Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Exploring Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Finding nature in or near a city is always a highlight for us.  We love walking around parks, lakes, gardens and all that good stuff, so a trip through Assiniboine Park gave us just what we needed after a day full of exploring Winnipeg’s street art and wandering around the city.

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park is located just south of the Assiniboine River and only a hop, skip and a jump away from downtown Winnipeg, and it is beautiful! I was really surprised to see how large the park was when we drove up to the entrance; it was even more surprising to find that it extended way past the first garden we saw when arriving.

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Within the park grounds there is plenty to do to keep you busy for an entire day.  There is a large open lawn that would be a great picnic spot, a few cafes/restaurants, gardens, a conservatory, a playground, train, trails, sculptures and art, a music theater, bike rentals and even a zoo!  Thankfully, there is a double decker bus that you can catch to take between attractions if you don’t have a car or don’t feel like driving.  I really enjoyed visiting the park in the warm spring weather, but winter offers a range of different activities as well, such as ice-skating, ski trails, and a toboggan hill.

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

The Lyric Theater hosts free shows throughout the summer—the shows consist of concerts, ballets, opera, symphonies and various festivals.  I would love to catch a show there; outdoor concerts are always our favorite!

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

There are a few different sculpture areas in the park.  The Citizens Hall of Fame is a monument that boasts the “pursuit and attainment of individual excellence and achievement on behalf of one’s community”.  It provides a fun look into the city’s history, residents, and art.

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Beautiful sculptures are also scattered throughout the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.  This garden was my favorite part of the park—the bronze sculptures were very interesting—I really enjoyed the adorable bears most of all!

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

The English Garden is located right next to the sculpture garden; unfortunately, we were there in late spring, so everything was still in the growing phase and not lush at all.  Even so, it was still fun to take a quick walk around.

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

The Pavillion Gallery Museum is located in the center of the park and displays art from three local artists as well as Winnie the Pooh memorabilia. We didn’t have a chance to go inside, but I hope we can stop in for a look next time.

Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Canada

Polar Bears and Snow Leopard Cubs are the main attractions at the zoo, but it seems like there are many other animals that call the zoo home, as well.  Even though the zoo wasn’t on our agenda this time, I’ve heard it is a great one, so it might be worth checking out if you are already in the area.

As we were short on time, we only had time to see a small portion of what the park offers, but you can bet we will be back for more exploring next time we are in Winnipeg!

 

11 Comments
  • Megan Kennedy
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    Posted at 20:41h, 03 July Reply

    I love exploring parks! It’s too bad that you didn’t have more time there but what you saw looks lovely. I could image myself on the grass, having a picnic and soaking up the sun.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 21:36h, 03 July Reply

      That would be a great afternoon–it really does look like a great picnic spot! We wished we had more time too. It would have been fun to explore more!

  • Mary Calculated Traveller
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    Posted at 06:59h, 04 July Reply

    I love public parks and spaces with lots of things to see and do. Looks like a great place to see an outdoor show while laying on a blanket.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 10:49h, 09 July Reply

      I would love to catch a show there too–it really was a fun spot!

  • Vanessa
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    Posted at 09:26h, 04 July Reply

    Confession time: Canadians like to make fun of Winnipeg. Don’t ask me why! So I’m glad you showed just how beautiful the city is and how lovely the weather can be – it’s not just snow all the time!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 10:51h, 09 July Reply

      LOL, that’s funny 🙂 I’ve never really heard much good about it either, but I figured there had to be some fun things there! We hit a gorgeous weekend–it was over 90°F!

  • Sharon M
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    Posted at 10:10h, 04 July Reply

    This would be a great park for a photography or instagram walk! It looks like a relaxing place with lots to see! Thanks for sharing!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 10:53h, 09 July Reply

      That’s a great idea–it would be a great spot for a photo walk of some sort! Especially once the flowers start to bloom!

  • Bev
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    Posted at 10:20h, 04 July Reply

    Beautiful photos! Considering Spring came so late this year, you certainly got beautiful weather to explore the park.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 10:54h, 09 July Reply

      Thank you! Yeah, we definitely lucked out and visited on a super hot weekend–it was gorgeous! 🙂

  • Tina
    Posted at 07:21h, 28 July Reply

    Thank you very much to author and my best wishes to him like other who take care of nature you also did some contribution to make spread the nature beauty to potential.

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