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Prairie Mountain Lifestyle

Prairie Mountain Health is one of five regional health authorities in Manitoba. The health region is located in the south-western corner of Manitoba.

From notable festivals, golf courses, pristine lakes for boating and fishing, and other numerous cultural and recreation events and opportunities, there’s no shortage of lifestyle activities within the Prairie Mountain Health region.

The Region is home to Riding Mountain National Park, located roughly halfway within its borders. The National Park features the picturesque town of Wasagaming, as well as 3000 square kilometres of natural boreal forest, aspen Parkland, fescue prairie and breathtaking lakes, wildlife and walking and hiking trails. Please visit the Riding Mountain National Park website.

Several beautiful provincial parks, and numerous lakes, beaches and rivers, are located within PMH region. In fact, the highest point in Manitoba also happens to be within the region’s boundary as Baldy Mountain-located in the Duck Mountains on the north-western edge of Region- features a spectacular view. For more information please visit Duck Mountain Provincial Park website.

As the Region stretches as far south as the United States Border, communities such as Boissevain, Killarney, Deloraine and Melita are just a few kilometres away from our American neighbours. The International Peace Garden-featuring 2300 acres of scenic beauty - crosses the border of Manitoba and North Dakota and is just minutes away from Boissevain, Manitoba. Please visit the International Peace Garden website.

Brandon -- with a population of over 50,000 -- was ranked #6 in 2012 MoneySense magazine as: “The Best Places in Canada to live”. Brandon is home to the fabulous Keystone Centre which houses numerous sporting, music, agriculture, and conference events.

Brandon is privileged to have West Jet daily air service (West Jet Encore) from Calgary to Brandon and there is also daily air service from Brandon to Winnipeg and Dauphin thru Perimeter Airlines.

Brandon University and the main rural campus of Assiniboine Community College are also located in the Wheat City and within Prairie Mountain Health region.

The Annual Lieutenant Governor’s Winter Festival takes place in Brandon in late January as does Manitoba Ag Days, while the Brandon Festival of the Arts takes pace in February and March. The multicultural Summer Festival in Brandon -- the true counterpart to the Winter Festival -- takes place in early July.

The region’s second city, Dauphin, is known as the Festival City -- with two nationally recognized events staged there annually. The city of over 8,500 is home to Dauphin’s Countryfest- Canada’s longest running country music festival. Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival is also hosted in the Sunshine city August long weekend an event that has been running for 50 years.

The region also has the luxury of having the ultra-modern Asessippi Ski Resort located between Russell and Roblin, Manitoba. It features 26 downhill runs, day and night skiing and snowboarding, as well as snow tubing and terrain parks.

Swan River is home to the renowned NorthWest Roundup and Rodeo in late July. The community of over 3,900 also has a brand new aquatic and wellness centre and is home to a regional centre for the University College of the North.

Neepawa, a fast growing community of over 3,600 people, is home of the annual Lily Festival, and features a designated Provincial Heritage Site and Level 2 Museum (The Margaret Laurence Home).

Minnedosa, Manitoba’s Valley Paradise, has a lake in its backyard and the community of nearly 2,600 is home to Rockin’ the Fields during August long weekend.

The growing community of Virden, in oil country, is home to the Virden Indoor Rodeo and Wild West Daze in late August and several heritage buildings and sites unique to western Canada.

This is just a small summary of lifestyle events and attractions within Prairie Mountain Health Region. With 54 municipalities and 14 First Nation communities, it is an arduous task to list them all.

As you surely know by now, there are thousands of possibilities within a region that is larger than some European countries and U.S. states!

More information on living in Prairie Mountain area and in Manitoba can be found by visiting the following links: