Top 10 Attractions in Winnipeg
Winnipeg has much to offer for residents and tourists alike. Here are some of the main attractions from all over the city that are sure to delight people of all ages and backgrounds:
1) The Forks is the meeting point of the Red River and the Assiniboine River, and contains a series of buildings and outdoor spaces featuring a fresh food market, local shops, restaurants, event spaces, and more. A hub for winter activities when the snow falls and a lively place to enjoy during the summer months, the Forks always has countless activities and events for families of all ages to enjoy.
2) Assiniboine Park contains grassy fields and treed areas, bike paths and picnic areas, and sports fields and other outdoor activity options. The park is a great way to relax and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and holds an extensive urban forest.
3) The newly-renovated Assiniboine Park Zoo, located within the park, contains more than 2,000 animals from all across the world. It provides educational opportunities for children, and hosts everything from guided tours to outreach programs. It even offers sleepovers for families and children to experience nighttime nature.
4) The non-profit Manitoba Museum preserves the province’s heritage through exhibitions in a variety of galleries from the Urban to the Earth History to the Grasslands. The museum also encompasses the Planetarium and Discovery Centre, helping children and adults to learn about human and natural history in Manitoba as well as from across the globe.
5) Winnipeg’s Osborne Village is the major shopping and restaurant district in the city. Home to a clustering of apartments, houses, and condo buildings, residents of the area (and Winnipeggers that regularly make their way from all over the city) enjoy shopping for clothes, jewelry, and household items, as well as eating meals at cafes, bistros, restaurants, and pubs. It’s one of the oldest and most-frequented neighbourhoods in the city.
6) The Winnipeg Art Gallery boasts an impressive collection of artwork and art exhibitions, amounting to close to 24,000 pieces of art. Paintings, multimedia art, photography, sculpture, decorative art, and works on paper are all available for visitors to engage in.
7) FortWhyte Alive provides year-round programming, exhibits, and special events to promote environmental sustainability and to educate the public on these issues. It’s a fun way for the whole family to learn about the natural world, both outdoors and at recreational facilities, and includes a small teaching farm for youth to get hands-on experience of farm life.
8) The Royal Canadian Mint is the only facility in the country that produces Canadian circulation coins. Tours are available for visitors, and there are also shopping opportunities to add to your coin collection or to get a unique gift for a friend.
9) The Exchange District is one of Winnipeg’s iconic neighbourhoods. Historical buildings, boutique stores, high-end restaurants, numerous art galleries, and the outdoor Old Market Square are all highlights of this part of town. Summertime draws crowds through theatre and music festivals, making the Exchange the hottest spot in the city.
10) To the east side of the Exchange District is the Theatre District. This area of Winnipeg is a cultural hub featuring ballet, theatre, the symphony, and the opera – take your pick!
BONUS: Although not open to the public, the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, located at The Forks, will be a stunning attraction in Winnipeg.
What are you going to see and do this week in Winnipeg?
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. She writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World, is the Executive Director of the Food Label Movement, and is the Development Coordinator for Food Matters Manitoba. Sagan is a freelance writer and editor as well as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She enjoys taking in the theatre and culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.