Parks & Recreation
Year-round Events Indoors and Out
Whether it’s a barbecue and softball in summer, cross-country skiing and tobogganning in winter, or a few rounds of golf, residents of Winnipeg have 10,000 acres of parkland, 1,000 parks, and 26 golf courses to choose from throughout the city.
That figure is just a fraction of the additional recreational opportunities available outside the city, including dozens of summer cottage and beach destinations located within 100 km of city limits, 2.5 million acres of parkland, and more than 100,000 pristine lakes.
Assiniboine Park is one of Winnipeg’s finest attractions and is visited by millions of people every year. Open 365 days a year, this premier green space serves as a gathering place for locals and tourists seeking recreation, relaxation, and education. Explore creatures from near and far at Assiniboine Park Zoo, and bask in an exotic horticultural collection from around the world in the Assiniboine Park Conservatory.
Children are invited to the fun and excitement of the Nature Playground—a place filled with wonder, tree forts, birds-nest swings, willow-tree tunnels, hedges, mazes, sculptures, a children’s garden resembling the classic board game snakes and ladders, and so much more. In winter months, the area remains active and alive thanks to a world-class toboggan run, outdoor fire pits, ice sculptures, and snow forts, ensuring the area will engage, educate, and entertain regardless of the time of the year.
The park and its zoo are in the midst of an unprecedented 10-year, $200-million Imagine a Place redevelopment plan that has already seen multiple projects completed: the Qualico Family Centre & Park Café, blending seamlessly with its natural surroundings; the revamped Butterfly Garden, housed in two 2,000-square-foot Quonsets; and the refreshed Tropical House, with new landscapes and waterfalls. On the near horizon is the zoo’s 10-acre Journey to Churchill exhibit, which will welcome visitors in 2014 and serve as the flagship component of the entire redevelopment. It’s the most comprehensive project ever undertaken in Canada that focuses on concerns relating to climate change, polar bears, and other northern species.
Winnipeg and Manitoba offer additional natural attractions as well, such as FortWhyte Alive, the Ducks Unlimited Centre at Oak Hammock Marsh, and year-round activities ranging from sailing, windsurfing, and fishing to hiking, cycling, and snowmobiling.
Sports & Recreation
Through community sports associations, the city offers dozens of opportunities for participation in sports for competitors at any level.
Winnipeg also has a number of professional sports franchises, including:
- Winnipeg Jets, (National Hockey League), who play at the downtown MTS Centre
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian Football League)
- Winnipeg Goldeyes (American Association Baseball League) who play at the spectacular Shaw Park
Winnipeg has also played host to major sporting events, including the 1999 Pan American Games, Grey Cup, the World Curling Championships, the Canada Summer Games, and the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Arts & Culture
For decades, Winnipeg’s arts and cultural scene has been exceptional, both in the quality of the creative work and in the support audiences in Winnipeg provide.
Winnipeg was the birthplace of Canadian film and has a historic tradition of excellence that remains strong in literature, music, dance, theatre, and film.
Winnipeg’s cultural institutions have a longstanding reputation as the best in Canada. The Manitoba Museum was awarded the Michelin Guide’s highest rating, The Plug-In Gallery curated the first Canadian work to ever win the Venice Biennale, Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet has a world-class reputation and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, which was the birthplace of regional theatre in North America, hosted the world premiere in 2009 of “The Boys in the Photograph” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton. Other renowned cultural pursuits include the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Opera, and Le Circle Molière.
Winnipeg also offers a number of festivals year-round, including a Jazz Festival, Comedy Festival, New Music Festival, and one of Canada’s largest and best-attended Fringe festivals. Other major festivals include:
- Folklorama, the world’s largest multicultural festival
- Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of the largest and longest-running in North America
- Festival du Voyageur, a celebration of Manitoba’s French-Canadian heritage
In addition to local entertainment, Winnipeg also enjoys the world’s biggest touring acts. MTS Centre, Winnipeg’s state-of-the-art downtown arena, has ranked as high as third among Canada's busiest buildings.
The enthusiastic support of Manitobans for the arts is evident in Statistics Canada data, which shows that Manitoba’s performing arts companies enjoyed the highest per capita revenue in Canada, including revenue from ticket sales, public grants and fund-raising. Manitoba ranked first or second in each of these categories individually.
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E: Edward Suzuki