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Winnipeg is a delight any time of year. (Photo: Getty Images)

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9 Winnipeg Must-Do’s That Keep Visitors Coming Back for More

Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba, is steeped in history that shines through in a number of landscapes and attractions. If you’re wondering what to do in Winnipeg, look no further — we’ve assembled some must-do experiences to try in one of Canada’s urban enclaves.

As always, check for travel restrictions and closures before planning your trip.

The Forks River Junction

The historic The Forks neighborhood is home to dozens of attractions that are accessible year-round. Go for a walk through the 20,000-square-foot Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Prairie Garden or The Forks Public Orchard (in the summer you can pick and eat the fruit!).

Check out Winnipeg from Forks River Junction. (Photo: Getty Images)

Photograph some stunning public art and architecture as you stroll the pathways around the rivers. Do some shopping and dining in The Forks Food Hall — you’ll find dozens of local retailers and food vendors as live music fills the air.

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

While you’re visiting The Forks, be sure to set aside a few hours to explore this magnificent museum — the only one of its kind in the world. Through artifacts and multisensory exhibits housed in a stunning architectural space, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights shares stories of human rights from around the world.

Ten permanent exhibits highlighting topics that include Indigenous perspectives, the Holocaust and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are accompanied by rotating specialty exhibits. The exhibits are unapologetic, refreshing and advocate for a more just society.

Exchange District National Historic Site

This walkable neighborhood is home to dozens of boutique shops and local restaurants, in addition to a thriving cultural scene with theaters, galleries and art collectives.

Stroll the cobblestone streets and take in the brick and terra-cotta buildings from the turn of the 20th century — sign up for a guided walking tour to learn more about the history of the area.

If you’re looking for vibrant nightlife, head to this neighborhood to find lively clubs and bars.

Assiniboine Park Zoo

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Make furry friends at the zoo. (Photo: Getty Images)

Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo is home to more than 200 species of animals in indoor and outdoor enclosures that can be viewed year-round.

The Journey to Churchill guided experience is an immersive, not-to-be-missed Canadian Signature Experience that showcases the wildlife and geography of Northern Manitoba, including close-up views of the zoo’s beautiful polar bears.

Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature

When it’s time for some rest and relaxation, head to the Thermëa outdoor spa. Open year-round, the spa features four cold and hot outdoor baths in addition to indoor saunas and rooms for spa treatments.

Thermëa is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Winnipeg in the historic Fort Garry neighborhood, where it feels like a secluded oasis.

Winnipeg Art Gallery

Culture seekers must pay a visit to the Winnipeg Art Gallery, home to more than 30,000 pieces of art, including the world’s largest public collection of Inuit art. On permanent display you’ll prominently find Indigenous, Canadian and international contemporary art.

If you visit in the summer, be sure to check out the fourth floor to look at the rooftop sculpture garden and take in views of the city. Pop into ShopWAG for unique, locally made jewelry, decor, prints and giftware that all make for unique souvenirs.

Craft Beer in Winnipeg

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Belly up for a craft beer. (Photo: Getty Images)

Winnipeg is home to dozens of small craft breweries. Visit one of the OG breweries, Half Pints, and take a guided tour to learn about the history of brewing in Manitoba.

You’ll definitely find a beer (or cider) that suits your palate on Stone Angel Brewing‘s 16 taps — then head out and enjoy it on their patio. Or hang with the locals at the Little Brown Jug taproom and enjoy their signature 1919 Pale Ale.

Dining in Winnipeg

Winnipeg has no shortage of local restaurants and food vendors, including many who highlight regional ingredients. Start your day at Make Coffee + Stuff and enjoy Canadian-roasted coffee beans in a trendy space. Make a reservation at the renowned Deer + Almond restaurant and enjoy local ingredients in an unpretentious setting.

Head to Hargrave St. Market, a two-level food hall featuring about one dozen restaurants as well as Lake of the Woods Brewing Co. End your evening with a cocktail and some small plates at the Langside Grocery speakeasy.

Other Neighborhoods in Winnipeg to Explore

In addition to The Forks and Exchange District, explore Downtown Winnipeg, Osborne Village, River Heights and St. Boniface for a variety of unique shopping, dining and nightlife options.