May 162012
 
minnedosa

Population: 2,474
Elevation: 1,840ft (561m)
Website: Link
News: Minnedosa Tribune
TV: 4 Channels (Channel 2 – Global, Channel 4 – CTV, Channel 12 – Local, Channel 21 – Radio Canada)

Minnedosa (not to be confused with Minnesota) is a town Northwest of Winnipeg. It is actually directly north of Brandon, Manitoba.  It’s also located at the intersection of the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and Highway 10.  You are only a 30 minute drive North of Brandon, Manitoba and 30 minutes South of Riding Mountain National Park.  If you are into sports this town has about everything one could need in this part of the world.  They have an 18 hole golf course, curling and skating rinks, baseball and soccer fields, bowling lanes, walking trails, ski trails, tennis courts, fitness centers and more.  Their golf course is actually located in one of the most beautiful valleys in Canada.  The greens are nice a soft which makes for great play.  As far as the outdoors go, there are plenty of rivers and lakes around to do some fishing, canoeing, boating, etc.  Ducks Unlimited has a huge presence in the town with their waterfowl management programs in the region.  One of my favorite things to do in the town is the Flag Walk which is the short trail between the Heritage Village and the spillway.  There are a ton of flags all in a row and makes for a great photo opportunity. 

One of the cool events that you should check out if you get a chance is the “Rockin The Fields of Minnedosa” festival which is pretty awesome.  This year they are having Finger Eleven as the main attraction.  They are a really good and popular Canadian rock band.  If you want to see pictures from their 2011 Festival just check them out here I would call it a small ACL Fest.  The people are really nice and you really don’t see many problems with the crowds.  There is plenty of parking all over so you really don’t have to worry about that either.  The festival itself was apparently created from the ashes of two previous rock festivals by a small group of very dedicated fans.  It is now non-profit which I am all for supporting and it continues to grow every year.

Things to Do

  • Ishii Japanese Garden
  • Minnedosa District Museum and Heritage Village Corp.
  • Minnedosa Golf & Country Club
  • Minnedosa Civic Center
  • Buffalo Park
  • Train Park
  • Nature Trails
  • Heritage Park
  • Lookout Tower
  • Trout Pond
  • Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa
  • Antons Lake
  • Minnedosa Paddling Club

Places to Stay

  • Gateway Motel and Restaurant
  • Tilson Place Bed & Breakfast
  • Laws Way Bed & Breakfast
  • Minnedosa Campground
  • Beach Road Bed & Breakfast
  • Valley Motor Lodge

Food to Eat

  • Cornerstone Grill
  • The Garden Thyme Restaurant
  • Dari Isle Drive In
  • Maushies Ltd
  • Sun Sun Chinese Restaurant
  • Minnedosa Main Street Cafe
  • Mangin Bros Diary
  • Ka Ming Restaurant
  • Terry’s Place
  • Uncle Tom’s Drive Inn Restaurant
  • Chicken Delight
  • Prairie Pantry Family Restaurant

 


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