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Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city with ample greenspace, character neighbourhoods and a beautiful landscape with lots to see and do. Of course, Winnipeg is also known for its unique winter experiences! But don’t let that stop you from experiencing the flourishing arts scene, and plenty of festivals and outdoor activities. And while your first thoughts may be the Northern Lights, Polar Bears and snow, we are highlighting some of the places to wander and let yourself explore in the beautiful Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. We asked our Instagramers what their fave spots are in this bustling metropolis and this is what was voted as the best!
Favourite Place to Relax
Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is only a few minutes from downtown. This relaxation and healing centre is mainly focused on thermotherapy and relaxation techniques. It offers a multisensory experience in an immersive natural setting and is aimed at contributing to your health and well-being. Thermea boasts four outdoor baths, four distinct saunas, numerous indoor and outdoor areas to rest and a restaurant. So whether you start your getaway here, or relax at the end of it, you definitely need to visit Thermea!
Best Wildlife Experience
Home to more than 180 animal species, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a place for exploration and family fun in every season. Located in beautiful Assiniboine Park, the Zoo has been a favourite destination for over a century. As an accredited, modern zoological organization, Assiniboine Park Zoo focuses on meeting and exceeding the ever-rising standards of animal care and welfare, safety, and veterinary programs and as well as demonstrating a commitment to education, conservation and research. With over 80 acres to explore, the Zoo is open year-round with both indoor and outdoor exhibits, providing visitors with the opportunity to interact with animal species from all corners of the globe. It is a must-visit spot when in Winnipeg.
Best Market to Eat
The Forks, located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Indigenous peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Scottish settlers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. Today, The Forks sees over four million visitors a year and they come to experience an exceptional array of dining options, fantastic local makers and retailers, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that encompass the site’s natural, historic and built features. There is something for everyone!
Coolest Spot for Beer
If you love nice patios, al fresco dining, gelato, and an all-round jovial atmosphere, then Corydon Avenue is for you. Once known as Winnipeg’s “Little Italy,” Corydon Ave is a destination district, one which is popular with visitors and locals alike for people watching, shopping and dining. In the summer, you’ll find shady patios packed with people sipping sangria and beer. And if you feel like a local-made-in Winnipeg brew, venture out to The Beer Can to satisfy your craft brewery needs.
Best Outdoor Activity
By now you can see that your time in Winnipeg will be filled with history, delicious food and lovely scenery. You simply cannot leave without venturing out to the Boise-Des-Esprits trails and experience this virtually undisturbed urban forest. Featuring 117 acres with five different ecosystems – riverbottom, wetland, oak forest, aspen forest, and grassland. It is the largest remaining riverbank forest in the city and is situated on the frontline of urban sprawl. Bois-des-Esprits is home to the finest forest sculptures in Winnipeg. You can get a guided tour to Woody, the three metre high carved spirit tree that guards the forest and discover seven recently completed bird and wood spirit carvings embedded in dead tree stumps.