Local Attractions - 2017 Annual Meeting
What follows is a list of interesting attractions in and around Winnipeg, based on suggestions from the Local Arrangements committee. More detailed information can be found on the site of Tourism Winnipeg, including other suggested attractions, upcoming events in the city, a very long list of restaurants, a list of hotels, etc.
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Attractions inside the Winnipeg city limits:
- The Forks: Located at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, the Forks is one of the major attractions in Winnipeg. It has been Manitoba’s main meeting and trade place for over six thousands years. Today it hosts the Forks Market, which offers diverse dining and shopping experiences, as well as the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the Children’s Museum, the Inn at the Forks, the Forks National Historic Site of Canada among many other facilities. The Forks also feature many public events and festivals throughout the year.
- The Canadian Museum for Human Rights: The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the only museum in the world devoted to the history and awareness of human rights. It offers a unique museum concept with interactive presentations, multi-media technology and digital artwork reflecting human rights stories from multiple perspectives. The unique architecture of the museum adds on to the overall experience.
- The WAG: Located at the heart of downtown, the Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is the sixth largest gallery in Canada. In June, the WAG will be hosting two temporary exhibits showcasing the work of Pablo Picasso: Picasso in Canada and Picasso Man and Beast. The museum also holds the world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art.
- The Royal Canadian Mint: The Winnipeg Mint is a high-volume manufacturing facility of the Royal Canadian Mint specialized in the production of the Canadian circulation coins. The facility offers guided tours and has a boutique with rich coin collection and Mint memorabilia.
- The Casinos of Winnipeg: Winnipeg hosts a few casinos, all operated by the Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries Corporation. The McPhillips Station Casino and Club Regent Casino offer very different experiences to visitors. Note that the Tuesday evening banquet will be hosted at Club Regent so that interested guests will be able to stay at the casino after the banquet is over.
- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The Winniipeg Blue Bombers are part of the Canadian Football League (CFL). They play all their home games at Inverstor's Group Field, the football stadium that is located right on Fort Garry campus, the conference location! A pre-season game is scheduled against the Edmonton Eskimos on June 15, at 7:30 pm.
- The Winnipeg Goldeyes: The Winnipeg Goldeyes are a member of the 12-team American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. On June 12-15, the Goldeyes will be home to the Texas Airhogs at Shaw Park, located downtown across the street from the Forks, and on June 16 - 18, they are home to the St. Paul Saints.
- The Manitoba Museum and Planetarium: There is always something new to discover at the Manitoba Museum with a variety of programs. The museum houses the HBC collection, donated by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1994, which includes a very large number of artifacts originating from Canada’s First Nations, Métis and Inuit. The collection also contains an important number of artifacts related to the history of Western Canada’s fur trade.
- The Assiniboine Park and the Winnipeg Zoo: The Assiniboine Park Zoo provides visitors with the opportunity to interact with animal species from all corners of the globe. The Zoo is also home to the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre, an education, research, and transition facility including an indoor Polar Playground which is an Arctic wonderland of active participation.
- The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada: The Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada is the second largest aviation museum in Canada. They offer guided tours and various museum programs throughout the year.
- The Children's Museum: The Children's Museum is located at The Forks and is sure to be a big hit with children of all ages. Favorite exhibitions include the locomotive at Junction 9161 and Lasagna Lookout!
Outside the city:
- Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site: This historic site offers featured activities and learning experiences for various groups including families and students. An experienced interpreter will lead your group as they explore one of the finest collections of early stone buildings in western Canada, also one of the early fur trading centres on the Red River, just north of Winnipeg.
- The beaches of Lake Winnipeg: The beaches of Lake Winnipeg are renowned for the quality for their sand. In particular, the beaches of Grand Beach Provincial Park are considered among the best in North America.
- The Mennonite Heritage Village: Learn about the migration and settlement of the Eastern European Mennonites in the Canadian Prairies. Among other things, the site offers a turn-of-the century Russian Mennonite street village and hosts the Lively Barn, a restaurant where you taste traditional Mennonite fare.
- The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre: Oak Hammock Marsh is one of North America’s birding hotspots, featuring a restored prairie marsh, aspen-oak bluff, waterfowl lure crops, artesian springs, some of Manitoba’s last remaining patches of tall-grass prairie and 30 kilometers of trails to explore. This wetland is home to 300 species of birds and, during migration season, hosts in excess of 100,000 waterfowls daily!