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Winnipeg Sightseeing

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Splash Dash Guided River Tours

Winnipeg Trolley Company

Train ToursAntique rail cars pulled by a vintage locomotive take passengers on 3-hour trips departing from Inkster Junction Station, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi.) west of Hwy. 90 off Inkster Boulevard. The Prairie Dog Central Railway makes a stop at a country market destination in Grosse Isle. The scenic ride operates weekends and holidays, May through September; phone (204) 832-5259.

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Looking for fun things to do with friends or ideas for group travel? Take a self-guiding tour of the city’s urban areas that begins and ends at The Forks Market . Maps highlighting more than 50 cultural, historical and modern points of interest in downtown Winnipeg and Old St. Boniface are available at visitor centers at The Forks , Tourisme Riel (219 Provencher Blvd.), Downtown Winnipeg BIZ (426 Portage Ave.), The Exchange District BIZ (492 Main St.) and on the Tourism Winnipeg website. Other themed travel tours and vacation packages are available; phone (204) 958-4640 or check with your local AAA travel agency.

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Guided walking tours of the 20-block Exchange District near Portage Avenue and Main Street are available June through Labour Day weekend. Departing from Old Market Square at the corner of King St. and Bannatyne Ave., these tours visit many of Manitoba's finest historical buildings; for schedule information phone (204) 942-6716.

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Although now part of Winnipeg, the historical district of St. Boniface (across the Esplanade Riel footbridge) has retained its French Canadian identity. A monument honoring the explorer Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye is on Taché Avenue opposite St. Boniface Hospital. Also in St. Boniface is the grave of Louis Riel, leader of the Métis and of the provisional government 1869-70. The grave is at Taché and Cathedral avenues in the churchyard of the St. Boniface Cathedral. Guided walking tours of the St. Boniface area are available Victoria Day through Labour Day or by request; phone (204) 233-8343 or (866) 808-8338 for information and reservations.

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Winnipeg, MB

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Travel Information

City Population

663,617

Elevation

229 m/763 ft.

Sales Tax

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.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(204) 986-6222

Temperature

(204) 983-2050

Hospitals

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.

Visitor Information

Suite 810, One Lombard Pl. Winnipeg, MB R3B 0X3. Phone:(204)943-1970 or (855)734-2489

Air Travel

Cheap airline flights can be found from cities all over the country as well as internationally.

Rental Cars

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.

Rail Service

The VIA Rail Canada depot is downtown at Union Station, 123 Main St.; phone (888) 842-7245.

Taxis

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.

Public Transportation

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.

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