Sleeping Around in Manitoba
Inn at The Forks. A contemporary boutique hotel located in the natural setting of The Forks, a National Historic Site of Canada. Soothing colours. A water theme that runs through the hotel, even in its spa, Riverstone. And there's nothing like living in luxury and helping the planet at the same time. The Inn at the Forks has a Five-Key Green Eco-Rating, the only hotel in Winnipeg that does. In fact, no other hotel in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary or Vancouver has this top rating. Only in Winnipeg, you say?
Tundra Lodge. Obscure. Adventurous. Situated on the tundra along the Hudson Bay. Have a view from your "bed" at a "lodge," a train-like dwelling on giant wheels, in the middle of a polar bear highway. Dining car, social car, and sleeping cars with upper and lower berths. What you might see out your porthole window? Bears fighting, northern lights dancing, crazy, winds blowing - all awesome.
The Fort Garry Hotel. This is the place where everything old is new again. A grand dame of a hotel, yet with all the mod-cons expected by an experienced traveler. Elegant. Iconic. An airy spa. Complimentary cookie delivery 24 hours a day. The best Sunday Brunch in Winnipeg. Oh - and legend says it's haunted. What's not to love?
The Fairmont Winnipeg. Sleep with the beautiful people, so to speak. If you're famous, "hot" and talented, this is your berth of choice. Renée Zellweger. Harry Connick Jr. Brad Pitt. Philip Seymour Hoffman. Susan Sarandon. Kanye West. Celine Dion. Green Day. Keith Urban. AC/DC. Even Tony Bennett. And now, you. With recent renovations taking place, including complete overhauls of the Royal and Crown Suites, these über-luxurious digs are calling your name, Princess.
Gîte de la Cathédrale. Get your French fix in one of Winnipeg's oldest neighbourhoods, Old Saint-Boniface/Winnipeg's French Quarter, at Gîte de la Cathédrale a quaint French bed-and-breakfast in the heart of the district. Winnipeg has one of the largest French communities west of the Great Lakes. At the Gîte, practice your French. Get the inside scoop on where to go in the Quarter. Homemade cooking. This B&B is not full of frills, but it is warm and welcoming and you get to hang with the locals.
Seal River Heritage Lodge. Hop on the rails for a two-day train ride from Winnipeg to Churchill, and then whirl away on a fly plane to the rugged shorelines of Hudson Bay where the Seal River Heritage Lodge awaits. Bunking at this family-run, built-by-hand lodge, you feel as though you're on the edge of civilization. Polar bears peer into the windows, caribou migrate past the front door, belugas swim through the backyard.