Winnipeg is a four-season city with something for everyone. We’re sunny, bright, have a variety of neighbourhoods for you to call home, and a never-ending list of activities for you to enjoy. No matter what your interests are, Winnipeg’s lifestyle is here for you.
Our continent-central location means Winnipeg enjoys an average 317.78 days of sunshine per year. That’s about 21 days more sunshine than the Canadian average!
Clearest Skies Year-Round: #1 Province in Canada
In a province-by-province comparison with the rest of Canada, Manitobans annually enjoy the most hours where total cloud amount is between 0 and 2 tenths. Relative to the Canadian average, Manitobans get over 500 more hours of clear skies each year - that's almost 21 days.
All Season Climate
Don’t believe the naysayers – ‘Winterpeg’ is warmer than you think. It’s true that we love our winter months, but the average temperature is only -12.9 degrees Celsius (8.8 degrees Fahrenheit). Our warm months provide a pleasant contrast - our average temperature in the summer is over 25 degrees Celsius (77.7 degrees Fahrenheit). Our spring and fall temperatures fall anywhere in between.
- Average summer temperature 25.8⁰C (77.7⁰F)
- Average winter temperature -12.9⁰C (8.8⁰F)
Over half of all precipitation in Winnipeg falls during the summer months, sometimes in the form of brief but heavy showers. The city averages 419 mm of rain annually, and 114 cm of yearly snowfall.
- Average annual precipitation 52.1 cm (20.5”)
- Average annual rainfall 418.9 mm (16.4”)
- Average annual snowfall 113.7cm (44.7”)
With 236 neighbourhoods in Winnipeg, there is a community for everyone. Within these zones, approximately 186 can be considered residential, with the remainder classified as industrial.
The average population of each of Winnipeg’s residential neighbourhoods is approximately 4,000 people, and include a mix of commercial facilities, transportation choices, schools, recreation, libraries and parks. Click here for a brief summary of some of Winnipeg’s most popular neighbourhoods.
Many of Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods have a unique heritage and historic identity. Neighbourhoods throughout the city have significant heritage legacy resources that illustrate the broad range of Winnipeg’s historical development.
Commuting & Public Transportation
Winnipeg has some of the shortest commuting times for any large city, with an average commute of only 20 minutes.
A citywide transit network provides transportation options in every neighbourhood. Most bus routes connect to the downtown, with additional busses during peak commute times. A citywide bus rapid transit expansion is underway and expected to be completed by 2030.
Recreation & Entertainment
You won’t believe your eyes when polar bears swim just inches over your head and dive around you at the multi-award winning Journey to Churchill in Assiniboine Park Zoo. The world’s foremost Arctic species exhibit houses an incredible array of northern species – including seven polar bears – spread out across 10 acres.
The Forks is the city’s most-visited tourist attraction with a wide array of shops, restaurants, museums, public art and many other attractions. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an architectural marvel, and winner of over 30 international, national and regional awards. Inside its glass cloud you’ll ascend through 11 interactive, awe-inspiring galleries to the Tower of Hope, which provides spectacular vistas of the city. Click here for a list of our top 10 must-see attractions.
Review a list of our top 10 Must see attractions.
With a wide variety of year-round live music performances, along with a rapidly expanding cocktail and craft brewery scene, Winnipeg is a great spot to treat yourself.
Check out a full list of nightlife venues.
With over 100 ethnic groups enriching Winnipeg's neighbourhoods, it's not surprising we enjoy cuisines from across the globe, often at restaurants only a few blocks apart.
There is no shortage of shopping options in Winnipeg. Some of the city’s largest shopping districts include CF Polo Park, St. Vital Mall and the brand-new Outlet Collection Winnipeg.
Locally-owned boutiques abound in the city, providing a unique shopping experience in sophisticated, walkable communities including the Exchange District, Academy Road, Osborne Village and Corydon Avenue. Farmer’s markets, craft sales and other pop-up opportunities can often be found across the city, which offer a local and unique shopping experience.
Here is a city-wide shopping guide of local storefronts, and other shopping opportunities.
With Winnipeg’s busy schedule of year-round festivals, there’s always something to celebrate. Tour pavilions from cultures around the world at Folklorama, discover Indigenous dance, music and heritage at Manito-Ahbee, and celebrate Winnipeg’s colourful LGBTTQ* community at the Winnipeg Pride Festival. In the winter, experience “joie de vivre” at Festival du Voyageur.
Visit the Tourism Winnipeg site for a full list of festivals & events.
Known as the ‘cultural cradle of Canada’ Winnipeg is home to Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Opera to name a few.
Winnipeg boasts a number of professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Jets (National Hockey League), Manitoba Moose (American Hockey League), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Canadian Football League), the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball's 2017 champions, the Winnipeg Goldeyes and Valour FC (Winnipeg's soccer club that competes in the Canadian Premiere League).
Here is a full list of sports & recreation activities.
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