Here it is: the final installment in our four part series of reasons we think you should love Winnipeg. We hope that you’ve enjoyed this feature over 2014 and that perhaps it’s helped you fall even more in love with our incredible city. Here’s to Winnipeg!
The Dream Factory
Founded in 1983 by two local mothers, The Rainbow Society (renamed in 2011 as The Dream Factory) became the very first wish-granting organization in Canada. Still based in Manitoba, funds raised through the generous support of people and businesses are used to bring happiness and hope to children facing life-threatening illnesses.
Manitoba Classic & Antique Auto Club
A non-profit organization of hobbyists, the Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club is one of the oldest automobile clubs in Manitoba. Collectively, its owners own hundreds of antique and classic vehicles ranging from Model Ts to muscle cars, vintage sports cars to horseless carriage high wheelers, and more. Those interested in the preservation, restoration and admiration of vehicles aged 25 or older, this is the place for you.
Located in Osborne Village in the heart of Winnipeg, Baked Expectations is an absolute must for anyone with a sweet tooth, or anyone wanting to be where things are happening. Their selection of 30+ desserts is enough to have anyone drooling over the display, but their retro 50’s vibe and excellent regular menu are just as enticing. Over 30 years serving up delectables means they’ve perfected the art.
The Park Theatre
In 1915 a new movie theatre opened in Winnipeg. It stayed open for 73 years before closing its doors and remaining vacant for nearly a decade, before new life was breathed into it and it became of the city’s most popular live music venues. Currently in it’s tenth year of operations, in 2014 the Park Theatre was awarded “Venue of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
In 1959, then Mayor Steve Juba pushed to have the “999” Emergency Telephone System established in Winnipeg, making it the first city in North America to use the system. All calls for police, fire, ambulance, and eventually the poison control centre became the responsibility of the police to answer. The number was later changed to “911” when it was proposed by the U.S.
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
For over 25 years, Celebrations Dinner Theatre has been a must-visit on the Winnipeg theatre scene. Each show features three acts and a four-course meal served throughout the show by the cast themselves. Take a break from your regular routine and be entertained with a live show and incredible music.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
With its doors opened just a month ago in October 2014, the CMHR is the first museum dedicated solely to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights. Walk through the doors and be immersed in and inspired by the tools that can help make a difference in the lives of others. A centre of learning for people the world over, it is intended to be a place to explore the subject of human rights.
East India Company Pub & Eatery
Having opened its doors in Winnipeg over 30 years ago, East India Company Pub & Eatery has come a long way since it’s beginnings of a two person operation. Now rated as a five star establishment, it has grown enough to take on another successful location in Ottawa, Ontario. Owned and operated by husband and wife team Kamal and Sudha Mehra, they have perfected their recipes and are sure not to disappoint.
Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts
In 1984, the MCMA opened its doors to students of music. Thirty years later, the Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts is Manitoba’s premier institution of musical learning, a community of like-minded musicians dedicated to a higher level of musical learning. From toddlers and beginners, to amateurs and professionals, all are welcome to share in the camaraderie of music.
Johnston Terminal Antique Mall
Located in the basement of the Johnston Terminal building at The Forks Market, the Antique Mall is 7,000 sq. ft. of antiques just waiting for you to go through and reminisce. Over 30 consigners have everything from typewriters to skeleton keys, toys to art, furniture to clothes, and more on display in permanent display show cases for your perusal.
Plaza at The Forks
Covering an incredible 44,000 square feet, the Plaza at The Forks is a modern bowl complex that ties seamlessly into the heart of downtown. A skateboarders paradise, the facility is the first of its kind in the world, and one enjoyed by skaters, cyclists, pedestrians and tourists alike. Inspired by skate spots around the world, the plaza is made up of an endless combination of stair sets, banks, rails and ledges, set within sculptures and other art.
Originally known as Pine Street, it was renamed Valour Road in 1925 to honour three soldiers who fought in the First World War. Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland just all happened to be from the same block on that very street, and each received the Victoria Cross for acts of bravery during the war.
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park
The world’s first indoor trampoline park, Sky Zone will give you one of the greatest workouts you’ve ever had, and combine it with safe and healthy fun. Aerobics classes, toddler time, ultimate volleyball, and dodgeball are just some of the activities that await you in this world of trampolines. Fitness can be fun!
Winnipeg Railway Museum
Take a trip back in time to see where Manitoba’s Railway Heritage began with a visit to the Winnipeg Railway Museum. Two tracks and over 37, 500 sq. ft. contain actual trains, equipment and artifacts from days gone by. View the very first locomotive on the prairies, The Countess of Dufferin, or get up close to an early-generation diesel locomotive, much like the ones still used today.
Université de Saint-Boniface
Université de Saint-Boniface is the only French-language university in the province and the first postsecondary educational institution to be established in Western Canada. Established in 1818, today the school offers general and specialized university degree programs, as well as technical and professional training to enhance employability in the job market.
M.S. River Rouge Cruise Line
Canada’s largest river cruise ship, the M.S. River Rouge can be seen cruising the Red and Assiniboine Rivers every year from May to October. Launched in May 1967, the ship has undergone many lengthening operations in order to accommodate all the passengers wanting to ride. In one summer alone it carried over 100,000 people. In 2007 it was purchased by a new owner, determined to bring it back to its former glory.
Red River Co-op Speedway
The fastest sport on the prairies, Red River Co-op Speedway is your key to adrenaline pumping entertainment from May – September each year. Featuring eight race classes: Late Model, Modified, Super Truck, Street Stock, Lightning Sprint, Midwest Modified, 4 Cylinder, and Pure Stock, make sure to catch bumper-to-bumper, wheel-to-wheel racing action on central Canada’s largest dirt oval.
Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade
A Winnipeg tradition for over a century, the Santa Claus Parade has been supported by organizations, clubs, and the community for its entire existence. The magic and wonder of the season has helped the parade grow to include a plethora of volunteers, and Block Parties stretching the entire 15 blocks of the parade to include mascots, music and street hockey along the way.
The Wedding Social
Though other provinces may be starting to catch on, the idea of a wedding social is arguably a Manitoba-grown concept. A fundraising party for the soon-to-be-wed couple (though there are socials for charitable and community organizations as well), it is traditionally run by the wedding party. Liquor, food, music, dancing, and raffles offer friends and family an opportunity to support the couple.
In 1668, The Nonsuch sailed into Hudson Bay in the first trading voyage for what would become the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was instrumental in establishing commerce in western Canada. To celebrate the tricenntennial of the HBC in 1970, a replica of the ship was built in England, and sailed 14,000 kilometres before finding a permanent home in the Manitoba Museum.
Grants Old Mill
A replica of the flour mill built in 1829 to help Cuthbert Grant help feed his Metis people, Grants Old Mill Museum operates today, demonstrating how wheat was ground into flour in the 1800s. They also teach the history of Cuthbert Grant (1793-1854), considered to be the first leader of the Metis Nation. The mill is open to the public and a perfect spot for a history lesson, or just to enjoy a summer day.
In 1994, Take Pride Winnipeg established the Mural Program to keep graffiti and grime off the Winnipeg streets. Since then there have been over 200 award-winning murals commissioned throughout the city by Take Pride Winnipeg. The program uses the talents of local artists and school students to help create a sense of community pride. Visit www.themuralsofwinnipeg.com to see pictures of the over 400 murals that have been painted around the city.
Archives of Manitoba
Whether you’re a history buff, tracing your family tree, or working on a school project, the Archives of Manitoba holds Manitoba’s rich history within its walls. Onsite exhibits and a treasure trove of historical information about the province awaits you downtown at 130-200 Vaughn Street.
Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
A Winnipeg family tradition, the Canad Inns Winter Wonderland is 2.5 kms of festive lights, set up in 25 different themed areas. Located at Red River Exhibition Park, enjoy the beauty of 3 million watts from the comfort of your car, stop at the outdoor skating rink for a spin around the ice, or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride on weekends.
Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre – Oseredok
In 1944, Ukrainian Canadians decided they needed a place to preserve their culture, and so the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada created Oseredok. The Centre was created to welcome a museum, archives, a library and an art gallery. Today it is the largest Ukrainian cultural institution of its kind, housing over 40,000 books and periodicals, fine art, guided tours and a boutique.