So many Manitobans have had to cancel their regularly scheduled vacations this winter. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do right here at home to scratch that travel itch!
We’ve broken down several different staycation plans: Sports + Breweries, Culture + Sightseeing, and Family Friendly Holiday. Take a look below and get started with your perfectly planned staycation!
Sports + Breweries
Perfect for getting your friends together for a jam-packed weekend, this plan involves sampling some great beer and spirits around the downtown area before cheering on the Jets at the Canada Life Centre.
Where to Stay
The Delta Marriott
Prices vary from $125–$150
Spacious Hotel Rooms, an indoor pool, and a convenient downtown location.
What to Do:
Experience the NHL’s loudest arena firsthand by taking in a Winnipeg Jet’s game! Here’s a list of all remaining home games that fall on weekends:
Sunday March 20th, vs The Chicago Blackhawks at 6:00PM
Friday March 25th, vs The Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:00PM
Friday March 27th, vs The Phoenix Coyotes at 6:00PM
Saturday April 2nd, vs The LA Kings at 6:00PM
Friday April 8th, vs The Colorado Avalanche at 7:00PM
Sunday April 24th, vs The Colorado Avalanche at 6:00PM
Friday April 29th, vs The Calgary Flames at 7:00PM
Try local draught beer at any (or all!) of Winnipeg’s breweries. Here’s a list of the breweries and distilleries located conveniently close to the city center:
Kilter Brewing Taproom
450 Rue Deschambault
Compared to the others on this list, Kilter is a bit of a hike from downtown, but worth the trip! This taproom is a departure from the typical dark bar, with a relaxed atmosphere and a dedication to personally produce everything they serve. A good choice for the kick off of your tour, since you can enjoy their patio with the sun still shining.
Nonsuch Brewing Co.
125 Pacific Ave
This attractive taproom offers a wide selection of craft beers and shareable plates made with local ingredients.
Little Brown Jug
336 William Avenue
A favourite of local beer lovers, this cozy taproom is located inside LBJ’s spacious brewery, right in the exchange. They often have events and live entertainment, so keep your eye on their schedule!
Patent 5 Distillery
108 Alexander Avenue
For the gin lover in your group, this cozy distillery in the historic Dominion Express Co building serves up a curated collection of excellent cocktails.
What to Eat
In downtown Winnipeg, you’ll find no shortage of fantastic restaurants in walking distance from your hotel. Here’s our top pick for every meal:
The LOCAL Pub and Eatery
274 Garry St
Try: Fried Egg Enchiladas
King + Bannatyne
100 King St
Try: Carolina BBQ Braised Beef Sandwich
Deer + Almond
85 Princess St
Try: A bit of everything! D+A specializes in small plates that can be shared among your group.
Culture + Sightseeing
Learn a little bit about the city and take in some fantastic local art with this weekend plan. As locals, it’s easy to forget the quality museums, galleries, and markets we have here at home.
Where to Stay
Inn at the Forks
This cozy, well situated hotel is home to the excellent SMITH restaurant and the luxury Riverstone Spa.
Prices: From $150
What to Do
The Winnipeg Art Gallery
11AM–5PM (Open until 9PM on Fridays)
300 Memorial Blvd
Home to fantastic permanent exhibits and stunning architecture, the WAG also offers a number of special events and presentations throughout the year. Take a look at their event calendar for something that catches your eye.
The Forks Marketplace and Commons
1 Forks Market Road
Beautiful views, great food, local shopping and excellent craft beer, you can’t go wrong spending an afternoon at The Forks.
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain
The CCFM offers a number of great Francophone cultural events, such as art exhibitions and live performances. Check out their website for upcoming events!
The Museum for Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way
Explore the historic exhibits housed in one of Winnipeg’s most recognizable buildings. Upcoming traveling exhibitions include Artivism, an exploration of art’s contribution to political activism, and Witness Blanket, a powerful installation that tells the story of residential school survivors.
What to Eat
There’s no shortage of great food between Winnipeg’s downtown, riverside, and St Boniface areas, but here are our top picks for each meal:
123 Princess St
Try: Brussels Style Waffles and Mushroom Benedict
Promenade Café & Wine
130 Provencher Boulevard
Try: Mussels and Fries and the Beef Bourguignon
Pasquale’s Ristorante Italiano
109 Marion St
Try: Suppli and Spaghetti Frutti di Mare
There are a number of great activities in Winnipeg to make for a memorable weekend for the kids. Here are a few top attractions to enjoy!
Where to Stay
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park
1405 St. Matthews Ave
Price: From $115
Key Feature: Waterslides and indoor pool
What to Do:
Manitoba Museum, Planetarium and Science Gallery
Adult ticket: $23
Youth ticket: $15
The classic Manitoba Museum offers a wide range of classic displays, engaging Planetarium shows, and interactive displays at the Science Gallery. This hands on experience is a great way to get your kids excited and engaged with history, technology and the cosmos.
Uptown Alley Bowling Lanes
1301 St Matthews St
Prices vary depending on activity
This activity center offers 5 and 10 pin bowling, a range of arcade games, and laser tag. It would be easy to spend an entire afternoon here, just around the corner from your hotel!
Assiniboine Park Zoo
2595 Roblin Blvd
Adult Ticket: $21.75
Youth Ticket: $12.25
Once it gets a bit warmer, the Zoo is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. The world class Journey to Churchill exhibit is home to incredible animals from our northern province.
What to Eat
Keeping our recommendations in convenient vicinity to our above recommendations, here are our picks for every meal of the day:
79 Sherbrook St
With a number of unique bagel options, you’re sure to find something for everyone to enjoy! Your order can also be picked up and taken to go if you want to save time for a museum visit or laser tag face off.
1 Forks Market Rd
Close to a number of kid friendly activities and with enough variety to satisfy any picky palate, the Forks Market is the perfect place to peruse for a midday snack.
Santa Lucia Pizza
4 St Mary’s Rd
2029 Portage Ave
905 Corydon Ave
With three convenient locations and some of the city’s best pizza, kids and parents alike will find something to love about this classic Winnipeg Pizzeria.
Feel free to mix and match any of these itineraries and send us your personalized recommendations! If you do try any of these restaurants, hotels or activities, post about it on Instagram and tag us (@thebamgroup_).
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