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Travel Destinations in Manitoba
Winnipeg

The city of Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital, is renowned across Canada as a cultural Mecca. Despite its size and geographical location, the city boasts an astonishingly large number of renowned arts organizations such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and Manitoba Opera, among others.

The city's rich history is rooted in the fur trade of the early 19th Century. The downtown "Forks" area was Winnipeg's original birthplace: a place of Aboriginal trade and social activity. Today, this is a busy area featuring dining, shopping, fresh food, clothing and crafts in two refurbished brick buildings at the forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Nearby river walks and winter skating make the spot a popular recreation site year-round. The Forks is also home to Tourism Winnipeg, and the Manitoba Children's Museum.

Winnipeg's diversity shines through in its neighborhoods: The Warehouse/Exchange district, located directly downtown, consists of old warehouses with terra cotta and cut stone exteriors, and acts as the heart of the city's cultural life. City Hall, the Centennial Concert Hall, and several theatres are all located in this district. Check out St. Boniface, the francophone neighborhood of Winnipeg, home to the annual Festival du Voyageur (Canada's largest winter festival) as well as the majestic St. Boniface Cathedral. Winnipeg's north end has developed from a community built around railway tracks to one of parks, festivals, and a strong identity. Stroll through Winnipeg's famous legislative building downtown, and check out the marble and stone architecture, famous paintings, as well as the famous "Golden Boy", Manitoba's symbol. For some fresh air, head to Assiniboine Park, where you will enjoy bridges, paths, ponds, a zoo, a conservatory, and summer concerts in the park. Book accommodations in Winnipeg Manitoba and discover why so many are proud to call this prairie city home.

Victoria Beach & Grand Beach

Summertime in Manitoba is incomplete without a visit to the beaches of Lake Winnipeg. Fine sand and the clean, clear waters of Lake Winnipeg are the reasons these two beaches have been so popular for years.

Sandilands Provincial Park

Located in the southeast corner of the province, this park is famous for its amazing hiking and cross-country skiing trails.

Whiteshell Provincial Park

Hugging the Ontario border, this Provincial Park is Manitoba's oldest, and one of the largest with 200 lakes, several waterfalls, and many resorts. The hiking trails are the focus of the park, including the famous Mantario Trail for advanced hikers, which covers 66 km (41 mi) of challenging terrain.

Steinbach

This Mennonite city's major attraction is the Mennonite Heritage Village, a complex of authentic century-old farmhouses and rural buildings which are "inhabited" daily by tour-guides in period costume.

Brandon

The second largest city in Manitoba - known as the "Wheat City", Brandon is alive year-round with festivals and events celebrating everything from rodeo cowboys to tribal pow-wows.

International Peace Gardens & Boissevain

These delightful gardens are a reminder and symbol of goodwill between the US and Canada. Check out the nearby town of Boissevain for their annual Turtle Derby.

Spruce Woods Provincial Park

The "Spirit Sands" as they are known will literally blow you away with their looming dunes and the various activities - as well as various forms of wildlife - that this park supports.

Riding Mountain National Park & Dauphin

Mostly open woodland, this park is one of the most beautiful spots in the province with its glassy blue "Clear Lake" resort location. Dauphin is home to a large Ukrainian community, and hosts several Ukrainian festivals each year.

Winnipeg Beach

Once a very popular tourist destination similar to Grand Beach and Victoria Beach on the eastern side of Lake Winnipeg, this spot is found crowded on summer days and now features a beautiful provincial park alongside its waterside.

Gimli

Gimli was originally a very quiet Icelandic fishing village, but is now a premier tourist resort. Icelandic festivities are held year-round and welcome visitors.

Hecla Island

This spot is one of the most luxurious resort areas in the Interlake area with a large hotel, marina and championship-level 18-hole golf course.

Churchill

Looking for a remote encounter with the Canadian North? If so, the Polar Bear Capital of the World, Churchill, is your destination. Only accessible by plane or train, Churchill offers wildlife at your fingertips, and history waiting to be discovered at museums and sites.

York Factory

York Factory has been an original fur trading post since the late 17th Century. Its remote location is ideal for those canoeing the North, as it is steeped in history and northern beauty.

Thompson and The Pas

Thompson is the largest city in Northern Manitoba, and also one of the newest communities in the province, established only after a major nickel ore body was discovered in the Thompson Nickel Belt in 1956. The Pas is actually a collection of three major communities, and played an important role in the unification of the province of Manitoba with the "New North".

Portage La Prairie

Just west of Winnipeg along the Trans-Canada Highway is Portage la Prairie, a friendly community with history and scenery to share. Check out the Fort La Reine Museum and Pioneer Village and learn about early 18th Century explorers. Nearby Delta Marsh is a natural waterfowl protection site, where you can enjoy serenity like you've never experienced it before.

Austin Manitoba

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum, Manitoba Amateur Radio Museum, and Homesteader's Village are all worth a visit in the small town of Austin Manitoba.

Morden

Book accommodations in the Morden area, and roll up your sleeves for some good eats. Although most famous for its annual Corn and Apple Festival, Morden is also home to the Morden and District Museum, a natural history museum where fossil displays will take you back in time.
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