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Winnipeg is known internationally as the home of the Winnipeg Jets, the city's NHL team, but nationally it is also appreciated for its outstanding arts and cultural scene. Residents, known informally as "Peggers," enjoy a very active cultural life, with everything from drama and ballet to concerts and opera on offer


Best time to go

The best time to visit Winnipeg is October-November.
The warmest month of the year in Winnipeg is July, where the average temperature gets to around 26 (78), but temperatures can reach as high as 28 (82) on the hottest days in summer.


Fun city facts and activities

    Winnipeg may be one of Canadas smaller capital cities but it punches above its weight with its culturally diverse neighbourhoods, booming arts scene and bevy of boundary-pushing restaurants.

    The citys location at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers made it an important settlement for early indigenous populations and, later, a centre for European fur trading and a key stopover point for the countrys first transcontinental railway. The Pegs rich heritage can be felt in its well-preserved historic neighbourhoods and in the varied mix of people that call it home.

    The citys eclectic cultural makeup is also at the heart of its exciting restaurant scene, which sees many chefs reviving the local culinary traditions of the past and others incorporating influences from across the globe. The opening of the high-profile Canadian Museum for Human Rights has helped shine the spotlight on the citys arts and culture scene, which has long been worthy of greater attention.
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Neighborhoods to explore

    Osborne Village
    Fraser's Grove
    Scotia Heights
    Old. St. Vital
    West End

Food Specialties

    Its unlikely Winnipeg tops your list of Canadas most exciting culinary destinations, but the truth is that the food scene in Manitobas capital might just be one of the Great White Norths best-kept secrets, making dining at each one of the best restaurants in Winnipeg a very necessary thing to do while in town.

    The last decade has ushered in an explosion of chef-driven restaurants in the Peg that could easily go toe-to-toe with some of Vancouver or Torontos most celebrated eateries. Some chefs play with cooking styles and ingredients from around the world while others highlight the regions own culinary heritage and local bounty.

    Balancing out these new and hip restaurants are stalwart neighbourhood favourites that have been beloved by locals for decades, as well as convivial gathering places where the wholesome food and inviting environment reflect the citys famously friendly spirit.

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1. Take a guided tour of the Winnipeg tunnels: explore the underground walkways, originally built to connect downtown buildings and later used as a shelter during the citys infamous floods.

2. Visit the Manitoba Museum: explore the museums interactive exhibits and learn about the provinces history, culture, and natural environment.

3. Visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery: explore one of the worlds largest collections of contemporary Inuit art, as well as rotating exhibitions featuring artwork from around the world.

4. Stroll through The Forks National Historic Site: explore the ancient meeting place of two rivers, now a vibrant market, entertainment center, and historic site.

5. Climb the St. Boniface Cathedral bell tower: take in the views from the top of the tallest building in the city and learn about the history of the church.

6. Take a guided tour of the Exchange District: explore

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Fun things to do in with kids

Free or cheap things to do

1. Enjoy the Science Rendezvous Festival.
The Science Rendezvous Festival is an annual festival that takes science out of the lab and onto the street. This will be a FREE day of discovery and fun! There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

2. Feast at Folklorama.
Celebrate the diverse cultures that make up this city with great food, catchy music, and unreal performances at the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.

3. Visit Fun Mountain Waterslide Park for a full day of fun!
Zip down the adrenaline-pumping waterslides, paddle around on the bumper boats or play a relaxing game of mini-golf. A perfect way to keep cool on those HOT days. The park has plenty of events happening throughout the summer too like Pokemon Week and Disney Day.

4. Take the kids to the Kildonan Park Pool and Spray Pad.
There are over 21 splash features that are sure to provide the kids with hours of entertainment. The pool is great for children of all ages and also has 3 diving boards. There is a beach nearby and water slides that everyone can enjoy.

5. Journey to Churchill (at the Zoo).
Discover the magic of the true north and the Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Parents and children alike will be mesmerized by the polar bears and other animals. Try to come early in the morning to catch the best views of these amazing creatures. If you are lucky, they will even swim over to you!

6. Watch a performance by the Manitoba Theatre For Young People.
Located in the Fork, this massive 28,000 square foot space is home to a group of amazingly talented children and adults interested in performing arts. MTYP offers shows and performances all year round and would be a great activity to do as a family.

7. Explore the Dalnavert Museum and Visitor's Centre.
The building is a Victorian mansion and has a visitor's center attached to the historic site to house activities and events.

8. Be Amused at Tinkertown.
With over 20 rides this outdoor amusement park is a great place for any family to go in the summer. The park is open every day in the summer from noon until 6 or 7 pm.

9. Do it all at Birds Hill Provincial Park.
Just 24 km outside Winnipeg is one of the best parks in the province. We love coming here in the summer. Whether you want to swim, play beach volleyball, bike, hike, or horseback ride, Birds Hill is your one-stop-shop for outdoor activity.

10. Try to escape one of the rooms at The Real Escape Canada.
Their escape rooms contain atmospheric elements and technology that create a whole new level of adventure and gameplay. The whole family is sure to enjoy this interactive experience!

11. Check out the summer programs at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Center.
From summer camps to competitive programs and everything in between, the center offers paddling opportunities for all ages!

12. Explore the Nonsuch at the Manitoba Museum.
On a cooler fall day, a visit to the Manitoba Museum is a great way to both entertain and educate your children. A fan favourite is always the Nonsuch boat. We love seeing handfuls of little kids exploring the ship and being transported back in time.

13. Pretend you are Hansel and Gretel at the Witches Hut.
Visit beautiful Kildonan Park to check out the cute and quirky Witches Hut. Here your children will be able to experience the fairytale in real life and explore a hut built out of gingerbread cookies and candies.

14. Bounce on the trampolines at Flying Squirrel.
Flying Squirrel is the World's Largest Trampoline Fun Park and is the premier entertainment option for fun-seekers of all ages in Winnipeg. The kids will stay entertained for hours and are sure to have a lot of fun!

15. Eat a delicious crepe at Kawaii Crepe.
Head down to one of Kawaii Crepe's three locations in Winnipeg for a yummy crepe. The crepes are handcrafted, made with the best ingredients, and customizable to meet dietary restrictions.

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City data and FAQ 

Is Winnipeg worth visiting?
Yes it is. Lots of cool stuff around here. Museums and galleries and sports. Or you can just go fishing, or shopping. Or you can sit in the bar.
Blair Korchinski - Lives in Winnipeg, MB

How many days do you need in Winnipeg?
I have travelled to Winnipeg a few times for business. Typically, it took me three or four days to do what I was there for, though I think one trip was just a night or two.
I almost all of my time in Winnipeg has been spent inside The Forks, including staying at a hotel inside The Forks. Our office is located on the edge of the edge of The Forks, so usually there isnt much need to venture afar. I did go to a baseball game one trip, which wasnt too far from The Forks.
Gordon Dewis - Lives in Ontario

Winnipeg can be easily visited and covered in a span of 2-3 days. Most of the sights and parks are situated close to each other and around Downtown.

What food is Winnipeg famous for?
The one I remember best is smoked Manitoba Goldeye, a relatively small fish thats easy to find and catch and is quite wonderful when its smoked for about 45 hours.
Peter - Enthusiastic and lifelong cook

Fat boys; Shmoo torte; Hawaiian pizza; Jeannie's cake; VJ's fries; Skinner's Hotdogs & Half Moon (in Lockport); Pizza pops; OMGs (Clodhoppers); Honey dill dipping sauce; Folkfest cookies; Bison burgers (on bannock); Smoked goldeye; Winnipeg style rye; Winnipeg style cream cheese; Red River cerial; Mordens chocolate; Crown Royal whiskey; Beemaid honey; Flapper pie; Perogies and kolbasa; Salisbury House Nips (burger).
Ovi Suvajac - Lives in Canada

What is Winnipeg famous for?
Winnipeg is known internationally as the home of the Winnipeg Jets, the city's NHL team, but nationally it is also appreciated for its outstanding arts and cultural scene. Residents, known informally as "Peggers," enjoy a very active cultural life, with everything from drama and ballet to concerts and opera on offer.

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