When the weather gets cold, Winnipeg only gets hotter!
Come winter, we have more attractions, culture, concerts and outdoor activities than seems possible. It all makes for one action-packed snowy setting that is sure to inspire you! Check out these star attractions and make your plans to visit The Peg today.
Festival du Voyageur – One of the world’s great winter festivals, Festival du Voyageur (February 17-26, 2017) celebrates the fur-trade era by turning Fort Gibraltar into a two-week party for the whole family. Catch great musical acts performing in party tents, indulge in French fare like maple taffy and all manner of poutine, and meet the costumed interpreters living in the fort’s historic abodes. You can also bring the kids snowshoeing and sliding while the whole fort is filled with incredible snow sculptures created by international artists.
The Forks– Find it all at The Forks this winter, where cool activities are always on the agenda. Rent skates and head out amongst the internationally designed Warming Huts – including a new one by world-famous designer Anish Kapoor – on one of the world's longest skating trails. Or check out the free programming at the Arctic Glacier Winter Park, where kids can snowboard, go on horse-drawn wagon rides, and hear stories and bake bannock with indigenous elders in teepees.
FortWhyte Alive – A veritable winter wonderland, FortWhyte Alive’s forested setting provides an ideal playground for outdoor adventure. Rent snowshoes and follow the tracks of deer on their tree-lined paths, check out the world’s largest urban bison herd, roast tasty treats over a bonfire, slide down a massive toboggan run onto the frozen lake, and spend an afternoon ice fishing with the kids.
Assiniboine Park Zoo – Nobody loves winter more than polar bears, as you’ll surely see at the Journey to Churchill, the world’s most comprehensive Arctic exhibit. Watching up to nine playful polar bears swim and frolic right over your head will leave you in awe, while the exhibit’s other incredible animals include seals, muskox, snowy owls and the wolves that starred with Liam Neeson in The Grey.
Adrenaline Adventures – It’s all downhill from here… and that’s why it’s so awesome! At Adrenaline Adventures the whole family is in for an action-packed day whether it is snow tubing down their multiple courses – which range from smooth sailing to speedy and bumpy – or busting out moves on their snowboard terrain park. Snow tubing is appropriate for all ages (the tubes are included in the ticket price) while a tub towrope brings you back up the hill, saving your energy for the fun stuff.
Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature – The ultimate winter spa experience can be found underneath the snow covered trees of Fort Garry where Thermëa’s thermal pools beckon. Nordic baths, a cooling waterfall, Scandinavian saunas and steam rooms are just some of the elements that provide a day tailored for total relaxation at this outdoor spa. They also have an amazing restaurant (where eating in your robe is mandatory) along with excellent massage and body treatments.
Centre Stage – Winter is the busiest season for Winnipeg’s acclaimed performance groups. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s holiday classic Nutcracker runs December 22 to 30, while they will perform Angels In The Architecture January 27-28, and Love Lies Bleeding, a multimedia ballet based on Elton John, March 2-5; The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has over 30 performances in Winnipeg from December through March including classics, pop, and a comedic performance with Second City (March 17-19); while between all our theatres groups, including Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Prairie Theatre Exchange, there is rarely a night off all winter long.
RAW:almond – This annual pop-up restaurant, which is now a Canadian Tourism Award winner, is back on the ice this winter from January 19-February 13, 2017. During RAW:almond diners feast on multi-course meals, prepared by some of North America’s (and Winnipeg’s) finest chefs, all served in an elaborate tent on the frozen river. It’s a culinary experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Here in the heart of Canada we know just what to do with ice and snow. Head up north to witness the dazzling northern lights, skate across the crystalline surface of Clear Lake or hit the slopes at Asessippi. Bring the family to Brandon’s Royal Winter Fair, experience fire on ice at the Gimli Ice Festival and finally embrace the heart of the north at the Trappers Festival in The Pas. Pack your bags, grab a toque, lace up your boots (or your skates or your snowshoes) and explore Manitoba this winter where we’ve everything to make the most of the season. a complete checklist on everything you need to check out in Manitoba this winter, visit here!
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