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Esplanade Riel facing Downtown
Winnipeg is the capital and largest city in Manitoba, and a major centre on the Canadian Prairies. About 700,000 people live in the city proper, with about 780,000 in the entire census metropolitan area. "The Peg" is a city as diverse in and of itself as the whole of Canada.
It is a well rounded city with a stable economy. It is a destination for architecture, rivers, history, money (mint) arts, and museums. It has something for everyone-from boutiques to cheap value stores, Winnipeg has a great retail market, where a lot of new concepts are tried.
Winnipeg lies at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, a location currently known as "The Forks". This point was at the crossroads of canoe routes travelled by Aboriginal peoples prior to European contact. The name Winnipeg is a transcription of the western Cree word wi-nipe-k meaning "muddy waters"; the general area was populated for thousands of years by First Nations.
Winnipeg started out as a fur trading post located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, and was a crossroads for many early settlers. Many trails converged on the city and later became streets (which is evident when you see the city's somewhat haphazard road layout).
In 1869–70, Winnipeg was the site of the Red River Rebellion, a conflict between the local provisional government of Métis, led by Louis Riel, and newcomers from eastern Canada. This rebellion led to Manitoba's entry into the Canadian Confederation as Canada's fifth province in 1870. On November 8, 1873, Winnipeg was incorporated as a city.
After the construction of the CP railway across Canada, Winnipeg became a major transportation hub and "Gateway to the West." The city experienced a boom during the early 20th century, and for while was western Canada's major economic centre. Fortunately for the visitor, the economy slowed around the middle of the century, leaving intact a remarkable collection of period architecture, primarily in the city's downtown Exchange district.
The Red and Assiniboine rivers form Winnipeg's most prominent geographical features, and have played an important role in this city's development. "The Forks," where the Assiniboine flows into the Red, has been a meeting place since Aboriginal peoples first came there to trade. Today, it's the city's top tourist destination, with shops and restaurants representing the city's many ethnic groups, and a well-maintained expanse of riverside park.
Winnipeg is off the tourist trail for most visitors to Canada, and the visitor will experience an authentic and friendly Canadian Prairie City which leaves many pleasantly surprised.
Winnipeg is a very tolerant city and was the first large city in North America to elect an openly gay mayor. Winnipeg has several GLBT bars and a Pride festival every summer.
Winnipeg is a multicultural city. As of the 2006 census, visible minorities make up 16.3% of Winnipeg's population, and aboriginals 10%. Much of Winnipeg's population is of European descent, notably from England, Scotland, Germany, Ukraine, France, Ireland and Poland. More than a hundred languages are spoken in Winnipeg. The city celebrates its diversity with the Folklorama festival, the longest running multicultural event of its kind. Winnipeg is home to one of Canada's largest French speaking populations outside of Québec, and the largest in western Canada.
Corydon Avenue (Little Italy) () Corydon Avenue and its surrounding neighbourhood is one of the city’s hot spots for shopping, dining or an afternoon of peoplewatching at one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants dotting the avenue. Corydon Avenue comes alive during warm summer evenings as crowds of people gather to meet, greet and to have some of the best food, gelati, and sushi in the city.
Downtown () Downtown Winnipeg is centred around Portage Avenue and Main Street. Portage Avenue is the city's busiest thoroughfare. Winnipeg Square, the MTS Centre, Portage Place, and the flagship store of The Bay are all located on the downtown section of this street. On Main Street are Winnipeg's City Hall, Union Station, the Manitoba Museum, the Planetarium, the Centennial Concert Hall and the Winnipeg Railway Museum.
Exchange District () The Exchange District is a National Historic Site in the downtown area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Exchange District today thrives as one of Winnipeg's commercial and cultural centers. Winnipeg's theatre district is also located in the Exchange District, home to the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Centennial Concert Hall. Old Market Square is also in the Exchange which hosts the Jazz Winnipeg Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Forks () The Forks is a historic site and meeting place in Downtown Winnipeg located at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River. The Forks Market contains many specialty food shops, fresh fruit and vegetables, and many ethnic shops. There are often buskers in and around the Forks. Attractions include the Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the International Children's Festival, one of the largest skateparks in Canada, the Esplanade Riel, the world's longest skating rink (winter only), and the future Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Osborne () Osborne Village has evolved into a neighborhood filled with character. It is Winnipeg's most densely populated neighbourhood, voted the Best Place to Live in Uptown Magazine's 2008 Best of List. Popular annual events include the Canada Day Festival. Osborne Village is home to one of Winnipeg's most vibrant collection of stores and restaurants with over 175 businesses calling Osborne Village home.
River Heights A mostly residential area that includes Grant Park Shopping Centre and Academy Bowling Lanes. Academy Road offers the finest shops and services catering to the discriminating shopper, with designer-original fashions, toy and gift shops, bakeries, a specialty grocery store, coffee houses and restaurants, gourmet catered fare, a chocolatier, a gourmet food and wine store and much more.
St. James (Polo Park) () Polo Park is Winnipeg's largest retail and entertainment district. The mall of Polo Park has over 200 stores including Zellers, The Bay, Sears and the Cineplex Entertainment movie theatres. It is the 12th largest shopping centre in Canada and the largest between Toronto and Edmonton. The district is the home of the Winnipeg Stadium (now the Canad Inns Stadium).
St. Boniface (French Quarter) () Covering the southeast part of the city, it is home to the Franco-Manitoban community. It features such landmarks as the Cathédrale de Saint Boniface (St. Boniface Cathedral), Boulevard Provencher, the Provencher Bridge, Esplanade Riel, St. Boniface Hospital, the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface and the Royal Canadian Mint. Every February Le Festival du Voyageur takes place outdoors at Parc Whittier Park and Fort Gibraltar.
West End/Wolseley () A mostly residential area just west of Downtown Winnipeg. The area is very ethnically diverse as is evidenced by the Portuguese, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese, East Indian and Thai restaurants that line both Ellice and Sargent Avenues, making it is one of the best areas for real ethnic food. The West Broadway neighbourhood is the poorest in the entire City of Winnipeg, but attempts to revitalize these neighbourhoods have been made. Numerous urban beautification projects have been undertaken and in 1987, The West End Cultural Centre was founded.
Winter must haves
Winnipeg is cold in the winter and if you plan on spending any time outside between November and April you should consider packing:
Toque or earmuffs
Long sleeve shirts
Boots (depending what you will be doing)
Gloves or Mittens
Scarf (optional, but very very helpful)
Winnipeg has a humid continental climate with extremes of hot and cold. The longest day of the year lasts for over 16 hours, and the shortest day of the year lasts for 8 hours.
Winnipeg is ranked as Canada's second sunniest city year-round and second for clearest skies year-round. Summers are typically warm and often humid, particularly in July, with frequent night time thunderstorms. On average, Winnipeg has 45 days a year where the humidex (combined effect of heat and humidity) reaches above 30°C.
Spring and fall tend to be rather contracted seasons, each averaging a little over six weeks. In general the weather during these seasons is highly variable, and rapidly changing. It is typical for the day to start off quite cold in the morning, but heat up considerably in the afternoon. It can be difficult to judge how to dress during this time, so layers are the best option.
Winnipeg has the coldest winter temperatures of any city in North America with a population of over 100,000. Winters in Winnipeg are usually dry, and can feel colder due to the often windy conditions. The winters are long and overnight minima average below -15°C with rare extremes going down to near -40°C, though there is still much to enjoy during these months. Snow cover can be expected from mid-November to late March. The city turns on what is arguably Canada's best display of Christmas lights from late November until well into January.
Winnipeg is also known for its high mosquito population, particularly during early summer. Dusk and dawn are the most active time for mosquitoes. Late August and September tend to provide the most pleasant environment for summer visitors. More detailed climate information is available from Environment Canada .
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, +1 (204) 987-9402,  (IATA: YWG) is the major airport serving the city. It is conveniently located in the west end of the city about 4.4 miles (7 km) from Portage and Main. Major airlines servicing Winnipeg include Air Canada , WestJet , Delta Air Lines , and United Airlines , as well as many smaller regional carriers. The airport has a new terminal which opened in 2011.
Flight times are three hours from Vancouver, two and three quarter hours from Montreal, two and a half hours from Toronto, Ottawa or Denver, two hours from Edmonton, Calgary or Chicago, one hour from Minneapolis, Regina, Saskatoon or Thunder Bay.
Winnipeg Shuttle Service is available for your private "Door to Door" travel requirements anywhere in the area, even to or from outside Winnipeg. Reservations are usually required in advance of your plane, train or bus arrival. The traveller may also wish to consider utilizing air services provided from Grand Forks, North Dakota or Fargo, North Dakota, which are two and a half hours and three and a half hours by road from Winnipeg respectively. Particlarly when flying to and from other points in the United States, this can result in very substantial savings. The international boundary at Pembina, North Dakota & Emerson, Manitoba is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Then call the shuttle service  to get to or from Winnipeg.
Public Airport Transportation
Public transport is offered by Winnipeg Transit's Route 15 & Route 20 buses which run every 10 to 25 minutes between about 6:00AM to 1:00AM weekdays, (Saturdays & Sundays/Holidays both have their own bus schedule) and will take you downtown in about 30 minutes. Fare is $2.45. Use Winnipeg Transit's Navigo Trip Planner  for specific directions.
Private Airport Transportation
There are usually, but not always, taxi cabs and Limo Sedans-for-hire waiting at the airport.
Taxi - Expect to pay around $20 plus tip (15-20%) for a taxi (room for about 2-3 people depending on luggage) to central Winnipeg. Maximum fare to anywhere in the city is about $55 depending on traffic.
Limo or Shuttle - Limo-Sedan fares (up to 4 people with luggage) are generally $30 flat rate and up. The Limos can actually be cheaper per/person than a taxi depending on where you are going and because your price is pre-determined, the traffic and time it takes is not a factor. If you need a Limo or Shuttle Van (up to 10 people with luggage) you should have it pre-booked to guaranty it will be there, especially in the Winter. Pre-booking a Limo will cost you a little more, but it will be there when you arrive and waiting, just for you. 
Rental - The Winnipeg airport has five car rental companies on-site: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Car Rental counters are located on the main floor of the Parkade across from the terminal.
Via Rail, +1 (888) 842-7245,  operates the national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada. Passengers arrive at Union Station downtown, within easy walking distance of The Forks.
Union Station, 123 Main St. (Corner of Main street and Broadway Avenue (downtown).), ☎ +1 (888) 842-7245, . It was designed by the same architects behind Grand Central Station in New York, and is a monument to the Beaux-Arts era. It is definitely worth a visit and houses a railway museum in the summer months.edit
Via Rail routes serving Winnipeg:
The Canadian from Vancouver (via Edmonton and Jasper) or Toronto runs 3 days a week each direction.
The Winnipeg-Churchill completes the 1,700 kilometre journey (over 1,000 miles!) to the vast subarctic region of Northern Manitoba in two days. Departures from Winnipeg on Tuesdays and Sundays and from Churchill on Thursdays and Saturdays, via The Pas and Thompson.
From the south, take US Interstate 29, which then becomes Provincial Highway 75, and Pembina Highway once inside Winnipeg's city limits. Winnipeg is one hour from the Canada-US border and two and one half hours from Grand Forks, ND.
From the west, the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) leads directly to Winnipeg from Regina. Winnipeg is 3 hours and 20 minutes from the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
From the east, Ontario Highway 17 becomes Highway 1 at the Manitoba border (at which time it becomes a 4-lane divided highway). The journey from the Ontario border to Winnipeg's outside "Perimeter Highway" is about 1 hour and 30 minutes and about another 30-45 minutes to DTN, depending on trafic.
Approximate driving times from nearby cities to Winnipeg are about 8 hours from Saskatoon, 6 hours from Regina, 2.75 hours from Kenora, 8 hours from Thunder Bay, 3.5 hours from Fargo, 6 hours from Bismarck and 7 hours from Sioux Falls or Minneapolis. It is 14 hours from Edmonton, Calgary or Chicago.
Winnipeg is a large, spread-out city, and it can take a while to get around. Unlike most North American cities this size, there is no urban freeway network in the city. Public transportation service is adequate to good in the inner part of the city and on main suburban roads, but only fair to poor in outer suburban areas and some bus routes run only infrequently during the evening or on weekends. Traffic jams, particularly in the downtown area, are common during the rush hour periods which are generally from 0730 to 0900 and 1530 to 1730 Monday to Friday. Much of Winnipeg's downtown real estate is devoted to parking, with ubiquitous and cheap surface lots continuing for multi-block stretches. It is worth considering renting a car, especially if any excursions outside of the city are planned.
Highways. Winnipeg is one of the first Canadian cities of its size to have a ring road (Highway 100/101), which provides a by-pass for travellers on the Trans-Canada Highway. Portage Avenue, the city route of the Trans-Canada Highway, follows regular city streets.
Street names. All streets in Winnipeg have names. Major routes will have both names and route numbers, but will almost always be called by the name. A notable exception is Route 90, which is commonly called Kenaston in the southern half of the city and Route 90 in the northern half. Many streets change names as they wind through the city, which can be extremely confusing, even to locals. The most known example is the street that is Salter in the north end of the city, but as it goes south becomes Isabel, Colony, Memorial, Osborne, Dunkirk, and finally Dakota in the south end, with no clear indication when it changes.
One-way streets. Many downtown streets are one-direction, which can make navigating downtown quite confusing. One-way streets are rare outside of downtown
No left turns. Many busy streets limit left hand turns, particularly during rush hour. This is especially prevalent downtown, but is common in the rest of the city as well.
Confusion corner. This intersection is mainly where Osborne St and Pembina Hwy meet, but other streets connect as well, and there are bus-only lanes. There are many lanes going different directions, and it can be very confusing to know which lane you need to be in, which has given the intersection the name "confusion corner".
North End. The area of the city just north of downtown is known as the north end. This is the poorest part of the city and extra precautions should be taken when traveling through here, especially at night (though most crime is gang related rarely involving innocent bystanders). There is a very noticeable drop in the quality of infrastructure when you cross from downtown into the north end, but it is also a very sudden change so it is important to be mindful of your surroundings.
Winnipeg is generally not a walking-centric city. Because municipal law mandates that all new buildings must contain large amounts of parking between the sidewalk and the building itself, pedestrians will be confronted with a morass of cars in all directions. Winnipeg's main arteries all contain boulevards and are extremely wide by world standards, with Main Street having ten lanes where it meets Portage Avenue downtown. However, this pedestrian-unfriendliness is primarily perceived rather than real. Virtually all streets contain sidewalks on both sides running for the street's entire length, and stoplight crossings are frequent even on highways.
One should note that walking across Portage and Main is prohibited and physically impeded by concrete barricades. Since the 1970's, and despite protests, pedestrians have been required to cross this famous intersection through an underground concourse, which has a variety of entry points in or near the office towers on all four corners.
Downtown from Esplanade Riel.
Distance from Portage and Main to:
The Forks: 10-15 minutes
St. Boniface: 15-20 minutes
Osborne Village: 20 minutes
Corydon Ave: 30 minutes
Interesting walks in Central Winnipeg:
River Walks along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers (notably from the Legislature to The Forks)
Esplanade Riel from The Forks to St.Boniface
Tache and Provencher Avenues in St. Boniface
Broadway from Osborne to Main
Exchange District, all around.
Osborne St from River to Pembina.
As it can get very cold during Winnipeg's winters, the downtown area has a network of tunnels and sky-walks. The Walkway is a system of 14 skyways and 7 tunnels connecting 38 buildings and allowing for a maximum protected walk of 2 km. As far east as the Fairmont Hotel east of Main Street all the way west to One Canada Centre on Portage Avenue (across from The Bay). It connects you to all of the buildings around Portage and Main, Winnipeg Square, Cityplace and Portage Place malls, the Millennium Library (Winnipeg's central library branch) and the MTS Centre arena. It has many shops along the way, making travelling during the winter a lot easier.
Cyclists must ride on and obey the laws of the road.
From 1/2 hour before sunset until 1/2 hour after sunrise bicycles must have a white front light and a red or amber rear light or reflector.
Cyclists must use hand signals indicate a turn.
Cyclists are prohibited from wearing earphones.
Cyclists are prohibited from riding while intoxicated.
Children riding in a bike-mounted baby seat must wear a helmet.
Helmets are mandatory for children aged 12 or under.
Winnipeg is not a very cycle-friendly city. Visiting cyclists should be especially cautious when riding anywhere in Winnipeg (it is noteworthy to mention that cyclists are entitled to occupy an entire lane if safety is a concern). Winnipeg drivers can be very impatient and reckless. Bicycle theft is common throughout all areas of the city.
There are few bicycle lanes in the city. These are denoted by diamond markings on the lane. The lanes are often shared with buses.
There has been some effort made to expand bicycling infrastructure in recent years, with the city's "Active Transportation" website listing some of the completed and partially completed bicycle lanes.
If cycling through Winnipeg in winter, it's recommended that one dresses in layers and reflective materials. It gets late afternoon in late November and December.
Winnipeg Transit, +1 (877) 311-4974 or 311 (local),  has bus routes running throughout the city. Service is generally good on major routes in the inner city but only fair to poor in the outer suburban areas. The Winnipeg Transit's website includes schedules and a helpful travel planner called Navigo. Automated schedules are available through Telebus, +1 (204) 287-7433. Handi-Transit, +1 (204) 986-5722,  is available for disabled persons.
As of January 1st, 2012, adult bus fare is $2.45 (CDN). There is a reduced fare of $1.95 for children 6-16, high school/college students, and seniors (65+ years of age), for which identification is required. Children 5 and under are free with a fare-paying adult. Drivers will only accept exact change in cash. A transfer can be requested when you pay your fare, which entitles you to ride as many buses as you like within the next 60 minutes. You may also purchase tickets at reduced rates at almost any convenience store.
There are a variety of passes available, which can also be purchased at any convenience store. Of note to travelers is the Max 5 pass, which can be used Monday to Friday, and the Superpass, which can be used from Monday to Sunday. Please keep in mind that the Max 5 is only available for adults.
Downtown Spirit operates on 3 routes in the downtown area during the day, free of charge.
Park & Ride allows you to park in designated areas and then catch a transit bus.
DART provides request bus service to residents living in selected areas of South and South East Winnipeg.
Bomber FanFare allows you to ride Transit for free by showing your valid game day ticket when going to and from Bomber home games. Transit also operates shuttle services to the Bomber stadium.
Bike and Bus offers bike racks on the 60, 160 and 162 Pembina buses during the summer free of charge. St. Vital Shopping Centre and Osborne Junction have bike lockers.
Shuttle services are offered for occasions such as the Folk Festival and the Assiniboine Race Track season.
Taxis are licensed in Winnipeg and every driver must have their identification visible. For security purposes, taxi drivers are protected by a shield and have video surveillance. By law, fares are non-negotiable and determined by a meter. Smoking and open alcohol are not allowed. The most common taxi model is the smaller Toyota Prius.
Winnipeg Taxicab Tariff: Starting fee: $3.50 with 72.5 metres, then $0.10 for each additional 72.5 metres + $0.10 for each 13.18 seconds of time. Whenever the taxi stops, there's a "waiting time charge" of $0.10 for each 13.18 seconds of metered waiting time. A 10 km ride works out to about $17.20 + any waiting times + tip (15-20%).
Driving is the easiest way to get around Winnipeg. On-street parking, which ranges from $1-2/hr can usually be found in popular areas if you are willing to search. Keep in mind that during rush hour, most of these spaces will turn into no stopping zones in order to facilitate traffic flow. If these are unavailable, there are parkades or parking lots which will provide a variety of hourly rates. These are roughly twice as expensive as street parking, but they are convenient and located all over the downtown area. If visiting the Forks, keep in mind that there is a large parkade and two lots which provide free parking for visitors.
Auto theft is a serious problem in Winnipeg. Anti-theft devices are strongly recommended, especially immobilizers. Never leave your vehicle running and never leave any objects visible inside, especially aftermarket stereo equipment.
The Aboriginal Centre. Located in the historic CP Rail Station, the Centre is a gathering place and vital central resource for Winnipeg’s Aboriginal community. Visitors will enjoy seeing the Rotunda area, complete with the original doorways through which many travellers passed, restored to its former grandeur. The Aboriginal Centre Restaurant provides tour groups and the casual lunch crowd, the opportunity to experience traditional Aboriginal cuisine. The Aboriginal culture is featured in various art forms at Canadian Plains Gallery. Scheduled summer tours operate from May long weekend to Labour Day weekend. Group tours available upon request September to May. Address:181 Higgins Avenue (east of Main Street). Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30. For information, call (204) 989-6383.
Statue Look, Portage Ave. between Spence and Westbrook. This area is full of all kinds of neat statues, artwork and designs that are eye catching and some, odd. Look at a giant bulldog, a weird fat man sitting, abstract rectangular prisms, historic figures, and more.
The Forks. A tourist attraction on the Red River. The Forks Market offers fresh and speciality foods plus more than 50 unique shops - housed in an eclectic and historic building that was originally a horse stable. The market has an excellent food court with various ethnic food options including favourites 'Taste of Sri Lanka' and 'Bindy's Caribbean Delights'. Head to the hayloft for handicrafts and one-of-a-kind items from clothing and artisan-inspired gifts to jewellery, toys and much more. In the winter you can rent ice skates and go skating down the Red River. In the summer, there are special events and outdoor entertainment almost daily, not to mention some fantastic patios and outdoor bars. If you're visiting Winnipeg, it's a must-see. For information, call 204.942.6302
Royal Canadian Mint in East Winnipeg.
The Royal Canadian Mint. The Royal Canadian Mint’s facility in Winnipeg, designed by local architect Etienne Gaboury, produces billions of coins each year. This is where all Canadian circulation coins are made, as well as those for 60+ governments all around the world. A fascinating guided tour includes the viewing of a 5-minute video in the theatre area followed by a 40-minute walking tour overlooking the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility where the precise art, craft, and science of coin-making is revealed. Open year-round, the on-site Boutique offers beautiful collector coins, an exclusive line of Royal Canadian Mint clothing, and an exciting collection of souvenirs and gift ideas. The adjacent interactive coin museum involves the visitor in unique learning activities including the ability to make your own souvenir coin and the opportunity to lift and hold a 99.99% pure gold bar worth over $200,000. The mint is located at 520 Lagimodiere Boulevard, at the junction of Highways 1 and 59. For information, call (204)983-6429 or 1-866-822-6724.
Manitoba Legislative Building. Visit Manitoba’s beloved "Golden Boy", who is perched atop the Provincial Legislative building. The Golden Boy, a magnificently gilded 5.25M (17.2-foot) figure sculpted by Charles Gardet of Paris and cast in 1918 at the Barbidienne foundry in France, is probably Manitoba's best known symbol. Embodying the spirit of enterprise and eternal youth, he is poised atop the dome of the building. He faces the north, with its mineral resources, fish, forest, furs, hydroelectric power and seaport, where his province's future lies. The foundry was partially destroyed by bombs during the First World War, but the Golden Boy emerged unharmed. Go inside the building to see the exquisite grand staircase and rotunda. Guided tours available. 450 Broadway. For information, call (204) 945-5813, or check out information and a virtual tour at .
Esplanade Riel. Connecting The Forks to St. Boniface, this bridge has become one of the most photographed sights in Winnipeg.
Music in the Market at the Exchange District in Downtown Winnipeg
The heart of historic downtown Winnipeg is the Exchange District National Historic Site, an area of 20 blocks and more than 150 turn of the century buildings from Winnipeg's boom period. This National Historic Site is Winnipeg's cultural epicentre - home to many art galleries, art-house theatres and other cultural institutions, but the architecture and broad wealth of distinct retail and dining amenities have made it a premiere attraction for visitors to the city. Old Market Square is home to many of the city's premiere arts and cultural festivals, and the Historic Walking Tour Program is a must-do for any visitor to Winnipeg. The area has also served as the backdrop for numerous films, most notably Brad Pitt's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Capote, often standing in for historic areas of Chicago and New York City. Check here  to learn more about the Exchange District.
St. Boniface. The city's French quarter boasts a wide variety of activities, shops and over a dozen restaurants guaranteed to satisfy your palate. Swing and dance at the winter festival Le Festival du Voyageur that runs for approximately a week every February, savour a home-cooked meal, visit exhibitions, take part in guided tours and view over 35 designated historical sites.
St. Boniface Cathedral. The original cathedral, built in 1908, was destroyed by fire in 1968. The remaining walls were incorporated into the design of the new church, creating a dramatic facade facing west across the Red River towards downtown Winnipeg. The cathedral is a beautiful testament to Winnipeg's history. There are also theatrical productions performed in the adjacent cemetery. Hear stories from the French, Métis and Manitoba History while visiting gravesites of fascinating historical characters including Louis Riel, Métis Leader and founder of Manitoba. For information on Theatre in the Cemetery, call 1-866-808-8338 Address: 190 Avenue de la Cathédrale Hours: Tour hours are 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Season: July and August. For information, call (204) 233-7304
Osborne Village. This is arguably the city's main cultural centre, catering mainly to twenty-somethings. Still, the area has a good mix of businesses that cater to all ages. "The village", as it is known, runs along Osborne Street from Roslyn Road, right up to the intersections of Pembina, Osborne, and Corydon. The street is lined with boutique fashion stores catering to all walks of life (from Goth to Hipster to Earthy and back), excellent restaurants, nightspots, and arguably one of the city's better record stores, Music Trader. The surrounding areas are full of large, beautiful homes and a few scattered businesses. A walk around the area in the summertime is highly recommended. With regards to nightlife, Buccacino's restaurant holds a Jazz night on Monday nights.Popular nightspots are The Toad, Carlos and Murphy's, and The Cavern. All locations are within a block of each other. Papa George's, a Greek restaurant, is open until 4AM (one of the few things open late in Winnipeg) and serves as an after-the-bar location for many partyers. The Gas Station theatre, once marked for demolition to put in a Giant Tiger location, still remains as the area's arts and cultural outlet.
Winnipeg is filled with historical architecture. Almost every corner in downtown has a historical building with amazing details, colouring, and preservation. All one has to do is walk along Main Street, Portage Avenue, or Osborne Street to see that beauty.
Manitoba Legislature. Tours available to see the inside as well.
Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd (Across from the historic Hudson Bay department store on Portage Ave), ☎ 789-1760, . Tue-Sun 11–5PM, Thur 11-9PM, Closed Mon. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is Western Canada's oldest gallery, and features Manitoban, Canadian, and international artists and a large collection of Inuit Art. With it's striking architecture, it is an integral part of downtown Winnipeg. Adults $10 Students/Seniors $8, Youth $6 (ages 6-12). edit
Gallery Lacosse, 169 Lilac St (Corydon Avenue), ☎ (204) 284-0726, . 11am-6pm Tue-Fri; 11am-5pm Sat. Celebrating Manitoba art and its unique place in the Canadian creative landscape. Artists are showcased through their paintings, pottery, photos and jewellery. edit
Graffiti Gallery, 109 Higgins Ave (Exchange District), ☎ (204) 667-9960, . Part of Graffiti Art Programming Inc., a not for profit youth art organization that uses art as a tool for community development, social change and individual growth. edit
PLATFORM: Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, 121-100 Arthur St (Artspace Building), ☎ (204) 942-8183 (email@example.com), . Manitoba's only artist-run centre devoted exclusively to photographic and digital arts. The gallery exhibits local, national and international artists. edit
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, 460 Portage Avenue (Between the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Portage Avenue), ☎ (204) 942-1043 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 12pm-9pm Wed-Sat; 12pm-5pm Sun. Manitoba's premier contemporary art gallery and the first Institute of Contemporary Art in Canada. Free. edit
Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art, 203-290 McDermot Ave (Exchange District), ☎ (204) 942-2674 (email@example.com), . Features cutting-edge Aboriginal art in an ever-changing contemporary setting, while promoting the rich artistic legacy of Aboriginal communities. edit
Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave (Downtown), ☎ (204) 956-2830, . Summer hours (May 16-Sept 7): 10AM-5PM, Winter hours: Tue-Fri 10AM-4PM, Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM. You can explore a vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history through nine galleries that total approximately 68,000 square feet of exciting exploration (approximately 4 football fields). All regions of Manitoba are represented in the galleries, including the Grasslands, the Boreal Forest, the Arctic/Sub arctic. There are also some recent additions to the Museum: the Hudson Bay Company Collections Gallery and the Parklands/Mixed Woods Gallery, which is the largest and most interactive of the galleries. $5-$8 (Senior, youth, family and bundle discounts). edit
Manitoba Children's Museum, 45 Forks Market Road (The Forks), ☎ (204) 924-4000 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (204) 956-2122), . Summer hours (July & August): 9:30AM-6PM, Winter hours: Sun-Thu 9:30AM-4:30PM, Fri-Sat 9:30AM-6PM. The Manitoba Children’s Museum is home to several hands-on galleries, offering plenty of family fun. Be a TV anchor, visit the land of fairy tales or climb aboard a fully refurbished locomotive and passenger train car. In November and December, you can take a magical stroll through the Santa Village and perhaps even meet the man in the red suit himself. $6.25-$7 (Senior, adult and group discounts). edit
Manitoba Electrical Museum, 680 Harrow Street, ☎ 477-7905, . Mon-Thur 1–4PM. A small but interesting museum, very kid friendly. Features electric street car, robot made of household electronics and consumer products through the ages. Free. edit
Costume Museum of Canada, 109 Pacific Ave (Exchange district), ☎ (204) 989-0072 (email@example.com), . Mon-Sat 10AM-5PM, Sun 12PM-4PM. This museum has wonderful exhibits that go through the history of fashion in Canada. The exhibits change frequently and with over 35000 artifacts, there is always something new to see. $4-$5 (Senior, student discounts). edit
Airforce Heritage Museum and Air Park, Ness Ave north of Sharp Blvd (Airport), ☎ (204) 833-2500 ext 4180. By appointment only. Enjoy the largest air park in Canada which includes aircraft presented dramatically in action poses. The museum contains many outstanding exhibits of national significance. Free. edit
Dalnavert Museum, 61 Carlton St (Downtown), ☎ (204) 943-2835 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . 11am-4pm Wed-Fri (Jul-Aug: 10am-5pm); 11am-6pm Sat; 12pm-4pm Sun. The former home of Premier Sir Hugh John Macdonald, Dalnavert has been designated a National Historic Site. edit
Fire Fighters Museum of Winnipeg, 56 Maple St (Exchange District), ☎ (204) 942-4817 (email@example.com), . 11am-3pm Sat-Sun. This beautifully maintained fire hall built in 1903 features stain glass windows and displays hand and horse drawn, steam and early motorized fire apparatus, artifacts, photographs and records dating back to the 1880s. edit
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada, Hwy 9/Main St (15mins north of Winnipeg), ☎ 1 (888) 773-8888, . History will unfold before your eyes at this restored 19th century fort where costumed staff recreate the 1850s in the Red River Valley. edit
Le musée de Saint-Boniface, 494 avenue Taché (Old St. Boniface), ☎ (204) 237-4500 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Stand within the oldest building in Winnipeg and the largest oak structure in North America, depicting the lives of the French and Métis people. edit
Western Canada Aviation Museum, Hangar T-2, 958 Ferry Rd (5 mins from Polo Park Shopping Centre), ☎ (204) 786-5503, . Tales from the sky, great ideas and not so great ideas in flight, and an interactive area for kids. edit
Assiniboine Park, 2355 Corydon Avenue (Tuxedo), . If you are looking for a great summer outing at the park with a frisbee, this is the place to go. There is a zoo and all of its amenities on site for those wanting an attraction. Explore over 378 acres (153 hectares) along the Assiniboine River. The Zoo, Conservatory, English Garden, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Tudor-style pavilion, and a fine example of a French formal garden are a few of the features found in the park. Picnic areas and cycling and walking trails are popular with visitors. In the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing, tobogganing and skating on the Duck Pond. All public areas are wheelchair accessible. Main entrance is on Corydon Avenue one mile west of Kenaston Boulevard. The park may also be accessed from Portage Avenue via a footbridge over the Assiniboine River.edit
Located within Assiniboine Park:
Assiniboine Park Zoo.
Assiniboine Park Conservatory.
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
The Pavilion Gallery Museum.
Winnie the Bear statue.
Birds Hill Provincial Park, Hwy 59 (24kms northeast of Winnipeg). Featuring hills and ridges formed by ancient glaciers, this 35 square kilometer Park has a lake, oak and aspen forests, native prairie wildflowers, deer, waterfowl and songbirds. Facilities include camping, swimming, picnic sites, a riding stable, a restaurant, a beach concession and a convenience store. There are 30 kms of trails for walking and cross-country skiing and 7.2 kms of paved bicycle and roller blading trails. Every July the park hosts the Winnipeg Folk Festival.edit
FortWhyte Alive, 1961 McCreary Rd (Tuxedo), ☎ (204) 989-8355 (info@fortwhyte), . 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm Sat-Sun; extended summer and fall. 640-acre nature centre showcasing a 30-head bison prairie herd, 5 lakes, 7km of trails, bird feeding stations, tipi encampment and more. edit
Harbour View Recreation Complex, 1867 Springfield Road (Transcona, 2.5kms east of Hwy 59), ☎ +1 (204) 222-2751 (email@example.com), . Enjoy a day of play with a nine-hole par 27 golf course, mini golf, driving range, lawn bowling, tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, sand volleyball and paddleboats. During the winter, enjoy ice skating on the lake, tobogganing, cross-country skiing and broomball. Professional golf and cross-country ski instruction and rental equipment are available.edit
Kildonan Park, 2015 Main St. (West Kildonan), ☎ +1 (877) 311-4974 or 311 (local), . North on Main, this park is a favourite, especially Sunday night "Cruise Nights". You will find many interesting new and vintage cars cruising through the park and meeting up with friends. Kildonan Park is also home to the Rainbow Stage theatre, which is an open-aired theatre located in the centre of the park. As most parks, they also have BBQ/Picnic designated areas, a pool, play structures, and some interesting landscaping.edit
King's Park, King’s Drive and Kilkenny Drive (Fort Garry, south of University of Manitoba), ☎ +1 (877) 311-4974 or 311 (local), . Bordering on the Red River, King’s Park has many pathways (gravel and paved) to enjoy some of which lead to marshland. In the centre of the park you will find the beautiful Pagoda Gardens. The Park also has a soccer field, two baseball diamonds and an off-leash dog park area.edit
Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth, King's Park (south of University of Manitoba, off King's Drive), (firstname.lastname@example.org), . A free, outdoor garden labyrinth commemorating the world renowned author. A showcase for gardening and landscaping and the largest contemporary labyrinth in Canada. edit
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, Hwy 67 and 220 (20 mins north of Winnipeg), ☎ (204) 467-3300 (email@example.com), . Voted the Best Environmental Experience in the world. Guided treks through nature trails, the Marsh, go canoing, view wildlife, interactive exhibits. edit
St. Vital Park. Situated on the Red River, this park is the perfect place for family get-togethers and recreational sports. In winter, the duck pond becomes a skating rink. Located on River Road, north of Bishop Grandin Boulevard. For information, call (204) 986-7623.edit
Decoding the Ancient Egyptian and Masonic Mysteries of the Manitoba Legislative Building, ☎ +1 (204) 989-9630 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Uncover trails of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture so intelligently masked it has escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years!edit
Exchange District Walking Tours, ☎ +1 (204) 942-6716 (email@example.com), . June-Sept. Take a guided tour and lose yourself in the early 1900s Winnipeg. Steeped in history, the Exchange District tells the story of our city’s transition from a boomtown to Canada’s current cultural oasis. Knowledgeable and dynamic tour guides tell tales of power, corruption and past heroism while you enjoy an exceptional collection of architecture from both inside and out.edit
Haunted Winnipeg Bus Tours, ☎ +1 (204) 989-9630 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Nights June-Oct. Are you ready to investigate the paranormal? Are you up to photographing mysterious lights and orbs? Join the tour “undertaker,” who is “dying” to tell you historical tales of haunted sites and peculiar activities that take place at famous haunted locations throughout Winnipeg.edit
Old St. Boniface Walking Tours, ☎ +1 (866) 808-8338, . Twice daily May-Sept. Experience Winnipeg’s French Quarter and history at its best. The tour will guide you through the rich history of the francophone community and the history of the French Quarter as you visit landmarks and observe historic architecture. Learn about the magnificent St. Boniface Cathedral, the great fire, and its new, modern design.edit
Paddlewheel River Boats, ☎ +1 (204) 942-4500 (email@example.com), . May-Oct. Take a scenic river cruise aboard the Paddlewheel Queen or Paddlewheel Princess river boats. Dine, dance or just enjoy the evening on Winnipeg’s beautiful rivers.edit
Routes on the Red, . Explore the culture, geography, history and wildlife of Manitoba’s Red River Valley with more than 20 self-directed Routes on the Red Tours. Spend an afternoon or day walking in the footsteps of voyageurs, discovering the legacy of glaciers and grasslands or cycling the shores of ancient Lake Agassiz.edit
West End BIZ Mural Walking Tours, ☎ +1 (204) 954-7900 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . June-Sept. The West End BIZ offers walking tours of the area’s 50+ murals throughout the summer months. They are fully guided and provide participants with information about the murals, historical facts about the area and entertaining stories about the West End.edit
Fun Mountain Water Slide Park, 804 Murdock Rd (Off Hwy 1 East), ☎ (204) 255-3910, . Enjoy water slides, tropical theme mini golf, and bumber boat rentals. edit
Grand Prix Amusements, Hwy 1 East (Fermor Ave) (4km east of the Mint), ☎ (204) 254-3644, . Go-kart racing on three challenging tracks with over 75 go-karts for ages four to adult. 18-hole pirate theme mini golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, batting cages, and arcades. edit
Thunder Rapids Fun Park, 5058 Portage Ave (4km west of Assiniboia Downs), ☎ (204) 885-7223 (email@example.com), . Summer: 10-10 Mon-Sat; Spring and Fall: 10-dusk; noon on Sundays. Five different types of go-karts, bumper boats, batting cages, video games, jungle gym, picnic/bbq areas, 18-hole mini golf. edit
Tinkertown Family Fun Park, Hwy 1 East at Murdock Rd, ☎ (204) 257-8095, . May to September. Outdoor amusement park with over 20 rides and attractions for kids. edit
U-Puttz Black Light Miniature Golf, 423 McPhillips St (North End), ☎ (204) 582-2166 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Uniquely themed 18-hole miniature golf course. edit
Speedworld Indoor Kart Track, 575 Berry St (St. James), ☎ (204) 774-5278 (email@example.com), . noon to midnight. 40km/h-50km/h real European style racing karts on a 1/4km indoor track with AMB timing system. edit
Springhill Winter Sports Park (Springhill), Hwy 59 N, ☎ (204) 224-3051 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Dec-Apr 630pm-930pm Tues-Fri 9am-4pm Sat-Sun. Just north of Winnipeg, Springhill includes 10 ski runs, a quad chairlift and a tow rope. The Terrain Parl offers something for all levels. Certified instructors and rentals available. edit
The Golf Dome, 1205 Wilkes Ave, ☎ (204) 489-7776 (email@example.com), . Summer: 9am-10pm; Winter:8am-10pm. Three-tier driving range, 18-hole mini golf, three virtual golf simulators. edit
Black Hole Theatre Company, 210 Dysart Rd (University of Manitoba Main Campus), ☎ (204) 474-6880 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . From October to April, the Company performs works by established and emerging playwrights. edit
Le cercle Molière, 825 rue Saint-Joseph (Old St. Boniface), ☎ (204) 233-8053 (email@example.com), . Now in its 84th season, Le cercle Molière offers a wide range of styles and themes in a unique setting. An English synopsis is provided for all plays. edit
Cinematheque, 100 Arthur St (Exchange District), ☎ (204) 925-3457 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Cinematheque is an intimate art film theatre devoted to screening the very best in Canadian, independent, foreign and alternative film. edit
IMAX Theatre Winnipeg, 3rd floor, 393 Portage Ave (Portage Place Shopping Centre), ☎ (204) 956-4629 (email@example.com), . Experience the immersive and eye-popping 3D technology at the only 5.5-story screen in Manitoba. edit
Little Opera Company, 200 de la Cathédrale Avenue (Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface), ☎ (204) 452-1017 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The Little Opera Company presents an intimate alternative to grand opera with chamber opera that is sung in English. " edit
Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, 745 Westminster Avenue (northwesy corner of Maryland and Westminster), ☎ (204) 783-7377 (email@example.com), . The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra presents nine concerts in the acoustically superb Westminster United Church. edit
Manitoba Opera, 555 Main St (Centennial Concert Hall), ☎ (204) 253-2787 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Acclaimed artists from around the world join the finest Canadian singers, the Manitoba Opera Chorus, and the Winnipeg Sympony Orchestra. edit
Manitoba Theatre Centre (MTC), 174 Market Ave (Downtown), ☎ (204) 942-6537 (email@example.com, fax: (204) 947-3741), . Discover Canada’s flagship regional theatre producing 10 exciting productions in two state-of-the-art venues: the Mainstage and the Warehouse along with a Master Playwright Festival and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Main season runs October to May. $25-$85 (student, senior, subscription discounts). edit
Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP), 2 Forks Market Rd (The Forks), ☎ (204) 942-8898 (fax: (204) 943-4129), . Manitoba Theatre for Young People presents a full season of professional theatre for young people, age 3 to teen, and their families. One of the most respected theatre companies in Canada, for children or adults, MTYP presents 10 plays each season in their state-of-the-art, fully reconfigurable theatre. Each year, MTYP welcomes guest companies from around the world, as well as creating and presenting plays by the company’s own artistic team. The season runs from October to May. $14-$18 (student, senior, group discounts). edit
Pantages Playhouse Theatre (Pantages), 180 Market Ave (Exchange district), ☎ (204) 989-288S, . A designated historical landmark, Pantages plays host to local and international groups, both amateur and professional. edit
Praire Theatre Exchange (PTE), 3rd floor, 393 Portage Ave (Portage Place Shopping Centre), ☎ (204) 942-5483, . Winnipeg's second-largest live theatre offers an incredibly intimte experience with all seats less than 30ft from the stage. edit
Rainbow Stage, 2021 Main St (Kildonan Park), ☎ (204) 989-0888 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Summer performances take place at Rainbow Stage in Kildonan Park, Canada's longest running outdoor theatre. edit
Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), 380 Graham Avenue (Downtown), ☎ (204) 956-0183 (fax: (204) 943-1994), . The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is known worldwide for its technical excellence and its eclectic repertoire. Strongly rooted in classical ballet, the RWB’s repertoire is diverse, ranging from the classics to innovative contemporary ballet. $12-$15 (senoir, student, subscription discounts). edit
Theatre in the Cemetery, 190 avenue de la Cathédrale (St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery), ☎ 1 (866) 808-8338. Enjoy a unique and entertaining theatrical performance that takes you through the St. Boniface Cathedral's cemetery, one of the oldest in the city. Hear stories from French, Métis and Manitoban history while visiting gravesites of fascinating historic characters such as Louis Riel, founder of the province. edit
Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (WJO), 300 Memorial Blvd (Winnipeg Art Gallery), ☎ (204) 632-5299 (email@example.com), . The WJO showcases superb local artists and features appearances by exciting national and international guest artists. edit
Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, 123 Doncaster St (Asper Jewish Community Campus), ☎ (204) 477-7478 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Season runs October through May. edit
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), 1020-555 Main St (Centennial Concert Hall), ☎ (204) 949-3999 (email@example.com), . The WSO performs more than 80 concerts belonging to four major series: Masterworks, Musically Speaking, Pops, Sundays with the Family, and a variety of feature performances. edit
Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers (WCD), 2nd floor, 211 Bannatyne (Crocus Building, Exchange district), ☎ (204) 452-0229 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Each season WCD creates and presents new work from within the Company and also introduces Winnipeg audiences to some of the best choreography and dance from the rest of Canada. edit
Le Festival du Voyageur (Saison Voyageur), St. Boniface, . 10 days in February. Western Canada's largest winter festival. For 10 days in February, this fur-trade-themed celebration lights up Saint Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter. edit
Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Gas Station Theatre (River at Osborne), . Just For Laughs edit
Pride Winnipeg Festival, . beginning of June. Pride in Winnipeg has been celebrated annually since 1987, and has evolved from a one-day event into a 10-day festival filled with pride, confidence, fun, colour, music, laughter, optimism, and activism. Winnipeg Pride is the Pride of the Prairies – the largest celebration of LGBTTQ culture between Toronto and Vancouver. edit
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (Jazz Fest), venues throughout the city, ☎ +1 (204) 989-4656 (email@example.com, fax: +1 (204) 956-5280), . June 25 - July 4, 2010. In June, with performers in multiple venues around town. $15. edit
Red River Exhibition (The Ex), Exhibition Park, Assiniboia Downs (Portage Ave west past Perimeter Hwy), . Late June. The largest annual fair in Manitoba.edit
Winnipeg Folk Festival (Folk Fest), Birds Hill Provincial Park (20 minutes north on Hwy 59), ☎ +1 (204) 231-0096 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +1 (204) 231-0076), . July 7-11, 2010. One of North America's premier outdoor music festivals. Features music performances, a folk school, programs for young performers and young visual artists, over 100 artisans, children’s programming, a visual art exhibition, and a food village that encourages the use of local, organic and fair trade ingredients.Day Pass: $69.75; Full Pass: $214.75; Full Camping Pass: $252.75 (discounts for youth, children and early bird). edit
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (The Fringe), Old Market Square (Exchange district), ☎ (204) 942-6537 (email@example.com), . July 15th-26th, 2009. North America's second largest Fringe Festival, held every July. $4-$9, passes available. edit
Gimli Icelandic Festival (Islendingadagurinn), Gimli, Manitoba (60 minutes north on Hwy 8), ☎ +1 (204) 642-7417 (fax: 1 (204) 642-9382), . First weekend of August. The second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America, includes contests and a parade.edit
Swords and Sabres (Ren Fest), Winnipeg Manitoba (Coronation park Corner of St Mary's and Tache), ☎ +1 (204) 231-8354 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . June. Winnipegs new Pirate, Renaissance, and Steam Punk Festival.free. edit
Folklorama, venues throughout the city (guides available), ☎ (204) 982-6210 (email@example.com, fax: (204) 943-1956), . August 2nd-15th, 2009. The largest and longest running multicultural event of its kind in the world. Cultural pavilions are spread out at various locations throughout the city for two weeks in August, with a wonderful variety of music, dancing, and food showcasing the city's amazing ethnic diversity.edit
Winnipeg Jets, Ice hockey (National Hockey League): MTS Centre, Portage Avenue and Donald Street. In 2011, Winnipeg once again became home to an NHL team after a Winnipeg-based group purchased the Atlanta Thrashers. The team resurrected the Jets name that had been used by two other Winnipeg-based hockey teams, most notably the city's former NHL franchise. The Jets play at the MTS Centre, built in 2004 and a first-class venue for hockey games and concerts, though small by NHL standards. The hockey season begins in October; the regular season ends in mid-April, followed by the Stanley Cup playoffs that run into June. Season-ticket packages, which sold out less than a week after being placed on sale, were priced between $39 and $129 per game. Single-game tickets are technically available, but are very hard to come by; 13,000 of the arena's 15,000 seats were dedicated to season tickets. As a result of the return of the NHL, the city's AHL (minor league) team, the Manitoba Moose, moved to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Football (Canadian Football League): Canad Inns Stadium, 1465 Maroons Road (next to Polo Park Shopping Centre). The Blue Bombers have a long history of support in the city. The Bombers have made it to the league finals 21 times since 1937. They last won the Grey Cup in 1990; in 2007, they lost the final to Saskatchewan, their friendly rivals. The CFL season starts in June and ends in November. Tickets to see a game at Canad Inns Stadium range from $20 to $75. In 2006, Winnipeg hosted the Grey Cup. A new stadium, to be known as Investors Group Field, is currently being built for the team at Chancellor Matheson Road and University Crescent on the University of Manitoba campus and is expected to open for the 2012 season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Winnipeg Goldeyes, Baseball (Northern League): Shaw Park, 1 Portage Avenue East (next to the Forks). Since returning to Winnipeg in 1994, the team has been a perennial powerhouse, missing the playoffs only once and frequently finishing first in their division. Shaw Park is considered one of the nicest minor league baseball parks in North America. The season runs from May to September. Tickets are very affordable, ranging from $4-$15. With room for only 7,481, most games are sell outs.
Assiniboia Down Racetrack, 3975 Portage Avenue (just west of the Perimeter Hwy)), ☎ +1 (204) 885-3330 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . May-Sept. Featuring live thoroughbred racing.edit
Team Canada Volleyball, ☎ +1 (204) 474-7084, . Come out and cheer on Team Canada! Team Canada Women’s Volleyball regularly hosts elite international competitions in Winnipeg and Manitoba.edit
Assiniboia Downs. Live thoroughbred horse racing Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sundays and holidays are Family Fun Days with free children’s activities: petting farm, pony rides and giant inflatables. The licensed terrace dining room overlooks the race track. Year-round simulcast wagering on races from around the globe. Season runs from the beginning of May to the end of September. Located at 3975 Portage Avenue. For information, call (204)885-3330.
Club Regent Casino. The Casinos of Winnipeg are the two largest casinos in Western Canada. With its exotic tropical theme, Club Regent Casino is the best indoor vacation sensation in the nation. It boasts the second highest waterfall in the province and one of the largest walk-through aquariums in Canada. This casino is a tropical forest filled with fun dining and the best local and international entertainment in the concert bowl and lounge. And don’t forget the huge variety of games. Group tours available. Located at 1425 Regent Avenue W., open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m., Sunday, noon – 3:00 a.m. Closed on selected holidays. For information, call (204) 957-2700 or 1-800-265-3912.
McPhillips Street Station Casino. This casino, designed like a last-century railway village, offers a wide range of gaming options to suit all types of play and personal interest, including slots, table games, video gaming, and bingo. Experience local and international entertainment in the concert bowl. Grab a lunch or dinner buffet, Sunday brunch or take a look at the new a-la-carte menu. Take a multi-sensory magical history tour of Manitoba aboard the Millennium Express. Group tours are also available. Located at 484 McPhillips Street, open year-round; Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m., Sunday, noon – 3:00 a.m. Closed on selected holidays. For information, call toll free 1-800-265-3912.
Provincial Sales Tax (PST) in Manitoba is 7% (to increase to 8% July 1 2013) and Federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Canada is 5%. Prices generally do not include tax, so expect your purchases to cost an additional 12%.
It is customary in Winnipeg that all prices are set by a price tag, and it is uncommon for retailers to barter.
It is common for smaller shops to close at 6pm, while large stores and malls will close around 9pm on weekdays. Weekends have reduced shopping hours, especially Sundays. Stores are only allowed open at 9am on Sundays and must close by 6pm, with certain exceptions (such as convenience stores). There are a few large chains stores that are open 24 hours or until 12am, such as Walmart, Shopper's Drug Mart and Superstore.
Academy Road. Academy Road offers the finest shops and services catering to the discriminating shopper, with designer-original fashions, toy and gift shops, bakeries, a specialty grocery store, coffee houses and restaurants, gourmet catered fare, a chocolatier, a gourmet food and wine store and more.
Corydon Avenue. You’ll find a mix of fashion boutiques, restaurants, curio and antique shops, jewellery, furniture, gift stores, a book and plant store, upscale second-hand boutiques and more.
Osborne Street. Merchants offer a variety of goods from coffee to cookware, books to home furnishings, giftware to gold, music to pottery. Contemporary fashions suited to every style are offered in many fine stores.
Downtown is filled with shops both large and small. The Winnipeg Transit Downtown Spirit allows you to navigate downtown free of charge, and the Skywalk Walkway protects you in the winter. Most shops close around 6pm.
The Forks Market. Featuring Aboriginal and ethnic crafts, fresh food, and more.
The Exchange District. Antiques, book stores, gift shops, clothing and furniture boutiques make this neighbourhood a unique shopping destination.
Portage Place Shopping Centre, 393 Portage Avenue. Portage Place is the hub of downtown Winnipeg with over 100 services, restaurants and shops.
Cityplace, 333 St. Mary Avenue.
Winnipeg Square, 360 Main Street. Winnipeg’s largest underground mall offers over 45 shops, services and restaurants.
Ten Thousand Villages, 134 Plaza Drive (near the intersection of Pembina Highway and Bishop Grandin Boulevard), ☎ 204.261.0566, . 10:00-5:30, Monday to Saturday. A fair-trade store run by the Mennonite Central Committee. The store offers various hand-made gifts and crafts created by artisans from around the world. All merchandise is bought from the artisans at a fair price to help provide income for struggling families in the developing world.(49.82349,-97.148)edit
Garden City Shopping Centre, 2305 Mc Phillips Street (Garden City), ☎ +1 (204) 338-7076, . located on the corner of McPhillips and Leila, is one level mall that has a lot of different stores, a small cinema, Sears, Canadian Tire and Winnersedit
Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Avenue (River Heights), ☎ +1 (204) 475-8556, . A vibrant, urban centre of nearly 400,000 square feet and over 70 shops and services.edit
Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, 1555 Regent Avenue West (Transcona), ☎ +1 (204) 661-6116 (email@example.com), . With over 100 stores and services, Kildonan Place is northeast Winnipeg’s largest shopping centre.edit
Polo Park Shopping Centre, 1485 Portage Avenue (St. James), ☎ +1 (204) 784-2500 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Centrally located, Polo Park offers over 200 stores and services including restaurants, cinemas, bowling, and the city’s largest selection of retailers.edit
St. Vital Centre, Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Marys Road (St. Vital), ☎ +1 (204) 257-5646, . Over 160 unique stores and services. This family-friendly destination features a great selection of casual dining options, a kids play area and Kids Club.edit
Winnipeg loves food. There is an amazing array of restaurants catering to every taste and budget. Tipping is customary in Winnipeg and is not included in the price of the food. Some restaurants may automatically add a gratuity charge for large groups. Tips typically range from 10%-20%
Winnipeg goldeye, a smoked fish available at most grocery stores and fish markets.
Winnipeg-style rye bread, best bought unsliced directly from City Bread, 232 Jarvis Avenue, or Kub Bakery, 112 701 Regent Av W
Winnipeg-style cream cheese is a good accompaniment for Gunn's bagels.
Fresh pickerel filets and cheeks.
Russian mints from Morden's Chocolate, 674 Sargent Avenue.
Beer from Half Pints Brewing  334 Keewaitin Avenue, and Fort Garry Brewing, .
Manitoba maple syrup
Kubasa or kielbasa, a ready-to-eat Eastern European pork garlic sausage smoked daily at Winnipeg Old Country Sausage, Metro Meats, Central Products, Tenderloin Meat, Karpaty Meat, and Wawel Meat Market.
Mennonite farmer's sausage from Winkler Meats (for frying or barbecuing).
Chili Burgers from The Burger Place, Daly Street Burgers, George's, Mrs Mike's, VJ's etc.
Osborne Village is home to a wide variety of resturants, from Japanese, to Ethiopian, to Mexican, to Italian.
Corydon Ave is patio central from Stafford to Pembina. Almost every restaurant and bar here has a patio for outdoor dining, and during the summer they are all packed late into the night. A classic Winnipeg summer night is to get gelati from one of the many gelati shops and stroll down the strip with friends.
West End is where many immigrants call home, and the result is amazing ethnic food on every corner. Walk down Ellice or Sargent from Balmoral to Arlington for cheap and delicious food in tiny restaurants served by people who struggle with English.
Alycia's Restaurant, 559 Cathedral Ave. (North End), ☎ +1 (204) 586-9697. Ukrainian cuisine, patronized by the late comedian John Candy. Closed in 2011. NO LONGER OPEN.edit
The North Star Drive-In, 531 McGregor St. (North End), ☎ +1 (204) 589-4003. Located right across the street from Alycia's, and has arguably the best burgers in town. If you try this family-run drive in, expect very friendly staff and delicious burgers, hot dogs, fries, etc. North Star also always has a fresh dogbowl of water if you happen to bring your pet along.edit
C. Kelekis Restaurant, 1100 Main St. (North End), ☎ +1 (204) 582-1786, . A Winnipeg institution that started off with Mr. Kelekis Sr.'s popcorn wagon in the early part of the 20th century. Later on, the family opened a hot dog stand by Selkirk Locks but moved to the present-day location in 1931. Simple food, but very well cooked. The shoestring French fries, made fresh every day, are justly famed. The restaurant is also known for the wall of celebrity photos. Because of the restrictive liquor laws in Manitoba in the mid-20th century, drinking establishments were often closed as early as midnight or 1:00 AM. Kelekis, due to its late hours and good reputation, became the primary night spot for many entertainers and politicians. Today, its hours are a little more restrained, closing at 7:30 on weeknights, but the food is just as delicious. NO LONGER OPENedit
Salisbury House, . 21 locations all over the city. Started during the Dirty Thirties, the company still succeeded due to good food at decent prices. Salisbury refers to hamburgers as "Nips", and french fried potatoes as "chips". Many expatriates returning to the city find it a necessity to have at least one Sals' "nip".edit
KG Saigon, 840 Sargent Ave (West End), ☎ +1 (204) 783-3482, . Amazing Vietnamese food.edit
Burrito Del Rio Taqueria, 433 River Ave (Osborne), ☎ +1 (204) 415-5600. Mexicanedit
Mercato Gelato Cafe, 230 Osborne St. #3 (Osborne), ☎ (204) 452-0130, . Amazing new cafe, centrally located at Confusion Corner. Feels like a sunny Italian Market all year round. They have hundreds of gelato and sorbetto flavours and they always have seventy two on display. They are Manitoba's largest selection of gelato. They also have great panini, soups and salads. A take-out freezer is a must if attending any dinners and not wanting to show up empty handed. A must taste!edit
Massawa, 121 Osborne St (Osborne), ☎ +1 (204) 284-3194. Excellent Ethiopian cuisine. At Massawa, as with traditional Ethiopian cuisine, eating with your hands is how it's done. Very good vegetarian selection, good atmosphere. Food is prepared fresh, so be prepared to wait - not for those in a hurry.edit
Diana's Gourmet Pizzeria, 730 Saint Annes Rd. (St. Vital), ☎ +1 (204) 954-7858, . Winnipeg is home to one of the best pizza chefs in Canada with a profusion of awards. Available only for take-out or delivery, you must sample their wares before you leave town.edit
Baked Expectations, 161 Osborne St. (Osborne), ☎ +1 (204) 452-5176, . Popular bakery and restaurant located in Osborne Village, famous for its desserts.edit
Mona Lisa Ristorante Italiano, 1697 Corydon Ave (River Heights), ☎ +1 (204) 488-3684. Some of the best real Italian food.edit
Mondragon Bookstore and Coffeehouse, 91 Albert St. (Downtown), ☎ (204) 946-5241, . Definitely worth a quick look to sample a variety of organic fair-trade coffees and excellent vegan cuisine. While you are there, you should take a look through the extensive collection of activist literature and music. The Mondragon often hosts lectures, musical performances and just about anything else 'left' you can think of.edit
Sushi Gen Japanese Cuisine, 500 Portage Ave. (Downtown), ☎ (204) 885-7888, . Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm; Sun: 12-10pm. Japanese all-you-can-eat sushi buffet. Menu also includes cooked "kitchen" items.edit
Ichi Ban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar, 189 Carlton (Downtown), ☎ +1 (204) 925-7400, . Japanese sushi and steakhouse. The chefs prepare the meal in front of you with great showmanship. You must come as a group or you will be placed with strangers as the tables seat 8+. The menu consists of set dinners that can be expensive, but the food is delicious and the show is very entertaining. edit
Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway (Downtown), ☎ +1 (204) 942-8251. Famous brunchedit
529 Wellington, 529 Wellington (Corydon), . One of the best steakhouses in the city.edit
Wasabi, 105-121 Osborne (Osborne), ☎ +1 (204) 474-2332. Amazing sushi restaurants in Winnipeg, serving some of the most creative and beautiful rolls available in the city. The original is on Osborne Street, known as Wasabi Sushi Bistro/Next Door. The atmosphere in is hip, modern and funky. The chain also runs a little grocery shop on Osborne called Wasabi at home, selling all specialty asian products. There is are two other locations as well: 1360 Taylor and 588 Broadway.edit
The sale of alcohol is regulated by the Government of Manitoba through the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission (MLCC, or "The LC"). All alcohol is sold through the MLCC's Liquor Marts. Beer and wine can be sold through beer vendors or wine markets. Any establishment selling alcohol must be licensed and follow MLCC rules, such as minimum drink prices and last call at 2AM.
The legal drinking age in Manitoba is 18 years. Alcohol can only be consumed in residences or licensed establishments, not in public. The legal blood alcohol contact (BAC) limit for driving is 0.08. Taxis are common at poplar night spots. Buses run infrequently at night and stop running before 2AM.
Most clubs and bars will insist on seeing identification for every patron, partly for security purposes.
Whisky Dix (formerly The Empire), 436 Main Street (Exchange district), ☎ +1 (204) WHISKEY (email@example.com), . Friday & Saturday, 8PM-2AM. Live bands and DJs playing Top 40, classic hits and country dance. Two levels, outdoor patio dance floor, 3 bars. Live Bands, the Whisky Chix dancers, outdoor patio and three bars to choose from. 21+. Beer $4.50-$5.25; Liquor $4.75-$5.50; Shooters $2.75-$4.50. edit
Alive in the District (Alive), 140 Bannatyne (Exchange District), ☎ +1 (204) 989-8080 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Friday & Saturday, 8PM-2AM. Bands and Dj's alternate 45 minute sets, dance and rock. Dance floor, seating, outdoor patio, two bars. 21+. $4.00 domestic beers, $4.50 cocktails ($3.25 happy hour beer and shots). edit
Mystique (formerly Desire), 441 Main St (Exchange District), ☎ +1 (204) 943-2623 (email@example.com), . Tues, Fri & Sat 9PM-2AM. Large dance floor with upper level balcony, light show, video screens and Mystique dancers. Hip-hop Tuesdays, 21+ Saturdays. edit
Republic, 291 Bannatyne (Exchange District), ☎ +1 (204) 510-9200 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The nightclub features two rooms of classic design, a state of the art sound system, three fully functional bars and a luxurious, yet comfortable and intimate setting. $10 cover. edit
HI FI, 108 Osborne St, 2nd floor (Osborne), ☎ +1 (204) 298-4330 (email@example.com, fax: +1 (204) 415-1978), . Wed-Sat 9PM-2AM. Smaller club, two full bars and a shooter bar. Playing Top 40, House, Mash ups, Dance, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Club Banger. $5 cover after 11PM Fri & Sat. edit
Tijuana Yacht Club (TYC [Canad Club]), 1405 St. Matthews Avenue (Polo Park area), ☎ (204) 775-8791 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (204) 783-4039), . Thurs-Sat, 8PM-2AM. Younger crowd. 18+ edit
Area (Formerly The O.C. [Canad Club]), 1792 Pembina Hwy (University of Manitoba area), ☎ (204) 269-6955 (email@example.com, fax: (204) 261-4543), . Friday & Saturday, 8PM-2AM. Younger crowd, university students. 18+ edit
Palomino Club (The Pal), 1133 Portage Avenue (Polo Park area), ☎ (204) 772-0454 (Palomino2@shawbiz.ca, fax: (204) 261-4543), . Mon, Thu, Sat 7PM-2AM, Tue 7PM-12AM, Fri 4PM-2AM. Pop, Hip Hop, Country, Karaoke. Older women. 18+ edit
Gay & Lesbian Nightclubs
Gio's, 155 Smith Street (Downtown), ☎ (204) 786-1236 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (204) 774-5091), . Mon, Tue, Thu 4PM-11PM, Wed & Sat 4PM-2AM, Fri 4PM-3AM, Sun 4PM-12AM. LGBT, membership required, events. 18+ NO LONGER OPENedit
Club 200, 190 Garry Street (Downtown), . Mon-Sat 4PM-2AM, Sun 6PM-12AM. LGBT, events, prizes, dining. 18+ edit
Pembina Draught Bar (The Pemby), 1011 Pembina Hwy, ☎ (204) 453-3724. Younger crowd, large selection of cheap beer by the pitcher, decent music, pool, fussball, and free darts. 18+ edit
The Zoo Night Club (The Zoo), 160 Osborne Street (Osborne Village), ☎ (204) 452-9824. Often punk-rock, cheap beer, pool, and sometimes strippers. 18+ edit
High and Lonesome Club (Times Change(d)), 234 Main Street (Downtown), ☎ (204) 957-0982 (email@example.com), . Wed-Fri 11:30-2:30, 5:30-8:30, Sat 5:30-8:30. Folk, Roots, Country, Blues. 18+ edit
The Windsor Hotel, 187 Garry Street (Downtown), ☎ (204) 942-7528 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . The best live blues in town. 18+ edit
Bar Italia (Bar I), 737 Corydon Ave (Corydon area), ☎ (204) 452-1929. Billiard tables, a packed patio and attracts a hip, twenty-something crowd. 18+ edit
4Play Sports Bar (formerly Blush), 323 Portage Ave (across from MTS Centre, Downtown), ☎ +1 (204) 221-4583 (email@example.com), . Mon-Wed 11AM-12AM; Thu 11AM-1AM; Fri-Sat 11AM-2AM; Sun 12PM-12AM. Drinks, dinner and all your favourite sporting events broadcasted on Winnipeg’s largest projection screen measured at 24', along with 60 of the most comfortable home theatre style chairs. As well as 30 LCD TVs that are placed throughout the bar so you'll be able to view the game in any seat of the house. Also features billiards, golf, and arcade games. edit
The Elephant & Castle, 350 St Mary Ave (St Mary Ave and Hargrave St, in the lobby of the Delta Winnipeg Hotel), ☎ 942-5555. Faithfully recreated English pub atmosphere serves classic fare. Choose from 15 beer on tap, including UK faves like Guinness, Harp, Kilkenny and Newcastle. Popular with the after-work crowd. $8-$14. edit
Shannon's Irish Pub, 175 Carlton St (East side of the Winnipeg Convention Centre), ☎ 943-2302. Irish themed pub. Live music on occasion. edit
King's Head Pub, 120 King St (Exchange district), ☎ (204) 957-7710, . Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2AM, Sat-Sun 2PM-2AM. Great place to go for beer, has the most beer on tap in the city. It's a British-style pub with great British and Indian food. Try the beef vindaloos for the hottest food on the face of this planet. Occasional live music upstairs. edit
Toad in the Hole Pub (The Toad), 112 Osborne St (Osborne Village), ☎ (204) 284-7201, . Mon-Fri 11:30AM-2PM, Sat 11AM-2PM, Sun 11AM-12AM. Great place to go for beer, some darts, pool or a nice meal. Very friendly patrons. Reasonably priced. Live music in the basement (The Cavern) $4.25 domestic bottles (happy hour $3, specials). edit
The Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy St (HI-Downtown hostel), ☎ (204) 943-5581 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: (204) 947-3041), . Mon-Tue 2PM-12AM, Wed-Thu 2PM-1AM, Fri-Sat 2PM-2AM. Great happy hour prices, local beer on tap and is one of the best music venues in town. edit
All major chain hotels have properties in Winnipeg. As well as in the downtown area, there are numerous hotels near the airport, near Polo Park Shopping Centre, and on Pembina Highway South. Cheap motels can be found throughout the city. The older hotels on Main Street should be avoided at all costs.
Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites, 1800 Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 1B2, Canada, ☎ 1-204-783-1700, . checkin: 3:00 pm; checkout: 12:00 pm. The Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites is conveniently located minutes from Winnipeg's James Armstrong Richardson International (YWG) Airport, within the Winnipeg Airport Industrial Park with easy access to downtown Winnipeg. Complimentary airport shuttle service. Relax in the two-bedroom suite featuring wireless high-speed internet. Enjoy the indoor pool with whirlpool spa, fitness center and the 4,500 sq. ft. of meeting and event space.edit
Backpackers Winnipeg Guest House International, 168 Maryland St (Wolseley), ☎ +1 (204) 772-1272 (toll free: +1 800 743-4423, email@example.com, fax: +1 204 772-4117), . A restored Victorian home, Guest House offers affordable, quality tourist accommodation with private and semi-private rooms, kitchen facilities, laundry, air conditioning, games room, TV/VCR/Videos, BBQ, Internet Access, Free Wi-Fi, close to restaurants, grocery, pubs, and tourist information.$25+. edit
HI-Winnipeg Downtowner Hostel, 330 Kennedy St (at Ellice, Downtown), ☎ +1 204 943-5581 (toll free: +1 866 762-4122), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. Newly restored hotel in the ideal location for taking in all Winnipeg has to offer. Dorms and private rooms available. Featuring the Lo Pub.$29+. edit
UWinnipeg Downtown Hostel, 368 Spence St, ☎ +1 204 786-9139 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . This hostel operates out of the McFeetors Hall Student Residence at the University of Winnipeg's Furby-Langside Campus. Availability depends on how many students are occupying the residence hall at any given time. The hall is generally almost entirely open to travelers during the summer season; availability during the regular school year can be fairly limited or nonexistent.$55+. edit
The Columns Bed & Breakfast, 5 East Gate (Wolseley), ☎ +1 (204) 510-4803 (toll free: +1 (877) 772-1626, fax: +1 (204) 237-4309), . checkin: 14:00; checkout: 11:00. The Columns is a heritage mansion, built in 1906 on treed river side property on East Gate. At the base of the garden, there is a bicycle/walking path that leads to the popular Forks area in downtown Winnipeg. The house has been renovated and restored by the current owners. $125+. edit
Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St (St. Boniface), ☎ +1 (204) 233-4475, . The Norwood Hotel in Winnipeg has been providing guests with excellent hospitality since the late 1800’s. Hospitality is a family tradition, and the Sparrow family has owned and operated the Norwood Hotel since 1937, the oldest family operated hotel in Manitoba. $115+. edit
West Gate Manor Bed & Breakfast, 71 West Gate (Wolseley), ☎ +1 (204) 772-9788, . Enjoy the beauty of the country life in the heart of the city. $75+. edit
Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway Ave (Downtown), ☎ +1 (204) 942-8251 (toll free: +1 (800) 665-8088, email@example.com, fax: +1 204 956-2351), . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 12:00. A former Grand Trunk Pacific Railway hotel, the Fort Garry was completed in 1913, and bears similarities to New York's Plaza Hotel. Oozes character and charm. Downtown, near Union Station. 246 rooms.$195+. edit
Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Rd (The Forks), ☎ 1-877-377-4100, . checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Features modern style and commitment to service in a spectacular natural setting offering many amenities, including a convenient shuttle service to downtown. Guests may choose from 117 guest rooms and suite, each designed with contemporary lodging elegance. Rooms are smoke-free and furnished with the utmost attention to detail.$189+. edit
Mariaggi's Theme Suite Hotel, 231 McDermot Ave (The Exchange), ☎ +1 (204) 947-9447 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Luxury romantic suites for couples, featuring jacuzzi hut tubs, steam rooms, large screen TVs and more, with 8 different country-based themes.$185+. edit
Place Louis Riel Suite Hotel, 190 Smith St (Downtown), ☎ +1 (204) 947-6961, . Suites are available in studio, one or two bedroom layouts. Each has a complete kitchen and living space. Daily and extended stay rates are available. Centrally located.$165+. edit
Winnipeg has a moderately high crime rate by Canadian standards, but low violent crime by American or global standards. Much crime is gang or alcohol related and rarely involves tourists who exercise the same degree of caution they would in any other urban center. Areas where higher degree of caution is advised at night include areas north of City Hall on Main Street and the area surrounding Central Park.
Panhandlers are less numerous in Winnipeg compared to cities like Vancouver and Victoria, BC and they are very seldom aggressive, however displays of obvious wealth such as jewelery and expensive digital cameras should be kept to a minimum. It is best not to acknowledge panhandlers and to keep walking.
Winnipeg has a history of substantial auto theft and "smash and grab" problem, though the problem has been reduced in recent years. As in any city, common sense should prevail. Never leave a vehicle unlocked and under no circumstances should any object be left in the car interior where it can be seen, no matter what the value (includes CD's, gloves, clothing, tools, etc). Keep all items in the trunk. Most importantly, never leave any coins, no matter what the amount in your ashtray or console. An individual with drugs or alcohol dependency will not hesitate to smash a car window even for less than $1.
If you rent a vehicle, ensure with your rental agency that it is equipped with an immobilizer. If you drive your own vehicle here, Manitoba Public Insurance offers a most-at-risk vehicle assessment . While this is aimed at those intending to register vehicles in Manitoba, tourists may use this to consider if their vehicle is at an elevated risk for theft. Out of province tourists may also consult with their automobile insurance agent.
Winnipeg is a great starting point to begin exploring the province of Manitoba. Manitoba has many recreational opportunities, including canoeing, fishing, cycling, and cross-country skiing. One of the most popular out of town destinations is Grand Beach, located less than an hour from Winnipeg. Famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, it was once listed in top 10 fresh water beaches in the world by Playboy Magazine. Also visit Whiteshell Provincial Park (90 minutes east of Winnipeg via Highway 1 or Highway 44, or VIA Rail Service to Brereton Lake) for great camping, hiking, and boating. Oak Hammock Marsh, about a 40 minute drive north of the city is a must for bird watchers.