Arts & Culture
Arts and culture are a very important part of what makes Brandon such a great place to live. The Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium is a hub for professional, amateur musical and drama performances. The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba showcases the work of international, national, regional and local artists and has been providing hands on art instruction for over 75 years. Brandon University is home to the renowned School of Music and serves as a magnet for a diverse range of musical talent. Local musicians regularly perform in local restaurants and lounges that have incorporated live music into their ambiance. With countless volunteer and professional theatre, arts, dance and musical groups, Brandon offers metropolitan culture with small town heart.
Brandon has a reputation as a sports oriented city full of top-notch recreation facilities that include one of the largest convention, entertainment, agricultural and recreation complexes of its kind in Western Canada. Throughout the city one can find National Hockey League sized ice surfaces, numerous sheets of curling ice, an indoor soccer arena, multiple indoor fitness centers, racquet ball and squash courts, an outdoor running track, skateboard park, numerous pools, one being Olympic sized, and four children's water spray parks. Recreation hubs designed to enhance leisure opportunities in a manner than enables active participation from families, youth, seniors and anyone who wants to be active are located throughout the community. Multiple 9 and 18 hole golf courses and driving ranges, each offering its own distinctive feature or flare are readily accessible. For those that like a bit of variety, over 30 beautifully groomed golf courses are located within driving distance from Brandon.(Manitoba Golf Courses)
The Assiniboine River Corridor stretches 17 km through Brandon and is the ideal setting for canoeing, water sports, fishing, picnic spots and a host of other activities. An extensive trail system that ranges from natural river bottom forest to 44 km of paved, lit walkways connects pedestrians to sports venues, downtown shopping and dining.
The area is an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts with countless parks, forests, rivers, and lakes within a short drive of Brandon. Brandon has three downhill ski areas within two hours and is connected to trails that will lead riders into a snowmobiler’s paradise. In addition, Brandon is uniquely positioned near the Spirit Sands, a prairie desert phenomenon located within Spruce Woods Provincial Park, a 40 minute drive east of Brandon. The nearby Provincial Parks have countless summer and winter activities; Turtle Mountain Provincial Park is a 60 minute drive south and Rivers Provincial Park is a 30 minute drive north east of Brandon. The spectacular Riding Mountain National Park is a one hour drive north of Brandon.
The International Peace Garden is located 100 km south of Brandon, a 60 minute drive. Inspired by the vision of Henry J. Moore, the concept of an International Peace Garden at the heart of this continent was nurtured into life 1929. The 9.5 km2 International Peace Garden was established as a living symbol and tribute to the historic fact that Canada and the United States of America have been at peace with each other for more than 200 years.
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