2015 Snowdance Festival of Music + Winter

68456_686433198076352_1639633397_nThe Falcon Ridge Ski Slopes are well-known for their music scene, with just about every employee at the hill being a singer, songwriter, or musician. If you’ve ever been in the ski chalet for live music on Sunday afternoons or during a concert, you’ll know this for a fact.  And if you want to check out their music scene and get a true taste of winter in the Whiteshell, then the Snowdance Festival of Music and Winter is what you’re looking for. Now in its fourth year, the annual festival is scheduled for this upcoming weekend, Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18. Each year the event seems to keep getting bigger, and this year the folks at Falcon Ridge are geared up for yet another fun weekend of music and outdoor activities. Even the weather is supposed to cooperate!

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1528495_686434858076186_1639403337_nThe fun all starts on Saturday afternoon live music in the chalet and several outdoor activities. In true Canadian fashion, some of the outdoors activities happening throughout the weekend include igloo building, trapping demonstrations, canvas tent cabins, bannock-making, chilli-eating, hot chocolate-sipping, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, skating, turkey shoot snow-ga, shinny hockey, sauna, a polar bear swim, and, of course, snowboarding, downhill skiing, and tubing.

1554532_686432978076374_1951544883_n1601561_686433121409693_1608695562_n1017398_686435194742819_624286109_nSome of the talented musical acts that will kickoff the festival on Saturday afternoon include The Heinrichs Maneuver, Holly Stratton, and Slow Spirit. The music will carry on into an evening dance party with Biped Radio, The Mad Trappers, Shotgun Jimmie, The Sheena Band, and DJ Co-op. The festival music starts back up on Sunday with Railroad Tye, Red Moon Road, The Reverend Rambler, and Kacy + Clayton. There will also be musical workshops offered on both days.

1505306_686433788076293_563554658_n1535639_686433694742969_123098480_n1618690_686433441409661_2127754596_nSnowdance is truly a great way to embrace Whiteshell winters and enjoy great local talents as well. For more information on Snowdance or for ticket prices, head here.

To get a taste of what to expect throughout the weekend, check out this video of last year’s Snowdance Festival. See you this weekend in the Whiteshell!

– Written/compiled by Marney Blunt & Emily Christie.
— Photos by Emily Christie.

2015 Whiteshell Winter Wonderland Bucket List

IMG_0535 copyWinter is officially here… And we Manitobans can make it through this. Although the past few weeks have been surprisingly mild, you may be waiting for the times where you’ll be scraping your car windows, getting stuck in the deep, heavy snow, or freezing at the bus stop. However, as stated once before on this blog, winter rules in the Whiteshell, and we’re not just saying that. Some even say winter is their favourite season at the lake. Winter is what you make it, and the Whiteshell has endless opportunities for fun winter activities in the most beautiful and scenic place in Manitoba. So instead of staying cooped up inside counting down the days until the snow melts, bundle up and venture out to the winter wilderness wonderland of the Whiteshell, where winter truly rules. To kick off a season of winter fun, here is our 2015 Whiteshell Winter Wonderland Bucket List: Continue reading

Whiteshell Freezes Over

Winter is more than welcome in the Whiteshell, and Experience the Whiteshell will be posting a Whiteshell Winter Bucket List in the next few weeks, so you can plan out your adventures in the Whiteshell this winter. In the meantime, here’s some beautiful photos of the lakes freezing over in the Whiteshell that were taken a few weeks ago. Just another reason why winter rules in the Whiteshell.

Photo by Caleigh Christie.

Photo by Caleigh Christie.

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Focusing on the Wilderness

It’s no secret that the boreal habitat in Manitoba is breathtaking. But when it comes to capturing that beauty on camera, it takes a certain eye and talent.

Guy Lichter has got that on speed dial.

eagleThis Manitoba wildlife photographer makes an effort to get out to the Whiteshell Provincial Park at least once a month for ten months of the year, avoiding the busier seasons of July and August. Lichter had a wide array of beautiful wildlife photography from the Whiteshell and all over Manitoba, which goes to show his true passion for shooting in the wild. Continue reading

Camouflaged in the Woods

They are very hard to see this time of year but they are all over the Whiteshell: Thumping their wings together like a drum beat in the woods, slowing strutting out on the path in front of you with their neck puffed out, putting their head down and scurrying across the path in front of you, or waiting till you’re right beside them to jump up and fly to the next tree.

They are known as the ruffed grouse, a commonly sighted bird in the Whiteshell. Here are a few photos of these birds taken at McGillivray Falls near Caddy Lake:

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New Routes, New Challenges in the 2014 Swamp Donkey Adventure Race

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By Warren Blunt

Of my three years participating in the Swamp Donkey Adventure Race (SDAR), this year’s race was perhaps the most adventurous, challenging, and probably the longest course that I have been a part of. It was also the most fun because the course was mapped out so differently than in previous years, which had me really excited to get out on it. Some of the new territory for SDAR included Star Lake, Caddy Lake, South Cross Lake, McGillivray Falls, as well as a remote finish.
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Whiteshell Business: The Sandcastle Shop

IMG_9321Floating in the water, building sandcastles at the beach, collecting rocks, catching minnows in a net, stocking up on candy, cooling down with an ice cold slushie on a hot summer day…. Everyone has fond childhood memories of summers at the lake. And now the owners of the new Sandcastle Shop in Falcon Lake are helping you keep those experiences alive and giving the current young generation the chance to make some great memories at the lake.

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Get Away and Get Relaxed at Falcon Trails Resort’s Yoga Retreat Weekend

yoga_photo_3Relax, indulge, and rejuvenate yourself in a weekend of meditation, restorative yoga, sweat lodge, live music, organic locally-inspired meals, and more, while staying in one of the tranquil lake-front cabins nestled at the southeast end of Falcon Lake. You can experience all of this at Falcon Trails Resort’s Yoga Retreat Weekend from October 24 to 26.

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A Tribute to the West Hawk Inn

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It was really the place to be. It was a summer hotspot. Campers, cottagers, and tourists alike would come out to the Hawk as it was a place to party and let their hair down on a summer night. In Manitoba, just about every second person you talk to has been to the West Hawk Inn, and about 99.9 per cent of those people will have some epic story or a great memory/memories from that place. The Hawk also contributed tremendously to the local economy as it attracted campers, tourists, and also many Ontario residents to the area.

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Add Your Voice to the South Whiteshell Community Choir!

Chime in with the local community as they start up the new South Whiteshell Community Choir!

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The choir will be officially starting up in October, but you can learn more information  at the open house on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Christie/Hamilton House, located on Highway 301 at the first driveway on the left east of the Faloma Beach Marina or if you are coming from West Hawk, it’s the second driveway on the right after you pass the Toniata turnoff (PR-301 605). Appetizers, snacks, and beverages are welcome.

For more information, call choir conductor Deborah Kuhl-Magnusson at 1(204)349-8838 or Brooke Christie at 1(204)227-9362.