BougeBouge brings you to Manitoba, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, Dakota, Ininew, Anishininiw, Dene and Inuit peoples but also the cradle of the Métis Nation. Today it is their descendants who continue to love and care for this land. Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba and has a population of just over 700,000 out of a total population of 1.2 million people. On the Manitoba-Ontario border is the Pimachiowin Aki Forest which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Manitoba, you will find five distinct ecozones: Prairies, Boreal Plains, Boreal Shield, Taiga Shield and Hudson Plains. There are also over 90 parks to explore in the region, including Riding Mountain. Manitoba is distinguished by the diversity of its majestic landscapes, unique and historically significant cities and parks. As you can see, there’s a lot to discover here too…
Welcome to Central Canada! The longitudinal center of Canada is located in the municipality of Taché. The Municipality of Taché is one of the oldest in Manitoba. It is named after Quebec Archbishop Alexandre Antonin Taché. In the village of Taché you can visit the Monseigneur Taché Historical Site. Here, you will visit the Museum which exhibits many artifacts that bear witness to the life of the settlers who built the community. The Museum is housed in the church and the presbytery which were built in 1918.
You have arrived in this city that is sometimes not well known, but it is the capital of Manitoba! Winnipeg is a friendly city where life is good. Where to start? Head to the center of the city, and more specifically to the francophone neighbourhood of Saint-Boniface! Until a few decades ago, St. Boniface was a city in its own right. It has kept all its charm and originality with its steep streets and lined with small authentic shops but what characterizes it most is none other than its Cathedral! You must also visit the historical site « The Forks » which, before the arrival of the Europeans, was a place of exchange and festivities for the American Indians. Today, it houses a park as well as a large square where many events take place on a regular basis: Chocolate festival, pasta festival, winter celebration or zumba classes… Finally, head to Assiniboine Park which is located west of the city. There, you will discover a forest, a zoo and various English style gardens. Winnipeggers being avid sports fans, you will be able to bike, hike and even play cricket!
It’s here in Riding Mountain National Park that you’ll have the best wildlife viewing experiences in Manitoba! Beaches, hiking trails, stores and even a movie theatre in a log cabin, there are many activities in the park. You’ll be able to explore Aboriginal art and culture! But also admire the wildflowers and waterfowl in the meadows and marshes. This is also the territory of black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, raccoons, beavers and bison. You will certainly also have the opportunity to see ducks, geese, birds of prey, owls and songbirds! A bit of history? You will be able to learn about the eccentric character Archibald Belaney! an Englishman better known as Grey Owl, the famous defender of beaver conservation. You will also have the chance to visit the former prisoner of war camp at Lake Whitewater. German soldiers stayed there from 1943 to 1945. Riding Mountain National Park has something for everyone!