The 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! The 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. Some 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. Snowdance 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.
Winter 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
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.
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.
Floating 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.
Relax, 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.
Chime in with the local community as they start up the new South Whiteshell Community Choir!
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.
The South Whiteshell Trail is a gorgeous hiking trail that winds through the beautiful forest terrain of the Whiteshell from Rennie to the Ontario border. The trail is divided into several different portions that stretch across the South Whiteshell; so whether you’re feeling ambitious and want to bike across the south Whiteshell or just want to take a casual stroll near your campsite, this trail is a perfect way to explore the gorgeous landscape and nature of the Canadian Shield. On August 31, the South Whiteshell Trail Association will be hosting a grand opening of the newest section of the trail that spans from the southwest corner of Falcon Lake to the Ontario border.
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.
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.
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