Set at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Winnipeg has long been a popular stopping point for those traversing the vast expanse of the Canadian Prairies. However, this thriving, cosmopolitan city is well worth a visit in its own right, with a world-class selection of museums, shopping and restaurants, and a laid-back, friendly personality that is sure to charm any traveller. Choose from a selection of hotels in Winnipeg's city centre and get a true taste of Prairie life in Manitoba's dynamic capital.
Winnipeg is an ever-fascinating mix of old and new, with gleaming modern architecture nestled alongside grand heritage buildings at every turn. It's also a diverse, multicultural community, with a lively cultural scene and plenty of intriguing cuisines just waiting to be discovered. Take a walking tour of one of the historic downtown districts for a sense of the capital's eclectic spirit.
For starters, you can get a taste of the city's past in The Exchange District National Historic Site, an attractive, bohemian neighbourhood filled with theatres, art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, all housed in elegant turn-of-the-century buildings.
Next, visit the historic river crossing at The Forks, which has been the site of human activity for over 6,000 years. Today it is home to a diverse mix of attractions, including a market, performance space, outdoor activities, shop and several museums – including the Winnipeg Railway Museum, The Children's Museum, and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
Other highlights include the Winnipeg Art Gallery – the oldest gallery in Western Canada – plus a branch of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Manitoba Museum, where you'll find colourful displays on the history of the province and interactive exhibits. Winnipeg is also home to the world-famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and hosts a number of outstanding festivals throughout the summer months, including the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the International Jazz Festival, Comedy Festival and more.
Fancy getting outdoors? Head to Assiniboine Park, the perfect place for walking, cycling or simply relaxing with a picnic. You'll also find elaborate gardens, playgrounds, ponds and a zoo here, plus in winter there are opportunities for cross-country skiing, skating and tobogganing.
When you've had your fill of sightseeing, it's time to check out Winnipeg's fantastic culinary scene and nightlife. Check out the bars, restaurants and clubs in trendy areas such as Osbourne Village and Corydon Avenue for a great selection.
Keen to explore this exciting Prairie city? Book a Winnipeg hotel with Marriott and start planning your Manitoba adventure.