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Welcome to Winnipeg

So, how and when it started? First permanent settlement is dated 1812 when Scottish crofters arrived. They set up their fort in Selkirk area. However Winnipeg was incorporated as the city in 1873. At this time Winnipeg had 1,869 people. In 1885 the city experienced sudden growth thanks to completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1919 after General Winnipeg Strike the city entered in a phase of decline that was ended together with Second World War. Since then, Winnipeg has been experiencing steady growth and thanks to its geographical location, natural resources, multiculturalism and business friendly economy is great tourist destination and home for many well-known businesses.

What is genealogy of the city’s name? Name of the city was adopted from the Cree name “win-nipi” that was used to describe Lake of Winnipeg located 65 km up north. “Win-nipi” means murky water.


Things to do and see in Winnipeg

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, province that covers an area 649,950 square kilometers. Winnipeg is located at the intersection of two rivers: Red River and Assiniboine River. It is worth to mention that Winnipeg is located near the longitudinal centre of North America. The intersection of the rivers is popularly called the Forks and is the heart of the city. This is popular tourists and Winnipegers destination. Everyone can find something interesting here beginning from diversified stores and restaurants though ample space for concerts and festivals, boat rides, skateboard park and finally Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Visit to the Forks will be unforgettable experience.

Winnipeg Exchange District Main Street and Portage Ave.

Exchange District in Winnipeg

Downtown of Winnipeg is known as Exchange District. The name was given after original grain exchange located in this area. Downtown of the city is home for beautiful architecture, art galleries, theatres, museums, colleges and universities. Many of the Exchange District buildings are connected through Winnipeg Skywalk. It is a network of skyways and tunnels for pedestrians that become really helpful when weather conditions do not encourage for a walk outside. Another major downtown area is Chinatown.  This area is home to many Asian stores and restaurants. Unique architecture of Chinese Cultural Centre in Winnipeg's Chinatown makes this place must to see.

Exchange District is surrounded by green areas and parks. The biggest one is Assiniboine Park that is place of relax for many people. You can find there Assiniboine Park Zoo with its feature theme: Journey to Churchill, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Assiniboine Park Conservatory, historic Assiniboine Park Pavilion, sport fields, bicycle path, miniature railway, outdoor theatre, restaurants and playground for children. Other large parks worth to mention are: Kildonan Park and St. Vital Park.
Winnipeg Exchange District Old Buildings

Attractions in Winnipeg 

Winnipeg offers great attractions for shopping lovers. You will not be disappointed if you belong to this group. You can visit various shopping malls or other commercial areas where variety of stores and products allow you to spend all day. Such places include: Polo Park Shopping Mall and area, Kildonan Crossing, South St. Vital Shopping Mall, Garden City,Pembina Strip, Kenaston Smart Centre,Osborne Village, and the Corydon strip.

Visit in the city will be also unforgettable experience for sport fans. Winnipeg is home for Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL team. The team won Grey Cup several times and each game of our team delivers true sport emotions. Atmosphere on the stadium and engagement of fans create real spectacle which is must to see. City is also home for Winnipeg Jets NHL hockey team. There is no need to introduce the NHL league. Everyone knows that each game delivers lots of action, fights, speed and fun. Do not miss the excitement that can give you giddiness.

Winnipeg Red River College Downtown Campus

Cultural Life in Winnipeg

Winnipeg is the city that intensively promotes cultural life. The city is home of famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, the Manitoba Opera Association and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra .

You can find here also great museums. Manitoba Museum will take you for a journey to the past where you can learn lots about man and nature history. Manitoba Children’s Museum on the other place is a great gateway for whole families. Younger visitors can play, touch and learn through unique interactive experience. Previously mentioned Canadian Museum for Human Rights will take all visitors for a spectacular class of mutual respect, friendship, love and importance of fight for human rights.
Winnipeg Old Building with Ghost Signs

Unforgettable Memories in Winnipeg

It is worth to mention that Winnipeg hosts well-known festivals like: Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg Jazz Festival or Folklorama. Folklorama is multicultural festival which main goal is to understand and celebrate diversity. During the festival you can meet and learn about different cultures, watch ethic dances, listen to music, try ethnic cuisines, by unique souvenirs and handcrafts.

These are only major thing you can do and see in Winnipeg because city offers much more independent on the weather conditions. You can be sure that you will be leaving Winnipeg with unforgettable memories and with a feeling in your heart that you have to come again and see more.

If you would like to find out more about the city of Winnipeg, you could visit Wikipedia website at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winnipeg

Click here to visit official website of the City of Winnipeg.

Other valuable resources of information about capital of Manitoba you can find on the Tourism Winnipeg and Winnipeg Transit websites.