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Visiting Winnipeg in January

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Visiting Winnipeg in January

Spending January 14-21st in Winnipeg visiting our son. While he's at work during the day we would like to find some things to do. Our last visit was during warm weather...we did the mint, Assiniboine park and a quick visit to the Forks area. We are in our early 50's wide interests though we don't want to freeze to death....we're not used to the weather in what we call "Winterpeg" Any ideas would be very welcome!

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1. Re: Visiting Winnipeg in January

Tour the beautiful Legislative Building, Manitoba Museum & Planetarium, Western Canadian Aviation Museum, Costume Museum of Canada,

Evening - Manitoba Moose (hockey) games 15 & 16th, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra with The Nylons (vocal quartet) 15 & 16th

It's impossible to predict the weather, but you could revisit The Forks and walk or skate (rent skates there) along the river trail. You could also rent cross-country skis and go to Assiniboine Park, LaBarriere Park or Birds Hill Provincial Park. The parks are nice for walks if the weather is decent.

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2. Re: Visiting Winnipeg in January

Forgot to mention - If the weather is reasonable, you could also visit Fort Whyte Alive or Oak Hammock Marsh. They have interpretive centres and paths to walk around in wonderful natural settings.

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I agree that you could revisit the Forks; even if it's freezing when you're here there's lots of neat stuff inside.

If you would like to see a play, our largest theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre (mtc.mb.ca) has a musical playing, The Drowsy Chaperone. They always do great shows. There's a 2pm show on Wed Jan 20th. The theatre is in the Exchange District with lots of great restaurants nearby too. MTC is walking distance (not even 2 blocks) to the Manitoba Museum and the Planetarium so you could make a day of it. There is underground parking that leads to both.

The other main theatre is Prairie Theatre Exchange. But it doesn't appear to have weekday matinees. pte.mb.ca

If you like the country Diamond Rio they are also playing here on the 19th in one of our big casinos (Club Regent) . Check ticketmaster; still lots of good seats as it just went on sale yesterday. It's a small venue so every seat is good.

I will try to think of some other stuff!

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Wow, these are great ideas! Thanks so much. I'm glad we did decide to spend the whole week in Winnipeg...we're hoping for good weather. Last time I cross country skied, I was pregnant with one of the sons that we are visiting....but it sure would be fun to do that again. You have so many neat cultural things to do....we live in a very small town in southern Ontario and it is, unfortunately rather culturally deficient! (Although we are members of our town's "Cultural Action Team") This week in Winnipeg sounds like it could be a whole lot of fun....if you have any further ideas be sure and share them!

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Will try to think of some more suggestions for you. To help: what part of town will you be staying in, and will you have a car?

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Staying out near the airport area....more specifically Ness and Moray area. If we need a car, we can take our son to work and use his.....also we don't mind public transit if parking is a hassle anywhere.

Also, do you happen to know if there is a Christmas store anywhere in the area. I'm looking for a Christmas ornament that would signify Winnipeg (or Manitoba) I collect ornaments from our trips and didn't get one last time we were there. Too bad I'm not coming til well after Christmas..... as there are probably lots now!

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7. Re: Visiting Winnipeg in January

There is a Christmas store at The Forks (Johnston Terminal) called Christmas Traditions. Enjoy.

http://www.appleyard.ca/christmas.html

We also have a number of great art galleries in downtown Winnipeg that you may enjoy depending on how mainstream vs eccentric you enjoy paintings, installations, etc. Given that you are part of your town's cultural task force you may be a bit more open minded than average. Try out:

Plug In Gallery

http://www.plugin.org/

and see if this is something that you are interested in.

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8. Re: Visiting Winnipeg in January

Why not not spend some time in the Polo Park area. If there is windchill, go into the mall. Otherwise wander around the surrounding few blocks.

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9. Re: Visiting Winnipeg in January

What is around the Polo Park area? ..I only know it as a main transfer station for the city buses.....

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10. Re: Visiting Winnipeg in January

Polo Park is the largest mall in town. I presume the previous poster meant you could wander around the mall and surrounding strip malls... not a very exciting idea right after Christmas!