Recognized as the “Gateway to the West”, Winnipeg is the heart of Canada with it being centred on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. The city is a travelling junkie’s paradise because it has a diverse culture, mild climate, historic sites, adventurous activities, assorted culinary culture, and a great hub of art and all things alike. The city is named after Lake Winnipeg and was the site of a trading center in the past for indigenous people before Europeans arrived on Canadian soil. The city is famous for hosting the largest winter festival in western Canada called Festival du Voyageur, including other annual festivals like Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and Folklorama. So, continue reading to know all about the ten exciting things you could do when in Winnipeg.
The Forks was named as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974 and now it is a shopping, dining, and recreational center, which is located in the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. The main building is the Forks Market which is a six-storey tower where vendors sell fruit, vegetables, freshly made bread, meat, wine, and cigars. You will also find craftsmen and artisans selling their authentic locally made products. The building also has a viewing rooftop, where you can get a 360-degree view of the city and the river. In winter, the river freezes over so, people come here to enjoy ice skating. The Forks is the most visited site in Winnipeg with 4 million people coming to bask in all the facilities and features provided in the locale. So, jot this amazing place down in your itinerary and enjoy.
This museum is the first museum in the world devoted to imparting knowledge about human rights in the world as well as in Canada. The eye-catching architecture of the building and its galleries are built upon the themes of human rights. The museum has ten permanent galleries, where two of its galleries, “Canadian Journey Gallery” and the “Indigenous Perspective Gallery” is dedicated to the history and present scenario of the human rights of aboriginal people of Canada. This museum is one of its kind and a very important one that people should not miss.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery, also known as WAG has the largest collection of Inuit art in the world. The Museum is home to 24,000 permanent artworks from Canadians, Indigenous Canadians and international artists. Some of the selected artworks of the museum include works from Wolfgang Katzheimer, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and Homer Watson.
This is the meeting place of the legislative assembly of Manitoba and also the twelfth provincial heritage site of Manitoba. Tourists go to this place to marvel at the beautiful architectural design of the building which has a neoclassical, beaux-arts style and this place also has a lot of statues and sculptures people can look at but the most famous one is the ‘Golden Boy’, which is on top of a dome representing four elements of alchemy (earth, air, fire and water).
The Assiniboine Park Zoo was inaugurated in 1904 at the west side of Assiniboine Park. The zoo houses a variety of exotic wildlife but it is known for its polar bear exhibits which have now been turned into the ‘Journey to Churchill’ exhibit, where a range of northern Manitoba’s fauna is represented. The park includes a 4-8-2 steam train which people can ride to get to other parts of the park zoo and the park also features the world-famous Leo Mol Sculpture Garden which is a must-see.
FortWhyte Alive is a park and recreational center which constitutes of prairie, lakes, forests and wetlands. The park offers canoeing, fishing, bird watching, and hiking but the most exciting part of the park is the aquarium, the climate change greenhouse, and the touch museum. The park has the Nature Shop and the Buffalo Stone Café for visitors to dine and shop at. The Park is also the migratory path of the Canadian geese so if you are lucky enough you may just be able to see the geese.
Feed your inner history buff by visiting the Manitoba Museum, which is the largest museum in the province. The museum focuses primarily on human and natural history with over 2.6 million artifacts and specimens from Manitoba’s northern Arctic coast to its southern prairie grasslands. In addition to this, the museum also features an interactive planetarium and science gallery exhibit.
Festival du Voyageur
Festival du Voyageur is the largest and the most famous winter festival in Winnipeg. This festival is held over 10 days during February and attracts over 100,000 people each year. Festival du Voyageur is celebrated to honour the culture and heritage of the French Voyageurs, who traded furs for a living in early Canada. People going to the festival can enjoy live music, eat delicious food, and buy crafts and fur-related clothing. The highlight of the festival are the snow sculptures made with detail that every visitor loves.
Saint Boniface Cathedral is a Roman Catholic basilica located in the center of the city of Winnipeg in the neighbourhood of Boniface, facing the Red River. The cathedral is the oldest church in west Canada with the oldest Catholic burial ground, where the first settlers of Canada and many key figures are buried.
Enjoy done of your last days by immersing in the art of ballet. Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the oldest ballet company in Canada and one of the prestigious ballet companies in the world. This ballet company had world-famous dancers Evelyn Hart and Mikhail Baryshnikov as their students so, you will not regret spending an evening here to watch a ballet number.