The 10 Best Things to Do in Winnipeg, Canada

August 24, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Any city that can be the butt of a Simpson's joke ("That's it! We're all going back to Winnipeg!") and simultaneously one of the most vibrant cultural centers in Canada is tops in our book. The city's history of isolation and self-sufficiency means that Winnipeggers are unpretentious and sincere (and fun-loving enough to name Homer an honorary citizen). Though the winters are long and cold, there are plenty of indoor activities to both keep you warm and stimulate your imagination.
Restaurants in Winnipeg

1. Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

2355 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0N6, Canada +1 204-986-5537
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4.5 based on 483 reviews

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

Reviewed By Leila M - Winnipeg, Canada

It is a beautiful garden, full of sculptures, many interesting ones. There are places to sit down and simply contemplate art and nature. It is located within Assiniboine Park, which is ~10min driving from the city centre.

2. Assiniboine Park

2355 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 0R5, Canada +1 204-927-6000
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Assiniboine Park

Spend the day at this pleasant park which features a zoo, fabulous English Gardens, scenic walking paths, a minature train and a theater,among other amenities.

Reviewed By RevPaul J

There is something for everyone in this large park, summer or winter, from walking/biking trails through large areas of woodland, to the Assiniboine Park Zoo with its magnificent 'Journey to Churchill' and the polar bears swimming and playing around you in the plexiglass tunnel, to the Conservatory, a beautiful, lush green retreat in the middle of winter to good eating places to skating on the duckpond and on and on.

3. Manitoba Legislative Building

450 Broadway, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0V8, Canada +1 204-945-5813
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4.5 based on 539 reviews

Manitoba Legislative Building

Visitors from outside Manitoba as well as residents of the province are always made welcome at our magnificent Legislative Building. Everyone is invited to watch the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly when it is in session from the vantage point of the Visitors' Gallery. The building is open every day for self-guided tours from 8:00 am - 8:00 pm. From September - June, guided tours are available on a pre-booked basis for groups of 10 or more. To book an appointment please call the Tour Program Office. From July 1 to the Labour Day long weekend in September, tours are offered on an hourly basis. The Legislative Building is wheelchair accessible, including the Visitors' Gallery.

Reviewed By Chad M

The Manitoba Legislature is one of the most iconic buildings in Winnipeg. The giant gold leaf statue known as the Golden Boy sits atop a giant copper domed roof. The building is made of tyndal stone. A stone that is quarried north of Winnipeg and is a type of sandstone. If you look closely at the cut blocks a person can often find fossils of fish, snails, and other aquatic life from the former ancient Lake Agassiz that used to cover Manitoba.
The Legislature has beautiful carvings and Masonic symbols all over the exterior and interior. There are Greco-Roman statues carved into the exterior of the building and even an Egyptian Sphynx. It would certainly be advisable to take a Hermetic Code Tour of the Legislature Building to fully appreciate the art and history of this iconic building and the seat of government for the province of Manitoba.

4. Shaw Park

1 Portage Ave E, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 3N3, Canada +1 204-982-2273
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4.5 based on 214 reviews

Shaw Park

Reviewed By Theresa Z - Winnipeg, Canada

The baseball team won again this year. They won again last year if you like baseball it is cheap entertainment for the family.

5. Canadian Museum for Human Rights

85 Israel Asper Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0L5, Canada +1 204-289-2000
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canada's new national museum is a unique exploration of the importance of human rights. Interactive digital technology, video, film and art are designed to educate and inspire. An unforgettable visitor experience in a stunning new architectural icon. Open 7 days a week from July to September long weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open Wednesdays until 9 p.m. Closed Mondays (except holidays)from September to July. Guided tours available.

Reviewed By Helena L - Malmesbury, United Kingdom

Visually stunning architecture and very informative displays and adult will need 2 to 3 hours to go this museum justice. However, it does not capture the imagination of younger children and lacks many hands on activities to stimulate their minds. It is a real shame as in all other respects the museum was fantastic.
The volunteer staff who greeted us on arrival or checked our coats or issued us tickets were just sooooo kind and engaging.

6. Manitoba Museum

190 Rupert Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0N2, Canada +1 204-956-2830
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4.5 based on 588 reviews

Manitoba Museum

This museum provides ­a unique journey through the province of Manitoba, the world and the universe. Explore diverse ecological environments and blast off on an interactive tour of the current night sky.

Reviewed By larkenRidgefield_CT - Ridgefield, CT

This is an amazing museum. You could easily spend several days here to totally take it all in. Our guide had so much interesting information to share and she answered question after question. The history of the peoples from the area and their lives in days of old...the animals that inhabited the area, the struggles the people encountered, their handiwork...it was all so well laid out and interesting! The introduction to the First Nations people and how they lived was extremely well done. It made the people come alive. If I return to this area again; I want to visit this very worthwhile museum and see more than our time allowed on this visit.

7. Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

958 Ferry Rd | Hangar T-2, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0Y8, Canada +1 204-786-5503
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4.5 based on 322 reviews

Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada

Winnipeg's Aviation Museum -- dedicated to the preservation, restoration and display of Canada's unique aviation heritage from the golden age of bush flying.

Reviewed By Harout Y

I went to this Royal Aviation Museum on the 25/9/17 the place is amazing with a great tour guide full of knowledge and a great sense of humour as well. I really enjoyed my tour of the museum it is a place were Aviation fans must go and I strongly advise that if your in the area must go and see. Take your kids there great place to learn about Canada aviation history .

8. The Forks National Historic Site

401-25 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 4S8, Canada +1 204-983-6757
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Forks National Historic Site

Discover a green oasis in the heart of Winnipeg. This nine-acre (3.6 hectare) park, which encompasses open green spaces and tree-lined walkways, is a national treasure owned and operated by Parks Canada. Enlightening interpretive displays, inspiring sculptures, stone pictographs and ceremonial bronze gambling sticks embody the Site’s rich continuum of historical events that span over 6,000 years.

Reviewed By Debra M - Val-d'Or, Quebec, Canada

The Forks is a wonderful place to visit at any time, but in wintertime, it has a cachet all its own. You can rent skates and skate several km down the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. All along the skating path are quirky, quaint and original warming huts that are works of art in themselves. Tip: Arrive early to get skates. This was one of our trip highlights!
Right beside the Forks are the Ice Castles which are unique. Tip: Get your tickets in advance to buy a 30-minute arrival time window, then stay as long as you like. Dress warmly and come prepared if you want to slide down the ice slides. There are fire pits to warm up at. Takes about 30-45 minutes to see everything.
Warm up at one of the Forks many restaurants. A must-see in Winnipeg!

9. Kildonan Park

2015 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2V 2B9, Canada +1 877-311-4974
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4.5 based on 193 reviews

Kildonan Park

Reviewed By sealsrus - Winnipeg, Canada

The climbing trees are long gone but this park still holds a close place in my very. From evenings cruising the park, to working @ Rainbow Stage. Highschool sparessoent tissingthe football. So many memories. It's still a great place for a bbq or Punic. Evening strolls that double s exercise. Not to mention they still have the Witches Hit. If you haven't been, go. If it's been a long time since you've gone, make a special drop-down You won't regret it.

10. Fort Whyte Alive

1961 McCreary Rd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3P 2K9, Canada +1 204-989-8355
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4.5 based on 295 reviews

Fort Whyte Alive

Year Round Edutainment Learn it, love it, and live it up in our 640-acre backyard! Choose from a variety of outdoor activities-for a new adventure every day.• Interpretive Centre • Buffalo Stone Cafe • Aquarium of the Prairies • Burrowing Owl Enclosure • Bison Prairie • Saturn Family Tree House • Tipi Encampment • Prairie Dog Town • Pioneer Sod House • 7 km of forest trails • Nature Shop • floating marsh boardwalks • wildlife watching • canoeing & fishing on 5 lakes • cross-country skiing • snowshoeing • tobogganing • public programs & events. Whether you are planning a first-time or return visit to this very special place, we are sure that you will leave with new insights into the natural world, a deeper appreciation of Manitoba's heritage, new information and actions for sustainable living, and plenty of fresh air, memories of fun and discovery with family and friends.

Reviewed By Alexandra l - Kiamesha Lake, New York

Our knowledgeable guide provided quite a commentary as we journeyed throughout Fort Whyte. What a beautiful refuge for the bison. We enjoyed the calves as they played and snuggled near the adults. Seeing these awesome animals in their natural habitiat was wonderful. They weren't frightened by the tour van. We stopped and took many pictures. What a delightful morning.

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