Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries.
The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers join, is a shopping and entertainment district set in a number of historic buildings. The site was once a railway repair facility, and over the years, the various buildings have been meticulously restored to house a mix of interesting shops, restaurants, and museums. The main building is The Forks Market, where fruit and vegetable sellers set up in the main hall, and food vendors cook up a variety of tasty dishes.
Fringe Theatre Festival
For 12 days in July, Winnipeg’s Exchange District doubles as a stage for the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival—the second largest event of its kind in North America. Tickets to performances are never more than $10, and the two dozen show venues are all within walking distance of each other. Not into live theatre? You can easily while away the day exploring the food carts and vendors clustered around the festival’s outdoor stage.
Assiniboine Park and Zoo
Winnipeg’s oldest park, Assiniboine encompasses 445 hectares of grassy lawns, mature trees, cultural facilities, and an English garden. The Assiniboine Park Zoo is located within its grounds and is home to a wide variety of animals, flora, and fauna. Special emphasis is given to creatures of the northern latitudes, including a significant number of polar bears, though there are also some exotic species such as the Siberian tiger and red kangaroo. Other attractions in the park include the 4-8-2 steam train and the world famous Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
For museum buffs, this should be your first stop. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights or (CMHR) is Canada’s first museum built for the sole purpose of illustrating the evolution, crisis and future of human rights around the globe. In the spirit of the human narrative, this museum is engaging, emotional and inspiring. Coming to terms with our own painful history, Canada’s human rights policies have been adopted and celebrated around the world, but progress is a journey and the CHMR is the story of the global struggle for equality.