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Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide

By Davedtc @davedtc
Explore Winnipeg, the Canadian Prairies, for the perfect solo getaway. Delicious Food, Wine, Culture, History, Outdoor Adventures and Nature, here is your Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide! Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide

Winnipeg was once an open prairie land, a region where aboriginals used as a trading center long before the arrival of Europeans. Situated at the bottom of the Red River Valley and Assiniboine River, Winnipeg's landscape is still as beautiful today as it once was. Named the " Chicago of the North ", just 70 miles north of the US/Canada border, Winnipeg is a gateway into the west of Canada.

The name "Winnipeg" derives from the "Western Cree" words for "Muddy Water".

Ultimate Winnipeg Travel GuideWinnipeg is the capital of Manitoba Province, the 7 th most populated municipality in Canada. It is an unassuming small town often overlooked by tourists visiting Canada. These are the types of destinations I long to visit. It was certainly the solo weekend getaway I truly needed for mental and physical rejuvenation away from the United States. And what a refreshing trip it was! The perfect weather in May, a Nordik Spa day, boutique hotel on the waterfront, farm fresh restaurants, crisp micro-brews, friendly people and a nourishing cultural immersion!

WINNIPEG NAMED AS ONE OF THE "BEST TRIPS ON EARTH" by National Geographic

Canadians are known to be friendly people and that stereotype certainly held true throughout my week and a half trip in both Winnipeg and Calgary. Named by National Geographic as one of the "best trips on earth", I would recommend at least 3-5 days in Winnipeg. A city filled with culture, history, nature, perfect for ice hockey-lovers, a vibrant food & night scene and some of the friendliest people I've met.

Chat with any of the local friendly people who were raised there and truly feel their deep love for this place. While some people leave for college, most do return home. There's no place like it they say. One resident said, " We Winnipeggers have a special bond here, we survived the winters together." It's a small town with only 812,000 population that most people claim they are separated with one another by only one degree of separation.

LANGUAGE

Canada's 2 official languages are English and French but English is the predominant language in Winnipeg making it easier for American travelers.

A LITTLE HISTORY ON WINNIPEG

Winnipeg is on the eastern edge of the Canadian Prairies in Western Canada and is known as the "Gateway to the West". The region was once a trading center for aboriginal peoples long before the arrival of Europeans. French traders built the first fort on the site in 1738 which resulted in founding St. Boniface (the only predominantly French-speaking neighborhood today to visit!).

Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide Winnipeg has the largest "First Nations" population in all of Canada. "First Nations" refers to the Indigenous people who were the original inhabitants of the land. Like the Native Americans, they have suffered tremendously at the hands of foreign invaders taking over their land. The Canadian government, especially under the recent leadership of Justin Trudeau, has been implementing initiatives to repay and restore the atrocities to the First Nations people. This includes rehabilitation programs, job training, housing grants and more.

Winnipeg is a land of diversity. Once a prairie, now an up and coming city with a multi-cultural background. There are a large population of Ukranians, many who came to work on farms. In the International district, there is Saigon Park, as well as beautiful graffiti art honoring all the other recent immigrants and their respective countries that reside here including those from India, Vietnam, Phillipines, Poland and more.

THE BEST TIME TO GO TO WINNIPEG

Winnipeg truly enjoys four seasons. The winter has temperatures below 0 farenheit and summers close to 80. Due to Winnipeg's northern location, Winnipeg enjoy 2300 hours of sunlight each year which entails 16 hours of sunlight during the summer months.

Spring/Summer: Being a California girl, I always travel during their warm season. On the cusp of Summer, May is the perfect time to go at an average temperature of 75-80 degrees. Just warm enough to enjoy the outdoors, go boating, cycling and dipping in the lake. I also caught the Table for 1200 annual event which is Winnipeg's annual ticketed dinner party honoring design, art, culinary specialties while giving back to special causes. Each year, the attire is all-white which makes for a beautiful photograph. Delicious food and copious amounts of wine are provided along with global music by a French DJ.

Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide

ICE SKATE & PLAY HOCKEY IN THE WINTER!

Arctic Glacier Winter Park at The Forks includes close to 1 mile of skating trails and fun activities for the family. Snowshoe by Moonlight and enjoy eating syrup with the fresh snow! Enjoy the beautiful Christmas Decorations.

Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide

WINNIPEG REAL ESTATE

A gateway to west Canada, Winnipeg is a thriving and vibrant city at the heart of the continent that is continually growing. Hint hint: Maybe a good place to look into Real Estate Investments! Winnipeg Downtown has seen over $1 billion in private sector investment just over the last few years. With affordable housing prices, businesses from neighboring Canadian states have been moving here. And one thing was agreed by many I talked to of all ages: It's the best place to raise kids.

BEST HOTEL TO STAY IN WINNIPEG

Mere Hotel is located on Waterfront drive. Modern, simple, beautiful, new, chic boutique hotel in downtown Winnipeg's hip and vibrant Exchange District. Central to everywhere you need to go and right on the water.

Ultimate Winnipeg Travel Guide

RELAX AT THERMËA SPA

Located next to the Crescent Drive Golf course, this Nordik spa is just a 25 minute drive from Downtown Winnipeg. Thermëa is the perfect spot to relax in the late afternoon well into the late evening. I would say Thermëa is a form of mini-paradise. Spas range from 6 Thermal pools, Finnish Saunas and Luxurious Steam Rooms. Want to splurge a bit? Book a Massage or Body Treatment by one of their professional masseuse! The best part is their restaurant, Restö, where you can enjoy a savory meal in your bathrobe. The best part? There's a full bar where you can enjoy wine and cocktails at the spas!

Visit the Tourism Winnipeg Website for a full calendar of year-round festivals, art, museum, restaurants, sports games and cultural events: TourismWinnipeg.com.


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