Art galleries and shops stay open late during First Fridays in the Exchange District. One of the best free things to do in Winnipeg, the event takes place on the first Friday of every month.
The streets in the 20-block historic district come alive with art gallery openings and live music.AAA / Katie Broome
1 Forks Market Rd.
Of all the popular Winnipeg attractions, The Forks
offers the most bang for your buck. The historic site and green space, located where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, has dozens of free things to do in every season. In winter, you can ice skate on the Red River Mutual Trail; in summer, stroll along the River Walk.Wide-open grassy areas welcome little tykes who need to run off excess energy. Families will love the Variety Heritage Adventure Park, with play zones for every age. When skies are clear, head up to the tower on top of The Forks Market
for photo-worthy views, especially at sunset.Read MoreAAA / Katie Broome
Manitoba Legislative Building
450 Broadway Ave.
If you're interested in architecture or the inner workings of government, take a tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building
. You can explore the building and grounds for free.
If the Legislative Assembly is in session, you can watch proceedings from a viewing gallery. For more insight into the building’s symbolism and architecture, join a free guided tour. The free tours start daily on the hour 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in July and August.Read MoreAAA / Katie Broome
St. Boniface Cathedral
180 Avenue de la Cathedrale
Pack your camera and head out to St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French quarter. The walkable area lies just across the Esplanade Riel footbridge from downtown. You can’t miss the limestone façade of the St. Boniface Cathedral, a historic landmark in the city. While the cathedral was damaged by fire in 1968, a few walls and the impressive stone façade still remain. A modern structure was built inside the original footprint.
The surrounding churchyard has the grave of Louis Riel, the Métis leader celebrated as the founder of Manitoba. It's free to visit the cathedral and grounds, but please be respectful when mass is in session.AAA
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