Give yourself a few extra days stay and you can experience everything from the Arctic (with direct flights daily) to day trips to picturesque national parks and fish-filled lakes.
Swim with beluga whales or go on a tundra buggy excursion to see wild polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” just a two-hour direct flight from Winnipeg.
An expert outfitter for such expeditions is Frontiers North Adventures, who can see you out on the tundra getting nearly nose-to-nose (safely) with polar bears, or kayaking alongside hundreds of beluga whales.
Because you really should extend your stay after your meeting or convention
Believe it or not, life’s a beach in the prairies, and when the city gets hot locals often flock to the countless surrounding lakes along with the white sand beaches of Lake Winnipeg – the 12th biggest lake in the world.
One hour north of Winnipeg is where you’ll find Grand Beach Provincial Park, which features 3 km of fine white sand beach backed by dunes that can reach up to 12 metres. Looking out across the waters you’d swear you were on an ocean.
On the opposite side of the lake and equally charming is the community of Gimli, a fishing and resort town that was settled by Icelanders (it even features a prominent Viking statue in the middle of the town, while the majority of the town’s inhabitants are blue-eyed blondes – we kid you not). Summer activities include swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and kiteboarding, while winters can be just as fun for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers.
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