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Set in Manitoba, one of Canada’s most economically diverse provinces, Winnipeg is located at the heart of both Canada and North America, 65 miles north of the American border. Esplanade Riel, a walking bridge over the Red River, highlights a stunning downtown skyline. Wealth created in the early 1900s during a vibrant hum of agricultural, commercial and manufacturing activity gave the city a 30-block district lined with turn of the last century terra cotta stone warehouses, buildings and space now filled with shops, galleries and high-end condos. This Exchange District is coveted by film producers as a prime period location and is the venue ...

Set in Manitoba, one of Canada’s most economically diverse provinces, Winnipeg is located at the heart of both Canada and North America, 65 miles north of the American border. Esplanade Riel, a walking bridge over the Red River, highlights a stunning downtown skyline. Wealth created in the early 1900s during a vibrant hum of agricultural, commercial and manufacturing activity gave the city a 30-block district lined with turn of the last century terra cotta stone warehouses, buildings and space now filled with shops, galleries and high-end condos. This Exchange District is coveted by film producers as a prime period location and is the venue for many of the city’s frequent and well-attended cultural and artistic events and performances. Winnipeg was built at the junction of two historic rivers, the Assiniboine and the Red. The Forks National Historic Site, where the rivers join, is the most popular attraction in Winnipeg drawing people year round to skate the world’s longest trail, roam the riverbanks, get out on the river, take in events, or shop and eat.

Catherine Senecal
About the Expert

Catherine Senecal is the author of Pelicans to Polar Bears, a wildlife viewing guide to Manitoba, and has written about Alberta, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and other places for Michelin Guides, Rand McNally, and Reader’s Digest Atlas.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Fall or winter for culture, performing arts, winter festivals; summer, spring or fall for festivals, exploring, touring, history, shopping