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Companion Program

We can help you plan informal outings or scheduled programs for your group while in town. If your delegates have brought along the family, then we’ve got plenty of suggestions on how to keep them entertained.

Winnipeg City Tour
Discover Winnipeg’s rich historic past on a guided city tour. Departing from Union Station, our professional guide will take visitors to various areas of the city, providing commentary along the way. Learn about the Forks; St. Boniface (Winnipeg’s French Quarter and home to a thriving Franco-Manitoban community and the St. Boniface Basilica); The Exchange District (home to one of North America’s finest collections of turn-of-the-last century architecture); and the Manitoba Legislative Building, built in the Beaux-Arts style using fossil-rich Manitoba Tyndall limestone, and replete with mysterious Masonic references. Includes three stops. This tour can be customized if other stops are of interest including the Assiniboine Park.

Winnipeg Trolley Tour
‘Heart of the Nation’ City Tour: Take a unique tour of the city ‘Heart of the Nation’ on a Winnipeg trolley that has been refurbished to resemble a Winnipeg streetcar, circa 1921. The tour will take you back to this burgeoning frontier town filled with mystery, excitements and an eclectic cast of wild characters. Learn why Winnipeg was once called the ‘wickedest city in Canada’, how an underdog local hockey team became the world’ first Olympic hockey champion and the prairie town’s influential connection to the world’s most famous spy – James Bond.

Hermetic Code Tour: Winnipeg’s own ‘Da Vinci Code’ at the Manitoba Legislative Building Do you ever wonder why the Manitoba Legislative Building has sphinxes on it? Have you wanted to learn about the symbols and hidden meanings behind the mystical architecture of the building? Join us for an evening of decoding the famous symbols and architecture that makes the building truly unique. Your guide will uncover trails of occult clues concealed in the building’s architecture including: hidden hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols so intelligently masked it has escaped historians and visitors for nearly a hundred years!

Fur Trade at Fort Gibraltar
Fort Gibraltar takes you to a world away to a place along the river where colourful characters living to the “beat” of 1815 greet you. Once a North West Company fur trade post, Fort Gibraltar reflects the lifestyle of the settlement and the roles played by the Métis, settlers, explorers, aboriginal people and the adventuresome voyageurs. Tour this reconstructed 19th century fort, participate in axe-throwing, eat bannock, play voyageur games and discover the diverse cast of characters that call it home.

FortWhyte Alive: A Prairie Legacy: the Bison and its People with lunch at the Buffalo Stone Café
This unique experience, offers an authentic wildlife experience without leaving the city. Come discover how bison influenced the history of Manitoba and the lives of Aboriginals, Métis, Voyageurs and Pioneers. Be intrigued as you are immersed in a way of life from the prairie past, ensuring a memorable experience. Then enjoy an authentically Manitoban lunch in the Buffalo Stone Café, where local ingredients are the stars of the menu.

Assiniboine Park Zoo
Experience the Assiniboine Park Zoo and the International Polar Bear conservation Centre (IPBCC). Visitors to the zoo can experience the IPBCC in the multimedia rich interpretive gallery. Through interviews, interactive games, touchable objects, and interpretive signage, groups will learn about bears, researchers, and climate change. Prepare to walk away with new knowledge about polar bears and an increased awareness of the fragile Arctic ecosystem.

Oak Hammock Marsh
Located only 20 minutes north of Winnipeg, Oak Hammock Marsh is one of North America’s best birding viewing areas. This outdoor paradise is alive from dawn till dusk with the sights and sounds of the creatures that call this 36 sq.km wetland home. Activities include songbird banding, hiking along marsh trails and Voyageur canoe excursions! Come see why Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre has been voted the world’s “Best Environmental Experience.” 

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada
This historic site allows you to step back in time and explore North America’s oldest stone fur trading fort. History unfolds before your eyes as this site evokes the spirit of the past 175 years with the help of skilled costumed interpreters. Experience the fur trade with a private tour guide and interactive activity. Come and meet the governor of the Hudson’s Bay Company as he strolls through his garden, barter with the company clerk, sit in a tipi and listen to the whispers of ancient legends. Motorized access for mobility challenged visitors available.

The Royal Canadian Mint
They say that money makes the world go ‘round and here’s your chance to see first-hand where it all begins. Year round 45 minute guided tours of the Royal Canadian Mint will take you through interactive coin displays and show how the Mint has made more than 55 billion coins for more than 75 countries. Open year-round, the on-site Boutique offers beautiful collector coins, an exclusive line of Royal Canadian Mint clothing, and an exciting collection of souvenirs and gift ideas.

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School
Take a tour of the Canada’s oldest ballet company, which tells the story of this world-renowned company and its architectural highlights. Get a sneak peek into the studios where the students of the RWB are learning the art of dance. Next, go behind the scenes and see the inspiration and design of the wardrobe and shoe department. Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. Under the artistic direction of André Lewis for 18 years, the Company is said to have never looked more resplendent, more assured, and more ravishing.

Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Have an up close and personal experience with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra; whether it be participating in sectionals, clinics or master classes, this is a unique opportunity to work with the WSO musicians. See where the excitement happens! Get a backstage tour to see first-hand what happens behind the scenes each concert. Entering its 67th year for the 2014-2015 season, the WSO performs more than 80 concerts for approximately 100,000 people each year and offers a wide range of musical experiences that belong to four major series including: Masterworks (classical repertoire), Pops (popular music with orchestral arrangements and guest artists), Concerts for Kids (for ages 12 and under), SoundBytes (which demonstrates just how much classical music is used in popular culture) and a variety of educational and feature performances throughout the season.

The Prairie Theatre Exchange School
Spend the afternoon at the PTE School where the group will participate in a theatre workshop. This can include, but is not limited to: acting, improvisation, musical theatre, filmmaking, Shakespeare, masks, playwriting, storytelling, or theatre design. PTE presents five adult plays every season, specializing in new Canadian works and ranging from hilarious comedies to searing dramas. The theatre features a unique thrust stage, with audiences on three sides, resulting in an intimate and unique experience. Season runs from October through April.

The Manitoba Museum
Set sail on a thrilling voyage of excitement and discovery. Only here can you travel through time to the roaring 20’s, explore a 17th century ship, and view treasures from around the world. There is always something new to experience. An ever-changing variety of touring and specialty exhibits are a fantastic complement to nine permanent galleries. The Manitoba Museum is the first Planetarium in Canada to offer visitors the Digistar(r) 5 All-Dome digital projection technology. The Science Gallery features many fun, interactive exhibits that encourage learning and discovery. Visitors can learn what they would weigh on other planets, interact with a tornado, explore basic principles of science, and try out their talents on a laser harp.

Winnipeg Art Gallery
Take a guided tour in Manitoba’s premiere art gallery. Canada’s oldest civic art gallery, just celebrated its centennial anniversary and houses more than 24,000 pieces ranging from 15th century European paintings to 21st century American multimedia art and is home to the world’s largest collection of Inuit art. Discover your “inner artist” at painting, drawing or clay workshops. Known around the world as an iconic modernist building, the WAG presents a constantly changing exhibition schedule of national and international art, as well as emphasizing the work of Manitoba artists.

Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature
A unique establishment devoted to each guest's overall wellbeing. The concept offers a complete relaxation experience in nature, featuring Nordic baths inspired by the century-old Scandinavian tradition. For those not yet familiar with this spa concept popular for centuries across Europe, proven health benefits stem from the alternation between hot and cold baths, followed by relaxation. Come and enjoy an evening of relaxation.

Winnipeg Pass, Culture Card & Culture Pass

The Winnipeg Pass provides access to eight attractions while saving you up to 53 per cent. It is available in one-day ($25 & $35), two-day ($35 & $45), and five-day ($39 & $56) formats for both children and adults, and can be purchased online  and at hotels and visitors centres across the city. Culture Card is an arts, cultural media and entertainment company whose events combine music, art, food, and fashion in unique spaces throughout the city. It also has a free app that contains a list of the city’s events and provides more than 100 exclusive offerings and discounts to a variety of Winnipeg establishments. The Winnipeg Culture Pass is a booklet that gets you tickets to two shows including the opera, ballet, theatre or symphony and two museums for the incredibly low price of $89 — a savings of up to $150!

For more information on our social and companion programs, contact:

Chris Schwark 
Client Services Coordinator 
P: 204.954.1992
E: chris@tourismwinnipeg.com