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Manitoba

Where the Canadian Shield meets the Prairies

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Nowhere in Canada seems as unpromising but ends up being as rewarding as the province of Manitoba. Its origins stem from bursts of commercial activity (furs then farm supplies) in and around what became Winnipeg. This city’s the biggest place for around 700km (430 miles) in any direction, and it says volumes that the nearest big city is Fargo, North Dakota – a place famously remote to most Americans.


Winnipeg & Around

So Winnipeg has learned self-sufficiency: initiating stimulating urban regeneration projects, adding imposing new architectural landmarks; crafting a respectable dining scene; and promoting several enjoyable festivals.

The city’s also blessed by the presence of quite a few good options for easy day trips or weekend getaways. Among them are the beaches of Lake Winnipeg and the canoe routes of a series of Provincial Parks on the Ontarian border – of which Whiteshell Provincial Park is most accessible. To this can be added the legacy of some pretty disparate immigrant communities – Icelanders at Gimili; Mennonites at Steinbach – and the unmistakably local colour of the summer rodeo at Morris.


Southern Manitoba

Further afield, but not by much, lies Riding Mountain National Park, the province’s premier outdoor space. Wildlife populations are healthy and easy to view here and the Ukrainian heritage of the nearby town of Dauphin provides an interesting aside.


Northern Manitoba

But if it’s a world-class tourism experience you’re after in Manitoba, then head straight to the ramshackle northern town of Churchill on the rim of the Hudson Bay. Its natural extravaganza includes the chance to swim with whales and view the northern lights, but it’s most famous for its role as a gateway to viewing polar bears in the wild.

Also world-class is Northern Manitoba’s canoeing – there’s about as much of it as you can wave a paddle at – with several good long-distance routes on offer.

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Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often fluctuate dynamically depending on capacity, seasonality and deals. We don’t want to lead you astray by quoting exact prices that quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, though, we have indicated general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in C$.

See & Do
N/A => Not applicable
Free
$ => Tickets less than $5 per person
$$ => Tickets $6-15 per person
$$$ => Tickets $16 per person

Sleep
$ => Rooms less than $100 for a double
$$ => Rooms $101-200 for a double
$$$ => Rooms $201 for a double

Eat
$ => $1-20 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$ => $21-40 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)
$$$ => $41 per person for a meal (without alcohol, tax, tip)

Shop
N/A => Not applicable

Tours
$ => Tickets less than $10 per person
$$ => Tickets $11-30 per person

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