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The Saskatoon Berry: the Prairie Provinces’ Perfect Fruit


Photo: Tourism Saskatchewan

A favourite summer taste in Canada’s Prairie provinces, the Saskatoon berry is in season during July and August. Similar to a blueberry in size and colour, the wee berry was gathered by aboriginal people for medicinal purposes—the name comes from the Cree word mis-sask-quah-toomina—and became a staple of the diet of the early farm pioneers.

Modern science has found this purple fruit is high in antioxidants as well as vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and potassium and that it has three times more iron than raisins. Once found only at farmers’ markets or in the wild, the berry it is now the second largest crop in the three Prairie provinces after strawberries, and can be found throughout the Prairies in jam, jelly, syrup and pies as well as in a wide variety of savoury recipes.

Where and how to try Saskatoon berries:

The Riverbend Plantation in Saskatoon offers an array of gourmet treats using Saskatoon berries from its farm—you can even order Saskatoon-berry-and-buffalo pemmican online and have it shipped. If you’re in the Prairies and want to pick your own, check with the Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association (Alberta), BuyFromtheFarm.ca (Saskatchewan) or the Prairie Fruit Growers Association (Manitoba).

Hudson Bay Sunset — Churchill, Manitoba

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination.

Why we chose it: Can anyplace on Earth possibly be this gorgeous? The still-as-glass water in this image conveys a perfect sense of calm and is a flawless mirror for the golden-orange sunset. Icebergs as far as the eye can see really set this landscape apart. Is there anything else to say? We’re speechless. Drink it in. (more…)

Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips


Dempster Highway (Photo: S. Stuart/NWTT)

What defines the ultimate Canadian adventure is a matter of individual taste, but some trips, whether due to extravagance, effort, rare glimpses of life in far-flung corners, or unremitting “The hills are alive…” catharsis, fall firmly into the once-in-a-lifetime category. (more…)

10 Nature and Wildlife Safaris Across Canada


Orca, British Columbia (Photo: Jonathan E. Shaw)

You don’t have to go as far as Africa for a world-class nature experience, whether it’s wildlife viewing or something a little less traditional. Bring homegrown excitement to your next vacation with these 10 Canadian wilderness and wildlife safaris. (more…)

Journey to the Polar Bear Capital of the World

Photo by Mark Cosgriff

By Kristina Breckon

On the shores of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba is a hidden gem for eco-tourists: Churchill, Manitoba. This small town of 900 permanent residents is known as the polar bear capital of the world. Approximately 300 of the up-to-1,600-pound bears pass through here each fall.

Polar bear season runs until the end of November, so book now to avoid disappointment. If you miss bear season, take heart that visitors to Churchill in late December to March are often treated to world-class views of the northern lights. (more…)

Union Station, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers. Share your adventures by joining our Flickr Group so we can easily find you. We’ll credit you and link to your photo. If you have a particular theme you’d like us to showcase, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Photo by StephenZacharias

Why we chose it: Ever wonder what speed looks like? Now you know. The vibrant colour and nighttime motion blur effect in this shot make it a work of abstract art. At first glance you might miss the columns and entryway in the background: Who knew Union Station could be so sexy?

Essentials: From Field to Table

Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre

Learn about agriculture from field to table at the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre.

Learn how to plant crops, grind flour, raise pigs and be a modern food producer inside the Bruce D. Campbell Farm & Food Discovery Centre. The new, family-friendly facility connects the dots between producer and consumer with fascinating displays, videos and hands-on galleries. Drive a virtual combine, check out 150 live pigs, and bone up on the science of agriculture inside the 8,300 sq. ft. centre. Food processing, safe food handling and a live weather station round out the experience. Open Tue-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Adults $5, students and seniors $3.50. Research Station Rd, 15 kilometres south of Winnipeg on Hwy 75, 883-2524.

Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

For travellers planning their summer trips in Canada this year, the regional editors of Where magazine have released their top picks for summer travel. The winners of Where Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011 represent the most exciting attractions – new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones this year. A diverse group of attractions from coast to coast, this year’s winners offer a wide range of activities and events suitable for any family, art lover, sports fanatic, nature lover or adventurer. Together, these attractions serve as the top must-see and must-dos for anyone travelling in Canada this summer. (more…)

Cover Feature: Top Summer Attraction 2011

The Children's Museum is Where Winnipeg magazine's Top Summer Attraction 2011. Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

It took nine months of thoughtful planning and construction, and just over $10M in funding. The result? A dozen new and revamped permanent galleries at the Children’s Museum guaranteed to encourage laughter, playtime and learning. These big renovations were revealed just in time for the museum’s silver anniversary. While all those facts and figures are impressive, what really matters to its most precious audience is the fun factor. Here are some highlights that have kids buzzing, earning this family fun spot Where Winnipeg magazine’s 2011 Attraction of the Year.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

1. Lasagna Lookout

No need to worry about spilled spaghetti sauce or sticky fingers at the Lasagna Lookout play structure as little ones interact with a favourite food in an unexpected way. The shrieks and giggles begin as the race is on up five ‘kid-sized’ storeys to the top of this jungle gym. Elements of Italian cuisine are cleverly integrated throughout the structure. Scurry through plastic macaroni tubes and climb through cheese holes, while hunting for red, foam tomatoes hidden throughout. These coveted tomato treasures are destined for jumbo-sized pasta sauce bins on ground level. Along the way, gigantic rubber meatballs triple the size of your head dangle from the roof, providing endless opportunity to punch, fall and duck these obstacles. An incredible bird’s eye view of the colourful gallery delights, and of course a wave to the pin-sized adults down below is part of the excitement. The yellow cube at the bottom creates a frenzy as foam ‘spaghetti’ noodles thread through holes in the wall to create a maze of fun patterns.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

2. Pop M’Art

‘Shop’ till you drop for the zaniest art supplies that stretch the imagination in this artistic zone. Part of the thrill comes from stepping on tip toes and peeking into multiple wooden bins to see what materials are destined to be the next hot piece of art. The stock is always changingplastic sippy cup lids, strips of foam, confetti and old register ribbon are diverted from waste and given new life. Long communal tables are creative hotbeds as kids work their wizardry with scissors, glue, crayons and paper.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

3. Illusion Tunnel

Picture a giant slide covered in a rainbow of colour blocks—black, white, blue, purple, yellow and orange. Kids relish the wind in their hair and the blur of colours as they slide down over, and over, and over again. At second glance, the tunnel looks like a giant smiley face from the front. The slide is the mouth and a flight of stairs up to two plastic bubble window lookout points—the eyes—offer another fun top-level view.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

4. Tumble Zone

Grab your most trusted pals for some serious teamwork in construction. Build your own unique cityscape using working toy cranes and lightweight, soft foam pieces that sub in for traditional building blocks. Caregivers are often called on to help place that final, satisfying brick on top. Of course, half the fun is knocking it all down and starting over again.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

5. Milk Machine

Cowabunga! A larger-than-life, hulking cow illustration appears to keep a watchful eye from the corner of the museum. Walk around to the other side of the wall and be amazed at a mind-boggling web of interconnecting plastic tubes, representing the process that milk travels from cow to carton. Here, only one tube is hooked up to a giant milk carton. It’s up to curious minds to solve the puzzle and direct white, fluffy pompoms and handkerchiefs to the final carton destination using blasts of air. Flick dials to find the correct route. Alter the air flow path and it sends the pompom zooming through tubes before it’s spit out and lands on tiny busy bodies below.Fun facts about dairy farming are written on interactive panels throughout.

Photo by Jeff Lowell.

6. Engine House

A prominent fixture in the Children’s Museum, this powerful train engine built in 1952 sets the playful stage. Get an  up-close-and-personal view of the gears, levers and pulleys that make a real train run in Engine House. Futuristic flashing blue, red, yellow and green lights take this train into the 21st century. A tiny tunnel running underneath the 100-year-old pullman car gives little ones an advantageous short-cutadults have to walk through or around the train to reach the other side.

Photo by Ebonie Klassen photography.

7. The Characters

The galleries aren’t the only interactive features in the museum. A playful, colourful cast of six costumed characters engage visitors with the galleries even further, calling on kids to help with quests. The loud and proud museum mayor loves to boast about the gallerybut he tends to lose his key, It’s up to guests to explore and hunt the hidden treasure down. The curious field trip kid asks precocious questions for additional knowledge and lots of laughs. Characters rotate every day, so adventures are always changing.

Shopping Feature: Culinary Toys and Tools

Elevated entertaining begins with a well-equipped pantry, kitchen and dining space. To shop like a chef, visit these local retailers to pick up gourmet preserves, cool tools, and slick servingware. (more…)