Tag Archives: Tourism

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

Pure Adrenaline and Fun at the Durban Demo

ValleyBiz Story | It was hard to miss the change in Durban this weekend on Sunday, August 10, 2014. Cars filled up the old schoolyard and lined nearby streets. The sound of cheering fans and grinding metal filled the air. Click any picture for a larger version. The annual demo derby offered lots of action, [...]

2014/08/12Local Interest

Participation at Shaker City Disc Golf Course Growing

Submitted by: Jocelyn Beehler The Shaker City Disc Golf Course in Benito has been in use just over a year now. Interest and participation in this sport has far exceeded expectations. As long as the weather is decent, there are people on the course day and night. Click any picture for a larger version. Bug [...]

2014/08/06Local Interest

Rodeo Action at the Northwest Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Northwest Roundup was the place to be this weekend for lots of great riding, roping, wrestling rodeo action. The fast paced events were sure to get your adrenaline pumping and send your boredom packing. Click any picture for a larger version.

2014/07/31Local Interest

Country Experiences Down on the Farm

ValleyBiz Story | If you visited Down on the Farm and the Homecraft & Horticulture Exhibits during the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition you were rewarded with unique way to explore and celebrate some of the traditional aspects of rural life. Click any picture for a larger version. Interactive displays and activities provided kids with a [...]

2014/07/29Local Interest

Pony Chariot & Chuckwagon Racing at the Roundup

ValleyBiz Story | The Pony Chariot and Pony Chuckwagon races at the Northwest Roundup and Exhibition offers 4 days of racing excitement. The fans came out rain and shine to enjoy the fast paced action and to cheer for their local favorites. Click any picture for a larger version.

2014/07/29Local Interest

Sun Shines on Swan Valley Parade

ValleyBiz Story | Although rain pounded the Valley this weekend, the weather was just right for the Northwest Roundup Chamber of Commerce Parade on the morning of Friday July 25, 2014. With a variety of entries and lots of candy, the parade is great family fun. Click any picture for a larger version. The humorous [...]

2014/07/27Local Interest

Stepping Out for a Walk in the Garden

ValleyBiz Story | On Monday, July 21, 2013 the Swan River Ladies Golf Club hosted their annual Garden Walk. Each year the walk provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy the beauty, character and tranquility of some Swan Valley’s lovely private gardens. Above picture by Autumn Klekta. Click any picture for a larger version. The [...]

2014/07/24Local Interest

Stock Car Race and 4 Cylinder Mini Crash Derby

ValleyBiz Story | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held a stock car points race and 4 cylinder mini crash derby on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Swan Valley Speedway. Families, friends and fans gathered for an exciting day of racing, demo and tasty concession treats. Click any picture for a larger version. Two [...]

2014/07/16Local Interest

Spectacular Fireworks Light up Swan River Sky

ValleyBiz.ca Story | The Grandstand at the Swan River Ag Grounds was bursting with excitement in Celebration of Canada Day. The fireworks got underway just after 11:00 pm delivering a unique and colorful display. Click any picture for a lager version.

2014/07/06Local Interest

Over 100 Stop by During 7th Annual Vintage Ride

Submitted by: Don Baldwin The Swan Valley Snowmobile Association hosted their 7th Annual Vintage Ride on Sunday, March 16th. There were over forty vintage sleds that attended the ride with over a hundred sleds visiting the shack including newer models. Click any picture for a larger version. The ride was approximately a 35 mile round [...]

2014/03/18Local Interest

Billy Beal Fishing Derby – Winning at Whitefish

Submitted by: Corey Hurren About 600 people came to Whitefish Lake on Saturday, March 15th to see who was going to pull the winning $10 000 fish through four feet of ice when the Valley Lions held their 17th annual Billy Beal Ice Fishing Derby. Click any picture for a larger version. Pictured above is [...]

2014/03/18Local Interest

Beautiful Ride for Those Who Braved the Cold

Submitted by: Patti Hack The Elbow Lake SnoDrifters 18th Annual Snowmobile Derby took place as scheduled on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Click any picture for a larger version. The frigid weather (-51 with the wind chill when we woke up Saturday morning) kept many people away however, for those of us who braved the winter [...]

2014/03/04Local Interest

Bellsite’s 35th Annual Poker Derby “A SUCCESS “

Submitted by: Connie Beaudry The Bellsite 35th Annual Snowmobile Poker Derby, held on February 23, 2014 was a huge success. A total of $2,720.00 was given away in cash prizes. An estimated 150 sleds attending with over 200 registered drivers. Garth Scott wins 10% of prize money with 53 ghostriders ( the most ghostriders prize) [...]

2014/02/25Local Interest

Richardson Recreation & Wellness Centre Update

ValleyBiz Story | With the opening of the Richardson Recreation and Wellness Centre just around the corner, everything is starting to come together. Our update includes a recent look inside the facility and a new announcement on the funding making it happen. Click any picture for a larger version. On Friday, November 29, 2013 Agriculture, [...]

2013/12/05Local Interest

Videos from Bowsman BullARama

ValleyBiz Story | The 10th Annual Bowsman Bullarama put on by the Bowsman and District Lions Club was an awesome event. Watch some of the highlights in the videos below. The Wild West Shootout is a must see – even if you saw it in person. Videos Submitted by: Kevin Penner. Wild West Shootout Main [...]

2013/10/12Local Interest

12 Hours of Entertainment at Bowsman BullARama

Submitted by: Lion Corey Hurren | Despite rumours of wanted outlaw “Bad Bart” coming there to cause trouble, well over four hundred people took their chances and came to the Bowsman Curling Rink to enjoy the Old Western Family BBQ on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Click any picture for a larger version. The Wild West [...]

2013/10/08Local Interest

Shootout at the BullARama Saloon

ValleyBiz Story | The Bowsman and District Lions Club hosted an Old Western Family Steak BBQ and Saloon on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The event included wagon rides, live music and dancing, a saloon and a wild west show. Click any picture for a larger version. Kids played cowboy on a rocking horse and poeple [...]

2013/10/07Local Interest

Disc Golf Takes Off in Benito

Submitted by: Jocelyn Beehler A small committee started with a vision (last fall) to install a disc golf course in Benito. That vision is now a reality. The grand opening for the Shaker City Disc Golf Course was July 20th and the sport has caught attention of Benito residents. At the grand opening there were [...]

2013/10/06Local Interest

Pine River Memorial Park Grand Opening

ValleyBiz Story | The Grand Opening of the Pine River Memorial Park was held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. Originally a hay field, the park was established by the Pine River Local Urban Distruct (LUD) and dedicated to the Pioneers who founded Pine River. Click any picture for a larger version. The vision for the [...]

2013/09/17Local Interest

Swan Valley Stock Car Club 2013 Final Race Recap

Submitted by: Tanya Chernyk | The Swan Valley Stock Car Club held their final race of the season on Saturday, August 24 2013. A Mud Bog took place after the races concluding with the famous foot race. Click any picture for a larger version. 8 Cylinder 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Heat 1 3 [...]

2013/08/28Local Interest

Cowan Trail a Ride Of Natural Beauty

ValleyBiz Story | On August 24, 2013 the 15th Annual Cowan Trail Celebration got underway. After a hearty breakfast, participants readied themselves and prepared their horses for an afternoon of riding the scenic trails. Click any picture for a larger version. Many enjoy seeing the wagons and horses head out, making their way across the [...]

2013/08/27Local Interest

A Ride Down Memory Lane at the Museum Harvest Festival

ValleyBiz Story | It’s easy to step back in time at the Swan Valley Historical Museum. On August 25, 2013 the annual Harvest Festival provided visitors with the perfect opportunity to take a ride down memory lane – quite literally, in the 1916 Model T. Click any picture for a larger version. Throughout the afternoon, [...]

2013/08/26Local Interest