Beaver Days 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.
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• 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.

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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!





12th Annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off

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Photo by Jay Siemens.

There’s more than $40,000 in cash and prizes swimming around the depths of Falcon Lake – So why not get drop a line in and reel up some cash during the 12th annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off, scheduled for Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this year.

As always, all the prizes are guaranteed and the holes are pre-drilled. Catch the heaviest fish and you’re guaranteed to win $10,000 cash! Prizes are awarded down to 50th place, giving you the chance to win a variety of prizes or cash.
Photo by Jay Siemens.

Photo by Jay Siemens.

Back by popular demand, is the $50,000 Hidden Weight Contest. Simply catch one of the first 120 fish and you’re automatically entered into the contest. If your fish matches the hidden weight, you win $50,000! If nobody matches the weight, then the angler with the closest weight will receive a Frabill Headquarters six-person ice shelter.cash
The Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off is once again proudly supporting the St.Amant Autism Program. The tournament will be donating $1 from every ticket sold, as well as all the proceeds from on-ice bait sales. In addition, St.Amant will be doing a 50/50 draw on the ice! Last year’s 50/50 winner took home $3,595 and a total of $5,824 was raised for St.Amant!

unnamedAdult tickets are $50 before March 11, then $70. Second hole and kids are just $30. You can purchase tickets at 13 ticket vendors across Manitoba and NW Ontario, online at www.winterfishoff.com or over the phone at toll-free 1-866-676-FISH (3474).

To get your ice fishing-stoke on, check out this short ice fishing documentary, filmed at last year’s Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.

– Compiled by Andrew Klassen & Marney Blunt.
– Photos by Jay Siemens.
– Video by Marney Blunt.

The 41st Annual Beaver Days Winter Festival

The 41st annual Beaver Days Winter Festival is one darn good reason to spend a winter weekend in the Whiteshell.

Whether you’re heading out to the lake with a group of friends or your family, the Beaver Days Winter Festival in Falcon Lake/West Hawk Lake is the perfect way to spend an action-packed weekend in the Whiteshell. The fun and games begins Friday, February 6 at the Whiteshell Community Club, located on Highway 301 right beside the Falcon Lake entrance. Here’s a schedule of events and activities happening throughout the weekend:

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2015 Whiteshell Winter Wonderland Bucket List

IMG_0535 copyWinter 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

Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off

Falcon Lake has some fantastic angling opportunities, from your boat or through the ice. The Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off gives anglers the chance to catch a huge fish for some huge cash and prizes.

The pike that won the 2011 Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.

The pike that won the 2011 Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off.

The 11th annual Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off is on Saturday, March 15 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. All the holes will be pre-drilled and all prizes are guaranteed. This is an all-species tournament, and the heaviest fish is awarded the grand prize of $10,000 cash! The great part is, you don’t need to catch a monster to win some of the awesome prizes. Prizes will be awarded down to 50th place, making for a total of $40,000 in cash and prizes. Some examples of this year’s prizes include:

• A Canada One travel trip for two plus $1,000 travel credit (2nd place).
• Ultimate ice fishing package that includes a Frabill Ambush three man flip over ice shelter, a Vexilar FL-22HD Pro View Ultra Pack Flasher, an ION Electric Power Auger, and much more (3rd place).
• A 60″ 3D Samsung Smart Plasma 1080P HDTV (4th Place).
• Shimano rods and reel package (8th place).
• Crowduck Lake Camp fishing trip (13th, 23rd, 33rd,and 43rd).
• Guided musky fishing trips, tackle, power augers, and much more! Check out the full list of prizes here.

The Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off has many great prizes including $10,000 cash for first place!

The Falcon Lake Winter Fish-Off has many great prizes including $10,000 cash for first place!

Back by popular demand is the $50,000 Hidden Weight Contest. Participants that land the first 120 fish on the ice will automatically be entered into the contest. If your fish matches the hidden weight, you will win $50,000! If no one matches the hidden weights, the participants with the closest weight will still win great prizes courtesy of Frabill and Eskimo. There will be hot food and drinks all day provided by Danny’s Whole Hog and all prizes will be awarded at the Whiteshell Community Club at 3:00 pm.

This year the fish-off will be supporting the St. Amant autism program. One dollar from every ticket sold and all proceeds from the on-ice bait sales will be donated.

Adult tickets are $50 if you purchase them before March 5th, and after that they are $70 each. Second Hole and kids are just $30. You can purchase tickets at 12 ticket vendors across Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, online at www.winterfishoff.com, or over the phone at toll-free 1-866-676-FISH (3474).

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.