Leonid Molodoshanin, or more famously known as “Leo Mol” (Jan 15 1915 – July 4 2009), emigrated to Winnipeg Manitoba in 1948, where he became a famous sculptor.
The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden sits on 1.2 hectares in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park. It consists of over 300 works of sculptures, a gallery, renovated studio, and the outdoor display, which was unveiled on June 18, 1992.
The beautifully laid out paths will lead you to the sculptures of wildlife and people.
I’m always on the lookout for a healthy snack to take with me wherever I go. And let’s face it, its always nice when you can pack something that is light, healthy, compact, quick, convenient and definitely tasty.
The other day I met Maureen, who’s been following One Canadian’s Journeyfor over a year now. So when she heard I was in town, we met up for coffee and that’s when she introduced me to a Yogibarz.
At first, I’ll be honest, I was reluctant because its so hard to find a true healthy protein bar that tastes good. Also, the majority of the commercialized bars have so much other crap in the ingredients that kinda ruins its as far as being healthy.
Maureen (The Owner & Creator of Yogibarz) gave me 3 Flavours to try – “Chocolicious”, “Coconut Almond Joy” and “Simply the Zest-Lemon”.
My immediate reaction ….“Oh My Goodness, it was so good! ”. All were very delicious and I’m looking forward to trying a few of other flavours.
All YogiBars are made with 100% Whey Isolate Protein powders, freshly ground organic flax seed and many more natural ingredients and have no added sugar or corn syrups.
Hand Made & Homemade Winnipeg Home Business Very Tasty & Filling
19 Flavours: Chocolicious Very Vanilla Scrumptious Strawberry Blueberry Mochalicious Choco-chili (spicy) Choco-mint Candy Cane Lane-Vanilla Mint Banana Walnut Simply the Zest-lemon Orange clove Blueberry Lemon Crazy for Cranberry Pretty in Pink Grapefruit Mum’s Apple Pie Coconut Lime Coconut Almond Joy
Purely Pumpkin Pie
Maureen also shared that one of her creations was a total accident. While combining the ingredients, she reached into her cupboard, accidentally grabbed and tossed in the wrong ingredient. It ended up being a wonderful surprise for her.
About Yogibarz Creator – Maureen Brown Van Schepdeal, is an accomplished athlete in various disciplines. She was born and raised in Winnipegger and has led a very healthy and very active lifestyle her entire life. She created Yogibarz because she was unsatisfied with the commercialized bars already out there. It was an opportunity to seek out and create a healthier bar, which she successfully accomplished!
Interesting side note: Maureen has not needed a website to advertise. Advertising has been all word of mouth, which gets her sales from all over! That’s how good of a product she produces! Even while we were chatting, she received a order from Vancouver Island.
Waking up the other day to a thick morning frost on the outside of my windows was a reminder of what’s to come. Its been a few years since I’ve been in Winnipeg and I’m already anxiously waiting to get out and “enjoy” what Winnipeg’s Winter has to offer.
Google also agrees with their #1 pick of the Coldest Canadian City … Winnipeg.
One of the things I love about Winnipeg is its people… no matter how cold it gets, you’ll still find crazy positive attitudes outside and enjoying winter activities! You just reeeeeallly need to dress appropriately.
About 45 minutes north of Winnipeg, along Lake Winnipeg, sits the fishing community of Gimli. It’s the Largest Icelandic Community outside of Iceland and its been that way for decades. And what’s one of the things Icelanders are famous for… Vikings!
To celebrate their history and long colourful heritage, they put on an annual Icelandic Festival, held durning the first long weekend in Aug.
Note, its a very popular event that takes place in Manitoba. Come early to find a parking spot because it turns into a circus with all the people.
Viking Village – Dressed in traditional authentic viking regalia, these vikings are here 24 hours a day for the duration of the festival. They work, feast, play, get married, sleep and even go into battle right here.
Learn more about Gimli’s Icelandic Festival – icelandicfestival.com
Along Hwy 8, near Morden’s Meadow’s, is the Arnes Farmer’s Market
All kinds of products were being sold here. Everything from Antiques to modern day products to fruits & veggies, to home cook baking (Delicious baking!), Books, and so much more!
There was a busker, who was quite good and very animated with facial expressions.
Dragonfly – 5ft x 5ft and about 2ft off the ground – this was impressive!
Speaking with a husband & wife team (names completely elude me…ugh!) about their carvings, its quite a great production they do together. First, they salvage old wood poles that are ready to be destroyed. However, he take the already aged and full of character poles and gets to work on creating artistic pieces. Once he finishes the sculpture, his wife does the finishing touches of sanding & varnishing, a real team effort.
Let me introduce you to by buddy, Mike Ranta & his faithful companion Spitzii. These two characters are today’s modern day voyageurs. Along for the adventure is the expedition’s photojournalist, David Jackson, who in his own right is definitely an adventurer.
So here’s what’s happened, Mike has not only canoed Canada from coast to coast, he’s done it twice! As a result of these great paddles, he’s the world record holder of having done it solo and having completing the trip in a single season.
So what’s he doing in Lake Winnipeg near Gimli? He’s in the middle of canoeing Canada for a Third time! Along for the adventure is David, who has joined Mike & Spitzii from the beginning of this adventure.
Back on April 1st 2017, they began their journey in Bella Bella BC and headed east through the rockies. I can’t give away any of their stories, because let’s face it, its theirs to tell at the end of the adventure. I will say, they had to endure solitude, relentless elements, nature, wildlife, food & water shortage, and other adventures within their adventure.
Live location updates – Mike is carrying a beacon which tracks his every movement. Go to his website and locate this whereabouts on his map and if you get an opportunity….go meet the the three companions while they paddle Canada! I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pass up on a good cold beer either.
You can read about Mike’s & Spitzii’s previous journey through his website and be sure to check out his book. Oh, and check out the baby moose he saved in during his last adventure – video here: Baby Moose Rescue
Along the TransCanada Hwy, east of Winnipeg, there is a place called Geppetto’s (as in Pinocchio’s Geppetto).
Originally, Geppetto’s was all about Wood products for Home & Garden. It’s s place to get lawn and garden furniture that John (aka: Geppetto) was making out of this workshop.
Over the years, along with his wife Sandy, they added a small snack shop and miniature golf course.
It’s been almost 25 years, but unfortunately for their customer’s, Geppetto and his wife are selling the business with hopes that someone will continue with Geppetto’s, as they head into a new chapter of their life…. retirement.
Bunnock or “Game of Bones” has been compared to bowling and curling, and is believed to have been created by Russian Soldiers to pass the time while stationed in Serbia during the 19th Century.
Two teams stand on opposite ends of the field and take turns trying to knock down each other’s row of bones. This is done by throwing more bones at the standing bones, and must be done in a specific order.
During the 20th Century, Russian & German immigrants who settled in Saskatchewan had introduced Bunnock to the community, where it became very popular in Macklin SK. This is where the annual World Bunnock Championships are held.
I happen to really like Camrose, so it was unfortunate that I couldn’t stay longer. However, I did go for a walk, captured a few images, and later visited with a good friend.
Why do I like Camrose? It has to do with the people.
See, I had lived near Camrose a few years ago and when I left, it was the people I missed the most. The people I met in Camrose were super friendly as well as having a strong sense of community and work ethic that I really appreciated.
Edson AB – Visitor Centre – Galloway Station Museum
Shari, the manager, gave me a tour of their museum, which was filled with a lot interesting history. However, the part I really enjoyed was the back-stories of the historical items.
If you ever get the opportunity to get an actual tour (one on one) of any museum, the tour guides are a wealth of information that goes beyond what you read about on their information signs throughout the museum.
In this particular case, Shari shared with me some of the actual funny & interesting stories about the items in their museum, which included who the previous owners of the relics belong to, giving the items much more depth.
There were 4 particular items that caught my attention (there were more, but here are my top 4)…
#1 – 138 year old Printing Press that weighs well over 800lbs. Build in 1878, this Peerless Printing Press is… get a load of this, its still in operation! The museum prints coasters and other in-house materials, as well as giving demo’s to schools. Very cool!
The printing press was used to make these coasters, which tell a story of Edson’s “Jack the Frog” (1870 – 1956).
#2 – Old Movie Projector – One of the locals (back in the days) was a “director, actor, and film producer” who brought a little entertainment to this Coal & Lumber community.
#3 – Telegraph Key – You’d have to be quite proficient in Morse Code to use this.
#4 – “Speeder” – A one person, human powered railway vehicle. (This thing got me thinking…. Wouldn’t it be cool to travel and see Canada like no one else has on this thing!? Cool! If anyone has a few contacts, I’d consider doing it!)
There was some other really neat relics but you’ll have to make a point of stopping in during your Canadian Travels and check them out for yourself. It’s worth it.
Shari and the Edson Rotory Club invited me stay for their BBQ lunch and share a few of my travel stories, including and explaining a Manitoba Social.
They were a great group of people and I hope I get the opportunity to meet with them again.
What is a Manitoba Social?
For those outside of Manitoba, a Social has been around for decades! Its a Party that’s put on by the best friends and family members of the Bride and Groom. Essentially, a large hall of a community centre (or similar) is rented out for a dance. People buy tickets to come out, drink, socialize, door prizes, and dance the night away.
At the end of the night, the profits from the Social are given to the Bride & Groom, which is a gift to help them get started in their life’s journey. Socials are hugely popular throughout the winter season and everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy!