Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is one of the unsung gems in Canada’s tourism scene, but the city blesses the lucky sum of travelers who stop by. The burgeoning capital of Manitoba lies at the intersection of the Assiniboine and Red rivers. While the Cree indigenous tribe named the region “muddy waters,” it’s clear that Winnipeg should be on your bucket list. During your stay, make sure to explore the following must-see attractions.
Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
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The architecture alone is reason enough to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, but it’s what’s inside that counts. The museum has a slight focus on Canadian human rights issues, but it expands to the world at large. Fun fact: It’s Canada’s only national museum located outside the nation’s capital, Ottawa.
Shop at The Forks
After you’re done an illuminating visit to the human rights museum, take a walk down the road to The Forks. For more than 6,000 years, The Forks has been the center of Winnipeg commerce and culture. The market at The Forks has more than 300 local Canadian artisans to discover, ranging from gourmet desserts to hand-crafted accessories.
Located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, The Forks is a walk away from many hotels in downtown Winnipeg, so you won’t have far to go to do some shopping. One day isn’t enough to explore all that The Forks has to offer.
Dine at Deer + Almond
The ‘Peg is the center for innovative cuisine, and Deer + Almond embodies the vibe and charm of Winnipeg under one roof. The food and atmosphere blend together for a hip and modern experience, all for a modest fare. The restaurant offers a light lunch and delectable dinner. You can expect to pay about $8 a plate for lunch and $20 a plate for dinner.
Cheer on the Winnipeg Jets
It’s no surprise that Canada loves hockey, and Winnipeg is no exception. Don’t forget to catch the Winnipeg Jets play downtown at the Bell MTS Place. If hockey isn’t your activity, don’t fret. The venue hosts an array of other entertainment options as well.
Take a Break at Fools + Horses Cafe
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Whether you’re fueling up for the day with a latte or relaxing after an afternoon of exploring with a local porter, Fools + Horses has you covered. With two convenient locations, one on Broadway and one in The Forks, caffeine is never far. The former location has a host of locally supplied bites, offering a rotating list of paninis and pastries along with a tap menu for any mood you may find yourself in. Additionally, The Forks location has its signature coffee and an array of doughnuts to keep you going as you explore the many vendors and craft stalls.
With slightly more than 700,000 residents, Winnipeg has a big-city appeal with the coziness of a small town, making it the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Whether you’re a history buff or a foodie looking for some new grub, Winnipeg has it all. Come for the city’s history and stay for the food and entertainment.