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1. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, opening in September 2014, is the first national museum to open outside of Ottawa. New Mexico architect Antoine Predock’s design includes an illuminated alabaster ramp that takes you to the 11 themed galleries and a basalt rock Garden of Contemplation inspired by the Giants Causeway in Ireland. At the basket-shaped Indigenous Perspective gallery, watch a film in a circular theatre about the aboriginal concept of humanity. In the cavernous Canadian Journeys gallery, a 30-metre screen tells a multitude of human rights stories, ranging from French language rights to the Chinese Head Tax.

Garden of Contemplation, Canadian Museum of Human RightsGarden of Contemplation

2. Journey to Churchill at Assiniboine Park is an arctic menagerie that lets you get up close and personal with Manitoba’s wildlife. Watch polar bears swim through icy water and ring seals darting among chunks of ice in an enormous transparent Sea Ice Tunnel or look up to see a spectacular show of northern lights in the Aurora Borealis room. Don’t be surprised when a snowy owl swoops and stretches to full wing span overhead in its open-air habitat. Journey’s design is rooted in real Manitoba landscape, so you might feel as though you are bordering tundra coastline or exploring the Northern Manitoba town of Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world.

3. Residential River Heights is becoming a gastronomic destination, largely thanks to newly opened Chew. (The name is a composite of the names of young husband-and-wife owners Kristen Chemerika and Kyle Lew, alums of Mark McEwan kitchens, such as One and ByMark.) Pain perdu with seared foie gras and wild blueberries or asparagus with poached egg and guanciale are examples of light-handed dishes from the sophisticated menu. We loved the parting gifts: sponge toffee or caramelized banana muffins for tomorrow’s breakfast. Reserve ahead; this bijou of a bistro has seating for only 21.

4. Experience traditional Scandinavian baths in a sprawling rustic setting at Thermëa, where you can partake in therapeutic circuits that alternate between toasty Finnish saunas and bracing Nordic waterfalls. Winnipeg’s distinct seasons make each visit unique: In summer, lounge under glorious late-night prairie sunsets. Come winter, soak in an outdoor hot tub in -30°C weather or enjoy the snowy outdoors by looking through glass windows from heated loungers inside. The spa menu includes a wide array of massages to complete the mellowing effect. 

Blue Marble RestaurantBlue Marble Restaurant

5. The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel by Lakeview’s Blue Marble Restaurant shows how airport dining has evolved. Chef Anthony Kucera (who has cooked at Winnipeg’s Gluttons Bistro and Summerhill Market in Toronto) serves up gourmet comfort food like oxtail ravioli – his favourite dish on the menu – and small plates, such as sous-vide plums with ricotta, olive oil, candied citrus and crispy sage. It’s no surprise that you’ll see as many locals as travellers dining here. 



Getting There

This summer, Air Canada will offer almost 220 nonstop flights a week into Winnipeg from an extensive network across Canada.

Comments… or add another

Gladys Okabe

Thursday, July 3rd 2014 20:26
Enjoyed reading all about what is new in Winnipeg. A few of the places I had not been aware of and I live in Wpg.! Thanks for sharing....

Ken Wong

Sunday, July 6th 2014 20:32
Great article! Living in China now but moving back to Ottawa soon. Born and raised in Winnipeg and left 15y ago. Looking forward to bringing my family there for another visit to Grandma's. Haven't been there in years -- these new "hotspots" are a great incentive to go.

Janet Simon

Friday, August 29th 2014 09:30
Thank you for reviewing Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am glad you enjoyed your visit here with us. We hope you come back and have a chance to see more of our great city!
Until then, Bonjour,
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