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What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

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What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

Hello,

My wife and I will be driving to the Winnipeg area from St. Paul, MN in early June for a friend's wedding. I am not at all familiar with Winnipeg and to be honest, I am a little bummed that I will be spending my week off from work there. I guess my main question is what are Winnipeg's main tourist attractions? I believe the wedding itself is in a town called Selkirk, but there doesn't seem to be many places to stay there, so I imagine there is not a ton to do in the Selkirk area. Are there any amusement parks in the area? My secondary question is do I need to worry about my car getting broken into or stolen in downtown Winnipeg more so than I would if I parked it in downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis? I heard car theft is a big problem there. Thanks!

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1. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

It's not as big as Mineappolis, but Winnipeg is a city, and so you should not run out of things to do there.

Without knowing your particular interests, let me start off with a few suggestions af things that you can consider doing:

- visit Assiniboine Park, it is a beautiful park, especially in the summer-time

http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/

- visit the Forks, it's downtown- there are lots of interesting shops and places to grab a bite to eat there.

http://www.theforks.com/

- if you are into baseball check out a Goldeyes game, the ballpark is very close the Forks, and in the downtown area as well

http://www.goldeyes.com/2012/

- Winnipeg's CFL team the Blue Bombers have a brand new stadium scheduled to open in 2012. Depending on when you are there you may be able to catch a pre-season game, as there is usally one in June, however the schedule for 2012 has not yet been released.

http://www.bluebombers.com/

- check out Osborne Village, it's not far from downtown, interesting shopping, restaurants and pubs in that area.

http://www.osbornevillage.com/

- there are many museums in Winnipeg if you are interested in seeing them. My favorite is the Manitoba Museum.

…worldweb.com/Winnipeg/…

Here is a link that shows some events going on in Winnipeg in June.

http://eventful.com/winnipeg/events/june

There will likley be more events planned and announced closer to when you are planning to be in Manitoba, so I would check the events as your trip approaches.

Selkirk is a small city, however it is a very short drive (22 kms) to Winnipeg, and also to Winnipeg Beach.

http://www.winnipegbeach.ca/main.asp?cat_ID=4

Grand Beach and Gimli are also great places to visit (my personal preference for a beach day is Grand Beach)

http://www.grandbeachtourism.com/

http://www.gimli.ca/

This website may be helpful in finding more information about Selkirk itself.

http://www.cityofselkirk.com/

As for your question regarding amusement parks:

The Red River Exhibition is in Winnipeg from June 15th-June 24th, you may be able to attend that if you are in town during that time.

www.redriverexhibitionpark.com/index.cfm

Fun Mountain is a waterpark, if you like waterslides.

http://www.funmountain.ca/

Then there is Tinkertown, but this is a very small amusement park that mostly only very young children will enjoy, so I wouldn't bother with going there unless you have wee ones with you.

http://www.tinkertown.mb.ca/

As for your car getting stolen.....I don't know that it would be any worse in Winnipeg than in Mineappolis....however Winnipeg is a city and therefore there is crime there, just like there is in any major Canadian or US city. So cars do get stolen of course, that's life. However, I don't think it would be really that much worse than any other major city. Just use common sense, lock the doors and park in public places and you should be fine.

I'm sure the Winnipeg TAs will give you some great advice on other things to do & see while you are in Manitoba. I hope you enjoy your visit there. :)

Edited: 22 December 2011, 17:14
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2. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

Hi Adam;

Just to add to my esteemed colleague Canadian071's comments, if I may...

Do not leave anything visible in your car. Remove your GPS mount as well as the unit, store any loose change, etc. Again, just common sense.

Best Regards

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3. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

Hi AdamH06 ~

Have a look at the Things to Do in the left sidebar. That would be a great start to filter out things you like to do.

Also look through www.tourismwinnipeg.com to see what interests you. Hey, you could go home with a whole new appreciation of Canada. :-)

What we advise people with cars here in Vancouver is to leave nothing at all in the cabin of the car. That will discourage smash and grab types. I know someone here who leaves the glove box hanging down when parked. It is a direct message to potential thieves that you know about car break ins and have left nothing in the car. Thieves are opportunists, they want easy access and easy loot. Don't accommodate them and you should be fine.

Have a look at Lower Ft Garry National Historic Site.

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4. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

In terms of amusement parks, the only thing that qualifies is Thunder Rapids, which is located just west of the city on the Trans-Canada hwy. They have bumper cars, batting cages, and go-karts www.thunderrapids.ca I see by some of your previous posts that you have been to Las Vegas. There are a few native-run casinos just outside the city and two large provincial-run ones in the city (McPhillips St. Station and Club Regent). If you look on a map of Manitoba (or North America), you will see that the city of Winnipeg is located just south of two very large fresh-water lakes. As a result, we have some fabulous beaches - Winnipeg Beach is on the west side of Lake Winnipeg, not far from Selkirk, and Grand Beach is on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. If you get some hot weather, they are both well worth the visit. Selkirk has a Marine Museum located near a very nice park. Just north of Winnipeg Beach is the town of Gimli, the original Icelandic settlement. It's a neat little town right on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. The main tourist destination in Winnipeg is The Forks. You can spend several hours there walking around, shopping and dining. Hopefully it won't be a wet spring, so the riverwalk may be open. Unfortunately, it was closed for most of this past summer. Right across the river from The Forks, across Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, is St. Boniface, home to the French-Canadian area of Winnipeg. There are several nice shops, restaurants, and museums in the area. If you are looking for shopping, the two biggest malls in town are Polo Park, west on Portage Ave. and St. Vital Mall in the south end of the city.

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5. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

There's been some great advice listed here. I would heartily agree with the recommendations and have a few more to add that may interest you:

The Winnipeg International Jazz Festival runs from June 14 to 23 and is always a fantastic event http://jazzwinnipeg.com/

Similar to Thunder Rapids (mentioned previously), there is Grand Prix Amusements (near Fun Mountain water slide park) http://www.grandprixamusements.com/

The Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of Canada's leading art museums wag.ca/whats-on/calendar/list/events/2012/06

The Exchange District showcases turn of the century architecture (often used in movies to represent old town Chicago and others) and is home to many galleries and shops as well as Old Market Square, an open air concert stage that runs outdoor concerts throughout the spring and summer http://www.exchangedistrict.org/biz/

MTS Centre (home of the Winnipeg Jets) has been ranked as one of the top 50 busiest venues in the world and is a draw for many of today's most popular bands and entertainment acts http://www.mtscentre.ca/

Aside from being a beautiful park, Assiniboine Park is home to the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, Qualico Famil Centre, Assiiboine Park Zoo, several restaurants, conservatory, art gallery and more http://www.assiniboinepark.ca/attractions/

Birds Hill Park is a beautiful provincial park with a great beach and stables gov.mb.ca/conservation/…birds.html

FortWhyte Alive offers outdoor activities including a bison safari! http://www.fortwhyte.org/

Winnipeg also has a variety of amazing ours, including:

Hermetic Code Tour (ranked as a top Canadian signature experience by the Canadian Tourism Commission)) www.heartlandtravel.ca/hermeticcodetours.htm

City Tour www.otours.net/eng/tours_view.php?id=19

Geo-caching at The Forks pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/…interpret.aspx

West End mural tours http://www.westendbiz.ca/mural-tours.cfm

Exchange District tours exchangedistrict.org/biz/…

Old St. Boniface walking tour http://tourismeriel.com/en/what-to-do/tours

Please contact us if we can help you with any of your trip planning. Have a wonderful trip!

Sharon @ Tourism Winnipeg

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6. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

You may also want to go to Kildonan Park and Oak Hammock Marsh.

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7. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

Winnipeg car theft has dropped dramatically.

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8. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

Thank you all for the helpful information, it gives me some things to research, and I am glad car theft is down in Winnipeg. As the trip gets closer, I will let you know if I have any additional questions.

@AuntyMo, I have never been to Las Vegas (though it is on my list of places I want to visit) so i'm not positive where you read that lol :-)

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9. Re: What is there to do in Winnipeg and the surrounding areas?

Sorry about that - it was someone else in their mid-20's from Minneapolis who you had replied to a query about the Black Hills - got you both confused! Hope you enjoy Winnipeg. It's probably a slower pace of life than Mpls/St. Paul, but we like it.

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Does anyone know of any nice, luxurious resorts in the southern half of Manitoba? I found a site that has some listed and I have been looking at them, but i'm not sure if they are something my wife and I would enjoy. I found one called Country Charm couples resort and another one called Tallpines. I was thinking a nice romantic resort might be nice for 2-3 days before we head to Selkirk for the wedding. I just want to consider all of my options so I can plan the best vacation I can in a place where I normally wouldn't consider going for a vacation. Have any of you stayed at either one of those resorts before? They advertise as luxuroius, but i'm not quite sure my idea of luxury and their idea of luxury is the same, judging by some of the photos. Have any of you stayed at any nice resorts in Manitoba that I might want to look at? I still have quite awhile before the trip, but I really like planning vacations so I want to get some research done. Thanks!

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