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Things to Do

As Manitoba’s second largest city, Brandon has a lot to offer and it doesn’t shy away from welcoming visitors. Its historic downtown is filled with stunning architecture currently housing local shops and eateries. Other must-sees include the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, the city’s colourful murals and the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Just outside of town is the Brandon Hills Wildlife Management Area which is great for hikers and birdwatchers alike.

Drive east of the city to find the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Museum, Seaton Provincial Park and Rest Area and then travel to Austin to visit the Manitoba Agricultural Museum and its Homesteaders' Village.

Go west to Oak Island Resort. Located on a beautiful lake, and with a campground, mini golf, swimming pool and an 18-hole Championship golf course, Oak Island is perfect for a weekend or week-long getaway. Continue west to Virden to visit both the Arts Mosaic Gallery and Virden Pioneer Home Museum. Head to Elkhorn to see the Manitoba Antique Auto Museum. A must-see is Eternal Springs with its scenic walking trails leading to a 66-ft swinging bridge.

Location: Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum | Photo credit: Travel Manitoba

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Where to Stay

Brandon has a number of great hotels, B&Bs and four campgrounds in the area, including one at Grand Valley Provincial Park.

Brandon hotel options include:

Virden hotel options include:

There are campgrounds at Eternal Springs, Elkhorn and Oak Lake.

Location: Eternal Springs, Virden | Photo credit: Travel Manitoba

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Places to Eat

You won’t go hungry in Brandon with its great selection of restaurants, including multicultural kitchens from Indian to Ethiopian. Check out The Dock on Princess for fresh tacos, Chilli Chutney for curry or Tana Ethiopian Cuisine. You can also dine at family favourites including Montana’s, East Side Marios, Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, New York Fries and Santa Lucia Pizza.

Grab a snack or ice cream at Joe Dandy’s Drive-In, just off Highway 1 near Oak Lake Beach.

Gopher Creek Coffee Company in Virden serves breakfast, sandwiches, wraps and salads.

The Garden’s Diner in Elkhorn offers a delicious homemade breakfast, Denver sandwich and homemade pies.

Location: The Dock on Princess | Photo credit: Travel Mantoba

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While You’re There

Here are some of CAA’s favourite stops on this trip.

Downtown Brandon Murals

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Eternal Springs

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Joe Dandy Drive-In

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Oak Lake Beach

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Riverbank Discovery Centre

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