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.
A photo journal of what I had come cross during one of my early morning walks.
It took place on a sunny cool winter morning through the Cedar Bog Trail & Chickadee Trail, located in Birds Hill MB. Each trail takes approx. 1 hour to complete.
Idea for Families / Kids – during the spring / summer, pack a Microscope in your backpack and scoop up a couple drops of bog water. Have a look at the amazing little creatures & plant life under the microscope!
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.
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.
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.
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