This is great fun for kids of all ages. It shows the journey of your food from farm to plate. It features many hands-on including driving a tractor cab, computer games, weather station, using a vet ultrasound, milling flour, a grocery scanner, an exercise bike. The highlight is seeing new-born piglets and other hogs through the four viewing windows into the hog barn. There is plenty of great visual info on crops, farm animals, food security and the use of science in modern farming. It is a brand new facility with free parking, bus pick up and picnic areas, and a very helpful staff who will organize activities and group tours. The Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm for self-guided tours and guided tours fro groups of 10 or more by appointment. The multi-purpose room is also available for birthdays, events and meetings etc.
The Manitoba Legislative building which is the third legislative building of the province is one among the structure in Winnipeg that caught my attention because of a golden statue perched atop the building. They called this statue as "The Golden Boy" that symbolizes eternal youth and progress.
It was opened on July 15, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s entry into Confederation. It was designed in 1912 by English architects Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III. The exterior walls are made from Tyndall stone, quarried at Garson, about 20 kilometers northeast of Winnipeg. There's a statue of Queen Elizabeth in a throne in front.
It was also said that there's plenty of hidden hieroglyphic, inscriptions, numerical codes and free masonic symbols that are hidden inside the building. There's a hermetic code tour that I will try someday.
It is a big park about 35 square kilometers. Like typical Canadian parks, it is covered with trees like oaks. The trails here can go as far as 30 km and there are also lanes for bicycles and rollerblading. There are also campsites for those who wanted to spent a night in the park. I saw a small lake inside the park which I think a man-made lake with fine sand, I didn't go for swimming though coz it's crowded at the of my visit. It is good for swimming and also an ideal place to get tanned. I saw some white birds flying over the place though not that many but they can be numerous at times. Maybe that is the reason why it was named Bird's hill park. The park also hosts the Winnipeg Folk festival every July.
Because of the extreme winter and cold months. I noticed the absence of permanent theme park here. But Winnipeg has a yearly fun because of the Ex that usually visits every summer.
There's an entrance fee of 12 CAD and it's up to you if you will buy tickets for rides or wrist band if you want to ride all unlimited. I tried the Mega drop which is not new to me then I just walked around and tried to win stuffies but I am notlucky.
It is one of the finest park of Winnipeg and one among the largest North American Urban park. The park covers a large green space that serves as a gathering place for people seeking relaxation. It is open everyday and no admission charge.
The park itself has on site attractions like the Assiniboine park zoo that houses some animals and birds from different parts of the world and offers close interaction with the animals. I also spotted the Winnie the bear statue with its owner Captain Harry Colebouri nside the Zoo. I didn't know that the famous cartoon character Winnie the Pooh was named after Winnipeg
The Nature and Adventure Playground is a paradise for kids, it is filled with swings, hedges, mazes, willow tree tunnels, children's garden and sculptures.
I also enjoyed the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden inside the park. I don't know if this is okay for kids because of the nudity of the sculptures. The garden combines artistic and natural beauty. The sculptures are works of the master sculpture, Dr. Leo Mol which he donated for the park. The garden is quiet and a nice place to relax.
One can also visit the Assiniboine Park Conservatory that features Floral exhibits, the Lyric Theater which opens from June to September for various kinds of entertainment and The Pavillion Gallery Museum that features the largest collections of 3 Manitoba Artist. The contemporary works of Ivan Eyre, historical works of Clarence Tillenus and watercolors of Walter Philips.
Another park worth visiting where you can find some among the largest and oldest trees in Manitoba. Canada's longest-running outdoor theater can be found inside the park called the "rainbow stage" There are lots of picnic tables, cottages and BBQ pits which are available in the summer.
You can call 311 for events.
One of the things I love about Winnipeg (having been some other places now) is how much fun you can have outdoors. And if you're thinking "yeah right, on the one day a year it's not -30", you have to see Winnipeggers on a Sunday along any of the main jogging routes. I live along one - it gets so crowded you can barely drive along the street.
My favourite running routes are the half-marathon route, running along Wellington Crescent (part of the full marathon loop), and Pembina to St. Norberts - going out to the ruins of the monastery.
I have always wanted to go to a China town, and Winnipeg has one. It is rather small, but growing. Alot was under construction when we were there, but the main building has shops and businesses in it, as well as a gymnasium.
This unique outdoor museum is (in theory) a miniature representation of native tallgrass prairie that once covered a portion of central North America from southern Manitoba to Texas, but of which now less than 1% remains (making it one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world). Unfortunately there was much shrub invasion when we visited due to infrequent fire management. It's not a must-do visit (I recommend the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve in southern Manitoba for a better taste of tallgrass prairie - see my Manitoba tip for more details), but if you're short on time or want to get outside on a sunny Winnipeg day, then it's a nice activity for a couple hours. The Interpretive Centre has some neat, interactive exhibits and is great for kids. You can also purchase native plant seeds at the Centre, or native plants on certain dates (check website for events). Admission is free. Access to the outdoor prairie is year-round, anytime.
The museum has a number of aircraft housed in a hanger. Some very unique aircraft as well. It also has an observation deck to observe aircraft at the Winnipeg Int. Airport, and a children's area where they can go hands on learning flight concepts.
Did you see that Dan Akroyd movie about the Canadian built plane, the Avro Arrow, that achieved speeds of Mach 1.98 in 1959? While all the prototypes were destroyed when the project was cancelled, the museum has some artifacts.
Also see Canada's first helicopter, plus military jets and bushplanes.
Good exercise and a very peaceful way to have a look around. There are a few places to go canoeing, and it's possible even in the city. Rent a canoe from the Forks Port and spend a few hours travelling the river.
Of course, if you're stronger and want to get out further, you might want to try a canoe tour. There are a few companies across Manitoba that do this, but I'm going to recommend Wilderness Adventures and going to Manigitogan, because it's beautiful up there.
See the Western Canada Aviation Museum. A large collection of vintage airplanes from Canada's and Manitoba's past. A must see for aviation buffs.
See the place where scenes from the movie 'Avro Arrow' were shot staring Dan Akroyd. It's housed in the original Trans-Canada Air Lines Building. That was the name before it was changed to Air Canada.
It is the home of aboriginal spirituality and culture. It is the center and mecca for aboriginal people in Manitoba. The house is open from Mon to Fri at 9AM to 5PM.
One if the top busiest venues in the world. so just check the schedule of events whenever you feel like watching a concert, event or a hockey game. It is strategically located in downtown Winnipeg.
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