101 Things To Do in Fall / Winter
1. Be awe-inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a world-class national treasure that will enhance your understanding of human rights.
2. Shop ‘til you drop at the brand new Outlet Collection Winnipeg that features more than 100 stores including Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, Nike and Banana Republic along with excellent food and drink amenities.
3. Warm up in style while skating on the river in one of The Forks’ award-winning Warming Huts.
6. Unwind at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature, renowned for its Scandinavian-style treatments, saunas and hot and cold pools.
7. Surround yourself with newly made art from all over Canada when the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s ART EXPRESS’D/ART EXPRIMÉ mobile studios come back to town for Nuit Blanche (September 30). This Canada 150 project uses shipping containers as studios, exhibits and creative centres to connect communities from each of Canada’s coasts.
8. Celebrate Canada’s fur trade history through authentic food, entertainment and snow sculptures at Festival du Voyageur—Western Canada’s largest winter festival/the best winter party you’ll find anywhere. (February 16–25).
9. Head downtown to take in Manyfest, featuring movies in Memorial Park, food truck wars, wine and beer gardens, farmers’ and artisan markets and the cycling festival Ciclovia. (September 8–10)
10. Admire more than one million lights at Manitoba’s largest winter drive-through light show in the warmth and comfort of your vehicle during Canad Inns Winter Wonderland. (December 1–January 6, 2018)
11. Catch a concert at Bell MTS Place featuring top touring bands, pop stars and rock gods.
12. Let the sweet sounds wash over you during the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s (WSO) 70th anniversary season. The WSO’s 2017/18 lineup offers up a diverse range of performances — from classics, to pop, to incredible collaborations — all while celebrating its past and looking to its future.
13. Root for the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team as they compete for the coveted Grey Cup.
14. Get caught up in the fairytale of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet 2017/18 season which follows a “Once Upon a Time…” theme and features performances of The Princess and the Goblin, Anastasia, The Sleeping Beauty and more.
15. Dine in the world’s only restaurant on a frozen river at pop-up eatery RAW: almond, where local and celebrity chefs dish up gourmet multi-course meals for three weeks in late January/ early February.
16. Run, jump and play on a massive three-storey play structure at indoor children’s centre Kid City.
17. Illuminate your night during Nuit Blanche with an array of late-night artistic activities. (September 30)
18. Treat your senses to an incredible range of genre-defying concerts and events in unique settings during the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival. (January 27– February 2)
19. Take in an art house, world or Canadian flick at intimate movie theatre Cinematheque.
20. Sharpen your blades and go for a skate on the duck pond at Assiniboine Park.
21. Become an astronomical explorer as you investigate the night sky while taking in a show at the Planetarium.
22. Work on your swing or play a round of miniature golf year-round beneath the soaring ceiling of the Golf Dome.
23. Take in two performances (including Manitoba Opera, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre) and two exhibits (including the Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Canadian Museum for Human Rights) for the low price of $89 with the Winnipeg Culture Pass.
24. Glide down Red River Mutual Trail, which is one of the world’s longest naturally frozen skating trails.
25. Indulge in the city’s craft brewery scene on a four-hour Winnipeg Tasting Tour, which will shuttle you and a crew through flights and facility tours at four of Winnipeg’s best breweries.
26. Cheer on the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets as they play on home ice at Bell MTS Place.
27. Discover the power of imagination at the Children’s Museum.
28. Find out how coins from around the world are made on a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint.
29. Get in touch with your inner kid at the U-Puttz Amusement Centre, featuring glow-in-the-dark mini- golf, Rush Laser Tag, and ¨Krazy¨ Bumper Cars.
30. Wander into a fairytale through a frosty, sparkling maze at Ice Castles Winnipeg, where hundreds of thousands of hand-placed icicles create an awe-inspiring structure.
31. “Ride” the rails, table tops and jumps that make up the Snowboard Fun Park at Arctic Glacier Winter Park, located at The Forks.
32. See Winnipeg’s top sights and learn about the city’s colourful past on an Ô Tours City Tour, departing from Union Station.
33. Stand “nose-to-nose” with some of the workhorses that opened up Canada’s north when you visit the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.
34. Bring the little ones to experience some holiday magic and catch a glimpse of jolly old St. Nick during the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade. (November 18)
35. Grab the kids and go back in time and out to the country on the vintage locomotive Prairie Dog Central Railway.
36. Your heart will race like a character in Jurassic World when you see the life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs of the World’s Giant Dinosaurs at the Manitoba Museum (until September 4) and Dinosaurs Alive at Assiniboine Park Zoo. (until October 31)
37. Catch affordable, exciting AHL hockey (along with future NHL stars) at Bell MTS Place as our Manitoba Moose play from October to April.
38. Witness the provocative work of Oscar, Pulitzer Prize and Tony winning writer John Patrick Shanley, who is the focus of Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Master Playwright Festival: Shanleyfest (January 30–February 18)
40. Attend popular plays at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s Mainstage productions, including Tony Award winning Come From Away. Or, see something unexpected at the Warehouse Theatre.
41. Light up your knowledge of Manitoba’s electrical history at the Manitoba Electrical Museum & Education Centre.
42. Stroll the boardwalk of the 1920s Winnipeg, be whisked away across the universe in the Planetarium, and see the full scope of a bison hunt at the Manitoba Museum.
43. Fantasize about your dream nuptials as you browse hot wedding trends, products, fashions and services at the Wonderful Wedding Show. (January 20–21)
45. Explore St. Boniface Museum, which depicts the lives of the French and Métis people in the oldest building in Winnipeg and the largest oak log structure in North America.
46. View the largest collection of Ukrainian historical and cultural artifacts in North America at Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre.
47. Ring in the New Year with free entertainment and fireworks at the Wawanesa Insurance Family New Year’s Eve at The Forks. (December 31).
48. Laugh, cry and be moved during the wide range of plays performed at Prairie Theatre Exchange.
49. Snowshoe through a pristine winter wonderland or whizz down the super Richardson Rrrun toboggan slide at FortWhyte Alive.
50. Pick up neat decorating tips and home renovation ideas during the Winnipeg Renovation Show (January 12–14)
51. Get plugged into Canada’s hottest contemporary artists by visiting exhibits at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art.
52. Relive your childhood with artifacts, objects and stories that present Canada’s most-famous bear at The Pooh Gallery in Assiniboine Park’s Pavilion.
53. Twirl around on ice skates to piped-in music under the canopy skating rink at The Forks.
55. Giggle the night away as you experience hilarious live theatre while a delicious four-course dinner is served by characters from the show at Celebrations Dinner Theatre.
56. Experience the sights and sounds of a fall migration while enjoying an elegant three-course dinner at Oak Hammock Marsh.
57. Explore the community and railway history of Transcona at the Transcona Historical Museum.
58. Indulge your inner bookworm during Winnipeg International Writers Festival for a week of readings, lectures, interviews, conversations, book launches and other events. (September 22–30)
59. Celebrate and be entertained by women theatre artists at FemFest 2017: Coming of Age, featuring writers, performers, and plays from across the country. (September 16–23)
60. Snowboard or ski down 10 ski trails, a terrain park, a halfpipe and moguls at Springhill Winter Park.
62. Zip line above a massive corn maze and get scared silly inside the Haunted Forest at A Maze in Corn.
63. Your ears will thank you when you take in an intimate performance by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, “Canada’s tiny, perfect chamber orchestra” (Toronto Star)
64. Buy global gifts, souvenirs, clothing, crafts, local artwork, jewellery, food and more at The Forks Market.
66. Search for top fashion brands including Coach, Victoria’s Secret, Apple, Forever 21, Harry Rosen, RW & Co. and Anthropologie at CF Polo Park, Winnipeg’s largest shopping mall.
67. Sway to the sounds of jazz played by the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.
68. Express your need for speed at Speedworld, Winnipeg’s indoor race track.
69. Chuckle at comedic circus acts, magicians and entertainers performing at The Forks Market as part of Festival of Fools. (March 24–30)
70. Introduce children to the arts by attending a kid-friendly production like A Charlie Brown Christmas at Manitoba Theatre for Young People.
71. Pick up some unique goodies at the Signatures Craft Show and Sale, offering jewellery, homemade gifts and much more. (November 23–26)
72. You’ll be captivated by beauty and power of movement at a performance by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, who perform several shows throughout late fall and winter.
73. Build strength, flexibility, and balance at Yoga Public, Canada’s largest yoga centre.
74. Break out your best Cosplayer outfit, connect with fans, meet artists, enter video game tournaments and meet your favourite artists and sci-fi stars at Central Canada Comic Con. (October 27–29).
75. Admire the fall colours as you stroll down the Riverwalk at The Forks.
76. Dig for one-of-a-kind treasures at the Johnston Terminal Antique Mall.
77. Climb to great heights at indoor rock climbing facility Vertical Adventures.
78. Get sweaty and dancy during all the indie shows — covering everything from punk, to hip-hop, to folk, and everything in between — during Big Fun Festival. (January 24–28).
79. Blast your opponents using futuristic lasers at Lasertopia.
80. Hit the downtown streets and galleries of Winnipeg to feel the buzz, all while seeing for yourself just how creative this city can be, during Culture Days. (September 29–October 1)
81. Experience the harmonious sounds of this season´s premier recital and chamber music Virtuosi Concerts series.
82. Come on down to the Club Regent Event Centre for the Price is Right Live. (September 29–October 1)
83. Watch teams battle it out on the water during the FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival, taking place from September 8–10 at The Forks.
84. Climb a massive play structure with seven slides at indoor family play centre Great Big Adventure.
86. Make some noise for stock car drivers as they race around Red River Co-op Speedway.
87. Get a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping at the Scattered Seeds Inc. Christmas Show & Sale. (October 12–15)
88. Get in some giggles at Rumor’s Restaurant & Comedy Club, a place that always brings in some of North America’s best stand-up comedians.
89. Go gallery hopping in the historic Exchange District, including Mayberry Fine Art, Graffiti Gallery, Gurevich Fine Art, Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, cre8ery, Platform: Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts and aceartinc.
90. Enjoy balmy temperatures, butterflies and amphibians inside the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, which houses over 8,000 flowers, plants, and trees.
91. Remember great moments in sporting history from the province’s top athletes at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
92. Take in a performance from Winnipeg’s Jewish Theatre, who are celebrating their 30th season this fall/winter with Tribes (October 21–29), We Keep Coming Back (March 7–11) and NuWorks. (March 13)
93. Soar to new heights at Sky Zone, the world´s first indoor trampoline park, featuring fitness classes, 3-D Dodgeball, and much more.
94. The clock’s ticking! Solve the clues in order to escape one of Winnipeg’s escape rooms, including Codebreakers, Enigma Escapes, Epic Escape, The Real Escape, Ultimate Lockdown, Time Lapse Escape Rooms, and The Escape Hatch Winnipeg.
95. Uncover 100-year-old mysteries when taking the Hermetic Code Tour at the Manitoba Legislative Building.
96. Enter the Winnipeg Railway Museum to see the first steam locomotive on the Canadian Prairies, the Countess of Dufferin.
97. Feel the thunder of hooves on the track during live horse racing at Assiniboia Downs through September, while simulcast racing and great dining remains a mainstay throughout winter.
98. Uncover the spooky side of the city with Square Peg Tours. Throughout the fall these character-driven tours will expose you to a city of ghosts and have you talking to the dead.
100. Before you hit the streets of downtown and the Exchange District, design-conscious tourists will want to grab a map from, or visit the website for Design Quarter Winnipeg, a non-profit organization that provides information and guides to all the locally owned design-savvy businesses that make up the city’s central, creative hub.
101. Attend workshops and screenings of films from all over the world during Freeze Frame, The International Film Festival for Kids of all Ages. (March 3–11).