Here in Winnipeg we don’t just embrace winter, we hug it tight with two gloved hands then shape it up to make one of the most creative cities you’ve ever seen. We provide the opportunity to get (nearly) nose-to-nose with swimming polar bears, and have attractions & events that epitomize the phrase, “winter wonderland.”
Awe-inspiring Winter Experiences
Winnipeg’s number one tourist attraction, The Forks has it all. Get a group together for a game of Crokicurl then rent skates and glide over 1 km of on land trails, crossing over bridges and snaking your way to the picturesque Hockey Rink at CN Stage, which is situated right below the WINNIPEG sign. Along the way you’ll encounter striking and often zany Warming Huts that have been celebrated in the likes of the New York Times, LA Times and countless design publications. It’s all part of The Forks’ Arctic Glacier Winter Park, which is particularly stunning at night when a canopy of hundreds of lights illuminates your way along the trails. On weekends you can participate in horse-drawn wagon rides, attend snow sculpturing sessions, and experience Indigenous storytelling and bannock making inside teepees. Après skate (or simply go for some fabulous dining) inside to The Forks Market, where there is a wine, beer and food hall – along with numerous shops brimming with local designs like moccasins, candles, art and more.
Immerse yourself in nature, without leaving the city. FortWhyte Alive is a one-stop destination for all things winter, from snowshoeing, to ice fishing, tobogganing, hiking, and countless special events and experiences to enhance your visit. Take a walk in the woods, making sure to catch a glimpse at Canada's only urban bison herd. After, stop in at the Buffalo Stone Café to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or a late lunch.
Celebrated by locals and visitors alike, this Scandinavian spa brings new meaning to total relaxation. Situated in the snow-capped forests of Fort Garry – just a ten-minute drive from downtown – Thermëa is an open-air spa featuring thermal pools, Finnish saunas, luxurious steam rooms, and several relaxation chambers, all of which are enhanced by the colder winter gets. The onsite restaurant – where dining in your robes is mandatory – specializes in holistic (and delicious), locally sourced fare, with an excellent wine, beer and craft cocktail program.
Visit the swimming polar bears, Arctic foxes, muskoxen, snowy owls and seals at the multi-award winning, Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park Zoo, which is open daily all winter, then explore the sprawling setting of the park – where you can enjoy sledding, cross-country skiing, or ice skating on the duck pond. The Park Café, located in the Qualico Family Centre, does a banging breakfast and lunch, while the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is simply majestic with a fresh sprinkle of snow.
Manitoba’s first and only dedicated outlet shopping centre that features more than 100 fashion and outlet brands. Find the best in brand name fashion at Outlet Collection Winnipeg with retailers like; Kate Spade, Michael Kors Outlet, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Saks Off 5th, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store, Under Amour and more! Elevate your shopping experience at this unique property that brings fashion and lifestyle retailers together under one roof.
The world’s largest snow maze – as verified by Guinness – can be found just outside of Winnipeg in St. Adolphe, MB. Spanning over 30,000 sq. ft., utilizing over 300 truck-loads of snow, the maze features 1,300 meters of snow-packed walls which stand two-meters (6’6 ft.) tall. The maze takes visitors an average of 45 minutes to navigate, while throughout the labyrinth you’ll encounter fire pits and various snow sculptures that will help you navigate its polar passageways.
Feel the wind whizz through your hair as you take your toboggan for a spin on a winter slide or hill. Bunn’s Creek Park in River East offers both, plus lighting and an attendant on most days. Other slides include Crescent Drive Park, Fraser’s Grove Park, Kildonan Park, St. Vital Park and Whittier Park. For those looking for a hill, Assiniboine Park, Civic Park, Harbourview Recreation Complex and Westview Park (aka Garbage Hill) are some local favourites.