Three Things That Surprised Me About Winnipeg

On a recent visit to Manitoba, I had the opportunity to explore Winnipeg. Have you been to this Canadian city? I had not been in Winnipeg for more than twenty years, so this was truly a new destination for me. Getting there was super easy from the midwest.

Minneapolis Authentic St. Paul

A non-stop flight out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport offered a quick way to travel to Winnipeg. I was not sure what to expect, as traveling to Canada was fairly new to me.

Winnipeg Is A Foodie Town

I had no idea that I would find amazing, fresh food in Winnipeg. I inquired at the front desk of my hotel, The Alt Winnipeg; before I headed to the Clementine Cafe for lunch. The chicken and toast was highly recommended with a glass of fresh orange juice. I had to do a double-take, as I was in Winnipeg, not Florida! He was right. This chicken and toast had flavors that still have my taste buds dancing.

Clementines Chicken and Toast

The fresh squeezed orange juice was freshly squeezed, need I say more?

orange juice at Clementine

This was within two hours of arriving at the airport, so you can only imagine the awesome food I had while in Winnipeg. This was day number one of several more.

Winnipeg Is Loaded With Architecture

The Manitoba Legislative Building literally blew me away. This is truly a one of a kind architectural enthusiasts dream come true. I would highly suggest the Hermetic Code Tours of MB Legislative Building.

Manitoba Legislative Building

It is true, you will never look at another building in the same way that you did before this tour. The building is fascinating, historical and a gem that you won’t want to miss. I can also guarantee you that this is not your typical legislative building tour. It’s not boring, it’s fun and you will leave energized. How often can you say that after touring a legislative building?

I Now Want To Go To Churchill, Manitoba

I never imagined that I would find myself wanting to go to Churchill, Manitoba. A visit to the Assiniboine Park & Zoo has planted a bug in me. These polar bears were so much fun to watch. I promise this polar bear will bring a smile to your face!

This park and zoo is much more than polar bears, but I can tell you that you can spend hours watching these polar bears play. I now have a new travel goal, I want to go to Churchill, Manitoba. Have you been to this northern destination in Canada?

This is a glimpse into what Winnipeg has to offer. You will want to stay tuned, as I have several more fun things to share with you. Winnipeg was full of adventure and the people, let’s just say that they were some of the friendliest people I have encountered in my travels. I now know that Winnipeg is a foodie lover’s town, an architectural lover’s dream come true and I learned that I want to go to Churchill, Manitoba. I’d say Winnipeg treated me well, don’t you think so?

*A thank you to Travel Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg for hosting me. A shout out to my personal guide at the Assiniboine Park & Zoo, as she made my day perfect on so many levels. A thank you to Dr. Frank Albo for sharing his knowledge of the Manitoba Legislative Building and to Don of Heartland International Travel & Tours for the warm hospitality.






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24 thoughts on “Three Things That Surprised Me About Winnipeg

  1. Churchill is a lengthy 48hour train ride from Winnipeg! Or a flight with Calm Air from the airport in Winnipeg! Only way you can get there! No roads!

  2. Good to know Winnipeg is a foodie town Sara. I’m not familiar with the place but based on your rocking post it is definitely worth a visit. The orange juice looks delightful; great snap…filled with vitamin C 🙂

  3. Love your polar bear video. They are so beautiful, furry, cuddly and graceful. The zoo sounds amazing! Anything that allows me to see animals is a yes for me.

  4. Its hard to believe that something that big and walks on land can be so graceful in the water. I would never of thought of Winnipeg as Foodie destination being in the middle of Canada. That chicken and toast looks delicious and I am very thankful that I ate before reading this.

  5. You had me at foodie!!! The chicken and toast looks incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’d love to visit, so maybe if I ever get to Canada I will! 🙂

  6. I’m an architecture and heritage enthusiast and all those buildings there are really fascinating me!
    I’m a big time foodie too! But being a veggie, I don’t know how good my options are here!
    Thanks for this virtual tour of the city!!

  7. Winnipeg’s foodie scene did surprise me. And I do agree, I am a lover of our national parks and enjoy every moment in them.

  8. I have never been in Canada and Winnipeg I mostly know because of ice hockey. I would love to visit though and the foods look delicious. By the way, I love that you have a dedicated section for national parks. I’m a huge NP fan!

  9. A little research and you may figure out a way to get to Churchill. The easy way to get the experience is to visit the zoo in Winnipeg as it’s a fantastic experience.

  10. I’m definitely more interested in visiting Winnipeg after reading your post! The meal at the cafe looks delicious. I would love to see the polar bears at the zoo! I’ve heard of Churchill, Manitoba but it seems expensive and complicated to get there from Toronto.

  11. I have not been to that part of Canada, but now I think I must!!! I also think I need a glass of fresh squeeze OJ….

  12. I live here. We are generally humble people – not much for self promotion. For this reason we are the best kept secret in Canada. I, on the other hand, am an unabashed supporter of my home city! Don’t miss the Exchange District, museums, art galleries, live sports, live theatre, St. Boniface French Quarter, Grand Beach, and the Whiteshell for some Winnipeg and near-Winnipeg excellent experiences. I hope you enjoy them!

  13. There’s more to come~ Winnipeg was way more than I expected. Another side note: Americans can travel there on the cheap!

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