Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital, rising from the prairies of western Canada, is a bustling city with a metropolitan population of about 600,000. Nowadays, the city’s location near the geographic center of North America makes it a major player in shipping and transportation. People still meet at the Forks, but now they dine and shop in the historic Forks Public Market.
Entertainments in Winnipeg:
- Night life:
When the sun goes down, Winnipeg gets its second wind. Neighborhood bars and pubs are popular, of course, but if your tastes run deeper, check out our other Winnipeg nightlife selections. Whatever your inclination, sit at the bar and relax with a cold beer, a glass of pinot noir, or a classic martini, and be sure to chat with whoever happens to be nearby — you may make a new friend or a valuable business contact. Our guide includes the hottest Winnipeg clubs and bars as well as the coziest hole-in-the-wall spots.
Visitors will be pleased to discover that shopping in Winnipeg can include stops by national chains for basics, as well as independent shops and boutiques for more unique purchases. Sometimes malls and shopping centers are the most convenient options, but be sure to check out Winnipeg’s downtown or historic districts to find the most unusual gifts and trinkets, art, antiques, and clothing. Our 10Best guide highlights the best stores and shops in Winnipeg.
Part of the fun of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. With that in mind, branch out and give a few locally-owned Winnipeg restaurants a shot. This Winnipeg dining guide offers choices for those who crave comfort food and those who savor more international flavors, fans of out-of-the-way spots as well as proponents of stylish, upscale dining rooms. Rest assured — the 10Best Winnipeg restaurant guide covers all the bases!
5 Best Things to do in Winnipeg:
Winnipeg is Festival City in summer, and it is the largest and best known, drawing thousands for 5 glorious days of concerts, workshops, jamming and camping in Birds Hill Provincial Park in July. The Tulip Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Pride Festival, Fringe Festival (music and theatre), Kidfest, Folklarama (Canada’s premier multicultural festival), Red River Exhibition and lots more…
- Head to the beach:
One of Canada’s top-rated beaches, Grand Beach, is just an hour from Winnipeg. And there are more nearby public beaches – in Gimli, Manitoba’s cottage country, Falcon Lake, Whiteshell Provincial Park and Kenora and Lake of the Woods in Ontario.
- Head to Forts and Museums:
More than 40 museums and three forts have some fascinating stories to tell. You can explore aboriginal and settler history, see dinosaur bones and ancient rocks, learn about the stars, or about Manitoba’s haunted and tragic founder, Louis Riel, or see what people wore in the 1920s or 1940s. Many of the smaller museums are only open in summer. All have events every July and August.
- Visit Winnipeg’s beautiful parks and gardens:
The most extensive gardens are at Assiniboine Park, where you can also visit the newly re-designed tropical garden at Winnipeg Zoo. Tennis courts, golf courses, children’s playgrounds, lakes with paddleboats, free outdoor concerts, picnic areas and walking trails are just some of the things to do in Winnipeg–summer fun at Winnipeg parks and gardens.
- A tour in a Hot-Air Balloon:
There are two certified hot-air balloon tour companies that offer flights over Winnipeg for anyone over age 10, and those tours are available starting from May 1 to October. The two companies are: Sundance Balloons, which has daily sunrise, sunset and anytime 2 ½ hour flights, and you, can call them at: (204) 895-3151. The second one is Balloons Aloft which has one-hour rides at sunrise or sunset,