Brandon lies at the heart of the southwest region of Manitoba – a land of breathtaking beauty, wondrous adventure and spectacular sites to see.
Be sure to take some time and discover the many historical sites and natural wonders found along Brandon’s Walking Tours and explore the scenic southwest. You’ll make some unexpected discoveries within a
short drive of Brandon.
Brandon Tourism at the Riverbank Discovery Centre:
545 Conservation Drive
Toll Free: 1-888-799-1111
Located along the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System and overlooking Eleanor Kidd Park is the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Home to the Brandon & Region Tourism Centre and the Ducks Unlimited Canada Offices, the Riverbank Discovery Centre contains information on the city, the southwest MB region and parts of Canada and the United States. The Centre is open year-round and has day parking for RV’s as well as a free dump site, picnic areas and also offers souvenirs and interpretive information on the natural beauty of the area. There are special displays at various times of the year, covering themes such as special events, heritage, parks, cultural activities and regional communities. An excellent asset to the southwest corner of Manitoba, be sure to visit the Riverbank Discovery Centre.
May Long Weekend until Thanksgiving.
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving until May Long Weekend.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Please note that the Discovery Centre is closed Good Friday, Remembrance Day, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day.
Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System:
Suggested starting point is the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Trail maps and a self-guided pond tour brochure are available to help you plan your walk. Spanning approximately 17 kilometers of the river, the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System is comprised of numerous trails linked together with the intent to enhance both recreational and ecological opportunities.
The corridor includes a network of parks and pathways linked by the Red Willow Pedestrian Bridge. The trail system ranges from natural river bottom forest to paved, lit walkways and links formal sports venues to downtown shopping and dining. Enjoy an afternoon stroll along the riverbank or a picnic in one of the many parks and shelters along the way.
Be sure to take in the Riverbank Discovery Centre and interpretive ponds. These ponds have become a haven for a variety of geese, ducks and waterfowl. To obtain a complete map of the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System, stop in at the Riverbank Discovery Centre #1 - 545 Conservation Drive.
Eleanor Kidd Gardens:
Both areas are closed as they are currently being rebuilt following severe flooding and dike construction.
Eleanor Kidd Park is one of the Assiniboine River Corridor’s prime attractions, located just off 18th Street on the south side of the Assiniboine River. Eleanor Kidd Gardens offer a beautiful setting, featuring a Performance Plaza with a small stage and seating area for community arts performances. There is also a Fountain Plaza featuring a life-sized bronze sculpture of a doe and two fawns by local artist Peter Sawatzky. The Gardens also boast a beautiful Stroll Garden area with a variety of annual and perennial flowerbeds and over 100 hanging baskets.
Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights:
The Power Smart Waterfall of Lights is located at the west end of MacGregor Avenue. This scenic wintertime oasis offers skating through beautiful light displays. This popular winter venue is lit from December through until the end of February, weather permitting. The park is complete with warm-up shacks, concessions, music, fire pits, benches and washroom facilities.
There are over 90 parks and playgrounds throughout the city including 4 off lease dog parks, as well as 4 Provincial Parks and one National Park within a 1 hour drive of Brandon. There are countless beaches, lakes and rivers to enjoy.
Rivers Provincial Park located 42 kms northwest of Brandon.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park located 70 kms southeast of Brandon.
Turtle Mountain Provincial Park located 108 kms south of Brandon.
William Lake Provincial Park located 101 kms south of Brandon.
Riding Mountain National Park located 99 kms north of Brandon.
For more information on tours, attractions, and scenic sights to see in the Brandon area, call Brandon Tourism at the Riverbank Discovery Centre 1-888-799-1111 or 204-729-2141.
Tourism Westman provides event and tourism information in reference to the surrounding westman area:
There are many sources of event listing within Brandon, tourism and the City of Brandon maintain the Community Events Calendar listed on the City of Brandon website: Event Calendars.
Each venue option within Brandon contains their own event calendar, and many events are advertised in the daily newspaper (Brandon Sun) and on local radio stations. Each radio station website contains an events calendar as well as ebrandon.ca and bdn.mb.ca