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Top 10 Best Things to Do in Winnipeg, Manitoba

What are the top tourist attractions in Winnipeg?

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Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg is located in Manitoba, Canada, which is the capital and largest city in the province. The name of the city was taken from Lake Winnipeg. With its railway system that serves as a mode of transportation Winnipeg was known as the “Gateway to the West.”

Best Things to Do in Winnipeg
Best Things to Do in Winnipeg

The activities and events in Winnipeg vary depending on the season due to the city’s extreme weather. During summer, it is scorching and humid and can reach up to 40°C. When winter comes, the city is bitterly cold and considered the coldest city in Canada that can reach below -40°C.

The extreme weather during summer and winter provides Winnipeg with different activities that can be done in one place. Winnipeg is a must place to visit from the best museum, events, and festivals, and immerse with nature.

Here are the 10 best things to do in Winnipeg to enjoy your visit.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canadian Museum for Human Rights by Ccyyrree via Wikipedia CC
Canadian Museum for Human Rights By Ccyyrree – Own work, CC0, CC

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is located at 85 Israel Asper Way in Winnipeg, Manitoba. CMHR was the first museum in Canada built with a particular motive to demonstrate the evolution, crisis, and future of human rights globally.

With its breathtaking facade and interiors, the museum has become the city’s futuristic art landmark.

Assiniboine Park and Zoo

Assiniboine Park and Zoo by Robert Linsdell via Wikipedia CC
Assiniboine Park and Zoo By Robert Linsdell from St. Andrews, Canada – Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg (480500), CC BY 2.0, CC

Having a family trip, especially with kids visiting Assiniboine Park and Zoo at Winnipeg, is the place to go. The zoo is one of the top tourist destinations open all year round and the oldest park in Winnipeg, measuring a 445-acre zoo, park, and entertainment area.

It is home to about 200 rare species and exhibits northern species such as polar bears, muskoxen, wolves, Arctic foxes, and other exotic species such as red kangaroos and Siberian tigers.

Manitoba Children’s Museum

Manitoba Children's Museum by Ccyyrree via Wikipedia CC
Manitoba Children’s Museum By Ccyyrree – Own work, CC0, CC

One of the best places to visit in Winnipeg for families is Manitoba’s Children Museum, located at The Forks Market.

The museum is a non-profit children’s museum founded in 1983, featuring 12 permanent galleries, including the Grain Elevator and Train, Milk Machine, The Big Top, The Engine House, and other galleries that will pique the interest of children of all ages.

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Winnipeg Art Gallery by Cayla via Wikipedia CC
Winnipeg Art Gallery By Cayla at English Wikipedia – Own work.

Visiting Winnipeg during winter, opt for indoor activities to enjoy your stay. Immerse in the astonishing exhibit of Inuit art, pictures, painting, sculptures, and carvings at Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) presenting the indigenous culture.

The museum houses around 24,000 permanent work collections from Canadian, Indigenous Canadians, and various artists worldwide. It was formally founded in 1963 and now holds the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.

Royal Canadian Mint

The Winnipeg Royal Canadian Mint by Northwest via Wikipedia CC
The Winnipeg Royal Canadian Mint By Northwest at English Wikipedia

The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the rarest places to visit in Winnipeg. Its spectacular reflective glass facade sure does attract many tourists dropping by the city.

The museum offers a unique experience. With its manufacturing facility that caters to the production of coins for 75 countries globally, insights on how currency is being produced are educated to its visitors.

Red River Mutual Trail

Ice Skating photo via Depositphotos
Ice Skating photo via Depositphotos

For a more extraordinary and adventurous experience, visit the Red River Mutual Trail during winter and skate on the longest frozen skating trail, which is natural due to the dropping weather.

The trail is one of the most visited spots of Canadian during winter, which hosts outdoor activities like curling, hockey, and sledding.

Whiteshell Provincial Park

Whiteshell river within the park by Ethan Sahagun via Wikipedia CC
Whiteshell River within the park By Ethan Sahagun – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Located approximately 130 km east of Winnipeg, Whiteshell Provincial Park is one of the most well-known granite cliff climbing spots in Western Canada, considered one of the oldest geological features on earth.

The park consists of various rivers, remote lakes, boreal forests, and bare granite ridges, making it a perfect location for rock climbing.

Bell MTS Place

Canada Life Centre in 2010 as MTS Centre
Canada Life Centre in 2010 as MTS Centre

It is best to watch a hockey game, baseball, and football at Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, which makes the city a great place for sports enthusiasts from fall to winter.

Since Canada is a hockey country, catching a live game of Jets is a one-of-a-kind experience and a great way to interact with locals.

Beaches at Lake Winnipeg

Sunrise on Lake Winnipeg Manitoba Canada photo via Depositphotos
Sunrise on Lake Winnipeg Manitoba Canada photo via Depositphotos

Another great way to enjoy nature tripping is visiting one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

It is best to spend your vacation on one of the beaches at Lake Winnipeg during the summertime, a perfect location for picnics and getting some tans.

Exchange District

Albert Street, in the Exchange District by Interlaker via Wkipedia CC
Albert Street, in the Exchange District By Interlaker – Own work, CC0, CC

The Exchange District is a historic neighborhood and a National Heritage Site. The area is known as the “Chicago of the North,” featuring around 150 heritage buildings built way back in the year the 1880s to 1920s.

It is also the cultural hub of Winnipeg with various shopping boutiques, restaurants, coffee shops, and galleries, making it a perfect destination for shopping and experiencing the local lifestyle.

Winnipeg, Canada Travel and Tour Packages

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Winnipeg, Canada hotels and resorts via Agoda, Booking, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Want more updates about new package tours and tourist spots in Winnipeg, Canada? Follow #TeamOutofTown, on FacebookTwitterInstagram, Bloglovin, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

Also read: 8 Best Airbnbs In Winnipeg, Canada.

Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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