ALL ABOARD THE VIA RAIL TRAIN TO CHURCHILL VIDEO
Bea Broda’s snapshot of the 1700 kilometer journey up most of the length of the province of Manitoba by VIA Rail train from Winnipeg to Churchill – an arctic city on Hudson Bay. Comfort on the two day trip is enhanced by deluxe sleeper cars and views are stunning from the dome car.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM VIDEO
Located at the Forks, The Manitoba Children’s Museum is home to six permanent galleries and offers plenty of hands-on fun. While at the museum, children can ride a train, climb a tree, explore the Internet, or build a bridge and feel just like a regular construction worker!
FALCON LAKE AND THE WHITESHELL VIDEO
Winnipeg. Another well-visited group of lakes, Falcon, West Hawk, Toniata and Caddy Lakes, are approximately 75 miles east of Winnipeg. As part of the Whiteshell Provincial Park, on the periphery of the rugged Canadian Shield, the park has some 200 lakes. Whiteshell Provincial Park is the largest and most popular of the three provincial parks in the region, sprawling over roughly a thousand square miles of spectacular Pre-Cambrian Shield.
FRINGE FESTIVAL VIDEO
From the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, the annual Fringe Festival, held in July, strives to break down traditional boundaries between audience and artist, by presenting live theatre in an informal environment. Audiences are invited to experience the work of seasoned veterans, alongside that of emerging artists. Generally about 150 companies perform in 24 different venues, indoors and out, and a festive atmosphere prevails, with booths offering up gifts and goodies.
CAPTAIN KENNEDY HOUSE MUSEUM VIDEO
On the banks of the scenic Red River, Kennedy House, built in 1866 in a Gothic Revival style, is surrounded by a pretty English garden that’s the backdrop for numerous Winnipeg weddings. It is one of the only early stone houses remaining along the Red River. Originally owned by explorer and geographer Captain William Kennedy and his family.
ASSINIBOINE PARK VIDEO
Assiniboine Park sprawls over some 400 acres along the Assiniboine River. Here, a garden and pond mingle natural elements into the gallery of simply stunning bronze sculptures, porcelains, paintings and sketches of celebrated Winnipeg artist Leo Mol. Inside the Pavilion Gallery you can discover the works of three Manitoba artists: Ivan Eyre, Clarence Tillenius and Walter J. Phillips.
THE AVIATION MUSEUM OF WESTERN CANADA VIDEO
One of Canada’s most exciting and unique collections of vintage and unusual aircraft can be seen at the Western Canada Aviation Museum, near Winnipeg’s airport. You can soar through history with a tour through the original Trans-Canada Air Lines hangar and see Canada’s first helicopter, military jets, bush planes, Avro Arrow artifacts and more.
On the west shore of Lake Winnipeg, an hour’s drive from the city of Winnipeg, Icelandic immigrants settled Gimli in 1895. Its Historical Museum highlights fishing and farming, the two most important occupations of the immigrants. Today, a picturesque harbor has room for 300 boats and the town has themed its commercial district with a fishing village motif. Tourists come to Gimli to swim, sunbath, and sail, go boating, sail boarding and fishing.
RURAL MANITOBA VIDEO
Rich in ancient and more recent history, the province of Manitoba is located right in the center of Canada, and its name means “the place where the spirit lives.” In the south of the province, this “spirit” goes back millions of years, when it used to be covered with the warm and salty waters of the Colorado Sea.
Winnipeg takes a lot of flack for its extreme weather conditions in the winter. Cold and crisp, with bright blue and sunny skies, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy cross country skiing, skating at the Forks, snowmobile adventure, ice fishing and, of course, staying indoors where it’s warm!
Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba. With around 700,000 people, the city has been a trading center for more than an astonishing 6,000 years. Crowned by the famous Golden Boy, the Legislative Building is considered one of the finest in the country. Near the famous crossroads of Portage and Main is the theater district, which includes the Centennial Concert Hall, just across the street from City Hall.
MANITOBA MUSEUM OF MAN AND NATURE VIDEO
When you visit the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature in downtown Winnipeg, you will travel through millions of years and thousands of miles of geographic space in just a few hours. Study the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous Inuit and Chipewyan hunters, gatherers and fishers. The Grasslands Gallery shows how the colonies of early settlers, such as the Selkirk settlers and the Ukrainians, changed the character of the land.
WINNIPEG ART GALLERY VIDEO
Elegantly constructed of Manitoba Tyndall stone, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is one of Canada’s eminent art museums. Although the emphasis of the collection is on Canadian and Manitoba artists, the Gallery has over 20,000 works of art ranging from Winnipeg’s hottest artists to 16th century European masters. Of special note is its collection – the world’s largest – of contemporary Inuit art, and it mounts around 25 exhibitions a year.
OUTSKIRTS OF WINNIPEG VIDEO
Examples of attractions found on the edge of town include historic St. Andrews on the Red, Lower Fort Garry, Oak Hammock Marsh and the Royal Canadian Mint. At the south end of town, the Winnipeg plant of the Royal Canadian Mint opened in 1976. 184 million loonies and 700 million pennies are pressed annually for Canada and coins are pressed for 40 countries around the world. From the viewing gallery, you can see the minting of coins in progress.