- I’ll admit that visiting Winnipeg has never been high on my travel list, but one of my close friends moved back there AND my cousin moved there so I had legitimate reasons to visit. Also, I had free accommodation because of this… I’m not going to go to Winnipeg and PAY to sleep there. Anyways, I was pleasantly surprised by Winnipeg. For those from the West Coast, or have visited, I got real Victoria, BC vibes. It was also much greener than I anticipated. A couple times we were up high in buildings and you would look out and the abundance of green trees was surprising. I also went at the perfect time, winter was done but the mosquitos hadn’t descended yet.
- One of the first things we did when I was there was we went to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – a must visit for everyone. The museum is very interactive and engaging for folks of all ages. I won’t mince words, it’s not an uplifting experience from the get go. It’s very raw and real and puts a lot of things in perspective. This is an excerpt from their website about the journey through the museum, “The Museum offers a journey from darkness to light. You enter the Museum at ground level, into a space that has a subterranean feel. You gradually work your way higher on a series of inclined ramps that reveal more and more daylight. There are six levels of exhibits and 11 galleries. The unique architecture parallels a human rights journey – it requires some effort and has a few twists and turns, but can be very rewarding to complete”
- On the completely other end of the spectrum… I went to my first (and hopefully last) social. For those who don’t know what a social is (which is anyone who isn’t from Manitoba) it is essentially a fundraiser an engaged couple has for their wedding. They are typically held in rec centres and there are raffles, dancing, meat platters and drinks. All of the proceeds go towards paying for the wedding and when I say proceeds I’m saying thousands and thousands of dollars. Like it’s not unusual to raise $10k at a social. As an outsider who didn’t know anyone I definitely had an a-typical experience, but for everyone else it is literally just a high school reunion plus all of your high school friend’s parents.
- Some of the restaurants I went to while I was there and what I liked:
Clementine Cafe: three words – Maple. Braised. Bacon
Segovia: A tapas style restaurant. Their mushroom croquettes, tuna ceviche, and mascarpone filled dates were real good.
A Little Pizza Heaven: They brush some sort of magical garlic mixture over the pizza.
BDI: I’m a sucker for a soft serve twist cone because they are so hard to find! Side note, the best ones are at Costco. I was stoked to go to BDI because they had twist cones but the chocolate wasn’t working unfortunately.
Sals: I was assured this was the White Spot of Winnipeg and let’s just say that statement was a little misleading. I had consumed a couple beers before going to Sals, which is what I recommend to most people going there.
- Other miscellaneous items from the trip include canoeing on the Red River, taking a spin class at WPG Cycle, going to Thermea (the Winnipeg equivalent of Scandinave Spa), and beers at the Cornerstone and Carlos & Murphy’s. Also, and possibly most importantly, my friends have an adorable french bulldog named Doris and she is bae.