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Once an important trading post for Canada's First Nations peoples, Winnipeg remains a booming economic centre and is now the largest city in Manitoba. The city's architecture reflects its diverse cultural influences and visitors will see many murals of important historical events displayed proudly around town.
The vast prairies and forests that make up the region are beautiful. Many people make the trip to canoe or swim in Winnipeg's exquisite lakes, explore the wetlands or visit some of the local attractions that make the city so special. Stop to dine at one of the city's diverse selection of restaurants, from authentic Ukrainian (mmm, homemade perogies!) to traditional French fare in Winnipeg's historic French Quarter.
But there's a lot more to this city than outdoor activities and food. Winnipeg is a thriving cultural centre with a film community that has hosted everything from an annual Aboriginal Film Festival to large-scale Hollywood productions. It is also home of the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, a theatre company that has earned critical acclaim for its top-notch productions. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Manitoba Opera are also among the world's finest. Not to mention the many renowned musicians who've come from the region, including Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who, Chantal Kreviazuk and Fred Penner.
As one of Canada's sunniest cities, you’ll also find numerous outdoor festivals and events here. The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, Winnipeg International Jazz Festival and Winnipeg Comedy Festival are just a few of the most popular ones that bring visitors to the city each spring and summer.
Visitors also come out in droves to check out Folklorama, a two-week multicultural event that's the largest and longest running event of its kind in the world. Volunteers representing a diverse group of countries and ethnicities host a series of shows, performances, culinary demonstrations and run more than 40 pavilions.
Another interesting tidbit about Winnipeg is that it was the inspiration for naming a very famous bear – a bear who would later become a character in the Winnie the Pooh series! But enough about that for now – it's time to plan your trip.
Winnipeg is a fantastic destination for:
- outdoor adventure
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