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Where to find a great cup of coffee and a little adventure in Manitoba

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Sawmill Tea & Coffee Co, Boissevain

Sawmill Tea & Coffee Co in Boissevain makes a fabulous affogato and offers up some of the best baking in southwestern Manitoba. The gift shop inside the cosy wood-clad café is also a town treasure.

This non-profit community café provides job coaching and life skills training for people living with disabilities. And that’s reason enough to give it some support, but it also happens to make a fabulous affogato and offer up some of the best baking in southwestern Manitoba. The gift shop inside the cozy wood-clad café is not to be missed.

Attraction: Grab your cup (and maybe a cinnamon bun) and head for nearby Turtle Mountain Provincial Park. There are five trailheads that serve as starting points at Adam Lake, offering up-close inspections of the many ponds that provide food, shelter and breeding grounds for painted turtles, salamanders, muskrat, beaver, raccoon and mink.

 

Flatland Coffee Roasters, Gimli

Liz Tran / Travel ManitobaLocated smack dab in the middle of Gimli’s Centre Street, Flatland Coffee Roasters is a favourite meeting spot for locals and visitors alike.

Located smack dab in the middle of Gimli’s Centre Street, Flatland Coffee Roasters is a favourite meeting spot for locals and visitors alike. Enjoy a leisurely latte while catching up with friends and watching this lakeside town wake up to spring.

Attraction: Visiting the Viking Statue is a must and a selfie is certainly in order. Then head north roughly five kilometres to the Camp Morton where the Gimli Cross Country Ski Club maintains a series of trails for all seasons use. The Moonshine and Ravine Trails snake alongside Lake Winnipeg and are particularly pretty in the morning as the sun comes up.

 

Lakehouse, Wasagaming in Riding Mountain National Park

Travel ManitobaGrab a chai latte at Lakehouse in Wasagaming, and then head for the bison enclosure at Lake Audy where the herd likes to nudge up against vehicles on the drive-through roadway.

Waking up at Clear Lake is a treat enough, but grabbing your first cup from Lakehouse makes it even better. Opt for a chai latte, made with homemade chai spice syrup and add a breakfast sandwich on a ciabatta bun with scrambled eggs, smoked cheddar, bacon, tomatoes and chipotle aioli for a hearty start.

Attraction: Head north through the park to Lake Audy, where back in 1931, 20 bison were relocated from Alberta to bring a little bit of wild back to the park. They’ve been delighting visitors ever since by nudging up against vehicles on the drive-through roadway that offers an up-close-and-person experience.

 

Little Spruce Café, Portage La Prairie

Little Spruce offers 10 varieties including salted caramel and green matcha, but it’s the toasted coconut that gets tops marks from Shel.

Latte lovers rejoice! Little Spruce offer 10 varieties including salted caramel and green matcha, but it’s the toasted coconut that gets tops marks from this writer. Sandwich lovers may have found a favourite with the mango chicken brie panini here but the empanadas are tempting, especially the beefsteak one with smoked gouda.

Attraction: Head for Island Park, where the Arboretum outdoor venue highlights more than 200 species of plant life and celebrate the diverse ecosystems the prairies. There are also the park’s famous fallow deer that provide endless entertainment. And in strawberry season, head over to Mayfair Farms for u-pick berries.

 

Café Trocadero, Dauphin

City of Dauphin / Travel Manitoba Grab an espresso freeze shake at Café Trocadero then head for Northgate Dauphin, located just a few kilometres south of the city, for 26 kilometres of trails for mountain bikers, fat tire bikers, hikers and trail runners.

Residents of Dauphin are lucky to have two locations for great coffee. But we’re going for a summer favourite here—milkshakes. Café Trocadero offers spectacular flavours including Nutella, banana cream pie, salted caramel and Oreo cheesecake—all make with real milk. If you still need your coffee fix, order the espresso freeze shake.

Attraction: Northgate Dauphin, located just a few kilometres south of the city, has 26 kilometres of trails for mountain bikers, fat tire bikers, hikers and trail runners. There are modern bathrooms at the entrance along with micro-cabins for overnight stays.

 

Other Brothers Roasters, Winkler

Visual Soul Studios / Travel Manitoba Carmel Macchiatos are on the menu for summer, featuring Other Brothers espresso. The shop also has a delightful selection of handmade mugs.

Third generation roasters have turned their attentions to coffee beans here in Winkler — they previously roasted flax seed, peanuts and sunflower seeds — making a great cup of joe easy to find in southern Manitoba. Carmel Macchiatos are on the menu for summer, featuring Other Brothers espresso. The shop also has a delightful selection of handmade mugs.

Attraction: Just a few kilometres down the road in Morden, Lake Minnewasta Recreation Area offers hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing or kayaking and a great beach for soaking up the Prairie sun. The inflatable Splish Splash Waterpark open in summer for flipping, sliding, splashing fun.

shel@shelzolkewich.com

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