Winnipeg, Manitoba is the big city that is situated smack dab in the center of Canada. Despite its central location, the city of Winnipeg is decidedly Western in feel. In fact, it is said to be the most “American” of the Canadian cities. With its grain elevators and mid-western feel, Winnipeg Manitoba has often been compared to Chicago.

Despite appearances, Winnipeg is far from just another Midwestern town. There is a blossoming arts scene that has flourished in the city, and the rich historical highlights of the city are drawing in tourism in Winnipeg. Your Winnipeg vacation is sure to be full of uniquely Canadian flavor.

The most popular Winnipeg attraction is the Forks National Historic Site. For over 5,000 years this has been a trade and meeting place for Natives, fur traders and settlers. Perhaps you could say that tourism in Winnipeg began here! In the 1980’s the Canadian National rail yard was converted into the Forks Market, which is another great Winnipeg attraction. Fresh food and cheap restaurants have even more appeal in the setting of the historic rail warehouses. There are also quaint shops and boutiques to peruse through to the tunes of street performers and musicians. Walking tours are available in the Forks, as are canoe rentals. From the river you can appreciate the sites of Winnipeg Manitoba like the St. Boniface Basilica. If your Winnipeg vacation falls on a winter month, you can ice skate on the river or cross-country ski on a river-side trail.

Another intriguing Winnipeg attraction is the Exchange District. Made up of thirty blocks of turn-of-the-century buildings, this national historic site has been well preserved. The former commercial buildings and warehouses now house restaurants, businesses and living quarters. This area has become a popular backdrop for movies from both Canada and the U.S.A. There is always something going on in the Exchange District. From flea markets to night clubs, there is something to do day and night. This is a great spot for tourism in Winnipeg because it also holds two great art galleries: the Plug in Gallery and the Gallery. Both galleries are definitely worth checking out. Tours of the historical sites in the Exchange District are offered from spring through fall, weather permitting.

On your Winnipeg vacation, you may want to fit in some time for shopping. Winnipeg Square, Eaton Place and Portage Place all provide great indoor shopping options. Shops as well as restaurants and an IMAX movie theatre provide indoor entertainment, especially during Winnipeg Manitoba’s cold winters.

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