The Forks Market, Winnipeg, Canada

A Photo Essay: Winnipeg, Canada

After moving to Florida, we came to realize that we had never made a road trip up to Canada while we lived in Minnesota. How did that happen?! I have no idea. So, now that we are back in Minnesota (and finally settled in!), we decided that we needed to take a road trip north and head to Winnipeg–our parents still live about 3 hours south of the border, so it was only a short drive away. Growing up, I always heard there isn’t anything to do in Winnipeg, but we found plenty to do, and I was actually pretty impressed with the art and culture in the city! Even though we only spent two days in Winnipeg, we had a great time exploring the various neighborhoods on a self-guided walking tour, visiting the Canadian Mint to see how money is made, and taking a spin around Assiniboine Park.

The Forks Market, Winnipeg, Canada

The Forks Market is located near the Red River. I heard that the market had a wide range of international foods and crafts, but I didn’t realize just how unique everything would be.

The Forks Market, Winnipeg, Canada

I was intrigued by so many tempting treats and crafts, but I decided to leave empty handed so we didn’t have to carry a heavy load with us all day long.

Skyline, Winnipeg, Canada

Winnipeg was much larger than we thought it would be–we loved checking out this view of the skyline.

Winnipeg, Canada

The Provencher Bridge crosses the Red River and it connects downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface. There is a restaurant in the middle of the bridge that hangs out over the river–it currently is home to a Parisian Restaurant called Chez Sophie Sur Le pont.

Winnipeg, Canada

The Canadian Museum of Human Rights with part of the skyline in the background–I love the look of the museum!

Winnipeg, Canada

Our self-guided walking tour around “The Loop” took us on a path around the city that’s about 5 miles long.

Winnipeg, Canada

St. Mary’s Cathedral is a pretty church near downtown and it was originally built in 1880.

Winnipeg, Canada

Memorial Park is located near the Manitoba Legislation Building. The park consists of a fountain and memorials, many of which honor the Canadian Military.

Winnipeg, Canada

The Canadian Mint offers a tour to give people a look into how money is made–it was interesting to see that this facility has made money for many countries worldwide.

Winnipeg, Canada

We were surprised to head north and have weather in the 90’s–I think it was hotter than Florida was on the same day! It was a gorgeous couple days, but we probably should have put on some sunscreen…

Winnipeg, Canada

Union Station was under construction, but there were many touches of the old train station in all its glory–the ceiling in the lobby was beautiful.

Winnipeg, Canada

The St. Boniface Cathedral is located in the French neighborhood of the city. It burnt down twice, and after the second fire the church was rebuilt behind the 1906 facade.

Winnipeg, Canada

The cemetery at St. Boniface is the final resting spot of Louis Riel, the founder of the providence.

Winnipeg, Canada

One of the original walls of the St. Boniface Cathedral–I liked how the wall was left in place and the new church was built behind it. It was interesting to see the ruins and the exposed stairwells up to the bell towers.

Winnipeg, Canada

The buildings in the French Quarter were really pretty–I especially enjoyed the College Universitaire De Saint-Boniface.

Winnipeg, Canada

I always have fun browsing bookstores, and this one was particularly great because a lot of the books were in French. I found a couple of books that we talked about in my college French class, so it was fun to skim through them!

Winnipeg, Canada

The old-time train tracks cross over the nearby Red River and remind us through graffiti at the very top to “Press On.”

Winnipeg, Canada

Surprisingly, there is quite a bit of art and culture in the city–this post was covered with flyers from many upcoming and possibly past events.

Winnipeg, Canada

Poutine is a signature Canadian dish; the original is made with french fries, gravy and cheese curds. I wanted to try poutine when we were in Toronto, but we didn’t get a chance, so I figured we should try some here instead!

Winnipeg, Canada

Smokes Poutinerie is a chain, but after some narrowing down, we figured it was the best option to give poutine a try. They have so many different combinations–some of them sounded pretty good, others not so much, but one thing is for sure, they all sounded like a stomach ache!

Poutine, Winnipeg, Canada

We settled on the traditional (left) and the bacon cheeseburger (right), and barely made a dent in either of them! There was so much packed into each carton, we could have easily shared one and still have had extra. We thought the traditional was decent and really didn’t care for the bacon cheeseburger.

Mural, Winnipeg, Canada

Street art! There was so much street art all over the city–I loved driving around and finding it on so many buildings.

Sculpture Park, Winnipeg, Canada

Assiniboine Park has a great sculpture park in addition to a park, zoo, conservatory and lots of room for walking and relaxing.

What areas of Canada have you visited?

 

14 Comments
  • Bev
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    Posted at 10:05h, 17 June Reply

    Winnipeg is an underrated destination. You did a great job with the photos. Though I haven’t been in many years, I still remember my visit to the mint. Pennies cost more to make than they are worth. Certainly one reason why Canada no longer has pennies.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:38h, 29 June Reply

      Thanks, Bev! Glad you enjoyed your visit as well. Yeah, it definitely makes sense that they don’t make pennies anymore!

  • Megan Kennedy
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    Posted at 22:10h, 17 June Reply

    What a lovely overview of Winnipeg, love the variety of photos! It’s a place that I still need to visit but agree with you, there is plenty to do despite what some may say.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:39h, 29 June Reply

      Thanks–appreciate it! Glad there are others that can find fun things to do as well! 🙂

  • Marysia
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    Posted at 07:00h, 18 June Reply

    Looks like a great city to spend a lazy day around…
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  • Ron
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    Posted at 12:33h, 19 June Reply

    Wow I love all of the different forms of art & diverse architecture of the buildings. I have to go there!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:40h, 29 June Reply

      Yeah it was a pretty city! You should definitely make a stop there if you are ever in the area!

  • Megan Claire
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    Posted at 11:37h, 20 June Reply

    Love the photos – thanks for giving us a great insight into the city! My husband is also from MN and he’s never been to Canad either, so when we get back to the States we want to plan a Canadian road trip. Winnipeg will definitely be on the destination list!

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 18:42h, 29 June Reply

      Thanks! That’s funny he hasn’t been either! It always seems like the closest places are last on the list to visit 🙂 Hope you have fun when you eventually make it back up here!

  • simeguy
    Posted at 21:17h, 08 July Reply

    The blue paint under the bridges all over downtown Winnipeg indicate the high water mark of great floods. The rivers were a menace for a long time. Eventually a moat was build around the entire city to deflect flood waters and protect citizens.

    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 10:55h, 09 July Reply

      That’s very interesting–I didn’t notice the marks at all, but glad they have the floods more under control! Thanks for the fun fact!

  • Jessica of Curiosity Travels
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    Posted at 15:02h, 22 July Reply

    What a beautiful day to explore such a nice looking city.

    I NEED to try poutine soon! Too bad I don’t think there are any places here in San Diego. I need to get up to Canada.
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 11:29h, 23 July Reply

      We definitely lucked out on the weather–it was gorgeous! 🙂 Hope you can find some poutine soon! I had been wanting to try it forever–so it was exciting to finally find some!

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