August 25: Begonia Concert/ Party at the Ski Chalet!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Falcon Ridge Ski Chalet

8-11 pm

Tickets $15 in advance »» Contact Falcon Trails to reserve: 204.349.8273 or

$20 at the door (while supplies last)

Get your last summer kicks in with some GTs (good times) at the Lake, and party with us in our favourite little woodland music venue, the Falcon Ridge Ski SlopesFeaturing Live music with Begonia!

The bar will be open (beer + wine, cash only). AND as mentioned before, the GTs (good times) will be flowing.

On one end of the spectrum there are varieties of the Begonia which can be a dark, grievous, rough around the edges. And on the other end, a petite, elegant flower. In between, the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, forming an array of varieties that each borrow from the delicate and the unseemly. It is in this same vein that Begonia (Alexa Dirks) finds herself, trying to find a balance.

Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine, Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet it still returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. Joined in studio by producers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, Close Talker), the collection of songs that forms Begonia’s Lady In Mind lets the extremes of Dirks’ past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeat body mover, incorporating themes which are confident in and of themselves, and yet sometimes caught in the middle.

Guided along by 90s synth waves over top of a warm rhythm section, title track “Lady In Mind” questions what it means to be woman. Raised on a healthy dose of religion, the rhapsodic church organs and gospel clap alongs of Dirks’ formative years are blended with staccatic, static beats on “Juniper”. Both songs of love and loss the Motown tinged “I Don’t Wanna (Love U)” brings her soaring register to the forefront while the indecisive ballad “Hot Dog Stand” questions whether or not it’s fine to be alone. Closing track “Out Of My Head” returns to a celestial swell to support a blue-collar rebel yell.

Having spent much of the last ten years on tour, the tracks on Lady In Mind were penned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg. The layering of acoustic instruments with modern synths, and the duality found in both her songwriting and the name Begonia are very much informed by the way in which Dirks finds herself in everyday life - a young, virile woman who, sometimes to her own chagrin, prefers a grandmother’s aesthetic of fake flower and doilies. Compounded by Dirks’ musical upbringing of 90s R&B, 70s folk, and Fiona Apple each taking up equal space in her discman, this leaves her trying to bridge the gap between old and new, between fire and lace. Entangled in the middle of it all, we find Begonia, the place and sound where Dirks is most comfortable, and yet still questioning how it is she ended up there.

August 17: Raine Hamilton Concert at Falcon Trails

Live at Falcon Trails Resort (in the ski chalet)
Dinner + a show!

Tickets $25 (food + music) in advance
$15 (music only)
Reserve by contacting the Falcon Trails office at 204-349-8273

Doors at 7:30, show at 8:00

Join us for an evening of dinner and music with prairie songstress Raine Hamilton. Raine writes resonant, acoustic folk with an other-worldly edge, and a lyric presence that cuts deep. 

Raine invites her love of the violin into the singer-songwriter genre, writing for violin and voice, as well as for guitar and voice. Raine is part prairie songstress, part storyweaver; Each song has a story, delivered between songs with humour and grace. Expect to laugh, expect to cry. Also, she’s probably shorter than you’re imagining, so expect that, too.


This summer, her prism-clear voice and sage songs will be ringing through the stonescape of the Canadian Shield, the exposed flatlands of the prairies, and the tall tops of the BC mountains on her Rock and a Tall Place Tour. Raine's songs combine the exposed honesty of the Canadian Shield bedrock, the open resonance of the prairie, and the brave reach of the mountain range; Her songs are connected with the land, drawn from lived experience, and created from the inside out. The result is a moving, honest, and vulnerable acoustic experience that blends Raine's graceful storytelling and cutting lyrics with her Joni Mitchell-esque vocal agility, and that affords safe passage to the rough and beautiful places.

Contact us to reserve tickets: 204.349.8273 or

Learn more about Raine on her website.

Introducing the Sandpiper High Lake Eco Cabin

The newest addition to our High Lake eco cabin family!

Photos by Emily Christie.

With plenty of warm wood tones and vintage furnishings, Sandpiper is a new cabin with an old cabin feel. The east facing dock, deck and screen porch are great places to enjoy a sunny morning coffee or a shady afternoon drink. Spend a rainy day admiring the timber frame interior or engrossed in a good book in the comfortable living room.
Sandpiper is in a great location on a small, private bay with beautiful views from every room. There is ample space for family and friends to enjoy time together or to find a quiet spot for a bit of alone time.

  • Accommodates a maximum of 6 people
  • Private east facing dock
  • Complimentary canoe, 3 adult life jackets and 3 paddles
  • Screened porch (with sleeping loft) and sun deck
  • Great lake views and a wood burning fireplace in the living room
  • Quiet second floor sitting room
  • Main floor bedroom with queen bed
  • 2 upstairs bedrooms, both with queen bed
  • Full kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Bathroom with a shower
  • Complimentary firewood (for indoor use only)


The Falcon Trails cabins and grounds are high and dry and besides a bit of dock damage (which we are fixing up lickity split) we have been virtually unaffected by the high waters.

The south shore road, which is the only access road to the resort closed mid-day on Saturday, but has now OPENED for traffic.

There are a couple of spots where ~1 " of water is flowing over the road at the causeway and the road is reduced to one lane, but has been passed without problem by a number of small cars this morning and is safe. If you have a larger vehicle to bring we recommend it as the gravel road leading to our resort has a number of ruts. It is passable by small cars we just recommend that everyone drive slow.

Should the road close again, we have barge ready to ferry incoming guests to the resort (it just means you will leave your vehicles in the townsite of Falcon).

Give the office a call at 204.349.8273 if you have questions!

Massages at Falcon Trails!

Book a massage in your very own cabin during your next stay!

Falcon Trails is pleased to have RMT Jenn Meyers offering massage Monday-Fridays in July and August 2016.

A one hour session is $110 and can be booked by contacting the Falcon Trails office (204.349.8273 or

Jenn is a graduate of Mount Royal University's Massage Therapy Diploma and has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Lethbridge University. She is a member of the Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba and has been practicing Massage Therapy since 2013.  She considers massage to be an important part of maintaining good health and is dedicated to educating her clients to be more mindful of how they use and take care of their bodies.  Her specialties include Swedish massage, myofascial release, cupping therapy and relaxation massage. 

August 26: Painting Workshop at Falcon Trails

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Time: 10am-5pm

Location: Falcon Trails Resort, outdoor location

Cost:: $125/ person (max 12 participants)

Enjoy the beautiful nature around Falcon Trails Resort, while painting the views that appeal to you.  Melissa Jean, a nationally recognized artist from Kenora, will guide you on your own path of what interests you and catches your attention.

This workshop is open to all levels.  A minimum of 9 registrants by July 15th will be required for the session to run.

Canadian artist, Melissa Jean, lives the lake life year round.  Melissa paints full time out of her Kenora, Ontario studio, as well as on location around Lake of the Woods and throughout other parts of Canada.  Through her unique perspective, she strives to capture the spirit and energy of the images she paintings.  

“I have an irresistible and unstoppable urge to create, that grows stronger with each new day.  I smile at the brush strokes that have become my own, like a friend who has suddenly become an old friend. We travel together and explore the hidden treasures of nature.” -Melissa Jean  

Nationally recognized, her work can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide, as well as in galleries across Canada.  visit for more info.

Each participant will need to bring the following:  

  • Easel (that can be set up outside)

  • Paint

  • Water/turpentine

  • Rags

  • Palette

  • medium, brushes

  • At least 5 canvases (preferably no bigger than 12x16” or 16x16”, and no smaller than 8x8”. 11x14” is a good size).

  • Hat, sunscreen, bug spray, water bucket for brushes, and water bottle for drinking.  

  • A couple of snapshots in case it rains all day, to inspire an indoor painting.

  • Open mind, and a sense of adventure. 

Melissa looks forward to sharing some of the things that she has learned along the way, and helping you on your own personal creative journey.  In this open concept workshop, the goal will be to learn from each other, and develop new ways of capturing what we see and  love in nature, on canvas.  Melissa will also be talking a little about effective colour mixing, priming, varnishing, glazing and composition.

Yesterday I spent an awesome day out at Falcon Lake Trails Resort participating in a plein air workshop led by Melissa Jean. Great instruction, yummy lunch, a talented and fun group to paint with....AND even perfect weather! Now I cannot wait to get out side and paint again!!
— Lori Zebiere