If you live for winter fun and all the sports and activities that come along with it, you will surely enjoy the skiing (both downhill and cross-country) that Winnipeg offers. There's Kildonan, St. Vital, La Barriere Parks, Windsor Park and Springhill Winter Park that are all great spots to head out to when the winter season rolls back around (not too soon, hopefully).
Not only is Winnipeg a super family-friendly neighbourhood, but also because the people, in and of themselves, are unnervingly friendly (I say unnervingly because friendly people are a rare commodity these days, especially in a big city). Good public schools, parks, playgrounds and and tons of family-oriented, recreational activities make Winnipeg an awesome choice for a growing family with youngsters.
Regardless of age or gender, toddlers and teens alike will find endless hours of entertainment in the city. Here are just a handful of the fun options out there (and yes, it's totally acceptable to wish you were a kid again after checking out these spots):
- Magnus Eliason Rec Centre: A great spot for teens looking for fun after school activities.
- Children's Museum: A non-profit, charitable museum with 12 permanent galleries, who said fun couldn't be educational?
- Kid City: How to sum up the establishment in three words? A child's dream! Kid City is an indoor play area equipped with a new laser maze, a sports court, an inflatable bouncer, tabletop games and much, much more.
- Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of all Ages: An annual March event with quality films for kids
If there is one takeaway message from this post, please let it be that Winnipeg is pretty much synonymous with recreation. They have close to 1,000 park sites, close to 30 golf courses, 30 indoor arenas, over 10 swimming pools, close to 10 recreation centres, 20 libraries and for all those ardent Canadian-sports enthusiasts, 20 curling arenas, eh! These fun facts are brought to you courtesy of Immigrate Manitoba and coming from a metropolis myself, I happen to think that's pretty darn impressive.
Aside from all this year-round fun, Winnipeg is home to an arsenal of festivals that are sure to have you anxiously awaiting every season (yes, even winter!).
Spring and Summer:
Fall and Winter:
There are tons of festivals going on in Winnipeg year-round and we probably could have dedicated this whole piece to just that alone; rather, hop on over to Winnipeg's Office Tourism Website to check out all the festivals going on year-round.