Situated on Canada’s vast prairies, Winnipeg is one of North America’s undiscovered highlights. Filled with theatres, cinemas, museums and restaurants, it is also a great location for water sports lovers and hikers alike.
The city of Winnipeg may be remote, but it is a modern cultural hub. There are plenty of museums to visit, such as the permanent exhibition about the history of the plains, and visitors can enjoy walking tours of the historical French district as well. The city is littered with great theaters, such as the Royal Manitoba and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, as well as superb opera venues and an excellent art house cinema at Cinematheque.
Winnipeg is also a venue for numerous lively festivals. In February, head over for the winter Saison Voyageur when haunting illuminations make the French quarter more beautiful than ever. Or visit during the city’s famed Folk Festival, one of the finest of its kind in North America.
Sport is another attraction. The city is home to a fine ice hockey team (the Jets) and an American Football team as well (the Blue Bombers) and has 6 public golf courses that are lovingly maintained.
The food of the region is also justly famous across Canada. Winnipeg is in prime fishing territory, and the city is known for dishes like smoked Goldeye – but has also lent its name to a gorgeous variant on cream cheese. There are also some excellent sushi restaurants to choose from.
Outside the city, Manitoba has plenty to offer the adventurous. Whether you adore canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, rafting or even cross-country skiing, Winnipeg is a great base for an energetic outdoor break. Alternatively, just relax to your heart’s content with a leisurely fishing expedition.
Manitoba experiences extremes of heat and cold, but both summer and winter can be fine time’s to visit Winnipeg. The months between November and March see winter festivals which light up the town, and snow-based activities like skiing and snow-mobile riding can be enjoyed. May to September sees hiking and fishing opportunities and open air festivals aplenty. An April or May break can allow you to secure bargain accommodation and see the sights in mild weather.
Winnipeg is really a city that is designed for driving, and the flat plains of Manitoba are similarly best explored with a rental car. Walking around the central districts is possible, and be sure to make use of the specially designed Walkway system which provides respite from the winter cold.