Winkler is home to descendants of some 6,000 Manitoba Mennonites who migrated to Chihuahua, Mexico in the 1920s, and it's a haven of culinary diversity.
More than 50 countries are represented among the population of 10,700 and the city celebrates its cultural mosaic. At J & H Toppers Restaurant, you might hear Mennonite diners ordering in German - whether they opt for tortilla soup, enchiladas or perogies - and local residents know which days to drop into the Sunny Day Products store for fresh corn tortillas still warm from the oven. Kielke (egg noodles) and farmer sausage are usually on the menu at the Winkler Harvest Festival in August and foodies will relish the Pembina Valley's abundance at farmers' markets, summer fairs and social fall suppers held each autumn.
Discover local history at the downtown Bethel Heritage Park and the Pembina Threshermen's Museum, midway between Winkler and Morden on Highway 3. Along with exploring sod and log houses, a general store and vintage farm equipment, visitors are invited to experience life as a pioneer for a day. Afterward, pamper yourself with a thoroughly modern dinner at Mulligan's restaurant at the Winkler Centennial Golf Course, or drop into chic coffeehouse Jonny's Java for direct-trade coffee from Guatemala or Ethiopia.
The city boasts more than 15 km of walking paths, an aquatic centre and cross-country ski trails, along with a theatre company and a busy concert hall. Stay at a local motel or historic bed and breakfast, or camp out within walking distance of the golf course and downtown.
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