A Summer of Empowered Creative Community with South Moon Studio

Its that time of year again where we look for fun and nourishing activities to compliment our relaxing summer holidays at the lake. This year South Moon Studio has lots of great classes and workshops planned for all ages and stages.


Yoga classes taught by Chrissy Sie-Merritt will be offered on the beach at Faloma on Sundays from 10-11am. Bring a towel and be prepared to embrace the beauty of the lake during a nourishing all levels class. Falcon Trails Resort will also be hosting Chrissy for a Monday Morning Gentle Flow class at 10am in the chalet or better yet beside the lake on those beautiful sunny days!

Kids Art Night will be offered once again at The Sandcastle Shop! Last year was so much fun with great projects for ages 4-12. You can register your child for any of the following dates in the store at The Sandcastle.

Paint Nights are back and are so much fun! Chrissy will guide you as you recreate your own masterpiece, step-by-step. These nights are a fun way to try something new, meet new friends and enjoy some healthy creative fun.

If these dates don’t fit into your schedule you can always book a private or group yoga session at your cabin as well as private paint parties. South Moon hosts private retreats in studio or at your cabin as well. Customize your summer fun to suit your needs!

South Moon Studio is also hosting an informative and holistic workshop with Kalee Mund on July 16th. Decoding Ayurveda & The Doshas is a great opportunity to learn the ancient science of Ayurveda and make your own special tea blend that will support your specific health needs.

Laura Reeves of Prairie Shore Botanicals is back for the Family Foraging Day. This
workshop is filled with activities to sharpen your wilderness and plant identification skills. We will be exploring fire and shelter building, awareness games, how to boil water with a rock and so much more!

Before the rush of summer, local artist Chrissy Sie-Merritt is having her first Solo
Exhibition “UnEarthed”, at the Cre8ery Gallery in Winnipeg from June 24 – July 5th.
There is an open invitation to the opening reception on June 23 from 7-10pm.

For information on any classes and workshops contact Chrissy at 204-918-5359 or southmoonarts.com

May this summer be a balance of adventure and creative relaxation!

Pray for the Whiteshell

The forest fire on the Manitoba-Ontario border continues to burn out of control.

Since Thursday, the wildfire has expanded from 200 hectares to about 2,800 hectares on Monday. On Tuesday, reports said the fire grew to to approximately 5,200 hectares.

Approximately 100 homes were evacuated from Ingolf, Ontario Thursday night. Remote cabins on north shore West Hawk Lake were also evacuated over the weekend.

Strong winds over the weekend caused the wildfire to worsen, and forced the evacuation of about 50 cottages and homes on the east shore of Caddy Lake Monday morning.

Water bombers continue to scoop up water and pour it on the fire, which is a threat to Caddy Lake, Nora Lake, Florence Lake, and MacDougalls landing on West Hawk Lake.

The fire is dangerously close to other lakes in Ontario, including Longpine Lake, Ingolf, Rice Lake, and Macara Lake.

So far, there have been no reports of damage to any properties.

For an interactive map of the fire, please head to the Government of Canada’s Natural Resources website.

Here is a collection of photos of the wildfire, taken in the south Whiteshell over the weekend.

Stay safe, Whiteshellers. For updated information please visit winnipeg.ctvnews.ca or the Province of Manitoba’s website.


Photos courtesy of: Province of Manitoba, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Shaun Harbottle, Troy Morrison, Barb Schlauderaff-St. Goddard, Cameron Kovachik, Barb Zimmerman, Ian Young, Marney Blunt.




Land some major cash, prizes in the 2016 Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off


This 17.34lb northern pike caught by Kyle Fenning was the $10,000 winning fish at the 2015 Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off. Photo by Jay Siemens.

Fishing, Falcon Lake, the Whiteshell Provincial Park, spending time with friends, and winning big $$$ and prizes – If you enjoy any of these things, then you may want to sign yourself up for the 2016 Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.


The 2015 winner! Photo by Jay Siemens.

The 13th annual all-species fishing tournament is returning once again to Falcon Lake on Saturday, March 19. This is a great fishing derby the whole family can enjoy… And includes over $40,000 in cash and prizes!


Once again, the biggest fish will swim away with the $10,000 grand prize. Plus — If you happen to land that magical hidden weight number you could be taking home a whopping $50,000 cash!

Early bird ticket sales end March 9 and all early birds get the worm… Or better yet… Entered to win an autographed Chris Thorburn jersey, an Eskimo Quickfish Shelter, or $1,000 cash!


Photo by Jay Siemens.


For more information, visit winterfishoff.com. See you on the ice!

All photos by Jay Siemens Media Productions.

Beaver Days 2016

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.


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.


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.
• 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.


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

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.


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.


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


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


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

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).

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Dock ladder to heaven.

Dock ladder to heaven.