Located in central Canada at the gateway to the prairies, Winnipeg, Manitoba is rich in Canadian culture, its backstory pivotal to the country’s history in the realm of politics, industry, music and the arts. It’s an all-season hub for wilderness adventure seekers, with close proximity to literally thousands of lakes and rivers, the boreal forest, and the jumping off point for northern adventures like polar bear and whale watching at the arctic circle. The city itself boasts a vibrant cultural scene, and is home to Canada’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as its own NHL hockey team, the Winnipeg Jets. It’s relatively small compared to Toronto standards at just eight hun- dred thousand in population, but those who live there know how to make the most of their city from scorching prairie summers to the deepest depths of winter. Recently named one of National Geographic’s Top Twenty Go-Now Destinations for 2016, summers are replete with festivals of all kinds, and outdoor activities abound in all seasons. From farmer’s markets and outdoor concerts in the park in summer to winter activities like skating on the Red River or tobogganing at Arctic Glacier Winter Park, there is truly something for everyone in Winnipeg.
Things To Do
Winnipeg is packed with museums that satisfy just about any inter- est. The Museum of Human Rights, the Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Railway Museum, the Aviation Museum of Western Canada, Children’s Museum, the Manitoba Museum and the Royal Canadian Mint are all excellent ways to spend an afternoon with the family. For aficionados of fine art, the Winnipeg Art Gallery features the world’s largest collection of Inuit art, and is host to a wide range of lauded touring shows. Those interested in a little combinationtion of design, mystery and history must visit the Mantioba Legisla- tive Building, and perhaps take the Hermetic Code Tour, which un- veils the significance of the freemasonic symbolism and hieroglyph- ics that are built into its bones. The family can enjoy an entire day at the Assiniboine Park and Zoo, with more than eighty acres of animal exhibits to explore, a spectacular conservatory with year- round exhibits, a miniature steam train, a restaurant, and acres of playgrounds, picnic areas, gardens and art installations to discover. If shopping and nightlife are your thing, the Exchange District is alive with shops, galleries restaurants and live music venues.for a taste of Winnipeg’s Francophone history, visit St. Boniface, the city’s French Quarter, where seasonal festivals, fine restaurants, shopping and live entertainment are all deeply seated in the rich fabric of French culture.
Travelling to Winnipeg at any time of year, you will find plenty of things to do for the whole family. From exhibits and destinations that are fun for kids of all ages to nightlife that includes world-class live entertainment venues, two casinos and some of Canada’s finest restaurants. Some things to keep in mind: The winters are bone-chillingly cold. Some claim that Winnipeg is the cold- est city in Canada, and it’s probably true. The average winter temperature is -200C, and the wind chill is the stuff of legend, so if you happen to be travelling there between November and March, be prepared! At any time of year, be sure to find out what festivals are on while you are there, as there is sure to be one. From the Arctic Glacier Winter Park with its Olympic size skating rink, toboggan runs, a snowboard park and more, to the Jazz Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Festival du Voya- geur to the Fringe Festival, Nuit Blanche, and the list goes on — make sure you check with the concierge at your destination to find out what they’re celebrating during your stay.