What do see and do…
1) The Forks National Historic Site
Winnipeg’s most popular destination, the Forks National Historic Site is a located at the city’s main waterfront and is home to shops, outdoor activities, restaurants, and festivals. Once the spot where indigenous people gathered, this green oasis in the heart of Winnipeg was reimagined in 1987 to become what it is today. Shoppers take note: the Forks Market – with over 50 unique shops – is not to be missed!
Address: 25 Forks Market Road, Winnipeg, MB
Tel: (204) 983-6757
2) Assiniboine Park Pavilion
One of Canada’s largest urban green spaces with over 378 acres, Assiniboine Park Pavilion includes the tropical Conservatory, English Garden, the Assiniboine Park Zoo and the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. The Pavilion Gallery and Tavern on the Park restaurant are located in the park’s 1930s Tudor-style main building. Come winter, enjoy cross-country skiing, tobogganing, and skating at Duck Pond.
Address: 2235 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg, MB
Tel: (204) 986-5537
3) St. Boniface Basilica
Having been mostly destroyed in a massive fire in 1968, the only remaining original piece of its 1908 structure is the stunning façade facing the Forks. Nonetheless, St. Boniface Basilica has been restored to its initial glory and houses the graves of many historically-significant figures including Louis Riel.
Address: 190 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg, MB
Tel: (204) 233-7304
4) The Mint
This fast-paced, high-volume plant has manufactured all of Canada’s circulation coinage since its official opening in 1975, as well as those for 60+ governments around the world. This impressive and often-photographed building is based on the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa and the facility produces 15 million coins daily. Guided walking tours of this state-of-the-art facility are available.
Address: 520 Lagimodiere Blvd, at the junction of Highways 1 and 59, Winnipeg, MB
Tel: (204) 983-6429 or 1-866-822-6724
5) Exchange District
The original centre of commerce and culture in Winnipeg, the Exchange District was established in the early 1900’s. This 30-block district offers now showcases an open-air market, arts and crafts, restaurants and has become one of North America’s most colourful and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods.
Address: Address: Old Market Square, Winnipeg, MB
Tel: (204) 942-7616