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Make sure to check the forecast and pack clothes that will keep you warm (or cool) when travelling to this city of extremes. Winnipeg might hold the record for being the coldest city in the winter, but it's also Canada's second sunniest city. In total, Winnipeg receives over 2,300 hours of sunlight a year!

Temperatures here alternate between extremes in the summer and winter. Winters are very cold, with temperatures regularly falling well below the 0 C mark for days at a time (earning the city its unofficial nickname, "Winterpeg"). Summers are hot and humid and because of it, residents regularly experience evening thunderstorms during the warmer months. With the humidex, summer temperatures often feels as hot as 30 C or higher with average temperatures falling in the mid 20s C. As for spring and fall, they're typically short seasons in which temperatures vary greatly by year.

Average monthly temperature and average monthly rainfall diagrams for Winnipeg

With over 740,000 residents, Winnipeg is one of Canada's 10 largest cities. Despite its size, this capital city maintains a down-to-earth, small town feel. In fact, don’t be surprised if friendly locals chat with you in the streets, openly offering directions to help get to and from attractions and activities.

Winnipeg also offers a great deal of family attractions, as well as plenty of historical sites and monuments for the history buffs in your group.

But no matter what you're looking to do on your visit, Winnipeg is sure to deliver. There are spas, parks, festivals, plenty of places to dine and lots of hot nightspots to head to after dark.

So pick up your down-filled parka, lace up your boots and take a trip to one of Alberta's hidden gems. (You may want to skip the parka in the summer though.)

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