Welcome to Manitoba, the heart of Canada. Here, you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere, but at the centre of everything.
Manitoba is where golden wheat fields meet infinite blue sky. Cool, clean lakes and waterways-all 110,000 of them-beckon the adventurer and the rejuvenator in you. Unexplored parks and forests fill you with the indigenous spirit of our fur-trading past. On the wind-swept tundra learn more about wildlife and yourself than you'd ever imagined. Winnipeg is our cultural oasis. A capital city renowned for world-class performing arts and lively gatherings-all offered with an air of modesty and down-home hospitality.
Manitoba is bordered by Saskatchewan to the west, Ontario to the east, Nunavut Territory to the north, and the US states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south. Located 104 km (65 miles) north of the US border, Winnipeg is easily accessible by rail, road and air. Churchill is located 1,000 km north of Winnipeg, along the Hudson Bay. There are no roads to Churchill; this remote northern town is only accessible by a 2.5 hr plane ride from Winnipeg or a 48 hr train ride from Winnipeg. Churchill is approximately 150 km from the Nunavut border (80 mi).
- Downward dog on a four-billion-year-old outcrop of Canadian Shield on a yoga-canoe-camping weekend.
- Embark on a multi-day paddle on the Bloodvein River, a Canadian heritage river, to explore the wilderness and traditional local First Nations ceremony.
- Bake in the sunshine and fine white sand at Grand Beach, one of Canada's top beaches.
Interlake Story Ideas
- Peer into dens each spring at Narcisse where thousands of red-sided garter snakes gather in a slithering mating frenzy.
- Spar with a band of Vikings at Islendingadagurinn Icelandic Festival, Manitoba's oldest cultural festival.
- Reel in a 30-lbs monster catfish on an urban fishing trip along the historic Red River.
Winnipeg Story Ideas
- Hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes and Freemasonic symbols. Decode the architecture of the Manitoba Legislature on the mind-bending Hermetic Code tour.
- Skate, ski or walk Winnipeg's award-winning river trail at The Forks. This festive winter wonderland touts designer warming huts and a pop-up restaurant to shelter from the elements.
- Independent. Local. Boutique. Character. All found in Winnipeg's Exchange District. Walk these cobblestone streets and discovery many artsy stories.
Pembina Valley Central Plains Story Ideas
- Duck hunt in the footsteps of old Hollywood celebs like Clark Gable and Gary Cooper at Delta Marsh on Lake Manitoba.
- Unearth ancient sea reptile fossils in the middle of the prairie on an archaeological dig with the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.
- Fly through treetops on a zipline. Your squeals echo through Pembina Valley.
Western Story Ideas
- Scale desert-like sand dunes on the Spirits Sands hiking trail in Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
- Breathe in the flowers at the International Peace Gardens, a sanctuary of contemplation that straddles the US and Canadian border.
- Converse with the storied characters of Brandon's past on a theatrical walking tour of the city's cemetery.
Parkland Story Ideas
- Pinch perogies and bake bread with babas at the Canadian National Ukrainian Festival in Dauphin.
- Inhale the outdoors at Riding Mountain National Park-300 kms of trails, scenic wildlife driving tours, world-class golf and a Victorian-style resort town with shopping.
- Ski, hike, bike, tube, or kayak at Asessippi Ski Area & Resort, a quintessential prairie playground for families.
North of 53 Story Ideas
- Pass through remote northern communities aboard VIA Rail's Hudson Bay Line to Churchill, one of few trains in the world that traverses permafrost.
- Jet boat or paddle to the remote York Factory National Historic Site, a fur trade relic that few travellers have visited.
- Look for soaring eagles, elusive wolves and Manitoba's tallest waterfall as you hike the Pisew-Kwasitchewan Falls trail near Thompson.