Never before has there been so much to do in a Winnipeg winter. It takes up most of our year, so we might as well embrace it! Here are a few ways you can do that:
1) Skating on the River Trail at the Forks
No skates? No problem! Skate rentals are available from 10am to 10pm. They’re $5 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors. You can also skate at the Duck Pond in Assiniboine Park and various community club rinks around the city. Find the rink nearest you here.
2) Snowshoeing at Fort Whyte
For $3 a person, you can walk like the Inuits do at Fort Whyte Alive. It’s a fun way to enjoy the prairie scenery and see wildlife without sinking ankle deep into the snow. They also rent out binoculars, wagons and Nordic walking poles.
It's the last day of 2016! If you haven't visited FortWhyte Alive yet this year, do that today. We're open for nature exploration, adventurous snowshoe treks, thrilling toboggan slides, a special winter scavenger hunt, and wildlife spotting opportunities from 10 am to 1 pm today. We'll reopen tomorrow for a full day of FortWhyte Fun from 10 am to 5 pm, complete with horse drawn sleigh rides (call 204-989-8355 for availability) and a marshmallow roast! Here's wishing everyone a safe and fun New Years Eve. Great 📸 by @nikz_gaba!
3) RAW: Almond
Tickets sold out fast for this one, but if you’re lucky enough to go to this unique dining experience, you won’t be disappointed. A rotating cast of world-class chefs create meals and cocktails under a stunning structure that architects competed for the chance to design. Great food in a unique location. What more could you want!?
Night 07 is underway! Huge ups to our designer, Joe Kalturnyk and everyone involved in the build of our incredible structure 😍 ⋅ ⋅ ⋅ #winnipeg #wpg #wpgnow #wpg365 #gowpg #fortheloveofwinnipeg #rawalmond2017 #rawalmondwpg #rawalmond #restaurantontheriver #riverpopup #manitoba #canadiancreatives #travelmanitoba #tourismwinnipeg #travelcanada #thankyoucanada #veuveclicquotcanada #teamveuve #belvedere #theforks #theforkswinnipeg @veuveclicquotcanada
4) Warming Huts
Every year, architects and designers from all over the world compete to design special and unique warming huts for our river trail. Walk the trail or skate from hut to hut.
5) Festival Du Voyageur
I probably don’t need to sell you on this one. Festival Du Voyageur is one of the longest running festivals in Winnipeg. Giant snow sculptures and entertainment tents fill St Boniface as honorary voyageurs eat bannock and pea soup along with a shot of caribou. This year it runs from February 17th to the 26th. Get more information here.
FESTIVAL DU VOYAGEUR Every winter since 1970, Saint-Boniface, Winnipeg’s French quarter, is transformed into a winter paradise and becomes host to the largest winter festival in Western Canada. Voyageur, Métis and First Nations histories are brought back to life, not only through the historical interpretation offered inside reconstructed Fort Gibraltar, but also through the many attractions inside Voyageur Park and at the festival’s various official sites. Music of old, traditional cuisine, sensational snow sculptures and captivating shows are but a few examples of the entertainment you can expect to witness during this convivial gathering. Offering a vast array of historical, recreational and educational activities, Festival du Voyageur has something for all tastes and all ages! Come and join us. Feb. 17-26, 2017 #winterfestival #festivalduvoyageur #winnipegmanitoba #cityofwinnipeg #comeandcelebratewithus
Remember the fun you had as a kid, getting bundled up and sliding fast down a hill? It’s just as fun as an adult! There are plenty of places to do it in the city so all you need to do is supply the sled. Find the full list here. Warning: watch out for those Crazy Carpets….
7) Journey to Churchill Exhibit
No one knows cold winter weather like a polar bear, so why not check out how they live at the Journey to Churchill exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. You can do a lot more than just watching the bears. The interactive polar playground has a moving ice-mass floor that responds to footsteps, an ice cave with hidden messages, a responsive Aurora Borealis wall where children can conduct the northern lights and a wall-sized icicle xylophone. Find more information here.
Escape to Banff or Finland by turning off of Pembina Highway. Sounds crazy, right? But that’s the experience the spa Thermea will give you and it may be the only time you’re actually HAPPY it’s winter. The grounds have three pools (Warm, Hot and Ice Cold) and the huts have saunas, exfoliation showers, a fire pit and a couple relaxation rooms. The whole idea behind the spa is to re-energize your body by going through hot and cold circuits. Start in the sauna, plunge into the polar cold pool then reset in the relaxation hut with soothing music. It’s invigorating! Find more information here.
9) Adrenaline Adventures
All the Winter activities you want just outside the city. At Adrenaline Adventures, you can go snow-tubing and show off your snowboarding skills in their specially built Snowboard Terrain Park. Tubes can be rented but make sure you bring your own snowboard equipment. Find more info here.
Crokicurl is the new ice game that combines elements of the board game crokinole and curling and now you can play it at The Forks! The object of the game is to try to score points by throwing the rock into the centre of the ice, where the highest-scoring circle is.