Arts and Recreation

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There are various venues and opportunities to participate in artistic and cultural events in the municipality. Visit the Central Plains Tourism web site for more information.
William Glesby Performing Arts Centre:
Portage Arts Centre: The Portage & District Arts Centre, Gallery and Gift Shop is one of the finest public galleries in rural Manitoba with a diverse selection of exhibitions in our Main Gallery as well as our smaller Boardroom Gallery.
There are separate dance, pottery and art studios for Classes and Workshops, in which we run programs throughout the year.
Within our Gift Shop you will find many unique art pieces in a wide range of mediums, from jewelry, pottery and fiber arts to paintings, books and music, created by both local and regional artists.
PDAC holds several Special Events throughout the year including Celebration of the Arts Gala Dinner and Art Auction in May, the Artful Garden Tour in July and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Holiday Express Concert in December, just to name a few.
For more information about our facility and other programs offered please visit our website at
THE PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE REGIONAL LIBRARY: 40B Royal Road North The Portage la Prairie Regional Library provides services to residents of the City and the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie free of charge. Non-residents are charged an annual fee.
In-house use is available to all at no charge. Adult and junior fiction and non-fiction books, magazines, large-print books, CD audio books, DVDs and EBooks are available. The library also has a microfilm reader and a microfilm collection of newspapers dating from the 1880’s for Portage, MacGregor and Gladstone.
The wide range of library services offered include:
block loans to schools or organizations;
inter-library loans;
Internet access (includes laptop and wireless access);
children’s workshops;
pre-school storytime;
book and artifact displays;
multilingual books;
adult information sessions;
author readings and book launches;
and a summer-long book sale.
Open to the public: Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Contact Librarian
Richard Bee
Phone 204-857-4271, Fax 239-4387,
Fort la Reine Museum: The Fort la Reine Museum is located on the east edge of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
The museum is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Canadian Prairies generally and more specifically the history of the City and Municipality of Portage la Prairie.
Fort la Reine Museum has over 25 different buildings displaying thousands of individual artifacts including native artifacts that pre-date the arrival of Europeans to more modern pieces such as farm equipment and military artifacts from the 20th Century. 
For more information click here.  
The Fort la Reine Museum has been receiving great feedback through TripAdvisor from the many visitors to the Museum.  Please click on the link provided to read more. 
There are a wide variety of opportunities to observe or participate in sporting events in the region.
Stride Place: Stride Place is home to two arenas, a wave pool, walking track and fitness area.
Southport Recreation Centre offers a full gymnasium, weight room, cardio room, sauna, outdoor running track, baseball diamond and affordable drop-in and membership rates.  For more information please visit
Portage Terriers: The Portage Terriers is the area's team in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League. They have won the Turnbull Cup three times in the last five years.
Sports: A number of seasonal sports are available including soccer, hockey, curling, baseball, badminton, golf, swimming, fishing, camping, hunting, etc.