Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, photo by Mike Sudoma
Nicknamed “The Granola Belt,” this residential district in Winnipeg’s west end is known for its organic markets and bookstores. Explore it on foot, coffee in hand.
Find luxury and hand-dyed yarn alongside patterns and supplies at independent yarn shop Wolseley Wool on Westminster Avenue, where the owners also offer knitting and weaving classes.
Italy meets Manitoba at De Luca’s, a culinary emporium on Portage Avenue that has an extensive Mediterranean deli and butcher, on-site bakery and a wine shop. Pick up De Luca’s homemade pastas, sauces, sausages or extra-virgin olive oil.
The Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company, a Westminster Avenue bakery started by locals and members of a Wolseley bread co-op in 1990, sells local baked goods as well as preserves and Eastern European foods. Don’t leave without trying one of the renowned cinnamon buns.
A community fixture since 1978, Prairie Sky Books specializes in “conscious lifestyle” material covering topics like dharma, tarot, yoga and vegetarian cooking. It also has a selection of crafts and collectibles like Indian textile art, jewelry and handmade soap.
Embodying the socially conscious, artistic spirit of the community, the Wolseley Farmers’ Market sells handmade and homegrown edible and artistic products at the Robert A. Steen Community Centre, Tuesdays and Thursdays from June to October.
Find Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, where Home Street meets Portage Avenue, and retreat from the bustling street to 2.43 hectares of peaceful pathways, picnic tables and flower gardens. The park is home to war memorials including the Andrew Mynarski VC Statue, which was officially dedicated in 2015.
Getting there: WestJet flies to Winnipeg 28 times a day from 11 Canadian, one U.S. and one international city.
Why Winnipeg is One of Canada’s Best Winter Cities
Rather than suffer, Winnipeggers have decided not just to embrace their winter, but to rock it. Skate along the Red River Mutual Trail (one of the world's largest), eat maple taffy at Festival du Voyageur, visit The Forks National Historic Site and warm up at the outdoor Thermëa spa.