Don’t just hang around the house with your family this year, be Riel! ChatterBlock is here to help you and your wallet survive this year's Louis Riel Day festivities! Below our top team of local Moms and Dads have helped us compile a list of their must-do fun and free activities in Winnipeg that the whole family will enjoy!
Break a World Record
Ever dreamed about breaking a world record? Here is your chance Winnipeg! The President of the Tyndall Park Community Centre is inviting anyone and everyone to lace up their skates and join him at the Forks in attempt to break the record for the “longest human skating chain”. Get bundled up and bring the whole family. In order to break the record skaters must hold hands for a minimum of three minutes. Afterwards hang out at the Forks or take a walk along the Red River.
Date: Feb. 15th at 1:30 p.m.
Price: Registration is Free
Festival du Voyaguer
Grab your parka, toboggan and your kiddies and head down to the walls of Fort Gibraltar on Louis Riel Day to witness the unveiling of an giant Louis Riel Family Mosaic. Created entirely of images sent in all year by fellow Manitobans. After take your family over to the Red River Mutual Trail (Rendez-vous on Ice) for free hot chocolate and games. Activities include tug-o-war, canoe racing and even a fish toss.
Date: Feb 15th (11:30 a.m at Fort Gibraltar and 12-4 p.m at the Red River Mutual Trial)
The Manitoba Museum
If your family is willing to get lost for hours in the educational and exhilarating history of our beautiful province the Manitoba Museum is another must-do. In honour of Louis Riel Day admission to the Manitoba Museum is free on February 17th, the Sunday following Louis Riel Day. This year in addition to checking out the Planetarium visitors will also have access to the Ice Age Mammals and Jaws and Teeth exhibit. Both are guaranteed to be hits with the entire family.
Date: Feb 17th (11 a.m. to 5 p.m)
St. Boniface Museum
Are you and your family interested in enjoying a traditional and free Metis lunch and entertainment, including performances from The Guady Boys, dancer Tony Lindo, Winnipeg Metis Infinity Squares Dancer, Half Pints or legend teller Norman Fleury? If so head down to the St. Boniface Museum. Be sure to get there early in order to participate in the opening ceremony which starts at 9:15 a.m.
Date: Feb. 17th (starts 9:15 a.m)
Toboggan at Garbage Hill
We may not have any mountains in Winnipeg but the infamous Garbage Hill is biggest and the best hill in the city! Dig out your crazy carpets or toboggans and let your kids run off some steam at the hill. Be sure to layer up and bring plenty of snacks, as there are no open amenities in the park. Tip: the right side of the hill is known as being the steeper slope so stick to the left side of the hill if you have little children.
Price: Free as always.
Address: Westview Park at 1 Midland St