PLACES TO VISIT

Though Winnipeg is well-known for its many summer festivals and later winter offerings (including the unique frozen river

pop-up restaurant, RAW:almond and February’s Festival du Voyageur), there is still much to do in December! Here are a few

all-season options. If you are staying long enough, check out The Nutcracker at the world-famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

For a casual evening, visit Across the Board for board games, drinks, and food.

CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

85 Israel Asper Way

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The first national museum located outside of Ottawa, the stunning architecture of CMHR is worth a visit in itself. While much of the controversy that dogged the museum’s opening has since calmed down, the content within the museum offers the opportunity to consider what are human rights, how they have been addressed in Canada, the challenges and responsibilities around presenting such issues, and whose tragedy qualifies for inclusion. Allow at least four hours for a visit.

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THE FORKS MARKET

1 Forks Market Road

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Located at the historic meeting point of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the Forks has long been a gathering point and is one of Winnipeg’s most well-known landmarks. The markets offer shopping, food, and buskers; The Common provides a place to visit and have a drink (see Places to Drink below); and in winter you can skate under the canopy or along the rivers (skate rentals available). If you like stargazing, visit the Oodena Celebration Circle and its naked eye observatory after sundown.

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THE MANITOBA MUSEUM

190 Rupert Avenue

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Visit the Manitoba Museum to learn about the province’s human and environmental history. See the ancient creatures who once called this place home, explore the Nonsuch (a replica Hudson’s Bay Company ship and the namesake of a new local brewery), and wander through 1920s Winnipeg. Be sure to catch the Legacies of Confederation exhibit, which considers how the human and non-human inhabitants of Manitoba were impacted by confederation.

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PLACES TO EAT

Winnipeg has a booming food scene, with more great restaurants than can be included here! But for some

good options in the general vicinity of the hotel and the downtown area, here are a few suggestions.

FOOLS & HORSES

379 Broadway Avenue

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Only a couple of blocks from the hotel, Fools & Horses is a bright and cheery place to grab a coffee or tea by day or a drink in the evening. Their food menu is short but offers soup, sandwiches, granola, cheese boards, and charcuterie, and they often feature live music on Saturday nights.

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NICK’S ON BROADWAY

287 Broadway Avenue

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Also just a few minute’s walk from the hotel, Nick’s specializes in sandwiches but also offers salads, soup, and wraps. Try their Reuben with house-made pastrami. Note that they close at 4:30pm Monday-Thursday and 3pm Friday-Saturday, and are not open on Sundays.

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OH DOUGHNUTS

326 Broadway Avenue

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Located just down the street from the Fort Garry Hotel, Oh Doughnuts is a local favourite!  Featuring a rotating selection of gourmet doughnuts, this place typically sells out by mid-afternoon. Go earlier in the day for the best selection, and bring some back for your colleagues – they’ll thank you.

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CLEMENTINE

123 Princess Street

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Located in a surprisingly cheery basement in the Exchange District, Clementine is a delightful place with some Middle Eastern influences in their food and drink. Owned by the same people who opened the incredible Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant (484 Stradbrook Avenue). Expect a wait during weekend brunch times. Open from 8am-4pm.

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DEER + ALMOND

85 Princess Street

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Another spot popular with people who love food, deer + almond is also located in the Exchange District. They offer large and small plates (for sharing or not) and a changing menu in a relaxed environment. The food is home-style, but luxuriously rather than plainly so. If you like deer, the menu usually includes one or two options.

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FAMENA’S FAMOUS ROTI & CURRY

295 Garry Street

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Located on the ground floor of a nearby parkade, this tiny shop features Caribbean food with stools around a half-moon lunch counter. Don’t be thrown off by the somewhat odd location or the “funky” appearance! The owners of this place are the nicest people, and the food is filling and delicious! Open from 11am-9pm, and takeout is available.

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BOUCHÉE BOUCHER

101 – 300 Tache Avenue

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Meat lovers, rejoice. This recently opened joint in Winnipeg’s St. Boniface neighbourhood has been making waves with its creative, meat-centric menu. The menu includes a fair number of vegetarian dishes as well. Visit the attached butcher shop and grocery to pick up some Manitoba-local food products. It’s probably best to make reservations, especially on weekends.

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SOUS SOL

22 – 222 Osborne Street

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If you have always wanted to visit an underground speakeasy with an unmarked entrance, Sous Sol has you covered. French food and Prohibition era-style cocktails in a dark (but never oppressive or musty) basement, with tall, dripping candles adding light and atmosphere. If you have trouble finding the entrance, go around to the back of the building. It’s there, we promise.

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SEGOVIA

484 Stradbrook Avenue

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Located in Osborne Village, Segovia offers amazingly delicious tapas-style food, so it’s best to go with several people and get a lot of dishes to share. There are no let-downs on their always-changing menu! Fun fact: I once met Stuart McLean here (and if you’re Canadian, you know how exciting that is). They do not take reservations, and the place can be really busy on weekends.

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PLACES TO DRINK

The Palm Lounge at the Fort Garry Hotel is a lovely place to eat and drink,  but if you would like to get out and explore the city, Winnipeg

has recently opened some great little local breweries.  If you enjoy tasting local beverages during your travels, check these out!

PEG BEER CO.

125 Pacific Avenue

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This local brew pub in Winnipeg’s Exchange District offers a rotating selection of beer and tasty food with a local Mennonite flair (faspa, anyone?). Try the Guten Tart if it’s available.

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LITTLE BROWN JUG BREWING CO.

336 William Avenue

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Located in a renovated livery in the Exchange District, at Little Brown Jug you can get munchies and drink while watching their 1919 (historians will appreciate the reference) beer being brewed.

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THE COMMON

1 Forks Market Road

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Not a brewery, but at the heart of the Food Hall in Winnipeg’s famed Forks Market, The Common offers a rotating selection of 20 craft beers (local and otherwise) and 20 wines.

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