Peg Gratitude: Day 23 – Thermea

January 11th, 2020 by Emma Durand-Wood

My sister-in-law and I have been taking each other to Thermea – Winnipeg’s amazing outdoor Nordic spa – for our birthdays for a few years now. It is truly one of the most relaxing, enjoyable experiences I can think of!! I used to feel a little sheepish raving about Thermea – it seemed a little […]

Peg Gratitude: Day 10 – Plain Bicycle Project

December 10th, 2019 by Emma Durand-Wood

I’ve said it here before, but getting my bike through the Plain Bicycle Project changed my life. Sure, it maybe could have been another bike, but when I heard about the project, I just fell in love with the beautiful upright bikes, and could really see myself riding one. I loved the idea of a […]


December 23rd, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Since becoming a couple, my husband and I have alternated between spending Christmas here in Manitoba and going home to Alberta (funny, I wrote “home” without even thinking about it!). The holidays over the last few years have been kind of bittersweet for me. When I was young, Christmas was the same every year. All […]

Words on Winnipeg

December 5th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Confession: I have had a draft of this post sitting in my dashboard for at least 2 years, and Little Gray Bird’s post on Manitoba books was the nudge I needed to finally finish it. She writes, “When I moved to Manitoba I really didn’t know much about the province. One way for me to […]

A Terrific Trifecta on Main Street

November 24th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

Today I had the chance to finally pop into a shop I’ve been meaning to check out for several months. While I was at it, I realized that there are actually three awesome businesses within 2 blocks of each other. Hence I have dubbed the stretch on Main St. between Hartford and Kilbride the Terrific […]

First time: Panicking About LeisureOnline, Then Loving 311

August 28th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

I’ve really enjoyed reading the new-ish blog “It feels like the first time” over the last couple months, especially the posts on Winnipeggy stuff. I had my very own “first” today, and as for this post’s title, well, you know what they say about imitation. Anyway, today was my first time using LeisureOnline to register […]

What (Else) to Expect When You’re Expecting in Winnipeg

May 7th, 2012 by Emma Durand-Wood

It’s been almost two years since I wrote a post called “What to Expect When You’re Expecting in Winnipeg” – which is the #3 most popular post I’ve ever written (two years later, I’m still getting comments on it)! There are a few new things around town to report on, so I thought it would […]

Weird Wedding Traditions of Winnipeg: Socials

June 1st, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

Well, it’s just about wedding season, and that means only one thing in Winnipeg… weird wedding traditions! I sort of avoided writing this post for a while, since it’s bound to ruffle some feathers. I’ve touched on it before, but not in any real depth. So here it is: Winnipeg (well, Manitoba) has some weird […]

Portage & Main

May 31st, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

I’m sneaking this quick post into my workday (sorry, Steve!) to make note of the awesome use of the #portageandmain hashtag on Twitter over the last couple of days, but escalating this morning as we await the 11am press conference to announce (we assume) the return of an NHL team to Winnipeg. I had to […]

Oh no, no Hé Ho!

February 26th, 2011 by Emma Durand-Wood

Much to my chagrin, I haven’t been able to make it to Festival du Voyageur this year. In explanation, a simple equation: baby + extra-cold temperatures / all of our babysitters are busy going to Festival = no go for us! But never fear, we managed to enjoy a little Festival in the comfort of […]