The Winkler Aquatic Centre has three waterslides and a large pool area. Nearby there is also a park, arena, many baseball diamonds, soccer fields, tennis courts, the arena, and curling rink. The campground is right beside the aquatic centre and there are also many walking/biking trails in the area. Winkler also has an 18 hole golf course.
Lots of Baseball
In spring and summer there is plenty of Baseball going on around town, especially at Winkler Parkland. Winkler Parkland is a huge outdoor baseball park with I think 6 or 8 diamonds. There is high school fastball teams, minor leagues, local fastball and slo-pitch teams that compete with teams from other towns and places. Plus plenty of tournaments on weekends throughout the season. It's a good, clean place and if there should be admission, it shouldn't be too much. Don't forget your baseball cap or sunhat & sunglasses (if it's hot), jacket & umbrella (if weather is iffy or breezy), water bottle, and SPITZ!! If you do forget your water or k'nak-zotes (what we call spitz in Winkler), don't worry there's a treat vendor there. Plus, of course bring your cheers for the teams.
Take a drive through the rural villages
If you have the time, and if it interests you, take a drive heading south of Winkler and turn off along the highway for a drive through many of the rural farming villages that are there. There are some very huge farming operations out there. And also smaller operations too. In many villages you will see some houses still attached to a barn as they were in the olden days, but I guess, still are in the present day.
Some of the villages are: Schantzenfeld, Hochfeld, Reinland & Rosengart (these last ones are just steps away from the Canadian/US border. My relatives have a farm in Rosengart. ...and there are other villages too. Just follow the signs.
City of Winkler, Manitoba
"Life in Winkler"
The City of Winkler is located approximately 100 kms south of Winnipeg. Winkler just recently became a city, so the population is around 10,000 people and growing quickly. There are many small villages in the surrounding areas. In the past five years or so, there have been a large number of European immigrants making Winkler their home. Winkler is a mostly Mennonite community with many German speaking people. There are several shopping centres and a wide variety of businesses in town. Winkler will be celebrating its Centennial year in 2006.
For more information on Winkler, visit http://www.mywinkler.com.
My Home Town
"A general overview:"
Winkler is a pleasant place, located just over an hour's drive south of Winnipeg, and about a 20 minute drive from the Manitoba - U.S. border.
Winkler just recently gained the official status of being a "city", with a population around the 10,000 mark. When I was a kid, the population was about 6,500 so it is a very growing community.
It has a thriving economy with a zero percent unemployment rate. Have you ever heard of Triple E motorhomes? Well those are made in Winkler. There is quite an industrial area in town, a shopping mall with Cinemas, and plenty of restaurants and coffee shops. Agriculture is huge in the area, there are numerous villages in the surrounding countryside -- the soil in this particular region is among the best soil for farming in the world.
Winkler is pretty safe. It's a great place to raise a family.
"A heritage of faith:"
Winkler is a Mennonite town, in a Bible belt stretching across the prairies. By now there are probably around 15 large church congregations, the majority of them Mennonite. Seen here is the steeple of the local Lutheran church.
"Plenty of activity:"
Winkler Parkland is one place in town where you can get some exercise especially if you're involved in any baseball league. Also at this site is where the Winkler Harvest Festival is held every year in the first week of August. Adjacent to Winkler Parkland (in he rear of the big green area seen in the pic) is Winkler Park where there is treed area with playground, and also Winkler Aquatic Centre, where you can jump into the pool or cruise down the waterslides on a hot summer day. Winkler Arena is also located there, and in the front of the arena, a whole lot full of skateboarding ramps, etc.
Check out my tips for more, if you will happen to be in the southern Manitoba area or passing through, and are wondering what's in that place called Winkler.