Altona punches above its weight in the arts department By Dorothy Dobbie Altona businessman Johann Schwartz, flush with money from building elevators to accommodate the grain trade on the recently arrived railroads in Manitoba, created his dream home in 1902. … Continue reading Canada’s Sunflower Capital
Summer 2016 may be best remembered as the summer when Pokémon GO took the world by storm, forcing teens and gamers out of their houses and onto the streets. All this activity was set in motion by the goal of catching virtual critters populating our neighbourhoods.
While some found it ridiculous to see hordes of people roaming the streets in search of Pikachu, others viewed this phenomenon as a way to combine the appeal of video games and virtual reality with the great outdoors. People were stepping out of their homes and exploring their neighbourhoods in a new way. It was a type of urban awakening, where people began to notice city landmarks and murals they never knew existed. It appeared to be as much an opportunity to gather and socialize in groups as playing the actual game.
But long before Pokémon GO was even a concept, there was another activity that let you explore your surroundings using technology: geocaching.
Geocaching is an outdoor activity where participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or smart phone to find containers (geocaches) at specific coordinates all over the world. Continue reading “Catching the geocaching fever”
The Assiniboine Park duck pond is a long-time favourite for families to strap on their skates for an afternoon of gliding about. Washrooms are located onsite and the warming shelter is ideal for sharing a cup of cocoa. FortWhyte Alive … Continue reading Five Winter Wonders in Winnipeg
A land where it can reach 50 degrees below zero seems an unlikely spot for the world’s largest concentration of cold-bodied reptiles to reside. But it is here, in the Interlake, where one of the most amazing, naturally occurring events … Continue reading A spectacle of snakes: Narcisse Snake Dens