Winnipeg receives more sun than almost anywhere else in Canada, providing plenty of daylight hours in the summer to discover all that our parks, rivers, and outdoor attractions have on offer.
One of the best ways to see the city is via its waterways with Splash Dash Guided River Tours. Their fleet of pontoon boats take you from The Forks’ harbour on a regular basis (10 a.m. until sunset). Lively captains will regal you with fun tales about Winnipeg’s history while highlighting our city’s many beautiful features along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
On land at The Forks, a great way to explore the city yourself is on one of the many cool cycles from Bee2gether Bikes. Their forte is tandem bikes, but they also have large golf cart looking ones for group pedaling around in style. Bee2gether also has locations in Birds Hill Park and Assiniboine Park.
Speaking of Assiniboine Park, what a gorgeous spot it is – especially in the summertime. Of the many activities to be had in this 400-acre park, our can’t miss list includes the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden (which is home to more than 300 works by the celebrated artist); English Garden, where your senses will be enveloped by a fantastic array of ora and sweet smells; Assiniboine Park Zoo – home to over 300 species, including our famous swimming polar bears; lunch at the Qualico Centre while overlooking the duck pond; and strolling the countless tree-lined paths.
Festival season is also in full swing during the summer, and a few of our biggest draws are the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival (June 18-23, 2019) and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (July 17-28, 2019) – both of which turn the Exchange District into one big block party featuring numerous free shows; Folklorama (August 4-17, 2019) – the world’s largest and longest running multicultural festival (this year they are celebrating 50 years) where one can go globetrotting via cuisine, culture, music and dance of host nations across the city every night, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 11-14, 2019), where massive headliners and some of the finest bands you’ve yet to discover play for thousands of people at stages throughout Birds Hill Park.