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Explore Manitoba by train
No matter what time of the year you travel, you'll find something to admire in Manitoba. From the lush prairies to the edge of the Arctic circle, let the train carry you through a variety of landscapes and discover charming cities and towns on the way.
At the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Manitoba's capital is the largest city in the Canadian Prairies. A center for creative and technological industries, it is also known for its active art scene, its cultural centres and its great restaurants. Get ready for all kinds of discoveries when you travel to Winnipeg!
- Spend time in the many museums Winnipeg is known for. Visit inspiring exhibitions and discover compelling stories in the spectacular setting of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, take a guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint's Winnipeg location to learn more about the history and practice of Canadian coin making, and discover Manitoba's francophone and métis heritage at Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum, located in the city's oldest building.
- Take a stroll in the Exchange District, a bustling neighbourhood at the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Shop in local boutiques, visit an art gallery (or two!) and have a bite in one of the many restaurants.
- Immerse yourself in art while exploring Winnipeg's streets with more than 600 outdoor murals to admire throughout the city.
- Go for a walk, a run or a bike ride on the portion of The Great Trail (formerly known as Trans Canada Trail) that goes through Manitoba's capital. You'll get a unique point of view on some of the city's highlights, such as the picturesque Stephen Juba Park, the Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge, the peaceful St. Boniface's neighbourhood and The Forks National Historic Site.
- Spend an afternoon at the Assiniboine Park Zoo for some family fun. Home to more than 150 animal species, the zoo offers plenty of adventure options for all ages, all year long.
- Attend a play, a ballet, an opera or a concert offered by one of Winnipeg's great performing art companies. You'll see why the city has been known for its stage productions since 1867!
Korean, Italian and farm-to-table restaurants stand next to Filipino bakeries and eclectic bars in this mural-clad neighbourhood.
Established on the banks of the Burntwood River, at the heart of the boreal forest, this former mining town is the largest city in the Northern Region of Manitoba - and a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
- Discover Thompson through two walking and biking trails: Spirit Way, a two-kilometer pathway with more than 15 points of interest that pay a tribute to Thompson's culture, and the Millennium Trail, a 15-kilometer loop around the city that passes through the surrounding forest.
- Stop at the Heritage North Museum to learn more about Thompson's history and natural ressources. Tour highlights include animals native to the area, fur trade and mining artifacts, a boreal forest diorama and fossils.
- Head to one of the many parks around the city for a day trip or a getaway. Bring your skis or snowboard to Mystery Mountain Winter Park, enjoy the scenery at Sasagiu Rapids Provincial Park, hike to Manitoba's two highest waterfalls at Pisew Falls Provincial Park or visit the largest marina in the province at Paint Lake Provincial Park.
Also called "The Gateway to the North", The Pas is composed of three communities: the Town of The Pas, The Opaskwayak Cree Nation and the rural municipality of Kelsey. Its vast forested areas dotted with lakes and rivers are a haven for nature lovers.
- Explore the many recreational options offered by The Pas and its surroundings. Whether you like fishing, canoeing, hiking, snowmobiling or bird watching, you'll find many beautiful spots to participate in your favourite activities.
- Head to Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, 40 kilometers by car from The Pas, for a day trip or a camping getaway. Take a walk on the white sand beaches, admire the lake's crystalline turquoise waters, roam the trails in the conifer forests and explore the natural crevices along the shoreline.
- Experience life in The Pas by attending one of the events that the community hosts every year. Among the most popular are the Northern Manitoba Trappers' Festivala and the Bill Bannock Ice Fishing Derby.
If you're in for an adventure and want to see the Prairies in a whole new (Northern) light, Churchill is the place! Located 1,000 km north of Winnipeg on the shores of Hudson Bay, this remote town can only be reached by train or plane. Get ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
- Stay in an eco-lodge and book a wildlife watching excursion. Summer is the ideal season to see beluga whales - around 4,000 of them enter the Churchill River Estuary each year - while fall is the prime time for polar bears.
- Visit the Itsanitaq Museum to learn more about the history and art of the Inuit people through millenium-old artifacts and contemporary carvings. After your visit, head outside to admire the SeaWall murals, a series of colourful tributes to Churchill's culture and wildlife painted on 18 buildings in and around town.
- Take a guided hike to the remains of the MV Ithaca, a cargo ship that wrecked close to Churchill around 1960, or follow a scenic back road to go see Miss Piggy, the carcass of a Curtiss C-46 freight plane that went down in 1979 (without any fatalities, don't worry!).
- Travel back in time to the fur trade era at Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site. In the summer, you can take a guided tour of this 300 year-old stone fort established by the Hudson Bay Company and hear the stories of prominent figures from its past.
- At night, look up to the sky to admire the Northern lights (Aurora borealis). The fascinating dance of these colourful bands of light is visible up to 300 nights per year in Churchill, with peaks in early fall and late winter.
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