Battle of the Furs - 8 AM to 2:30 PM
See western Canada’s fur trade come to life at the Manitoba Museum where you can board a replica 17th century ship that transported furs from Hudson Bay to England. Then, see where the furs were stored at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site, as costumed interpreters regale you with tales of how the fur trade was integral to the development of western Canada. Come meet the Governor and trade for goods from England!
Birds, Bees and Bears – Oh My! – 8 AM to 2:30 PM
Feel tiny feathers flutter in the palm of your hand before releasing a newly banded songbird into the wild at Oak Hammock Marsh, a vibrant wetland and important ecosystem you can explore in a Voyageur canoe. After, embark on an exclusive tour of Assiniboine Park Zoo’s International Polar Bear Research Centre, where scientists gather data on how global warming is disrupting the lives of northern species. As part of this, you will also get nearly nose-to-nose with polar bears that swim overhead at the zoo’s Journey to Churchill exhibit.
M & M Tour – Monuments, Mystery and Money – 8 AM to Noon
Prepare to be captivated on a Hermetic Code Tour as the meaning behind the statues, numerology, hieroglyphics and architecture of the Manitoba Legislative Building are revealed – you decide if it is a King Solomon’s Temple reincarnate! Then, cash-out at the worldly Royal Canadian Mint, where you’ll see how billions of circulation coins are produced for more than 75 countries within this state-of-the-art facility.
Indigenous Ingenuity – 8 AM to Noon
Discover how bison influenced the history of Manitoba and the lives of the Indigenous people while savouring wild bush tea and bannock over a campfire at FortWhyte Alive, Winnipeg’s stunning nature reserve. Then, discover the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit art at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and get a sneak peak of the stunning Inuit Art Centre, which is opening soon.
A 6,000 Year Journey – 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Go back 6000-years with Parks Canada as their guides unveil the history of The Forks – an ancient gathering place that is now Winnipeg’s most-popular tourist attraction. The Forks is also home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a marvel of modern architecture which is solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration, and future of human rights. Embark on a journey from darkness to light as you ascend galleries that utilize interactive new media displays and artifacts to tell stories of heartbreak and triumph.
Vive la France, Eh! – 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Discover the old-world charm of Saint-Boniface, the largest francophone community west of the Great Lakes. Here, you’ll find a vibrant community with a colourful history of exploration, courage, conflict and perseverance. Discover its roots at Fort Gibraltar – home to costumed interpreters, then learn about the life of the Metis and French-Canadian peoples at the Saint-Boniface Museum before visiting the stunning Saint-Boniface Cathedral, the former head of Catholic churches in western Canada.
Ghost Riders – 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes and a renowned paranormal investigator, once dubbed Winnipeg as being one of the best places in the world for “great psychic potential.” Hop aboard this hair-raising Winnipeg Trolley Company tour and discover the otherworldly spirits and disturbing stories that left him so convinced.
Shop ‘Til You Drop – 1 PM to 4:30 PM
As you head to the Outlet Collection Winnipeg – an indoor shopping extravaganza with more than 100 retail stores and restaurants – enjoy a Wonderful Winnipeg City Tour brimming with stories of heroic voyageurs and architecture that will showcase how Winnipeg was once referred to as the “Chicago of the North.”
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