St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica is an important landmark in Winnipeg and also an integral part of the Franco-Manitoban community. The present structure is the sixth building on the site and was erected in 1971 with elements from the remnants of the previous church. Dating back to 1818, this place of worship overlooks the Red River and is dedicated to Saint Boniface, a venerated English monk throughout Germany and England. The church cemetery is the final resting place of noted personalities such as the founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Whether you are visiting to see its serene beauty or know its history, this religious site will charm you.
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.'
Founded in 1904, the Assiniboine Park Zoo has a long history of breeding endangered species including Siberian Tigers and Golden Eagles. There are 1200 animals of 275 different species making this one of the largest zoos in Canada. Mainstays include the Discovery Center, an indoor learning park, and a petting zoo. Winter travelers can look forward to the Lights of the Wild display around Christmas time. This is one of the attractions, which you can't afford to miss.
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.
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.
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 in Downtown Winnipeg is one of the most important intersections in the country, the Portage and Main. Connecting Portage Avenue and the Main Street, the place is said to be the windiest and coolest in the city. One of the most significant street junctions in Winnipeg, the Portage Main plays host to some interesting street festivals. Portage and Main is often considered to be a microcosm of Winnipeg as a whole and is a great tourist hub.
Situated at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, Winnipeg is the capital and largest city of the Canadian Province of Manitoba. Known as the "Gateway to the West," the city is a destination in its own right, a metropolis, and transportation hub that has been shaped by years of isolation into a bustling city with much to offer. Tour the French Quarter, stroll along the Riverwalk and marvel at the 20th-century architecture. While the sleek facade of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights may be its most striking modern masterpiece, Winnipeg is brimming with cultural and historic sites. The Forks National Historic Site, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and the Manitoba Legislative Building top the list, alongside the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada and the Royal Canadian Mint. The ever-enticing Assiniboine Park is the city's green lung, its zoo the top-billed attraction for families with kids. A multicultural city, Winnipeg is best known for its annual celebrations, including one of the world's biggest Fringe Festivals, as well as several folk and music fests. Backed by a diverse dining scene, and a populace that's fun-loving enough to not care about being the butt of a Simpson's joke, Winnipeg is a confidently riveting surprise amid the prairie.
One of the most striking buildings in the commercial district of Winnipeg, the Confederation Building was established in 1913. Designed by ace architect Mr. J. Wilson Gray, the structure towers approximately 41 meters (135 feet) in height and sports eleven splendid stories. Deemed a National Historic Site of Canada in 1976, it is often a subject of study for students of architecture.
If you are fascinated by aboriginal art, then Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art will surely pique your interest. This wonderful gallery is a fabulous platform for established and upcoming First Nations artists. Opened in 1996, this gallery which is predominantly done up in white features huge columns that add a unique character to the exhibition space. Admire the paintings, photography and still life displayed here that give an insight to the Aboriginal Canadian community. Besides exhibitions, they also regularly host workshops for budding artists.
The Union Building in Winnipeg is better known as the first ever skyscraper of Canada. Located in the Exchange District neighborhood of the city, the building was established in 1904. Constructed in 'Chicago Style Classic Palazzo' and designed by the architectural firm Pearson and Darling who were also responsible for iconic structures like the Canadian Pacific Building, Toronto General Hospital's college wing, and the Varsity Arena in Toronto, the building took a year to complete and was home to the Union Bank and later the Royal Bank, who took over the former. It now serves as home to the Paterson Globalfoods Institute.
Located on the western bank of River Red, this gorgeous park is named after renowned politician Stephen Juba. With bike paths, water taxi dock and public art works, this park remains an attraction for tourists and locals alike. Certain refurbishments were made to the park as a part of the Waterfront Drive project in 2004.