After spending my entire life in BC, I am not going to move three provinces away just to go to work everyday. Here is my list of how I am slowly settling into Friendly Manitoba and venturing out as a (sometimes tacky) tourist!

  1. Wandering the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden at sunset in Assiniboine Park.
  2. Gazing jealously at all the ballerinas during Ballet in the Park.
  3. Cheering on the Winnipeg Jets at an (exhibition) game.
  4. Watching disappointingly as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers lose another lead in the new Investors Group Field stadium.
  5. Falling in love with everything on the menu at Stella’s.
  6. Trying my first pickerel burger and shopping at Tergesen’s in Gimli.
  7. Getting a behind-the-scenes tour of MTS Centre including the press box, Jets locker and training room, and their bench.
  8. Drinking apple slush and picking through wildflowers at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market.
  9. Avoiding screaming tweens, but getting lost in the excitement myself, at a Selena Gomez concert in the MTS Centre.
  10. Spending an afternoon staring in awe at the 100 Masters collection in the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
  11. Gro0ving to local talent at The Cube every lunch hour during Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
  12. Shopping at my favourite – Forever 21- in Manitoba’s largest mall: Polo Park.
  13. Treating myself to delicious gourmet cupcakes at Cake-ology in the Exchange District.
  14. Realizing The Forks is a beautiful prairie version of Vancouver’s Granville Island.
  15. Relaxing to a summer evening Doc Walker concert at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park.
  16. Becoming slightly dazed and confused as I wander IKEA – then suffering through four boxes of self-assembly furniture.
  17. Reading books and drinking wine in a weekend visit to a Winnipeg Beach cabin.
  18. Kicking leaves along The Assiniboine Riverwalk from The Forks to the Manitoba Legislature on a sunny autumn day.
  19. Driving out to Lorette and enjoying a MB tradition – delicious Fall Supper on Thanksgiving weekend.
  20. Savouring every bite of cheesecake from Osborne Village’s gem of a restaurant Baked Expectations.