As the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba, Winnipeg is a rich and vibrant modern city with abundant history. Winnipeg was once a trading center for Indigenous people and was known as the “Gateway to the West” because it was a railway and transportation hub in the past. Today, it is a lively city with a huge array of things to see and explore. There really is something for everyone here, but if you only have one day to explore, here are some of the must do things that Winnipeg has to offer.
Brunch at Clementine Cafe
Start your day at this cute cafe nestled in the historic Exchange District. With impeccable service and tons of different options for food and coffee, this venue is like no other brunch spot in the city. They use nothing but the freshest ingredients, and the ambiance is very welcoming and hip. Highlights include the waffles with Earl Grey cream and their Turkish eggs.
Visit the Assiniboine Park Zoo
Next up you should definitely make sure to visit the Assiniboine Park Zoo. With so many different exhibits to see, make sure you go early to beat the crowds. When you get there, go directly to the Journey to Churchill polar bear exhibit. This is the best way to get up close and personal with some of Manitoba's most famous residents because this amazing exhibit allows you to watch the polar bears swim above you as you walk through the glass tunnel. The Assiniboine Park Zoo actually serves as a rehabilitation center for polar bears that need behavioral help, and many polar bears get flown from Churchill to the zoo so they can get the proper care and attention they need.
Go to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Give yourself plenty of time at this museum because there are a huge number of exhibits spread across the many different levels that detail the history and future of all different aspects of human rights. Download the app so you can follow long with the audio walking tour that covers the details of each exhibit.
Walk around the Exchange District
Known for its architecture and numerous art galleries, the Exchange District is one of the most history-filled parts of Winnipeg that you'll find. In this district, you'll see many ghost signs, which are the remnants of art and advertising from many years ago. These old murals give the area so much history and help you envision how things looked in the past.
Have Dinner and Drinks at the Forks
The Forks area, the historic site where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers intersect, is the heart of Winnipeg. In recent years, this area has been built up a lot and is now home to many different food and drink options that give visitors a taste of Winnipeg and the world beyond. At the center of it all is the Forks Market Food Hall. With dining options from all around the world as well as the beer and wine garden, there are definitely options for everyone.