManitoba!