Situated south of Lake Winnipeg and just north of the border with the US, Winnipeg is the capital city of the state of Manitoba, one of Canada’s thirteen states. Winnipeg’s history goes back several thousand years, when the native Indians ruled the land. The city has a vibrant and cosmopolitan feel and offers visitors food and culture from many different countries. The vast, pristine landscape surrounding the city is a haven for nature lovers and winter sports enthusiasts.
Winnipeg offers visitors a plethora of sights and attractions, many showcasing the city’s past and its proximity to nature. Many of Winnipeg’s most popular sights are concentrated in the city center, within easy walking distance of each other. Located in the city center, where the two rivers meet, Forks National Historic Site was originally a place for native Canadians to come together, before becoming a base for fur traders and later a fort.
Children and families visiting Winnipeg are well catered to with the city’s Assiniboine Park Zoo being one of Winnipeg’s most popular family tourist attractions and places to visit. Winnipeg boasts of many interesting museums. The Winnipeg Art Gallery is reputed to have the world’s biggest collection of Inuit art. The Manitoba Children’s Museum is a lot of fun for young visitors with interactive displays to stimulate their imaginations.
The Western Canada Aviation Museum is the second biggest museum of its kind in the whole of Canada and contains many important and historic aircraft, which have been lovingly restored.
Winnipeg and its surrounding areas are wonderful to drive around, with spectacular scenery and impressive sights. Not many people would think of Winnipeg as a beach resort, yet a number of stunning beaches lie just a short distance from the city, lining the eastern shoreline of nearby Lake Winnipeg. Grand Beach is one of Lake Winnipeg’s premier attractions during the summer months, together with nearby Patricia Beach.