Winnipeg is the vibrant capital of Manitoba, located at the geographical centre of North America. Known for its friendly and welcoming spirit, Winnipeg is a diverse multicultural city with a rich and varied history. An aboriginal trading centre prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Winnipeg was at the heart of the country’s fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada’s gateway to the west.
Home to a grain exchange that once rivaled the largest markets in the world, Winnipeg’s architecture and neighbourhoods reflect the profound character of this small prairie town. Over the last decades, Winnipeg has developed into a cosmopolitan city complete with top-notch restaurants, swanky boutiques, exciting attractions and an arts and culture scene that bursts with talent and originality.
Richly steeped in history, Winnipeg’s multicultural birthplace is marked at the junction of the Red and the Assiniboine Rivers, now a green urban oasis known as The Forks. The city’s diverse cultural make-up shines brightly through its globally inspired cuisine, wide array of world-class arts, culture and festivals, many one-of-a-kind shops and trendy boutiques, and widespread opportunity to experience the wonders of nature and breathtaking prairie scenery throughout the seasons.
Hop on a City Trolley Tour Discover what makes the city at the heart of the country so special on Winnipeg Trolley Company’s sightseeing tour, where you’ll learn why Winnipeg was once called the “wickedest city in Canada”, about our shocking connection to the world’s most famous spy–James Bond–as well as touring Canada’s Greatest Neighbourhood (Osborne Village), stately mansions, the grandeur of Assiniboine Park, the Exchange District Historic Site, the world’s only human rights museum, and more.
The Forks National Historic Site Discover an urban oasis in the heart of Winnipeg. As a historic meeting place, located at the junction of the Assiniboine and mighty Red River, the Forks is complete with skateboarding park, river walk, shops and green space. Winter, spring, summer or fall, The Forks is must for a stunning array of dining experiences, incomparable shopping, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that encompass the site’s natural, historic and man-made features.
Winnipeg’s French History Experience Winnipeg’s French Quarter and history at its best on an Old St. Boniface Walking Tour, which will guide you through the rich history of the francophone community as you visit landmarks and observe historic architecture. Learn about the magnificent St. Boniface Cathedral, the great fire, and its new, modern design (May long weekend through September long weekend).
The Manitoba Museum The Manitoba Museum is an award-winning heritage and edutainment centre welcoming thousands of visitors each year. It features an ever-changing variety of touring and specialty exhibits in addition to its Planetarium, Science Gallery and nine spectacular permanent galleries. The museum offers a vivid portrayal of Manitoba’s rich and colourful history and is home of one of Canada’s most important historical collections: The Hudson’s Bay Company Museum Collection.
Gateway to Polar Bear Country Winnipeg serves as a major gateway to Churchill, Northern Manitoba for the adventure of a lifetime: Polar Bear viewing!
Shopping Indulge in some retail therapy in one of Winnipeg’s unique shopping neighbourhoods like the Exchange District, Academy or Osborne Village, where you’ll pick up indie designer threads, trendy accessories and one-of-a-kind jewelry. If you’re in the mood for a bargain, outlet stores and sprawling malls cater to deal hunters and brand seekers.
Dining Winnipeg has a large choice of eateries from fine dining to good old pub fares. You’ll find anywhere from seafood to meat and poultry prepared in classic North American way or with a French twist. Not to mention the array of international cuisines that can be found across the city.
Winnipeg Comedy Festival: Early April Canada’s funniest comics converge on Winnipeg for seven days of hilarious stand-up, sketch, and improvisational comedy. This nationally televised festival delivers the laughs at venues throughout Winnipeg ranging from large theatres to intimate clubs.
Winnipeg international Jazz Festival: Mid June The world’s best jazz; blues and urban artists converge on downtown Winnipeg for an annual Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. Featuring outstanding local, national and international performers, the festival kicks off with four spectacular days of free music in Old Market Square.
Winnipeg Folk Festival: Mid July Discover some of the best, most diverse folk music from North America and around the world at the 40th annual Winnipeg Folk Festival. This internationally acclaimed folk music festival features more than 70 acts, seven daytime stages, two evening stages, a family area, camping, and delicious local and organic food all in a beautiful prairie park setting. The festival is known for its welcoming sense of community and daytime “workshops,” where up-and coming musicians play alongside legends and create truly unique musical collaborations.
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival: Mid-Late July North America’s second-largest Fringe Festival showcases more than 170 local, national and international theatre companies, offering performances of comedy, drama, improv, dance and more. Festival-goers of all ages are invited to enjoy live entertainment at Old Market Square in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, where street performers and bands perform from noon to midnight daily on the outdoor stage.
Folklorama: Early-Mid August Experience the energy of the largest and longest-running multicultural event of its kind in the world! From traditional meals to lively performances by local, national and international entertainers, Folklorama creates a feast for the senses as you experience over 40 cultural pavilions with amazing hospitality and a fun, family atmosphere. Enjoy our two-week Festival, the highlight of August in Winnipeg!
Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade: Mid November The Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade combines the magic, wonder and excitement that heralds in the holiday season and wraps it up in one big event. A moving panorama of lights, colour and music, the parade inspires delight in the eyes of the children and those who are young at heart. Come to downtown Winnipeg early to enjoy the “Host a Block for Santa” activities along the parade route from 4 p.m. until the 5 p.m. parade start. Plan to stay a little while longer to take in the fantastic entertainment and brilliant fireworks at The Forks following the parade.
Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons.
Average temperatures range between -12 degrees Celsius (+10.4 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter months to +26 degrees Celsius (+78.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summertime.
Due to its northern location, Winnipeg residents enjoy 2,372 hours of sunlight annually which is among the highest of Canadian cities.