What's Up for Canada Day


Happy Birthday Canada! You don't look a day over 148. . . .


Find out what is open or closed on Canada Day and where you can spend your day off. 


Check out what's going on July 1st:


At the PCU Centre on Island Park: 

canada day events prra

*Changes to the schedule above include: 

  • 12 pm: Cake Cutting 
  • 5:30 - 6:30 pm: Little Lives (Micah Zacharias's group) perform
  • Dragon Boat races run from 10-6pm


At Fort la Reine Museum: 

canada day fort la reine


What's open on Canada Day?

  • Portage Super Market 11-6:30PM
  • Panko's Food Centre 12-6PM
  • Portage Co-op Gas Station (both locations) 7-10PM
  • Shoppers Drug Mart 8-midnight


Golf Courses

  • Portage Golf Club opens at 7AM
  • Southport Golf Club opens at 7AM with an open Canada Day Golf Tournament starting at 1PM with dinner to follow. 
  • Elm Creek Golf Course opens at 7AM
  • Gladstone Golf Course opens at 8AM
  • Neepawa Golf and Country Club opens at 7AM
  • MacGregor Golf Club opens at 8AM 



  • Splash Island is open for public swim from 10AM-7PM.
  • PRRA Office/PCU Centre is closed on July 1st.
  • Southport Recreation Centre is closed on July 1st.


City of Portage la Prairie

  • All City offices will be closed July 1st.
  • There is no garbage and recyling pickup on July 1st. Regular collection resumes Thursday with G&R pickup for 3A.



  • Sobeys
  • Portage Co-Op Marketplace
  • Walmart
  • Canadian Tire
  • Rona
  • Portage and District Arts Centre
  • Portage Library

Dauphin Country Fest 2015

Canada's longest running country music festival returned this weekend with an extensive lineup and some very warm weather. Headliners this year included Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen and Miranda Lambert. Other draws to the festival included Gord Bamford, Chad Brownlee and Portage's own Doc Walker. The festival was home to roughly 10,000 people a day, more than doubling Dauphin's population over the course of the four days. The festival takes pride in boosting Dauphin's economy and holds a special place for giving back to the community. Country Fest is definitely something everyone should see atleast once and makes for a very unique weekend whether you go for the music or to spend time with friends. Photos from Todd Pederson.

Macgregor Fair

Macgregors annual fair returned this year with an array of 4H based competitions, a slow pitch tournament and the large trade show. One of this years biggest draws was the show & shine car show and the burn out contest hosted by Four Way Motors. The fair saw a great turnout all around and mixed with the beautiful weather the day was definitely a success. 

United Way's Hot Dogs & Harleys

United Way's annual Hot Dog and Harley's event was a huge success this year with plenty of support from the community. The event is a unique amalgamation of locally created art, hot dogs and hot rods. The event is a great way to not only raise funds for the United Way but also an excellent outlet for local creatives to display their work and names. Pictures of the art are listed below alongside various pictures of the event.

Portage Chamber Golf Tournament

The Portage Chamber held its 19th annual "Meet Your Fellow Business" golf tournament at the Portage Golf Club last Thursday. The Tournament was a success seeing over 90 golfers come out. Pictured are just some of the groups who came for a round.

ACU BBQ in Plumas

The Austin Credit Union wrapped up another barbeque today, this time in Plumas and again going towards the towns fire hall and some much needed

 equipment. The barbeque was a big success with plenty of people from around the community coming out to support the cause. Austin Credit Unions next barbeque will be held in Portage on July 9th.

ACU BBQ A Success

Yesterday was the Austin Credit Union barbecue in MacGregor.  They teamed up with the fire department to raise funds for a side-by-side all terrain vehicle which is badly needed in the area.  If you missed the festivities and would like to donate you can contact the MacGregor Fire Department (204) 685-2300.  


The next ACU barbecue is in Gladstone on June 24th, hope to see you there!

Disc Golf Launches In Portage

People stopped in at Island Park in Portage la Prairie yesterday to take part in the launch of the new Disc Golf course.

Cody Buhler coordinated the building of the course and helped bring it to life. He wants to thank everyone who had a hand in making his vision a reality.

"Yeah, it's been great to be able to contribute this to Portage. It's been a lot of hard work and I have so many people to thank. The PRRA, the City of Portage, Portage Rotary, the PCRC, everybody who's helped me and all the sponsors. It's been so much support and it's been exciting to see how the community embraced it."

Buhler thinks it's amazing to see this project finally be complete and says there's even discs for rent.

"If you want to play disc golf there are discs available at the PCU Centre for you to use, you'll just have to put down a deposit if you do want to play. The course is open to anybody, bring a Frisbee that you already have and come down and play at any time. All of the rules are on the board and you can check out our Facebook page for more information."

Buhler says this couldn't have happened without all the support he's received from the community from individuals and businesses.

Chance To Camp BBQ

Summer Events have started and today we stopped by the Chance 2 Camp BBQ. Thousands of dollars were raised and all that will be going to help send deserving kids from our area to camp this summer. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.



Summer Fun

Summer Fun is back in Southern Manitoba and now that the month of June has arrived we will be heading out and about to the many fairs and festivals in our area. Some of the first big events include the opening of Splash Island on Friday, the Prairie Winds Music Festival in Cypress River on Saturday, the Lundar Fair on the 12th and 13th, the Red River Ex (starting the 12th) and the huge Central Plains Challenge Walk on Saturday the 13th. But it's not just the big events we attend. Fundraising Bar-B-Ques, Golf Tournaments, end of year school events, baseball games - you name it. If there is even a small crowd - we want to know about it. Exciting changes are coming to this page next week but in the meantime, as we get ready, send us an event you would like us to be at. We will not only add it to our calendar but will do our best to be a part of it in some way as well! Let's have a great summer everyone! is Westman's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.