A new partner for Earth Rhythms

It’s always a treat when we find a new partner, who understands what travellers are looking for, and has a vision and exemplary approach to providing service, food, and brings fresh new ideas. Accommodation on a year-round basis is needed. While there is plenty of summer accommodation options, we have been needing a diversity of accommodation options for the Thanksgiving through winter and into spring. Stepping sweetly into this mix is Whirlpool Road Bed and Breakfast. Offering a unique rural experience and yet perched on the edge of Riding Mountain National Park, Karly McRae and her family offer a unique ranch style B&B with three new rooms. With a very adaptable conference space, great food, and plenty of wild Riding Mountain nature in her backyard, this is a getaway place for couples and small groups. We are working with Karly to offer new Riding Mountain experiences for small groups, international travellers, and couples. Please welcome Karly McRae and her family as we wish them success with their new venture.




Good Food – Riding Mountain area

The following are two places I highly recommend for quality local food. You’ll love the hosts, the food, and you’ll get insight into local stories, views, and news.

Harvest Sun Café – Get Directions

The Harvest Sun Cafe – is a small cozy cafe nestled at the heart of the small community of Kelwood which is situated right next to the east gate of the Riding Mountain National Park. We offer cuisine that is made from organic, and more importantly local produce.  Our cafe offers a unique rural experience for visitors, which includes local tastes, flavours and the opportunity to connect with a sma Manitoban community.  

Kelwood, Manitoba Email:  harvestsuncafe@gmail.com


The Harvest Sun Music Fest – is a music festival with a fantastic family atmosphere that is dedicated to the support of local agriculture and community building. The fest offers an incredible line-up of musical acts, and as we are partnered with the local ag fair, there is the opportunity to have a hands on experience with an Agricultural Fair that has been running for over 100 years.  


Prairie Seasons Café & Bakery
Onanole, Manitoba
Look for the big elk statue as you come into Onanole.
Organic baking, fresh and local foods.

ACC students stars in international wine festival

My wife and I had the pleasure of taking part in an evening of tasting of international wines of distinction and food pairings created by the students of the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts at the campus of Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba.

In one word – WOW!  The students researched the wines and food pairings in teams.  Over 200 people attended.  The event was classy.  It’s a real testament to the teaching staff, the vision of the administration, and the creative talent of these students to stage an event like this. 

From innovative dressings, to a delightful Manitoba story about Banville & Jones Wine Co. (wine distributor and retailer in Winnipeg), to the many different tastes of lamb, oysters, prairie beef, desserts, and other taste sensations, this was an evening of shared passion, discovery and learning.  When food and wine, students and appreciative learners come together like this in the renovated historic setting of the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts, we all celebrate “The Canadian Experience in Manitoba”.  Great job!

All for one – one for all

Students at Assiniboine Community College create lunch together

Students at Assiniboine Community College create lunch together


I had the privilege of co-creating and delivering a workshop yesterday at the Manitoba Institute of Culinary Arts (MICA) on the campus of Assiniboine Community College (ACC) in Brandon, Manitoba.  In collaboration with faculty members Matt Otten and Joanne Canada-Somers and Kyle Zalluski, we provided about 50 students with opportunities to learn about climate change, and discuss the implications of what was learned in terms of their own lives and professions.  

We then engaged the students in crafting an interactive lunch experience making two soups, fresh and warm tea biscuits, a salad with freshly-made dressing, angel food cake with fresh strawberries, and WOW, was it good!  As much as possible, local foods from within a 100 mile radius were used.  During the morning and lunch experience, we began the process of engaging students to tell their own story of what they are learning, and why tourism marketing today is so dependent on Internet technology. Using a new WordPress Blog,  four students took photographs and wrote two articles that captured some of their learning, impressions, and their quotes.  Well done!

This new blog served as a useful tool to discuss the implications of Web2.0 in tourism.   We discussed how chefs in other places in the world are using blogs,  and how different websites can convey the essence of the “culinary experience” by using effective photographs, videos, or well-written blogs.   The afternoon discussion with our panel of student photographers and writers as well as the rest of the students and teachers reviewing the uploaded blog content was instructive and tangible – it was immediate feedback to everyone.

I provided a concluding presentation about experiential tourism including a few examples of the kinds of tourism experiences that Earth Rhythms is crafting.  A facilitated student sharing circle at the end was powerful with insights about the impact of the day.

This is a very important audience.  Students graduating from tourism and culinary schools today will be our leaders in restaurants and tourism enterprises in the future.  They will be creating food experiences for travelers to Manitoba over the next generation.  Being aware of the carbon footprint of food as part of the travel experience is one step towards developing food and tourism experiences that demonstrate sustainability.  We look forward to finding ways to partner in business, with the students and faculty of MICA, to create new Manitoba cuisine.  What a great introduction!  Thank you.