There’s a reason why 3.5 million people choose to visit Winnipeg annually. The vibrant and historic Manitoba capital is home to a diverse group of residents, businesses, museums, and attractions and travellers are flocking to experience the multitude of Winnipeg points of interest.
Let’s take a look at 4 must-visit places in Winnipeg that no visitor should miss.
No trip to Winnipeg would be complete without checking out the 1,100-acre Assiniboine Park which brings a historic swath of nature to this urban centre. Named for the Assiniboine people, the park includes several distinct sections, each with its own unique signature events.
With the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit and animals on display at the park’s zoo, the botanical gardens at the Conservatory featuring thousands of plants and flowers from all corners of the Earth, picturesque Leo Mol sculpture garden the Pavilion offering spectacular outdoor entertainment, and the upcoming Diversity Gardens celebrating cultural and biodiversity, Assiniboine Park is a landmark you won’t want to miss.
The Canadian Museum For Human Rights
As the first new national museum dedicated in Canada in 50 years, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) aims to educate visitors about the evolution of the basic rights we enjoy, and the rocky road to achieve them.
CMHR celebrates the history of and the future of human rights, both locally and globally. From the time it was dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010, it has housed several thought-provoking galleries and exhibits including Indigenous Perspectives, Protecting Rights in Canada, and Turning Points for Humanity.
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is at the very top of things to do in Winnipeg, so make sure it’s on your itinerary during your stay.
The Exchange District
One of the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods, the Exchange District is both a historic feature and one of the best spots for shopping in Winnipeg. Occupying 20 blocks and home to over 150 buildings, the District is the place to be when you want to experience the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
Cobblestone streets intersect with the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition in Old Market Square, and festivals such as the Winnipeg Fringe call the area home. The old-style feel of the District makes it a popular setting for the film industry.
Iconic venues for live performances abound, including the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Centennial Concert Hall. Film buffs regularly flock to the Cinematheque featuring titles from Canada and around the world.
Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it in the Exchange District.
For over 6,000 years, The Forks was the traditional meeting place for indigenous peoples. Later, it attracted everyone from fur traders to Scottish migrants and everyone in between. Located at the confluence of two rivers, The Forks receives over four million visitors every year.
Today, it hosts a wide variety of activities – from every kind of dining to entertainment, shows, and some of the best shopping in Manitoba. It’s also an oasis of green space in downtown Winnipeg, making it a spectacular activity while visiting the city. During the Summer you can spectate or take part in dragon boat races or ride the river ferry. In Winter, you can skate down one of the longest river trails in Canada with warming huts produced by local Winnipeg artists.
Whether you’re visiting Winnipeg for business or pleasure, you won’t want to miss taking in these four points of interest.
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