Winnipegger’s love a bargain, so it’s no wonder that some of the best year round things to do in this city will cost your group nothing at all.
1. The Forks Market: Located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, The Forks has been a meeting place for 6000 years. Today it is still a meeting place, with more than 50 unique shops and restaurants, and even a fresh vegetable market.
2. When summer festivals such as the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and the TD International Winnipeg Jazz Festival are in full swing, head to Old Market Square for free entertainment on The Cube stage.
3. In winter months, lace up a pair of skates and glide along The River Trail at The Forks. After taking in picturesque views of the city, get cozy inside winning warming huts dotting the frozen river trail, which are designed by architects from around the world in an annual competition. For festivals, admire beautifully trimmed trees and wreaths during the Festival of Tree and Lights, or marvel at snow sculptures that pop up all around town in February during Festival du Voyageur.
4. Manitoba Legislative Building Tour: Admire the breathtaking architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building on guided or self-guided tours. Appointment for this complimentary tour (available year round) for groups of 10 or more can be made by calling 204-945-5813.
5.Winnipeg City Hall Tour: Interested in learning about civic politics? Then, visit the home to Winnipeg city government. This one-hour tour of Winnipeg City Hall can be booked by calling one week in advance by dialing 311.
6. Leo Mol Sculpture Garden/ English Garden: Combining artistic beauty with a natural setting, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden offers a quiet retreat to enjoy the magnificent works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol. Likewise, the winding paths and free-form beds of the English Gardens are a feast for the senses in every season. Assiniboine Park Gardens
7. Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series at Assiniboine Park: When the temperature heats up, there’s free entertainment to take in at Assiniboine Park all summer long. This series includes weekly musical acts at the Lyric Theatre, jazz in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, performances by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and movie screenings in the park. Red River Co-op Summer Entertainment Series
8. Winter activities at Assiniboine Park: RILEY FAMILY DUCK PONT: The Duck Pond is a beautiful gathering spot in the heart of the Park. In summer, stroll along the water's edge and admire the abundant waterfowl that take up residency here. In winter, the Duck Pond becomes an outdoor skating rink with a heated shelter or choose to warm up with a stroll through the lush Assiniboine Park Conservatory, which is open year round and home to more than 8,000 flowers, plants and trees in an ever-changing floral display.
9. Saint Boniface Cathedral: The original cathedral, built in 1908, was destroyed by a fire and the remaining walls are incorporated into the design of the new church. The grounds and cathedral are available for groups to tour at no charge and pre-booking is not required.
10. Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr Shrine: This is Canada’s second maytr’s shrine, which is located at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church.To book a guided tour of the shrine and museum, please call 204-338-7321 or email bvshrine@firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. Art Galleries: Admire artwork at one of the city’s many galleries, including Plug in Institute of Contemporary Art, Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery, Cre8ery and more.