The MEC Big Wild Challenge

Photo by Emily Christie.

Photo by Emily Christie.

Paddling against the current, climbing up a cliff, running through the woods, or casting for the monster fish – The Whiteshell Provincial Park has endless wilderness adventures that can challenge you in every season. Now Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) is giving all you outdoor adventure-enthusiasts the chance to do what you love while raising money for a good cause.

The Big Wild Challenge is an outdoor-adventure challenge that encourages people to get out and experience nature as a way of showing their support for Manitoba’s beautiful wild spaces, including the Whiteshell Provincial Park, all while raising funds to support the efforts of Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association (CPAWS) to protect our at-risk wilderness.

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West Hawk Lake Meteor Fest

It’s that time of the summer again when we celebrate a massive rock that created the deepest lake in Manitoba a long, long time ago. The 11th annual West Hawk Lake Meteor Fest starts today, July 11, and goes until Sunday, July 13. Come down to West Hawk for an action-packed weekend with nice weather to boot! Here’s a little schedule of the events you can check out throughout the weekend:

Friday, July 11 – The fun all starts at 6:00 pm with a barbecue on the beach and Early Bird Bingo under the big tent. – There will be music on the beach throughout the evening including a performance by local favourite Dagan Haddad.

Start your day with yoga on the beach with South Moon Studio.

Start your day with yoga on the beach with South Moon Studio


Saturday, July 12
– Kick off your day with yoga on the beach at 8:00 am. Fees are $10 and half of all proceeds go to Meteor Fest. – Be sure to check out the Meteor Market under the big tent from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. – The street hockey tournament starts at 9:00 am on the tennis courts. Entry fee is $60 a team. Must register and pre-pay before 6:00 pm tonight! If interested in registering a team contact Keystone Resort at 1(204)349-2250. – At 10:00 am the kid’s activities begin with the parade starting at the Nite Hawk Café. The parade will be followed by a kid’s colouring contest, a candy scramble, a scavenger hunt, and face painting under the big tent as well as pony rides from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. – At 2:00 pm there will be Diving for Dollars for kids ages 8 – 16. Contact Bob for more information at 1(204)349-8686. – From 2:00 to 4:30 pm check out the reggae band, Rockalypso, performing on the beach. – At 3:00 pm there will be water balloon volleyball on the beach. $5 per teams (teams of two), be sure to bring a towel and clothes that can get wet. – There will be another barbecue on the beach at 5:30 pm. – Early Bird Bingo under the big tent at 6:00 pm. – At 7:00 pm, head down to the beach for music by the Meteor Fest favourite, Blue Crush. Continue reading

Whiteshell Business: Home 204 Kitchen

safe_image.phpFalcon Lake’s Olympian, Megan Imrie, is back home for the summer and she’s opened a healthy food restaurant in Falcon Lake with two culinary extraordinaires called ‘Home 204 Kitchen’. Imrie, along with brothers Scott and Lisle Edmunds are running Home 204 out of the ski chalet at Falcon Trails Resort on the southeast end of Falcon Lake.

“I knew that these guys (Scott & Lisle Edmunds) had amazing cooking ability and I saw a real need for somewhere to eat in Falcon that had healthy and really good food,” said Imrie. “Coming from the sport background, I wanted to have some place that I felt really good about, that I could eat at almost everyday, and that was athlete-friendly.”

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Whiteshell Business: Falcon Beach Ranch

IMG_9270In Falcon Lake back in 1970s, there was a little ranch that was up for sale that consisted of twelve horses, a small barn, and a trailer. That little ranch now has 35 horses, seven ponies, sheep, chickens, a gift shop, and three beautiful log rental cabins and is now known as the Falcon Beach Ranch.

Murray Imrie had purchased the ranch in 1978 along with a friend. At the time his down payment was a horse and a saddle.

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