Author: Wild Skies Resort

2023 Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season of giving so we’ve put together our favorite local gifts for everyone on your list!

For the creative :
Pottery classes with Cheryl at Thistlewood Pottery Studio, Whitemouth MB.


For the Fitness Enthusiast :
Yoga Day Retreat at Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre with Rebecca Watson, Beausejour MB.

For the animal lover :
Small batch, Field to table, dog meatballs + kibble from Ostlund Falls Co, Whitemouth MB. Okay, these might be more for the fur baby in your life, but you get the point!

For the vintage collector :
There’s something for everyone at Osaat Farm‘s reclaimed + vintage store.

For those who want to support local makers :
Stained + Fused Glass and Art at Clara’s Cottage, Seven Sisters Falls MB.
Custom Carvings + Live Edge Work from Raven’s Woodcraft, Seddons Corner MB.
Kids + Adult Clothing with fun prints from Nimble Clothing, Seven Sisters Falls MB.
Handmade Jewelry from Rayne Creations, Whitemouth MB.
Natural Skincare from Pasture Expectations, Whitemouth MB.

For the foodie :
A gift card to the Spicy Radish or Colin’s House is aaaaaalways a good idea. Let’s be honest, no holiday needed to visit either of these local hot spots.

And of course, for those who have everything :
A stay at Wild Skies Resort is the perfect experiential gift for everyone on your list. Not biased at all. 😉

Manitoba Summer Camp Wedding : Alex + Danick

Alex + Danick planned a fun summer-camp themed wedding, complete with their first-look on the dock, ‘Camp Lesveque’ merch and a special appearance by their pup, Winnie! The morning after the wedding, we woke up to the Knapsack Coffee trailer in the meadow, slinging cardamom lattes for the very tired guests. What a lovely treat!


Photographer : Rae Jennae
Caterer : Colin’s House
Bartending : Nomad Box Bar
Rentals : Collective Rentals + Creative Rentals
DJ : Trident Music
Videographer :  XJFilms
Planner : Krisdale Nuguid
Florals : Gossamer Flowers

How to Keep your Campsite Animal Friendly

As the days get warmer and warmer, 2 and 4 legged creatures are getting antsy for spring! After a long Manitoba winter, they are huuuuungry! Wild Skies is nestled between a creek and the Whitemouth River, two main water sources for animals in the area. We’re home to foxes, coyotes, porcupines, small rodents, all types of birds, beavers and muskrats, and often see black bears passing through. It’s important that we keep the resort property free of temptations so that wild animals can stay wild.

Here’s a few tips to keep the relationship between animals and humans as harmonious as possible :

1. Keep your pets on leash when not in your accommodation or on your private deck.

2. Do not dump any food waste, coffee grounds, cooking oil, etc on the ground. (we provide compost buckets!) Keep your food in the provided refrigerator or hard sided cooler.

3. Clean up all garbage and recycling regularly. Don’t leave any waste scattered around your campsite at any time.

4. Wash your cooking utensils after using them so the smell doesn’t linger.

5. Do not feed any animals on the property, whether they are wild or our pets. Not only does human food not contain the correct nutrients they require, feeding animals can also create an unnatural reliance on human food.

6. Enjoy watching and listening to animals from a distance. You’ll get to see them in their natural habitat, which can be pretty amazing!

We’re Hiring – Join the Team!

Are you between the ages of 15 and 30 and looking for a fulfilling, outdoor, summer 2023 job? Do you love animals, spending time in nature, the opportunity to be creative, and working with your hands? If so, keep reading!

Located just one hour from Winnipeg, Wild Skies Resort aims to make outdoor recreation more accessible to the public. We offer unique accommodation along the Whitemouth River, host a variety of free and paid family-friendly events, and have an outdoor event space used for weddings, other celebrations and retreats. We offer an ever-growing selection of recreational activities to our guests, including : canoes/kayaks/SUPs, fishing gear, a wood-fired sauna, snowshoes, an outdoor pizza oven, yard games, bonfire pits, skating rink, free-little-library, board game collection + more. In 2023 we hope to expand our offerings to include outdoor movie nights, bee-keeping tours, workshops/retreats, outdoor yoga, artist retreats, pop-up markets, and other events that allow us to continue partnering with local businesses and creatives.

We are hiring for the following positions :

1 ) Campground Worker
Duties include : greet and assist guests, clean units indoors and outdoors, lawn maintenance, firewood prep, report issues to supervisor. 30 hours per week. $15/hour. Flexible start date in June for a minimum of 8 weeks, flexible shifts. Job requires being outside in all weather conditions and consistent manual labour.

2) Event Assistant
Duties include : event set-up and take down, greet and assist guests and facilitators, merchandise and food/beverage sales, cleaning and organizing, administrative tasks, errands, and general assistance to the event coordinator. 30 hours per week. $15/hour. Position is from early June to late September, evenings and weekends required. Applicants should demonstrate good interpersonal and communication skills, attention to detail, and problem solving skills.

Both positions are made possible with thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Grant (CSJ) – and such the successful candidate is between 15 and 30 years of age at the beginning of the employment period. Both positions will report to Wild Skies management and will be offered supervision and mentorship. Wild Skies Resort is an inclusive, non-discriminatory work environment that respects the rights of all persons. Priority will be given to BIPOC, disabled, and LGTBQ2s+ youth.

Interested in hearing more? Please e-mail your resume to hello@wildskiesresort.com!

Up Your Camping Game – Wood Fired Pizza

Move over hotdogs – wood fired pizza is the new camping meal of choice. Our clay pizza oven, made by our friends at Elm Natural Builders, is a shared amenity for all visitors to the resort. We supply everything you need to make delicious pizza – including seasoned oak firewood to get the oven nice and hot, all the pizza cooking tools, boards + peel, and semolina to make sure your dough doesn’t stick.

Cooking pizza with fire is fun for the whole family, but make sure you dedicate a day to sticking around the resort. The oven can take 3-4 hours to heat to temperature, and you can plan to check on it every 30 minutes or so. Plan a day of swimming, board games, hammock naps or leisurely walks. Full instructions for the oven are available in each unit (and at the oven) and we’re usually around to lend a hand if needed. If you’re coming for a single night, feel free to come early to get the oven started and enjoy the property + amenities while you wait for your unit to be ready!

If you’re dedicating a day to tending a fire, we recommend you don’t skimp on quality ingredients. This isn’t the time to quickly bake a store-bought pizza. A slow-rise, high-hydration dough will make sure you get the most flavour from the crust and ensures it doesn’t dry out in the 750°f+ oven.

Here’s my go-to recipe, you know – the one you see all those drool worthy pizza stories on insta of.

This recipe makes 4 medium pizzas. Extras can be frozen. 🙂

Ingredients :
950 g all purpose flour (I often do 50% AP/50% whole grain)
675 g warm water
30 g salt
1 tsp dry yeast
4 tsp. honey
6 glugs olive oil

1. Pre-measure your ingredients at home to make this easier while camping.
2. Mix yeast and honey with warm water. Let sit until the mixture looks foamy.
3. Combine flour and salt. Add to water mixture slowly. Towards end of adding flour, add olive oil.
4. Mix well until all flour is saturated. This dough is very wet and you will not be able to form it into a shape yet.
5. Cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel. Let rise. Option (a) : overnight in fridge. Option (b) : 4+ hours in warm room. Option (a) will give a deeper flavour profile.
6. If Option (a) 3 hours prior to cooking, remove dough from fridge and continue with step 7.
7. Divide dough into 4 even portions. If you have a scale, each portion will be 400g.
8. With well-oiled hands, knead the dough until it forms a smooth ball. Do not add any additional flour!
9. Place dough balls on oiled tray or bowl, cover, and let sit in a warm place to proof.
10. Your dough is ready to cook with when it slowly springs back if poked.
11. Cover a provided pizza board with a thin layer of semolina. This prevents the dough from sticking to the board so it slides off easily when you put it in the oven.
12. Slowly start stretching the dough over your hands until it’s your desired size. Spread it on your pizza board, ensuring no dough is sticking to the wood.
12. Top with your fave ingredients + follow cooking instructions provided at the resort.

Voilà!

Wild Skies Elopement in Manitoba : Sara + Marc

Choosing to elope in Manitoba is a big decision – especially considering the lack of resources available! We’ve put together our ‘Better-than-Vegas’ elopement collection to make the process easier for couples. The collection includes a stay in one of our cozy 2-person glamping domes, ceremony set up, trusted recommended vendors, a day-after DIY breakfast, and even witnesses if needed. Choose to elope in the traditional sense, with no other guests, or invite up to 10 of your closest friends and family to share the celebration with you. The small group means that you have more options for ceremony locations across our 10 acre property.

Sara and Marc chose to elope with myself and Rene as their witnesses. I also had the honour of being their photographer and Rene was their ring-bearer when Cheryl, from Marry Me, Hunnie, called for the rings. They stayed in our Aurora Dome, shared their vows just outside along one of the walking trails, and chased the storm clouds along the river bank before sneaking inside the pavilion for dinner. Their personal touches spoke of their connection to film + animation, including a handmade ring box that I can guarantee no one else has done before.

Photographer : Megan Steen Photography
Officiant : Marry Me, Hunnie
Catering : Colin’s House
Hair + Makeup : The Artist Groupe

Wild Skies Intimate Wedding : Janet + Iex Sung

Janet + Iex Sung hosted 20 of their closest friends and family for their intimate Manitoba wedding. The weather allowed them to set up their family-style table al fresco on our meadow patio. Rene expertly baked their pizzas in the clay oven, while guests mingled, played yard games, and snuck treats to miss Josie. They chose to have their ceremony prior to the reception, with only family members present, making it even more intimate.

Photographer : Megan Steen Photography
Officiant : Nadine Leszkovics
Bakery : Caked with Love Co.
Catering : DeLuca’s

Wild Skies Wedding : Rae + Nick

Oh man, where to even start? These two are like family. Rae + Nick not only celebrated their wedding at Wild Skies Resort, but also got engaged the year prior in our Aurora Dome! We’re forever grateful to have witnessed so many special moments with these two. Rae is also a talented photographer herself and you can see some of her work in our online merch shop!

Rae and Nick followed their heart in ever decision they made for their intimate wedding. Their custom designed beer labels show the story of their relationship and every detail of their reception was lovingly created by a close friend. Seeing them surrounded by so much love and support was pure magic.

Jess from Florence Photography took the couple 5 minutes up the road to Whitemouth Falls for their portraits, a chance for the two of them to sneak away and bask in the sunshine before saying ‘i do’.

If we had to pick our favorite moment from this wedding weekend, I guess we can narrow it down to two. 1 – two of their besties singing and performing their first dance song – seriously not a dry eye in the room.
2 – Rae’s epic late-night outfit change complete with custom jean jackets for the both of them. Could ya’ll be cooler?

Keep scrolling for more intentional wedding details – there’s just too many to list!

Photographer : Florence Photography
Catering : All Seasons Catering
Rentals : Collective Event Rentals
Makeup Artist : Isabel Nayet
Hair Stylist : Kiah Sawchuk
Florals : Gossamer Flowers
Jackets : Lucie Daisie
Beer : Little Brown Jug, designed by Kanisha Szekely
Veil : Cathy Weibe
Rental Couch : Creative Rentals

Wild Skies Camping Wedding : Tannis + Jon


A private first look in the aspen forest, rainy ceremony, bumpin’ reception with Kilter Beer on tap and late night pizza around a bonfire…what more could you want from a Manitoba wedding? Tannis + Jon’s wedding was one of the first to use our Piano Bar – we love it next to our vintage fridge turned kegerator!

We collaborated with local florist (Carnation Corner in Lac du Bonnet) and chef extraordinaire (Shannon from Spicy Radish in Whitemouth) to bring Tannis and Jon’s camping wedding vision to life. Details by Union Table, Blake Creative Co., and handmade table runners by Tannis’ mom added personal touches, while Bark Wedding Co. ensured their fur-baby was able to be a part of the wedding!

Photographer : Megan Steen Photography
Florals : Carnation Corner
Bakery : Cupcakes by Design
Catering : Spicy Radish
Musician : Grant Leutschaft
Decor : Union Table
Hair Stylist : Artist Groupe
Makeup Artist : Myuz Artistry
Beer : Kilter Brewing Co.

Dog Babysitter : Bark Wedding Co.
Signage : Blake Creative Co.