The great folks at WinnipegPass have started a new social media call-to-action: that Winnipeg is #coolerthanyouthink, especially during the winter. While some folks religiously bundle up by the fire, a new segment of Winnipeggers are beginning to venture outdoors to take part in unique activities throughout our snowy, wintry wonderland.
From all parts of the city, rosy-cheeked skaters and bundled-up Winnipeggers are making their way to The Forks, a downtown destination that typically comes alive in the summer time but whose tourism numbers now are increasing during the winter season. Right on the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, people have been finding off-beat ways to celebrate our annual deep freeze, showcasing a cheerful, can-do nature despite even the harshest of climates. Something great is beginning to take shape in our City and I have tickets to three of my favourite winter experiences thanks to The Forks, The Great Ice Show, and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ!
Haute Hot Huts
Since its inception in 2010, the Warming Huts initiative has received world-wide acclaim. A national design competition, Warming Huts invites architects, artists, and design enthusiasts to create huts that serve as a place for warmth but also raises awareness about design excellence in our City. Throat singer and artist, Tanya Tagaq, created four storytelling shelters built of snow, in partnership with Sputnik Architecture – they are my favourite huts this this year! On January 29, meet the architects and artists behind the Warming Huts at Haute Hot Hut at The Forks. There will be musical performances by The Middle Coast, Hay Fever, Mama Cutsworth, and The Solutions. Snap a picture of your favourite warming hut(s) with the hashtags #MeetMeAtTheForks and #finditdowntown on Twitter or Facebook, and I’ll enter you for a chance to win a pair of tickets to this event! www.warminghuts.com
Ice, Ice, Baby!
Spectacular snow and ice sculptures of life-size dinosaurs and a replica of Manitoba’s Legislative Building have made their way to The Forks. Ride bumper cars on ice, slide down a huge toboggan slope, or participate in ice sculpting workshops and more. Very important PSA: there’s an ice bar. Tickets: $25 (adults) and $15 (children, 1-17). Free for children 12 months and under. Comment below on what ice sculpture you’re most excited to see for a chance to win two tickets. www.thegreaticeshow.com
A restaurant popped up on the river and changed our thinking about our city
Inspired by Winnipeggers’ resilience and civic pride, Mandel Hitzer of Deer + Almond and Joe Kalturnyk of former RAW Gallery, staged the first restaurant above water years ago. Over 1,000 annual guests have braved the elements to dine in a tent of inspired design, complete with tree-stumps covered with faux-fur for seating, and repurposed wooden tables. This pop-up initiative has engaged the community to think in new ways about how space can be used and enjoyed. This year, the pop-up sold out in mere hours. Lucky for you, I have two tickets for Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. Comment below with why you should win these tickets, and I’ll draw the name of a lucky winner on Jan. 29! www.raw-almond.com
There are so many more reasons to enjoy the winter this year. Stay tuned for more posts about them! In the meantime, catch me if you can … I’ll be skating on the river trail. BRB.