Arbuckle's Fine Eatery & Curiosity Shop
Enjoy fine dining in a homestyle, family atmosphere. The music-themed décor of antique and modern musical instruments is so appropriate for listening to live local and premium touring talent every Friday. Most dishes are created and cooked on site with local meats and locally purchased produce. Look for the Blue Brothers steak, baby back ribs, mac and cheese and pecan pie. With sufficient notice, Arbuckle’s will provide for gluten-free and special dietary needs. This is a popular spot, and reservations are recommended.
Located at: Binscarth
Hours: Open Thursday to Sunday.
Features handmade artisan and craft items including beaded slippers and mukluks; wood benches and rockers, knitted sweaters, socks and mitts; crocheted tablecloths; birdhouses and feeds; and so much more.
Located at: Winnipegosis
Hours: Open year-round, Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (closed during the noon hour), and Sat., 1 - 5 p.m.
A unique gift store with wild herbal teas (Labrador, mint, hyssop), salves, balms, twig wreaths, birch bark bitings and other wild crafts by local Aboriginal artisans. Stay in year‑round guest houses or an authentic Aboriginal teepee. Enjoy workshops for making wreaths, tapping birch, gathering fiddle heads, harvesting teas and more. DVDs available.
Located at: Barrows
Early Canadian Crafts
Native crafts artist, Yvette Bouvier, works and displays from her home. For many years, she has been making jewellery from moose and deer antlers; light catchers, note paper, candle holders and birch bark bitings. Phone for an appointment.
Located at: Boggy Creek
Browse an inspirational collection of fine fabrics; sewing, quilting and knitting supplies; and loose leaf teas and gifts. Enjoy classes and workshops. Experience friendly, helpful service at this unique addition to the Swan River shopping scene.
Located at: Swan River
Directions: 203 Centennial Drive S.
Gone Scrappin’ In Bloom
Enjoy the ambiance of an original 1940s brick store with all wood interior. Sip a cup of espresso, discover a selection of unique products, fresh flowers, plants, scrapbooking supplies, gifts, Manitoba chocolates, art and more. Visit the café portion for specialty coffees and teas, soup, desserts and ice cream.
Located at: Rossburn
Directions: 20 Victoria Ave. E.
Hours: Open year‑round.
Clothing boutique featuring several lines of handmade and Canadian items.
Located at: Russell
Directions: 202 Main Street N.
Manitoba & Northwestern Model Railroad
See a 28‑foot by 38‑foot landscaped layout with 770 m (2,500 feet) of HO gauge track, several hundred freight and passenger cars, and 200 steam and diesel engines. Three control boards can handle 12 trains operating simultaneously. Admission charged.
Located at: Sandy Lake
Hours: Open by appointment.
Poor Michael’s Emporium
Poor Michael’s is no ordinary bookshop. It offers a fine selection of quality used books, from first editions to vintage magazines, local histories, art, literature, kids and summer reading. Also featured is an eclectic mix of Manitoba artwork and global treasures, with an emphasis on handmade, one-of-a-kind items. The cafe offers “really good coffee” and delicious homemade light lunches and desserts. Enjoy the unique patio for relaxing or listening to evening music concerts.
Located at: Onanole
Hours: Open early May to mid October.
Solstice Spa is where time stands still. The Elkhorn Resort’s full‑service spa offers a mineral pool, physiotherapy treatments, massage and aromatherapy, wellness soaks, facials, hand and foot care, body scrubs or mud wraps with vichy shower, Reiki and raindrop therapies and guided energy sessions. Enjoy a healthy and refreshing spa lunch.
Located at: Onanole
The Barking Moose
Sandy Lake’s internet café serves Fair Trade organic specialty coffees and teas as well as European-style sandwiches, soup and on-site baking (cinnamon buns, cookies, tarts and other treats). Enjoy this cozy little spot, relax, read, visit or sit on the patio and watch the world go by!
Located at: Sandy Lake
Directions: Main Street
Hours: Open Thursday through Sunday, spring until fall.
The Chocolate Fox
Since 2008, this family-run log cabin store has featured an eclectic selection of treats and treasures for all ages and tastes. It is unique in the Parkland due to its in-house gelati and sorbet made with fresh fruit. There is also a great selection of dairy-free choices. Add to that eight flavours of popcorn popped on site, eight kinds of creamy fudge, Thelma’s Frozen Lemonade, Morden’s Chocolates (a Manitoba family company for more than 40 years) and Turkish Delights.
Spend some time shopping in the other half of the store featuring products from Manitobah, Blundstone, Baggalini, and Kyber to name a few, and a selection of hats and cosy Clear lake clothing.
Located at: Wasagaming
Directions: 112 Wasagaming Drive
Hours: Daily from early spring until mid-fall
The Starving Artist Café Bistro and Gifts
The focus of this unique stop is the great taste of homemade dishes from natural and local foods. Bread and biscuits are some of the highlighted homemade items, along with specialty and Fair Trade coffees. Gifts are sourced locally, as well as from Manitoba and Canada. There are many works by local artists.
Located at: Roblin
Directions: Housed in the old train station, 126 First Ave. N.W.
Hours: Open Mon. - Wed., 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Thu., 9:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Sat., 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
TinHouse Designs and Coffee
Created by two young artists who returned home after travelling across Canada, this unique eatery and gift shop has the feel of Toronto and Vancouver, and other “cool” city shops. Choose from many pieces of Canadian handmade art from baby items to framed tin ceiling tiles. Enjoy homemade, “from scratch” lunches, specialty coffees, ice cream, frozen yogurt, and other interesting and different items. Dine in or on their large patio.
Located at: Alonsa
Directions: 161A Main Street.
Hours: Open Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Uniques and Antiques
Take a stroll down memory lane for old and new arts and crafts, furniture, signs, china, silver, linens, crystal and other memorabilia.
Located at: McCreary
Directions: 611 Burrows Road
Hours: Open Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wasagaming Townsite Merchants
Plan to spend at least a full day touring the various shops and cafés located in Wasagaming, at picturesque Clear Lake, all in a Victorian resort setting. These shops are literally bursting with unique clothing and gift ideas. Most stores are open extended hours during the summer months. Contact Wasagaming Chamber of Commerce for more information, or visit their website.
Located at: Wasagaming