Resolutions for Another Great Year in Winnipeg

December 30th, 2009 by Emma Durand-Wood

It’s been a pretty amazing year for me here in the ‘Peg. This blog has turned out to be one of the neatest things I’ve done in a long time. And while I’ve lost my two fellow bloggers (Laurel moved to be closer to her family in August, and Aaron recently took a job out of province), it’s my goal to keep the blog going here for the foreseeable future. Anyone interested in guest posting?

Anyway, since the end of the year is the perfect time for lists, and in particular, lists of resolutions, I decided to put some thought into what I’d like to do in 2010 here in my adopted hometown.

  • Try the hot chocolate at Constance Popp Chocolatiers… I’m told it’s spectacular!
  • Go skating on the world’s longest naturally-frozen skating trail, a.k.a. The River Trail.
  • Go to Grand Beach, apparently one of the best beaches in the world!
  • Do Part 2 of the search for Winnipeg’s Best Imperial Cookie with Laurel when she visits in February during Festival du Voyageur
  • Go to the Farmer’s Market more often
  • Start backyard composting
  • Explore the Exchange District
  • Go to more concerts (looking forward to 2010: The Concert this weekend!)
  • Patronize local businesses more often. Some recent neighbourhood discoveries include Sam’s Place and Sonya’s Family Restaurant (see an awesome write-up of Sonya’s at Breakfast in Winnipeg). The closure of McNally Robinson is yet another reminder to shop locally if local businesses matters to you! I’m going to try to make more of an effort this year to do that.
  • Find a family doctor, dentist, and massage therapist – this one may prove the hardest. I found an optometrist close to my house who I really like, but my current doctor’s office is a 25-minute drive away and not really doing it for me. I have yet to find a dentist though I’ve got some leads. An RMT would be great, too! Any recommendations for these health professionals in East Kildonan?

Off the top of my head, those are just a few of the things I’d like to do over the next year. With any luck I’ll accomplish most of them and remember to report back this time next year. I’d love to hear others’ Winnipeg-related resolutions for 2010… please share in the comments!

With the year almost through, I want to give big props to my fellow Winnipeg bloggers — thanks for all the great reads this year.  To everyone who’s commented at Winnipeg O’ My Heart, I appreciate your thoughts, suggestions, and ideas. You’ve all provided an excellent orientation to this fine city.  I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2010!

9 Responses to “Resolutions for Another Great Year in Winnipeg”

  1. mrchristian says:

    Happy New Year !

    Great idea about guest posters. it would be neat if any newcomers from other parts off the globe are out there. Maybe they don’t have enough time to have a blog but it would be great to get a post from an Ethiopian’s perspective !

    I’ve gotta relax more in 2010. Too much going on in 2009. Taking in more local events is top of the list. I moved a bit further out of downtown than I’ve even lived (all the way in the West End) and I used that a bit too much as an excuse for not getting out and enjoying the free stuff in the Exchange etc.

    Your talk about exploring, trying new places – a blog I found just before Christmas is . She checked out 30 local businesses (most with local-content goods) in 30 days and seems as if she’s going to continue in 2010. You might find some additional places to discover there !

    All the best in 2010 !


  2. mrchristian says:

    P.S. When Laurel is back in town, gotta take her ice fishing !

  3. Alec Holowka says:

    Skip Grand Beach and hit up Victoria Beach instead. 🙂

  4. cherenkov says:

    I resolve to get out and see local bands or musicians more often this year.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Laurel says:

    Mr. Christian – Me plus live, flopping fish are probably not a good combination (though I don’t doubt it’d be entertaining for everyone else involved!). My resolution is to stick to cookies and caribou 😉

  6. mrchristian says:

    Oh, fishing is about fourth on the list of what you do when you fish. The first all involved drinking and eating junk food!

  7. Laurel says:

    Ice fishing sounds right up my alley, then!

  8. I’ve resolved to finish some of the projects I started, some of which have been languishing for years…

  9. Ilissa says:

    Great resolutions! I grew up in E.K. so I have a few suggestions for health care professionals. I’ve been to the same dentist for probably 10 years now. Dr. Vaughn Rattai is the dentist at Kilcona Dental ( The staff in the office are all nice.

    As for a doctor, I would suggest trying to get into Access River East on Henderson. I’ve been there for roughly 6 years now and I like it. I wasn’t crazy about my first doctor but managed to switch to a great one within the past year. Her name is Dr. Halmerson. She is very easy to talk to and seems to really care about her patients.

    Best of luck with your search!

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