Tag Archives: Tourism

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

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

Durban Demo Derby Fun for All Ages

ValleyBiz Story | The 17th Annual Durban Demo Derby took place on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Roaring engines, spinning tires, flying mud and mangled metal are the ingredients for a good, old fashioned smashup, and fun for spectators of all ages. Click any picture for a larger version. Time between heats was spent on “precision” [...]

2015/08/14Local Interest

Pure Adrenaline at the Swan Valley Stock Car Club

ValleyBiz Story | The track was fast, the cars were flying and the fans were cheering as the Swan Valley Stock Car Club celebrated their 30th anniversary with 2 days of racing on August 1 & 2, 2015. Click any picture for a larger version. The anniversary event brought in visiting racers with over 30 [...]

2015/08/05Local Interest

Kicking Up Excitement at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | Riders rode, ropers roped, drivers drove, dust flew and the fans roared! It was time to get your yeehaw on for four days of grandstand action at the 2015 Northwest Roundup and Exhibition. Click any picture for a larger version. The pictures below capture some of the grandstand action.

2015/07/29Local Interest

Kids Get Wild & Woolly at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup is something kids look forward to each year and this year there was even more ways for them to be involved. Two new events had kids running wild and woolly. Click any picture for a larger version. The Wild Pony Race is junior version of the Wild Horse Race. [...]

2015/07/28Local Interest

Swan River Gardens Explored During Garden Walk

Submitted by: Sheree Soura | Over 200 people enjoyed viewing the 7 beautiful gardens in Swan River on July 20 during the annual Garden Walk held by the Swan River Ladies Golf Club. Also included in the walk was the Swan River Arberatum. Click any picture for a larger version. This year the self guided [...]

2015/07/27Local Interest

Northwest Roundup Parade Showcases the Valley

ValleyBiz Story | It was a beautiful sunny morning for the Swan Valley Chamber of Commerce Parade on Friday, July 24, 2015. Crowds of people gathered, enjoying the many entries and the excitement of children scrambling for candy. Click any picture for a larger version. The parade theme this year was “Showcasing the Valley” with [...]

2015/07/26Local Interest

Northwest Roundup Kicks Off with McKay Night BBQ

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup kicked off with the annual McKay BBQ at the Centennial Arena on Thursday, July 23, 2015 For just a toonie, the BBQ featured a burger, softdrink, ice cream and coffee. Click any picture for a larger version. With all proceeds going to local charities, live entertainment, friendly faces and [...]

2015/07/24Local Interest

Many Reasons to Celebrate at Benito Canada Day

Submitted by: Benito Rec. Board | Canada Day in Benito offered day long entertainment for young, old and everyone in between. The community gathered together to celebrate Canada Day with many different events and activities. Click any picture for a larger version. This day started with a pancake breakfast put on by the Benito Volunteer [...]

2015/07/06Local Interest

Fireworks a Showy Canada Day Sendoff in Swan River

ValleyBiz Story | At dusk on Canada Day, a single firework signaled the show was about to begin at the Ag Grounds in Swan River. The patriotic sound of O Canada drifted out from under the grandstand. Click any picture for a larger version. Then came the barrage of thundering booms, pops and crackles – [...]

2015/07/02Local Interest

Golf Club FunDraising Bonanza Over-the-Top Success

Submitted by: Mark Simpson | Friends of the Golf Club FunDraising Bonanza was an over-the-top massive success!! Thank you to the Bowsman Lions and all service clubs, volunteers, club members, golf course staff and management and all of the sponsors! Click any pictures for a larger version. June 20th, 2015 marked a milestone in the [...]

2015/06/23Local Interest

Folk Fest a Feast for the Senses

ValleyBiz Story | Approximately 2,000 people attended the Swan Valley Folk Fest on June 12 & 13, 2015 at the Swan River Curling Rink. The curling rink was filled with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of 13 different countries and cultures. Click any picture for a larger version. The entertainment lineup featured a variety [...]

2015/06/18Local Interest

Hometown Kids Ride & Rope in High School Rodeo

Submitted by: Austen Anderson | High School Rodeo descended on Swan River on May 9 and 10, 2015 and it was a huge success. The Ag Society grounds as well as Main Street were full of contestants, family and spectators eager for some spring rodeo action. Pictures by Della Mckay, Joan Mosiondz & Lois Mosiondz [...]

2015/05/12Local Interest

Celesta Church Wins $10,000 at Billy Beal

Submitted by: Mike Rusk | Over 500 competitors took to the ice at Whitefish Lake on March 21, 2015. The weather was good and it was a great day. Celesta Church (pictured left) was the first prize $10,000 winner. Click any picture for a larger view. Kyle Lafreniere won both hidden time, and hidden weight [...]

2015/03/24Local Interest

Cooking Up a Good Time at 8th Annual Vintage Ride

Submitted by: Swan Valley Snowmobile Association The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association held their 8th Annual Vintage Ride on Saturday, March 7, 2015. There were 36 vintage machines this year and 65 people came for the pancake breakfast. Click any picture for a larger version. Thank you to the Lions Club for doing breakfast and all [...]

2015/03/10Local Interest

Great Conditions for Thunderhill’s Annual Mardi Gras

Submitted by: Leigh Osatchuk The conditions were great, and many came out to support Thunderhill’s Annual Mardi Gras. 117 guests came out to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, Costume Party and Downhill racing. There was something for everyone. Above: McKenna Staples & Jessica Hack enjoying the sunshine Click any picture for a larger version. Kristen [...]

2015/03/03Local Interest

Sledders Brave the Cold for a Great Day

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry | The Bellsite Poker Derby took place on February 22, 2015. The 75 mile poker derby trail is part of North Mountain Riders Snow Riders Magazine’s most favourite sledding destination of 2015 and it wasn’t a disappointment. Click any picture for a larger version. Sure the weather was cold , minus [...]

2015/02/25Local Interest

Swan Valley Sport Fishing Recognized for Sustainability

Province of Manitoba Media Release | The recipients of the 2014 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards were announced January 28, 2015 by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh. “We are constantly striving to reduce our impact on the environment and it’s great to see those efforts supported with projects like these,” said Minister Mackintosh. [...]

2015/01/28Local Interest

Swan Valley Takes Top Vote in SledTown Showdown

ValleyBiz Story | The end of 2014 also marked the end of voting in the Sledtown Showdown Final. With all the votes in, the final numbers showed Swan Valley in the lead with 4998 votes, a 647 lead over Valemount, BC at 4325. Beginning with 64 destinations across the 4 western provinces, the contest had [...]

2015/01/02Local Interest

Something Old is New at Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Historical Museum held their annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, August 31, 2014. Many people stopped by to enjoy a sunny afternoon and a taste of yesteryear with fresh bread, ice cream from the general store and rides in the Model T. Click any picture for a larger version. This [...]

2014/09/02Local Interest

Swan Valley Historical Museum Celebrates Pioneer Life

ValleyBiz Story | History comes to life at the Swan Valley Historical Museum in Swan River. The museum has done a beautiful job of preserving a collection of items that portray early life in the Valley and to pay tribute to the early pioneers. Click any picture for a larger version. The Pioneer Village features [...]

2014/08/28Local Interest

Wonderful Season at Wellman Lake Bible Camp

Submitted by: Jen Dahl | Well the 2014 camp season for Wellman Lake Bible Camp has drawn to a close. We had a wonderful season, with amazing weather, a great staff of enthusiastic directors and councilors and many wonderful volunteers. Click any picture for a larger version. New friendships were made and old ones renewed [...]

2014/08/18Local Interest