There are many cultural organizations where you can connect with people from a specific ethnic or cultural group, who speak your language and who can support you.
Across Brandon there are many parks, national parks, sports fields, walking trails, and even beaches where you can enjoy the outdoors.
Parks and Plazas
The plaza has seating areas, trees and landscaping, that welcome non-active users who are there to watch participants.
Amenities: The Discovery Centre, children’s playground, scenic trails, picnic shelters and tables, benches, parking.
Amenities: Picnic tables, benches, bike racks, softball diamond, children’s playground.
Amenities: CN train monument, fishing, playground, picnic shelters and tables, fire pits and wood, washrooms.
Amenities: Spray park, beach volleyball, bmx bike track, community gardens, outdoor fitness equipment, playground, picnic tables, washrooms and change room.
Amenities: Tennis courts, cricket practice net, extensive trails, playground, picnic shelters and tables, fire pits and wood, washrooms.
Amenities: Kinsmen outdoor pool, spray park, millennium east end play park, lawn bowling, floral plaza, Rideau Park pavilion and picnic tables, snowboarding and toboggan hills.
Amenities: Lawn bowling, floral gardens, spray park, playground, basketball court, beach volleyball court, outdoor fitness equipment, tennis court, pickleball court.
Amenities: spray park and skating rink.
National and Provincial Parks
Brandon is surrounded by a variety of national parks where you can explore scenic views, and connect with nature alongside the trails.
The park offers bike rental, campgrounds, watercraft rentals, golf course, a museum, cabin rentals, several restaurants, hiking trails, wildlife viewing, fishing, and watersports.
The park provides you with two hiking trails that take you past the former Criddle home site.
Oak Lake is one of the larger lakes in the province and it offers exceptional fishing and water sports. The provincial park offers beach volleyball, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, fire pits, a children’s playground, covered picnic shelters, washrooms and a sandy beach.
The park is home to a popular beach and provides ample fishing for pike, walleye and perch.
The park features camping facilities, unsupervised beach, horseback riding trails, interpretive programs and special events throughout the summer. For winter enthusiasts, the park has an extensive system of cross‑country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobile trails as well as an outdoor skating oval, rink and toboggan hill.
The park offers a wealth of recreational activities from skiing, skating, tobogganing and snowmobiling in the winter, to hiking, cycling and canoeing in the summer.
The lake is well‑liked by windsurfing enthusiasts. It is stocked with Brown Trout making it a favourite for anglers. There is also a swimming and beach area.
The City of Brandon offers a variety of fun winter activities and places you can visit for free. From outdoor ice skating rinks, hills for sledding to ski and snowmobile trails.
Hanbury Hill is a toboggan hill that all ages can enjoy for some winter fun. The hill provides a long enjoyable run for the older ages and a smaller run on the backside of the hill for the younger children.
The oval is developed each year by Parks & Recreation Services staff and provides for warming shacks, portable washroom facilities, flood lighting, ambient music, and fire pits to cook on or warm up around. In addition, the Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights is also lit until 11 p.m. each evening so the public can skate around the oval and take in the brilliant, festive displays.
A cross-country ski trail system for public use can be found at the Wheat City Golf Course/Recreation Centre at 3500 McDonald Avenue.
The multiple outdoor rinks throughout the community are a great way to enjoy the outdoors, while staying active. Rinks are operated by noted Community Centre and hours vary.
The Brandon Community Sportsplex is a multipurpose recreation facility. You need to purchase a membership or a multi-visit pass. You can access several programs, such as:
The Brandon YMCA is a multipurpose recreation facility. YMCA memberships are flexible and have no locked-in contracts or long-term commitments.
The City of Brandon Youth Centre provides educational, fun and unique opportunities for all youth in Brandon ages 8-17 years old. The Centre offers space to relax and socialize as well as space for workshops and weekly educational programs.
Brandon is a diverse city where you can find several ethnic stores with products from around the world.
There are over 35 places of worship in Brandon.
Church of Christ
Brandon has several postal outlets in the City to access Canada Post, FedEx, UPS and DHL services for domestic or international shipping. Most outlets accept cash, debit card and major credit cards but some operate solely on a cash basis.
It is a good idea to compare exchange rates and transaction costs between all providers.
You can go to your local bank to transfer money internationally or you can do it online.
Visit a Local Store
Have your valid ID, receiver's information and the money you want to send. You will have to pay a transfer fee for service.
Moving to a new place can be costly, if you are looking for affordable clothing, home décor, furniture, shoes, accessories, and more, "Thrift Stores" also known as “second hand stores” are a great way to save money.
By becoming a member of the Western Manitoba Regional Library you can access meeting room and venue hire, free computer use, free WiFi, printing, scanning, a variety of materials and collections you can borrow, including: Books, Magazines, Audiobooks, eResources including books, magazines, music and movies.
Free Internet Access
These sites are locations where residents are able to access the Internet free of charge. You may have to book an appointment to use the computers, so calling each site is recommended.
Here in Brandon there are many food support programs for families and individuals who can get meals and access to food banks at no charge.
Allows individuals or families who are dealing with food shortages to access chef inspired meals. The payment for meals is anonymous, you pay what you can afford. You can order meals in quantities of 1 (for an individual) to a maximum of 8 (for a family) per day. Contact: 204-571-8524
Location: 270 18th St
With a valid Manitoba Health card, a food hamper is provided once every two weeks to individuals and families. Clients must register and will be given an appointment time to pick up a hamper.
Location: 820 Pacific Avenue
Provides nutritional meals and assistance. Monday-Friday 12 pm-1 pm.
Location: 111 7th Street
The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international association of Catholic lay people that hands out food hampers every Wednesday from 2 pm to 3 pm.
Location: 327 4th street
The food bank runs on an appointment basis. To make an appointment, call them on Tuesday between 9AM and 12pm. You will be given an appointment time for Wednesday.
Location: 9 Princess Avenue East
911 emergency number
911 services are only for emergencies that need immediate actions from a fire, police or medical department. When to call the 911 emergency number:
The Brandon Police Service is here to assist you in case of a robbery, to get a criminal record check, and access several victim services.
For Non-emergencies call 204-729-2345
Samaritan House provides safe and secure housing to support those experiencing unsafe housing, sporadic homelessness, hoarding, or domestic abuse. You can access two services: Mary’s House and the Safe & Warm Shelter.
The Brandon YWCA Westman Women’s Shelter is an emergency shelter offering a short-term safe and supportive environment for physically, emotionally or sexually abused women and their children 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.
Kids Help Phone is a free service available to people ages 20 and under across Canada. Services include phone and text support counseling 24/7.
The Klinic Crisis Program operates a variety of crisis phone lines and online support services, providing free and confidential counselling, support and referrals for people who are suicidal, in crisis or struggling to cope.
Phone: (204) 786-8686
Toll free: 1-888-322-3019
Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line helps you if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or feelings, concerned about a friend, family or co-worker or, impacted by a suicide loss or suicide attempt.
Toll free: 1-877-435-7170
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