Assiniboine Zoo: February is Northern Explorer Month

One fee and the month is FREE! Starting February 1, visitors can pay one regular admission fee and return to the Zoo for FREE as often as they want during the month of February. We have also planned a variety of family-friendly event and activities for visitors to enjoy all month long!

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Photo credit to http://www.assiniboinepark.ca

FEATURED EVENTS

Festival du Voyageur Day at the Zoo | Saturday February 4 | 10 am – 2 pm.  All activities take place in the NEW Winter Adventureland outdoor play area.
•  Bring your camera and pose for a photo with official Voyageurs and Leo, the Festival du Voyageur mascot (12 pm – 2 pm).
•  Participate in Voyageur Games and enjoy a sweet Festival du Voyageur treat at the maple taffy station.
•  Collect a coupon for 10% off regular priced admission to Festival du Voyageur.

Louis Riel Day at the Zoo | Monday, February 20.   Meet players from the Manitoba Moose hockey team when they make a special appearance at the Zoo. Full details will be released closer to the date.

International Polar Bear Day Celebrations | Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26:
•  Breakfast with the Bears – enjoy breakfast at the Tundra Grill located overlooking the Zoo’s largest polar bear habitat (Saturday & Sunday at 10 am) $
•  Conservation and Zoo Bear Trek – join one of our Educators as they share the stories about our bears as well as conservation strategies. These FREE 45 minute tours begin at the Gateway to the Arctic building and go through parts of Journey to Churchill. (Saturday & Sunday 11 am & 1 pm)
•  Check out bio-fact tables and an interactive art installation by Kal Barteski at the Gateway to the Arctic building.

For more details regarding  Northern Explorer Month and other zoo events, visit www.assiniboinepark.ca

 

Manitoba Waives entry fee for provincial parks in February

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Assiniboine Park.      Photo by Von Louie Cruz

Feel free to head to any of Manitoba’s provincial parks anytime in February, the provincial government is offering free entry to parks for the entire month.

 

“Winter is a wondrous time to visit our provincial parks,” Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox said.

“Our parks offer countless opportunities to take part in winter activities or to simply enjoy the splendor of nature in a beautiful snowy setting. We encourage everyone to take a moment this winter to get outside and enjoy a walk in the park or blaze a trail with skis or snowshoes.”

Vehicle permits are not required in any provincial park, but SnoPasses are still required for snowmobiles using groomed trails in the parks

There are groomed trails in 12 provincial parks across the province for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and hiking. Spruce Woods and Turtle Mountain provincial parks also offer outdoor skating areas, hockey rinks and toboggan hills while fat biking is welcome at Birds Hill Provincial Park on the Oak Ridge Mountain Bike Trail.

Source: Winnipeg Sun: Manitoba offers free February park entry, retrieved February 1, 2017.

Winning Numbers that hit the $5M Lotto Jackpot came in a dream

Bahadur Sultani, a truck driver in Winnipeg and his mother, Aghdas Mehdizadeh are $5 million richer after winning a Lotto 6/49 prize during the December 28, 2016 draw.

According to Bahadur, he purchased the ticket from the Fas Gas service station located at B-7960 50th Ave. in Red Deer when he travelled through Alberta.

The numbers that made Bahadur and his mother $5 million richer were 1, 5, 10, 15, 40 and 41. These winning numbers according to the media release sent by Western Canada Lottery has “very special meaning” to Bahadur and Aghdas.

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Bahadur shared that years ago after his sister passed away, she came to him in a dream and gave him numbers 40, 41, 1 and 15. He then mentioned it to Aghdas. Aghdas then, told his son that these numbers may bring him good luck so she advised him to play the lottery.

From then on, Bahadur will be asking his mom for the remaining 2 numbers, the last time he called her to ask for the numbers, she picked 5 and 10… Lo and behold they hit the jackpot and won $5.3 million!

The lucky mother and son lottery winners already have a few plans which includes moving to British Columbia as Aghdas wishes and the perfect “monster truck” for Bahadur. For Bahadur, now that he is a lot richer, the smartest thing to do would be to make his mother happy.

Aside from their personal plans, the winners also plan to donate some of their winnings to help the less fortunate.

Source:  Global News: Winnipeg man hits $5M lotto jackpot, says winning numbers came in a dream, retrieved January 25, 2017

Festival du Voyageur 2017

WHEN: February 17 – 26, 2017
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The 10-day winter festival celebrating the joie de vivre of Voyageurs from the fur trade era, Festival du Voyageur (Festival of the Traveller) is happening on February 17 – 26, 2017 with this year’s theme “HEHO HEROES DRESS IN LAYERS.”

This year will be the 48th year of the Western Canada’s largest winter festival and once again they will showcase French-Canadian culture, traditional cuisine, musical entertainment and lots of outdoor activities for the entire family.

Tickets can be purchased at the Festival du Voyageur office located at 233 Provencher Boulevard, at the Voyageur Park box office and at all Safeway and Sobeys stores in Winnipeg, Steinbach, Gimli, Portage La Prairie and Brandon.   Tickets can also be purchased online.  Tickets will also be sold at the Voyageur Park gate starting February 17th.

TICKET PRICES (Children age 4 and under gets FREE admission):

Voyageur Park day pass

Adult (18 years old and up) – $20
Youth (5 – 17 years old) – $13

Voyageur Pass (10-Day Pass)

Adult (18 years old and up) – $34
Youth (5 – 17 years old) – $13

Festival du Voyageur  are recruiting volunteers, if you are interested to sign up as volunteer visit http://bit.ly/2j9Hcke.

For more details about the festival visit their official website or follow their Facebook page.

Submit your upcoming event HERE

Winnipeg Town Hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

WHEN: January 26, 2017Thursday3:30pm
WHERE: Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, MB
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Winnipeg  on January 26th for a regional town hall to discuss issues and subjects that matter to Canadian families. and to remain connected with Canadians. The Prime Minister would also like to use this opportunity to directly hear from Winnipeggers how they feel as we enter the New Year.
If you are interested to attend this town hall, you can request tickets on Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr’s website.  Please note that Ticket Requests are limited and will only provide you advanced access, not a guaranteed spot inside the venue.

Submit your upcoming event HERE

 

 

 

Harvest Homegrown

WHEN: 25 February 2017, Saturday
6:00 PM – 9:30 PM CST

WHERE: Winnipeg Harvest – Community Training Kitchen
1085 Winnipeg Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2

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In support of Winnipeg Harvest’s mission of Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope in Manitoba, Winnipeg Supper Club will hold Harvest Homegrown fundraiser.

This family style fund raiser will offer local food prepared by local chefs – Chef Jordan Carlson and MasterChef Canada contestant Jeremy Senaris. Guests will have the opportunity to watch Jordan and Jeremy use their culinary skills to create tasty dishes.

Visit http://winnipegharvest.org/events/harvest-homegrown/ to purchase your ticket.

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Color Me Rad Fun Run

WHEN: May 27, 2017, Saturday  /  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CDT

WHERE: Red River Exhibition Park – 3977 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB

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The most colourful and most fun 5k Run – Color Me Rad is happening again in Winnipeg in May 27th. The unique and exciting part of this fun run is that runners are coated with various colours of certified non-toxic and corn starch-based food-grade dyes whenever until they cross the finish line, this year Color Me Rad is boasting eight color stations. The main goal of this 5K is to wash the participants in color and runners will not be timed. Participants can get complete the course by sprinting, walking, skipping, or hitching a piggy back ride.

All ages are welcome to join this fun run. Kids aged 8 and up must be registered as adults. while kids 7 and under can run for free.

Color Me Rad is a for-profit business that believes in giving back to the community, they donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners.

For more information and to register for this event, please visit www.colormerad.com

Submit your upcoming event HERE