The Best of Winnipeg, MB-in 24 Hours

How to explore all of the must-see sights of Winnipeg, Manitoba in just 24 hours.

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Lying smack dab in the geographic centre of Canada, Winnipeg is Manitoba’s capital, with 793,000 residents. Lying at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, the city has been a meeting place for diverse cultures throughout its history.

Best Sleep

Playing a key role in the revitalization of Winnipeg’s downtown core, the Alt Hotel Winnipeg  is the place to stay if you want to fall out of bed and stroll to the city’s best attractions. Sporting sleek furniture, free Wi-Fi and a 24-7 gym, this efficient, buzzy boutique property is tops for stylish, design-conscious gals on the go.

Best Green Space

The Forks  is more than an inner-city oasis sandwiched between the two rivers; this historic site-cum-cultural hub has drawn people together for thousands of years. It continues to do so today, through concerts at Festival Park and Stage, a farmers’ market and Variety Heritage Adventure Playground, a wonderful immersive spot for families.

Best Spa

All traces of city stressors will be removed at Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature. Immerse yourself in Scandinavian spa rituals by alternating between a series of outdoor pools and deliciously intense steam rooms. There’s even a dedicated exfoliation room! Chill out on a hammock or head to an indoor relaxation chamber once your thermal transition is complete.

Best Eats

A modern fusion restaurant situated in a strip mall might seem a bit random, but one taste of the inventive cuisine at Enoteca Wine Bar  and you’ll forgive the address. Here, small plates to share and wines by the glass are the name of the game. The roasted cauliflower head tossed with a caper-and-brown-butter vinaigrette -and smothered in cave-aged Gruyère just might convert you to vegetarianism.

Best Learning

The first national museum in Canada to be built outside the National Capital Region, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights  is a towering structure of glass, stone and steel built on a historic meeting place. Fantastically, this thought-provoking museum doesn’t weigh visitors down with exhibits crammed with artifacts but rather inspires them by illuminating the concept of human rights through recorded stories, art and multimedia.