Hardwater Fishing Made Easy

It’s no surprise to locals to see parades of neatly decorated ice fishing shacks on the streets and trunk highways around Dauphin during the late fall months. This season certainly began later than those in recent memory and avid fishermen & women waited patiently for the stubborn warmth of fall to turn to the chilled, icy, red-cheeking air of our beloved Manitoba winters. Some of the more industrious kind went so far as to build new shacks in the comfort of their own driveways, which required deep contemplation on the meaning of fishing.


But, as the weeks wore on, so did the predictable wane of the sun and eventually the waters of Lake Dauphin froze enough for tents and ATV’s , fishermen and women huddled around single holes for the day. After that we began to see the villages of shacks smattered across Lake Dauphin like some ancient and crazy civilization that has not yet realized it is warmer as you head south.

Ice fisherpeople are a hardy folk – the survivalist types, if you will. Early mornings, trekking out to the shack in frigid weather, struggling to get a fire going once inside, frozen fingers sticking to the stove door. But the fires do get going and the shacks transform into saunas on the sea, layers of fluffy winter clothing hung for the time being while family and friends wait for bites, dreaming of the great fish fry. Lake Dauphin is a quintessential prairie lake and on a clear day the bluebird sky stretches on forever. Holes are drilled outside the shack most especially on these days and a mid-winter sunburn becomes a coveted achievement.

When the fishing is great – the competition is fierce:


When it’s not so great, fisherfolk can be VERY grateful:

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Some fish are big:


Some are a little smaller:


But make no mistake – all are tasty!

Fishing on Lake Dauphin is usually quite successful and can be just as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer! For more information on guided ice fishing tours on Lake Dauphin, look no further than legendary fisherman, Sticky of Sticky’s Bait and Tackle.  This guy brings a wealth of knowledge on fishing and hunting in the region and surely knows all the secret spots if you are a newbie to the area. Fishing licenses are available at Sticky’s as well! If you’re looking for a fun-filled weekend in the Parkland Region, make Dauphin your home base! It’s only a short drive from popular Clear Lake, Elkhorn and historic Wasagaming Townsite , another to the pristine forests and lakes of the Duck Mountains and 15 minutes from Lake Dauphin where the fish bite so often it makes hardwater fishing easy as fry. (Get it? We said fry, instead of pie. Because it rhymes.)

Winterlife in Dauphin Begins!

With lakes, forests, hiking, biking and festivals in the summer months in Dauphin, one would think this little city hibernates for the winter. This is simply untrue. With Ye Olde Season of Giving right around the corner, Dauphin’s Winterlife campaign is in full swing, commencing this Friday, November 27, with the Annual Tree Lighting ceremony, Moonlight Madness and the Annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, November 28 starting at 5:30 pm. Take a look at all the fun & free winter activities happening Saturday on our handy parade route map. They’ll get you into the mood for a parade, to be sure!

If you’re planning on doing some shopping this weekend and throughout the next month, be sure to follow our online Shop Local campaign! Picking up a gift at a local business? Post a pic on your social media channels and use the campaign hashtag, #shopdauphin, for your chance to win amazing prize packs with goodies from local biz! If you’re doing some Moonlight Madness shopping this weekend, try your hand at the Chamber’s annual retail challenge, the Christmas Quest! They have HUGE winnings that might just make Christmas shopping a little easier on the pocket book! A link to their contest card is here – you can print one right now! CHRISTMAS QUEST CONTEST CARD

The events only begin with this weekend. Check out our poster and feel free to print one and put it up in your workplace and of course, always take a peek at our events calendar, which is also printable and great to keep your friends and colleagues in the know!

So get on those boots and fuzzy mittens! We can’t wait to see you out, enjoying the beautiful winter season!

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Dauphin Spotlight – December

We are in full holiday mode with so many different events going on around our Winter Wonderland! Here are Decembers Spotlight events…

DEC 2, 5, 9, 16, 20 – Get out and cheer on YOUR Dauphin Kings! Nothing says winter in Canada like a good old hockey game. Lots of fun things are happening at the games this month such as the draw for the Tractor Lotto at the December 9th game, the tickets can be purchased at the games prior too. There will be a Teddy Bear Toss at the December 5th game, so bring a teddy bear to throw on the ice when the Kings score their first goal! Also bring your skates along because after the game you can Skate with the Kings!

DEC 5-31 – The Dauphin RIDE Program will begin on Friday, Dec. 5, and will continue each Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of December, as well as on Wed Dec 31 for New Year’s Eve. Remember if you have your vehicle with you and you are out drinking alcohol call the RIDE Program for a safe RIDE home for both you and your vehicle. Call 638-5707.

DEC 6 – Join us for Christmas at the Fort from 1:00 – 4:00pm for sleigh rides, games, hot chocolate and stories with Mrs Claus! Admission is FREE, however it is asked that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our local food bank.

DEC 10 – Bring your bright ideas to the City Council at our “Bright Ideas for Dauphin” event. What should our community look like moving forward? Come to the Lion’s Den in the Parkland Rec Complex at 6:15pm for an evening of collaborative discussions about economic development, recreation, arts & culture and more! RSVP required by December 5th, 2014 to ideas@dauphin.ca.

DEC 12 – The Dauphin Friendship Centre is holding their Annual Christmas Dinner & Dry Dance. This is an adult only event so call the babysitter for the kiddies. Dinner is at 6:00pm with a dance to follow. There will be a silent auction and mocktail bar. Tickets available at the Dauphin Friendship Centre but only 200 tickets will be sold so get ‘em will they last!

DEC 20 – The Christmas classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be presented by the Youth Arts Committee on December 20th at the Dauphin Public Library. There will be Christmas carols, poems, dance and just maybe a sweet treat! This event is FREE and all ages are welcome. Be there at 3:00pm, the Grinch hates when people are late.


That’s not all… Check out more events happening in our community HERE.

Dauphin Spotlight – November

There is LOTS going on in our City this month! We have events going on for the whole family and some for when you just need a night out. Here are Novembers Spotlight events…

NOV 6 – Make your way down to the New Life Centre on November 6th at 7:00pm for some contemporary Bluegrass music. Bring the family and enjoy this FREE concert!

NOV 7 – Explore Ten Thousand Villages at the Ten Thousand Villages Global Sale. Surround yourself with unique products from artisans and small-scale farmers in developing countries. This event is brought to you by Ten Thousand Villages, a Fair Trade organization and non-profit program of Mennonite Central Committee which does relief, development and peace work world-wide. Check out this cultural event at St. Paul’s Anglican Church 404- 1st St. SW from 10:00am-4:00pm.

NOV 7 – Are you looking for a part-time or full-time job? Wanting to work during the holiday season? Looking for your first job? If you said YES, we have the event for you! Make sure you head down to the Dauphin Market Place Mall from 10:30am-4:30pm for the 8th Annual Employee Recruitment Drive. Don’t forget your resume!

NOV 8 – We have a celebrity hitting Dauphin! Brad Pattison is the host of the hit TV series “At the end of my leash” “Puppy SOS”, author of several books and has over 20 years of experience working with and training dogs. He will be hosting a workshop called “Street Safety Training” beginning at 3:00pm at the Barker School Gymnasium. You will learn tips on the best way to train your dog and you will be able to ask the expert your questions. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at the Parkland Humane Society, Dauphin Vet Clinic and Uptown Vet Clinic.

NOV 8 – Handmade is better! Make sure you mark your calendars for the Christmas Craft Sale happening from 10:00am-4:00pm. There will be a wide variety of handmade items for sale just in time for the holiday season! After your done shopping relax with a cup of tea in the Tea Room.

NOV 9 – Check out the Juno award winning Folk Pop group, The Strumbellas. They are coming to the Watson Art Centre for a concert to remember! If you like FolkPop, RockGrass, AltCountry then this is something you want to take in. Tickets are $36.00 plus fees and taxes. The doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00pm.

NOV 13 – The king returns! If you are an Elvis fan, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Daylin James, the 2011 Canadian International Elvis Tribute Artist Gospel Grand Champion will be performing at St. Paul’s Anglican Church (404 1st Street). The doors open at 6:15pm and the show begins at 7:00pm. Tickets are only $20 and are available at Dauphin Music and Electronics or by calling: 204-638-1463 204-638-6531.

NOV 23 – High Valley is coming to Dauphin! If you love country music, the Watson Art Centre on November 23rd is the place to be! With hits such as “Have I told you I love you lately” and “Country Line” this will be an incredible evening. The doors open at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. The ticket price is $29.00 plus fees and tax. You can purchase tickets online at www.countryfest.ca or in person at 28-2nd Avenue NE, Dauphin or by calling 1-800-361-7300.

NOV29 – Ahh holiday traditions… The Knights of Columbus Christmas Parade of Lights is fast approaching! It will take place on November 29th at 5:30pm, same route as the previous year. So buddle up and bring the family for the kick off to the holiday season! (It will be here before we know it)


That’s not all… Check out more events happening in our community HERE

Dauphin Spotlight – October

OCT 1 – Come down to Bruce’s Firehouse to take in some dirt road rock and roll from Kingston, Ontario. Tom Savage will take the stage at 8:00pm. His country music tour will take him throughout Canada and we can’t wait to have him rock the stage in Dauphin! Doors will open at 7:30pm. Call in advance for tickets 204-638-4834 or pick them up at the door prior to show time.

OCT 4 – Bring on the laughs! The Dauphin & District Community Foundation presents Big Daddy Tazz. Tazz is equal parts comedian and motivational speaker, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. As a result, his one-man shows have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations from coast-to-coast. Enjoy appetizers and cocktails as well as Philanthropist of the year award. Doors open at 7:00pm at the Dauphin & District Allied Arts Centre. Tickets are $40 and are available at the Community Foundation office at City Hall.

OCT 8 – While the weather outside is cooling off, you’ll need to warm up. Best chilly weather food? Chili! The Annual Chili Cook Off hosted by the Parkland Mental Health promotion committee is on from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Dauphin Friendship Center back hall. Admission is only $2! You’ll get to sample and vote for your favorite Chili. There will also be a wellness raffle, and live entertainment! To enter your chill into the event call Pam at 204-622-4189.

OCT 19 – Mark your calendars! Fred Eaglesmith hits the stage for a concert to remember at the Watson Art Centre. Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show begins at 8:00pm.

OCT 24 – TGIF! Spend your Friday enjoying good wine, good food and good company at the Rotary Wine Tasting. This evening will feature instructed wine tasting, fine finger foods and mingling with friends at the Lion’s Den, Parkland Rec Complex. Tickets are $25 and available from any Rotary member as well as at the Dauphin MLCC.

OCT 31 – Witches, warlocks, goblins, oh my! Get dressed up and come to the Watson Art Centre for a live performance by Krazy Madness, a metal/rock who play tribute to many classic metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Quiet Riot, Jimi Hendrix and many more. Get ready for some spoOoky fun and cash prizes!