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Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Nestled among the forest along a creak filled with ducks in Kildonan Park – Winnipeg Manitoba

The famous German fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel by The Brothers Grimm is illustrated in the Witch’s Hut. It tells the tale of 2 children losing their way in the forest, finding a witch’s hut built of gingerbread and candies. Hansel is locked up, while Gretel is put to work for the witch. Eventually the children escape her evil grasp.

Kildonan’s witches hut was officially opened in October 1970 and has been open ever since during the summer months. It’s also a popular site for photographers and the Fairy Tales Festival.

Note: also in the park is the famous Rainbow Stage, an outdoor theatre venue.

 

 

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Vikings in Gimli Manitoba

Vikings in Gimli Manitoba

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

More photos from today – A Visual Experience

Arnes Farmer’s Market in Manitoba

Arnes Farmer’s Market in Manitoba

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. 

I’m looking forward to visiting this place again!

More photos from today – A Visual Experience

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Hecla Village – Manitoba

Hecla Village – Manitoba

Just north of Gimli MB, on Hwy 8, along the shores of Lake Winnipeg sits a very small & quiet fishing village, called Helca. Actually, everything around here is named “Hecla”…. there’s Hecla Island, Hecla Provincial Park, Hecla Village.

Like most small communities in this area, it was a settlement of Icelandic immigrants who first established this area in 1876.

Currently, there are 9 families living in the village, with a few more families in the nearby areas.

The original Lighthouse was built in 1898, but was reconstructed 1926

Take a 1km self-guided tour of the village – Map

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Magnusville MB

Magnusville MB

On Highway 8, along the shores of Lake Winnipeg, I came across this structure which is the representation of the original structure that once stood here until 1999.

An Icelandic immigrant couple, Magnus and Ingibjorg Magnusson settled in this area in 1895. By 1914, their home became a stopping point for other settlers and travellers. As result, it was the Magnusson’s that had founded the community of Magnusville and have over 300 descendants.

The Magnusson’s Fishing Station & Ice House (the picture you see before you) stood here. Like most old wooden buildings, they eventually disappear, so this frame structure now sits in its place.

Its amazing how something as simple as this structure can hold a story that will last for generations to come.

Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

Winnie the Pooh’s connection to 3 Canadian Cities

We’ve all heard the stories of Christopher Robin & Winnie the Pooh, but how many of you know the actual story of how & where it all started?

Winnie the Pooh has been long associated with my home town of Winnipeg Manitoba because the soldier, Harry Colebourn, who actually owned the bear, was from Wpg, MB.   He had named the female bear “Winnipeg”, but was later shorted to “Winnie”.

Something I had no idea was that Winnie was not actually from Winnipeg. Winnie was from White River Ontario where she was purchased for only $20.

Eventually, Harry Colebourn had to leave for the war and Winnie was housed in the London Ontario Zoo, where she passed away 12 May 1934 (aged 20)

So there you have it, a little history on Canada’s Winnie the Pooh!

ps. More info on Winnie – Wikipedia 

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Swimming in the Rain – Riding Mountain National Park MB

Swimming in the Rain – Riding Mountain National Park MB

Moon Lake – Riding Mountain National Park located in Manitoba

When I first arrived, it was beautiful outside and the lake was as calm as can be…

I met a few interesting people, including…

A family from Minot USA had been coming to Riding Mountain for approx 30+ years and its been family tradition that’s being passed onto the grandkids. 


Then there was a traveler from Quebec who was definitely living in the moments. A free-spirited, dread-locks and all, young lady who had worked on a Manitoba ranch for a couple months but was now making her way back to home to Quebec.

As the clouds rolled it and it started to rain, it was time to take shelter.  However, not for this young lady….

…she decided it was time to go swimming. Although it was raining, it was still quite warm out.

As for me and a couple others, keeping dry and out the rain was preferred and we were sharing the shelter with seven nests filled with baby barn swallows and their parents.

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