Winnipeg, also known as the ‘Gateway to the West’ is a unique and diverse Canadian city. Filled with history, culture and nature, Winnipeg is an exciting city that we wanted to shine a light on! Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or have a passion for history and architecture, you’ll be sure to enjoy the city of Winnipeg. Let’s take a look!
Assiniboine Park truly does have it all. Assiniboine Zoo, The Pavilion, The Leaf building, and so much more! Whether you’re looking to experience the park during the winter or summer, there is something for everyone. Visit the Polar Bears at the zoo, attend a concert in the Pavilion, and cycle or cross-country ski around the park. Find more information about Assiniboine Park here.
Royal Canadian Mint
Did you know that the Royal Canadian Mint is where all of Canada’s coins are made? Along with another 80 countries around the world? Not to mention it is considered one of the most stunning buildings in Winnipeg! They offer 45-minute tours where you can explore the facility and learn the process of how coins are made.
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Winnipeg’s new Inuit art centre is home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, along with plenty of exhibitions from across the globe. You can attend one of their educational programs, visit the gallery shop, or check out the sculpture garden on the roof.
The Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum is an award-winning museum with something for all ages. From history and dinosaurs to space and the laws of science, you’ll be amazed by the stories of the past and present. Find more information about the Manitoba Museum here.
The Forks is a popular destination for both locals and tourists during every season! Whether you’re wanting to enjoy a nice meal on the largest patio in Western Canada, explore The Forks Market, or cross-country ski and ice skate on the Nestaweya River Trail, The Forks is sure to impress. Filled with restaurants, cafes, shopping and more, The Forks Market is the place to be!
Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature
Thermëa, Winnipeg’s newest outdoor spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Just 8 km outside of the city, this outdoor oasis features thermal pools, saunas, exfoliation room, and massage treatments. Once you’re done soaking, you can enjoy a delicious meal at their restaurant, complete with a terrace offering amazing views of the spa.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Architecturally stunning and filled with interactive exhibits for all ages, the CMHR is something you need to experience in Winnipeg. With exhibits and events from a variety of human rights themes, you’re guaranteed to learn something at this incredible museum. You can even climb to the Tower of Hope, a 100 metre vantage point to catch incredible views of the city.
If you’re a sports fan, Winnipeg is home to a number of professional sports teams! Not to mention the University of Manitoba has sports teams as well!
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Canadian Football League (CFL) team
- Winnipeg Jets, National Hockey League (NHL) team
- Manitoba Moose, American Hockey League (AHL) team
- Winnipeg Goldeyes, American Baseball League (ABL) team
- Winnipeg Sea Bears, Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) team
Cheer on the Winnipeg Jets and the Manitoba Moose all winter long, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Winnipeg Sea Bears throughout the summer and fall.
Birds Hill Provincial Park
Birds Hill Provincial Park is a great spot for outdoor enthusiasts. The park is 35 km2 and is home to plenty of trails, including some paved trails. The paved trail system, also known as Lakeview Trail, is 7.2 km long and takes you through the trees and around Kingfisher Lake. The unpaved trail system is 30 km and perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
If you would like to spend a few days exploring this beautiful park, you can stay and enjoy the campground from May to October. This campground happens to be right next to the folk festival site and if you’re a music fan, you can stay and attend the Winnipeg Folk Festival that happens every summer. This festival is one of the largest folk music events in all of North America.
Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge
Walk along the ‘people path’ on the Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge as you make your way to The Forks. This bridge is a Winnipeg icon and a is a must see if you’re walking or biking around the city!
If you’re looking to explore the outdoors and immerse yourself in nature, just a few minutes from downtown Winnipeg, FortWhyte Alive is the place to visit! Here you can enjoy hiking, biking, exploring, bison and bird-watching, fishing, canoeing, or kayaking. They even provide rentals, including walking poles, binoculars, snowshoes, cruiser bikes, and more!
After reading all of this, do you want to be a Winnipegger?!
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