All-Season Attractions for Everyone
From barbecues and softball in the summer to cross-country skiing and tobogganing in the winter, Winnipeggers have 10,000 acres of parkland, 937 parks and 26 golf courses to choose from throughout the city.
But those figures are just a fraction of the additional recreational activities available just outside the city, including dozens of summer cottage and beach destinations located within 100 kilometres (60 miles) of city limits, 2.5 million acres of parkland and more than 100,000 pristine lakes.
No matter where you want to go or what you want to do, your best future is waiting for you right here in Winnipeg. Read about two of our most famed outdoor attractions below, and then get ready to Get Centred and Go Flat Out.
The Forks National Historic Site is Winnipeg’s No. 1 tourist destination, welcoming more than four million visitors annually. One of the loveliest public spaces in Winnipeg, The Forks is an exquisite riverside attraction—an urban oasis in the heart of Winnipeg.
A historic meeting place at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, The Forks is home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the first-ever national museum in Canada's history to be located outside the National Capital Region. The Forks also boasts a skateboard park, riverwalk and green space.
Winter, spring, summer or fall, The Forks offers a stunning array of dining experiences, incomparable shopping, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that showcase the site’s natural, historic and man-made features.
It's been a meeting place for over 6,000 years. Early Aboriginal peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Metis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants.
Come see for yourself why The Forks was selected as the best public space in Canada in a contest organized by the Canadian Institute of Planners.
Assiniboine Park is one of Winnipeg’s finest attractions and is visited by millions of people every year. First conceived in 1904, the park quickly became the jewel in the crown of the city's growing park system, and the social hub of outdoor leisure and major events. The park has retained this status to the present time, almost a century later.
Prominent landscape architect Frederick G. Todd was commissioned to develop plans for Assiniboine Park. Having studied and worked for Frederick Law Olmsted—considered by many to be the father of American landscape architecture and the chief designer of New York’s famed Central Park—Todd created Assiniboine Park using an English landscape style. This style of design features large open meadows and lawns flanked by border plantings of natural woods, naturalized plantings of shrubbery, free-form or serpentine-shaped water bodies, tree-lined drives and broad vistas.
Assiniboine Park’s Main Attractions
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.
The zoo’s 10-acre Journey to Churchill exhibit, which welcomed visitors in 2014 and serves as the flagship component of the entire redevelopment is the most comprehensive project ever undertaken in Canada that focuses on concerns relating to climate change, polar bears, and other northern species.
Additional Outdoor Attractions
Winnipeg and Manitoba offer additional natural attractions as well, such as FortWhyte Alive, the Ducks Unlimited Centre at Oak Hammock Marsh and all-season activities ranging from sailing, windsurfing and fishing to hiking, cycling and snowmobiling.
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About Tourism Winnipeg
Tourism Winnipeg is the city’s official destination marketing organization tasked with increasing visitation and delivering the best possible visitor experience. A division of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc., Tourism Winnipeg’s mission is to facilitate a healthy, prosperous, responsible and fully integrated tourism industry that enhances Winnipeg’s economic growth through the acquisition of meetings, conventions, sports and events, group travel and leisure tourism.