Wolves of the Whiteshell: Part iii

Photos & writeup submitted by Josh Dewitt.

Back on Thanksgiving Day, 2013, a friend and I were hiking the McGillivray Falls trail. It was getting late, so we figured we’d start heading back to Winnipeg. After about 5 minutes of driving, a big animal ran in front of my car. At first I thought it was just a white-tailed deer, but as it ran across the ditch, I saw its tail. I slammed on the brakes. I slowly got out of the car, and there it was, sitting on the other side of the ditch. He stayed around for at least 10 minutes, sniffing the ground, and wandering back and forth. He allowed many good pictures.

We were ecstatic! This is the first wolf sighting we’ve had in the park, they’ve eluded us for years. I myself have heard packs howling at Otter Falls, Big Whiteshell, and have found fresh tracks along the Pine Point Rapids trail several times.

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Whiteshell Business: Pittman’s on 44

Located on Highway 44 on the top of the hill in West Hawk Lake is a long family tradition of delicious food and drink known as Pittman’s on 44 Restaurant and Lounge. Pittman’s on 44 has been a fabulous ‘Pitt-stop’ in the Whiteshell since Mike and Angela Pittman started the business in 2008.IMG_87318581_373331472766402_1900591915_nPittman’s on 44 stems from a family tradition of great restaurants, from one end of Highway 44 to the other. In 1989, Barry and Phyllis Pittman (parents of Mike Pittman) opened the Perogy Patch and Deli in Lockport, on the corner of Highways 44 and 9. They began their family business making and serving wholesome foods that Phyllis had been eating and helping to make since childhood. After establishing the Perogy Patch and Deli, Phyllis and Barry opened the Perogy Patch Cafe in Winnipeg. At that point, Barry had decided to retire from his job as a Federal Meat Inspector and joined in the business full time.IMG_8692In 1995, Barry and Phyllis bought a cottage in the Whiteshell. In order to spend more time in this beautiful place, they decided to scale down their food businesses and turn into the seasonal enterprise of catering at the West Kildonan Curling Club. However, like many people who visit the Whiteshell, the Pittmans found themselves in love with life at the lake, so they decided to bring their delicious food to the Whiteshell. They opened the Falcon Lake Deli in 1999, serving hearty artisanal sandwiches, salads, and homemade soups. They again expanded their business by taking on the Falcon Nest Cafe in 2007, where they also served fabulous breakfasts, juicy burgers, and tasty ice cream treats.IMG_8701IMG_8709The Pittman restaurants have always been true family businesses. Both Mike Pittman and his sister, Christi, worked with their parents part-time and throughout the summers. In 2002, Mike owned and operated Meteor Mike’s in West Hawk, and more recently Mike and his wife Angela have operated the Falcon Lake Winter Deli and have co-run Falcon Lake Deli and Nest restaurants. IMG_8691IMG_8683Now Barry and Phyllis are retired and concentrating on grandparenthood, and Mike and Angela and running Pittman’s on 44; a restaurant that offers a wide range of delicious food year round including sandwiches, burgers, specialty salads, steak, ribs, appetizers, and more. Pittman’s on 44 caters to family dinners in their quaint restaurant, and is also a great place to grab and drink and watch the game. As true sports fans, Pittman’s on 44 has a sports lounge that is a great place to come and cheer on the Winnipeg Jets or the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The restaurant is also a great ‘Pitt-stop’ for sledders. The snowmobile trail runs right by the restaurant, so it is also a nice place where sledders can take a break from riding the trails to have a bite to eat. In the summer months, you can enjoy Pittman’s large patio or screen sunroom. Every Saturday night Pittman’s serves their delicious 16 oz. prime rib special, cooked to your preference with your choice of sides.IMG_8722For hours of operation or for more information on Pittman’s on 44, call (204)-349-2269. Be sure to like them on Facebook and follow their blog.

– Photos by Marney Blunt.

Fall Colours: Part I

Fall. It’s one of the most beautiful times of year in the Whiteshell. With warm temperatures and gorgeous changing colours, you couldn’t ask for a nicer fall than the one we’ve been having. Experience the Whiteshell is sharing the stunning fall time scenery in ourĀ Fall ColoursĀ photo series.

Photos by Emily Christie & Michael Jordan.

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