101 Things To Do in Spring / Summer
1. Visit the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre (IPBCC) as part of the new 10-acre Journey to Churchill exhibit. Pull out your camera and take a snapshot of local bears Hudson, Storm, Kaska and Aurora. Journey to Churchill is set to be the world’s most comprehensive polar bear exhibit.
2. Take in sweeping views of the city’s skyline from Prairie 360, Winnipeg’s revolving restaurant atop Fort Garry Place.
3. Stop in at any one of the 40-plus Folklorama pavilions for a taste of authentic Indian curry, a swig of Belgian beer, or traditional Ukrainian dancing (August 3-16) at Winnipeg’s longest-running festival of multiculturalism where you can take in a cultural explosion of international performers moving to rhythms from around the world.
4. Enjoy Rainbow Stage’s 60th anniversary season and sing along to popular musicals A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (June 5-15), multi Tony Award winning show The Producers by Mel Brooks (July 4-19), and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (August 13-29) in Kildonan Park.
5. Get a close encounter with a herd of bison on a bison safari at FortWhyte Alive.
6. Get swept up in the roar of the crowd and cheer on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team as they take to the Investors Group Field.
7. Follow in the footsteps of Louis Riel at Theatre in the Cemetery, where you’ll watch French Canadian and Métis heritage come to life, and take in Quebec’s best-known folklore tale in the historical St. Boniface Cathedral’s cemetery.
8. Run, climb and bounce around the 8,500 sq. ft. indoor play centre Kid City, offering a three-level play structure, Nintendo Wii stations, air hockey and foosball tables, an inflatable bouncer and more.
9. Join thousands of fellow hippies and music lovers at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Birds Hill Provincial Park for a groovy summer dance party at one of North America’s premier outdoor music festivals (July 9-13).
10. Celebrate the LGBT human rights movement at Pride Winnipeg, kicking off on May 23 and culminating with a parade, rally, festival at The Forks and dance party on Pride Day (June 1).
11. Enjoy a unique experience in the heart of nature at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature (opening this summer). Unwind and re-energize in thermal baths and waterfalls or the Finnish sauna. Revitalize your senses with a massage and a healthy meal at the on-site restaurant.
12. Choose from over 20 rides and attractions at children’s amusement park Tinkertown, including a miniature train, ferris wheel and carousel. Enjoy a picnic, or cool off with Water Wars on a hot day!
13. Unleash your inner thespian and take in a fascinating mix of live theatre performances held in venues in and around the historical Exchange District during Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (July 16-27). This year, more than 170 companies from across Canada and around the world will bring a huge variety of plays to enthusiastic and adventurous audiences.
14. Put on your comfiest shoes, don your sunglasses and spend an afternoon doing The Loop. This 9.5 km, 3.5-hour walk will take you on an exciting journey of discovery through nearly 50 of urban Winnipeg’s historic, cultural, architectural and modern-day gems.
15. Take the family out to the Golf Dome, Winnipeg’s premier indoor golf facility. Hit balls on a three-tier driving range, play the challenging 18-hole mini golf course, try one of five virtual golf simulators, play a few games of pool, or just relax with a snack or beverage.
16. Enjoy live entertainment, a thrilling midway of over 25 extreme rides, kids’ area, concerts, food vendors and more at the Red River Ex (June 13-22).
17. Watch or try daredevil tricks at Canada’s largest urban skate plaza and bowl at Skateboard Plaza at The Forks.
18. Spend the day at Harbourview Golf Course and Recreation Centre, which sits on the banks of a picturesque man-made lake in north-eastern Winnipeg, and offers much more than golf. Pedal a boat, play tennis, lawn bowling or sand volleyball, picnic, or play horseshoes at the main clubhouse, which resembles a Maritime fishing village complete with watchtower!
19. Sample more than 500 wines from 130 wineries at the Winnipeg Wine Festival’s public wine tastings at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg (May 2-3).
20. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park to enjoy a free summer show of Ballet in the Park by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (July 23-25).
21. Skim the water with heart-pumping cable wakeboarding and scale great heights on the high ropes course at Adrenaline Adventures.
22. Participate in Canada Day celebrations in Osborne Village, voted Canada’s Greatest Neighbourhood. The street will be closed for the day, so crowds are free to gather for live entertainment, street vendors, extended patios, excellent food and family activities, and a stunning view of the fireworks from the bridge!
23. Take in an action-packed baseball game and watch the Winnipeg Goldeyes step up to the plate at Shaw Park.
24. Try your luck at one of the city’s casinos: McPhillips Station Casino offers entertainment, dining and gaming in an opulent facility filled with luxury velvets and epic chandeliers which transport you back in time. Escape to the tropics inside Club Regent Casino, a 182,000 sq. ft. gaming and entertainment oasis including restaurants and lounges as well as exotic birds and Manitoba’s largest saltwater aquarium.
25. Hit new heights at indoor trampoline park Sky Zone Winnipeg, and spend the day flying in an alltrampoline walled playing court!
26. 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).
27. Paddle amongst the plants and animals at Oak Hammock Marsh in a large voyageur canoe.
28. Gaze at the night sky inside the Planetarium at The Manitoba Museum, where the stars and planets of infinity and beyond come to life.
29. Dance the night away during the third annual Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition, featuring free electronic music at The Cube stage, along with performances at various venues around downtown (August 14-17).
30. Watch history unfold before your eyes at Lower Fort Garry, where costumed staff recreates the 1850s in
the Red River Valley inside this restored 19th century stone fort.
31. Let your imagination run wild at the Nature Playground located in Assiniboine Park, where kids can explore slithering slides, a sky-high crow’s nest, willow tree tunnels, basket swings, a giant robin’s nest, net bridges and a children’s garden.
32. Start your engines for thrilling go-kart races at Grand Prix Amusements, along with miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, a dunk tank and more.
33. Don’t miss exhilarating performances on the Scotiabank Stage at The Forks to accompany the captivating fireworks display on Canada Day (July 1). This stage also hosts the kick-off to Folklorama (July 26).
34. Grab your favourite stuffed animal and bring it for a check-up at the annual family-friendly Teddy Bears’ Picnic (May 25).
35. Rent a tandem bike from Bee Together Bike Rentals and cycle around town.
36. Splash around spray pads and wading pools located in neighbourhoods across the city, including recently redeveloped Central Park in the West End.
37. Perform experiments in the Splash Lab and test your perception in the Illusion Tunnel at the Children’s Museum.
38. Slide down 10 rushing water slides, take in a round of mini golf, splash around on the bumper boats or
try your hand at ziplining at Fun Mountain Waterslide Park.
39. 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.
40. Shoot for a hole-in-one alongside dinosaurs and sea creatures at U-Puttz Black Light Miniature Golf.
41. Sit under the prairie skies and watch a favourite movie with friends and family: Movies on Memorial transforms Memorial Park into an outdoor theatre every Tuesday in August, and often include a variety of free pre-show entertainment options.
42. Listen to live jazz musicians on the gorgeous rooftop sculpture garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery while taking in a beautiful prairie sunset during Live on the Rooftop.
43. Go back in time and see ancient marine creatures from 450 million years ago in dramatic three-screen animation at The Manitoba Museum’s Ancient Seas exhibit.
44. Pack a picnic and enjoy live entertainment at the Lyric Stage, as well as family activities and fireworks during Canad Day Picnic in the Park on the verdant lawns of Assiniboine Park.
45. Tour one of Winnipeg’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods and admire the beautiful murals featured on a West End BIZ Mural Walking Tour.
46. Visit the centrepiece of Assiniboine Park, the Pavilion Gallery Museum, which features the largest collection of works by three renowned Manitoba artists (Clarence Tillenius, Ivan Eyre and Walter J. Phillips) as well as exhibitions by premier and emerging local artists. On the second floor, check out the Pooh Gallery, which houses a collection of Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia, and learn about the famous bear named after our city!
47. Browse boutiques and pick up a piece of prairie art, treasures from around the world or local food souvenirs at The Forks Market.
48. Dine al fresco and people-watch along the packed patios in summertime on Corydon Avenue.
49. Head to The Forks for Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration for a wide range of activities from face painting to soap carving to live entertainment and authentic eats (June 21).
50. Check out a real life “flying saucer,” the Avrocar, developed in Canada for the US military in the 1950s at the Western Canada Aviation Museum.
51. Board the Prairie Dog Central vintage steam train and enjoy a scenic ride into the Manitoba countryside.
52. Relax with a guided tour along the Assiniboine and Red rivers with Splash Dash River Tours.
53. Admire the exquisite works of European Renaissance and Baroque art, modernist traditions and highlights of Inuit sculpture display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery throughout the year. Take in current exhibitions Off the Beaten Path (to April 20), Math + Art (to April 27), or spend quality time with the little ones at an interactive, educational family tour.
54. Hunt for antique and vintage treasures in the historic Exchange District.
55. Meet the producers and artisans behind the fresh produce, baking, meats, crafts and other goods for sale at the popular St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, the Downtown Farmers’ Market and the Red River Exhibition Park Farmers’ Market.
56. Rev up a summer evening with a visit to Red River Co-op Speedway and watch action-packed racing.
57. Tee off, rent a golf cart and enjoy the beauty of nature at one of 27 golf courses in Winnipeg.
58. Round up the kiddies for nature activities at Living Prairie Museum, a 30-acre tall grass prairie preserve home to over 160 species of prairie plants and an array of prairie wildlife.
59. Strap on a pair of rollerblades and blaze a trail at St. Vital Park.
60. Enjoy puns, wordplay and tales of mistaken identity during Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors performed
by Shakespeare in the Ruins (June 4-28).
61. Take part in one of summer’s numerous downtown health and fitness events for free, including Yoga in the Park (Mondays and Thursdays in June to the end of August) and Zumba in the Park (Tuesdays and Fridays) in June to the end of August).
62. Hit the Exchange District and browse galleries from those hosting high-end Canadian contemporary art at Mayberry Fine Art to a vast selection of prints at Warehouse Artworks to local artwork at cre8ery.
63. Take a stroll down endless winding paths and enjoy the free-form flower beds of Assiniboine Park’s English Garden. Two of the most notable statues in the garden , the Boy with the Boot and the Queen Victoria Monument were donated to the city to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
64. Marvel at some of Manitoba’s oldest and largest trees while strolling through Kildonan Park.
65. Admire the stunning Chicago-style architecture and learn the fascinating stories behind the Exchange District on a walking tour about this National Historic Site.
66. Wander through King’s Park, which has many pathways to enjoy. Visit the beautiful Pagoda Gardens, get your game on at the soccer field or one of the park’s two baseball diamonds, take Fido for a frolic in the off-leash dog area, or visit the Carol Shields Memorial Labyrinth.
67. Search for hidden geocaches stashed around the neighbourhood of St. Boniface with the aid of
GPS packages available through Tourisme Riel.
68. Bust a gut laughing at the hilarious comedians wowing crowds at Rumor’s Restaurant and Comedy Club.
69. Delve into the hidden secrets and stories of Winnipeg’s most famous buildings open to the public during Doors Open Winnipeg (May 31 and June 1).
70. Find out if Lady Luck is on your side and take a chance on live and simulcast horse racing at Assiniboia Downs.
71. Adopt a code name and set your phasers to stun at the 10,200 sq. ft. laser tag adventure playground LaserTopia, the perfect place for fun for all ages!
72. Roll up for a Magical Musical History Tour as a local music historian takes you through the streets of Winnipeg, illustrating the city’s intriguing rock ‘n’ roll history.
73. Swing and sway to live music acts performing everything from jazz to blues to hip-hop at venues across the city as part of the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (June 12-22).
74. Go sightseeing on Ô Tours’ guided Winnipeg City Bus Tour to some of Winnipeg’s major attractions, including the Manitoba Legislative Building, Assiniboine Park, The Forks Market and much more.
75. Visit Chez Sophie, the only restaurant in North America situated on a bridge. Enjoy typical Parisian fare and décor atop the iconic Esplanade Riel in the heart of the city’s French Quarter.
76. Shop till you drop at the plethora of big box stores including IKEA dotting Kenaston Boulevard south of Sterling Lyon Parkway.
77. Watch big name acts including Lady Gaga (May 22), Cher (June 20), Michael Bublé (June 26), Bruno Mars (August 2) and Katy Perry (August 26) sing their hearts out in jaw-dropping shows at the MTS Centre.
78. Gather loved ones and bring out the lawn chairs to Movies in the Park at Assiniboine Park’s open-air Lyric Theatre during the first four Fridays in August. All movies are family-friendly, and have an early feature at 7:00 p.m. and a late one at 9:15 p.m.
79. A 3,000 sq. ft. play structure, seven 20-foot slides, an exclusive toddler section and a large hockey area will let kids’ imaginations run free at Great Big Adventure, the city’s newest and largest indoor play centre. Parents can grab a coffee or snacks at the café and relax on one of the many loungers.
80. Hike along wood chip, asphalt and crushed limestone trails inside the 700-acre Assiniboine Forest and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.
81. Hit the arcade, hop in a go-kart and play a round of mini golf at outdoor family entertainment centre Thunder Rapids.
82. Pack up the little ones and head to the 30th annual Kidsfest for singing, dancing, music, comedy, games and fun family activities (June 5-8). Kids can experience flying through the air on a trapeze, learn magic tricks, and more!
83. Discover Winnipeg by foot and take part in a hiking adventure with Prairie Pathfinders. This urban walking club organizes more than 100 city walks throughout the year at the city’s diverse neighbourhoods and parks, and welcome non-members as guests.
84. Work up a sweat doing hot yoga or TRX fitness classes at Canada’s largest and swankiest yoga studio,
85. Unlock the hidden secrets behind the symbols and mystical architecture at the Manitoba Legislative Building during a Hermetic Code Tour.
86. Let the kids run around and learn about Manitoba’s history at the Variety Heritage Adventure Park,
an interactive playground at The Forks.
87. Chow down on BBQ, watch pitmasters battle in a barbeque competition, and groove to the blues at the Winnipeg BBQ and Blues Festival (August 15-17) held at Shaw Park.
88. Stroll along the peaceful Riverwalk at The Forks for picture-perfect views of the city’s landscape.
89. Discover the wonders of high-speed, high-volume coin production at the Royal Canadian Mint, where every single Canadian circulation coin once called home!
90. Allow Celebrations Dinner Theatre to set the stage for a fantastic night out serving up original, interactive musical comedies combined with delicious four-course meals. This year, check out Footsloose (April 5-May 31) and Pirates of the North Saskatchewan III (June 7-August 9).
91. Explore the arts in the beauty of Assiniboine Park at the Red River Co-Op Summer Entertainment Series, a series of free events running from June to August including the Summer Music Series (various evenings in late June), Art in the Park, and the Leo Mol Jazz Series (Sunday afternoons in June).
92. Indulge in some retail therapy at one of Winnipeg’s sprawling shopping malls. Polo Park, Winnipeg’s largest, houses over 200 stores featuring top fashion brands including Coach, Banana Republic, Apple, Forever 21, Harry Rosen and Victoria’s Secret. In the south, visit St.Vital Centre for a family-friendly shopping destination with over 160 stores offering a diverse merchandise mix to fit your lifestyle.
93. Photograph city icons such as the Esplanade Riel and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights while meandering through The Forks.
94. Eat at buzz worthy restaurants and shop at the unique boutiques and specialty stores that populate swanky Academy Road.
95. Admire marvellous statues created by master sculptor Leo Mol in the tranquil Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
96. Heading out to lunch? Check out the free Festival Concert Series downtown every Wednesday in June, July and August from noon to 1:00 p.m.
97. Enjoy a diverse array of performances at the annual Scotiabank Buskers Festival at The Forks. Applaud entertainment from musicians, puppeteers, magicians, jugglers, face painters and more as they vie for the prize of a coveted Busk Pass.
98. Make plans for lunch down Broadway, where street food vendors line the road dishing up everything from waffles to BBQ to poutine.
99. If you have a hankering for history, check out one of Muddy Water Tours’ walking tours. Take your pick from Murder, Mystery and Mayhem, Wicked Winnipeg, Boom and Bust, Symbols, Secrets and Sacrifices Under the Golden Boy, and more!
100. Explore the culture, geography, history and wildlife of the Red River Valley with more than 20 self-guided Routes on the Red tours. Spend an afternoon walking in the footsteps of voyageurs, discovering the legacy of glaciers and grasslands, or cycling the shores of the ancient Lake Agassiz.
101. Explore North Point Douglas with a free Walking Through History Tour. Learn about the Selkirk settlers–Winnipeg’s future leaders–and what was once Winnipeg’s most prestigious living location (Wednesdays to Sundays, July and August).