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Love Letters to Manitoba

My Memories of Manitoba Moments

My Manitoba moment of arrival was 1950 in Thicket Portage located on the bay line south of Thompson. My humble Metis beginnings was in a family of 17 children.
    I attended a residential school for four years, Manitoba’s largest school division at Cranberry Portage. I represented Cranberry Portage in The Pas Trapper’s Festival Fur Queen Pageant and was Fur crowned 1st Princess. Later that year I entered the Miss Indian Princess Pageant of Manitoba as a contestant. We attended Thompson Nickel days and Flin Flon Trout Festival. Those were my Manitoba Royalty Days.
   I travelled extensively throughout our province. And in various modes of transportation – bicycle, motorcycle, ATV, carload of kids, truck on the winter road and frozen lake, airplanes, helicopter, pontoon boat, bombardier, canoe, dog team, sea-doo, skidoo, horseback, water taxi, train and the Paddlewheel and River Rouge.
   I’ve visited all of Manitoba’s cities, a lot of towns and villages, peace gardens, parks, and hunting and fishing camps. I lived in Sundance, once a hydro thriving community that no longer exists today. I started my working life in a 2000- man Hydro dam camp, where I was one of the few women on site. What more can a woman ask for!
    I loved attending festivals. A memorable one was held in Erickson featuring “The Tadpole Race”. That year there was an influx of tadpoles, so this was added as a fun event. In Snow Lake I went pickerel fishing with my brother Ernie and we both had our limit within the hour. In moose hunting with him our moose was snagged before we even set up camp. How’s that for a fishing and hunting tale?!
    I flew into a goose camp on the Hudson’s Bay coastline where on opening day of hunting hundreds and hundreds of geese flew over my blind. I shot my first goose and had a huge purple bruise when the shot gun backfired. A polar bear entered our camp; I experienced a broken ankle during my escape from the roof of a shed. We all got our limit of ten geese even though I left rather battered.
   Manitoba cuisine is multifaceted, rich and appealing. To the Fall Suppers, (one season I attended twelve) Spring Teas with their fancy sandwiches, raffles of great prizes and all the quaint restaurants. I’ve hosted my “Bannock Brunches” with Manitoba inspired recipes, jellies I proudly mastered served with good’ole Manitoba slab bacon and background fiddle music by MB artists.
    I have been to all three territories and every province except Prince Edward Island. I lived in the Artic for 22 years. While there I organized an Inter-Provincial Bonspiel where I represented Manitoba, our team won the spiel! I downed my Manitoba sweatshirt and displayed our flag at the club.
    Being north of the treeline our campfires consisted of pallets. I much prefer our wood. What I missed most was the Manitoba trees, different in regions but all so picturesque. It’s amazing what we take for granted.
    The “Manitoba, Canada’s Heart… Beats” slogan resonates with me. If I was to hang out at Portage Place on any given day I would without fail run into someone I knew from the North. It would always be a warm welcome, a gentle handshake and genuine embrace. This to me epitomizes “Friendly Manitoba”!
   For our youth reading this – you are our future. We have paved the way for you. Your potential in this great province is limitless. Experiences await you just like they did for me. I once asked an elder in a nursing home what was her one regret. Her response…
“I wished I would’ve travelled more. I had the chances and I always passed them up.”
   Life is just too precious to live in regret. Manitoba beckons….may your heart beat with excitement and adventure as you create your own Manitoba Moments. After all, everyone enjoys a love story!


Submitted Love Letters

I love my MB sunsets!


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