Yes, it was on May 12, 1870 that The Manitoba Act was given Royal Ascent, creating Canada's 5th Province. Of course, you all knew that already, right ?!
Efforts have been made over the past few years to link the almost ignored Manitoba Day with heritage events. You'll find that many museums and heritage sites around the province have special programming or admission prices for the the 12th of May or the days surrounding it - that's why I am posting this a bit early. (For the pics, click on the image for more photos from that location, click on the link below the image to go to their website).
For a list of museum events check out the Association of Manitoba Museum's Manitoba Day event listings. If you want to make your own event, here's a list of Manitoba museums !
For other heritage events, also be sure to see my calendar and post: Upcoming MB History Events !
If you can't get out to the events, while you're running errands be sure to at least shop for Manitoba goods. At least have an Imperial cookie and Pic-a-Pop to celebrate !