Winnipeg is a quirky, four-season city with something for everyone. Our location in the centre of the continent makes for bright and sunny weather (sometimes windy too!), while the city is surrounded by prairie, forests, and hundreds of lakes – including Lake Winnipeg, the world’s 11th-largest freshwater lake. We have so many tree-canopied 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.

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Diversity

Diversity

Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city where more than 100 languages are spoken. Over 26 per cent of the population are immigrants and fittingly the city is home to Folklorama, the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. Over 12 per cent of Winnipeg’s population identify as Indigenous with events and celebrations including Indigenous Day Live and the Manito Ahbee Festival. The city also has a robust French population and history playing host to Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival which celebrates the region’s francophone, Métis and Indigenous culture and history. In 2019, there were a total of 14,580 immigrants to Winnipeg with more than 50 per cent of them coming from India, China, Nigeria, Philippines and Eritrea.

Climate

Climate

Break out those shades – Winnipeg enjoys an average 317.78 days of sunshine per year. That’s about 21 days more sunshine than the Canadian average! In a province-by-province comparison, Manitobans get over 500 more hours of clear skies each year - that's almost 21 days! Plus ‘Winterpeg’ is warmer than you think. The average winter temperature is only -12.9 degrees Celsius (8.8 degrees Fahrenheit) while we make the cold cool with great events on ice. Summer’s heat provides a pleasant contrast with an average temperature over 25 degrees Celsius (77.7 degrees Fahrenheit) with spring and fall being our shortest seasons where temps swing wildly.

Transportation

Transportation

Winnipeg has some of the shortest commuting times for a large North American city, with an average commute of only 20 minutes.

Uber and taxi service are available 24 hours a day, while other ride-share companies include TappCar, My Cab App by Greencity, ReRyde, Uride and WinRyde.

A citywide transit network provides transportation options in every neighbourhood. Most bus routes connect to downtown, with additional busses during peak commute times. A citywide bus rapid transit expansion continues to be added to each year with the total project set to be completed by 2030.

Attractions

Attractions

You won’t believe your eyes when polar bears swim just inches over your head at the multi-award-winning Journey to Churchill in Assiniboine Park Zoo – the world’s foremost Arctic species exhibit.

The Forks is the city’s most-visited tourist attraction with a wide array of shops, restaurants, museums, and public art installations. On its grounds you can’t miss The the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, 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.

Check out a list of our Top 10 Must see attractions.

Nightlife

Nightlife

With a wide variety of year-round live music performances (we have arguably Canada’s second-busiest live-music scene behind Newfoundland), along with a rapidly expanding cocktail and craft brewery scene, Winnipeg is a great spot to treat yourself.

See a full list of nightlife venues.

Dining

Dining

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. On top of this, there’s no shortage of nationally acclaimed rooms too.

Follow Peg City Grub, Tourism Winnipeg’s premier culinary blog to learn more and glance at our list of Winnipeg’s best restaurants.

Shopping

Shopping

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.

Farmers’ markets, craft sales and other pop-up opportunities can often be found across the city, which offer a local and unique shopping experience. This is our city-wide shopping guide of local storefronts, and other shopping opportunities.

Festivals

Festivals

With Winnipeg’s busy schedule of year-round festivals, there’s always something to celebrate. Tour pavilions from cultures around the world at Folklorama - the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival, discover Indigenous dance, music and heritage at Manito-Ahbee, and celebrate Winnipeg’s vibrant LGBTTQ* community at the Winnipeg Pride Festival. In the winter, experience “joie de vivre” at Festival du Voyageur - Western Canada’s largest winter festival.

Check out Tourism Winnipeg's full list of festivals & events.

The Arts

Performing Arts

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.

Review our full list of arts organizations.

Sports

Sports

Winnipeg boasts a number of professional sports franchises, including the Winnipeg Jets (National Hockey League), Manitoba Moose (American Hockey League), Winnipeg Blue Bombers (the current Grey Cup Champions of the 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).

Watch the action unfold by choosing from our full list of sports & recreation activities.

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