Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour, Winnipeg

Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Winnipeg

Winnipeg, the main city of Canada's Manitoba province, is often referred to as the "Gateway to the West" for being a major transportation hub with a highly diversified economy. At the heart of the city is The Forks, a historic place marking the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers; the site features warehouses turned into shops and restaurants, as well as a vast green space that often hosts festivals, concerts and various shows. Another key attraction is the Exchange District renowned for its early 20th-century architecture and a score of art galleries. To learn more about these and other top sights of Winnipeg, follow this orientation walk.
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Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Winnipeg (See other walking tours in Winnipeg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 11
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Old Market Square
  • Exchange District
  • Chinatown
  • Manitoba Museum and Planetarium
  • Portage and Main
  • Holy Trinity Church
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights
  • The Forks
  • Johnston Terminal
  • The Forks Market
  • Esplanade Riel
Old Market Square

1) Old Market Square (must see)

Old Market Square annually hosts the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition. Its cobblestone streets and friendly pedestrian environment also contribute to The Exchange District's popularity as a period backdrop for the movie industry.

Old Market Square originated in 1889, initially as a public market building. The new area features a performance space, a sunken event lawn, serpentine seating wall and seating planters encircling elm trees. The focal point of the renovation is "The Cube", a new $1.5 million stage, with a skin made up of 20,000 aluminum links. The stage contains a built-in lighting system, green room and two performance levels, and was funded by the Winnipeg Foundation, CentreVenture and several levels of government. The 28x28-foot (8.5 m) cube is composed of a flexible curtain of diamond extrusions strung together. The curtain can be drawn back to reveal the stage within.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Exchange District

2) Exchange District (must see)

The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada in the downtown area of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Just one block north of Portage and Main, the Exchange District comprises twenty city blocks and approximately 150 heritage buildings, and it is known for its intact early 20th century collection of warehouses, financial institutions, and early terra cotta clad skyscrapers. Today it thrives as one of Winnipeg's commercial and cultural centers, as home to an array of specialty retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, wholesalers, and condos.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

3) Chinatown

Chinatown is an area in Winnipeg, Manitoba that was formed in 1909. Located on King Street between James and Higgins Avenues, it was officially recognized in 1968. Winnipeg's Chinatown is home to many shops and restaurants including Asian grocery stores and an herbal products store.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Manitoba Museum and Planetarium

4) Manitoba Museum and Planetarium (must see)

The Manitoba Museum and Planetarium is the most fascinating museum of the entire province. The planetarium was first opened in 1968 and the museum, in 1970. The museum offers a unique and unforgettable experience of traveling back in time - 450 millions years. The numerous collections of the museum are fascinating and each of them offers precious knowledge about the world around us and about human contribution to the environment. The captivating Science Gallery of the museum allows everyone to feel like a scientist for a while.
Portage and Main

5) Portage and Main

Portage and Main is an intersection in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is located in the center of downtown Winnipeg at the place where Portage Avenue (Route 85) and Main Street (Route 52) intersect. The corner is well-known across Canada as the "crossroads of Canada", due to its relative proximity to the longitudinal center of Canada.

Portage and Main is the brunt of popular jokes referring to it as the coldest and windiest intersection in Canada. The phrase Portage and Main has come to refer to the city of Winnipeg as a whole.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Holy Trinity Church

6) Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church is probably one of the most beautiful churches in Manitoba and with the oldest congregation that was established in 1867. The first building of the church was built in 1868 but its capacity wasn't enough for the growing parish, so in 1870 the church was enlarged. The present building of the Holy Trinity Church was built in 1984 and is a remarkable construction designed in Neo-Gothic style. For the past 120 years, there were more and more buildings appearing around it, given the city's growth, so today it stands as the spiritual centre in the heart of downtown.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

7) Canadian Museum for Human Rights (must see)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) is a national museum in Winnipeg, Manitoba, located adjacent to The Forks. The purpose of the museum is to "explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue." It held its opening ceremonies on 19 September 2014. The CMHR is the first new national museum created in Canada since 1967, and it is the first new national museum ever to be located outside the National Capital Region.

Opening hours: Daily: 10 am - 5 pm; Wednesday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
The Forks

8) The Forks (must see)

The Forks is a historic site, meeting place and green space in Downtown Winnipeg located at the confluence of the Red River and Assiniboine River. The Forks now contains public space for celebrations and recreation, an interpretive park, revitalized historic and new buildings containing shops and restaurants, as well as a skateboard park and historic port. The Forks attracts over four million visitors each year.

The Forks has been the meeting place for early Aboriginal peoples, and since colonization has also been a meeting place for European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. The Forks was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1974 due to its status as a cultural landscape that had borne witness to six thousand years of human activity. The site's 5.5-hectare (14-acre; 0.021 sq mi) grounds are open year-round.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Johnston Terminal

9) Johnston Terminal

Across the courtyard from the Forks Market is the four-storey Johnston Terminal building. Originally constructed in 1930, the building is now home to a variety of specialty boutiques and stores, offices, a cafe, Finn McCue's and The Old Spaghetti Factory. The basement of the building hosts the Johnston Terminal Antique Mall, which features over 30 consigners and 7,000 square feet (650 m2) of new merchandise brought in daily.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
The Forks Market

10) The Forks Market (must see)

Beginning as two adjacent stables for competing rail companies, the horse stalls were joined together by a courtyard and bridges and became what is now known as The Forks Market. The Forks Market features a six storey tower with viewing platform,[7] which is accessible by stairs or elevator and features interpretive panels with information on the site's history.

The market also comprises two storeys of vendors selling everything from fresh fruit, bread, meat, and wine to cigars and aromatherapy products to crafts and artworks from 300 local and Canadian artisans. There are four full service restaurants in the Forks Market: Sushi Train at The Forks, Sydney's at The Forks, The Beachcomber & Ba Ja Beach Club, and The Original Pancake House. There is also a food court and numerous quick service food vendors.[8]
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Esplanade Riel

11) Esplanade Riel (must see)

The Esplanade Riel is a pedestrian bridge, designed by Colin Douglas Stewart of Wardrop Engineering and the architect Étienne Gaboury, and completed in 2003. It spans the Red River connecting downtown Winnipeg with St. Boniface. It is paired with a vehicular bridge, Provencher Bridge. The bridge is one of a few in the world that has a restaurant (Salisbury House) on it, giving patrons an excellent view of the river and the bridge's structure.

The Esplanade Riel has become a landmark and is used in many promotional materials. The bridge itself is a side-spar cable-stayed bridge. The original drawing, stamped by Colin Douglas Stewart, rests in the Engineering building of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Create Your Own Walk in Winnipeg

Create Your Own Walk in Winnipeg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Winnipeg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Saint Boniface Walking Tour

Saint Boniface Walking Tour

Saint Boniface is the historic French quarter where there are many famous Winnipeg’s religious, social and historical landmarks, as well as the largest French community. Its unique architecture, cozy cafes and numerous shops will make it an unforgettable experience. Take the following walking tour to discover the most prominent landmarks of Saint Boniface in Winnipeg.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Architecture Walking Tour

Architecture Walking Tour

Winnipeg is a city with rich architectural value where you can see historical buildings next to modern sky towers. The oldest district is the Exchange District where there are many buildings that date from the beginning of the 1900s. A few steps away you’ll get to Portage Avenue where there are steel and glass modern skyscrapers. Take the following walking tour to see the most interesting...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles