What to Do in WinnipegAAA/Katie Broome
Roam 7 kilometres of mulch and limestone trails and explore floating wetland boardwalks at FortWhyte Alive (1961 McCreary Rd.), a nature park where you can get up close with wildlife and spot all sorts of critters—from bison and prairie dogs to deer and Canada geese—in their natural habitat.
Salute the province's beloved “Golden Boy” statue at the Manitoba Legislative Building (450 Broadway). The 5.25-metre-tall statue, gilded with 23.75-karat gold, stands atop the building's dome. A torch in one hand represents economic development and a sheaf of wheat in the other symbolizes agriculture. Visitors can tour the building on their own or with the help of a guide and see the remarkable architecture inside.
Contemplate sculptures made of caribou antlers and dozens of handmade Inuit stone carvings at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (300 Memorial Blvd.), a strikingly designed Modernist building with European and Canadian pieces as well as one of the world's largest collections of contemporary Inuit art.
Go on a behind-the-scenes tour of the production facilities at the Royal Canadian Mint (520 Lagimodiere Blvd.), where billions of Canadian circulation coins roll off the assembly line each year. Touring the mint is one of the many educational and fun things to do in Winnipeg.
Survey the city skyline and the spot where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet from a six-story-high viewing platform atop The Forks Market (1 Forks Market Rd.) at The Forks , one of the city's most popular gathering places. Inside the market are dozens of food stalls and mini restaurants where you can sample the best of Winnipeg cuisine. The Forks is also home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) (85 Israel Asper Way), where powerful exhibits encourage visitors to discuss and take action to promote human rights. A glass spire at the top of the museum offers panoramic views of downtown.
Hunt for treasures in the Exchange District (just north of Portage and Main), a historic neighborhood with early-20th-century architecture and independent shops and places to eat. If you're interested in an indoor shopping destination, you'll find more souvenir stores and local goodies at The Forks Market and in Johnston Terminal (25 Forks Market Rd.).
Chant “GO Jets GO” like a true Jets fan at Canada Life Centre (300 Portage Ave.), where you can cheer on the Peg City's home team during a fast-paced hockey game. Just don't forget to wear your blue and white.
Stroll on winding paths around flower beds in the English Gardens at Assiniboine Park (2355 Corydon Ave.), then explore the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden , where bronze statues and a water feature are highlights. If wildlife viewing is among your top things to do, visit Assiniboine Park Zoo for a peek at lions, tigers and bison. Snap a selfie with the statue of Winnie the Bear and his owner located by the Nature Playground; the lovable bear cub was the inspiration for A.A. Milne's character Winnie-the-Pooh. The 10-acre Arctic species exhibit, Journey to Churchill, includes polar bears, musk ox, wolves, ringed seals and harbor seals.
Pack a picnic basket and head to Kildonan Park (2015 Main St.) for a bit of R & R and a stroll along the Red River on a tree-shaded path. Catch a Broadway-caliber musical on summer nights at the park's outdoor theater, Rainbow Stage, and don't miss the Witch's Hut (think “Hansel and Gretel”) at the park's northern end.
Cross the Esplanade Riel footbridge and step into St. Boniface, the French-speaking district filled with some of Winnipeg's oldest buildings. Visit Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum (494 Taché Ave.) for a lesson on Louis Riel and other early settlers, then stop by Riel's gravesite marked by a red granite tombstone in the churchyard of the St. Boniface Cathedral (180 Avenue de la Cathedrale).
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Manitoba's provincial sales tax is 8 percent. A 5 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST) is levied in Canada on most sales and services. There is a 5 percent accommodations tax on hotel/motel rooms where there are four or more letting rooms.
Concordia Hospital, (204) 667-1560; Grace Hospital, (204) 837-0111; Health Sciences Centre, (204) 787-3661; St. Boniface Hospital, (204) 233-8563; Seven Oaks General Hospital, (204) 632-7133; Victoria General Hospital, (204) 269-3570.
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Cheap airline flights can be found from cities all over the country as well as internationally.
Hertz, (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members. Winnipeg locations are at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, phone (204) 925-6625, and 1577 Erin St., phone (204) 925-6629. Contact your AAA travel agent to add rental car reservations to your vacation packages.
The VIA Rail Canada depot is downtown at Union Station, 123 Main St.; phone (888) 842-7245.
Cab companies include Duffy's, (204) 925-0101; and Unicity, (204) 925-3131. Winnipeg rates start at $3.50 plus an average rate of $1.71 per kilometre or $2.02 per mile.
Winnipeg Transit, the public bus system, serves downtown Winnipeg and its suburbs. Route maps and route information are available by phoning 311 (within Winnipeg) or visiting the Winnipeg Transit website. Bus fare is $2.95, $2.45 (ages 6-16, ages 65+ and students with ID); riders must have exact change. More than 500 of the buses have accessibility features including low floors, electric ramps and priority accessible seating.