Located in the province of Manitoba, Canada, Brandon is the second-largest city in the province. Brandon sits at the banks of Assiniboine River, west of Winnipeg, the provincial capital. Its vibrant culture, streets full of cafes, delectable restaurants, and amazing places to tour, you will never want to leave. Brandon General Museum and Achieves Inc, Westman Reptile Gardens, Brandon Armory, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, historic photos and antique displays, Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, and Playtime Entertainment Inc., are some of the must-visit areas. If you are looking for something to keep you busy during your free time, then take a look at these entertaining things to do in Brandon, Canada.
1. Pay a visit to the 26th Field Regiment Museum
If you have a thirst for knowledge and all you want to know is the city’s history, then the 26th Field Regiment Museum should be your first stop. This museum is dedicated to showcasing and presenting in just detail the history of the 26th field regiment and the Manitoba Dragons. The museum has a collection of military artefacts, lending libraries, archives, and memorabilia.
26th Field Regiment Museum
Address: 1116 Victoria Ave, Brandon, MB R7A 1B2, Canada
Website: 26th Field Regiment Museum
2. Be fascinated by the 19th-century home at Daly House Museum
Visit Daly House Museum and travel back in time to see and experience how it really felt to live in a typical upper-class late-19th century home. Located in Brandon, Manitoba, the museum is a two-and-a-half-story building, amazingly, with much of its original architecture still intact. Inside, you will see its original hardwood floors, an oak staircase, and a brick fireplace. Among the exhibits found inside the museum, there two scrapbooks created by Laurence V. Smith, the great war veteran and other artefacts, documents, and photographs on display for guests to browse through.
Daly House Museum
Address: 122 18th St, Brandon, MB R7A 5A5, Canada
Website: Daly House Museum
Opening hours: Tue - Sat: 10am - 12pm, 1pm - 4pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
3. Admire the artifacts at Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
For art enthusiasts, Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is a must-visit place in the city. It is a contemporary art gallery devoted to celebrating artistic diversities and excellence of the city and beyond. The museum takes pride in showcasing an exquisite art collection expressing the history of the land in a more artistic design. Marvel at the year-round exhibitions with artwork from top national, provisional and local artists all housed in one spacious roof.
Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Address: 710 Rosser Ave #2, Brandon, MB R7A 0K9, Canada
Website: Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba
Opening hours: Mon: 4pm - 9pm;Tue - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat: 12pm - 5pm (closed on Sun)
4. Plan a day at Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Located at the well-known Brandon Municipal Airport in Brandon, Manitoba, Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum is dedicated to commemorate the airmen from British Commonwealth Air Training Plan who used this World War II air station as their training grounds. Pay tribute to the thousands of air force personnel who sacrificed their lives during WWII. You also get to see the well-preserved artefacts as you get to learn more about the events that took place during the war.
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
Address: 300 Commonwealth Way, Brandon, MB R7A 5Y5,
Opening hours: 1pm - 4pm (daily)
5. Explore Brandon General Museum and Archives Inc
If you are new in Brandon, find your way to the Brandon General Museum and Archives Inc and equip yourself with a little bit of the city’s history. An oasis of information in the heart of the city, Brandon General Museum is devoted to maintaining the history of the city. Within this vintage building, there are three main exhibitions that you can’t afford to ignore. As you leave, pass by the gift shop and grab yourself a souvenir as you head out.
Brandon General Museum and Archives Inc
Address: 19 9th St, Brandon, MB R7A 6Y9, Canada
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 1pm - 4pm; Sat: 10am - 4pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
6. Walk into the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail
Thinking of picking ornithology as a hobby or you just love birdwatching in general? Walk into Manitoba’s Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail and marvel at the diversity and different habitats. This trail is home to an amazing number of different bird species. In over 200-miles (about 322 kilometres) trail, there are over 45 birding sites, perfect for birdwatching. Its serenity, scenic beauty, natural tallgrass prairie, small and large lakes, and the beautiful woodland make Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail, a true heaven on earth.
Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail
7. Let your kids run wild at Just4Kidz Playland
Gigantic play structure, prize redemption arcade, bouncing castles, these are just a taste of what to expect at Just4Kidz. Let your kids’ imagination go wild within this Brandon’s ultimate indoor paying centre. Let your kids sharpen their social and physical development as they enjoy the slides, ropes, tunnels and the punching bag forests. For toddlers, there are dedicated bouncy castles and rides to make sure all children have a safe environment to enjoy themselves without the parents having to worry.
Address: Brandon, MB R7A 1J5, Canada
Website: Just4Kidz Playland
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 10am - 9pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 10pm; Sun: 10am - 6pm
8. Embark on an informative tour to Riverbank Discovery Centre
Embark on an adventure as you journey through the Brandon Riverbank Inc. Get to marvel at the amphitheatre-style natural setting, the beautiful covered stage and there are two new picnic areas, perfect for a nice weekend picnic. The park is famed for hosting festivals such as National Indigenous People’s Day, Westman Dreams for Kids’ County Fair just to mention a few. Pass by the souvenir and gift shop and buy yourself a gift for your home.
Riverbank Discovery Centre
Address: 545 Conservation Dr, Brandon, MB R7A 7L8, Canada
Website: Riverbank Discovery Centre
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5pm: Sat - Sun: 12pm - 5pm
9. Make the most of nightlife at Prairie Firehouse
Find your way to Prairie Firehouse and have a taste of Brandon’s city nightlife. Prairie Firehouse’s calming ambience emanates a warm and inviting space for guests to dine in tranquillity. Sample one of the local cuisines and the house special pasture-raised meat that is always a must-taste while you are in the city. With a combination of amazing live music, awesome crowd and outstanding dishes Prairie Firehouse makes the perfect place to end your night in style.
Address: 637 Princess Ave, Brandon, MB R7A 0P2, Canada
Website: Prairie Firehouse
Opening hours: Mon: 11am - 10pm; Tue - Thu: 11am - 11pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12am (closed on Sun)
10. Pamper your taste buds at Benny's Restaurant
Prepare your taste buds to tingle with excitement with each bite you enjoy at Benny’s Restaurant, renowned for its exquisite dishes, perfect dining ambience and plush seats providing ultimate comfort as you dine. There is no better dining experience that is not accompanied by an outstanding service from the staff, this is exactly what Benny’s Restaurant has to offer, whether it is the restaurant’s amazing service, scrumptious meal or the perfect ambience, you will always find yourself coming back.
Address: 612 Rosser Ave, Brandon, MB R7A 0K7, Canada
Website: Benny’s Restaurant
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 4pm - 9pm (closed on Sun)
11. Tee off at Wheat City Golf Course
Conveniently nestled at Brandon’s West end, Wheat City Golf Course boasts an outstanding 18-hole golf course perfect for players of all skills. On the first hole course, to the left, there is a large deep bunker and to the right, there is a river making each game as challenging as ever. After successfully finishing the complete 18-course game, head to the Pro Shop where you will find fully stocked shelf with souvenirs and merchandise for you to gift your family or friends.
Wheat City Golf Course
Address: 3500 McDonald Ave, Brandon, MB R7B 0B9, Canada
Website: Wheat City Golf Course
Opening hours: 6am - 9pm (daily)
12. Spend a day at Kickin’ Axe Throwing Ltd
If you are in search of the perfect location to host an engaging and thrilling event, how about trying out axe throwing at Kickin’ Axe Throwing. This first-of-its-kind throwing club offers three throwing lanes each equipped with two targets. Practice your axe throws and see if you have some Viking genetics embedded in you and bring out the warrior that slumbers within. While maintaining top-class safety all guests are guaranteed to enjoy their experience here.
Kickin’ Axe Throwing Ltd
Address: 389 Park Ave E #3B, Brandon, MB R7A 7A5, Canada
Website: Kickin’ Axe Throwing Ltd
Opening hours: Tue - Fri: 5pm -10pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm (closed on Sun & Mon)
At first glance, Brandon might look like a laid-back city with a slow-moving atmosphere, but for the ones curious enough will be surprised by how much this quiet city has to offer. With this list of 12 things to do during your stay in Brandon, you are guaranteed to have a blast.
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