Staycation ideas in Brandon!nature


It's been well documented that the current health situation has severely impacted the tourism industry around the globe - including right here in Brandon. Travel restrictions have created less than ideal situations, but it shouldn't deter locals from enjoying their own city's backyard!

The following are just a few staycation ideas for those looking for things to do in our great city! We please ask that everyone practice social distancing while enjoying their staycation!

1. Enjoy the artwork

 Take a tour of all the colourful, vibrant murals downtown Brandon has to offer! (Turn to pg. 37 of the 2020 Brandon Visitor's Guide for addresses of all the murals.)

2. Spend an afternoon at the Riverbank

This beautiful greenspace is home to an expansive trail system, outdoor art installations, educational programs and so much more! 

3. Head to a patio

Restaurant patios are now available for people to enjoy! Head to one of your favourite spots, sit down and relax!

4. Enjoy a round of golf

Grab your clubs and take in a round of golf as Brandon has several challenging golf courses!

5. Head to the Hills

The Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area is always a popular spot for the outdoor enthusiast. Go for a hike, bike ride or maybe do some bird watching while you enjoy the variety of trails the Hills has to offer!

6. Parks, parks and more parks

Head to Dinsdale Park and take in the CN Train monument or maybe spend an afternoon fishing. Other notable parks include Queen Elizabeth and Rideau, among so many others!








Westman Gaming Expo a huge hit in Brandon!



Did you know Brandon hosts a gaming expo that is continuing to thrive – and this year, exceeded more than 300 registrants?IMG 9804

Tabletop and video gamers alike gathered at the Keystone Centre’s Canada Room on Feb. 8-9 to take part in the third annual Westman Gaming Expo.

The event not only saw local participants but also drew folks from several parts of the province and outside the region as well.

The video game section consisted of players doing battle to see who came out on top to games like Super Smash Bros. and Call of Duty. Meanwhile, on the other side of the room, tabletop gamers enjoyed the game Warhammer 40,000 – a miniature wargame where participants strategize and roll dice to determine a champion.

The Brandon Sun wrote a great piece on the event! To read the story, click here.

Events like the Westman Gaming Expo are just a small sample size of the plethora of events that Brandon has to offer all year-round! For a listing of events in the city, head to our community calendar or visit our Facebook page!






Riverbank continues to evolve and grow!playground


The Riverbank continues to make positive strides in Brandon as several projects are ongoing in an effort to improve an already impressive meeting place for the community and for tourists coming to the city!

Fundraising is well underway for a Peter Sawatzky Sculpture Garden along the Assiniboine River Corridor, which is sure to be a fantastic walkthrough for anyone coming to the city, as well as a new boardwalk which will soon be built in the Riverbank’s eastern wetlands area!

Another neat project is an accessible playground that will be built in a few months near the current playground on Riverbank grounds. Westman Dreams for Kids will be playing a key role in building the park and it includes equipment designed for kids with mobility issues and with autism.

The Riverbank was a busy spot in the city as more than 100,000 people visited the area – with approximately 30,000 attending its Canada Day festivities! Don’t forget Festival Park on Riverbank grounds, which has become a great place for outdoor concerts and events!

By the looks of things, the Riverbank continues to get busier and it remains a great spot for tourists visiting Brandon!

For more information on all things Riverbank, head to their official website here.

In photo: a look at what the future accesible playground could look like at the Riverbank. 






Discover nightlife in Brandon!drinks new 1


When it comes to nightlife, Brandon is best known for its plethora of options available! Take a taxi and head out for a night on the town!

Below are just some of the options available for those looking for nightclubs and live music in the area!


The Guiness Tavern

Located in the heart of downtown Brandon, The Guiness Tavern provides that pub-like atmosphere along with great food, people and music! The Tavern also includes an Irish-inspired menu, which includes bangers and mash as well as steak and mushroom pie.



It’s one of the hottest nightclubs around! Fantastic socials and rockin’ DJs are a regular occurrence at this hotspot in the city!


Lady of the Lake Shop Café & Pub

The live music nights at the Lady make for an awesome atmosphere one can only describe if there in person. Plan your next night out at Lady of the Lake today!


Prairie Firehouse

Prairie Firehouse, which used to be Brandon’s Central Fire Station years ago, is now an excellent dining experience which regularly books local bands for both soft entertainment during the dinner hour and more energetic tunes for late night drinks!


The 40

The 40 has been known for serving up good times, great food and some of the very best local, national and international entertainment for many years.


Great Western Roadhouse

It’s considered a social hub for folks in Brandon! If you’re looking to dance the night away with friends or maybe you’re stopping by for dinner before the big game, come on out and enjoy.


Chez Angela Bakery and Cafe

Not only is Chez Angela considered a great story for baking in the area, it also has a unique atmosphere with local music events on its calendar on a regular basis. Come out, have a drink, enjoy fresh-baked goods and have a good laugh with friends!


For more information on where to go and what to see in Brandon, check out the 'Do' section of the website.



2019 Brier brings substantial economic impact to Brandon! 

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The results of an economic impact assessment of the 2019 Tim Hortons Brier were recently released by Brandon First and the City of Brandon Economic Development Office. 

The overall economic activity in the province directly generated $7.4 million with more than 5,000 visitors coming from out of town to attend the event, which took place March 2-10 at the Keystone Centre. 

"The Tim Hortons Brier was an incredibly successful event for the Keystone Centre, for the City of Brandon, and for the Province of Manitoba," said Jeff Schumacher, CEO of the Keystone Centre. "The opportunity to offer fans a flagship curling event and present the facility to the rest of Canada and the world is an important investment in the building's legacy and future, so we also want to extend a special thank you to Curling Canada for bringing the Tim Hortons Brier to the Keystone Centre."


With files from release




Dance the night away at Ag Days in January!

Folks attending Manitoba Ag Days January 21-23 at the Keystone Centre in Brandon will have the opportunity to dance the night away at the Manitoba Social!

After a successful first year, the Manitoba #AgNites Social, which will take place on the Wednesday night of Ag Days, has moved to the Imperial Ballroom at the Victoria Inn. MCMA male artist and fan choice recipient Ryan Keown along with his band will be playing live at the social.

It is sure to be a fun evening of great people, socializing, and dancing to fantastic music! Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly back to agriculture related charities through the Manitoba Ag Days Gives Back Fund.

In other related news, Manitoba Ag Days has announced a revamping of their popular Inventors Showcase - as it's now called the Innovation Showcase. 

Innovation and technology is changing the way we operate our businesses at a rapid rate, and it was time that Manitoba Ag Days revamped the feature to encompass all the truly amazing and inspiring advancements happening in agriculture, states an Ag Days release. 

Ag Days is now able to showcase 32 companies amazing advancements in seven different categories. Innovation Showcase contestants will be identified with signage throughout the three days of the show. The best new innovation in each of the categories will be announced on Wednesday January 22, 2020 at Manitoba Ag Days.  

The Manitoba AgDays show is an exposition of agricultural production expertise, technology, and equipment that attracts exhibitors and visitors from across Canada and North Central United States. For more information on these Ag Days developments and anything else Ag Days-related, click here.  

Make sure you make your way to Brandon in January for Ag Days! 





Go check out an Earl Grey Cup at the RCA Museum!IMG 0385 1


In case you weren’t aware, an Earl Grey Cup that predates the Grey Cup used in the Canadian Football League is displayed at the RCA Museum in Shilo!

Albert Henry George Grey, 4th Earl Grey, a British nobleman and politician who served as Governor General of Canada in the early 1900s, commissioned a number of cups, including the CFL Grey Cup and three Canadian Artillery cups that were presented to separate branches of the Canadian Artillery, including the artillery cup located at the RCA Museum, which was awarded for first place in general efficiency. The cup located at the RCA Museum and an artillery cup located in Red Deer certainly have pasts linked to Earl Grey and the CFL Grey Cup.

Mappin & Webb, a jewellery company from Birmingham, England, made the small cup (pictured with the Grey Cup). Earl Grey reportedly commissioned the cup as a trophy for the Canadian amateur rugby football association that became the Canadian Football League. The story told is that Earl was so unimpressed with the cup that he ordered another much larger cup which became the CFL Grey Cup. 

(Of note, Earl Grey ordered the Grey Cup in November 1909 and it would later arrive in March 1910.  The first Grey Cup championship game occurred on Dec. 4, 1909 without a Grey Cup.)

Head to the RCA Museum today and go check out the cup!

The Royal Canadian Artillery Museum — Canada’s National Artillery Museum — is the only museum in the world dedicated to telling the complete story of the more than 200,000 Canadian Gunners who have served Canada in war and peace since 1855. The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery (RCA) has been a part of the fabric of Canadian history since the earliest days of our nation. –

For more on the museum, click here.



Brandon Indigenous Tourism has new identity

Brandon, MB – In association with the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, a new Brandon Indigenous Tourism logo has officially been unveiled. Brandon Indigenous Tourism Logo

The Brandon Indigenous Tourism logo was created to uphold the acknowledgement of embracing the Indigenous story of our community, peoples and land. Brandon is located on Treaty 2, the unceded Territory of the Dakota and homelands of the Metis Nation.

The logo is shaped in the form of a medicine wheel that embodies the four directions (north, east, south and west) and is represented by the four colors (red, yellow, white and black). The logo is also shaped in the form of a compass as it provides direction and a sense of adventure and navigation through history. The story of First Nations is represented by the tipi embraced by two trees on the land and the Metis are represented by the Infinity symbol that is expressed in the shape of the Assiniboine River and its many twists and turns.

The image of the logo tells of a story that is often found in most urban centres and asks the question; what is the origin story of the land? Here you will see the city of Brandon in the background as the Indigenous learning experience is showcased in the forefront and offers a teaching and understanding of Indigenous history, peoples and importance of recognizing land and water.

“In Brandon, Manitoba we have embraced the ancestral story of the land and give recognition to the history of the land and Indigenous peoples who originated here in Southwestern Manitoba on the crossing of Treaty 1 and Treaty 2, homelands of the Metis and a community we call home.” – Jason Gobeil, Aboriginal Community Coordinator

Brandon Indigenous Tourism is created to support local actions and events that educate and open opportunity of building relationships with land, with Indigenous peoples and with each other. You will find many opportunities in Brandon to learn from the community with National Indigenous Peoples Day, Honouring the Good Road Gala and commemorative walks for Orange Shirt Day and Sisters in Spirit just to name a few.

The logo is already showcased at the Brandon & Region Tourism Centre along with indigenous tourism publications for anyone interested.



Things to do in Brandon in the winter!


It may be a bit chilly and there may be snow outside but that shouldn’t deter anyone from coming to Brandon because there’s always so much to see and do!WK shot


Sports, sports, sports!

Whether it’s the Brandon Wheat Kings, Brandon University Bobcats or ACC Cougars, folks coming to the city during this time of year can enjoy some high-quality entertainment at the rink or on the court. The atmosphere at these games are high-energy and so much fun!


Rent a cabin at Nature’s Hideaway

Head out to Nature’s Hideaway and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Brandon Hills. The cabins are an ideal retreat for the weekend. Sleep in, soak in the hot tub, go snowshoeing in the afternoon. And at night, have a hot chocolate and enjoy a flick!


Royal Manitoba Winter Fair

Start planning your trip to the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon! It's always a great event for the entire family! Considered the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equestrian competition in the province, the RMWF is a one-of-a-kind event that is always jam-packed with stuff for people of all ages!


Enjoy some drinks and eats downtown!

Take a stroll downtown to one of Brandon’s own Fraser Sneath Coffee or One and Only Coffee for a latte or green tea. Then, as you’re checking out some of the great decorative murals located in the area, stop in to Chez Angela for some baked goods made by hand with locally-sourced ingredients.


Check out our history!

Located in the heart of Brandon's heritage-rich downtown hub, stop by the Brandon General Museum and Archives as there’s always something new to see and explore. Enjoy a guided tour through the municipal heritage site and original home of Brandon’s first Mayor Thomas Mayne Daly at the Daly House Museum. You could also head on down to the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum and visit Canada's only Air Museum dedicated solely to those who trained and fought for the British Commonwealth during the 1939-1945 War.


Photo by Sandy Black


This is just a glimpse into what Brandon has to offer! Check out the ‘Do’ section of our website for a complete listing of cool things to do in our great city!



Unique Manitoba destinations come together to learn at Travel Manitoba’s Place Brand Summit


Nearly a dozen tourism destinations, including Brandon, came together recently in picturesque Clear Lake for two days of learning, from experts and from each other, about what it takes to encourage travellers to seek out the province’s lesser known destinations.

Travel Manitoba’s second annual Place Brand Summit brought together representatives from all destinations that have participated in the corporation’s Place Branding program.  The program, launched in 2017, helps destinations understand the potential of developing a strong place brand.  Defined as the process of image communication to a target market, place branding creates a single brand for a destination and extends it to all its offerings and interactions.  IMG 0074 1

“A well-articulated place brand strengthens a community’s sense of place by creating alignment between the language and messages created by business, the community and visitors”, said Linda Whitfield, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Travel Manitoba.  “We believe our place branding program is a proven means of growing tourism through increased visitation to distinct destinations within Manitoba.”  

To date, place brands have been created for Clear Lake, Gimli, Brandon, Saint Boniface, Neepawa, Portage la Prairie, Morden/Winkler (joint), Flin Flon, Whiteshell Provincial Park, and Thompson.  A new brand is currently in development for Winnipeg.  Nearly all brands were represented at the Summit.

The place branding initiative supports Travel Manitoba’s strategic priority of fostering a culture of pride of place.  “It’s helping communities view their destinations through a different lens and is generating a strong sense of pride of place.  We are confident that as the brands take root, many residents will become ambassadors for tourism in Manitoba”, said Colin Ferguson, President and CEO of Travel Manitoba.

The Summit addressed topics such as “Securing community engagement and partner funding”, “Creating engaging Advertising”, “Building a social media presence and maintaining brand integrity”, “Working with social media content creators”, and “Event creation and partnerships as a way to grow your brand”.  Both local and out-of-province presenters provided insight into the topics.

“I came back to the office inspired and rejuvenated to press on with our local tourism efforts”, said Marilyn Crewe, Economic Development Officer in Neepawa, whose responsibilities include tourism.

Next year’s Summit may once again be held outside of Winnipeg, which allows place brand representatives to see other communities that, like their own, often struggle to have Manitobans realize all there is to see and do in their community.  Having a unique place brand is often the first step to building that awareness.


Travel Manitoba release





Tourist information area receives significant upgrades

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The tourist information area located inside the Riverbank Discovery Centre has undergone a significant facelift recently thanks to Travel Manitoba and Westman Communications Group. 

Upgrades include new brochure racks and a three-tier book table, funded by Travel Manitoba and purchased by way of Retail Supplies WR Display & Packaging in Winnipeg, as well as a TV and two iPad stations, which were donated by WCG.

“Travel Manitoba is proud to support the improvements and modernization of the visitor information centre at the Riverbank Discovery Centre,” said Colin Ferguson, President and CEO of Travel Manitoba. “Leading innovation in the delivery of visitor services is an important corporate objective as we work to build brand and market positioning. We understand the value of providing visitors with relevant and timely information to ensure they’re equipped to discover the city of Brandon and Manitoba as a whole.”

“The Riverbank Discovery Centre is a great facility that supports local tourism and the community,” said Courtney Baxter, Manager of Marketing at Westman Communications Group. “Westman is happy to donate up-to-date technology as part of their initiative to modernize their information area, supporting their continued growth and dedication to bringing tourism and exciting events to Brandon for years to come.”

“I cannot thank Travel Manitoba and Westman Communications Group enough for their support in this initiative,” said Lanny Stewart, Brandon Tourism Manager. “Their partnership in this endeavor helped create a much-needed new look and design to the area as well as up-to-date technology for tourists visiting the centre.”

“A lot of work has been put into getting this project complete and I’m appreciative of all parties involved in making this happen,” said James Montgomery, GM of Brandon Riverbank Inc.


Brandon Tourism release





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The 21st annual Manitoba Tourism Awards took place on Thursday, Sept. 19 at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in Winnipeg. The Manitoba Tourism Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the provincial tourism industry. The Tim Horton’s Brier and National Indigenous Peoples Day were Brandon finalists in the event of the year (over $5,000) and Indigenous tourism award respectively.

The winners:
Aspiring Youth Award
Megan Dudeck: Megan’s contributions to marketing, promotion and event planning in Riding Mountain National Park resulted in increased visitation to the park.
Event of the Year Award, budget under $5,000
Birds and Beer Flights: This new, sold-out event at Oak Hammock Marsh combined waterfowl viewing with beer tasting.
Event of the Year Award, budget over $5,000
Festival du Voyageur 50th Anniversary Edition: Innovations, upgrades and diverse programming complemented the revival of le Festival du Voyageur’s retro logo for its 50th anniversary milestone.
Volunteer of the Year Award
Richard Winton: Demonstrating leadership and team spirit, this enthusiastic volunteer has trained over 95% of new volunteers at Assiniboine Park and Zoo over the last six years.
Indigenous Tourism Award
Opaskwayak Indian Days: This long-running festival brings together the community and visitors to celebrate First Nations traditions, heritage and culture.
Innovation Award
St. Labre 200: This small community is becoming known as the go-cart capital of Manitoba thanks to an innovative event welcoming 1,700 racers and spectators.
Marketing Excellence Award
27 Minutes for 27 Years, Mandela: Struggle for Freedom Campaign: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights found a way to tell Nelson Mandela's story, generating enthusiasm and resulting in 21 million impressions.
Partnership Award
Third + Bird Clear Lake Summer Market:  With the goal of boosting the profile of both brands, this partnership created a new signature event in Riding Mountain National Park.
Award of Distinction – Ambassador
Karly McRae: Over the last 10 years, Karly has grown into a champion for tourism and economic development in Clear Lake Country in Riding Mountain National Park as the owner of Lakehouse Properties and the founder of Clear Lake Country destination marketing organization.
“Manitoba’s tourism industry has had a big year,” said Colin Ferguson, Travel Manitoba President and CEO. “With Lonely Planet naming Manitoba as one of the top 10 regions in the world to visit in 2019, our tourism industry continues to set the bar high. What all of the 88 nominees, 27 finalists and nine winners have in common is the ability to offer exceptional service along with engaging and distinctive experiences that are the core of our province’s tourism industry.”

Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen added: “Promoting Manitoba tourism means creating jobs in Manitoba and thanks to all of you for being a part of the tremendous success we have achieved, together, over the past four years.  We will build on this momentum and take the industry to new heights by devoting an additional 25 per cent above the present allocation of provincial tourism revenues toward growing the industry even more. The funding increase is part of our Manitoba Works jobs plan to add 40,000 more private sector jobs throughout the province over the next four years.” 

Nominations for the Manitoba Tourism Awards are submitted by industry peers and finalists and winners are selected by an industry-based judging panel. Winners received a trophy and the right to use the Manitoba Tourism Award symbol for advertising and promotion.

With files from Travel Manitoba release


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Festival Park, the outdoor amphitheatre consisting of a covered, elevated stage that includes grass terraces and stone seating located at the Riverbank Discovery Centre in Brandon, has had several bookings since it opened earlier this year, attracting more than 50,000 people in the process, says James Montgomery, GM of Brandon Riverbank Inc.

"Everyone has been complimenting us on the sound quality at Festival Park," Montgomery told Discover Westman. "The venue itself has been very popular and we've had a lot of compliments."

The Discovery Centre also had another successful summer, as a plethora of visitors took in the winding trails, the indoor and outdoor interpretive programs and so much more, Montgomery added.

For more on the Riverbank and its programs, click here.


Brandon named host community for the 2021 ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championship 


The 2021 International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF) World Ball Hockey Championship is coming to Brandon!  2021 ISBHF logo rev transparency 1 300x300

Brandon was selected from among four official bids under consideration, with the other bids being from Calgary (Alberta), Laval (Quebec), and St. John’s (Newfoundland and Labrador). The site selection process began in May of 2019 and had over 20 communities and groups from across Canada expressing an interest to host.

“We were thrilled with the quality of all the bids we received and considered,” said CBHA president Steve Power in a release. “The Brandon bid demonstrated to us a great venue plan, solid business plan with committed support from various partners, and some unique concepts to allow for Team Canada to have the best chance for success at the World Championship. All bids were impressive, but we know we chose a great partnership with Brandon and the MBHA.”

The event will take place at the Keystone Centre and will include approximately 700 athletes, coaches and officials from approximately 26 or more national teams from various ISBHF member federations in both men's and women's divisions.

It is estimated the championship will have an economic impact of $1.5 to $2.0 million to the Brandon area and the province of Manitoba.


With files from release




Check out Travel Manitoba's ultimate guide to a family summer getaway in Brandon!


Travel Manitoba spent some time in Brandon over the August long weekend, showcasing our great city and what we have to offer!


From where to stay, what to do and where to eat, this guide has you covered!

For more, click here.






Prairie Firehouse, Tim Horton's Brier and National Indigenous Peoples' Day take home awards at Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala


More than 150 people attended the 16th annual Tribute to Tourism Awards Gala on June 5 at the Prairie Firehouse in Brandon.

Award recipients from Brandon were:

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Prairie Firehouse opened its doors in 2015 after many years of restoration and careful renovation of Brandon’s Historic Fire Hall built in 1911. Anna Dumas has revitalized one of the city’s most historically beautiful buildings in Brandon into a modern & trendy, yet comfortable and accessible dining experience. With a menu focusing heavily on local suppliers and an environment that bring downtown Brandon to life, Prairie Firehouse has been named a key spot to visit by Travel Manitoba more than once. This wonderful restaurant provides not only a fantastic dining experience, but innumerable local evens from Paint Night fundraisers, Oktoberfest, Open Mic Nights and karaoke. Anna consistently seeks feedback on the restaurant in order to improve the customer experience, whether through online reviews or personal interactions. She and the entire PFH crew are committed to always bettering themselves and through volunteerism at local events, attendance at conferences with Brandon First, and encouraging everyone in her business to do more, Anna leads by example!

Tim Horton’s Brier, Event of the Year

The 2019 Tim Hortons Brier was the capstone event of the Brandon first multi-year large event strategy, commonly referred to as the “Curling strategy”. While certainly focusing on the National Men’s Curling championship, the event also provided entertainment, merchandise and socialization opportunities beyond what was happening on the ice surface.

Projected to fill 9000 rooms, the Brier was estimated to bring between $10 and $12 million in economic impact to the city of Brandon. This was the largest attendance compared to Brandon’s previous curling outings. Travelers came from near and far to come watch and participate in this event, with a goal to bring curling back to Brandon in a very big way (since the last time the event was held in Brandon 37 years ago) and cementing Brandon and Westman as Curling Country for years to come!

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, Indigenous Tourism

As part of a long-standing tradition of honoring the summer solstice, Brandon’s national Indigenous People Day (NIPD) event is a beautiful celebration of our nation’s Indigenous people’s culture and heritage; acquainting people with the cultural diversity of Fist Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

Attendees can explore Canada’s deepest roots when visiting the cultural displays, tipi village and craft tables or enjoy on-stage entertainment; including Pow Wow demonstrations, square dancers, hoop dancers, traditional drummers and throat singers, as well as local Metis entertainers. NIPD is a free full day of cultural education that seeks to share the teachings that are ingrained in every aspect of First Nations culture. It creates space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike to openly engage in learning about and celebrating the diversity of First Nations peoples, cultures, and heritage. The NIPD is comprised of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous representatives from many local organizations who are actively engaged in advancement of Indigenous individuals, cultural acceptance, and moving forward in a positive way!

Other Brandon nominees were:
Ty Worthington (Aspiring Youth), Grim Acres Scare Away Cancer (Event of the Year), Source for Sports AAA Hockey Challenge (Event of the Year), Rotary Club of Brandon (Partnership), East End Experience (Partnership), Crow’s General Store (Service Excellence) and Tipi Tours Legacy Project (Indigenous Tourism).


With files from release



Murals continue to be installed downtown


Earlier this month, the Public Art and Mural Committee announced that the first round of murals are in the process of being installed downtown Brandon!

A total of eight murals will be installed under this process throughout the spring. The committee, comprised of representatives from the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC), Brandon Downtown Development Corporation (BDDC), City of Brandon – Community Development, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba (AGSM) and downtown property owners, started their work this past year with the colorful "Brandon – A Home in the Blue Hills" mural at 1126 Rosser Avenue. Earlier this week, two more downtown murals - one titled "Brandonite Woman" located on the BNRC buidling at 440 Rosser Ave. as well as "Sun Spectrums" at 921 Rosser Ave. are now completed.

The eight murals expected to go up this spring are:

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  2. 630 Rosser Avenue – Artist Nereo Eugenio

  3. 704 Pacific Avenue – Artist Emmanuel Jarus

  4. 118 10th Street – Artist Jason Botkin

  5. 217 10th Street – Artist Jerry Rugg

  6. 315 10th Street – Artist Mary Lowe

  7. 440 Rosser Avenue – Miguel Rodriquez

  8. 136 11th Street – Artist Trevor Wheatly

Funding for the murals was made possible by the Government of Manitoba, the City of Brandon, the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation, the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation, and several downtown business owners.

*With files from release

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Festival Park is now open!


In case you missed it last week, Festival Park is now officially open!

The park, which consists of an outdoor amphitheatre, located on the grounds of the Riverbank Discovery Centre, will now be a noteworthy attraction for tourists as the premiere outdoor celebration space is a key development piece of "The North Hub" which will see a number of unique projects rejuventate the Discovery Centre grounds and areas along the Assiniboine River Corridor over the next several years.

Brandon Riverbank Inc. is currently taking bookings at the new beautiful outdoor venue.

Please just remember to stay on the walking paths and avoid the seeded grass as it is still taking to the grounds.

For more information on Festival Park, click here.



Travel Manitoba lists Tastee's Ice Cream & Grill as a 'must visit' drive-in this summer


Brandon's own Tastee's Ice Cream & Grill is among the 42 drive-ins listed in Travel Manitoba's recent blog post as a 'must visit' this summer.

The long-standing drive-in, which consists of fresh food served in 50s diner style, first opened its doors in Brandon back in 1967. It's considered a neighbourhood institution!

Check out the Travel Manitoba blog post here.

For Tastee's Ice Cream & Grill Facebook page, click here.



Brandon ‘brings you back’ with launch of community place brand


With the launch of a new regional place brand, the community of Brandon, Manitoba, has cemented its place on the Prairie Canadian landscape as one that warmly invites visitors in and promises them a constant path on which to return.

The centrepiece of Brandon’s new tourism brand is the succinct, yet passionate phrase, “Brandon Brings You Back.” Represented visually as a colourful logo and tagline, the four impactful words are adorned with Brandon Logo RGBbrilliant ribbons of blue, purple, red and orange reminiscent of a Prairie sunset stroll along the Assiniboine River corridor, and also speak to Brandon’s inviting and inclusive nature, its vibrant, diverse and dynamic community, and the promise of a place worthy of return, time and time again. Together, the logo and tagline create a visual identity that instills a sense of pride of place and a commitment to the welcoming brand of hospitality that only Brandon can deliver as the region’s consummate host.

Led by Winnipeg‐based McKim Communications Group under the umbrella of Tourism Manitoba’s multiyear Place Branding initiative, Brandon’s place branding journey began approximately one year ago. The multi‐faceted creative process was highlighted by a February 2018 community workshop with more than one hundred people in attendance, including some of Brandon’s most creative forces, and culminated in an official launch event earlier this evening.

“While our vibrant City has always had a broad base of tourism products and has experienced notable success in bringing events to Brandon, we’ve thus far been lacking that ‘marquee statement’, that catchy slogan that sums up everything we know we can offer guests from near and far,” noted Rick Chrest, Mayor of Brandon. “Anyone who has ever lived in Brandon, visited Brandon, or has had the ‘Brandon Experience’, so to speak, knows that this new slogan, ‘Brandon Brings you Back’, is the undeniable truth, and I very much look forward to seeing this brand spread its wings in our community and beyond.”

Chrest noted that while the City of Brandon, Brandon Tourism and the Brandon First destination marketing organization will be the brand’s lead ambassadors, it belongs to the entire community and will be best championed by all organizations and residents, whether they are hosting a large‐scale event or simply recommending their home city to family and friends as an unforgettable place to visit.

"Brandon Tourism is extremely excited about the new place brand for our City,” said James Montgomery, General Manager of Brandon Tourism. “Brandon is a great place to call home and a wonderful place to visit. We are confident that this new branding will emphasize this.”

“Whether it is turning a one‐time visitor into a recurring visitor, enticing back those who have moved away, or compelling events like the 2019 Brier to return ‘home’, this brand perfectly captures Brandon’s ability to bring people back,” added Graham Harvey, Executive Director of Brandon First.

With today’s launch, Brandon becomes the ninth regional destination in Manitoba to benefit from Travel Manitoba’s Place Branding program, which was initiated in 2016 as a means of growing tourism through increased visitation to distinct destinations within Manitoba.

“Travel Manitoba is so pleased with the new place brand for Brandon,” said Colin Ferguson, President and CEO of Travel Manitoba. “As Manitoba’s second largest city, Brandon’s success as a tourism destination is integral to the overall growth of tourism in the province. There is so much opportunity to raise the awareness of all that Brandon has to offer, and we’ll continue to work with Brandon First and Brandon Tourism to support their efforts in doing so.”

*City of Brandon news release


A look inside the visual identity . . . 






The graphic element that surrounds this wordmark references several aspects of Brandon’s brand promise.

Its colours can speak to the warm glow of a sunset, the rolling hills of the surrounding prairie landscape, or the refreshing experience of a stroll alongside the winding Assiniboine River. So they speak to the opportunity to connect with the brilliant and beautiful natural surroundings of the Brandon region. More importantly, they speak to a warm embrace, or the feeling of inclusion that surrounds you in Brandon. So this form also represents a vibrant, dynamic and diverse city that is eager to invite visitors in.

Ultimately, you get the idea that there is always a path that leads you back to Brandon. That there is an open invitation to revisit the city again and again to experience the kind of welcome and hospitality that only Brandon can deliver as the region’s consummate host.




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Provincial Tourism strategy aims to grow sector


The Manitoba government, Travel Manitoba and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce recently launched a new provincial tourism strategy aimed at increasing tourist expenditures to $2.2 billion by 2022.

“There is significant demand for the types of travel experiences Manitoba can offer, including northern and Indigenous tourism, and world-class water-based experiences such as fishing, paddling and lakeside recreation,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen in a release. “The strategy provides us with a roadmap to capitalize on these opportunities by setting clear goals and working together to position Manitoba as a unique and vibrant four-season destination.”

The Provincial Tourism Strategy identifies five goals for the sector:
•    continuing to market and promote Manitoba through branding initiatives;
•    investing in destination and experience development;
•    improving transportation and mobile connectivity;
•    fostering collaboration among all stakeholders; and
•    building public support for tourism.
“We’re very proud of the accomplishments made to date, and we’re excited by the opportunity to reach our goal to increase tourism visitation expenditures to $2.2 billion by 2022,” said Colin Ferguson, president and CEO, Travel Manitoba.  “Our strategy will fuel that growth by ensuring all key stakeholders have a clear vision for the future.”

Ferguson noted the strategy is based on extensive consultations with industry and supported by a steering committee, a measurement and monitoring system, and regular opportunities for stakeholder feedback.
“Manitoba has a professional, passionate and dedicated tourism industry, and this strategy will lead to tourism becoming an even greater economic driver for the province than it is today,” said Chuck Davidson, president and CEO, Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

The minister confirmed the Provincial Tourism Strategy is the second sector strategy under the recently announced Economic Growth Action Plan.  In their report, Growing Manitoba’s Economy, co-chairs Dave Angus and Barb Gamey recommended development of targeted sector strategies as a priority to foster competitiveness, facilitate growth, identify investment opportunities and address economic barriers in the province.

Manitoba’s tourism sector contributes more than three per cent to the province’s GDP, and expects to see a 19 per cent increase in visitors by 2022, attracting 12.6 million local, national and international visitors, up from 10.6 million visitors in 2016.

View the Provincial Tourism Strategy here.


 *News release