Beaver Days 2016

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It’s that time of year again: Beaver Days 2016 is happening this weekend at the Whiteshell Community Club in Falcon Lake!

This annual winter festival allows you to escape into the scenic Whiteshell Provincial Park for a weekend while experiencing a great family event in the friendly community of Falcon Lake.

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Whether you want to sign up for sponge hockey with your friends, play Texas Hold Em’, take the kiddos to the kids’ activities, ride in the snowmobile Poker Derby, cross-country ski, or test out one of the new 2016 demo sleds: Beaver Days has something for everyone.

Here’s a schedule of everything happening throughout the weekend:

Friday, February 5

• The action all starts on Friday with family skate night from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whiteshell Community Club.
• The beer gardens will be open from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m. that evening, and the canteen will be open from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m. (free hot dogs for kids!) All food services provided by Penguin Resort.
• Player’s Choice raffle tickets will be on sale from 5 p.m. till 10 p.m.

Saturday, February 6 & Sunday, February 7

Breakfast at the Whiteshell Community Club from 8:30 a.m. till 11 a.m. Saturday & Sunday.
• NEW: For the first time ever, the Manitoba Mini Sled Racers will be racing their tiny sleds across frozen Falcon Lake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday & Sunday! Ten classes will be running. You can pre-register at racing@mmsra.ca. For more information visit mmrsa.ca.
• From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, you can check out the beautiful trails of the Whiteshell and maybe win some cash in the Snowmobile Poker Derby! Registration is at the Whiteshell Community Club. Gold wins $1,000, silver wins $400 and bronze wins $300. A single hand is $10, three for $25 and wild cards are $5 each. Walk around hands are also welcome.
• Test out one of the brand new sleds in the snowmobile demo, hosted by Enns Brothers & Winnipeg Sport & Leisure from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Located in the Falcon Lake Mall parking lot.

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Demo ride with Enns Brothers.

• SnoMo Radar Runs are happening at the Falcon Main Beach from noon till 3 p.m. Saturday. Prizes awarded at the Whiteshell Community Club at 4 p.m.
• Beer gardens open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Canteen open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Sponge hockey tournament kicks off at 11 a.m.Saturday. Organized by Shedden Construction.
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• Kids’ activities are happening at the Whiteshell Community Club from noon till 3 p.m.Saturday.
• Horse-drawn sleigh rides throughout Saturday afternoon courtesy of Falcon Beach Ranch.
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• Whiteshell Fur Trappers’ display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
• Manitoba Conservation display from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. Saturday & Sunday.
• I ‘moustache’ you to bring your best facial hair (or braided hair-do, or facial hair) to this years Beard, Braid & Moustache Competition hosted by Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes. Register for free at the ski hill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the community club.

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Beard and Moustache Competition at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes. Photo by Emily Christie.

• Home cooked dinner at the Whiteshell Community Club at 6 p.m. Saturday.
• Family skating starts up at 7 p.m. Saturday.
• NEW TIME: Texas Hold Em’ tournament starts at 8 p.m. Saturday.
• Cross-country ski prediction race starts at noon on Sunday.
• Chilli cook-off starts at 2 p.m. Sunday with judging at 3 p.m.
• Kids’ mini-cupcake contest starts at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
• Variety auction draw at 5 p.m. Sunday. All tickets must be in by 4 p.m.
• 50/50 draws will be happening all weekend.
• Auction tickets on sale all day.

Any questions? Email whiteshell.lakes@gmail.com. See you there!





2016 SNOWDANCE Festival of Music + Winter

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It’s that time of year again when this cool little party happens out in the woods: An event known as Snowdance Festival of Music + Winter at the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes on Saturday, January 16 and Sunday, January 17.

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Whether you want to hit the slopes, hang out in the chalet and take in the bands, or both – This is one woodland festival you do not want to miss out on.

This year there will once again be a variety of outdoor workshops the entire family can take part including igloo building, skijoring with dogs and horses, winter camping demonstrations, a frozen turkey shoot, ice bucket curling, shinny, a polar bear swim & sauna and much more.

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A variety of local talent is set to hit the stage, ranging from bluegrass to pop to soul as well as some rock and roll. The Saturday night party will shuffle down from the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes to the Falcon Lake Resort. The lineup for the weekend:

Saturday, January 16 (In the chalet)
2 pm: Workshop
3 pm: The Hairy Prairies.
4 pm: The Falcon Creek boys
4:45 pm: Biped Radio
5:15 pm: The Heinrichs Maneuver
6 pm: Midnight Choir
6 pm: Feast
7 pm: Rayannah
— Party moves to the Falcon Bar —
9:30 Shotgun Jimmie + Human Music
10:45: Masheena
12: Peggars Banquet

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Sunday, January 17 (In the chalet)
11 am: Sheena’s gospel workshop
12 pm: Taylor Ashton
1 pm: Workshop
2 pm: Well Sister
3 pm: Red Moon Road

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Prices:
Weekend pass (does not include accommodation) $45
Saturday All-Day Pass (includes evening) $35

Saturday evening only (9pm at Falcon Lake bar.) $20 (night tubing included with Saturday tickets.)

Sunday All-Day Pass $20

Tickets include all music and workshops. Admission is free for children ages 12 and under.
Ticket holders get 50 per cent off lift tickets at Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes.

The Falcon Lake Resort is offering room with two double beds for $50 for all festival-goers. Call 1(204)-349-8400 to book.

For more information on Snowdance, head over the falconridgeski.com

Photos by Emily Christie.

 

High Lake Hockey

Although the snow is taking its time getting here, delaying certain winter sports like snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, there are still plenty of opportunities to have a blast in the Whiteshell. And that’s just what the folks down at Falcon Trails Resort got up to this past week.

A calm freeze on High Lake made for perfectly smooth skating conditions. Here’s a little video by Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner and some photos taken by Emily Christie:

Remember: Ice is good in most shallow lakes, but remember to test the ice before venturing out! Safety first! :)

Also, snow is on the way!

 

Whiteshell Christmas Craft and Gift Bazaar

It’s the time of year when everyone is spending their weekends rushing around with Christmas shopping and preparing for the holiday season…

But with a fresh layer of snow on the ground and mild temperatures and sunshine in the forecast, it may be extremely tempting to skip the shopping and head out for a relaxing weekend at the lake.

Well, this weekend you can do both. Yep, that’s right; holiday shopping at the lake! Continue reading

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Winter is coming…

We’ve had a fabulous fall this year, but with plummeting temperatures and snow in this week’s forecast, it’s becoming clear that the honeymoon with mild temperatures may soon be over.

But in the Whiteshell, that just gives you one more thing to look forward to. Cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowmobiling down the trails or through the deep snow on the lakes, winter festivals, or cozying up in the cabin by a warm fire and looking out over a frozen lake; there’s tons of ways to make the most out of winter in the Whiteshell.

Here’s a little video of some snowmobiling across the powdery lakes that may help you get your stoke-on for winter in the Whiteshell this year. Video courtesy of Scott Benson.

 

 

 

Sundown at Star Lake

Calm and quiet lakes, low sunlight sparkling off the water, mist rising in the early morning, mirror image sunsets: It’s no secret that fall is a great time of the year to explore the Whiteshell Provincial Park and snap a few photos.

As we head into freeze up, here’s a series of sunset photos taken in three weekends at Star Lake this fall.

Send your fall photos or freeze-up photos to whiteshell.lakes@gmail.com.

C: Marney Blunt. (No post-processing).

Weekend #1:

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Dock ladder to heaven.

Dock ladder to heaven.

A walk down the Whiteshell Memory Lane…

Little walk down Memory Lane, anyone?

Many of the original cottages in the Falcon and West Hawk Lake area were built in the 1940s, and are still owned by the members of the original family today.

Here’s a series of photos that may give some of those families a flashback to the good ol’ days at West Hawk Lake, Falcon Lake, Caddy Lake, and Star Lake. If you’re new to the Whiteshell or just enjoy day tripping, check out how things have changed throughout the years!

One thing has stayed the same, though: The Whiteshell Provincial Park is arguably still the most beautiful place in Manitoba.

Please feel to share your Whiteshell memories in the comments section! Have some vintage shots of your own from the Whiteshell? Send them to us at whiteshell.lakes@gmail.com.

Photos compiled by Brian Talling.
Source: History & Folklore of the Whiteshell Park South.

Whiteshell Provincial Park. Experience the Whiteshell.

Whiteshell Provincial Park. Experience the Whiteshell.

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Caddy Lake rock tunnels.

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Trans-Canada Restaurant, previously the West Hawk Inn Bar & Grill.

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Crescent Beach Cottages. West Hawk Lake.

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Whiteshell Provincial Park. Experience the Whiteshell.

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Star Lake.

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Trans-Canada Restaurant (West Hawk Inn). West Hawk Lake.

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Main Beach. West Hawk Lake.

Main Beach. West Hawk Lake.

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West Hawk Lake road.

West Hawk Lake road.

Whiteshell River Bridge.

Whiteshell River Bridge.

Trail Fest 2015

The South Whiteshell Trail Association (SWTA) is excited to announce their annual music festival will be bigger and better than ever!

SWTAThe 2015 Trail Fest will be on Sunday, September 6th! Come on down to the Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes for an afternoon hike or bike followed by live music, live art, kid’s activities, BBQ, and beer gardens. There will be a modest cover charge of $10/adult, $5/child, or pay as you can. The festivities will begin at 3:00 p.m. with a group bike or hike on trails of various lengths, all starting at the ski chalet parking lot and returning to the ski chalet. At 4:00 the outdoor beer gardens will open, kid’s activities will kick off, and Chrissy Sie-Merritt of South Moon Studios will begin a live art demonstration inside the chalet. Watch an artist in action, create wonder on canvas. (www.southmoonarts.com for a preview) At 5:00 p.m. multiple BBQ’s will heat up and there will be hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie options available for purchase. There will also be homemade salads and desserts prepared by local residents. At 6:00 p.m. local musicians will take the stage. Some of the acts that have offered to entertain us so far are Dave Barchyn, Doug Edmond, Bill Hamilton, and more. If it is a little drier weather than last year, we hope to have an outdoor bonfire in the evening. Forget about closing up the cabin for the summer on the September long weekend and come celebrate with SWTA instead! Arrive at your convenient time. All proceeds from this event will go towards trail development and maintenance.

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2015 Falcon Lake Fun Fest

A carnival in a quaint tourist town nestled in the woods of the Canadian Shield!? Let’s be serious, who wouldn’t want to check that out?

Well you can certainly experience that from Aug. 21-23 at the annual Falcon Lake Fun Fest!

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This year’s festival looks to be another action-packed event filled with carnival rides, live music, fun on the beach, beer gardens, pony rides and more.

Here’s a little schedule of what’s happening throughout the weekend:

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