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A Weekend Away in Winnipeg – Dakota Student


If you’re new to North Dakota or looking for a fun travel destination not far away, consider looking north to Canada. Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba and is about three hours’ drive from Grand Forks, making it a great place for a quick weekend trip. Winnipeg may seem unassuming, but there is actually a lot to do there. The city has something for everyone, from arts and culture to outdoor adventures.

If you’re looking for a leisurely and relaxing weekend to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the spa is a great way to go. There are many hot springs in Winnipeg but one couple stands out. Ten Spa is a Turkish spa located within the historic Fort Garry hotel. This spa specializes in a luxury treatment known as a hammam and offers a variety of customizable experiences for guests.

The Fort Garry hotel, home to Ten Spa, is a gem in itself and well worth exploring. The hotel opened in December 1913 and has seen a lot of action since then. A fire in 1977 damaged the hotel’s water supply, but after numerous renovations it was reopened in 1988. It was rebranded in 2009 and is now affiliated with Choice hotels. Now visitors can enjoy the splendor of a bygone era in Fort Garry by following the restored architectural style or dining in the large Oval Room Brasserie inside the hotel.

Thermëa is another great spa not far from the bustling city center of Winnipeg. Thermëa focuses on different relaxation techniques and invites visitors to enjoy various saunas, outdoor jacuzzis and baths, and other relaxing spaces. The on-site restaurant serves nutritious meals in a relaxed atmosphere where guests are encouraged to stay in bathrobes or comfortable clothes.

If you’re more into art or history, Winnipeg also has several excellent museums. Opened in the last decade, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights is a beautiful piece of architecture that offers guided tours as well as a general entrance. The museum tells the stories of people from all over the world and encourages meaningful conversations about human rights. A variety of exhibitions, located on multiple floors, explore both contemporary and historical issues.

The Manitoba Museum is another local museum and a great way to learn more about Canada’s history and culture. A variety of interactive and immersive galleries make up the museum, with exhibits ranging from geological history to the history of Winnipeg. A beloved gallery has a wonderful replica of a ship known as the Nonsuch. Although the ship in the museum is a replica of the Nonsuch built in 1650, it traveled almost 13,700 miles before being added to the museum in 1974. technology and the laws of the universe. A planetarium at the museum also puts on a variety of shows that take guests on voyages from the skies of Manitoba to Mars.

If art is more your thing, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is worth checking out. This gallery has more than 27,000 works of art in all types of styles. The gallery defines the collection with a broad but specific focus on contemporary Indigenous artists. While not a gallery, the Manitoba Legislature is also open to visitors and is a fantastic display of architectural beauty. There are free guided tours inside the building and a brochure for a self-guided outdoor tour.

For people who live outdoors, Fort Whyte Alive is a great way to experience nature. Located just outside the city, the 660-acre site is dedicated to connecting people with nature and offers activities such as wildlife watching, hiking, snowshoeing, biking, skating, fishing and more. Fort Whyte Alive is open four seasons, each offering a range of activities. In winter, visitors can engage in many snow-related hobbies and even take a spin down a toboggan slide on a frozen lake. The resorts also offer equipment rentals for those who don’t have their own equipment but want to experience the great outdoors.


For those who want a one-stop shop for dining, shopping and more, Forks in Winnipeg is the perfect place to visit. Located right in the city centre, Forks is a meeting place that includes Forks Market, Shops of Johnston Terminal, a market plaza and more. Forks Market is home to several restaurants serving an array of international delicacies. Numerous shops make this the perfect place to buy a gift for a friend or to be part of Canada’s house of culture as a souvenir with you. Johnston Terminal likewise has a variety of small shops and some local restaurants.

While there are lots of great things to do in Winnipeg, there are some things you should know before you visit. Many things in Canada are similar to the United States, but it is still a different country. You must have a valid passport to enter Canada. and be prepared to explain the reasons for your visit. US customs are generally stricter and your vehicle may be searched upon re-entry into the states.

The currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar, and currently $1 is equivalent to approximately 1.34 in Canadian dollars. It is recommended to exchange your currency with a trusted bank beforehand. Alternatively, you can use your credit cards to buy things. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted in Canada, but other cards like Discover may not be accepted at most merchants. Whenever you’re traveling, but especially when you’re leaving the country, it’s a good idea to contact your credit card companies to let them know where and when you’re traveling. This will prevent your credit cards from being frozen on suspicion of fraud.

If you are driving your own car, you will also want to pay attention to the traffic rules. Driving in Canada is very similar to driving in the states, but it’s important to note that speed is measured in kilometers per hour, not miles. Before you travel, check your speedometer to see if it has a built-in mileage/hour or digital display and see if you can change the metrics.

It may not be Canada’s most impressive city, but Winnipeg is a great way to experience another country without worrying about language barriers, flights, or extreme culture shock. Its proximity to Grand Forks also makes it an appealing weekend getaway, with many things to do in the city offering an exciting or relaxing trip, depending on what you’re looking for.

Gabrielle Bossart is the Dakota Student General Correspondent. it can be reached [email protected]