Get ready to save your summer in Winnipeg! Make some new memories at the city’s family friendly attractions and combine it with a hotel stay to round out the adventure.
As we’re all adhering to the latest health regulations, keep yourself informed on the latest updates here and know that local hotels, attractions and businesses are doing what it takes to keep everyone safe, so you can explore worry-free.
Plus, we have excellent packages & deals that will be music to your ears (and wallets!) right now.
Slip, slide, splash!
No summer vacation is complete without some serious splash time – here are cool ways to beat the heat.
You’ll beat the heat and win points with the kiddos if you hit up one of the city’s numerous splash pads for some freestyle water fun!
Experience up-close encounters with nature your family won’t forget. At Assiniboine Park Zoo, you’ll watch polar bears and seals swim overhead at the world-class Journey to Churchill exhibit and check out hundreds of species spread out over 40 acres of outdoor space (including the cute new baby llama, Earl Grey!)
Have you heard had that Winnipeg is home to North America’s largest urban bison herd? You can see these munching, grunting bison at FortWhyte Alive – a 640-acre protected urban nature oasis full of trails, wildlife watching and lakes. Another kid favourite is dip netting for critters in the marsh.
For families looking to connect with nature, Oak Hammock Marsh is now offering daily self-guided canoe excursions through wetlands full of plants, birds, reptiles, fish and more you won’t see in the city.
The cutest little petting farm and wagon train into a wild game preserve will delight the entire family at Deer Meadow Farms, with a corn maze opening later in summer.
Turn your staycation into a transformative learning experience while exploring Winnipeg’s museums and galleries. Foster a love of art with a family trip to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, where you can view the world’s largest contemporary Inuit art collection -- some of which is always on display -- along with the progress of the new Inuit Art Centre, slated to open later in 2020.
It’s Manitoba’s 150th anniversary, so there’s no better time to brush up on our history. Upper Fort Garry, a former HBC trading post, provides an immersive experience with its GPS-based app. Visitors at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (where Treaty No. 1 was signed) are welcome to roam the trails, although indoor spaces are currently closed.
Ahoy matey! The Manitoba Museum is always a hit with the kiddos as they step aboard the life-size replica of the Nonsuch ship and journey back in time to learn more about the province’s natural history. Should you want to hop aboard a ship that’s actually on water, Splash Dash Boat Tours is back in action at The Forks. Sit back and relax on their comfy pontoon boots while the saucy captains show you the sights and sounds of the city from the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. This summer, they are only booking the whole boat for each tour, so grab your family or close friends as up to ten people can be accommodated.
The architectural icon Canadian Museum for Human Rights features content designed to open family dialogue. Within you’ll encounter the world's largest beaded Métis firebag and an immersive 360-degree theatre playing a film about Indigenous worldviews, while you should be sure to check out the new temporary outdoor exhibit ARTiculate Our Rights (opening July 15) created by Manitoba youth about the future of human rights. The museum itself can be found on the Canada’s $10 bill along with Viola Desmond, whose story is also on display in the museum.
And speaking about being on the money, The Royal Canadian Mint is now once again offering tours that make and cents. See how millions of coins are produced each year for countries across the world then be sure to visit the gift shop which is brimming with collectables.
Friendly Family Competition
Start your engines! -- The entire family will have a blast going head-to-head at local amusement parks racing go karts and bumper boats, playing the mini golf course and batting cages, and more. At Grand Prix Amusements, little ones enjoy the rush as passengers, while kids 7 and up can steer solo. Thunder Rapids Fun Park offers a range of karts, from mini karts for kids ages 3-5 up to Thunder Karts geared at teens 14 and up.
Opening in August,
A Maze in Corn welcomes families to get lost in the corn maze and check out it’s Instagrammable Sunflower Expo for some end-of-summer fun.
There are more physical adventures to be found as you climb to new heights at Vertical Adventures or get in the game with challenges at Activate Games.
Hikes & Bikes
Hitting the trails by foot or bike is a great way for the family to get outside and appreciate Winnipeg’s natural beauty. Assiniboine Park is a heck of a green gem perfect for picnics and trails that wind through forest and field.
The landmark meeting area of The Forks is full of outdoor activities, from Fort Parka Playground to the picturesque Riverwalk. Fuel up with take-out options for all from the market (grab a souvenir too!) on the spacious Common Patio.
For a guided experience, Tourisme Riel is providing self-guided tours of beautiful Saint-Boniface from their office, while their Bon appétit Saint-Boniface Culinary Walking Tours are now taking bookings for Wednesday evenings throughout summer.
You can also experience The West End and its many murals on a guided tour too. Twice a day in the summer (excluding weekends), at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., West End Biz hosts mural tours that provide fun and fascinating insights on both the works that are spread amongst almost all of its facades along with the history of the neighbourhood as a whole.
Whether shopping for stylish threads with your teens, looking to bring home a souvenir or letting the kids pick out a new summer toy, Winnipeg’s got a shop for that. Head to the cool air conditioning of the malls, such as Outlet Collection Winnipeg and CF Polo Park for the biggest store selection. Kite & Kaboodle in Johnston Terminal and Toad Hall Toys in the Exchange offer unique toys where you can treat the kids. Bring home a local taste with goodies picked up at St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, the province’s largest. Looking to support small business? This “Shop Local” guide points you in the direction of chic boutiques and specialty shops.
Recharge with your partner with a break from the kids. Some of the city’s top spas such as Riverstone Spa and Ten Spa offer top-notch massages and other treatments for a bit of pampering. The tranquil hot and cool pools at Thermea by Nordik Spa-Nature provide the ultimate escape for couples to reconnect surrounded by nature. Combine it with a meal out at a local restaurant (our patio guide has the latest to help you find some top-notch spots) making for an intimate night on the town.
While on your local journey, we want to hear about your family’s staycation highlights! Find a nice hidden gem the whole family will love? Did you meet a local along the way who made your holiday extra special? Share those nice stories and tag your social media posts with #WinnipegNice in celebration of what our city has to offer. Let’s make this a summer to remember in Winnipeg – the heart of Manitoba.