Take a hike with a naturalist in a provincial park and peruse pioneer villages, fur trading posts and museums with an escort who knows the lay of the land.

In Winnipeg, Exchange District Historic Walking Tours bring the 30-block district's past to such vivid life, it's as if the walls of its 19th-century buildings have ears. The Death and Debauchery tour recalls Winnipeg's wicked days as a sin city of boozing, brothels and corruption. See movie locations where Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez and other stars shot films on the Real to Reel tour or explore the district's significant commercial sites and scenes of import during the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike.

Stroll across the Riel Esplanade from The Forks to take a walking tour of old St. Boniface and peek behind the imposing facade of the St. Boniface Cathedral, an architectural gem that retained the surviving walls and facade after a fire destroyed the 1908 structure. Theatre in the Cemetery Tours are unique living history plays in the oldest Catholic cemetery in Western Canada, which contains the grave of Louis Riel. And don't miss Heartland Travel's Hermetic Code tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building, where occult secrets were hidden in plain sight until scholar Frank Albo discovered it's a hotbed of Freemason symbols and mysticism to rival the Da Vinci Code.