The capital of Manitoba might be a prairie town—but it’s a prairie town with soul and culture to spare. Situated at the intersection of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers in south-central Canada, Winnipeg was a longtime stronghold for the First Nations people before becoming a trade center for the French in the 18th century. Today, it’s an exciting destination thanks in no small part to a demographic stew that includes Metis (mixed American Indian and Euro-American people), Filipino and French residents. History buffs will love the Manitoba Museum, while lovers of the outdoors will find plenty to explore at local favorite Assiniboine Park.
When to go
With spring comes crazy temperature swings—lows of 15°F, highs in the mid-60s°F—as well as events like the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in April.
Expect lows in the mid-50s°F and highs of 80°F. If your trip lands in August, check out Folklorama, the world’s largest multicultural festival.
Admire the fall colors on a drive along the Yellowhead Highway, which starts in Winnipeg and runs northwest out of the city all the way to British Columbia. But bring layers—temps this time of year range from lows of 20°F to highs in the mid-60s°F.
Lows hover around 0°F and highs can reach the low-30s°F. Festival du Voyageur is a seasonal highlight. The week-long winter-themed party is held each February in Winnipeg’s French Quarter, Saint Boniface.
Winnipeg Transit operates the public bus service, but Winnipeg is spread out enough to warrant a car rental should you plan on leaving the city center.
- Winnipeg’s Filipino residents make up nearly 10 percent of the city’s population. For an easy introduction into Filipino culture, grab a burger topped with pineapple at fast-food hotspot Jollibee’s. Or try the lumpias (Philippines’ answer to egg rolls) at the more authentic Kalan Restaurant.
- Make your winter visit more comfortable by using the heated, glassed-in pedestrian skyways that connect buildings in downtown Winnipeg.
- Some locals refer to Winnipeg as “the Peg”—though not everyone loves the nickname.
The Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown is conveniently located in the South Portage neighborhood with skywalk access to Cityplace, Bell MTS Place, and Winnipeg Square. The hotel is located within 20 minutes from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and includes an on-site restaurant and lounge, Starbucks, business centre, and on-site parking.
Ideally situated two kilometers from Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, the pet-friendly Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Winnipeg is the perfect location for your Winnipeg vacation. Nearby attractions include The Forks, CF Polo Park, Assiniboine Golf Club, FortWhyte Alive Aquarium, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.