We know you can’t be here physically, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit Winnipeg…virtually.
To deal with the current pandemic, exhibits and attractions are now providing virtual tours of their facilities, while we also have some enticing sneak-previews of blockbuster attractions set to open once things return to (the new) normal.
So without further ado, welcome to (virtual) Winnipeg.
We know you’ll enjoy your visit (remotely), and we can’t wait to host you in-person in the near future.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ stunning architecture and content is always awe-inspiring, even if you are only able to currently visit online.
The brand-new Virtual Museum Tour: Stay Home, Stay Safe, provides a 20-minute excursion through the second level of the museum. Host Carly provides insights on the art and connection to nature present in the Indigenous Perspectives gallery; explains the interactive features in the Canadian Journey gallery; shares the story of Viola Desmond – who, along with the CMHR, you’ll find on the Canadian $10 bill; and showcases some of the building’s staggering architectural features.
In addition to this, you can also explore the CMHR gallery by gallery using this mobile app.
Winnipeg Art Galley
wag@home invites viewers to discover the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s incredible collection online via hi-res images. The new (and of course gorgeous) website allows you to browse the collections thematically, with sections on Canadian Art, Indigenous Art, Contemporary Art, Decorative Art, American and European Art, Photography and Video, Prints and Drawings, and Government of Nunavut.
With a healthy number of its collection of 30,000 works online, this is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
And remember, the WAG’s Inuit Art Centre is scheduled to open up in late 2020 (once COVID-19 threats subside), which will house the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art. On that note, we also have our very own virtual tour of this incredible building’s construction with architect Michael Maltzan.
Assiniboine Park and Zoo
Assiniboine Park Conservancy wants to ensure you can keep in touch with some of the zoo's most-loved animals during this time of social distancing. To do this, it is launching LIVE Creature Features every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. (CST) on Facebook. You can join the first one today -- Meerkat Monday -- while Wednesday brings harbour seals and Friday will feature the Amur or Siberian tigers.
Looking to the future, Assiniboine Park continues to work on its blockbuster attraction, The Leaf at Canada’s Diversity Gardens, which is currently being built between the east and south entrance. The Leaf will feature several biomes which replicate the flora found in areas around the world. This immense attraction will also feature one of the world’s largest indoor waterfalls and a butterfly garden at the building’s apex. The Leaf is scheduled to open in 2021. In the meantime, check out all its features in this jazzy, tranquil animated rendering.
Exploring the city's trails
As a little part one bonus, you can also use Google Treks to explore many of Winnipeg's urban trails. We think this Google Treks feature is great because we were the ones who shot so much of Winnipeg's footage. Click on any of the above links to get the full story before you start exploring (as Tyler and Cody from our office did), as well as the trails at Fort Gibraltar, FortWhyte Alive, The Forks and more!