The Whimsical World of Winnipeg
Nestled quite literally in the centre of North America, Winnipeg is renown for its warm locals, rich multicultural history, and a burgeoning cosmopolis. It is here the mighty Assiniboine and Red Rivers converge, where one of the world’s largest grain exchanges made history and now, where the spectacular Canadian Museum of Human Rights now calls home. Winnipeg may be the gateway to the west, but once you’ve toured around town, dined at fine eateries, meandered through ultra swanky shops, explored myriad museums and attractions, and enjoyed the infinite collection of lush green spaces dotted throughout the city, you won’t want to leave.
Contrary to popular belief, Winnipeg is a four-season city, with plenty to offer. The locals, affectionately referred to as ‘Winnipeggers’, are multicultural and innately proud of their six thousand year old history, making this the ideal place for history buffs and culture vultures. Just over 100 different languages are spoken throughout Winnipeg’s diverse neighbourhoods, including some of Canada’s most rare Aboriginal languages. From the exquisite legislature buildings, to the splendour of St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica, Winnipeg offers a buffet of cultural and architectural choices.
Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer, you’ll find Winnipeggers and visitors alike mingling and conversing at the Forks, the heart of downtown Winnipeg and an ancient place of trade for the past 6,000 years. It was here the earliest Aboriginal bands traded with Scottish settlers, Métis, railway tradesmen and endless waves of immigrants. The Forks, in typical Winnipeg style, blends history and culture with contemporary cosmopolitanism, complete with chic restaurants, and swanky boutiques. Winnipeg’s myriad annual festivals also bring visitors all year round. Watch some of the world’s best performers at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, listen to world class musicians at the Jazz Winnipeg Festival and for the sports enthusiasts, two of Canada’s most beloved professional sports teams, the Winnipeg Jets (Ice Hockey) and Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Football) delight crowds of all ages.
If it’s a family escape you’re after, once again, Winnipeg is the ultimate destination. Affordable, easy to navigate, and teeming with educational sites, Winnipeg’s cityscape is a virtual playground for the young and young at heart. Load your little ones into the stroller and enjoy a wander through one of the world’s most renowned zoos, or dine on carnival classics and have some fun at one of Winnipeg’s fantastic amusement parks. In the warmer months, an excursion through the prairie wilderness is always a favourite activity, and for some indoor fun, let your kids marvel at the night sky in the Planetarium. Winnipeg loves families so much; numerous hotels around the city offer fun, kid-themed rooms, complete with their own set of activities and perks.
Whether you’re a history buff, culture vulture, lover of architecture, sports fanatic, foodie, professional shopper or just want to hang out in one of Canada’s most laid back cities, Winnipeg’s warmth and charm will surely provide you with a Canadian experience you’ll soon not forget.