Manitoba Mondays – St-Pierre-Jolys
Staying close to home this summer? If you are planning on exploring our beautiful and vast province this season, why not show some love and support to our incredible women entrepreneurial community?
#ManitobaMondays can help! It’s our second season of the series where we share weekly highlights of women-owned and partnered businesses to add to your must-see list while you #exploreMB.
Today we are taking you through a warm and welcoming little village that was settled by Francophone and Métis people.
Situated in Treaty 1 territory, and only a 30-minute drive southeast of Winnipeg, St-Pierre-Jolys is the perfect little getaway with unique French charm!
If you’re ready for a historic adventure, you’re best to start at the old convent, a provincial heritage site, which is home to the Musée St-Pierre-Jolys, a local eatery J’em Bistro and a rustic event venue onsite called La Cabane à Sucre which is rented for private functions and also to host their annual sugaring off festival. The beautiful historic property is also along the Crow Wing Trail.
With many popular festivals, plenty of outdoor fun plus multiple women-owned businesses to check out, you can see why this vibrant and active French community is the perfect Manitoba village to visit!
Stop #1 | The Silhouette Company
You never know what kind of treasures you might find at this local boutique owned by Mirielle Laroche.
Browse a wide variety of secondhand housewares, home decor, women’s clothing and accessories or shop the new collection of lingerie and bras. Either way, you’ll definitely leave with something special!
Stop #2 | J’em Bistro
When exploring St-Pierre-Jolys, you can’t miss a tour at the Musée St-Pierre-Jolys, where you’ll find a rich collection of French Canadian and Métis charm.
And when you work up an appetite, you’re in the right spot. Housed within the museum is J’em Bistro. Owner Josée Cure and her team serve up made-from-scratch lunch favourites such as croque monsieur, bistro BLTs and more! If you’d like to take something to go, be sure to stop into the shop for baked goods, pickled everything and plenty of homemade jams.
Stop #3 | Boulangerie St-Pierre Bakery
Ready for dessert?
Okay — even if you don’t have room for dessert quite yet, it’s a shame to visit St-Pierre-Jolys without making a stop at the Boulangerie St-Pierre Bakery for a soft and doughy treat. Owned by Jocelyn Gagné, the bakery is particularly famous for their mouth-watering doughnuts!
Photo by Travel Manitoba
Stop #4 | The House That Love Built
Prepare yourself to be wowed by an overnight stay at the charming House That Love Built.
This 100+ year old farmhouse turned bed and breakfast is the passion project of Fawn Purnell, who is now ready to share her beautiful abode with visitors from all walks of life.
Expect some of the cutest guest rooms you’ve ever seen, delicious home cooked meals and a chance to finally recharge in the way you’ve been dreaming of.
Community Supporter Highlight
The Village Connection Thrift Store is an amazing, volunteer-run organization that donates its profits to the town and surrounding communities.
Thank you so much for tuning in to our third edition in the second season of our #ManitobaMondays campaign! Be sure to follow us every Monday this month as we highlight more women-owned and partnered businesses in rural and northern towns across Manitoba!
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Stay tuned for a new WECM podcast episode featuring St-Pierre-Jolys entrepreneur Lucy Sloan owner of Lil’ Steps Wellness Farm! This fully comprehensive wellness facility specializes in animal-assisted therapy for both adults and children. Subscribe to our “Here’s How It’s Done” podcast so you don’t miss out on future interviews!