Horseback riding at Falcon Beach Ranch.
Fans of the unexplained can join Falcon Beach Ranch for a horseback tour to the site of 1967’s famed Falcon Lake Incident. Riders get an upclose look at of one of North America’s most well-documented UFO sighting spots. In 1967, an amateur geologist witnessed two cigar-shaped objects in the sky. When they landed nearby, he went in for a closer look and suffered burns to his chest. See the sight for yourself during a cabin stay at the ranch in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
Food, Forks and Foul
Don your stretchy pants and head out to one of Manitoba’s small towns for an iconic fall supper. The buffet-style feasts are put together by community volunteers, who make sure you always save room for pie.
Oak Hammock Marsh is a stopover for tens of thousands of waterfowl as they migrate through the flyway on their way to warmer climes. Stop in at the interpretive centre for special events throughout the fall.
Welcome the autumnal equinox at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks, a site that honours 6,000 years of Indigenous history in the area. All are invited to mark the September event with prayers at sunrise.
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
When it comes to pumpkins, it’s what’s inside that really counts! When carving your jack-o’-lantern, be sure to save the seeds to toast up for a tasty and healthy treat. The powerhouse seeds are a source of fibre, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron.
- Remove and wash seeds
Use an ice cream scoop to scrape out the stringy pumpkin pulp containing seeds. Separate seeds into a colander and run water over them to remove excess pulp. (If some pumpkin bits remain, don’t fret—it’ll add an extra hit of flavour.)
- Dry seeds thoroughly
Spread washed seeds in a single layer on a paper towel-lined cookie sheet. Pat with more paper towel and let sit for a couple of hours. Dry seeds will ensure an even coating of oil.
- Coat and season
Toss dry pumpkin seeds with vegetable or olive oil. Spread evenly onto a cookie sheet; season with salt and pepper, or spice things up with garlic or paprika.
- Roast it all up
Preheat oven to 350 F. Set sheet on the centre rack and roast for 12–15 minutes, tossing seeds occasionally to ensure even browning. Remove from oven when golden brown; let cool.