More than 60% of the entire population of the province (1.3million) live in and around the vibrant capital city of Winnipeg. Locals and visitors are drawn to Forks, a historic site where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. This is a centre for shopping, entertainment, bars and restaurants and the setting for numerous festivals, concerts and exhibitions with ample green space covering 54 acres.
Nearby is Winnipeg’s newest landmark, an iconic building designed by Antoine Predock, which is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to human rights education and awareness with hundreds of stories told using the latest technologies as well as the oldest forms of communication moving visitors from the dark up to the tower of light and hope.
Close by is the Exchange District, a national historic site known for its well-preserved early 20th century architecture covering 30 blocks housing art galleries, vintage and antique stores and trendiest restaurants.
St Boniface is the French quarter of the city and here you can learn about the Franco-Manitoban culture, visit St Boniface cemetery and cathedral where Manitoba’s founder Louis Riel lies and explore Fort Gibraltar, a recreated fur trading post of the NorthWest Company. This neighbourhood is linked to the Forks via the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge.
South of downtown Osborne Village offers a quirky boho vibe with boutiques and specialty stores and Corydon Avenue where you can enjoy a wide array of global cuisines.
Walking as well as food and brewery tours help visitors to explore the city and the arts and culture are well covered in Winnipeg from live theatre, opera and ballet to art galleries, museums and the introduction of the ‘Arctic at the Journey to Churchill’ exhibit at the Assiniboine Zoo.