The city of Winnipeg is often overlooked in favour of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, but this culture-rich Canadian gem is well worth exploring.
It’s the capital of the Manitoba province, right in the heart of the country where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. It’s not a city besieged by tourists, but word is starting to get out about Winnipeg’s thriving cultural scene.
Spend a weekend here and you’ll have a jam-packed itinerary, as there’s everything from ballet and opera to live music and theatre on offer here.
Much of it happens at the impressive Exchange District, home of the impressive Royal Manitoba theatre. But also well worth a visit is The Forks, one of Winnipeg’s most popular year-round attractions. This former railway repair facility has been meticulously converted into a bustling hub of markets, shops and restaurants.
The city will also hold you riveted with its world-class museums, including the Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, family-friendly Manitoba Children’s Museum and the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
You can also meet Winnipeg’s furry inhabitants at the Assiniboine Park Zoo, which specialises in providing habitats for polar bears and animals from the northern latitudes. Got a taste for nature? Head out to Fort Whyte Alive, with its lakes, parkland and thrillingly precarious bog boardwalks. This is the perfect spot to see bison, prairie dogs and even burrowing owls.
And as you’d expect in one of Canada’s coldest cities, there’s all kinds of winter fun to throw yourself into in Winnipeg. Visit at the right time of year and you can ice skate on the frozen river, hurtle down a giant toboggan run or marvel at snow sculptures in the magical Festival du Voyageur.
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