Rediscovering Pineridge Hollow
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 12/10/2022 (230 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It’d been a few years since I’d been to Pineridge Hollow, so I though I’d treat myself to a nice breakfast (pancakes with ricotta and peaches – yum). I got a window seat and was able to watch the goats in their pen across the yard. I find them amusing, as did the families stopping there with their children. On the property they had a few stations set up with fall-themed décor so you could take photos of your friends and family. The greenhouse was full of pumpkins.
Pineridge Hollow is located on the south edge of Birds Hill Park; from Transcona it’s about a 20-minute car ride. I’ve always enjoyed the ambience in the restaurant, the unique items in the attached furniture and décor store, and its location amidst the pine and aspen forest. They also host weddings and other events, offer sessions like yoga, wreath making, and other interesting topics.
On this visit, I was surprised by the addition of the outdoor alley of stores they call The Village. In the middle is a serene water fountain with a stream running through rocks, trees and decorative gravel. At the end is The Market, a building that can be opened up to the outside and used usually for a farmers’ market showcasing grown-in-Manitoba foods. On this day, it was hosting vendors featuring vintage and antique items. I got two old pop bottles for my grandson.
The shops are a collection of one-of-a-kind boutique-style stores and cafes: Teekca’s Boutique, founded in Norway House Cree Nation and expanded into Winnipeg, has art, clothing, jewelry, and other items crafted by Indigenous artisans. The Farmer’s Kitchen is a grocery store featuring nutritious food supplied by local farmers. The Faded Barn specializes in stocking farmhouse and Canadian furniture and antiques. Flora Culture uses locally grown flowers for their floral arrangements; they had a nice selection of tulip bulbs for sale to plant now for spring. There are a few other stores but I’ll have to visit them on my next visit.
Plan your visit to stop for a coffee at The Empty Cup. I didn’t get a chance to go in, as the lineup was quite long – probably a sign they make a good cup of coffee. If you’d like something a little stronger, like a tasty cocktail, The Village Square is the place to go.
I recommend making a day out of heading to Pineridge Hollow. Check store hours before you visit, as some shops don’t open until 11 a.m., and some are closed on certain days. For more information and driving directions, go to pineridgehollow.com. After your visit to the shops and restaurants, top off your day with a hike on one of the many trails in Birds Hill Park to enjoy the seasonal change in colours.
Suzanne Hunter is a community correspondent for Transcona.