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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Whiteshell Summer Bucket List

The ice is melting, the trees are budding, and the birds are singing; spring is here and summer is just around the corner. So are all the awesome summer activities in the Whiteshell. Summer is the most-happening season in the Whiteshell. Whether you want to explore the back-country of the Whiteshell or just relax and take in the scenery, the Whiteshell is the place to be in the summer. Here are the best ways you can Experience the Whiteshell this summer:

South Cross Lake - Photo by Marney Blunt.

South Cross Lake – Photo by Marney Blunt.

1 – Hike the Whiteshell – There are many different hiking trails to explore in the Whiteshell. Whether you want to climb the cliffs of the Hunt Lake Trail, take a casual stroll, or ride your bike through the South Whiteshell Trail, there are a variety of gorgeous hiking trails that will take you deep into the beauty and nature of the Canadian Shield. Some great hiking trails to check out include the Hunt Lake Trail alongside the east shore of West Hawk Lake, the McGillivray Falls Trail, the South Whiteshell Trail (part of the Trans-Canada Trail), the Mantario Trail, the trails at Falcon Ridge, and many more! Check out falconwesthawk.com for more information on these trails, and keep checking Experience the Whiteshell for articles and photos this summer!

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The 40th Annual Beaver Days Winter Festival

Don’t have any plans for next weekend? Come out to the Whiteshell for a weekend of winter fun that the whole family can enjoy!

The 40th Annual Beaver Days Winter Festival kicks off on Friday, February 7th at the Whiteshell Community Club located on Highway 301, right beside the Falcon Lake entrance (adjacent to Highway 1). Here’s a list of awesome winter activities throughout the weekend.

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Friday, February 7th

• Family Skate Night – A great way to get the family out on the ice and enjoy the new outdoor skating rink at the Whiteshell Community Club!  Family Skate Night goes from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and there will be free hot dogs available for children!

• Casino Night & Texas Hold’em Tournament – Some fun and games for the adults on Friday night! Both start at the Whiteshell Community Club at 8:00 pm. The Texas Hold’em tournament, organized by Falcon Beach Auto, will have a $40 entry fee.

• Beer Gardens –  Open from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am at the Whiteshell Community Club.

• Variety Auction – Organized by West Hawk Marine Ltd.  Tickets will be on sale from 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm and all day Saturday and Sunday until 4:00 pm. Lots of great prizes!

Saturday, February 8th

• Breakfast – Saturday kicks off with a breakfast at the Whiteshell Community Club from from 8:30 am to 11:30 am courtesy of the Falcon Lake Golf Course restaurant.

• Snowmobile Poker Derby – The snowmobile poker derby goes from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday. Both registration and the starting point are at the Whiteshell Community Club. The second checkpoint is at the Mud Lake shelter, third checkpoint is at Pittman’s on 44, the fourth is at the Zubek Shelter, and the final checkpoint is back at the community club. Prizes are: Gold – $1,000; Silver – $400; Bronze – $300. Come ride the beautiful snowmobile trails in the Whiteshell and possibly win some cash while you’re at it!IMG_1001• Demo Day – Looking for a new ride for the trails? Come check out the lineup of new sleds in the Falcon Mall parking lot from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. Sponsored by Winnipeg Sport & Leisure and Enns Brothers.

• Sponge Hockey Tournament – Starts at 11:00 am Saturday on the outdoor rink at the Whiteshell Community Club and continues on Sunday. $150 entry fee per team. 100 per cent payout. If you would like to register a team call or text Ian at 1(204) 295-6052. Organized by the Falcon Lake Marina.

• Beer Gardens – Open from 11:00 am to 1:00 am at the Whiteshell Community Club. There will also be a canteen open from noon till 5:00 pm.

• Kids Activities –  From noon till 3:00 pm on Saturday kids can enjoy games, crafts, face painting, glitter tattoos, animal balloons, and more. Noon to 1:30 pm is open for children ages 6 and under and 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm for children ages 7 and up.

• Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides – Nothing says winter fun more than dashing through the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh. The Falcon Beach Ranch will be providing sleigh rides starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday, You can register at the gym at the community club.

• Whiteshell Fur Trappers Display – From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.995008_677465482306457_723471048_n

• Beard & Moustache Competition – Come showcase your fantastic facial hair at the Falcon Ridge Ski Hill and get some skiing or boarding in to boot! The competition is part of the Beaver Days festivities. Entry is free. Prizes will be awarded to the longest, the thickest, and best groomed beards and moustaches (all separate categories).
Prizes will include: – A free season pass at Falcon Ridge Ski Hill – A free stay at Falcon Trails Resort – A $50 food voucher for Falcon Ridge cafe – Falcon Ridge apparel. To register, come on down to the ski hill anytime before February 9, 1:00 to have your photo taken. Judging and prizes will take place on Sunday February 9 at 5:00 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club (right before the Red Moon Road show!)• Snow Dance Performance – By the Falcon Beach Academy of Dance at 5:00 pm.

• Homemade Ukrainian Dinner – 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. $25 for dinner and entertainment. $15 for dinner-only or entertainment-only. $10 for kids.

• Family Skating – 7:00 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club.• Entertainment by Steve Chmara – Performance by illusionist and classic magician at 8:00 pm. Great entertainment for the whole family!

• Music by Dagan Haddad – 9:30 pm at the Whiteshell Community Club.

Sunday, February 9th

• Breakfast – Another breakfast will be held at the Whiteshell Community Club from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. Courtesy of the Falcon Lake Golf Course restaurant.

• Beer Gardens – Open from 11:00 am to 1:00 am at the Whiteshell Community Club.

• Kids Poster Contest – 11:00 am.

• SnoMo Radar Runs – Take your sled for a run down Falcon Lake! Goes from noon to 3:00 pm at the main beach in Falcon Lake. Prizes will be awarded at the Whiteshell Community Club at 4:00 pm.

• Whiteshell Winter Olympics – Teams of four can compete in snowshoeing, trap setting, and biathlon. Registration is at 11:00 am at the gym at the Whiteshell Community Club. Races begin at noon.

• Whiteshell Trappers Fur Display – From noon till 4:00 pm.

• Chilli Cook-Off – Register your delicious chilli at 2:00 pm!

• Mini Cupcake Contest – Kids-only event. Judging will happen at 3:30 pm.

• Variety Auction Wrap-Up – All tickets must be in by 4:00 pm. Draw for the great prizes will happen at 5:00 pm.

• Music by Red Moon Road – Enjoy tunes from the creators of the Whiteshell-inspired album, Tales From the Whiteshell. Red Moon Road will play at 5:30 pm.

Red Moon Road will be performing at Beaver Days on Sunday at 5:30 pm.

Red Moon Road will be performing at Beaver Days on Sunday at 5:30 pm.

Day Tripper

Freelance videographer and Creative Communications advertising student Stefanie Cutrona shares why a few day trips to Falcon Lake this summer have her calling Falcon, ‘the happiest place in Manitoba’.

Story and photos by Stefanie Cutrona.

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Up until this summer, I could count on my fingers how many times I’d been to the lake. My family doesn’t have a cottage anywhere and I wasn’t friends with people who did either, so I never had a reason to go. But this summer, I visited Falcon Lake in the Whiteshell for the first time (and several times after) and it’s become one of my favourite places to spend my down time when it’s hot out.

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On a good day, it’s only an hour and a half drive, perfect for a day trip. You’re far enough away from the city to feel like you’ve actually gone somewhere, but you don’t feel obligated to stay the night because you haven’t spent half the day driving there. What I love about Falcon is, while it’s a lake, it’s also a town with stores and places to eat and you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. The beach is lovely: you can actually lay in the sand and go swimming without having to step on gravel and rocks. No offence to Gimli: your town is great, but your beach hurts my feet.

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Once you’ve decided you’ve gotten enough sun, you can head to one of the golf courses (regular and mini!) or grab a bite at one of the restaurants or food stands. Our go-to place for dinner is Popeye’s – they have the best thin crust pizza you’ll ever have. Last time my boyfriend and I went, we took our pizza to this little spot with picnic benches and ate our dinner right in front of the lake. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Spending my days at Falcon Lake was definitely my favourite part of summer break. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you go and check it out.

Stefanie Cutrona is an advertising major in the Creative Communications program at Red River College and the founder and videographer of Little Bird Films. Check her out here: http://stefspeaks.com/ or follow her on Twitter, @stefspeaks.