Set along the Assiniboine River, Brandon is a charming southwestern Manitoba city two and a half hours away from Winnipeg.
While staying here, you can enjoy trips to the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba – open Monday through Saturday – or you can take the family out for a nice stroll along the 17 kilometers of parks and pathways of the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System. A tour of the Brandon University campus is another great idea.
Afterwards, let the kids enjoy a visit to B.J. Hales Museum of Natural History. Located in the lower level of the Richardson Library Complex, you'll see over 500 specimens of Canadian birds, mammals and plant. Don't forget to round out your visit by checking out the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum.
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Spend an afternoon exploring the pick-your-farms in Brandon and Western Manitoba. You’ll find several berry farms along the river and inner prairie lands where you can pick everything from strawberries, raspberries, black currants, and even saskatoons for your favourite recipes. Berry picking can be a fun family activity and give you a chance to meet local farmers.
Explore Brandon on your travels through Manitoba. Set in the southwestern region of the province, Brandon is Manitoba's second largest city and home to an array of exciting teams and local sports clubs.
Check out Brandon University, or the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum – but plan for all the spills and thrills of local curling and hockey.
Pay a visit to the Keystone Centre – a large, multi-use facility built in 1972 – near downtown Brandon. Keystone houses the Westman Communications Group Place, where you’ll catch Western Hockey League action as the Brandon Wheat Kings take the ice.
A popular and successful club, the Wheat Kings were established in 1936 and have a history of producing NHL caliber talent. Aside from the WHL, Hockey Brandon is a local hockey association with men’s and women’s teams in divisions ranging from Female Peewee to men’s Bantam.
Brandon isn’t only excited about hockey, though. Home to a thriving curling community, Brandon residents and guests enjoy the Riverview Curling Club. Established in 1971, the Riverview Curling Club is the only curling club in Brandon owned and operated by its members.
The Brandon Curling Club continues the city's curling excitement. Tracing its roots back to 1890, the Brandon Curling Club is easily one of the oldest such clubs in the area. With men’s, women’s, and senior leagues, the Brandon Curling Club holds events at the Eight-Sheet Curling Rink – part of the Keystone Centre.
From the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba to the parks and recreational trails in the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System, you’ll find a wealth of arts and cultural attractions to explore around Brandon and western Manitoba. Natural history museums, old courthouse buildings, and the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum are a few destinations to add to your itinerary.