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Portage la Prairie

You’re in for some unexpected surprises in Portage la Prairie. Sandy beaches, world-class birdwatching and the largest Coca-Cola can on the planet are just some of the things that will have you saying “whoa!”

A large windmill next to the river

Shahnoor Habib Munmun

Heritage of the Canadian Prairies

Live as the early pioneers did at Fort la Reine Museum. The five-acre site gives you an authentic glimpse into Portage la Prairie’s past using more than 20 unique heritage buildings and thousands of artifacts. Highlights include the vintage printing equipment and Sir William van Horne’s personal business rail car. The museum functions as a community space too by hosting multimedia exhibits and a seasonal farmers’ market.

Reel in the Line

Bust out your fishing rod and cast a line in Lake Manitoba and the Assiniboine River. These waters are home to walleye, perch, silver bass and northern pike and can be fished in both summer and winter (locals love ice fishing here). Another great angling spot is the Portage Spillway. Also known as Wayside Park, this area features boat launches and a secluded picnic area.

A lycaena phlaeas sitting on a metal figure

Rob Swystun

Into the Wetlands

The Delta Marsh is a birdwatcher’s utopia. The 18-mile stretch of wetlands is used as a breeding ground and migration staging area for waterfowl and songbirds. Grab your binoculars and get a close-up view of the flocks at Crescent Lake and St. Ambroise Beach Provincial Park. Hunting is seasonally permitted in many areas of the Delta Marsh as well with geese, duck and white-tailed deer all available for the taking.[5] Just 15 miles north of town is one of Portage la Prairie’s best-kept secrets: Delta Beach. Boasting sandy shores and a freshwater lake, this idyllic beach is great for day trips and camping.

Live off the Land

Local produce is mighty fresh and packed with flavor thanks to the fertile farmland surrounding the community. Taste it for yourself at the year-round farmers’ market. In the summer, fill your buckets with freshly picked strawberries at Mayfair Farms or Jeffries Berry Patch. You can also eat free French fries at the Portage Potato Festival. Held at Island Park every August, this popular event celebrates the potato industry with musical entertainment, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

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