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.
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.
Assiniboine Park is a sprawling green oasis amid the urban landscape of Winnipeg, heartily speckled with enchanting visions of natural beauty, cultural venues, and works of art. The riverfront park's expansive reach stretches across an area of over 1,100 acres (445 hectares), encompassing a host of intriguing sights, scenes and experiences. From the exotic fauna of the Zoo and the diverse flora of the Conservatory, to the artistic enclaves of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, the park is an all-season wonderland of family-friendly delights. Other popular attractions include the Pavilion, the Lyric Theatre, the Pavilion Gallery Museum and the spectacular English Gardens.
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.
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.
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.
Along with the adjacent Pine Ridge Golf Club, Elmhurst Golf & Country Club is known for its legendary design masterminded in 1914 by Donald Ross, the famous golf course designer. Sprawled over 61,516 square feet (5715 square meters), this course has some challenging holes, the seventh one being the most difficult even for professional golfers. The sandy and gently sloping terrain makes it a good all-weather course for championships. It is, in fact, the site of major tournaments but also has lessons run by experienced coaches for novices. It offers 10 kinds of memberships ranging from packages for shareholders and corporations to those for families. The staff at the on-site clubhouse is experienced in hosting a variety of events, from business retreats to weddings.
Whittier Park is a riverside park with a baseball and soccer fields and plenty of walking paths. The park also has a reconstructed historic Fort Gibraltar fur trade post. Spaces in the park can be booked for private celebrations.
The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre originated initially as a joint initiative of Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Manitoba Government. The marsh is home to more than two hundred species of birds and hundreds of species of other animals and flora. There are also plenty of planned activities for the kid's amusement, like shorebird carving and nature photography. There is a also a theater on premises to accommodate groups and parties. After a day of exploration, enjoy a snack at the on site cafe and call it a day.
The Vintage Locomotive Society, which formed in 1968 to restore old rolling stock and operate a museum, is comprised entirely of volunteers. The Prairie Dog Central was their first project and is now the oldest steam-powered locomotive operating in North America. Take the two-hour, 45-kilometer tour with stops in Warren and Grosse Isle, where town residents organize craft and bake sales and visitors can take in various rustic attractions. Advance reservations are recommended.