I haven’t lived in Winnipeg since 1982 (I spent 25 years living on an acreage by Birds Hill Provincial Park and have lived in Matlock, a small lakeside community one hour north of Winnipeg since 2007.) But Winnipeg is my hometown and I still possess a strong affection for the city and write about it at every opportunity.
5 great things about winnipeg
In the spirit of the “Take 5” concept developed by John MacIntyre, creator of the Book of Everything series (I was a contributor to the Manitoba Book of Everything), I’d like to share my own list of 5 special places in Winnipeg:
The sculpture garden features an amazing selection of works by renowned sculptor, Leo Mol, whose bronze works provide me with peace and inspiration. Assiniboine Park was opened in 1909 and has many great attractions to take in, so plan to spend a day there.
This Winnie the Pooh sculpture is just one of the many wonderful sculptures you will see at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
This is the place where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. Aboriginals have been meeting here for thousands of years and today, most Winnipeggers have met at The Forks to shop, people watch, or enjoy a great meal or some merrymaking.
The Forks is a favourite Winnipeg attraction for both visitors and locals. This is a photo of “The Common” area where you can eat and drink your way through a number of cultures.
This historic property boasts Winnipeg’s most romantic ambience and the city’s best Sunday Brunch. The Palm Room (lounge and dining room) has architecture reminiscent of a European masterpiece and the hotel is said to have a resident ghost.
The Palm Dining Room at The Fort Garry has Winnipeg’s best Sunday Brunch and is a great place for a drink or light meal.
We’ve got former Mayor Sam Katz to thank for this fantastic facility–home to the award-winning Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team of the Northern League. Enjoying a sunny afternoon or warm summer evening watching Goldeyes baseball from comfortable seats complete with drink holders and entertainment in the stands is a wonderful Winnipeg activity to enjoy. Unfortunately, the 2020 season has been interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But hopefully, life–and Goldeyes baseball will soon return to normal.
Visiting a Goldeyes Baseball game on a summer evening or afternoon is a great way to experience the fans of Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is a big sports city with highly enthusiastic fans, whether for baseball, football (the Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League) hockey (the Winnipeg Jets NHL team and the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League) or soccer with the brand new Valour FC of the Canadian Premier League.
At one end of this bridge is The Forks. At the other end is St. Boniface, the French neighbourhood of Winnipeg where you will find Chocolatier Constance Popp.
5) Great street art :
Winnipeg has an incredible amount of street art and murals to explore. According to the Murals of Winnipeg site
, Winnipeg is home to 3,900 murals of original works of street art. You can take a self-guided tour of the city by following Bob Buchanan’s website via the link above. Below is the amazing mural you’ll see adorning three walls of the New West Hotel on Main Street in Winnipeg.
There is something about Winnipeg that inspires friendliness, beauty, and creativity. I guarantee that if you take my suggestions and take in the above highlights, you will come away with a greater appreciation of this fantastic city–full of art, culture and joie de vivre.
And for more on the best cultural attractions in the city, please check out this post