As Manitoba celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2020, an app launched last month has been making use of smartphone tech to give folks in the Province extra incentive to explore the top attractions within our borders.
Explore 150 features 150 check-in points from around Manitoba ranging from Grand Beach, the World’s largest curling rock and Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights to Souris’ swinging bridge and the Brandon Hills.
When visiting any of the listed destinations, one checks in with a quick tap in the app which keeps a running tally of where you’ve visited. Each check-in also amounts to a specified number of "entries" in a chance to win some pretty meaningful grand prizes including a trip for four to Churchill, a Coachmen travel trailer or a $10,000 outdoor kitchen. Separate monthly prizes are also up for grabs including February’s private suite for 20 at an upcoming Manitoba a Moose game along with accommodation at Winnipeg’s Raddison hotel.
Other attractions in the Brandon area include:
- Gregory’s Mill near Nesbitt
- Boissevain’s Outdoor Art Gallery and Tommy the Turtle
- Virden-area’s Eternal Springs
- Westman Reptile Gardens
- Brandon’s Riverbank Discovery Centre, Daly House Museum and Provincial Ex Dome Building
- Shilo’s Royal Canadian Artillery Museum
- Minnedosa Heritage Village
- Neepawa’s Margaret Laurence House
- Melita’s Sunny the Banana and Breezy the Blue Jay
- Glenboro’s Sara the Camel
- Spruce Woods Provincial Park
Based on the listing in the app, check-ins such as those listed above appear to count as five entries compared to those in Winnipeg which are good for one entry. For the adventurous, Northern Manitoba's Robertson Esker (accessible only by plane) is worth 50 entries.
The app can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store with more details available at https://manitoba150.com/en/programs/explore-150/