Picturesque Ritchot is located directly south of Winnipeg along Highways 59, 200 and 75. St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe and Grande Pointe are healthy, growing communities protected by dykes. In rural areas such as Glenlea and Howden/Red River Drive, homes on mounds or inside private dykes are protected from periodic spring flooding. In addition, Ile des Chenes is a flourishing high ground town with a warm neighbourly atmosphere.
Many families in Ritchot value the quiet country lifestyle. Outdoor sports enthusiasts appreciate the excellent snowmobiling, fishing and hunting along the Red and Seine Rivers, and golfers can swing a club at the full course facilities at Southside, Kelburn Golf Course & Conference Centre and River Oak Golf Courses.
A bird watcher’s haven, directly under the migratory birds fly-way; St. Adolphe provides 3 perfect nurseries for a flock of chimney swifts (a threatened species seldom seen elsewhere in Manitoba) that twitter their high-pitched familiar sound during summertime it they fly high above catching small flying insects. Visit the famous Corn Maze, located 2.2 km north of St. Adolphe on PR 200, open 7 days a week in the fall. Scavenger hunts, horse, pony & hay rides, concession stand, petting zoo and the ever-popular scary Haunted Forest are just some of the events enjoyed by all ages.
Bring a flashlight and enjoy the extra night time challenge. See the surprising Aboriginal Ceremonial Room and the secret floor hidden in the St. Adolphe Nursing Home where Sister Pauline was miraculously cured from Peritoneal Tuberculosis. The Vatican recognized this miracle, and Father André, the founder of the Sisters of the Cross, was canonized. This room is now the Miracle Room Museum. (Viewing by appointment only – call 204-883-2181). Auto racing enthusiasts enjoy the Red River Co-op Speedway with their 9 unique racing divisions that compete throughout the racing season.
Ile-des-Chênes a short 10 minutes south of Winnipeg on PTH 59, is home of the North Stars, AAA hockey’s 2003 Allan Cup winners. This quiet bedroom community is famous for their annual summer and fall tent parties, and baseball tournaments. Wednesday night is delicious "Wing Night” at Wrangler’s Bar.The Arrowhead RV Camp Ground supplies showers and washrooms, laundry, Wi-Fi, a clubhouse with satellite TV, horseshoe.
This community manages the Red River Valley Interpretive Center, which tells the story of the 1997 flood. 16 displays include descriptive texts, photographs and artefacts. Using videos and interactive displays, it truly highlights the anguish and stress suffered by those who had the misfortune to live below flood level, while applauding the tremendous efforts by the military, volunteers and residents to rebuild their homes and communities.
View the famous Boiler from the Cheyenne River Boat which sank in the Red River in 1875 near Ste Agathe.Cheyenne Day is held on the third weekend of July. Enjoy canoe races, children’s events, baseball tournaments and plenty of fun for all ages. November brings sell-out crowds to the Dinner Theatre: entertainment combining good food and delightful singingand dancing by local actors.