Situated in the heart of the lush and fruitful Pembina Valley, Carman offers numerous summer and autumnal activities for foodies with a taste for the great outdoors.
Morning: Berrylicious Bounty
Fill your pails, pies and pantries at with a visit to Prairie Adventure Farm, a 10-minute drive northeast of Carman. Prairie Adventure Farm offers five varieties of sweet & sour baking cherries, three different raspberry varieties, and even asparagus. Fall visitors can even harvest pumpkins! Visit the Prairie Adventure Farm website for products, prices and growing season information.
A mere 10km south of Carman is Graham’s Groves, where you can pick the Saskatoon berries Carman is known for. A homestead since 1878, Graham’s Groves offers U-pick Saskatoon berries, black and red currants in July, chokecherries in August, and raspberries August 15 until freeze-up. Well-treed and grassy picnic offer a place to rest and perhaps sample the fruits of your labours. Visit the Graham’s Groves website for products, prices and growing season information.
Lunch: Classic Comfort Food
Enjoy the fresh air while taking in the retro character of a time gone-by with a trip to the famous Syl’s Drive Inn. Syl’s has maintained the authentic look, feel and service of a traditional drive-in while serving up classic favourites like burgers, subs and seriously thick shakes.
Afternoon: Stop and Smell the Flowers
Plan your garden and admire the view at Vanderveen’s Greenhouses, famous for supplying Manitobans with bedding plants and poinsettias for more than 30 years, with over one million square feet of greenhouse space offering a dazzling array of plants.
Peruse the perennials, fruit trees and more at Aubin Nurseries Garden Centre. A Manitoba mainstay, Aubin has been growing a stellar selection of plants since 1927.
Time for a mid-day treat? Head over to 1st Avenue for Crazy Lady’s Cafeteria & Takeout – Carman’s newest addition – for hearty home-baked goods and a variety of take-out items, made fresh from scratch daily.
Finally, immerse yourself in nature with a stroll down Carman’s Community Pathway. Part of the pathway, which winds through the community, features a river path that follows the meandering Boyne river. The pathway is perfect for walking, jogging, and biking.
Dinner: Feast Fit for a King
Visit Homestead Co-op for everything you need for a park picnic –grocery, produce, deli, meats, baked goods and even fresh, handmade sushi from a professional sushi chef – before settling in at King’s Park to eat, play at the outdoor tennis courts, beach volleyball courts, baseball diamonds and the outdoor pool, or simply find some shade, kick back and enjoy the foliage.