180 King St. 204-943-2627, www.wcccc.ca
An exotic cultural experience with authentic Chinese shops and restaurants. Gaze at the Chinese architecture of the Dynasty Building and relax in the Chinese Garden. Winnipeg Chinese Cultural & Community Centre.
Circle of Life Thunderbird House
Corner of Main St. and Higgins Ave. 204-940-4240, www.thunderbirdhouse.com
Manitoba’s first Aboriginal spiritual and cultural centre.
Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge
One of Winnipeg’s newest landmarks, this stunning pedestrian bridge links The Forks and St. Boniface over the Red River. While enjoying the spectacular view, you can also grab a bite to eat right on the bridge.
Exchange District National Historic Site
The original centre of commerce and culture in Winnipeg, with 30-blocks of early 20th century architecture.
Manitoba Legislative Building
450 Broadway, 204-945-5813
Reputedly one of the finest public buildings in North America, the “Ledge” is home to Manitoba’s provincial government. The Golden Boy, one of Manitoba’s best known icons, proudly tops the building. Guided and self-guided tours available.
Visitor Information Centre
The Forks, 204-927-7838
The Visitor Information Centre at Travel Manitoba features interactive technology that will let you experience some of Manitoba’s most iconic tourist destinations.
The Forks National Historic Site
This green oasis at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers has been a meeting place for more than 6,000 years. Today it hosts interpretive displays, a riverside walkway, a world class skate plaza and a wide range of events for the whole family. The Forks Market offers a wide selection of gifts and handicrafts as well as bakery, butcher and wine shop. Nearby Johnston Terminal houses restaurants and unique stores selling global finds and antiques.
The Forks Market
A Manitoba landmark and popular tourist destination. This former stable is home to shops selling handmade jewellery, clothing, crafts, fresh produce, baked goods and meat. Enjoy international dining.
The Johnston Terminal at The Forks
Originally a railway warehouse, this beautifully restored building features specialty shops and restaurants.
Winnipeg’s majestic VIA Rail station was built in 1911 by the same architects that built Grand Central Station in New York City. 123 Main St.
Upper Fort Garry Gate
The last remaining gate of Upper Fort Garry, built in 1830 by the Hudson’s Bay Company. South of Broadway at Main St.
100 Arthur Street, 204-925-3457
Indie movies and art films.
301 Notre Dame Avenue, 204-947-2848
Shows Hollywood blockbusters and new releases.
Museums and Galleries
Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg
181 Higgens Ave, 204-989-6395
Gathering place and community resource for Winnipeg’s aboriginal community. Includes a restaurants and art gallery. Located in CP Rail building.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way, 204-289-2000
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum solely dedicated to the celebration, evolution and future of human rights. Get engaged in an immersive and interactive experience and learn about our history with human rights and discover tools to make the lives of others better.
61 Carlton St. 204-943-2835, www.friendsofdalnavert.ca/
Beautifully restored Victorian home of Hugh John Macdonald, son of Canada’s first prime minister, preserves the Queen Anne Revival-style architecture, circa 1895.
The Manitoba Children’s Museum
45 Forks Market Road. 204-924-4000, www.childrensmuseum.com
Located in a historic locomotive repair shop, the Museum features six hands- on galleries for families to explore. To Sept 6: Attack of the Bloodsuckers. Programs run all summer long.
The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
1B-183 Kennedy St. 204-487-6117, www.mcml.ca/
A gallery dedicated to the study, preservation and understanding of handcrafts.
The Manitoba Museum
190 Rupert Ave. 204-956-2830, www.manitobamuseum.ca/main/
Eight galleries explore Manitoba’s history and environment through a buffalo hunt, towering dinosaurs, and a life-sized 17th century ship.
190 Rupert Ave. 204-956-2830
Unlock the mysteries of the universe with multi-media shows.
190 Rupert Ave. 204-956-2830
Explore the world of science with hands-on exhibits like solving a murder using forensics, creating a Lego stop-action movie or learning how rivers work.
Naval Museum of Manitoba
1 Navy Way, at Assiniboine Ave. 204-943-7745, www.naval-museum.mb.ca/
Displays preserving and honouring Manitoba’s role in Canada’s naval heritage. Onboard HMCS CHIPPAWA.
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art
460 Portage Ave. 204-942-1043, www.plugin.org
Locating to a new home in downtown, this gallery features the work of prairie and Manitoba artists through exhibits, shows and online work that uses innovation and research.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Blvd. 204-786-6641, www.wag.ca/
One of Winnipeg’s architectural showpieces, the WAG features eight galleries of changing exhibitions by contemporary and historical Manitoban, Canadian & international artists. Houses the largest collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world.
Ukrainian Cultural & Educational Centre (Oseredok)
184 Alexander Ave E. 204-942-0218, www.ukrainianwinnipeg.ca/oseredok/
Museum and art gallery featuring Ukrainian folk arts and crafts, plus an authentic boutique and library.
Winnipeg Railway Museum
VIA Rail Station, 123 Main St. 204-942-4632, www.wpgrailwaymuseum.com/
View the first steam locomotive on the Canadian prairies.
One of the best ways to enjoy downtown is along this 1km stretch. Put on your sneakers or hop on your bike and watch the river flow by. Along Assiniboine Ave from The Forks to the Manitoba Legislature.
Take advantage of downtown’s many parks, either nestled in an urban setting or bordering the Red and Assiniboine rivers.
- Winnipeg Jets, www.jets.nhl.com/
- Manitoba Moose, www.moosehockey.com/
- Winnipeg Goldeyes, www.goldeyes.com/
- Fishing: Travel Manitoba, 204-945-3777
- Boating & water sports: for river conditions, call the River Patrol, 204-986-8504
- Cycling, rollerblading, walking & jogging
- Tennis: McFadyen Playground tennis courts
- Curling: Grain Exchange Curling Club, 75 Fort St.
Muddy Water Tours
Call to book: 204-997-TOUR (8687). www.muddywatertours.ca
May 15-Oct 15 Discover the intriguing history of Downtown Winnipeg on these walking tours. Thurs-Fri:The Boom & Bust of Winnipeg: the rise and fall of the “Chicago of the North” from 1874- 1915. Wed & Fri. Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: tales of murders, ghosts and executions. Wed & Fri. Pestilence, Shamans and Doctors: sacred medicines of First Nations people, the legacy of the Grey Nuns and diseases that plagued early Manitobans.
Year-round Learn more about downtown with a personal tour from the experts: Downtown Watch Ambassadors. Safety tours also available.
Exchange District Walking Tours
June 1-Sept 6 Discover this national historic site, just north of Canada’s renowned corner of Portage and Main. Mon-Sat, 10am, noon & 2pm.
Splash Dash Water Tour
May-Sept (depending on river conditions) See Winnipeg from a whole new view while enjoying the weather. Docks on Red and Assiniboine rivers.
Parks Canada Tours of The Forks National Historic Site
May 19-Sept 10 Beaver Tales and River Trails. Bilingual tour with costumed characters trace the 6,000- year transformation of the Forks and Winnipeg.
Heartland International Travel and Tours
Choose from a variety of tour options from a Magical Musical History Tour to Churchill Polar Bear Day Tour.
Hermetic Code Tours
Jun 15-Aug 31 Do you ever wonder why the Manitoba Legislative Building has sphinxes on it? Have you wanted to learn about the symbols and hidden meanings behind the mystical architecture of the building? Join Frank Albo, researcher, academic inspiration behind The Hermetic Code for an evening of decoding the famous symbols and architecture that makes the building truly unique.