Whether you're craving big-city sophistication or off-the-grid wilderness, Manitoba delivers. You can sip craft cocktails in Winnipeg, embark on polar bear expeditions in Churchill and explore over 80 provincial parks strewn across a stunning landscape of rugged mountains, shimmering lakes and lush forests.
Things to do in Manitoba
Perched on Hudson Bay, Churchill is known as the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. It's surrounded by Arctic tundra and offers some of North America's most coveted wildlife experiences, including wild polar bear safaris, boreal forest expeditions and kayaking with beluga whales.
Winnipeg is a natural starting point for your time in Manitoba. The vibrant city is dotted with historic neighbourhoods and hosts one of the world's biggest fringe theatre festivals. For the ultimate Canadian experience, catch the Winnipeg Jets playing at Bell MTS Place. Culture buffs can admire Inuit works at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and discover 12,000 years of history at the Manitoba Museum.
Don't miss Gimli, a charismatic community set on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Learn about the town's Viking roots at the New Iceland Heritage Museum, which traces the stories of Canada's first Icelandic settlers. Nearby, the picturesque wooden buildings in Hecla Heritage Historic Village offer a glimpse at life in the 1800s.
Riding Mountain National Park is just one of many Manitoba nature reserves. You can hike along wilderness trails, paddle in crystalline lakes and spot local wildlife, such as bison, elk and bears. Access is via Wasagaming, a lively town filled with cosy cafes and rustic restaurants.
Getting around Manitoba
Pedestrian-friendly Winnipeg is easy to get around on foot. The province is connected by long-distance buses and VIA Rail stations, while rental cars are best for exploring Manitoba independently. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport offers connections to cities across Canada and the United States.