• July 10, 2020

Because local tourism is on the rise this summer, why not take the opportunity to discover (or rediscover) oh! so-charming Winnipeg. Local markets, artsy neighborhoods and gourmet snacks: the table is set for a perfect getaway in the capital.

Alone, as a couple or with the family, here are our local favorites: 

1. Assiniboine Park Zoo 

Your destination for animal encounters, wild adventures and family fun. With over 80 park-like acres to explore, the Zoo provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with animal species from all around the globe. Our recommendation: live the experience of the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit.

2. Back Alley Arctic

Thanks to its architecture and murals, Wolseley is one of the most unique areas in Winnipeg to walk around. Although the neighborhood is well-known, a recent and beautiful addition to the area makes it that much more spectacular: Kal Barteski’s Back Alley Arctic. Located between Canora and Ethelbert Street, in the area between Wolseley and Westminster Avenue. The Alley shelters an array of wall art featuring northern Alberta wildlife, species, and animals. A true masterpiece!

3. St. Norbert Farmers’ market 

You want to contribute to the support and promotion of local artisans, retailers and shops? Here is an idea: shop around in the St. Norbert Farmers’ market. Every Saturday morning for the past 31 years, Manitoba’s farm families have loaded up their vehicles with farm fresh fruit, flowers, meats and vegetables. A shoppers’ delight in the anticipation of fresh, local Manitoban treats.

4. Folklorama at home 

Enjoy world-class entertainment, taste delicious authentic cuisine, take-in vivid displays, and experience the beautiful cultures that make up our city’s urban fabric, hosting Folklorama! Known as the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world, Folklorama allows you to travel around the world while staying in beautiful Winnipeg. And this summer is all happening at home!

5. The Common

A true institution in The Forks, The Common offers local craft brews and gourmet food. With 20 craft beers and 20 wines on tap, you will definitely find the perfect pour to pair with your favourite new and classic Forks Market Food Hall eats. Yummy!

6. The Loop 

Want to know more about the history of the city? With nearly 60 points of interest dotting a route that spans 9.5 km, The Loop takes approximately 3.5 hours to walk and is brimming with iconic Winnipeg landmarks and attractions like beautiful Saint-Boniface Cathedral, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Esplanade Riel, and Old Market Square with its Cube stage. A must-take!

7. FortWhyte Alive

Calling all wildlife lovers! Through 660-acre reclaimed urban green space, FortWhyte Alive brings people together to share unforgettable experiences and build sustainable relationships with nature and each other. How can you not want to participate? 

8. Hiking, hiking and more hiking

In the summer, Winnipeg is transformed into a true paradise for hikers and cyclists. So much, that the capital offers more than 30 detailed trail maps highlighting amongst others, points of interest and refreshments. As they say, there’s more than one way to choose your own adventure and get the trails’ eye view of Winnipeg. 

9. Bridge Drive In

Known amongst locals as BDI, Bridge Drive In is THE place to be for a late-night ice cream or milkshake. Grab a ‘Goog’ or share a ‘Sleeping Beauty’ while taking a stroll across the Bridge is a truly unique Winnipeg experience. Don’t be discouraged by the queue, it’s definitely worth the wait!

10. Third + Bird

Communication and connection: two words that perfectly describe Third + Bird, Winnipeg’s largest urban market who take pride in creating a unique shopping experience filled with inspiring visuals, food & drink, live music and infectious energy! A very distinct way to support diverse local artisans.

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11. Thermëa Thermal Experience

A true haven of peace, Thermëa Spa-Nature offers a relaxation multisensory experience in an immersive natural setting. With 4 outdoor baths, 5 saunas, an exfoliation room, massage pavilions, multiple relaxation areas and a few culinary offerings, this relaxation center promises to get your summer vacation off to a great start (or finish)! 

There are no more excuses: this summer, it’s all happening in Winnipeg. The perfect opportunity to promote our local economy in our very own way. Since we ought to think global, we need to act local.

Have a great summer!