Author and public speaker Erin Skye Kelly was in Winnipeg to give a weekend of workshops. She didn't have a lot of time to go sightseeing, so she and a colleague hopped in a cab and Kelly told the driver to "take us to the prettiest part of Winnipeg!"
The cabbie soon turned into a parking lot. "He slowed to 6 km/hour and asked if I wanted to get out to take a picture," she told BuzzFeed Canada. "His voice conveyed 'taaaa-daaaaaaaa!' and I realized he was serious." Kelly captured the beautiful scenery:
Here's a another part of that same mall during daytime. "In all fairness it did have twinkling lights [at night], so I did everything I could do not to laugh," Kelly said. "If he truly was proud of this mall, I sure as heck was not going to offend him."
Kelly shared her story on Facebook and people couldn't believe the cab driver took her there. Some locals suggested better places to see next time, such as The Forks or Assiniboine Park.
This woman said she heard about another local cab driver taking tourists to a park built on top of a landfill when they asked "to see some of the high points of Winnipeg."
People also responded to Kelly by posting beautiful images of Winnipeg, like this shot from local radio host Greg Mackling: