Friendly Manitoba – Welcome to the Prairies

Tuesday, July 24 marked our entrance into Manitoba. We spent our first night camping at West Hawk Lake.

Welcome to Manitoba.  –West Hawk Lake

Not far west of there, the Trans-Canada scenery quickly transitions from hilly forest to grassy plains.

The prairies.

On Wednesday we made it to Winnipeg, where we stayed with Dan’s Uncle Geoff and Aunt Jan for three nights.


In Winnipeg we visited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which only opened in 2014 and features some stunning architecture.


The museum had a well-done exhibit on Nelson Mandela – Wendy recognized a few of the displays from the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg.


On Saturday July 28, we drove down to the International Peace Garden, which spans across the border between Manitoba and North Dakota. Naturally, plenty of this happened:

<<==AMERICA     ||     CANADA==>>

Aside from the trans-national novelty, the garden was picturesque and included a really cool collection of exotic cacti.


That night we camped at Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, where despite our best efforts we did not see a single turtle. We did try a few of the beers we picked up in Winnipeg, and were pleasantly surprised by Half Pints, Torque, and Barn Hammer Brewing.


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