Tag Archives: Tourism

Full Day of Fun at Benito Canada Day Celebration

Submitted by: Shirley Yaschyshyn | Benito was bustling on Canada Day with a full day of activities for all ages to enjoy. To start the festivities, the Benito Volunteer Firefighter’s hosted a Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice were served to approximately 420 people with all money raised going to the CZ Miller Trust [...]

2019/07/08Local Interest

Another Successful Billy Beal Classic Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted by: Brett Church, Photos by Corey Hurren | Over 620 contestants showed up try and catch the big one at the 22nd annual Billy Beal Classic on Saturday March 16, 2019. A total of 20 fish were caught with the prize winner going to Pearce Roberts who reeled in a 16 pound pike! A [...]

2019/03/21Local Interest

2 Years Hard Work and $26,000 Nets Signs for Magnet Hill

Swan Valley RISE Media Release | Swan Valley has one more thing to boast about. In addition to having spectacular skiing and trails, Thunderhill has something astonishing to experience on the way up; Magnet Hill, the first Manitoba Wonder in the province. Magnet Hill is a rare natural marvel you must experience to believe your [...]

2019/03/19Local Interest

40th Annual Bellsite Poker Derby a Great Success

Submitted by: Susan Moshenko | Bellsite along with the help of the North Mountain Riders put on the 40th Annual Poker Derby on February 24, 2019. A great turn out considering cold weather. 172 driver hands 160 sleds. $4911 was paid out in prizes. A huge thank you to all those who went out and [...]

2019/02/26Local Interest

Exchange Group Explores Swan Valley with Their Twins

Submitted by: Kari Goethe | There are 21 students from the Swan Valley Regional Secondary School who are participating in an Experiences Canada Exchange with 21 other students from Elgin, Ontario. Each Swan River student gets matched with a student from Elgin and they are considered “twins” during the exchange. Elgin is a small rural [...]

2018/10/04Local Interest

Cowan Trail Celebration a Delight For Participants

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | With pictures from ValleyBiz and Penny Boychuk The annual Cowan Trail Celebration once again occurred on the fourth Saturday of August (being August 25, 2018) this year and marking it the 20th. The event began on Friday night, as usual, with the Cowan Hall parking lot slowly being filled with [...]

2018/08/29Local Interest

Old Fashioned Family Fun at Museum Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 26, 2018. It was a day appreciated by many generations. From those who remember the era when technology was in it’s infancy to children still to young to understand the significance of the past. Attendees of all ages were able [...]

2018/08/28Local Interest

Crushin It at the Durban Demo

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted On Aug 12, 2018 Durban held their annually Demo Derby. With only a few more cars than last year the demo still went ahead. A couple cars were delayed in arriving but still made the event. Most cars were from previous years so there wasn’t [...]

2018/08/15Local Interest

Hot and Breezy at the Birch River 23rd Annual Trail Ride

ValleyBiz Story | The Birch River Riding Club held their 23rd annual trail ride on August 11 and 12, 2018. Many people stayed at the base camp the night before and the day started off with breakfast and registration. The ride has built a loyal following over the past 23 years with many attendees travelling [...]

2018/08/14Local Interest

Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands were full and the action was fast during the 2018 Northwest Roundup Rodeo events. Cowboys and Cowgirls competed in a variety of rodeo events. Barrel Racing Bull Riding Bareback Bronc Saddle Bronc 12-Horse Hitch Brett Fulford, born and raised in the Swan Valley (son of Ken and Linda Fulford of [...]

2018/08/01Local Interest

Plenty of Children’s Activities at Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup and Exhibition is a place of wonder and excitement for youngsters. The Down on the Farm exhibit lets kids get up close and personal with a larger variety of farm animals. It is a great place to take a break from the heat of the day and relax with [...]

2018/07/31Local Interest

Swan River Parade A Time Honored Tradition

ValleyBiz Story | Click pictures for a larger version. The Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade took place on July 27, 2018 at 10 am – a time honored tradition as part of the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Many have passed this tradition on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Each year the parade is [...]

2018/07/30Local Interest

Unique Gardens Enjoyed During Annual Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | With additional pictures by ValleyBiz On July 23, 2018 despite the cool weather and a threat of rain, about 190 people attended the annual Garden Walk sponsored by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Eight beautiful yards in the town of Swan River were on display. It was a pleasure [...]

2018/07/29Local Interest

Swan Valley Celebrates Diverse Cultural Backgrounds

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Folk Festival took place at the curling rink on June 15 an 16, 2018. Walking into the Folk Fest was a feast for the senses. People were able to taste and smell a variety of dishes from many cultural backgrounds. Booths were decorated with traditional items from their host [...]

2018/06/21Local Interest

Over 600 Attend 21st Annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby

Submitted Story: Photos by Doug Watson, Dale Nobel, Brett Church | The Swan Valley Lions want to sincerely thank all the people that came out to enjoy the 21st annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby at Whitefish Lake on March 17, 2018. Over 600 people that came out enjoyed the beautiful weather and great food. [...]

2018/03/23Local Interest

Close to $80,000 Raised at Sled for Eternity 2018

Submitted by: Kim Lowes | We had an absolutely amazing day at our 2nd annual Swan River Sled for Eternity on February 10, 2018! We had 68 registered riders out on the trails and we were blown away by the faithfulness of our fundraisers with our final total coming in at close to $80,000 raised. [...]

2018/02/13Local Interest

Community Foundation Provides a Legacy of Benefits

Corey Grandfield with the SVRSS Varsity Hockey Team receiving a grant for hockey jerseys. Submitted Story | The Community Foundation of Swan Valley (CFSV) held their annual granting night on December 7, 2017. “We are here tonight to harvest the fruits of philanthropy in the Swan River Valley,” said CFSV Board Chair Lorne Henkelman. Since [...]

2017/12/13Local Interest

A Little Piece of Swan Valley Paradise

ValleyBiz Story | With kids headed back to school tomorrow, it is yet another sign that summer is coming to a close. It’s a good time to reflect on what an awesome summer it has been and what a wonderful Valley we have to enjoy it in. Click any picture for a larger version. The [...]

2017/09/06Local Interest

Loyal Participants Attend Cowan Trail Celebration

Submitted by: Wade Kovachik | On Saturday, August 26th, the 19th annual Cowan Trail Celebration occurred in Cowan under a bright blue sunny sky. Click any picture for a larger version. Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted Enthusiastic riders were arriving Friday afternoon – picking their campsites, sitting down by the campfire, and enjoying each other’s [...]

2017/08/31Local Interest

Harvest Fest Offers A Taste of History – Hot From the Oven

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on August 27, 2017. The home made bread was a must and the lineup started before the fresh baked bread was even out of the clay ovens. Click any picture for a larger version. The clay oven in the bake house can [...]

2017/08/28Local Interest

Living On the Edge At The Durban Demo

Edgar Yacyshyn | The Durban Demo was held August 13, 2017. There were a lot less cars this year, but most of the action was the same. With more room in the ring, lot of banging and crushing going on. Click any picture for a larger version. Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted With vehicles being [...]

2017/08/17Local Interest

An Engaging Time on the Birch River Trail Ride

Submitted by: Denise Cazakoff | The 22nd Annual Birch River Trail Ride held August 12 – 13, 2017 was well attended by 100 participants including a couple who got engaged at lunch break on Saturday. Click any picture for a larger version. It was and awesome ride through the Duck Mountains south of Madge Lake. [...]

2017/08/16Local Interest

Chariot and Chuckwgon Races at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The 2017 Northwest Roundup and Exhibition featured four days of Chariot an Chuckwagon racing, plus a bonus day of Heritage Chuckwagon races at the Canada 150 Celebration on July 26, 2017. Click any picture for a larger version.

2017/08/01Local Interest

Celebrating Canada 150 at the Northwest Roundup Eh!

ValleyBiz Story | The theme of this year’s Chamber of Commerce Parade at the Northwest Roundup was Celebrate Canada 150. Floats and participants were all decked out in Red and White and all things Canadian Eh! Click any picture for a larger version. The RCMP and Veterans led the parade. Participants showed off their True [...]

2017/07/31Local Interest

A Beautiful Day for a Walk in the Garden

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | Once again the Swan River Ladies Golf Club sponsored a Garden Walk on July 24, 2017. We had the opportunity to view seven beautiful gardens in the town of Swan River. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictures by ValleyBiz. It was a sunny summer day and approximately 180 [...]

2017/07/27Local Interest

Bellsite’s 38th Annual Snowmobile Poker Derby

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | Bellsite’s 38th Annual Snowmobile Poker Derbywa held Sunday, February 26, 2017. Due to the lack of snow and poor North Mountain Riders (sno man) trail conditions the Snowmobile ride of the Derby was cancelled. The Poker part of the Derby continued on as usual. 46 registered driver hands were sold [...]

2017/03/04Local Interest

Sled for Eternity Rides Through the Beautiful Swan Valley

Submitted by: Kim Lowes | We had an amazing day at our 1st annual Swan River Sled for Eternity! We had 78 registered riders of which 41 were fundraisers! We surpassed our goal of $50,000 and reached over $68,000! Pictured Above: Kim Lowes (left) and Steve Paulson – Teen Challenge Executive Director (right) along with [...]

2017/02/13Local Interest

Swan Valley to Host 2018 Curling Canada Championship

ValleyBiz Story | Curling Canada has announced that Canada’s best four-player mixed curling teams will be headed to the Swan Valley in Manitoba for the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship. Photo Source: swanrivercurling.ca The Championship will be played at the Swan River Curling Club, Nov. 12-18, 2017 with the winner advancing to the 2018 World [...]

2016/10/06Local Interest

Bikers and Hikers Tread the Thunder

ValleyBiz Story | Tread the Thunder Bike Club (TTT) hosted “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day*” at Thunder Hill on October 1,2016. It was a great way to spend a fall day, get some exercise and enjoy the gorgeous colors from the top of the Valley. Click any picture for a larger version. The day [...]

2016/10/04Local Interest

Cowan Trail Celebrates Area History

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik | The annual Cowan Trail Celebration once again occurred on the fourth Saturday of August, being August 27, 2016 this year. Pictures submitted by: Rose Kovachik and Rita Cryderman What is Cowan Trail? – many people have asked. Well it is an event that was started some 18 years ago by [...]

2016/09/14Local Interest

Bending Fenders at the Durban Demo Derby

Submitted by: Edgar Yacyshyn | On Sunday Aug 07, 2016 Durban had their Demo Derby. With great fans and beautiful weather it was a fun day. Crowds were entertained by the roar of the engines and the flying action of the cars. Click any picture for a larger version. Photos by ValleyBiz and Submitted Thanks [...]

2016/08/11Local Interest

Chariot and Chuckwagon Races A Crowd Favorite

ValleyBiz Story | Chariot and Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup offered 4 days of North American Chuckwagon & Chariot Championship excitement. The grandstand was filled to capacity with cheering fans as the horses thundered around the track. Click any picture for a larger version.

2016/08/03Local Interest

Rodeo Events A Mix of Power, Speed and Skill

ValleyBiz Story | The grandstands at the Northwest Roundup were filled and the crowd was ready for 3 days of rodeo excitement. Cowboy events included Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie Down Roping, Bareback and Saddle Bronc, Bull Riding and Barrel Racing. Click any picture for a larger version. As a special feature Harvey McFarlane, of [...]

2016/08/02Local Interest

Parade a Great Start to Northwest Roundup Weekend

ValleyBiz Story | At 10am on the last Friday in July (July 29th in 2016) the Chamber of Commerce parade gets rolling down main street in Swan River, to the delight of crowds gathered along the route. Click any picture for a larger version. The sound of sirens is the first signal that the parade [...]

2016/08/01Local Interest

Sun Shines on Annual Swan Valley Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | On July 2, 2016 about 225 people enjoyed a glorious sunny day as they viewed some incredibly beautiful gardens during our annual Garden Walk held by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictures by ValleyBiz There were seven yards, all unique and impeccably [...]

2016/07/31Local Interest

Benito Marks Canada Day With Day Long Celebration

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | Benito celebrated Canada Day 2016 with a full day of events. The day kicked off with a fantastic pancake breakfast hosted by the Benito Volunteer Firefighters Association. Click any picture for a larger version. At times the wait was a bit long, but in the end very worth the time [...]

2016/07/04Local Interest

Great Attendance at Stock Car Club Season Opener

ValleyBiz.ca Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their season opener points race on Saturday May 21, 2016. Race day saw 4 cylinder, 8 cylinder street stock, 8 cylinder pure stock, and b mods flying around the track. Click any picture for a larger version. The weather was beautiful and a large crowd [...]

2016/05/27Local Interest

Friendship Tulip Garden in Full Bloom

Submitted by: Lynda Leslie | It was a wonderful day in Minitonas to celebrate the “Friendship Tulip Garden” at the Cenotaph Square on May 18, 2016. The sun was warm, a breeze was offering a gentle coolness, and best of all, the tulips were in full bloom. Pictures by Lynda Leslie & ValleyBiz | Click [...]

2016/05/23Local Interest

Barrels, Bulls and Buckaroos at High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Angela Mullin | On May 13 – 15, 2016 Swan River was host to Manitoba High School Rodeo (HS Rodeo), Little Buckaroos Rodeo & Manitoba Barrel Racing. Click any picture for a larger version. We started the weekend with a MBRA race, there were 29 entries between the Open, Youth and Peewee. Swan [...]

2016/05/20Local Interest

Beautiful Weather for 19th Annual Billy Beal Derby

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | The 2016 Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, March 19th at Whitefish Lake. 525 people came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and another great day of ice fishing at the 19th annual Billy Beal derby. Click any picture for a larger version. The event is an [...]

2016/03/22Local Interest

Great Conditions for Thunderhill Ski Area Mardi Gras

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk | The weather co-operated on Sunday March 6, 2016 for the Annual Thunderhill Ski Area Mardi Gras. People of all ages came from all over the Valley and Saskatchewan, as far away as Inglis and Brandon, MB. Click any picture for a larger version. Everyone enjoyed the conditions and friendly atmosphere [...]

2016/03/09Local Interest

Near Perfect Day for Bellsite Poker Derby

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | Bellsite’s 37th Annual Poker Derby took place on February 28, 2016. We had a fresh cover of snow to start the day. Prime winter temperatures gave us a near perfect day to be on the trail. Click any picture for a larger version. Good sponsorship from local businesses for donations, [...]

2016/03/04Local Interest

Great Attendance at 9th Annual Vintage Ride

Submitted by: Colin Baldwin | The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association held their 9th Annual Vintage Ride on Saturday, February 27, 2016. The day started out with a pancake breakfast hosted by the Bowsman and District Lions, which once again was a great success. Click any picture for a larger version. The vintage ride, even with [...]

2016/03/02Local Interest

Successful Opening Weekend at Thunderhill Ski Area

Submitted by: Carolyn Baldwin | Thunderhill Ski Club Inc. opening day on January 1, 2015 was a huge success. 91 people enjoyed a beautiful day on the slopes with frosted trees making it very scenic. Click any picture for a larger version. The conditions are very good, Markin Trail is excellent skiing and the Hogs [...]

2016/01/05Local Interest

12th Annual Bowsman Bullarama a Huge Success

Submitted by: Corey Hurren | The Bowsman and District Lions Club would like to thank everyone who came out or helped support our 12th Annual Bowsman Bull-A-Rama and made it another huge success. Pictures by Corey Hurren and ValleyBiz.ca – Click any picture for a larger version. The medical equipment fundraiser was held on Saturday, [...]

2015/10/06Local Interest

Beautiful Time of Year in the Valley

ValleyBiz Story | Fall has arrived in the Swan Valley in all its splendor. The warm sunshine cutting through the fresh, crisp air, the sound of leaves crunching under foot, and miles of country roads lined with beautiful colours against the bright blue sky. Click any picture for a larger version. The rolling hills, rivers [...]

2015/09/28Local Interest

Stock Car Club Final Race of the Year

Valleybiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club hosted their season ender on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The club capped off the season with a 4 cylinder demo derby – crashing and smashing until only one car was left running. Click any picture for a larger version. For one last time this year at [...]

2015/09/05Local Interest

Damp Weather, Bright Spirits at Cowan Trial Celebration

Submitted by: Rose Kovachik and Lee & Rita Cryderman | Rain, Rain go away! Even though the forecast for rain may have eventually damped the ground, it did not dampen the spirits of loyal and new participants. Pictures by: Rita Cryderman, Roseanne Coma and ValleyBiz Click any picture for a larger version. Almost twenty campers [...]

2015/08/27Local Interest

Service to Seniors Gym in the Park Ready for Use

Submitted by: Bev Leach | The Legion Park has one more option for those looking to stay fit while enjoying the outdoors. Gym in the Park, a Service to Seniors project funded through the New Horizons for Seniors grant took shape last week in the Legion Park in Swan River. Pictured above, the gym equipment [...]

2015/08/25Local Interest

Club Sapp Charity Golf Benefits Special Olympics

Submitted by: Shirley Todosichuk | Special Olympics Manitoba Parkland Region is grateful to receive the proceeds from Club Sapp VLT Gaming Centre’s 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the Swan River Golf Course. Click picture for a larger version. Pictured Above: Club Sapp General Manager, Larry Lavallee (right) presented the [...]

2015/08/21Local Interest