Favorite thing: I was very pleased that I didn't have to go through all the hassle of exchanging money. In most places in Winnipeg they accept American money, and since Canadian and American money were basically equal in worth, they didn't even price differently.
Winnipeg (and Brandon) have open true blue skies like no other place I have ever seen. Summers are hot, yet not too humid, and the mosquitoes, though plenty, are big enough to see and kill before they get you.
Fondest memory: I miss 7-11 slurpees. Winnipeg is officially the slurpee capital of Canada (perhaps the world?)
Favorite thing: Downtown Winnipeg is pretty crowded and if you're not used to, or don't like, big cities you might feel this is a little too much. Here's a tip: just cross the Assiniboine River. There you'll find trees, parks and AIR!
My favorite thing about Winnipeg would have to be some of the great attractions that we have here. They include the Forks Market, Lower Fort Garry, and the Legislative Building.
Fondest memory: The thing I miss the most about Winnipeg when I am away is how friendly most of the people are.
Lots 1. It takes me 10 minutes to get home.
2. In Winnipeg you can afford a pool if you want to do the work.
3. We go on long walks in the summer.
4. Everyone goes camping or to the cottage on summer weekends.
5. Stay tuned for more best things coming later.
See how entire city gets busy when temperatures after long, long, long winter start going up!!! Almost over night streets are full of people and it feels like life starts again. Outdoor activites become first form of entertainment. Beaches around the city get crowded almost over night. Then you feel how much you missed all of that during past 6 months of freeze. Patios get alive in walking city areas like the Forks (photo) and Corydon Street.
Fondest memory: This scenario: Saturday morning, summer, somebody gets an idea - let's go to WInnipeg Beach. In one hour 20 people are already there!!! Point is - it was easy to organize social gatherings of any kind (comparing to Toronto where everyone is busy and has different ideas about where to go).
Most importantly arrive either during two weeks of spring or two weeks of fall. Then Winnipeg is great. Days are sunny (it hardly ever rains), temperatures are perfect, and there is no mosquittos. Take a walk to the Forks, or go to Corridon for ice cream. Also, if you are into that, Winnipeg simphony is one of the most recognizeable ones in Canada.
Fondest memory: Parties, parties, parties...
It is difficult to say where you 'must' go in a city such as ours. Winnipeggers are known for their friendly nature. I often see our city as being an oasis in the middle of a desert expanse. The unending fields meet somewhere in the distance with a clear sky. The high rise buildings of Winnipeg's windy corner (Portage and Main) break the neverending prairie sky. In the city centre, the night life is alive and well for anyone interested in dancing 'til the wee hours. The exchange district is probably the most interesting part of the city, filled with history and beautiful buildings.
Fondest memory: What I miss when I am away from Winnipeg is the trendy, friendly and extremely accepting folks you find in parts of the city like Osborne Village, where the street is lined with unique boutiques and shops, not to mention my favourite, a terrific British style pub called the Toad in the Hole. Also, I love the laid back attitude found in the people and places on Corydon Avenue, which is cluttered with Italian style outdoor cafes and lounges, and also where you can get the best gelati ever made at Nucci's!