Manitoba, Canada’s easternmost Prairie province, is crowned by an urban oasis: its capital, Winnipeg. The name means “muddy waters” in the local indigenous Cree language, and people have met here for trade for over 6,000 years.
Find vacation rentals through Owner Direct and get up close and personal with all the attractions “The ‘Peg” has to offer. These days, Winnipeg is a thriving center with a metropolitan area population of nearly 700,000 and plenty of accommodation for tourists. And although it’s a long ways away from Canada’s other major cities, its isolation has, if anything, contributed to the city’s unique atmosphere.
Winnipeg is one of the culture capitals of Canada, and is home to a thriving film community, a bustling theatre community, and a great music scene. Visitors will love taking in a show at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the oldest English-language regional theatre in the country, before heading back to their condo rental for a relaxing evening in. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the oldest ballet company in Canada, is world-renowned and another must-see for the entire family.
Aviation enthusiasts will adore the Western Canada Aviation Museum, which showcases everything from Canada’s first Helicopter to the Avrocar, part of a secret U.S. military project created during the Cold War. Other local museums with easy access from lodging and accommodation include the Manitoba Museum and the Winnipeg Railway Museum.
Canadian summers are synonymous with festivals and Winnipeg hosts some of the best festivals in the nation. Its annual 12-day Fringe alternative theatre fest is second in size only to Edmonton’s in North America. Winters aren’t exempt from the festival spirit, either: complement your winter vacation rental with a trip to Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur. The biggest winter festival in Western Canada, it honours the early French explorers who made their way through the Red River Valley.
Architecture in Winnipeg’s downtown core betrays the city’s early origins: it was incorporated in 1873 and its impressive collection of early 20th century cut-stone and terracotta buildings is the most extensive in North America. Accommodations near the Exchange District, including a selection of condo or apartment rentals, make an ideal base from which to explore the city. The Exchange District is a 30-block area that includes 62 designated heritage structures and is itself a National Historic Site of Canada. Or why not opt for a rental vacation home or condo close to The Forks, the historic downtown meeting place at the confluence of the two rivers?
Any way you want it, the perfect Winnipeg vacation rental is waiting for you and your family. Book your accommodations through Owner Direct today.