Manitoba, located in the center of Canada, offers visitors a diverse landscape, from grasslands and lakes to mountains and coastline. The province is bordered by Saskatchewan and Ontario and sits 105 kilometres from the United States, directly above North Dakota and Minnesota.
Winnipeg is the heart of the province and is home to some of the best things to do in Manitoba. This city of more than 600,000 was once a gathering place for aboriginal people who met at the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Today, the Forks is home to a massive public market, restaurants and shops. One of the best attractions at the Forks in Winnipeg is Assiniboine Park, home of the Assiniboine Park Zoo, Assiniboine Park Conservatory, Nature and Adventure Playground and Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. In the winter months, the area fills with toboggan runs, fire pits, snow forts and ice sculptures. Tourists in Manitoba will also want to visit the Manitoba Museum and spend some time in Winnipeg’s French Quarter.
Those visiting Manitoba will not want to stay in Winnipeg when there is so much more to see and do. The Interlake area has sandy beaches and rooms at fancy resorts with golf courses. For those looking for quieter things to do in Manitoba, the eastern sections of the province are ideal for a hike, canoe ride or fishing adventure. The down-home fun goes on year round in Manitoba’s Pembina Valley, where every picturesque town celebrates a festival and restaurants offer good down-home cooking.
For visitors who want to go wildlife gazing, bird watching in the Central Plains region is ideal, or there are always moose in the western part of the province. Even more wildlife is waiting in the shadows of the boreal forests in Parkland, where outdoor adventures commonly bring sightings of elk, deer, black bear and bison.
The great unexplored part of Manitoba, however, is the northern part of the province, with its uncharted arctic lands and interesting aboriginal culture. Travellers visiting Manitoba can often book a day excursion in the fall to see the polar bears.