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Best Winter Sports in Winnipeg

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Ice Climbing Tower

Ice Climbing Tower is a rare artificial structure for ice climbing on the banks of Red River, and one of the most unique structures found in Manitoba. This 20-foot (six-meter) ice tower was constructed in 1996 by Club d'escalade de Saint-Boniface, an adventure sports club. Given the freezing winds and chill of winters in Maitoba, this is the best place to train in ice climbing if you cannot actually make it to the mountains. Appearing like a tall frozen waterfall, this tower is also good for experienced climbers to practice their skills before heading to challenging icefalls. Around mid-December, volunteers cover the tower with ice by raising bars equipped with water sprinklers on each side of the tower. Due to the variation in wind pattern, sunlight and temperature, water from the sprinklers freezes on the tower in a different manner every year. Hence, each winter brings its own unique challenges to ice climbers. During summer, this tower is used to practice wall climbing.

Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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Red River Mutual Trail

Red River Mutual Trail is an ice skating trail over Red River and Assiniboine River. It is mentioned in the Guinness World Records as the world's longest naturally-frozen trail for skating. Starting from The Forks, at the confluence of the two rivers, the trail meanders for miles and takes you to the doorstep of some of Winnipeg's most loved attractions. As the ice forms differently every winter, the trail differs markedly every year, and, hence, no two ice skating seasons here are the same. Besides skating, this trail is the site of activities like ice hockey, broomball, curling and cycling. Art competitions, winter festivals and charity events are also held here. The entire trail can be accessed for free but you need to pay extra for skate rentals. The trail is open every winter from sunrise to sunset.

Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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FortWhyte Alive

Fort Whyte Centre is a natural area for recreation and is a treat for avid birdwatchers. It is one of the most popular places to take the kids for a day of adventure and discovery. Located on 200 acres (80.93 hectares) of pristine marshland, the center is seasonal home to more than 200 species of birds and innumerable species of bugs and other critters. The center can also be hired for private parties and events in the midst of natural glory. The Buffalo Stone Cafe is a wonderful place to chill after a day of great activity.

Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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Springhill Winter Sports Park

Springhill Winter Sports Park is a popular winter sports destination located to the northeast of Winnipeg. Based on a hill with a height of 130 feet (39.6 meters), its ski areas include Big Table Top, South Race Run, Dual Mogals and Terrain Park, which offer varied levels of difficulty. The sports park offers lessons in skiing and snowboarding for both children and adults. Classes are divided into beginner's and advanced groups as per the students' skill levels. You can also choose from group, semi-private and private lessons as per your comfort level. All equipment is available on-site, while first aid is provided by Canadian Ski Patrol. Various facilities at the center include two rope tows, a quad lift chair, locker rooms, a common seating area, a bar and cafe. The season pass affords good discounts for regular skiers.

Oakbank, MB, Canada
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Stony Mountain Ski Area

Stony Mountain Ski Area is a favorite snowboarding and skiing spot for families. One of the best places around Winnipeg for winter sports, this site has snowmaking equipment so that it can even operate off-season. It has six runs on the 100-foot (30.5-meter) hill, and a rope tow and hand tow each. Its terrain park has features like bonk poles, a small rail, table top and long box for skiing enthusiasts. Kids can get their first lessons here while adults can brush up their skills in the various classes. You can also opt for snowboarding and skiing camps for intensive lessons. All equipment can be rented here, including snowblades, helmets, ski boots and poles.

Stony Mountain, MB, Canada
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Birds Hill Provincial Park

Named after Dr. Curtis Park, the Birds Hill Provincial Park was opened to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday, and features an unusual collection of diverse landscapes. From windswept prairies and rolling green meadows, to forests dominated by oak and aspen trees, the park covers nearly 3358 hectares (8300 acres) of land near Winnipeg. This massive park runs thick with kilometers of walking and cycling trails flanked by fields of wildflowers, inviting outdoor enthusiasts all year round. Its wooded depths are also home to a preserved historic homestead and a riding stable. At the heart of the park lies the sparkling Kingfisher Lake that is skirted by endless sandy stretches of the shore. Throughout the year, Birds Hill brims with a flurry of activities and events, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of the largest of its kind in North America. Scores of visitors also stop by the park to watch engaging equestrian shows and polo tournaments.

St. Clements, MB, Canada
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