Winnipeg - Discover the Heart of Canada
- Welcome dinner at the Rumor’s Comedy Club
- Walking Tour of Winnipeg
- Photo stop at the “Centre of Canada”
- Breakfast at the Original Pancake House
- Museum of Human Rights Visit
Upon arrival at the Winnipeg Airport, you will be met by a Goway Representative and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at Rumor’s Comedy Club, an easy going local comedy club featuring national known comedians and pub grub. Return to your hotel after the show.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide and depart for your walking tour of downtown Winnipeg. Immerse yourself in the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike on this expanded version of our themed walking tour. You will learn what life was like in Winnipeg in the years leading up the strike, from earlier labour strikes to a city-wide influenza epidemic, as well as the events of the Winnipeg General Strike and what happened in the years to follow. Hear about the impact of the Strike and how it influenced such individuals as Jessie Kirk (the first woman on city council), the Notorious Helen Armstrong, and Labour politicians including J.S. Woodsworth.
Next, head to the Exchange District, home to one of the most well-preserved collection of heritage buildings from the turn of the 20th century. Learn how architectural styles evolved as Winnipeg grew, from modest brick and mortar warehouses and terracotta skyscrapers to the modernist structures of the 1960s and ’70s. Along the way, you’ll learn about the art and artists that have made the Exchange a thriving arts hub in Winnipeg.
After, visit the Centre of Canada for a photo stop, then return to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure.
This evening, meet your guide and discover some of the best beers downtown Winnipeg has to offer. Stopping at local gems such as Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, White Star Diner, Rudy’s Eat & Drink, The Tipsy Cow, and Winnipeg’s favourite watering hole, Shannon’s Irish Pub. (1 beer at each stop and appetizer samplings included)
Meet your guide and head to The Forks, a large community hub and market on the banks where the Assiniboine River meets the Red. First, visit The Original Pancake House, a Winnipeg breakfast staple. After you’ve had your fill of pancakes, start your orientation tour of The Forks, learning the history of this important landmark and former Aboriginal Trading Post. Continue the tour with a 1 hour ride on the river, passing by sites such as the Legislative Building, St. Boniface Cathedral and the Provencher Bridge.
Next, head to the Museum of Human Rights for a guided tour. This tour, developed in keeping with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, explores the connections between contemporary issues and historic violations of Indigenous rights. Experience a 360-degree film in a circular theatre, a four-storey clay artwork, stories of survival and many exhibits throughout the Museum’s galleries. Participate in activities that challenge dominant world views and reflect upon Indigenous Peoples’ resistance and resilience in the face of genocidal policies. Discuss the power of breaking down stereotypes and using respectful language. Consider pathways to taking individual action towards reconciliation. Upon the conclusion of the tour, feel free to explore the gallery on your own.
Enjoy the remainder of your day at The Forks shopping local handicrafts and artwork, or tasting the many delicacies of the food stalls in the market. Enjoy a brew at The Common in the main market square, or enjoy a stroll along the riverwalk, a path that follows the banks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and the full day at leisure to explore on your own. Perhaps book an optional tour, attend a local show or visit the Crown Royal Distillery in Gimli. A recommended lunch stop at Mitzi’s to try Manitoba’s famous honey dill sauce is a must!
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and another full day at leisure to get in any last minute activities or shopping.
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the Winnipeg Airport for your return flight home.
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