Health & Wellness
No matter what’s beneath you – be it a boat, bike, path, the air, or perhaps even a yoga mat – you’re bound to find some #bliss when you treat your body to some time in The Peg this summer.
First off, I really think you should experience the wind in your hair (or perhaps your bald head – which I assure you feels even better) and the sounds the leaves make as our stately elm trees embrace over your head along our charming neighbourhood streets.
One of our favourite ways to do so is while looking sweet/upon the seat/of a bicycle built for two! You can rent all manner of fun pedal powered vehicles from Bee2Gether Bikes who have locations at both The Forks and Assiniboine Park, which are surely some of the prettiest, greenest, areas of the city.
If you go the Assiniboine Park route you’ll be treated to one of Canada’s largest urban parks, a place where the tree-lined paths can lead to the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden – where the depictions from Greek mythology and Winnipeg’s history will leave you in awe, or perhaps to the English and Formal Gardens – where all manner of colourful flora will ignite your senses.
Heck, you may even get the chance to join in a game of cricket (so dress in all white just in case J) as Winnipeg has a passionate community of cricketers who use the grounds at Assiniboine Park on a regular basis.
If you go The Forks route, you can cruise all over this beautiful area’s 56 acres and take in vistas of the city along the Riverwalk – a real Winnipeg gem of a setting that hugs the Assiniboine River from underneath the Esplanade Riel (Winnipeg’s iconic pedestrian bridge) all the way to the foot of the Manitoba Legislature. You can also rent a city or beach cruiser in which to explore it all from White Pine Bicycle Co., which is also located at The Forks.
And bikes are not the only rentals that will see you, as Fergie would say, “working on your fitness.” Winnipeg is a river city, one that is surrounded by lakes and wetlands, and a great way to explore these waterways is by canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board (SUP). Wildnerness Supply and Winnipeg Canoe Rentals both rent all of these, along with trailers and racks so you can easily transport them to a waterside of your choosing.
You can also go see the experts at our stunning nature reserves – those being FortWhyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh – where guided water tours are available in massive Voyageur canoes that can fit a whole family (even the Duggars – I tell you these canoes are huge!). While paddling the lakes of FortWhyte or Oak Hammock’s wetlands you’re also sure to encounter numerous species in the water, on land and in the air, as these are important birding areas with thriving ecosystems.
You know what also gets those muscle groups firing? Rock climbing! And Winnipeg’s Vertical Adventures has over 5000 sq. ft. of indoor rock climbing space with faces suitable for all skill levels.
If all of this sounds like a bit too extreme for your fitness needs, let’s tone it down a bit and find you a fine yoga studio, of which Winnipeg’s scene is #blessed.
At Moksha Yoga Winnipeg (three locations) you’ll find a nice selection of classes from gentle hatha (often accompanied by live music), to long stretching yin, to hot flow and prana flow, which will see your sweat pouring out of your pores.
Advanced practitioners swear by the tutelage of Noah and his crew at Peg City Yoga, while Awesome Hot Yoga is just that – awesome, while Yoga Public is both one of the largest and most beautiful studios in all of Canada. Yoga Public offers a wide range of practices while their TRX classes – which often run like a boot camp – provide a butt kick of a workout that you’ll feel the following day.
After you’ve worked those muscles, it’s time for a little wind down at one of our many fine spas (if you are looking for “wine down” please see the Culinary Itinerary). Winnipeg takes its spa-ing seriously, offering up body treatments and steamy sanctuaries that are unrivalled by any other Canadian city.
Ten Spa, located at the top of The Fort Garry Hotel, is an ideal place for a day living in the lap of luxury. They do just about every treatment imaginable, a full range of which you can do in a day while taking oh-so-arduous breaks relaxing in your white robes eating tea sandwiches and nori wraps on plush white furniture. A must is their version of a Turkish hamam, which involves lying in a steamy room on heated marble while people pour soothing water over your limbs and forehead (yes, it’s just as awful as it sounds).
In the beautiful Riverstone Spa at the Inn at the Forks I highly recommend the Jade Stone Experience, where a massage featuring hot and cold ancient nephrite jade stones will increase your circulation, invigorate your body, and make you feel like a new person. They also offer a signature Indigenous Hot Stone Massage that is one of a kind, while, due to their location within Inn at the Forks, they offer overnight escape packages for couples like the AAAAAHHH Package (I kid you not, this is the name) which ads sparkling wine, handmade chocolate truffles, and a breakfast to your couples massage and nights’ stay.
Winnipeg’s newest spa, Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, provides an outdoor oasis where pools, steam rooms, and saunas set amongst the trees of Fort Garry provide total body rejuvenation. After spending the day at Thermëa going through the circuit of hot-cold-hot pools and rooms, your body will thank you with a slumber like no other. The food at Thermëa is also excellent, and dining in your robe is mandatory – so you can see when it comes to relaxation, they’ve thought of it all. I tell you I’m no wizard, but this place is total magic.
Thermëa is located beside Crescent Drive Golf Course, so that’s where we’re going to leave you in – on the links.
Pack your clubs (or rent) as trips to Winnipeg are always par for the course! The city and surrounding countryside are studded with numerous golf courses with levels ranging from championship level – Niakwa Country Club annually hosts the Players Cup, a PGA Tour Canada event – while more 18-hole and casual 9-hole, par-3 courses are available.
Should you be looking for an even more leisurely stroll, it only makes sense that we direct you to The Loop – our very own walking trail that will have you discovering urban Winnipeg’s historic, cultural, architectural and modern day gems. This 8 km trail (replete with a detailed map) will bring you to 49 points of interest while guiding you through places like the Riverwalk, Old St. Boniface, The Forks, the Exchange District, and downtown.