• eat
  • shop
  • see
  • go
  • stay
  • daytrip
  • map
  • calendar
  • transport
  • weather
  • currency
  • tofrom

Homegrown and Handmade

A hotbed of cool, our province has bred some of Canada’s most creative artisans. These made in Manitoba products pack well, and make great prairie souvenirs.

Into the Woods

Add sophistication to a stationery set with hand-carved fountain pens by artist and woodworker Braden Milani. Custom designs mix sleek slim styles with chrome and gold-plated finishes, and use different varieties of wood. Cocobolo $85.99. Tharnzie, 100 Osborne St, 204‑504‑6522, Map 1: R-3

Powerful Plants

For a guilt-free indulgence, opt for Mama Pacha’s calendula body butter. All natural ingredients like coconut oil, aloe vera gel and vitamin E nourish the skin while calendula helps reduce inflammation. This skincare company uses locally produced herbs and beeswax to create chemical and petroleum free products. $17, Generation Green, The Forks Market,  204‑808‑9848, Map 1: Q-5

Nature’s Sweetness

Birch trees off the shores of Lake Winnipeg’s south basin produce sticky and sweet birch syrup. The Canadian Birch Company, a family-run business in their fifth season, taps out three varieties: dark, amber and amber gold. $25, Kenaston Wine Market, 1855 Grant Ave, 204-488-9463, Map 2: E-3

Wild and Free

Manitoba is diverse, with plenty of wildlife roaming our prairie province. Artist Myra Smith uses varied surfaces and shades of slate to produce hand-painted trivets, which are baked and varnished for durability. $39.95, The Nature Shop, Fort Whyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Rd, 204‑989-8355, Map 2: F-2

Burning Bright

Coal and Canary creators Tom Jansen and Amanda Buhse make candles that cater to the design conscious. Hand poured in small batches, soy and vegetable wax candles come in woodsy scents like balsam and bergamot. Wooden wicks burn smoke-and soot-free for 45-50 hours. $30, Forks Trading Company, The Forks Market, 204‑949-1785, Map 1: Q-5

Sew and Tell

Wear a piece of the prairies with Lennard Taylor’s signature prairie grass stitched jeans. This Winnipeg designer describes his work as a reflection of the world we live in, incorporating inspiration from local landscapes. Stitching modelled after prairie grasses pays tribute to local grain farmers. A single needle is used to create the pattern, resulting in a unique variation of the stitch on every pair. Peek through glass windows at this Exchange District spot, and watch him design and sew right in his shop. $150, 223 McDermot Ave, 204-791-4547, Map 1: O-5

Blue Hue

Local goldsmith Matti Martin designs jewellery that is elegant and contemporary in design. His “Ebb n’ flow” necklace is part of a series of necklace pieces that can be worn individually or stacked together. This piece features 14kt gold and a briolette cut (pear shaped) aquamarine pendant. $967, Matti Martin, 159 Lilac St, 204‑415‑1210, Map 1: T-2

Protein Power

Colleen and Grant Dyck, founders of GORP clean energy bars created these Omega-3 packed snacks to fuel adventurous and athletic lifestyles. Bars are filled with heart healthy ingredients like hemp, flax, brown rice protein and pumpkin seeds bound together with honey, and come in flavours like peanut butter and apple. $3.49, Vita Health, 166 Osborne St, 204-984-9551, Map 1: S-4

Leave a Reply