Winnipeg in Canada is becoming a firm favourite with Australian travellers seeking authentic North American winter experiences.
Many are adding a side-trip to Winnipeg to their Canadian winter holiday, immersing themselves in snowy outdoor adventures, quirky festivals and friendly locals.
The unpretentious city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, allows travellers to live and play alongside the locals, embracing the winter months with gusto as only the ‘Peggers can.
Here are five great things to do in Winnipeg.
Why go out for dinner to a fabulous restaurant when you can go out to five? With ‘A Moveable Feast’ guided tours you’ll jump on a fat bike and cycle your way through downtown Winnipeg with its eclectic alley ways and snow-covered buildings. Cruise from coal fired pizza to global street food, taking in the city sights along the way.
Strap on some skates and experience a true Winnipeg tradition as you glide your way along the Red River Mutual Trail, the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world. Start in the heart of the city at The Forks where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers converge, a gathering place for recreation, shopping and dining. Pause along the way at the unique warming huts that feature during January, as well as renowned pop-up restaurant RAW:almond.
Yoga on Ice
Performing the downward dog on a frozen lake is something you’ll never do in Australia – it’s the ultimate Instagram moment! Held at FortWhyte Alive during the Fire & Ice Festival in February, the hour-long yoga class is followed by roasted marshmallows and wildcrafted tea.
Head to The Forks and try your hand at a quintessentially-Winnipeg past time, Croki-Curl. The game was invented right here in January 2017 as a life-sized version of the board game Crokinole, where players flick small discs across a circular board, aiming to land the discs in the high-scoring zones. Croki-Curl, a cross between Crokinole and curling, is the perfect way to warm up and make friends with the locals. Warning: ‘Peggers are a competitive bunch.
Aching muscles from all that Croki-Curl? Make a beeline for Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature. Lose yourself in the twinkling fairy lights adorning the snowy trees as you float blissfully in the outdoor hot pools. Roast in the sauna, step into the cold, and then indulge in a treatment for the ultimate rejuvenation for mind, body and spirit. https://www.thermea.ca/
Air Canada has daily direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Vancouver, with connecting services to Winnipeg. Alternatively, VIA Rail, the national Canadian rail service runs from Vancouver to Winnipeg. The two-day journey spans British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan before reaching the Manitoba, the heart of Canada.