A Tribute to the West Hawk Inn

10660191_10202722978018863_2084529234924427165_nThe Hawk.

It was really the place to be. It was a summer hotspot. Campers, cottagers, and tourists alike would come out to the Hawk as it was a place to party and let their hair down on a summer night. In Manitoba, just about every second person you talk to has been to the West Hawk Inn, and about 99.9 per cent of those people will have some epic story or a great memory/memories from that place. The Hawk also contributed tremendously to the local economy as it attracted campers, tourists, and also many Ontario residents to the area.

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Beaver Days Bash

Poker, snowmobiling, sponge hockey, wood carving, homemade chilli, and more; there was a lot going on at the 40th annual Beaver Days last weekend. Beaver Days is a weekend-long winter festival in Falcon Lake and West Hawk Lake every February. The event is a great combination of tourism and community-spirit. Here are few highlights and photos from this year’s festival:

Snowmobile Poker Derby

The snowmobile poker derby is a big part of Beaver Days each year, bringing out sledders from all over the province. This year was no exception. The parking lot at the Whiteshell Community Club was packed on Saturday afternoon as sledders returned to turn in their poker hands and check out the other events happening at the community club. This year’s poker route started at the Whiteshell Community Club and then went to the Mud Lake shelter, to Pittman’s on 44 Restaurant & Lounge, to the Zubek shelter, and then back to the community club. Congratulations to Trevor Proceviat on winning first place!

The Whiteshell Community Club was packed with sledders on Saturday afternoon.

The Whiteshell Community Club was packed with sledders on Saturday afternoon.

Sponge Hockey Tournament

This year’s sponge hockey tournament had six registered teams playing all day Saturday and Sunday. This year the wood carving display was located right next to the hockey rink. This year’s champions were the Six Bros, the runner-up team was The Blizzard, and Team OV won the c-side.

The sponge hockey tournament at the Whiteshell Community Club.

The sponge hockey tournament at the Whiteshell Community Club.


Demo Day

Falcon and West Hawk were absolutely packed with snowmobilers this weekend, who were out enjoying the trails and the powder on the lakes. And if you didn’t own a sled – no problem. Enns Brothers and Winnipeg Sport & Leisure were there to take you for a ride. Both businesses were setup in the Falcon townsite offering guided demo rides. All day Saturday a steady flow of people came to test drive new 2014 Ski-Doo and Yamaha sleds to Mud Lake and back.

Enns Brothers demo display.

Enns Brothers demo display.

Winnipeg Sport & Leisure demo display.

Winnipeg Sport & Leisure demo display.

If you missed out on Beaver Days this year, be sure to check it out next February. A big thanks to all of the local businesses that organize and support Beaver Days events every year!

Whiteshell Business: South Moon Studio

After years of being a gypsy studio, travelling within the Whiteshell and South Eastern Manitoba, South Moon Studio has planted its roots in East Braintree. A unique and cozy studio nestled along the Boggy River is now home for a variety of classes and workshops, celebrating the visual and healing arts.

IMG_1715Built with love and a fiery passion for the arts Chrissy Sie-Merritt and Colin Sie designed and constructed a barn style studio with a small store, treatment room, and a large open space on the second floor.

Classes for all ages in yoga, dance, pilates, and a variety of art styles are offered by Chrissy Sie-Merritt and many other great instructors from all over Manitoba. Treatments for massage, reflexology, and reiki are available by appointment.

IMG_1870A dreamer that wishes to transform how we navigate our way through this world, Chrissy Sie-Merritt, dives into the subtle details of life. Inspired by the textures of all living things, Chrissy is drawn to explore the wonders of nature with paint on canvas. Gracefully dancing between the visual and healing arts world she has tapped into a sacred balance that lies within the healing powers of colour, creation, breath, and movement.

beach yogaAlthough roots have been planted, South Moon still travels throughout the Whiteshell hosting classes in Falcon, West Hawk, Caddy Lake, and Ingolf, Ontario. Regular summer yoga classes on the beach make for a beautiful and refreshing way to greet a summer day. Custom retreats or classes are available at your own cabin with your own family and friends for an intimate experience designed to your desire. Chrissy also runs an annual yoga retreat hosted by Falcon Trails Resort that fills up every year with guests from all over Canada. Plans are in the works for South Moon’s first yoga retreat in Costa Rica.

021Chrissy’s vision for South Moon Studio is to continue to grow a sacred place in which to promote artists all over Manitoba, to empower people to feel good in their own bodies and celebrate the unique creative spirit and expression of children and adults of all ages.


For more information on South Moon Studio visit southmoonarts.com, e-mail southmoonarts@gmail.com, or call (204)-918-5359