Manitoba’s capital and largest city, Winnipeg is a hub of activity for this prairie province. Overflowing with culture, outdoor beauty, and year-round festivities, Winnipeg is a true experience for its many visitors.
A cultural epicenter for Manitoba, Winnipeg offers an unmatched museum checklist, including stops like the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Museum, and the newer Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
But don’t spend all your time indoors while visiting Capital City. Explore outdoor Winnipeg in famed sites like Assiniboine Park, the utterly recognizable Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and The Forks National Historic Site of Canada.
From ballet to baseball, Winnipeg’s event calendar is impressive to say the least. Catch a hockey game with the NHL Jets, or attend one of dozens of festivals like the Festival du Voyageur, the Winnipeg International Children's Festival, and Folkorama.
Served by the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and home to sites like the University of Manitoba and the Manitoba Legislative Building, Winnipeg is a must-visit if ever there was one.
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From local farms to lakes, Winnipeg boasts a wealth of opportunities to enjoy an agritour so you can discover new tastes and flavours of the region. Head to the farmers market to meet and greet local farmers, learn about the season’s crops, and prepare to make your own feast. Winnipeg is a haven for foodies and boasts a diverse dining scene where you can enjoy meals made with locally-sourced and organic ingredients.
Many aspects of the Winnipeg skyline trigger curiosity, but a new addition to Manitoba’s cultural scene takes the lead: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Opened in 2014, CMHR is the only national-level museum set outside Canada’s Capital Region(Ottawa-Gatineau), and happens to be the first new national museum for Canada since 1967. CMHR offers 11 galleries, tours in English and French, an onsite bistro, and much more.
Yet another must-see in The Peg is the 250,000-square-foot Manitoba Legislative Building – completed in 1920 and offering staff-lead or self-guided tours. The local tip here: Keep an eye out for the famous Golden Boy and Hermes statues.
Winnipeg is also home to the Royal Canadian Mint, the production site of all Canadian circulation coins (and many other countries to boot). You must also make time for the Manitoba Museum – the largest museum in the city – and the 1912 Winnipeg Art Gallery (the oldest operating gallery in all of western Canada).
Other unique-to-Winnipeg attractions include the Western Canada Aviation Museum, the Sport For Life Centre, the Winnipeg Railway Museum, the Manitoba Children's Museum, and 26 National Historic Sites of Canada from which to choose.
A four-season destination, Winnipeg offers everything for outdoor lovers from ice trails to summer strolls and so much more.
Established in 1909, Assiniboine Park (known then as simply City Park) is an 1,100-acre outdoor escape in the Assiniboine Forest and on the Assiniboine River. Park visitors enjoy walks, picnics, and strolls through Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Assiniboine Park Conservatory.
Anyone who’s heard of Manitoba has heard of The Forks. A historic (as in, a National Historic Site of Canada) six-hectare green space found downtown, The Forks offers an array of outdoor activity.
Outdoor features include the Broadway Promenade, The Forks Market Plaza, the Assiniboine Riverwalk, and the Arctic Glacier Winter Park. Everything from playgrounds to gardens, a historic port, and a skatepark – all at The Forks.
Other outdoor activities in The Peg include tours of the Forts Rouge, Garry & Gibraltar National Historic Site of Canada, and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. You can also take a walk through Winnipeg across the Red River along the iconic Esplanade Riel – neighbouring the Provencher Bridge.
Manitoba’s capital city is busting with things to do. Your event calendar could include everything from seasonal performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra or Royal Winnipeg Ballet to kid-friendly festivals and games with your favourite Winnipeg teams.
Don’t miss the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre(also home to Manitoba Moose Hockey), or the MJHL’s Winnipeg Blues at the MTS Iceplex. The CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers play home games at Investors Group Field, or you can catch a baseball game with the Winnipeg Goldeyes at Shaw Park.
And if you can’t make a game during your time in Winnipeg, maybe sneak in a visit to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Capital City also offers plenty of seasonal events. Winter boast the 10-day Festival du Voyageur in February (the largest festival of its kind in western Canada), followed by the Winnipeg Comedy Festival for a week of April.
Summer brings the three-day Winnipeg International Children's Festival in June at The Forks, followed by July events like the full-day (Winnie-the-Pooh inspired) Winnipeg Friendship Festival at Assiniboine Park, and the 12-day, alt theater Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival at Old Market Square and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Summer ends with the two-week Folklorama cultural festival in August, and the weeklong Winnipeg International Writers Festival in September – held across 21 venues from The Forks to Brandon University.