Friendly Manitoba – Welcome to the Prairies

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

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Welcome to Manitoba.  –West Hawk Lake

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

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The prairies.

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

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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.

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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:

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<<==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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