Highlights of Winnipeg

Category: North America
Date Posted: 2014-11-28



Winnipeg is a bustling, exciting metropolis that boasts many historical locations as well as a thriving fringe theatre scene. It’s a good idea to hire a car so that you can explore both in and around the city at your leisure and don’t forget to get car excess insurance before you set out. 

Explore some museums:
Get a taste of history and culture, and learn new things about this marvellous city. The 19th century building housing the esteemed St-Boniface museum is the oldest in Canada! And if history isn’t your thing, there are also a lot of art museums to enjoy, such as the famous Winnipeg Art Gallery.

On the first Friday of every month, the museums galleries in the Exchange District offer free entrance to visitors. The ‘First Fridays’ events are a chance to see some wonderful exhibits for free! There are also some permanently free museums, such as the Police Museum, which offers an exhilarating guided crime walk around the city!

Take a break at Assiniboine Park
Spend a lovely summer’s day enjoying the greenery, have a picnic, wander the gardens and conservatory – or just take the kids to the Nature and Adventure playground. The park also offers a zoo, steam train and art museum. Entrance to the park, conservatory and Pavilion Gallery Museum is free. There is also the Leo Mol sculpture garden, which is part of the city’s rich, artistic history – it’s full of incredible, charming sculptures of people and animals.

Explore local cuisine
If you’re a dining connoisseur, you’ll be glad to know that Winnipeg boasts some trendy eateries, and you can pick from a variety of restaurants offering cuisine and fine wines from all around the world. You can also stock up on fresh produce on Saturdays at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market. 

Take an exciting tour
If you want something different from an ordinary walking tour, there is also the Haunted Winnipeg bus tour, which offers some insight into the city’s spookier history. You’ll soon discover that Winnipeg wasn’t called "wickedest city in the Dominion" for nothing.
Tour departs from the Canadian National Railway station.

Discover the city’s live music scene
Assiniboine Park often hosts live music concerts. You can also check out Manito Ahbee, which celebrates aboriginal music and rich culture. The MTS centre often hosts touring bands and international musicians. If you prefer something more classical, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra makes for a great outing.

All in all, Winnipeg is a city teeming with life, culture and an exciting history just waiting to be explored. There are so many things to do, both during the day and as part of the city’s exciting night-life, that your stay is bound to be memorable.




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