​Gather at Winnipeg’s Indigenous-owned Wyndham Garden - The Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport (Maddy Reico)

The Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport (Maddy Reico)

​Gather at Winnipeg’s Indigenous-owned Wyndham Garden

With a soothing Earth tone colour palette and honouring Indigenous roots, guests will find a welcome retreat while in Winnipeg

By: Gillian Chester // August 30, 2023


Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport opened in 2022 and is owned by Long Plain First Nation. Located on Treaty One Territory on Long Plain Madison Reserve, the city’s first urban reserve, this project was a long time in the making, with Long Plain originally purchasing the land on Madison in 2006. You’ll find an established Winnipeg brand attached to the project as managers, Sparrow Hotels, which also owns and runs popular boutique hotels, including Inn at the Forks, Mere Hotel and Norwood Hotel. The hotel is part of the Wyndham Garden group and it is the first Indigenous-owned hotel under that brand. 

Design details

Thoughtful design celebrating Indigenous culture and a tranquil colour scheme inspired by the Earth makes guests feel instantly welcome upon entry. In fact, you’ll see “Ode’ Ackiing” in black lettering behind the check-in desk, which translates to “Heart Land” in Ojibway.  

The 132-room, non-smoking hotel features a unique curvature not seen in your typical hotel blocks as a reflection of the circle of life. Space for natural light is also prominent throughout the hotel which was designed to greet the sun with an east-facing main entrance, which is a common theme among Indigenous traditions and cultures. 

Smudging and pipe ceremonies are welcome in the hotel, with spaces built to fire code keeping these important traditions front of mind. Indigenous art is a huge part of what makes Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport’s interior shine. Unique pieces of Indigenous art grace each room, many of them created by Garry Meeches on the 4th floor, Cyril Assiniboine on the 3rd floor, and Linus Woods on the 2nd floor, whom are all Long Plain artists. Near each elevator you’ll also find a massive focal piece. 

One special room guests may notice en route to the pool and fitness area (be sure to pop in to admire the stunning tile work, even if you’re not going for a swim!) is a Knowledge Keepers’ gathering room. This is where Elders staying at the hotel can unwind and chat in a comfortable, private space.

Culinary offerings 

Pull up a seat inside the peaceful, relaxed dining room at Manoomin restaurant (translates to wild rice), where Manitoba ingredients take centre stage. You’ll find numerous dishes highlighting bison, berries, grains, granola, seeds and pickerel on the earth-inspired menu, with Executive Chef Jennifer Ballantyne, Opaskwayak Cree Nation (a Red Seal Chef) at the helm. 

The bison tacos feature fluffy fried Bannock made in-house daily and toppings like wild rice for an Indigenous twist. Bison chilli, fried pickerel cheeks and harvest are some other inspired choices. Diners can choose to eat in the cozy dining room or outside on the patio in warmer months. 

Also on-site is Onishkaan Café (translates to get up or wake up), which is open daily at 6:30 am serving tea, coffee, pastries, and bannock and jam, so guests can fuel up before hitting nearby sights and shopping. 

Nearby attractions

While Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport is your comfy home away from home, it's also located close to many of Winnipeg's premier attractions. CF Polo Park shopping centre and shopping on St. James are only blocks away, while a visit to Assiniboine Park & Zoo is a quick 10-minute drive. Downtown, only 15 minutes away, is the hub for top attractions such as The Forks, Manitoba Museum, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canada Life Centre (for professional sports and live entertainment), Exchange District, Winnipeg Art Gallery-Qaumajuq and so much more.


  • Service in English and Ojibway, with bilingual wayfinding signs throughout.  
  • Looking to bring home a stunning Manitoba souvenir, but running short on time? Located in the lobby, Kookum’s Korner is open 24/7, offering beautiful pieces of jewellery and dream catchers for purchase, supporting Long Plains First Nation artists. 
  • Coming soon–the VLT gaming lounge Maagonan (translation: to press), housed in a glamourous, contemporary art deco space that wows. 
  • Gym; heated indoor pool with waterslide; restaurant, café, and lounge. 
  • Free WiFi and parking; convenience store, gift shop and ample meeting space. 
  • Bring up to two pets for an extra fee.


Visitor Information

21 Forks Market Road
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3C 4T7
1 855 PEG CITY (734-2489)

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