Winnipeg Top 5
capital might not be huge, but it’s big on personality. Check out the five reasons you should add it to your itinerary.
It’s known as the cultural cradle of Canada, with more than a hundred nationalities represented and a year-round programme of festivals and events. Whether you want to skate down a frozen river in winter or sip locally brewed craft beer on a patio in summer, you can find it all in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is known for its burgeoning food scene, and you can experience the best of it at The Forks Market. A meeting place for more than 6,000 years, it reflects the gamut of the city’s cultural diversity. Tuck in at stands like Bindy’s Caribbean Delights, Fusian Sushi and Taste of Sri Lanka. Aside from The Forks, Winnipeg has more than a thousand restaurants in the city alone. You’ll never have to eat at the same place twice.
When Dr Frank Albo questioned the presence of Egyptian sphinxes atop the Manitoba Legislative Building, he likely never imagined it would lead to one of the city’s most popular and mindboggling tours. The Hermetic Code takes you on an extraordinary journey into the mind of its architect and the order of freemasonry, revealing the art, symbolism and numerology that makes this building an astounding masterpiece in the city’s history.
All about arts
Winnipeg may be small, but it boasts a rich arts and culture scene. From museums to art galleries, Indigenous culture to Ukrainian influences, there’s so much to explore within this vibrant hub. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is one of the world’s premier dance companies and it also produces ballet in the park every summer. There’s no forgetting the Royal MTC’s world-class theatre productions, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery can lay claim to one of the most expansive Inuit art collections in North America.
Head to the Exchange District for North America’s grandest collection of heritage buildings. Beyond the Exchange, there is also the spectacular Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Royal Canadian Mint, St Boniface Cathedral and Esplanade Riel, which will leave you with lingering memories.
If you’re on the lookout for polar bears, you can come face to face with these majestic beasts in the city’s Assiniboine Park Zoo. The award-winning 'Journey to Churchill' exhibit will not only introduce you to the lords of the Arctic, but will also reveal some of the province’s other spellbinding creatures, including snowy owls, arctic foxes, wolves and seals.
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