In a city that cheekily dubs itself “Winterpeg, Manisnowba,” arctic gusts, thick ice and piles of the white stuff are constants. Rather than suffer, Winnipeggers have decided not just to embrace their winter, but to rock it.
Lindsay Somers, a lifestyle health coach, lives steps from the Red River Mutual Trail, one of the world’s longest skating trails. “I love to skate the river with my husband and pals. We can hop off at The Forks National Historic Site, zip in for a beer at The Common or grab a bite in cozy SMITH lounge.”
If you visit The Forks, try Crokicurl, a mash-up of the board game Crokinole and curling. Or, for a different form of physical fun, get an outdoor yoga groove going at FortWhyte Alive’s Fire & Ice Yoga Festival.
More things to do in Winnipeg this winter
From Feb. 15 to 24, 2018, visit historic Fort Gibraltar to take in tunes, eat maple taffy, drink caribou, watch ice sculpting and toast the Franco-Manitoban lifestyle.
Roast in an aromatic steam bath or sauna, plunge into an icy pool, then lounge around an outdoor campfire at this Scandinavian-style spa.
At this pop-up restaurant set on a frozen river, dine at a communal table, enjoying fabulous multiple courses from guest chefs.
Read more: The Best Winter Cities in Canada
[This story appears in the November 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine and has since been updated]
Why Quebec City is One of Canada’s Best Winter Cities
Beautiful, historic and charming, Quebec City feels especially romantic and playful in winter. Visit in January during Carnaval de Québec to go ice skating, watch parades and see Bonhomme. Plus, stay in an ice hotel, go skiing and take in wintry decorations.