5 things to do in Winnipeg this winter

Feb 02, 2017

Winter Biking on the Harte Trail

It can be easy to fall into a winter slump when the season’s cold temperatures are at their lowest. Winnipeg is no stranger to the freezing cold, but it is also a time when the city is full of exciting attractions, outdoor activities and festivals. Whether you’re are looking venture outdoors and brave the weather or if you’d rather stay inside and stay warm there is always something to do.  

To make sure you’re getting the most this winter, here are some activities and events to keep you busy all season long.

1. Visit FortWhyte Alive

There is no shortage of events to partake in at Winnipeg’s FortWhyte Alive as you can see from the multitude of activities listed on their online calendar. There is a great selection to ensure you can pick an event perfect for the whole family. Choose to snowshoe, go on a scavenger hunt or be part of the Family Photo Challenge to win prizes by sharing your photos from your family fun day at FortWhyte Alive. Most events are free with general admission but some do require you to sign up and register, so make sure to check the event information.  

2. Enjoy the outdoors in Charleswood

The community of Charleswood is home to the popular Harte Trail, which is part of the Trans Canada Trail. The trail is mostly sheltered by trees and shrubs, providing the perfect pathway to try winter biking or cross-country skiing, a common activity you’ll see people enjoying throughout the cold season. Connect to the Assiniboine Forest from the trail and the many footpaths that are ideal for walking or running. 

3. Take in some action at a hockey game

Get loud and cheer on the Manitoba Moose during one of their home games at the MTS Centre. A great option for a night out with the family, there are many games to choose from during the next few months and tickets at various prices. See the team sport Polar Bear Jerseys on February 3rd or get autographs from some of your favourite players during Autograph Alley on Febrary 4th and 16th. You could also head over to The MTS IcePlex to watch a Winnipeg Jets practice.

4. Take in some culture during a winter festival

Winnipeg is home to the largest winter festival in Western Canada – Festival Du Voyageur. From February 17th to the 26th, immerse yourself in French-Canadian culture while learning and experiencing traditional art, music, cuisine, entertainment and so much more. Activities and events for Festival have been announced this month so be sure to visit their website for more details.

5. Spend the day at The Forks

You can never go wrong with spending a day at The Forks as there’s always something to do. The event line-up during the winter is action packed. Skate along the Red River Mutual Trail, which holds the Guinness World Record for the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world or have fun in the Arctic Glacier Winter Park as you skate under the canopy, snowboard in The Snowboard Fun Park, toboggan and more. ‘When you want to warm up, check out the warming huts along the Red River Mutual Trail, spend the day roaming the shops inside sipping on some hot chocolate or have a beer at the new craft beer pub, The Common, in The Forks Market.

Do you have any activities planned for this winter that we haven’t mentioned? Head over to our Facebook page and let us know what you’ll be doing next.