100 Reasons to Love Winnipeg – Part 2




Here it is: the second in our four part series of reasons we think you should love Winnipeg. Some may surprise you, some may seem obvious, but all belong on the list. As always, please feel free to drop us a line at editor@mediaedgepublishing.com if you know of something that should be included!

FMG Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival
Facility Marketing Group Inc. has been producing the Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival for 16 years. Taking place every year on the Red River at the Forks, it’s a great corporate team building and fundraising activity, bringing together employees, friends and associates. Through the charities associated with the events, over $425,000 is raised annually for cancer care and heart disease research.

Great Tastes of Manitoba
Now in its 24th season, the most popular cooking show in the province shows you how easy it is to cook and bake with Manitoba foods. Food experts offer tested recipes using simple ingredients to make everything from appetizers to dessert, while beverage experts make meals even more memorable with suggestions for wines, beers, spirits and cocktails to go with each recipe.

Red River Ex
The Red River Exhibition has been run by the Red River Exhibition Association for 63 years and provides Manitobans and visitors alike with fun, family entertainment, agriculture awareness, and a venue to showcase the accomplishments and achievements made within and by members of our community. Entertainment, free concerts, shopping and a midway are just some of the attractions.

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival
This year will mark its 25th festival, and the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival will celebrate with music performed by the best local, national and international artists. A world-class lineup merges legends with new kids on the block, bringing together a must-hear, must-see group of performers.

The University of Manitoba
The province and its people are front and centre at the U of M. Visitors to the Fort Garry campus will see, among the historic structures, a cutting edge arctic research facility; an innovative and sustainable centre for Indigenous students; a striking, modern school for artists; and the newest and largest university stadium in Canada. With two main campuses, 29,000 students, 8,700 faculty and staff and 131,000 alumni in 131 countries, the university’s impact is felt in every corner of the province. Every $1 the U of M spends generates $1.85 for the Manitoba economy. The University contributes $1.8 billion annually to our province’s economic activity, building a better future for Manitobans.
Flatlander`s Beer Festival
Presented by the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation, the 11th annual Flatlander’s Beer Festival is now in its 11th year. A truly unique public tasting event, it will focus on a wide range of incredible beers from some of the finest breweries in the world. Ticket purchases include all samples, a program and sample glass, which you receive upon entrance to the festival.

Tinkertown Family Fun Park
Tinkertown is an outdoor amusement park with over 20 rides and attractions – the place to bring the whole family in the summer. – the place for fun in the summer! Ferris wheels, superslides, bumper cars, Water Wars, mini-golf and more await you at this much-loved attraction. Open only during the summer, make sure to take advantage of all Tinkertown has to offer.

The Fort Garry Hotel
For over 100 years the historic Fort Garry Hotel has been the standard for grandeur and elegance in the city. It provides travelers and locals with a single point to conduct business, enjoy a relaxing getaway, celebrate an occasion or indulge in some pampering. Stop in for Sunday brunch and take advantage of the chocolate fountain, visit the haunted guest room, or relax at TEN Spa and allow yourself to be pampered.

Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden combines artistic beauty and the wonders of nature, featuring the incredible works of master sculptor, Dr. Leo Mol. Created as a result of Dr. Mol’s generous gift of many of his bronze pieces and works of art to the community in which he lived, the garden also houses the Leo Mol Gallery, featuring works by the artist himself, and the Leo Mol School House Studio.

Lilyfield Cakes
Founded by local entrepreneur Heather Stewart, Lilyfield Cakes has become a country and even world-known company. Featured in countless magazines, on TV, and most recently, at the Oscars, the company is taking the world by storm and showing up everywhere.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Established in the 1930s, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have drawn together some 11 million fans since stats started being recorded in 1936. Between their first Grey Cup win in 1935 to their last in 1990, no other team has made more trips to the Grey Cup than the Bombers` 21 appearances. A source of team and province pride, the Bombers have just come off their first season at Investors Group Field.

Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium
Created in 1984, Ragpickers began as a tiny blip in the underground arts scene, grew to become something of a phenomenon throughout the ‘90s, and had continued to evolve to this day. Funky clothes and one-of-a-kind finds have helped propel Ragpickers into an eclectic staple of the Exchange District. The latest development was in 2013, when a wholesale style warehouse entitled The Ragfactory came to life.

Festival du Voyageur
An annual 10-day festival held in the heart of winter, the Festival du Voyageur is a celebration of Canada`s fur-trading past and French heritage and culture through entertainment, art, music, exhibits and displays. Taking place in the city`s French Quarter, Saint-Boniface, it is western Canada`s largest winter festival.

Louis Riel`s Tombstone
A Canadian politician and founder of the province of Manitoba, Louis Riel was a Métis rebel leader who fought to preserve Métis rights and culture. He was found guilty of treason for his role in the 1885 rebellion and was hanged on November 16, 1885. His tombstone can be found at the Saint-Boniface Cathedral.

Royal Canadian Mint
Take a tour of the Mint and wonder at the fact that every single Canadian coin in circulation was produced right there. The flags displayed around the building itself represent the 75 additional countries that have coins produced right here in Winnipeg. Go behind the scenes at our very own state-of-the-art facility.

Manitoba`s premier Science Fiction & Fantasy Literary Convention, Keycon focuses on science fiction, fantasy and related literary genres, including writing, visual arts, television and film. Attracting fans of genres from adroids to zombies, or Artemis Fowl to Zimiamvia, Keycon is a great opportunity to make new friends and discuss your favourite genre.

Muddy Water Tours
Since its beginnings in 2002, Muddy Water Tours has entertained guests with their unique explanation of the darker side of Winnipeg`s history. Visit haunted locations, tour the streets while being regaled with tales of true crime, plagues and medicine, vice and jail life and more. The odd tidbits of information will shock, surprise and entertain you.

Great Big Adventure
Winnipeg`s newest and largest indoor play centre, Great Big Adventure features 12, 000 square feet of interior space to burn off some energy. Let the kids monkey around on the 3,000 square foot play structure, which features seven 20 foot slides. An exclusive toddler section keeps the little ones safe, and there are even loungers and couches for parents to kick back while the kids play.

Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Since 1982, Manitoba Theatre for Young People (MTYP) has been creating and presenting professional theatre productions for children and families. It has grown to become one of Canada`s most respected professional theatre companies. Located at The Forks, 28,000 square feet encompass a performance facility featuring a re-configurable theatre, classroom studios, and production and wardrobe shops.

Old Market Square
Set in the heart of the Exchange District, Old Market Square is a hub for the entire city. A neighbourhood park for the surrounding area, in the summer it becomes vibrant with life in the form of events and festivals. In 2009 the square received a facelift in order to be able to accommodate the increased traffic in the area. It also features the Cube Stage, which is home to many annual festivals.

Winnipeg Trails Association
The trails throughout Winnipeg are as diverse as the thriving multiculturalism of our city. Weaving through river bottom forests, urban jungles, along abandoned rail lines and across open fields, the sights are sure to keep things interesting as you walk, run, pedal or roll your way across the city. If you’re feeling adventurous you could pick a new trail to discover every time you leave the house!

Burton Cummings Theatre
Built in 1906-07, the Burton Cummings Theatre, originally known at the Walker Theatre, began its life housing ballets, operas and Broadway-style shows. In 1945 it was converted into the Odeon Cinema, and after a successful run as a theatre, reopened as a venue for live appearances in 1991. That year it was also designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In 2002 it was renamed after Winnipeg-born Burton Cummings, and today it hosts shows of all genres.

Birthplace to Some Famous People
So there are a lot of amazing people born here each and every day. There are also some people that have been born here that have made it big on the ice, in politics, on the stage and even on the big screen. Just to name a few: Anna Paquin, Chantal Kreviazuk, Fred Penner, Terry Fox, Guy Maddin, Chip Foster and Pepper Foster, Jonathan Toews, Nia Vardalos, Monty Hall, Cindy Klassen.