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Did someone say “girls’ trip”? In Eastern Manitoba, you can shop till you drop at unique boutiques, antique shops, herbal businesses, and so much more! Whether you have something specific in mind or just love the hunt for that must-have item, you’ll find that perfect thing for yourself. Check out our guide for not only our unique stores but also exquisite restaurants to try out and fun side activities you should try during your visit.

Carol’s on Leon (Traverse Bay)

If you and your gal pals are on the hunt for something new and unique, you’ll find it at Carol’s on Leon. From the shopping must-haves like jewelry, high-quality clothing, and accessories to a cottager’s paradise of cottage décor, you’ll discover countless finds here that you can indulge in.

You’ll also find one-of-a-kind metal, canvas, or framed art pieces that will add that ‘wow’ factor to your home. Or add some vintage items to your cart that are just impossible to say no to. These items are ever-changing, making each visit a brand-new shopping adventure.

And it just wouldn’t be shopping without grabbing some tasty goodies. Carrying a variety of specialty food items, you can find maple syrup, BBQ sauces, jams, jellies, dip mixes, and, for those ladies with a sweet tooth, Morden’s Chocolates.

Carol’s on Leon does their best to carry made in Canada and Manitoba products while offering unique and stunning items.

No shopping spree is complete without a girls’ lunch or dinner destination. Head on over to Hillside Beach Store and Eatery for an unforgettable dining experience. This locally owned restaurant, deli and convenience store offers various things, but their restaurant is a must-try place.

Serving homemade breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and treats, you can enjoy all your favourite comfort foods that have the taste of home with an unexpected yet tasty twist. Go for the basics like poutines, fries, chicken fingers, and regular, good old-fashioned burgers.

If you’re feeling adventurous, or like adding some variety and trying new things, you can eat like the King with their Elvis Inspired Peanut Butter and Bacon Burger. With this burger, you can’t help falling in love with this star-made burger with peanut butter, crispy bacon, caramelized onion, provolone cheese and mayo.

Sally’s Spirited Burger is another great option. The famous beef patty is paired up with special sauce, caramelized onions, banana peppers, pepper jack cheese, tomato and lettuce, which definitely adds a little flavour to your day.

Their pizzas are all made completely from scratch, including their very own hand-tossed dough and slow-cooked sauce recipes, then baked to bubbly perfection in the kitchen’s pizza oven. Have a slice of heaven during your next visit and find out what you’ve been missing.

Looking for hot sandwiches? That’s right; they have that too. Try the beaches’ original recipe “Hilly: Cheesesteak. In this sandwich, you will find Hillside’s in-store roast beef and au jus with caramelized onions, banana peppers, and provolone cheese in a fresh ciabatta bun.

What could be special about grilled cheese? While Hillside’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese, of course! They build the Ultimate Grilled Cheese with thick-cut Harvest Grain bread toasted on the grill. Between the slices are layers of ham, cheddar, bacon, fresh tomato, and caramelized onions. But be warned. With just one taste, you won’t be able to go back to regular, boring grilled cheese.

Make your trip grand by booking a game at Grand Pines Golf Course. This 18-hole layout offers a scenic and challenging landscape to test the skill level of all golfers.

Enjoy an extraordinary destination inspired by the unforgettable landscape of Lake Winnipeg and The East Beaches Area. Birchwood Motor Hotel has cozy rooms and nature at the backdoor, make your day trip into a mini staycation.

Border Vintage (Tolstoi)

Do you and your friends love a good hunt? When you visit Border Vintage, you can search, peruse, and discover that must-have antique treasure. From vintage items, once cherished antiques, home décor, and fabulous collectibles that are hard to turn down, you never truly know what you will find.

Border Vintage is owned and operated by sisters, Sandra Drewniak and Denise Lubiansky. The pair are avid collectors themselves and treasure hunters who not only love the hunt but also love to share their special finds with others. They couldn’t be more thrilled that their dream of owning their own shop has come true in their little town of Tolstoi, Manitoba.

If you were to ask Sandra and Denise what the best part of operating their vintage shop is, it would be reconnecting with old friends and meeting new people who share their love of these special treasures.

Don’t miss out on lunch or dinner! Can-Am Country Corner is located in Stuartburn, Manitoba, but only six minutes away from Border Vintage. Can-Am Country Corner is a gas station, convenience store, and fantastic restaurant. With flavourful meals, scrumptious desserts, and outstanding staff that welcomes all, this is one place you don’t want to pass on.

Feel like something special? Order off the Specialties menu and experience amazing dishes. For the  Perogie Dinner, you get your choice of perogies (Cottage Cheese, Potato Bacon or Cheese) served with sour cream or cream gravy, farmer sausage and steamed veggies or coleslaw.

You can’t say no to their Pelmeni! This authentic Russian dish consists of small handmade dumplings filled with ground beef and lightly simmered. Served in broth or dry with sour cream and a side of Chinese cabbage salad.

Enjoy one of the classics, but with a twist! Their Can-Am Burger has five ounces of handcrafted lean beef patty with turkey bacon and melted cheddar cheese on top of a warm homemade sesame bun. This Can-Am Corner fan-favourite is a must-try item for newcomers.

Feel like a tasty, crunchy salad? Their Chinese Cabbage Salad is made with their homemade Sweet and Sour Herb-Infused Dressing over fine cabbage, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds and dry Ramen noodles; this salad has the perfect mixture of flavour and crunch.

Don’t say no to dessert; it’s a girls’ trip! Have your choice of Bienenstich (German Bee Sting Cake), German Style Cheesecake, Fruit Pie, or Cinnamon Roll

Have some fun on the Roseau River! Whether you want to go canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or just want to dip your toes in, you can have some watery fun here.

Experience the small-town buzz at Tolstoi Country Cottage! This restful retreat is a fully outfitted cottage nestled by trees in the center of Tolstoi, making it the perfect spot to view wildlife.

Prairie Oils and Vinegars (Steinbach)

Get your oil and vinegar game on! Prairie Oils & Vinegars has a large selection of the freshest and finest Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Balsamic Vinegar, and Specialty Oils. With items like oils, vinegars, rubs, accessories, sauces, condiments, and more, you can find extremely flavourful products that will keep you coming back for more.

Prairie Oils & Vinegars is also Manitoba’s first oil and vinegar tasting room. With their welcoming, knowledgeable staff, you are free to dip, sip, and taste their products while learning about the art of crafting their products. Dip it with bread, or sip it straight from the bottle while you dream of pairing it with salads and sizzling steaks. Please note: operations for the Tasting Room is subject to change due to Covid 19 regulations.

Not only do their Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegars taste incredible, but they are actually healthy! They are all:

  • gluten-free
  • carb-free
  • sodium-free
  • all-natural
  • free of white sugar or artificial sweeteners
  • free of dyes
  • free of artificial flavourings
  • free of thickeners
  • free of preservatives

You can find various things during your visit like super-premium extra virgin olive oil, infused olive oil, dark balsamic vinegars, white balsamic vinegars, gourmet oils and vinegars, condiments, sauces, rubs, salts, spices, accessories, and more.

Are you looking for a restaurant that offers unique and tasty meals? The Livery Barn Restaurant (located in the Mennonite Heritage Village) does just that! Enjoy traditional Russian Mennonite cuisine that will wow you.

Try their Traditional Meal that has locally made Foarma Worscht with three Vereniki smothered in Schmauntfatt with a side serving of coleslaw—served with a bowl of Komst Borscht, a slice of stone-ground whole-wheat bread and Plautz.

Vereniki Lover’s Platter is a must-try dish. Prepared with Eight Vereniki smothered in Schmauntfatt. Served with Komst Borscht and a slice of stone-ground whole-wheat bread.

Can’t decide what to try? No problem! Sample a little of this, and that – Cup of Komst Borscht, Foarma Worscht, two Vereniki smothered in Schmauntfatt, a serving of coleslaw, a slice of stone-ground whole-wheat bread and Plautz.

So, what the heck are all these delicious dishes? Foarma Worscht is locally made smoked pork sausage, lightly seasoned. Delicious whether it’s hot or cold.

Vareniki are boiled pockets of soft dough filled with cottage cheese.

Schmauntfatt is a rich, savoury cream gravy.

Komst Borscht is a soup made from hearty meat broth, cabbage (komst), onions, potatoes, pieces of chicken flavoured with the distinctive taste of dill.

Plautz is a delicious cake-like dessert with a crust, fruit filling and crumb or streusel topping.

Spend your night relaxing at Roadhouse 52 Inn & Suites. You and your girls will love the modern rooms – especially the ones with the Jacuzzi.

Dive into history at Mennonite Heritage Village! The Village has 36 buildings and monuments that can easily keep you busy for hours that depict the lives of early Mennonite pioneers.

Bothwell Cheese (New Bothwell)

No trip to the RM of Hanover is complete without a visit to Bothwell Cheese. Since 1936, Bothwell Cheese has been crafting premium, all-natural, artisanal cheeses. Using pure milk with no additives, you can taste the difference, and once you do, you’ll never go back to any other cheese. With over two dozen cheese varieties (twenty-five traditional and innovative flavours, to be exact), no matter what you’re in the mood for, you can find it here.

At Bothwell Cheese, there’s more to cheese than curds and whey. They believe the highest quality and best-tasting product comes from cheese made with 100% pure Canadian milk. This means there are no artificial ingredients, preservatives or modified milk ingredients used in the production of their cheeses. It’s all fresh and locally produced milk.

While you can purchase Bothwell Cheese in many stores, taking the time to visit the Factory Cheese Shop is definitely worth the trip. Meeting friendly and informative staff, getting the freshest product, and also the best deals are what await you here.

Looking for sinfully good food? Then head over to New B’s Café & Store, the place with modern comforts but rustic charm. This cozy restaurant cooks up great food by adding fresh ingredients and cooking nearly everything onsite. New B’s has also evolved into a takeout-only facility.

Ordering a burger is a must from this location. Their burger won the Reader’s Choice Award for the best burger in the Southeast! Try their B’s Classic burger that includes their signature patty, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, island sauce. Or if you need a little spice, try their Spice Maple Bacon Burger, paired up with maple chili sauce, signature patty, bacon, gouda, and banana peppers. Or have a seasonal treat with their Hippie Chick burger. Prepared with crispy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, Mozza, mayo, and a honey barbecue glaze.

Live life on the Menno side with perogies and farmer sausage or their kielke; comes with a homemade kielke smothered in good ole fashioned cream gravy and sauteed onions and two pieces of locally smoked farmer sausage.

Thistle Lane Guesthouse is located in Grunthal on a 130-acre hobby farm overlooking a prairie pasture. With a true country setting, you can feel yourself unwind with the girls while having some rustic fun!

Are you looking for some thrilling fun? Head on down to Splatters Paintball Park for Manitoba’s largest developed paintball park on 40 acres! They also have a Golf Driving Range perfect for those not-so-perfect golfers.

Spirit of the Boreal Botanicals (Beausejour)

Herbs, oils, superfoods, and, believe us, much more! Those are just some of the things you will find during your visit to Spirit of the Boreal Botanicals, where they are dedicated and passionate about helping you find your way to a healthier, happier, and more balanced self.

Offering a shop that provides various natural products and educated quality, and compassionate herbal consulting service, you can find that perfect remedy you did or didn’t know you needed. This clinic, herbal dispensary, and natural products retail outlet carries teas, aromatherapy products, traditional smudging supplies, pet products, vitamins and supplements, and even jewelry. Their bulk herbs and medicinal mushrooms are ethically harvested and wild-crafted locally when possible.

With their friendly and knowledgeable staff that loves talking shop, you can discover and learn about these precious medicines produced by Mother Earth.

Registered Herbalist and owner of Spirit of the Boreal Botanicals, Dana (Blue Thunderbird Woman) Wood is a Metis descendant of both the Ojibwe and Cree peoples of Canada. She has always been an outdoor advocate and has a special affinity to the remote wilderness areas of Manitoba – in the pristine boreal forest.

When her teenage daughter Darah passed away from Ewing Sarcoma cancer at the age of only 14 years old, she was immediately inspired to look deeper into traditional spiritual and herbal medicine of the early indigenous peoples with hopes of incorporating these practices with conventional medicine and treatment as an integrative and all-encompassing holistic approach to healing.  This is what brought her to fulfill her passion for becoming an herbal practitioner. Dana is also a teacher of traditional and science-based herbal medicine and is often asked to lead medicine walks and wellness events.

Dana comes from a wide array of backgrounds, all helping her run, manage, and truly understand the benefits of herbal medicines. Dana is a Professional Member of the Ontario Herbalists Association and obtained her Certified Chartered Herbalist diploma from one of North America’s oldest herbal colleges – The Dominion College of Herbal Medicine. Dana is also an Engineering Technologist, a graduate of the Bio-Engineering and Chemical Technology program at Red River College in Winnipeg.  She has over 20 years of combined experience working as both a quality lab technologist and a research scientist. Additionally, she has undertaken nearly 100 hours of shamanic spiritual healing instruction, including plant spirit medicine from a registered Foundation of Shamanic Studies.

Ready to grab some food? Colins’ House is just the place to go.

Have you ever heard the saying “this place isn’t big enough for the both of us”? Well, at Colins’ House, this is certainly not the case. In a backyard just outside of Beausejour, the “The Colins” came face to face for the first time across a homemade beer pong table. A friendship instantly sparked, and within a couple of hours, an idea was born.

Colin Dick is an experienced Certified Red Seal Chef in Manitoba with over a decade of experience and knowledge gathered from living and working in Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Australia. He prides himself in his relationships with Manitoba farmers and is dedicated to sourcing quality local ingredients.

Colin Davey lived in British Columbia for fourteen years before returning home to Winnipeg five years ago. A certified Class A Golf Professional with the CPGA, he has over twenty-five years of experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Together, they created and now operate Colins’ House. You can have a sinfully delicious, unique meal here with fresh and flavourful dishes with Latin and Asian influence.

Craving something crispy and crunchy? Order up those beet or yam chips and russet fries that will hit the spot perfectly.

Try out their tasty tacos. Go for the Classic Taco that includes ground beef, cumin, garlic, onions, lettuce, cheddar cheese and tomato salsa. Or go for something a little different like their Pulled Pork Taco. Enjoy the slow-roasted pork shoulder, chipotle passionfruit BBQ Sauce, charred Jalapeno salsa, and pickled onion.

Their Laksa is a must-try prepared with red curry and coconut broth, fresh seafood, cilantro, crispy shallot, seasonal vegetables, rice noodles, and Thai basil.

The Wally Chryplywy Nature Park features approximately 5 km of nature trails perfect for walking, hiking, and biking. This trail also connects to The Manitoba Glass Works Historic Site.

The Superior Inn is the perfect place for you and your gals to spend the night. With cozy rooms and a variety of amenities to make you feel right at home, you can extend your stay in the beautiful town of Beausejour.

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