Province/Territory: Manitoba

Unexpected Adventure

  • 110000-plus lakes
  • 3000-plus beluga whales
  • 300 species of birds or more

Your unexpected adventure begins in Manitoba. Start in the north where the great polar bears gather along the shores of Hudson Bay. Spend some time on the tundra spotting rare ptarmigans and kayak amongst thousands of friendly singing beluga whales. Cast a line into those cool, clean inland lakes—all 110,000 of them—for hulking lake trout and feisty northern pike or visit cottage country around Lake Winnipeg, only an hour north of one of Canada’s “cultural capitals”. Let the Royal Winnipeg Ballet whirl you into a fantasy land. Groove at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and jig to a fiddle tune at Festival Du Voyageur.

Outdoor adventure

  • Catch the big one (or more than one) at a luxurious northern Manitoba fishing lodge
  • Discover the heart of Canada's boreal forest on the Bloodvein River.
  • Gear up for a day in the snow and sunshine as you head deep into the forest or glide across a frozen lake on a snowmobile.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Discover a place where the bison roam at FortWhyte Alive. Step into a world where ancient peoples lived side by side with these legendary beasts.
  • Come face to face with a beluga, watch polar bears and dine gourmet under the Midnight Sun in a wilderness lodge in Churchill.
  • Helicopter high above the tundra to spot bears and foxes; hang on tight during your dogsled ride during a Polar Bear Adventure.
  • Glide your kayak silently along an unspoiled waterway, watch for moose, black bears and wolves on a Lazy Bear Wilderness Expedition.
  • Visit Churchill's Eskimo Museum, hang with local musicians, sleep in an outpost lodge next to polar bears.

Events & Festivals

  • Come to the World's Largest Kitchen Party at Festival Du Voyageur; see what life was like as a fur trader, dance a jig, eat tourtière, marvel at massive snow sculptures.
  • Let the music free your folksy soul in July at Winnipeg Folk Festival.
  • Dance to the beat of the drum at Manito Ahbee Festival, honouring the traditions of our indigenous people.

Urban adventures

  • Discover a trail of age-old clues. Decode the mystery of the Manitoba Legislature on the Hermetic Code Tour.
  • Meet at the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Sample regional treats, take the water taxi and sing along with buskers at The Forks.
  • Swoon over the fluid movements of dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Visit in summer and watch them dance outdoors at Assiniboine Park.

Weather

  • Summer weather is warm and sometimes hot from late-June until the end of September. Expect average daily July temperatures of 26°C in Winnipeg and 12°C in Churchill.
  • In winter, snow usually arrives by mid November and disappears in March or April. On average, about 110 centimetres of snow falls each winter. Winnipeg gets plenty of sunshine in the winter, with an average low in January of -23°C.
  • Spring and fall tend to be shorter seasons on the Prairies, usually lasting no more than six weeks each. Temperatures vary greatly and change quickly. Generally, spring daytime temperatures hover around 15°C. Fall temperatures are about the same, perhaps a little warmer.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area: 649,950 sq-km
Capital City: Winnipeg
Largest City: Winnipeg
Total Population: 1.2 million
Official Languages: English & French (English predominant)
Provincial Motto: Glorious and Free

When to go
  • Fishing season runs from May until the end of August.
  • It's best to visit the polar bears in Churchill in October and November.
  • See beluga whales in Churchill in July and August.
  • Winnipeg offers music, dance, theatre and gallery experiences year round.
  • Catch the migration of the caribou in September.
  • Hike, camp and paddle from May until September.
  • Plan to visit Manitobas vibrant festivals and events.
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