Located in south-central Canada, the province of Manitoba is relatively flat with over a hundred thousand lakes! Tucked into the southeastern corner of Manitoba is capital and largest city, Winnipeg. Often compared with U.S. Midwestern city Chicago, Winnipeg successfully mixes old and modern buildings. Over half the residents of Manitoba live in this metro area, so there is plenty to see and do!
Downtown Winnipeg is comprised of the Exchange District, Central Park, The Forks and Chinatown. Many Manitoba hotels are located in this area, perfect for business and pleasure travelers alike. History buffs will be interested in exploring a 19th century fur trading post, Fort Gibraltar, as well as touring the Manitoba Legislative Building with its stunning Rotunda and Grand Staircase. Sports fans, get ready to cheer for the AHL Manitoba Moose at MTS Centre, or baseball’s Goldeyes at Shaw Park. Everybody enjoys hanging out at The Forks, a National Historic site entertainment district with food, pubs, markets and street musicians. This urban oasis provides plenty of natural space, riverwalks and a great place for bird watching. Of course, you must visit The Exchange District, comprised of 30 blocks of cultural, retail and dining opportunities. There’s always something happening in this cosmopolitan district!
To the north of Winnipeg is immense freshwater Winnipeg Lake; adjacent Poplar/Nanowin Rivers Park Reserve protects from development 800,000 hectares of Manitoban unspoiled wilderness.
The province’s northeastern boundary is the Hudson Bay, and here you can visit Wapusk National Park, which protects the world’s largest known polar bear maternity denning areas - now that’s unique and deserves a closer look! Just north is the town of Churchill, proclaiming to be the Polar Bear Capital of the World.
Riding Mountain National Park, about 300 km northwest of Winnipeg, features the deep gorges of the Manitoba Escarpment, providing homes for all kinds of wildlife including moose, elk, bears and bison.
Drive an hour southeast of Winnipeg to Steinbach, where you will find the Mennonite Heritage Village, which allows visitors to explore the history and buildings you would have seen in the 1800’s.
Kids will really like the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre – schedule a Fossil Dig Adventure Tour which has a 100% success rate in finding these rarities, and your kids will think you’re the best! This Centre can be found in tiny Morden, about 130 km southwest of Winnipeg.
Continuing to the very southwest corner of the province for another treat, the International Peace Gardens are found at the border of Manitoba and North Dakota, celebrating the peaceful relations between Canada and the U.S. The stable relationship between these two adjoining countries guarantees a splendid visit in Manitoba – let’s go!