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Nestled in the bustling downtown area of the Winnipeg city, the Exchange District is a historic landmark. Declared as a National Historic Site of Canada, it is certainly worth a visit. This area is touted to be the hub of cultural and entertainment activities; it houses an assortment of drinking and dining outlets and retail shops; important venues include Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Centennial Concert Hall. Popular festivals like Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition are annually held here.Nestled in the bustling downtown area of the Winnipeg city, the Exchange District is a historic landmark. Declared as a National Historic Site of Canada, it is certainly worth a visit. This area is touted to be the hub of cultural and entertainment activities; it houses an assortment of drinking and dining outlets and retail shops; important venues include Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Centennial Concert Hall. Popular festivals like Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition are annually held here.
Formerly known as CanWest Global Park, Winnipeg's premier baseball stadium was inaugurated on May 24, 1999. On game days, Shaw Park comes alive as avid baseball fans flood the stands, cheering on their favored team, riveted by the action on the field as the game unfolds. Home of the Winnipeg Goldeneyes, Shaw Park is located in the heart of the city near downtown and is one of the finest baseball facilities in the region. Shaw Park was constructed in three phases, with a final seating capacity of over 7000 and 30 luxury, private skysuites. The ballpark has hosted prestigious tournaments like the 1999 Pan American Games and has all the requisite amenities to qualify as a venue for international baseball championship games.
Visitors can get a detailed look at the lives of the Plains Indians and the early prairie settlers at The Manitoba Museum, located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. It has nine galleries including a planetarium, a science gallery, and a five-story sailing ship, the Nonsuch. The Manitoba Museum also prides in being awarded the Michelin Guide's highest rating, 'Worth the Trip.'
Established in 2008, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights delves into a poignant subject that is of much relevance today. The museum explores various contemporary and historical events from the perspective of human rights, with a special focus on topics directly related to Canada, but not limited to these. Through varied exhibits, the museum hopes to encourage a better understanding of human rights amongst the general public and foster a healthy dialogue about such matters. The first new national museum since 1967 to be built outside the National Capital Region, the museum boasts an ingenious design by the architect, Antoine Predock. Inspired by the landscape, history and cultural heritage of Canada, Predock created a masterpiece of contemporary design that is rich in symbolism, an embodiment of a world rooted in humanity, its pinnacle reaching for the sky. Inside, graceful ramps and bright, open spaces lead to the summit of the Hope Tower, where glorious views of the city await.
Located at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, Fort Garry was the trading post of Hudson's Bay Company. It was built in 1822 but severe floods washed it away. The fort was rebuilt in 1835 and came to be known as Upper Fort Garry. The fort was demolished when the city of Winnipeg came into being. However, some remains of the fort exist on which restoration work has begun. The fort was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924.
Since its opening in 1989, this market has evolved into the quintessential gathering place. After 10 years of development of this historic site and restoration of several historic buildings, it is once again a thriving hub of activity. Walking distance from the downtown hotels and within five minute's shuttle from attractions such as the Convention Centre, Manitoba Legislative Buildings, Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature etc, the market is "must do" for anyone visiting Winnipeg. Time for some days may vary.
Manitoba Children's Museum is a fun family destination that is a sure-fire winner with kids. Featuring interactive galleries, such as All Aboard; kids at this hands-on museum can do anything from taking an imaginary train ride to delivering the news in the Television studio. Children will love to explore all the galleries for hours on end. Head to the in-house store and take home a lovely souvenir. You can also host theme parties and events for children at the museum.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a great place to spend a whole day and watch it slip by so beautifully, amidst contemporary and fine art, as well as photographic and cultural delights. The special Inuit art collections ranging over 60 years are an impressive display. This place not only believes in preserving its local culture, but promotes and initiates art and photography, with its classes and special guided tours for children and adults alike. If that is not enough, the impressive architecture of the building can charm your way into planning your wedding with its cathedral architecture in the Eckhardt Hall or a perfect summer wedding in its rooftop sculpture garden. This venue is a regular for corporate events as well.
Dominating the heart of Winnipeg is Manitoba's Legislative Building, an exemplary neoclassical structure that was designed by architects Frank Worthington Simon and Henry Boddington III. The structure is swathed in utter splendor and features endless elements across its impressive exterior and its immaculate interior. But the crown jewel of the building is the Golden Boy, joyfully perched atop the building's central cupola, emblematic of the province's prosperity and all-round progress. Several of the building's features are inspired by mythical figures across cultures, like the Goddess Europa that signifies Canada's European heritage, or Egyptian sphinxes that flank the building's main pediment and act as an ode to the Sun God Ra. Other notable elements of this magnificent building include the Grand Staircase, the rotunda with Corinthian columns, and the Legislative Chamber.
Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum was built in 1846 as a convent, orphanage and a girl's school. With an eclectic architecture and serene surroundings, the place stands today as a museum that chronicles the history of the state. There are many paintings, murals, artifacts, old book and documents on display that are very intriguing and worth a watch. There are also old toys, liturgical vestments and old musical instruments. You can buy books, t-shirts and merchandise from their gift shop. Events here include workshops, lectures and other community gatherings.
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is a charming garden nestled in the Tuxedo neighborhood of the city. As the name suggests, the garden is dedicated to the famed sculptor Leo Mol, and features his artworks. The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is a home to several bronze statues which were donated by the artists to the city. Besides, you can learn about the process of sculpture making at the Leo Mol School House Studio which is the centerpiece of the garden.
The establishment of the Winnipeg branch of the Royal Canadian Mint in 1976 came after years of deliberation, the end result of which was a split between the production of collector's coins and circulation coins between the historic Mint in Ottawa and the new facility in Winnipeg. Designed by the architect, Étienne Gaboury, the triangular, glass edifice of the Royal Canadian Mint rises majestically above the surrounding prairie, like a futuristic ship sailing across a sea of green, its glimmering face reflected in the waters of the pond nearby. The Mint produces all of the country's circulation coins, in addition to those of over 70 other countries. A tour of the facility offers an insight into the intriguing world of numismatics, while the boutique and museum showcase historic currencies, collector's coins and a famed bar of gold.