All About Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg offers an abundance of recreational opportunities as it lies in close proximity to hundreds of lakes including Lake Winnipeg, the world's eleventh largest lake, Lake Manitoba, and Lake of the Woods. The city is one of Canadas major cultural centres and is home to the world-famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Winnipeg is also one of Canadas greener cities. This is evident through the multiplicity of Elm trees that line the streets of many older residential areas. Winnipegs suburbs are dotted with parks and greenspaces also. Large parks such as Assiniboine Park, Kildonan Park andWinnipeg loves to host visitors from around the world and has done so many times in the past. Winnipeg can be characterized as a festival city, since it hosts more than 130 days of festivals and activities each year. Cultural events such as Folklorama and Le Festival du Voyageur, celebrate the traditions and heritage of the many different ethnic groups that make Winnipeg their home.
One of the most popular venues for local festivals is The Forks National Historic Site. The site on the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers serves as a meeting place for visitors and residents alike. The Forks site is rich in history and tradition. Renovated railway engine shops house a shoppers market with many specialty boutiques, services and restaurants. The Winnipeg Childrens Museum and the Manitoba Theatre for Young People also call The Forks their home.
Winnipeg has a very rich arts and entertainment scene. Sir Peter Ustinov once observed that Winnipeg is home to a ballet company of world renown, a fine symphony orchestra and a superb art gallery. The quality of the food is invariably incomparably superior and rare wines appear in bewildering profusion. The Manitoba Museum of Man & Nature in downtown Winnipeg is one of the finest history museums in North America. The venue houses many displays that depict such scenes as an early native settlement. The Museum also has on display a replica of the original HMS Nonsuch. Travelling displays complement the already superb collection of artifacts found at the museum.
Winnipeg also offers its residents and visitors many fun family oriented outdoor events. These events include the Winnipeg International Air Show, the world renown Winnipeg Childrens Festival and fundraising events like the Teddy Bears Picnic and the Winnipeg Kite Festival.
Fans of fine dining will find the city home to a plethora of restaurants and venues that offer many unique and exquisite dishes from all corners of the globe. The Taste of Manitoba Festival held annually tempts guests to sample many of these fine dishes.
Winnipeg enjoys a large independent music scene with performances by local, national and international acts.
Old Market Square, Osborne Village and the Corydon Avenue Strip all offer an interesting and unique combination of upscale specialty shops, dining, and nightspots. Corydon is famous for its many outdoor patios and trendy atmosphere. Old Market square plays host to music and theatre acts during the summer.
Sports fans will find much to love about Winnipeg too. Our professional teams include The Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team, The Manitoba Moose hockey team and The Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team. Winnipeg offers many other sporting activities, including over 850 parks and 23 golf courses in the city and surrounding area.
Winnipeg's friendly hospitality shines throughout the year. The community spirit is evident in every aspect of our community. Winnipegs spirit was proudly displayed to the world in 1999, when it played host city to the most successful Pan Am Games ever held. Winnipeg and the province served as a temporary home to thousands of athletes, coaches, officials and fans.
St. Vital Park have been preserved for recreational use by visitors and residents alike.