Winnipeg is the province of Manitoba’s capital city located in the geographic centre of North America and Canada.
It is a vibrant city with a cosmopolitan flair and community values that combine to create a warm and welcoming energy.
With a population of approximately 800,000, Winnipeg is a city that continues to grow. The city’s key business sectors include advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, aerospace, energy and environment, financial services, information and communications technology, life sciences, tourism and transportation and distribution. It is a four-season city where participants have so many choices to explore during free time with lively nightlife and dynamic music scenes, diverse eateries, thrilling professional sports, blissful spas, and renowned performing arts that are sure to impress.
Winnipeg experiences a continental climate characterized by four distinct seasons. Average temperatures range between -12 degrees Celsius (+10 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter months to +26 degrees Celsius (+79 degrees in summer. Due to its northern location, Winnipeg enjoys 2,372 hours of sunlight annually, one of the highest of Canadian cities, and an average of 51 centimetres of precipitation each year.
What to Do
When it is time to take a break from the competition, there are plenty of activities participants can enjoy while in Winnipeg.
Manitoba’s number one attraction is a vibrant tourist destination with a bustling market, artisan shops, one-of-a-kind eateries and waterfront patios with gorgeous views of the city. Stroll the lush riverwalk, hop on a water taxi and soak in live performances taking place on the outdoor stage. It is the site of the world- class Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a theatre, hotel, children’s museum, playground and skate park. In winter, the Arctic Glacier Park features groomed skating trails and a pop-up restaurant on ice.
Get steamy at Ten Spa with a luxurious hamam treatment – a Turkish bath with a contemporary twist, or indulge your senses at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature with its outdoor thermal pools, Finnish saunas and fine dining. For a treatment with Indigenous roots, unwind with a hot stone massage at Riverstone Spa.
More than 1,100 restaurants dot the city’s culinary landscape where diners will find sophisticated steakhouses, sleek tapas lounges, authentic Mexican and teppanyaki- style Japanese down the street from buzzing sports bars, whisky lounges and olde English pubs. The latest food trends, new restaurants, and chef profiles can be found on www.pegcitygrub.com, a premier blog showcasing Winnipeg’s culinary sphere.
Let Us Entertain You
Winnipeg lights up with live music and concerts, bustling patios, stylish lounges and hopping nightclubs. For sports fans, cheer on the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the AA Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team. Try your luck at one of Winnipeg’s premier casinos, Club Regent and McPhillips Station Casino or head to Assiniboia Downs and watch live horse racing. Indulge in the city’s craft brewery scene on a four-hour Winnipeg Tasting Tour, which will shuttle you and a crew through flights and facility tours at four of Winnipeg’s best breweries. Winnipeg is home to nine craft breweries (and counting), many of which have handsome tap and tasting rooms that will be calling your name during the games.
Heart of the Arts
Admire contemporary and traditional art, take in live plays and moving performances by ballet and contemporary dance companies, and groove to live music from headliner concerts, jazz, folk to indie acts in intimate clubs and lounges. Discover the stunning artists and arts groups – many of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious, such as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – that call this city home.
Discover Winnipeg’s captivating histories through the museums, galleries and city tours. Enjoy the intrigue and mystery on a Hermetic Code Tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building, discover the French culture of St. Boniface, board a fur trading ship at the Manitoba Museum, be inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and admire Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Hit the links at 27 city golf courses or another 11 within one-hour’s drive with levels ranging from championship quality greens that host PGA events to a casual nine-hole, par three course. The Golf Dome’s indoor driving range and virtual golf takes you around the world year-round.
Explore, Engage and Entertain
Race to find the historic and note-worthy attractions before the clock runs out during the Amazing Place or Peg City Pursuit. Team building and musical icebreaker entertainment are available from Drum Café, while Folklorama Travel’s Cultural Nights presents hands-on workshops, performances and enticing foods.
Browse the big box stores of Kenaston and CF Polo Park shopping centre that feature major brand name stores, while Osborne Village and Academy Road provide trendy fashions, gift and jewellery boutiques. Head to the Exchange District for funky vintage, and discover global goods and made-in-Manitoba food souvenirs at The Forks Market.
Festivals and Events
Winnipeg’s dynamic festivals highlight live music, visual arts, global cuisine and so much more. Admire Festival du Voyageur’s giant snow sculptures, savour Folklorama’s multicultural eats, take in Manito Ahbee for Indigenous culture, explore contemporary art during Nuit Blanche, join street parties at Many Fest and the Fringe Festival, and attend internationally-acclaimed jazz, folk and blues music festivals for year- round entertainment.
Winnipeg is conveniently located at the geographic centre of North America, providing comparable flying times into Winnipeg from either coast or major U.S. cities. The Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, recently named one of the 10 most stylish terminals in the world, is ready to welcome participants from near and far with 80 flights per day arriving into the city. Major airlines servicing Winnipeg include: Air Canada, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and WestJet, along with many other regional airlines. The
Getting around the city is a breeze. Choose from taxis, limousines, buses or car rentals. Some hotels also offer theirown complimentary shuttle service for guests.