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12 Reasons A Weekend In Winnipeg Is A 100% Win

Wildlife, nature, food, drinks, and entertainment — Winnipeg has it all!

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1. You can soak up culture in the Exchange District.

Featuring "North America's largest and best preserved collection of heritage buildings," the Exchange District is home to museums, art galleries, shopping, concerts, and more. You COULD spend an entire weekend here...but you have more to see!

4. For even more up-close wildlife, head to the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park.

You'll spend time in a replica of Manitoba's northern tundra terrain and meet the wildlife species found in it. Most of the polar bears that you'll meet were orphaned in Churchill, Manitoba, and brought here to save their lives.

7. And then head back to the present at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Before you head in, be sure to take in the most striking building in Winnipeg's skyline. And once inside, walk through the glowing alabaster ramps that connect galleries — you might just mistake it for Hogwarts.

8. Take a break and swing by The Forks for shopping, walking trails, and a gigantic skate park.

This spot has been a gathering place for over 6,000 years and continues to attract millions each year!

9. Get in some spa time.

It doesn't matter what time of year you visit — Thermëa will be open. It's a Scandinavian-inspired spa that follows the tenets of thermotherapy, which involves alternating between hot and cold temperatures.

10. And when you get hungry, feast!

The dining scene in Winnipeg is young, eclectic, original, and a bit eccentric! Winnipeg has more restaurants per capita than any other Canadian city — in fact, there's even a pop-up restaurant on the frozen river every winter called RAW:almond.

11. Try new cocktails at a swanky bar.

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Not 21 yet? You’re in luck. Everyone 18 and up can enjoy a cold one in Winnipeg. Try a Manitoba-inspired saskatoon and birch syrup martini at The Velvet Glove, or head to the trendy Albert Street Cocktail Company in the historic Exchange District.

12. And experience multicultural magic at Folklorama.

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Started in 1970 for Manitoba's centennial, Folklorama is now the largest multicultural festival of its kind! More than 40 venues participate every year, which means there's plenty of unique entertainment and delicious cultural cuisine to enjoy throughout Winnipeg.