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15 Best Things to do in Winnipeg (Canada)

15 Best Things to do in Winnipeg (Canada)

Here’s a list of the 15 best things to do in Winnipeg (Canada), along with famous landmarks, museums, and other points of interest.

Winnipeg is one of the largest cities in Canada with a total population of 758,515 people living within its urban area.

Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint has several locations across Canada, but none as high-volume and high-tech as the Winnipeg facility.

Every single coin in circulation in Canada is produced here – that’s billions of coins each year. The state-of-the-art facility opened in 1976 and has been manufacturing coins ever since.

Inside, join a guide for a walkthrough of the touring area and engage with interactive displays. Learn how the Mint has made billions of coins for more than 75 countries worldwide and see how a machine can produce over 1000 coins per second.

Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg

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Manitoba Museum

Embark on a voyage of discovery at the Manitoba Museum. Travel to a bygone era as you hear the stories of people that shaped the province, explore a replica 17th-century ship, and stroll through old-world fields.

The museum offers a host of immersive experiences across permanent galleries, while The Planetarium allows visitors to discover the wonders of the universe. Learn about the latest space discoveries, see the night sky and enjoy engaging children’s shows.

Manitoba Museum

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Tinkertown Family Fun Park

The clue is in the name – Tinkertown Family Fun Park offers a fun day out for the whole family. This outdoor family amusement park boasts more than 20 rides and attractions, from an old-fashioned ”Tin Lizzie” car ride to bumper cars and a giant Ferris wheel.

Catch a game of 18-hole mini-golf and make your way around the food and ice-cream concession stands for tasty treats – think mini doughnuts, fresh lemonade, and more – then head to the gift shop to buy a souvenir to remember your trip by.

Fort Gibraltar

Visit the historical Fort Gibraltar and learn of the fascinating history of the fortification. Costumed interpreters help to take you back in time to the era of fur trading, giving you an insight into history through the eyes of the people that lived it.

There’s a reconstructed 19th-century fort to explore, plus a diverse cast of characters on hand to aid your discovery of a bygone era. Plus, you can watch live demonstrations and feel the fur that was once traded first-hand.

Winnipeg Fort Gibraltar

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The Candian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum of its kind and is solely dedicated to the celebration and evolution of human rights.

Here, you’ll learn more about how we can all strive to build mutual human understanding, respect one another and encourage positive change in the world.

The museum brings together architecture and human rights, and is purposefully situated where two rivers meet; it’s both a meeting place and a starting point for new journeys. Visitors are invited to participate in their own human rights journey.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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The Forks Market

Open year-round, the Forks Market offers a multitude of shopping opportunities for both locals and visitors. The stalls here specialize in local produce and hand-crafted souvenirs, all sourced from 300 local and Canadian artisan vendors.

Downstairs, there’s an incredible food emporium with everything from specialty cheeses to fresh meat, baked goods to organic wines. Grab a tasty treat to take home with you, then head upstairs, where you can shop for crafts, cigars, works of art, and even aromatherapy products.

The Forks Market

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the oldest and longest continuously operating ballet company in all of North America. It’s world-renowned for its innovative works, artistic excellence, and the brilliance of the dancers who perform for them.

The company embraces a variety of dance styles, from classical ballets to inspiring shorter dance routines. To catch the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in action, grab tickets for one of their performances of classics such as Swan Lake or The Nutcracker, or more contemporary shows such as ’On The Edge’.

Canad Inns Winter Wonderland

Enjoy the spectacle of Manitoba’s largest drive-thru light show, the Canad Inns Winter Wonderland. Each winter, this brilliant presentation of over one million lights comes to life and brings joy to the people of Manitoba.

The 2.5-kilometer route is easily traversable from the comfort of your own vehicle, and you can drive through the 26 different themed areas to take in the Christmas magic. Stick some Christmas songs on the radio and sing along as you take in the spectacular light show!

Festival du Voyageur

To really embrace the spirit of winter in Manitoba, head to Western Canada’s largest winter festival, the Festival du Voyageur. Wrap up warm and enjoy the charming atmosphere alongside friendly locals.

At the festival, you’ll come face-to-face with giant snow sculptures, be entertained by live music performances and enjoy the very best of French-Canadian cuisine.

If that wasn’t enough, you could also meet the historical characters of Fort Gibraltar. It’s a perfect combination of old traditions and the present-day Manitoba community.

Festival du Voyageur

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FortWhyte Alive

Connect with nature at FortWhyte Alive, a 660-acre urban green space dedicated to environmental education and outdoor recreation. At this haven of nature, you’ll experience the power of the great outdoors and understand how to lead a more sustainable life.

Whether you choose to cycle, hike or walk the green space is up to you, but there’s plenty to do along the way. Keep an eye out for wildlife and look to the skies for birds. In winter, get active on the ice skating rink or groomed cross-country skiing trails.

FortWhyte Alive

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Winnipeg Art Gallery

Founded in 1912, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is the first of its kind. Located within a modernist building in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, the gallery has gained a reputation as one of Canada’s leading visual art museums.

Inside, there’s a collection of over 27,000 artworks spanning numerous centuries, cultures, and forms of media to peruse. The gallery offers an extensive array of programs, events, and art-making experiences to help people learn more about and get inspired by art.

St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica

The landmarked facade of St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica is one of the most photographed buildings in Winnipeg thanks to its prime position facing the Red River. The cathedral is built on the remains of the original 1908 basilica, which perished in a fire in 1968.

The cathedral is one of the best examples of French-Romanesque architecture in Manitoba, and there’s a charming combination of old and new decor; the massive limestone walls contrast with the modern building made of wood and glass.

St. Boniface is also the site of one of Western Canada’s most historically significant Roman Catholic cemeteries. It also serves as the center of Christianity in Winnipeg. 

St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica

Prairie Dog Central Railway

The Prairie Dog Central Railway is a short railway line owned by The Vintage Locomotive Society and is one of the oldest operating locomotives in North America.

The vintage steam train began its operations back in 1970, but today the railway aims to maintain and operate the running of this charming locomotive.

The train takes you from Inkster Junction Station to the community of Grosse Isle for a short stopover, before you head back to your set-off point. This unique attraction offers a great insight into the history and appeal of locomotives.

Thermea Spa

The Thermea Spa is a place where time stands still; it is the ultimate relaxation experience. Just a few minutes from downtown, this rejuvenation and healing center focuses on thermotherapy techniques to help you truly relax.

Multi-sensory experiences in an immersive natural setting allow you to unwind and truly zone into improving your physical and mental wellbeing. Treat yourself to a massage, enjoy a thermal experience, then head to the restaurant to indulge in freshly-sourced gourmet cuisine.

Watch a sports game

The people of Winnipeg are big sports fans – it’s an integral part of the culture in the city, which is shown through the wide variety of professional sports teams that call Winnipeg home.

The Winnipeg Jets hockey team is one of the city’s finest exports, and you can catch them playing a hockey match at the Bell MTS IcePlex when the NHL season runs (from October through to early April).

If hockey isn’t your thing, watch the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team in action in the Canadian Football League, which runs from May through to November.

Watch a sports game in Winnipeg

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