The capital of Manitoba in Canada, Winnipeg serves as the largest city in the province and beautifully located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Nick named as ‘Gateway to the West’, Winnipeg is the seventh most populated municipality in Canada. The city is famed for being the first city in Canada to host of the Pan American Games and is home to several professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Jets, Manitoba Moose, and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. At an elevation of 230 meters above sea level, presently the city is inhabited by 663,617 residents on an area of 464.08 km2 of land. The location of the city is known as ‘The Forks’ and during early times the city was a trading center for aboriginal peoples. The city has been ruled by French and European, during some point in history. The city is a melting pot of many cultures which is evident by the fact that more than 100 languages are spoken here. English is the official language spoken by 99% of people while French, Tagalog, German, Punjabi and Ukrainian are also spoken.
All flights coming to Winnipeg, land at the James Richardson International Airport which is the major international airport in the region. It is 7th busiest in terms of passenger traffic and 11th busiest airport by aircraft movements in Canada. Winnipeg features a humid continental climate and has 4 distinct seasons – warm and humid summer accompanied by thunderstorms, extremely cold and dry with snowfall lasting almost 6 months along with contracted spring and autumn seasons. The city receives 2353 hours of sunshine per year, making Winnipeg, the second sunniest city in Canada and longest day of the year lasts for over 16 hours and the shortest day of the year lasts for 8 hours. The months from April to October are the best months to enjoy a holiday in Winnipeg. Festival du Voyageur, Folklorama, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg Music Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and Winnipeg International Writers Festival are the major cultural festivals celebrated in Winnipeg.
Begin your Winnipeg city tour by visiting the entertained and shopping center at the Fork, which is the meeting point of Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Legislative Building and Shaw Park are other major attractions located close by. Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the landmark of Winnipeg showcasing presenting human rights stories in a unique manner. The Manitoba Museum displaying the human and natural history of the province is another draw. Interactive Science Gallery and a planetarium are also located inside the museum. Assiniboine Park is the city's oldest park and is home to Assiniboine Park Zoo and world famous Leo Mol sculpture garden.
Legislative Building (government departments and provincial legislative chambers), Winnipeg Art Gallery (fine collections of classic and contemporary art by Canadian, American, European, and Inuit artists), Exchange District (home to many financial institutions), Fort Whyte Alive (famous for five lakes, grassy parkland, and bog boardwalks), St. Boniface Cathedral (oldest cathedral in western Canada), Manitoba Children's Museum (state-of-the-art facility located at The Forks), Manitoba Centennial Centre (venue for the city's premier arts organizations), Festival du Voyageur (annual winter festival), Riel House National Historic Site (historical attraction), Kildonan Park (venue for most ancient trees and includes splendid flower gardens, a Hänsel and Gretel Witch's Hut, and an open-air theater) and Chinatown are the major attractions in Winnipeg.
Eating and Shopping
A foodie’s haven, Winnipeg offers some of the best range of local dishes and international cuisine. From wonderful restaurants to award winning eating places, there is a remarkable assortment of restaurants catering to every taste and budget. The city is also filled with food trucks that serve some flavorful on-the-go food to the people. Wild rice, bison stew and roast bison, bannock, smoked Winnipeg goldeye, golden caviar, holopchi, perogies, garlic sausage, pan-fried pickerel, tourtiere and creme brulee and rye bread are some of the local delicacies of Winnipeg. While Osborne Village has numerous Japanese, Mexican, Italian and Ethiopian restaurants, West End is famous for its ethnic food. The Blue Marble at the airport, Era Bistro in Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Food Evolution in Kildonan Park, Fusion Grill on Academy Road, The Gates on Roblin on bank of Assiniboine River, Mise Bistro and Lounge in Corydon Ave and Pineridge Hollow are some of the most popular places to eat in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg is not actually a cheap shopping destination. Every purchase made here attracts additional 13% which is levied by the government as taxes. Academy Road, Corydon Avenue, Osborne Street, markets in Downtown, Ten Thousand Villages, Garden City Shopping Centre, Grant Park Shopping Centre, Kildonan Place Shopping Centre, Polo Park Shopping Centre, St. Vital Centre and Portage Place are among the popular shopping districts and destinations in Winnipeg where you can buy everything available under the sky.
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