…and Sometimes, Five. (February 2012)

“Sometimes Five” is a bulletin of five awesome activities to do in (and around) Winnipeg  each month.

Get your winter in while it lasts! Between curling on the Assiniboine near the “Mother Club” and watching the No Regretzkies beat the Winnipeg Handshakes in the E1 Division of the Highlander League, here is a list of five awesome things to do in and around Winnipeg this February;

Photo courtesy of KYLETHOMAS.ca via the Winnipeg Free Press.


1. Actif Epica : February 18th St. Malo to Winnipeg
It’s the inaugural year of this 130km winter bike race on the historic Crow Wing Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) in southeast Manitoba from St. Malo to Winnipeg’s French quarter, St. Boniface. Actif Epica is as much about a celebration of human mental and physical endurance as it is about the vast beauty and unique character of winter on the prairies. You can still enter the race if you register by February 13th, 2012. We’ll be there live-blogging the event!

2. Festival du Voyageur : February 17 – 26 – Province-wide
Massive snow-sculptures dot the city-scape, flannel is a notable fashion-item, and Caribou is available at the MLCC. The Fur Trade led French traders to establish the first colony where the Assiniboine and Red rivers meet in what we now know as Winnipeg. Festival du Voyageur occurs every year in the spirit of those men and women with an emphasis on “the beauty of winter, with numerous historical, educational and entertaining activities – truly something for every age and every taste!”

3. Bougeons en hivers : The Jack Frost Challenge : February 11- 17 – Province-wide
A challenge from Green Action Centre to get some winter activity in for a week of February! Sign up a team of 1-5 people to travel a combined total of 130 km during the week – cap it off on the 17th for the first Ice It To Work Day! Hey – if you can’t do Actif Epica on your own, why not spread it out co-operatively? Bike. Walk. Bus. and Sometimes, Ski, Skate and Snowshoe.

4. TEDxManitoba : February 9 – MTC Warehouse
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and is a non-profit agency devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” TEDx is an event organized independently of that agency. If you’re not familiar with TEDtalks, we’d suggest Rachel Botsman’s talk at TEDxSydney on Collaborative Consumption to start, and say goodbye to the end of your day. If you’re not already signed up and going, be sure to tune in to the live stream of the entire event. We’re most excited about seeing Hazel Borys speak on zoning-reform to encourage walkable, mixed-use, sustainable neighbourhoods to live and work in.

5. Vinyl Cafe with Stuart McLean : February 19 – Centennial Concert Hall
In 2008 a story was read by Stuart Mclean about a boarded-up hardware store in the North End of Winnipeg. Later that year, it would re-open as a consumer co-operative known throughout this city and across Canada as Pollock’s Hardware Co-op. In their fourth year, and with unprecedented support by the local community they will be expanding a warehouse at 765 Main. In our first year, we’ve already benefited from the support of their board members and staff. The Vinyl Cafe will be at the Centennial Concert Hall on the 19th after making stops in Protage La Prairie, Winkler and Brandon the four nights prior.

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