If the sudden* arrival of the white-stuff has you blue, here are my top 6 things to do in Downtown Winnipeg this Winter.
* How can it be sudden when this is Winnipeg? I’m sure you know what I mean…I’m never *quite* ready…
Indoor Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Markets
The Downtown Winnipeg Farmers’ Market goes inside at Cityplace from the beginning of October to the end of May! Find your favourite bakers, makers and growers pretty much every second Thursday throughout the fall, winter and early spring months.
Visiting the Farmers’ Market is a great lunch-time activity to get you moving out of the office, even if you negate the fitness gains of a brisk walk through the walkways by buying a dozen cinnamon buns. I don’t judge!
Winter Downtown Farmer’s Market Dates indoors at Cityplace: November 23rd, December 7th & 21st, January 18th, February 1st & 15th, March 1st, 15th & 29th, April 12th & 26th, May 10th & 24th
If the winter weather is getting you down, a spa treatment is always a sure-fire pick-me-up! Whether you’re looking for a quick pedi during your lunch break or a full-spa treatment, Downtown Winnipeg has many great options!
The Magic Room is my go-to for an on the go pedicure. They have a half-hour express pedicure that fits perfectly in my lunch hour. A quick stop at their neighbour Second Cup for a peppermint hot chocolate and I’m back to the office with time to spare!
Spas in Downtown Winnipeg: Ten Spa (Hotel Fort Garry), Riverstone Spa (Inn at the Forks), The Loft (also has a bar!), The Magic Room, Blacksmith Parlour (for the fellas!)
Fat Bike Rental
In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a total fat bike junky! I rented a fat bike a few times in February of this year and have been waiting all year for the snow to fly so that I could get out and play on one again! Sick I know!
That being said – this is an amazingly fun way to kill a few hours, feel super energized and as a bonus you’ll have earned the amazing pizza that you’ll “need” to eat afterwards from Red Ember Pizza at the Common!
Rent a fat bike from White Pines, in the Johnston Terminal at the Forks – rentals start at $15 for an hours, $25 for a half day (5 hours), $45 for a day (24 hours) – there are also special weekend and week-long rates.
Or…you know…buy one from White Pine Bicycle Co. or Mountain Equipment Co-Op!
Winter Downtown Winnipeg Tours
I know we usually associate summer with the Downtown Winnipeg Tours – I’m looking at you, Patio Crawl Participants – but as of November 2017, I will be doing the Downtown Winnipeg Tours throughout the year. I have also created two new Winter-Only tours – check them out on my previous blog post, here. Spoiler alert – one MAY involve fat bikes!
Book a Downtown Winnipeg Tour – www.downtownwinnipegtours.com
Dinner (or cocktails!) with a View
If you love the lights of Downtown Winnipeg this time of year, this one’s for you! Let the earlier sunset work to your advantage and book yourself a table at Prairie360, at Fort Garry Place or Resto12, in the Radisson Hotel! Both of these venues offer great food, innovative cocktail menus, superior wine lists and unparalleled views of Winnipeg!
Prairie360, of course, has a revolving view of Winnipeg and you can see as far as the horizon in all directions. One of the waiters there told me that the restaurant does a full rotation in about 70 minutes – so plenty of time to take in the gorgeous lights while you tuck in to your choice of locally sourced mains! If you’re really just looking to have a great cocktail, or two…or three, visit the Sky Lounge after 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays for a fab non-revolving view and some of the best cocktails to be found Downtown.
Resto 12, located on the 12th floor of the Radisson Hotel, has a premium spot on Portage Avenue and you get an amazing view of all of the lights at the heart of our Downtown. They have a fab menu which includes local items and make a beautiful Caesar! They also have a cozy lounge area if appetizers and cocktails are your jam!
A Night at the Theatre
Prairie Theatre Exchange (PTE) is located on the third floor of Portage Place Mall and has just kicked off it’s 2017/2018 season. Ubuntu (The Cape Town Project) is a very moving and uplifting play about connection, heritage and identity and is really a do-not-miss.
Ubuntu at the Prairie Theatre Exchange runs until November 26th, 2017
Salt-Water Moon is their next offering, which runs from January 25th to February 11th, 2018
Ice Castles are Coming to the Forks this Winter!
I’m so excited to see this! Expected to open at the Forks in late December, these ice castles are made by “growing” icicles that end up growing together to create beautiful and eerie structures that look like all of your Narnia-dreams!
To keep up to date on when they will be opening, they have a Facebook Page and will sell tickets through their website.
Stay tuned for my December Festive Activities List!