When I found out I was going to be participating in the Tourism Dauphin One Year Here campaign I started thinking about all the different things I could experience in the area and write about. I have already experienced many things in the area. I have gone horse back riding in Riding Mountain National Park. I have used the walking trail in Vermillion Park. I have gone fishing in countless locations around Dauphin. I have climbed to the top of Baldy Mountain in the Duck Mountains Provincial Park. I have witnessed a herd of buffalo crossing a road. I have played in the waves at the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre. I have seen a wolf and moose in the wild for the first time. I have enjoyed the new Countryfest Cinema. I have experienced a spa day at Elkhorn Resort. I have participated in riding a bicycle built for five. Basically I have gone out of my way to try and experience many of the local opportunities and have succeeded, yet there are many more local opportunities on my must try wish list. So many opportunities that I decided to create a “Dauphin Area Bucket List”.
Creating this list was actually quite difficult - difficult because there are so many attractions and experiences to choose from, but I think I finally narrowed it down to a manageable list. In the next year I will be working hard to cross things off this list, and I plan to share some of my experiences with you through the One Year Here Campaign to inspire you to get out there and explore all that the Dauphin area has to offer.
Earth Rhythms Guided Tour. I have been to Riding Mountain National Park many times. In fact in all of Manitoba it is my favourite place in the entire province! I want to experience Riding Mountain National Park in a new way, through a customized day tour with Earth Rhythms. The tour that appeals to me the most is their First Light Wildlife Watch which is lead by Celes Davar, a local guide who has extensive experience with nature photography and hidden gem locations in Riding Mountain National Park. This tour focuses on teaching you techniques and locations for shooting fantastic nature and wildlife photographs in Riding Mountain National Park. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a morning in the Parkland! For more information click here.
Art Class at Watson Art Centre. I recently became familiar with the Watson Art Centre when I decided to join a local free flow writing group held at the centre. This writing group has been a wonderful experience and I am eager to find other interesting and new adventures at the Watson Art Centre. One thing that sticks out in my mind as a neat Dauphin experience is the various art classes or workshops. For instance, zendoodling, which according to the class description requires no talent at all, just an open mind to art. Sounds like a neat art class for someone like me who has zero art skills but is eager to learn! For more information click here.
Guided Tour Of A Historic Ukrainian Catholic Church. I have admired the beautiful Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin many times from afar but I have never stepped inside for a closer look. I recently learned the church offers a guided tour which outlines the local history and features of the church. I can’t wait to get a closer look at this beautiful church. For more information click here.
Manipogo Provincial Park. I have heard rumours that a legendary sea monster lurks in Lake Manitoba. I want to visit Manipogo Provincial Park near Dauphin and try and see this monster that many Manitobans refer to as Manipogo. Keep your fingers crossed I catch it on video. If I do, I promise to share the evidence! For more information click here.
Guided Ice Fishing Day Trip. I have fished in many locations around Dauphin, but I have never in my life gone ice fishing. To be honest, it intimidates me a bit, but I am anxious to try it. I think a day of guided ice fishing with Sticky’s Bait & Tackle would be a great way to be introduced to ice fishing and the winter fishing opportunities in this part of the Parkland. For more information click here.
Flight From Dauphin to Winnipeg. I love flying! I had my first taste of flying as a young child when our neighbour took my siblings and I for a ride in his small plane in rural Nova Scotia. I loved soaring above the landscape, picking out all the local spots I already knew, and getting a bird’s eye view of my community. I want to have a similar experience here in the Dauphin area and take a flight from Dauphin to Winnipeg with Perimeter Airlines. I can‘t wait to see how Riding Mountain National Park looks like from the sky. For more information click here.
Dauphin Farmers Market. I am a strong supporter of shopping local however I feel almost embarrassed that I have yet to visit the Dauphin Farmers Market. It is held every Friday from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Rotary Arena starting in early July to the end of September. I wonder what yummy local goods are waiting for me? For more information click here.
The Parkland Snowshoeing Club. Last winter I heard about a new Facebook group called The Parkland Snowshoeing Club. Basically it is a group of people who are interested in getting together and snowshoeing in various areas of the Parkland region. When I lived in Nova Scotia I routinely went snowshoeing but I have not had the opportunity to go snowshoeing since living in the Dauphin area. I want to join this group on a winter snowshoe hike. For more information search "Parkland Snowshoeing Club" on Facebook.
Flavour Trail - The Martese. I have tried quite a few of the “stops” on the Parkland Flavour Trail but have yet to experience eating a nice meal aboard The Martese. This ship offers a fine dining experience while taking a scenic evening cruise on Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. It sounds like a splendid way to spend an evening. For more information click here.
Music Concert at Watson Art Centre. Recently I had the opportunity to peak into the upstairs concert room at the Watson Art Centre. I was amazed at the interesting and old features, and I knew immediately it could be a great place for acoustics at a music concert. I want to experience a concert firsthand at the Watson Art Centre. In fact, I have a few concert options already picked out. I think it is so nice that Dauphin and the Watson Art Centre are able to provide a wonderful, inviting space for musical concerts. For more information click here.
Journey Home Yurt. I am a yurt lover! I have already experienced camping in one yurt in the Parkland region, and I am eager to check out another yurt located close by. Journey Home offers an interesting yurt experience with optional added touches such as art classes, ethnic dinner parties and mythic mapping. For more information click here.
Childs Lake Lodge & Outfitters In Duck Mountains Provincial Park. I have been to the Duck Mountains Provincial Park a few times to fish but have yet to experience fishing or camping at Childs Lake. I think Childs Lake Lodge & Outfitters looks like a great spot to relax and catch the big one! Cabins, boat rentals, restaurant onsite, beach, what more could I ask for in an overnight fishing excursion?!? For more information click here.
Visit A Honey Farm And Make Beeswax Candles. I have been to a honey farm only once. I was four years old and in nursery school. I don’t remember a single thing. I would love the opportunity to learn all about local honey farms in the Dauphin area, and possibly have the opportunity to make my own special beeswax candles. What a neat hands on experience and souvenir! For more information click here.
Dauphin Kings Hockey Game. It is nice to have the Winnipeg Jets back in Manitoba, but there is no need to drive to Winnipeg to watch some exciting hockey. Dauphin is home to the Junior A Dauphin Kings, but I have yet to attend a game. I think it is time to check it out for myself. For more information click here.
Golf Lesson at Dauphin Lake Golf Course. I have never golfed. Well, that is not entirely true. I have mini-golfed, and once, 20 years ago, I went to a driving range and it was a disaster. Yet I am continually intrigued by the idea of learning to golf. I think a good place to start would be to sign up for a lesson with a pro at the Dauphin Lake Golf Course. Worst case scenario I make a fool out of myself yet still enjoy the beautiful course and scenery. For more information click here.
Baba’s Bread and Borscht. Recently I learned how to make perogies with a local group of Parkland women. It was an amazing experience and it encouraged me to search out other unique cooking experiences available in the Dauphin area. I think I found the perfect experience! Learning how to make bread and borscht at Trembowla, a national and provincial heritage site located just 20 minutes from Dauphin. I can already feel my mouth watering in anticipation. For more information click here.
Christmas At Fort Dauphin. Every December Fort Dauphin comes alive with Christmas spirit. Christmas decorations, hot chocolate and horse rides all while exploring the interesting history at Fort Dauphin. I have never been to Fort Dauphin, and I think visiting it at Christmas time would make it even more special. For more information click here.
Crooked Mountain Cabins. These cute, rustic cabins are located near Riding Mountain National Park. I think it looks like a perfect, peaceful place to stay and to use as a home base to experience all there is to offer in the Riding Mountain National Park and Parkland region. For more information click here.
Dauphin Architectural Walking Tour. I have walked around the city of Dauphin many times and have admired some of the interesting old buildings but I have never taken the time to educate myself with their history and significance to the community. The City of Dauphin has taken the time to create three distinct self guided walking tours which outline some of the more interesting buildings in Dauphin. I think I will print off the guides and take it with me next time I go for a walk in Dauphin. Then I can amaze all my local friends with quirky facts and information next time we see one of the buildings! For more information click here.
Do you have any favourite activities in the Dauphin area that I might not be aware of? What would you place on your own special Dauphin Area Bucket List?