Winnipeg Wonders

Winnipeg is Manitoba's vibrant capital city, located at the centre of Canada and North America. With a population of more than 778,000 culturally diverse people, the city has a cosmopolitan, international flair and a warm, welcoming spirit. From world-class historic sites to exhibits to attractions to festivals, there are so many experiential opportunities to enjoy year round in Winnipeg

Day One

Winnipeg City Tour: Discover Winnipeg's rich historic past on a guided city tour. A professional guide takes your group to various areas of the city, providing commentary along the way. Learn about St. Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter that is home to a thriving Franco-Manitoban community and the St. Boniface Basilica, and The Exchange District, a National Historic Site home to one of North America's finest collections of turn-of-the-last century architecture. You'll also visit The Forks, home to year-round shopping, dining and entertainment and 6,000 years of history. Part of the experience includes a trip to the Manitoba Legislative Building and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and English Gardens at Assiniboine Park.

The Manitoba Museum: Spend the afternoon at this award-winning museum and set sail on a thrilling voyage of excitement and discovery. Learn about the province's connection to the voyageurs and the fur trade, travel through time to the roaring '20s, explore a 17th-century ship, and view treasures from around the world. An ever-changing variety of touring and specialty exhibits are a fantastic compliment to the Manitoba Museum's nine permanent galleries.

Enjoy live musical entertainment at Rainbow Stage, Canada's longest-running outdoor theatre. In the beautiful and natural setting of Kildonan Park, Rainbow Stage present full-scale theatre productions in an open-air domed theatre. Audiences in the past have enjoyed shows such as Wizard of Oz, Grease, Rent, Cats and Hairspray.

Day Two

Start the day at the Royal Canadian Mint: They say that money makes the world go 'round and here's your chance to see first-hand where it all begins. Established in 1976, the Winnipeg royal Canadian Mint is a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Year-round guided tours through the renovated tour area feature interactive coin displays and explain how the mint has made more than 55 billion coins for more than 75 countries.

Spend the afternoon at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, It is a one-of-a-kind "dialogue" museum that takes visitors through the history of human rights in Canada and throughout the world using new media displays, hands-on exhibits and thought-provoking dialogue with everyday heroes. Visitors will be captivated by the stories heard and encouraged to participate in discussion, offering an unforgettable and moving experience.

Enjoy free time at The Forks, Manitoba's number one tourist destination. The 54-acre site offers year-round shopping at the Forks Market and Johnston Terminal, along with a variety of dining experiences, including organic bakery goods, ethnic cuisine, casual restaurants, fine dining and a food court. There is a constantly changing slate of entertainment, events and many unique attractions, including a river walk, plaza, Parks Canada theatrical plays, aboriginal history, festival stage, buskers and so much more. Give you your group some time to explore the quaint boutiques or take a stroll along the river.

Celebrations Dinner Theatre: Spend the evening at this interactive dinner theatre, where actors and additional cast maintain their roles as they serve each course throughout the evening. Original three-act musical comedies will have everyone singing and laughing.

Day Three

For a morning in nature, head to Oak Hammock Marsh to take in the Canadian Signature Experience "A Bird in the Hand," led by enthusiastic, knowledgeable nature interpreters. This is a multisensory experience of a thriving wetland system. Using sight, sound and touch, participants are invited into the process of banding live birds. As they gently paddle through the marsh in a voyageur-style canoe, they will hear the call of birds, smell the fragrance of blooming wildflowers and taste freshly-harvested cattails.

Spend the afternoon at Lower Fort Garry, North America's only restored stone fort from the fur-trade era. Costumed guides tell the inspiring tales of innovation, discovery and struggle at the fort. Meet the Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company as he strolls through his garden, barter with the company clerk, grind grains in a quer and listen to metal being hammered in the Blacksmith Shop. Your group can experience the fur trade by participating in a butter-making workshop or taking behind-the-scenes tour.

Day 4

Unlock mysteries on a Hermetic Code Tour, a Canadian Signature Experience, that reveals hidden symbols concealed in the Manitoba Legislative Building's grand architecture, including hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes and Freemasonic symbols.

Bring your group for lunch in one of North America's largest urban parks, Assiniboine Park and Zoo. Home to lush green spaces, gardens and eateries, the park is one of the city's top attractions. Spend the afternoon at Assiniboine Park Zoo to check out Journey to Churchill, a state-of-the-art, 10-acre site featuring cold-climate species such as Arctic fox and muskox. On a guided tour, your group will have the unique opportunity to get nose-to-nose with polar bears, and view them swimming overhead with ringed seals. Northern lights dance around the 360-degree domed Aurora Borealis theatre. The culture of First Nations and Inuit people are showcased in interactive exhibits, connecting wildlife and people. The adventure finishes with a visit to the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre – Canada's new hub of polar bear-focused research.

During your afternoon at Assiniboine Park, wander the paths of the English Garden to learn about its amazing annuals and perfect perennials. Then stroll through the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden; a serene garden brimming with flowers and tranquil pools, which features the magnificent work of internationally recognized Ukrainian-Canadian master sculptor Dr. Leo Mol. Guided tours are available.

End the Winnipeg adventure with a colourful night of culture reflecting the city's diversity with Folklorama Travel, a local receptive. Whether savouring delicious Greek cuisine, or taking in an enchanting Chinese lion dance or mesmerizing Ukrainian dancing, make a lasting impression on your group with an evening of dynamic entertainment and authentic dishes.

If you are looking at getting outside the city for a day trip, consider an agricultural tour in Manitoba's interlake region or a drive to a west shore town on Lake Winnipeg, known as the "Capital of New Iceland".

For more Winnipeg itinerary ideas, supplier contacts and all your group travel needs please contact me, Natalie Thiesen at 204-954-1978 or natalie@tourismwinnipeg.