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Love Letters to Manitoba

A Hallmark Love Story

My In-laws - Supplied
Erik & I - Supplied

I have always been a sucker for a good love story and I enjoy Hallmark movies more than I care to admit. Never did I expect for my life to turn into one though. Let me start with a little back story! 

My favourite part about Manitoba summers are all the fairs and festivals it offers. I'd drive out to one every single weekend if I could! All the happy smiles and food trucks are my favourite! 3 years ago I found myself looking for a job in the beginning of the year. My local radio station was hiring someone to be a summer events host and drive around to all the fairs and festivals in southern Manitoba. There was absolutely no other way I wanted to spend my summer. 

I started the job in early May and it was just the best. Once I'd been trained a little more and got more comfortable talking on the radio, they sent my off to my first solo event: Rumble In The Valley in Morris, MB. I was super excited but just as nervous. 

I set up my booth and began writing my radio speech. Soon, 2 people who had a little too much to drink at the beer gardens, came over to talk. It wasn't a comfortable situation and the group of bikers a few booths over noticed. They came over, escorted the 2 people away, and hung around me to keep me feeling safe. I ended up meeting the ambassador of the group and his wife. He introduced himself as Reaper which was his road name. He told me about the group who were called Guardians Of The Children (GOC). Reaper was kind enough to speak on the radio with me and told me about what GOC does, and we had a great conversation afterwards. He told me about his son and said I should date him. "You'd be perfect for each other" he said. I wasn't interested in dating at the time so I said "No, thank you." 

One year later, I was invited to a friend's wedding. She told me to bring a wedding date but I didn't know of anyone to bring. Someone suggested Tinder and so I gave it a try. My profile said I was only looking for a wedding date, that I was loyal, and wouldn't steal food off your plate. 

I had a fair share of applicants but nobody stood out as much as Erik. He was a bull rider. Dark hair, blue eyes, tall, and had a chiseled jaw line. Erik and I met for coffee a few weeks before the wedding to make sure things wouldn't be awakward. We hit it off. We sat and talked until after midnight. I was smitten and I knew I no longer wanted him only as a date to a friend's wedding. He asked me out again before the wedding and we went for ice cream. My parents met him at the wedding and they right away asked him to come for Thanksgiving dinner the next day and Erik agreed. 

3 months of us dating pass and we headed to pick up a few things at Costco. He received a message from his parents saying they were at the Costco entrance. I was excited to meet his parents but was nervous at the same time. As we walked over to the door we ran across Reaper and his wife who had saved me at Rumble in the Valley a year before. We hugged and talked a little and then I looked over at my boyfriend who was as white as a ghost. He looked back and forth between us and then back at me and asks "How do you know my parents?" 

Mic Drop

The man who had told me to date his son a year earlier couldn't stop laughing. He was so proud of himself and everyone was shocked beyond belief. His smile was bigger than anyone else's in all of Costco that day.

All thanks to my love of Manitoba's fairs and festivals, I found the love of my life and now have the greatest in-laws in the world! 

It's sometimes unbelievable how a little magic and waiting for the right moment can completely change your life for the better. 


Submitted Love Letters

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My Memories of Manitoba Moments


Made in Manitoba

Love the lake

Manitoba, why I love thee.

Patricia Beach Provincial Beach

Killarney Drive-in theatre

Harvest season

Summer outdoor markets


Dear Manitoba, I love you

I'll always be a Flatlander

Ode to a prairie province

Friendly Manitoba


Changing seasons

Outdoor Patios

Walking/biking/jogging paths


Rainy Manitoba Day

Community Gardens

Fishing Trips

Manitoba Road Trips



Love my MB parks!

Love my MB bridges

The Heart of Manitoba

Love Manitoba

Skinner’s in Lockport

Dear Manitoba

The community spirit flourishes

Grateful Heart!

Cool Bridges

Mocha Ice cream summer delight!

Lady Lake Winnipeg

Fresh Manitoba Vegetables

Mini golfing!

Golfing in Riding Mountain National Park!

Triathlon Community!

Fat Biking in the Winter Months!

Winter Running!

White-Out Parties!

Canoeing at Victoria Beach

Canada Day at The Forks!

Fort Whyte!

Go Bombers!

Cirque du Soleil!

The murals around the city of Winnipeg

Deer in my own backyard!

Lakehouse Restaurant

Clear Lake skating trails

Snow-shoeing in the winter in Manitoba!

Skiing at Assessippi!

Beautiful winter weather!

Go Jets Go!

Celebrating Festival du Voyageur!

Pineridge Hollow & Bird's Hill

Walking the Trails

Grand Beach

Manitoba Sunsets


Hiking in the Whiteshell

Prairie Road Running

Swimming in St. Malo

Cycling in Riding Mountain National Parl

Love My MB

Cycling to New Bothwell for some cheese!

Spending time at The Forks!

Food at The Commons!

My own backyard

Staycation at Inn at the Forks

Beauty in Manitoba

Love you Manitoba!

To my province,

Bird's Hill Park

St. Norbert

Golfing in Manitoba


Beautiful Gardens

Bless this Garden!

Kiwi Anyone?

Glorious SUNset on July 25th

Motorcycling down the Highway!

The Secret to Sals!

Winnipeg's GWWD Gas Car

To my love, Manitoba, and Osborne Village, I adore you

To my darling Portage And Main, how I love thee more than any other place!

Lovely Lakes!

My life in Manitoba

"Memories Show and Shine" - people supporting people

Bois Des Esprits

Winter Skiing

Manitoba Family...

Stunning places

Wishing For Winter

Thank you for your kindness

Beautiful rainbow over the city

Surreal Beauty

Beautiful, any temperature!

Beautiful sunset over the Red River

Home made stewed tomatoes!

sunset over the red


Fort Garry Love

Run Community in Manitoba

Winnipeg Police Service Run!

Cabane à sucre de St-Pierre-Jolys

Go Jets Go!

Manitoba Marathon!

Winter Running

Winter Skates at The Forks

Assessippi Adventures!

Land of beautiful sunsets


MBCI Grad 10 Art Class - Rebecca

MBCI -  Grade 11-Art class - Kelly

Lovely Manitoba

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 3 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 2 of 2)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 2 of 3)

Christian Heritage School Grade 3 (Post 1 of 3)

Grade 5 Riverheights School Brandon, MB (Post 1 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary Grade 7/8 (Post 2 of 2)

Cranberry Portage Elementary: Grade: 7/8 Class (Post 1 of 2)

The love of Clear Lake

"Cher Manitoba" par Isaiah - École Saint-Lazare 9e année

MBCI Grade 7 Art - Emerson Penner

Elmwood High School

Maryland Park School

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 3 of 3)

Grant Park High School Grade 7/8 SS (Post 2 of 3)

Grant Park High School - Grade 7/8 SS - Post 1 of 3

St. Paul's Collegiate (Elie, MB)


Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute Grade 8 Art - Kyla Kisil


Cher Manitoba: Une lettre amicale de la classe 5/6B de Ecole St Malo School

Birthday Cards to Manitoba

Elwick Community School Grade: 7/8 

Mrs. Smith

Ashern Early Years School Grade 4

École Sun Valley School - Need a Knee?

École Sun Valley School - Egg on Wheels

École Sun Valley School - Canadian Oil

École Sun Valley School - Start Your Engines

École Sun Valley School - The Facts About the Fax

École Sun Valley School - Garbage bag

École Sun Valley School

École Sun Valley School - Snowmobile


Tundra Buggy

Elmwood High School Grade 12

Frontenac School ART 5/6 2021

Thank you

How Do I love you.......Let me count the ways

A distant province, a longing heart

My love of country life

Manitoba's Beauty, Art, Culture, Agriculture and History

Clear Lake

Natural Beauty

Beautiful peaceful Manitoba


A Hallmark Love Story

Farming Manitoba

Wonderful Wildlife

Home Sweet Home

Manitoba's Best Kept Secret


RACHEL and Logan

Love my Manitoba

The Caves Trail

Manitoba skies


Kinosao Lake Trail memories

Love for Lake Audy