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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.

Contact: 204-532-2099

CeeSaw Crafts

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.

Contact: 204-656-4442

Creative Spirit

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

Contact: 204‑545‑6215

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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

Contact: 204‑937‑3349


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.

Contact: 204‑734‑5662

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.

Contact: 204‑859‑3334

Hometown Glory

Clothing boutique featuring several lines of handmade and Canadian items.

Located at: Russell

Directions: 202 Main Street N.

Contact: 204‑773-4336

Manitoba & Northwestern Model Railroad

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.

Contact: 204‑585‑2419

Poor Michael’s Emporium

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.

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Solstice Spa

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

Contact: 204‑848‑8739

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

Contact: 204-848-7578

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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.

Contact: 204-937-2914

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.

Contact: 204‑773‑2291

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.

Contact: 204-835-2999

Wasagaming Townsite Merchants

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

Contact: 204‑848‑2742

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