Take a Day Trip on Paved Roads

Is that July weather calling you? Do you want to drop the top down and feel the wind on your face?

Sunrise Corner has over 80 kilometres of paved roads! Along the way, you’ll find provincial forest, museums, good food and historical sites.
Let our highways be your next destination.

Check out the infographic below to plan your trip.

 

To download the map click here: Paved Roads Map To download the infograph, click here: Paved Roads Infograph

Happy driving!

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Celebrate Summer this July

Get ready for heart-racing, boot-stamping’ country fun this July, heading into the heart of summer with Canada Day celebrations and much more!

Canada Day

Vita, MB June 30-July 1, 2018

vita parade

Take two days to enjoy live music, rodeo and perogy dinners at the Vita Canada Day celebrations! Heartland

Rodeo, local artists performing at night and kids activities – there’s something for everyone! And you don’t want to miss the best fireworks in the south, July 1st at dusk! For more information and a detailed schedule, visit Vita Canada Day on Facebook!

South Junction July 1, 2018

Out for a laid back Canada Day with friends and family? Join the community of South Junction for live music, hot dogs and fireworks at 8:30 at the South Junction park.

St. Labre 200

St. Labre July 6-7, 2018

At St. Labre 200, country fun goes wild! Watch on Day 1 as contestants build their own go-carts. Day 2 is race day – don’t miss as contestants speed around the track to bragging rights and glory. Visit St. Labre 200 on Facebook for more information!go cart racing

Gardenton Ukrainian Festival

Gardenton July 14, 2018

This tiny village will be booming as the most exciting cultural festival in Sunrise Corner heats up. Sing or dance along with the Ukrainian performers; enjoy a delicious traditional Ukrainian meal; and learn about the lives of Manitoba’s Ukrainian settlers with guided tours of the museum. The festivities continue all night with an old-time Ukrainian dance, complete with a live band to polka and two-step your heart out to! It’s definitely a festival to add to your bucket list! For more info, email Kelvin: Kdc0925@gmail.com

34th Annual Slow Pitch Tournament

South Junction July 28, 2018

Come out to the South Junction ball diamonds and watch local teams, made up entirely of families, play for bragging rights! Canteen, rainbow auction and beer gardens open till 1 AM – you’re not going to want to miss it!

 

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Things to Do This June

As the weather heats up, there’s no better way to spend a day than outside with friends and family, or cool off with a community event. Here are some of the events you don’t want to miss this month! (Workshops and tours may require advance registration. Please visit their individual sites for more information!)

June-September

Gardenton Heritage Tour

Catch the tall grass prairie fever with botanist Laura Reeves, as she shares her passion for this endangered ecosystem with a walk around the Prairie Shore Trail (1 mile, easy terrain). Then step into the lives of early Ukrainian settlers by touring the Historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church, while those dedicated to its preservation enlighten you with stories of years gone by. Feeling hungry? Local volunteers will be waiting for you at the Gardenton Museum with delicious home-made Ukrainian cuisine and an eagerness to share their memories and stories with you as you tour the Museum grounds and buildings. For more information about this amazing tour option, please visit the Gardenton Park & Museum on Facebook!

 

June 2, 2018 (Postponed to June 16!)

Star Gazing Party

Learn about the cosmos from the experts! Join the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and the Nature Conservancy for a night of stargazing in the Tall Grass Prairie. Taking place at the Weston Family Tall Grass Prairie Interpretive Centre just outside of Stuartburn, MB at 9:00 PM.

Susydka Ukrainian Dance Recital

Come out at 2:00 to celebrate Ukrainian culture! Everyone is welcome to come watch the vibrant Susydka dancers as they light up the stage with traditional folk dances and colourful costumes from Ukraine. Takes place at the Shevchenko School in Vita, MB. Tickets at the door. susydka dancers

Spring Marketsoutheast farmer's market

Southeast Farmer’s Market presents the Spring Market in South Junction! Come visit the local vendors from 10-3 at the Pine Grove Seniors Club.

June 9, 2018

Highway 201 Garage Sale

Come one and all for the biggest community garage sale in Sunrise Corner! Takes place at the Vita Rec Centre in Vita, MB from 9-3.

June 10, 2018

Annual Museum Picnic

Come for community – come for history. Join the Sprague & District Historical Museum at 1:00 for the special opening of the trapper’s shed display. Local talent will be performing. Refreshments and lunch are provided. Free admission!

June 16, 2018

Supper and Dance

Come for an evening of socializing, music and Ukrainian food at the Vita Friendship Centre. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Tickets are $15. To get tickets, call: 204-425-3706

June 2 & 23, 2018

Ground Training Horsemanship Series

Join Eagle Ridge Ranch and Wellness Centre for two day-long workshops focusing on the horse/human relationship. These three-hour workshops are taught, hands-on, by a certified horsemanship instructor and will build successively on each other. See eagleridgewellness.ca for more details!

June 23, 2018

Family Foraging and Wilderness Skills Workshop

Join botanist Laura Reeves in this workshop tailored for families! Have fun foraging for wild edibles, learning to make ropes, build fires, and so much more. Interactive games will helps develop empathy and awareness for nature. Visit psbotanicals.com for more details! 

 

 

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Outsmart Wildfires

Fires have been burning dangerously close to farm lands and residents in the RMs of Stuartburn and Piney for the past three

days.

Wildfires take an enormous amount of resources to monitor and control, not to mention the strain they put on communities.

There is a complete burn ban in effect in both the RMs of Piney and Stuartburn, and travel restrictions in the RM of Piney. This means that there should be absolutely no open fires, and vehicles should stay off the backroads.

It’s important to do your part in protecting lands and residents from the threat of
fire. Manitoba Wildfire Information suggests these tips for preventing wildfires:

  1. Avoid setting fires on days of low humidity, gusting winds and high temperatures.
  2. Pay attention to burn bans and fire ratings, and know the laws related to burn permits!
  3. Keep fire pits and burn barrels away from homes, trees and dry bushes. ONLY burn in designated areas! (Note: as of April 30, 2018 there is a COMPLETE BURN BAN)
  4. Keep constant supervision over your fire and make sure it is fully extinguished.
  5. Don’t throw cigarettes out of your car windows!
  6. Be a smart ATV or dirt bike rider – their exhaust systems can ignite fires.
  7. Check all farm and lawn equipment to ensure spark arrestors are working properly.
  8. Make sure chimneys and fireplaces meet regulations and building codes.
  9. NEVER set off fireworks without a permit.
  10. Report wildfires immediately!

Emergency Measures Organization says that residents in areas of high risk should be ready for an evacuation of at least 72 hours. If you are a resident, here’s how you can prepare to evacuate:

  • Know your all of your family members’ unique needs (medical or otherwise).
  • Be ready to evacuate any pets.
  • Make plans and have necessities ready to take with you.

For more information you can visit the RM offices in Vita or Vassar

You can also visit visit: www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/

For updates, watch @rmofstuartburn and @rmofpiney on Facebook.

 

Sources:

RM of Piney Newsletter, May 2018

“Fire Prevention Tips”, www.manitoba.ca/wildfire/;

“72 Hours of Preparedness”, Emergency Measures Organization

www.winnipeg.ctvnews.ca 

 

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Warm Up with Winter Contests!

The Winter Photo and Snow Sculpture Contests are taking off today!

Pack your camera, or get some friends together, and get your creative hat on.

You could win cash prizes, or a gift package including a Canadian Tire gift certificate and tickets to the Vita & Area Winter Festival dinner and dance.

Photo Contest:

Sunrise Corner wants your winter photos!

Photo: Lucie Maynard

We will be accepting photos of winter recreation, scenery, wildlife and every day life to use in our promotional and tourism materials. All photos MUST be taken within Sunrise Corner (the RMs of Piney or Stuartburn).

Entrants should submit NO MORE than 10 photos before February

1, 2018 at 4:30 pm. You can submit photos by sending them to info@sunrisecornermbc.ca

Prizes: First place winner receives $300 cash, second place winner receives $200 cash and third place winner receives $100 cash.

Important things to remember:

Photo: Jennifer Greaves
  • Each entrant should submit no more than 10 photos
  • Caption must include the location the photo was taken
  • Names must be provided for every person featured in a photo (consent must be given)
  • All photos must be in the original digital format taken by the photographer, no larger than 4MB

Please see the Winter photo contest rules before submitting your photos!

Photo: Julie Yatsko

Snow Sculpture Contest:

Get a team together (or be your own master builder!) and enter the Sunrise Corner Snow Sculpture Contest!

Anyone can enter, young or old, to win tickets to the Vita & Area Winter Festival dinner and dance and a $50 Canadian Tire gift card. One prize will be awarded in each the youth and adult categories.

How to enter:

  • Build your sculpture
  • Take a selfie of you and/or your team with the sculpture and submit it to info@sunrisecornermb.ca with the subject line “Sunrise Snow Art”.
  • Post it to social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) using the hashtag: #sunrisesnowart

The deadline is January 5, 2018 at 12 MIDNIGHT!

See the poster below for more details:

 

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Hunting Season in Sunrise Corner 2017

It’s hunting season, and Sunrise Corner is ready for you!

Our Seasons:

White Tailed Deer
Archery: Ends Nov. 12
Youth Muzzleloader: Ends Nov. 12
Muzzleloader: Ends Nov. 12
General (Rifle): November 13-26

Bear hunting ended November 1!

Wolf: Ends March 31

Coyote: Ends Feb. 28

Grouse: Ends Jan. 1
Gray Partridge: Ends Jan. 1

Ducks, Coots, Snipe: Ends Nov. 30
Woodcock: Ends Nov. 30
Dark & White Geese: Ends Nov. 30
Sandhill Crane: Ends Nov. 30

Places to Stay:

The Vintage Lodge– Woodridge

Vita Hotel– Vita

Pine View Campground (year round)- Woodridge

KC’s Outfitting– Sundown

Sprague River Inn– Sprague

South Junction Co-op– South Junction

Get your licences HERE:

Co-op- South Junction

St. Anne’s Co-op- Vita

Vintage Corner Store- Woodridge

Vassar Corner Store

More Information:

Please reference the 2017 Hunting Guide for this year’s regulations, licensing and zone information: 2017 Hunting Guide

Special hunting land leases are available within Sunrise Corner. Please contact the RM of Piney of for more information: http://rmofpiney.mb.ca/rm-land-available/

The Manitoba Wildlife Federation has a local club that operates out of the Vita area. Click for more information about the Vita & District Wildlife Club

To be eligible for a Manitoba hunting licence you must be 12 years of age or older, and possess a valid Manitoba Hunter Education Certificate.  For general hunting information, regulations and licensing go to www.manitoba.ca/conservation

Some tips:

  • Please respect private property and ‘No Hunting’ signage
  • Sunrise Corner is home to farms and others who enjoy nature. Watch for horseback riders, stray livestock, and hikers.
  • Stay safe by wearing orange
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How To Geocache 101

Are you excited for the geocache contest, but don’t know how to start? Read on and get the run-down on this exciting activity.

In a nutshell: Geocaching is a treasure hunting game for people of all ages and skill levels. Participants look for hidden ‘caches’, or containers, using GPS coordinates. Geocaching is a worldwide game so caches could be hidden literally anywhere.

How to play: Geocaching is a large community, so you are best off going straight to geocaching.com and perusing their website. You’ll have access to a map, informational videos, and the official app that you can use to geocache.

The app is really user friendly, kind of like GoogleMaps. It’s free to use on the easy level, and you can search for geocaches according to your location. Once you click ‘start’ on a geocache, the compass will take you right there. There are also notes on what to expect, amenities and potential hazards. But you don’t have to use the app. GPS coordinates are available on the website for every cache listed. You can simply type them into your GPS or smartphone maps app.

Caches come in all shapes and sizes. The first cache I found was the size of my pinkie finger, magnetized to the back of a road sign! So this is a game for the observant eye.

When you’ve found a cache, there will be a paper log inside it for you to sign. You can sign this log and/or sign it electronically via the app! It is literally just a click of a button away. The goal for many geocachers is to get as many logged finds as possible – making it competitive.

Sometimes there are trinkets inside the caches or trackables (a trinket with a GPS trackable code linked to it). A general rule of thumb for geocachers is to leave behind something of equal value to what you took. If you take a trackable, you are responsible to pass it on to another cache. This is a fun way for geocachers to see how far their community spreads!

What makes Sunrise Corner’s geocache challenge different? There are 13 caches in the contest, but only 12 are listed on geocaching.com See our  downloadable poster for coordinates. Each cache is attached to a larger monument that is themed to its location, making them easy to find. It’s perfect for family. There are also trinkets in the cache, but these are for you to take – they don’t need replacing. The contest starts September 1, 2017 – but you can start geocache any time you want!

Troubleshooters:

The cache is damaged, wet or missing.

A. Contact the owner of the cache! There will always be contact information online or in the log.

B. Check your coordinates if it appears to be missing. The coordinates will sometimes only take you within a couple feet of the cache. If you don’t look around, you may never find a small cache.

C. If you’re a serious geocacher, you’ll probably have extra logs, pens and paper along with you to replenish an empty cache. It’s very appreciated when you do.

What if I’m not connected to the internet when I’m geocaching?

A. Geocaching.com’s app is quite functional out of service if you start geocaching in service. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have data on your smartphone.

B. Invest in a GPS unit and enter the coordinates in manually.

How do I win the contest?

A. Sunrise Corner will give away a backpack to the first 100 people to find all 13 caches. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself and the monument and send all 13 to info@sunrisecornermb.ca (preferably all at once).

B. To enter the draw for the grand prize, post a picture of you and a monument on social media with our hashtag #sunrisegeocache. The draw will make place November 1, 2017

For more information about geocaching, watch this helpful video!

 

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Be Wildlife Smart!

Sunrise Corner is abundant in wildlife such as Black Bears, wolves, coyotes, snapping turtles, birds of prey, racoons and more! Be wildlife smart this summer by following our wildlife guide:

black bear crossing driveway
Black Bear crossing driveway

1. Don’t corner or provoke. Wild animals will generally avoid humans if they aren’t provoked or cornered.

2. Talk, sing, and make noise when you walk through bear country. This makes them aware you’re coming so they can avoid you.

3. Walk, don’t run! Walk slowly away if faced by a wild animal.

4. When camping, don’t leave food in your tent. Instead, keep it in a vehicle or hang it high from a tree branch.

5. Don’t leave children unattended! There have been lots of bear sightings in Sunrise Corner. Stay safe and watch your kids.

6. Don’t try to touch, hold or interact with baby animals in the wild. This can cause the mother animal to reject her young.

7. Be calm. We share this area with the wildlife and can cohabitate peacefully.

 

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Get Ready for Canada Day!

Canada will be 150 years old in less than a month!

Vlaasta Enns, 91, of Middlebro is showing off her creativity with her Canada-themed flowerbed and quilt!ideas for Canada Day

How are you planning to celebrate?

Attend Events!

South Junction – Fireworks

Canada Day events are popular ways to celebrate Canada’s birthday, with food stands,

fireworks and rodeos. This year, events are going to be over the top because we’ve hit 150! Plan on attending Canada Day in South Junction on

Vita Canada Day Rodeo

June 30th at 8:30 pm with local entertainment and fireworks! Then wake up bright and early for Vita’s Canada Day parade on July 1st. There will be kid’s activities, rodeo and much more!

Decorate Your Yard!

The RM of Stuartburn is holding a yard decorating contest for Canada Day this year! Deck those flowerbeds and hang your flags for cash prizes! To register your lawn call: 425-3218 or email: inquiries@rmofstuartburn.com

Cook Canadian

Celebrate with a full stomach by trying out some authentic Canadian recipes! Get your mouth watering with some homemade poutine or lobster mac n’ cheese. Use ingredients like pure maple syrup, bacon and beer!

Learn Our History

There’s nothing more celebratory than learning about our history. The Sprague and District Museum has an informative display on Canada and the RM of Piney’s role in the last 150 years. To learn more about Ukrainian culture in Canada, visit the Gardenton

Gardenton Museum
Ukrainian school house in Gardenton

Ukrainian Museum. Canada is rich in culture and heritage. Learn your local history!

sprague museum

 

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Foraging Guide

Sunrise Corner is rich in wild edibles and usable plant life. If you come in the right season, you can find a plethora of berries, mushrooms and plants for your enjoyment.

For your safety and enjoyment, please refer to this guide when you forage:

  • Be respectful of private property and nature reserves
  • Share the edibles – don’t pick everything there is in the area
  • Be wild animal smart – there is lots of wildlife here!
  • Know the difference between edible and poisonous plants – buy a wild edibles guide!
  • Prepare your edibles safely – buy a preparation guide or take a workshop on preparing wild edibles

If you’re interested in learning more about foraging, consider taking a workshop by Prairie Shore Botanicals! For more information, visit www.psbotanicals.com

Not sure when to come? Here’s a seasonal guide to some popular wild edibles growing around Sunrise Corner:

  • Cattails can be harvested in early spring or fall
  • Morel mushrooms can be found in spring, once the dandelions begin to flower
  • Wintergreen berries should be picked before June
  • Blueberries, wild raspberries and Saskatoons start around July
  • Chokecherries ripen in early August
  • Lobster Mushrooms can be found in mid-summer
  • Hazelnuts are ready to harvest in August
  • Acorns can be harvested between August and October
  • Highbush Cranberries should be picked after a frost

These dates are not set in stone. Before you visit, ask around to see if the season has started!

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