Lower Fort Garry - National historic site
Lower Fort Garry, once the hub of the Hudson Bay Company fur trade, is the only intact stone-walled fort in Western Canada. Visit the original buildings and be taken back centuries with the help of costumed interpreters filling authentic roles.
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Marine Museum of Manitoba - Selkirk, MB
Lake Winnipeg, the world’s thirteenth largest, was the major link in north-south transportation from fur-trading days to the twentieth century. It is still a major inland fishery. Visit in dry-dock many of the large ships that played important roles in this commerce.
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
A unique building housing Ducks Unlimited’s national, provincial and regional headquarters blends in unobtrusively with surrounding marshlands, providing an unparalleled opportunity to observe close-up ducks, geese and smaller marsh creatures in their natural habitat. View the wetlands by canoe (PFCs provided) and explore the area on a geocaching expedition.
Narcisse Garter Snake Dens
Visit this world famous site to witness tens of thousands of red-sided garter snakes emerging from their winter hibernation and performing a frenzied mating ritual that is an amazing slithery spectacle as there are approximately 5,000 male snakes for each female.
Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre – Morden, MB
Investigate the geologic and palaeontological history of Southern Manitoba that was once submerged beneath an ancient sea. The museum features a 13m Mosasaur along with many other marine creatures of the late Cretaceous Seas – from plesiosaurs to ammonites and sharks. Also travel a short distance to the Manitoba Escarpment where you will have the opportunity to explore and participate in digs on an 80 million year-old sea floor.
(Wear suitable footwear, eg. no sandals.)
Fort Whyte Alive
Located on six hundred acres of a former portland cement production site on the outskirts of Winnipeg, Fort Whyte Alive encompasses five lakes and a complete representation of wetlands, aspen forest and prairie habitats. Hiking trails vary in length from 0.5 to 4.6 km. Enjoy such activites as bird watching, canoeing, off-shore fishing, guided activities, as well as indoor exhibits and programs. Walk the floating and wetland boardwalks. Observe the tall grass prairie and bison herd (this is calving time!) from the Saturn Family Tree House, and more.
Mennonite Heritage Museum – Steinbach, MB
The outdoor village takes you back to 1874 when the first Mennonites arrived in Manitoba. Over twenty historic buildings, including Mennonite homes, schools, churches, and small businesses line the village streets. As you walk through the village, take time to absorb the history.
Steinbach is an agricultural and industrial city, unique in that it developed on neither a river nor railway. Visit a typical enterprise, Loewen Windows Limited, Canada’s largest manufacturer of wooden windows and doors.
Manitoba Model Forest – Pine Falls, MB
The Model Forest is part of a nation-wide non-profit organization founded in 1992 to promote research and co-operation between industry, community and government agencies. Its purpose is to ensure the sustained management of Canada’s boreal forests. Participants will tour Tembec Paper’s waste water treatment facility then proceed to interactive research activity in a forest setting.
National Microbiology Laboratory
This uniquely designed facility, the only Level 4 lab in Canada, does research and diagnostics on the deadliest agents known to mankind. Not to worry! Your tour of the hottest areas will be virtual, but your interest is guaranteed.
Canadian Blood Services
The Winnipeg labs samples blood donations and processes platelet and plasma products as well as bone marrow and stem cell and solid organ donations. A 24/7 laboratory receives and cross-matches samples from over 90 hospitals in Manitoba, Northwest Ontario and Nunavut.
Canadian Grain Commission & International Grains Institute
Western Canada is a breadbasket to the world and Winnipeg is its centre. Visit the labs that do the research, quality control, and development of grain crops as well as train Canadian and foreign technologists.
Manitoba in a capsule, north to south, arctic, boreal forest, parklands and grasslands. Visit the planetarium, and museum galleries that include period urban representations and the Nonsuch, a full-size ocean-going replica of the HBC early sailing vessel. The museum is also home to the full Hudson Bay Company’s historic collection.
Manitoba Hydro Building
Hydro’s newly completed and sriking head office building is the most efficient structure in North America, and possibly the world. It employs geothermal, solar energy and natural lighting, plus other innovations to use 60% less energy than similar office towers.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
“Canadian 100” is one hundred paintings by Canadian artists celebrating the past one hundred years. WAG is home to the largest collection of Inuit art, the Fitzgerald collection and other exhibits. Enjoy a conducted program.
From an enclosed balcony take a conducted tour to witness every stage of the production of Canadian coinage, and that of many other countries. Samples may be purchased!
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The area at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers has evolved from a meeting place for aboriginal peoples for thousands of years, to the sites of Fort Gibraltar, Fort Rouge, and Upper Fort Garry. In the 20th century the area was first used as a freight marshalling yard but is now one of Winnipeg’s prime attractions. Its importance lies in its role as witness to so many of the events that shaped Western Canada, as we know it. Enjoy a conducted tour, then browse through a variety specialty shops, markets and food services in the renovated original freight buildings, or simply enjoy the tranquil ambience.
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Pestilence, Shamans and Doctors
Take a historic walking tour featuring fur trade era history, sacred medicines of First Nations people, the legacy of the Grey Nuns and diseases that plagued early Manitobans.
St. Boniface Museum
The museum features artifacts from French, Metis, and Louis Riel history. It is home to the newly acquired Riel poems. Built from 1846-1851, it was a Grey Nuns convent and served as a hospital, orphanage, senior’s home and asylum. It is a classic example of Red River frame construction, with double hewn log walls chinked with bison hair and insulated with dried grasses. It is the oldest building in the City of Winnipeg.
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Spirit Sands had its beginning 15,000 years ago when the Assiniboine River, much wider that it is today, created an enormous delta as it brought glacial meltwaters into ancient Lake Agassiz. Wind-patterned sand dunes, cacti and high temperatures make it tempting to call Spirit Sands a desert, but its 300-500 mm of annual rainfall is twice that of a true desert. Enjoy a conducted tour of the entire area, including the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Returning to Winnipeg, stop by the St. Leon wind farm.
Boeing Canada Limited
The Winnipeg plant is the largest aerospace composite manufacturer in Canada, engaged in designing, developing and fabricating complex composite structures and sub-assemblies. These include wing-to-body flairings and main landing gear doors for the 787 Dreamliner.
Western Canada Aviation Museum
This facility once housed Winnipeg’s T.C.A. terminal and hangar. Over 20 vintage aircraft and restorations in progress are shown on the 91,000 square-foot display floor. Visit the Ghost of Charron Lake. Missing underwater for over 70 years, this Fokker bush plane was recently recovered and offers a valuable lesson in Canadian aviation history. Become an archaeological ghost-buster by finding, excavating and preserving plane components.
RCMP Forensic Laboratory
Witness the techniques and methods used by modern science to combat crime in the twenty-first century.
Encompassing over four hundred of acres of green space, the park contains such features as a botanical conservatory, zoo, English garden, duck pond, Leo Mol sculpture garden, miniature train and much more. The Pavilion, the most photographed building in Winnipeg, contains the Winnie the Pooh artifact collection. Visit behind the scenes at the zoo.