Brandon lies at the heart of the southwest region of Manitoba – a land of breathtaking beauty, wondrous adventure and spectacular sites to see. Be sure to take some time and discover the many historical sites and natural wonders found along Brandon’s Walking Tours and explore the scenic southwest. You’ll make some unexpected discoveries within a short drive of Brandon.
Brandon Tourism at the Riverbank Discovery Centre:
545 Conservation Drive
Phone: (204) 729-2141
Fax: (204) 729-2139
Located along the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System and overlooking Eleanor Kidd Park is the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Home to the Brandon & Region Tourism Centre and the Ducks Unlimited Canada Offices, the Riverbank Discovery Centre contains information on the city, the southwest MB region and parts of Canada and the United States. The Centre also offers souvenirs and interpretive information on the natural beauty of the area. There are special displays at various times of the year, covering themes such as special events, heritage, parks, cultural activities and regional communities. An excellent asset to the southwest corner of Manitoba, be sure to visit the Riverbank Discovery Centre at #1-545 Conservation Drive.
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekends & Holidays: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System:
Suggested starting point is the Riverbank Discovery Centre. Trail maps and a self-guided pond tour brochure are available to help you plan your walk. Spanning approximately 17 kilometers of the river, the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System is comprised of numerous trails linked together with the intent to enhance both recreational and ecological opportunities.
The corridor includes a network of parks and pathways linked by the Red Willow Pedestrian Bridge. The trail system ranges from natural river bottom forest to paved, lit walkways and links formal sports venues to downtown shopping and dining. Enjoy an afternoon stroll along the riverbank or a picnic in one of the many parks and shelters along the way.
Be sure to take in the Riverbank Discovery Centre and interpretive ponds. These ponds have become a haven for a variety of geese, ducks and waterfowl. To obtain a complete map of the Assiniboine Riverbank Trail System, stop in at the Riverbank Discovery Centre #1 - 545 Conservation Drive.
Eleanor Kidd Gardens:
Eleanor Kidd Park is one of the Assiniboine River Corridor’s prime attractions, located just off 18th Street on the south side of the Assiniboine River. Eleanor Kidd Gardens offer a beautiful setting, featuring a Performance Plaza with a small stage and seating area for community arts performances. There is also a Fountain Plaza featuring a life-sized bronze sculpture of a doe and two fawns by local artist Peter Sawatzky. The Gardens also boast a beautiful Stroll Garden area with a variety of annual and perennial flowerbeds.
Manitoba Hydro Power Smart Waterfall of Lights:
This dazzling display of lights can be experienced by skates, skis or your vehicle and is sure to put you in the festive spirit! Enjoy eight themed displays and numerous lit decorations that create a winter wonderland in a beautifully treed area along the Assiniboine River. The entire area is free of charge and provides frosty fun for the whole family from approximately mid-December to the end of February, weather permitting. There is ample parking, first pits, warming shacks and music to enhance the atmosphere. To get there, turn west off 18th Street at the streetlights near the Trails West Inn and follow the signs.
For more information on tours, attractions, and scenic sights to see in the Brandon area, call Brandon Tourism at the Riverbank Discovery Centre 1-888-799-1111 or (204) 729-2141.
Tourism in Southwest Manitoba:
Southwest Manitoba Tourism Information is available by contacting Brandon Tourism at
(204) 729-2141, Toll Free: 1-888-799-1111 or The Southwest Trails Association at
In addition to the Annual Events Calendar, Brandon Tourism produces a monthly events calendar listing most of the events taking place in the City of Brandon.
Additional information or copies of the monthly or annual events calendar may be obtained by calling the Brandon Tourism Office at (204) 729-2141 or emailing email@example.com
Community Event Calendars are listed on our Event Calendars page of this website.