“Manitoba’s Valley Paradise” Minnedosa, Manitoba
A 2015 Five Blooms winner, Minnedosa has long been regarded as a popular summer getaway for families each summer owing to its spectacular beach and outdoor recreation amenities. However while many rural communities across the prairies are showing population declines, Minnedosa is seeing some encouraging growth.
The active involvement of young families in developing the culture of their community is reflected in the work conducted by the amateur athletic associations for development of new baseball fields and soccer pitches, in the development of biking trails in the surrounding hills, and the creation of a new riverside activity park with disc golf, dog park, walking trails, picnic area and more. The community, set against one of the most picturesque backdrops in the Province, has fully embraced the wonders of their landscape and have created opportunities for visitors and residents alike to enjoy all the community has to offer.
Though enjoying an active summer recreation schedule, it is important to note that the community is not just open for visitors in the summer, but is instead a four season destination. Minnedosa Lake becomes a popular site for a village of ice fishing enthusiasts and each February the community hosts a pond hockey tournament out on the Lake attracting teams from across the Province. An acclaimed ski hill and an active snowmobile club in the area create a bustle of activity all winter long.
Progress and development are also major factors in the community’s ongoing success. Plans are underway for the development of a new primary care centre to aid in doctor recruitment and retention for the area and a new arena project aims to embolden the community’s ability to host large events. Recreation, culture, landscape and forward vision all contribute to Minnedosa’s recognition as “Manitoba’s Valley Paradise”.