How to Spend 48 Hours in Winnipeg

48 Hours in Winnipeg
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I’ll start by stating the obvious: Winnipeg isn’t the first city travellers choose to visit when exploring Canada and at first glance one can see why. The city is smack bang in the heart of Canada – giving it a harsh climate in winter, a lower cost of living and thus a mixing pot of Canadians who live here. This leads to a city without “must do” attractions, without a clear identity and with the sheer size, without an ability to walk everywhere. But dig a little deeper (and drive a little farther – this city is sprawling to say the least) and you’ll uncover some true hidden gems in the city of Winnipeg that make it a great stopover city that has oodles of potential and plenty of new businesses popping up every other day. Here’s how to enjoy 48 hours in Winnipeg!

48 Hours in Winnipeg

Check in Downtown

The city of Winnipeg is sprawling, with many of the best restaurants a cab ride (or car drive) away, no matter where you decide to stay. To keep it neutral and be within reach of everything, I checked in downtown to the newly opened Alt Hotel. Being new the hotel has incredible prices on their rooms and if you’re an ice hockey fan (or want to be for one night), you’ll find yourself directly across the street from the stadium.

48 Hours in Winnipeg

Refuel at Jenna Rae Cakes

My first pit stop was an obvious choice for anyone who knows me and my significantly high tolerance for sugar. However Jenna Rae Cakes is not just any old bakery, but one of the few bakeries around the world I have placed on my “must visit” Bakery Bucket List. Here you will find an imaginative supply of macarons, cupcakes, cakes and cookie sandwiches as delicious as the flavours list suggests. I’d highly recommend the peanut butter macarons and toffee cookie sandwich (and believe me, I tried a few to reach such recommendations!)

48 Hours in Winnipeg

Recover at Thermëa

A little out of town (15 minutes by car) is a small oasis known mostly only to locals as Thermëa. Inside the grounds you will find a traditional European spa circuit, complete with saunas, steam rooms, cold pools, jacuzzis, you name it! If you’re struggling from jetlag or just want to take a break from the city this is a great place to do so, however I would avoid public holidays and weekends as most locals seem to have the same idea!

Canadian Human Rights Museum Winnipeg

Step Inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Before arriving in Winnipeg I had read many recommendations and received many messages saying I must visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Intrigued by such similar sentiments, I made this one of my first stops and booked a private one hour tour of the museum to discover it more in-depth. The museum structure itself is a fascinating architectural design that uncovers so many interesting twists and turns as you wind your way through (and up!) inside the museum. The content is at times confronting, however for an issue like human rights to really hit home there is no other way to tell these stories. I would join in full chorus with the constant praise for this museum and highly recommend a visit here.


Check Out The Forks

Just next door to the museum you will find “The Forks”, the perfect place to enter if you’re hungry, peckish or even if you could just squeeze something in! The Forks is a marketplace filled with eateries and small boutiques selling everything from clothes through to souvenirs. On a weekend this place has a really wonderful vibe as it has clearly set itself up as one of the key meeting places for locals in the city.

48 Hours in Winnipeg 48 Hours in Winnipeg

Where to Eat: My Top Picks

Enoteca – A delicious gastronomic restaurant in a casually sophisticated space.

Nuburger – Burgers and lots of them (great for veggies and food intolerances!)

Jenna Rae Cakes – My obvious choice for sweet treats and bakery delights!

Stella’s Bakery/Cafe – Really great place for a breakkie bite.

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    December 5, 2016 at 4:50 am

    love that you have a bakery bucket list – sounds like an excellent plan haha 🙂 not sure Winnipeg is top of my list, ut would love to visit canada
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    November 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Please just don’t go down town after 11pm. Not safe.
    I say this as someone who lived in that city for 26 years. The happiest I’ve ever been is leaving!
    Great to visit, but please be careful.

    November 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I think it is SOOO nice that you are visiting and talking about Winnipeg. I am from a small small town about an hour outside of Winnipeg so I grew up going there all the time. That is my home base and people never have anything good to say about central Canada but the thing is, is that it is actually a great place. I love where I am from, of course there are downsides but there will be with anywhere you go. And it really is a beautiful place if you let it be. But I agree, winter is very cold but summer is very hot and sooo good (just make sure to wear mosquito spray). Sunrises and sunsets are the best!!!

    It’s funny too because I didn’t realize you were travelling to Canada at the time but I was actually back home in Manitoba when I found out you were there too and then I saw you also were in Vancouver where I live. I thought that was kind of fun!!! Hope you had a great trip.

    November 23, 2016 at 5:37 am

    i never thought winnipeg is a good destination in canada. But we may check it out next week. Do you think 1 day is enough for winnipeg ?

    • Brooke Saward
      November 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

      I think 1-2 days is great for Winnipeg 🙂 I’ve heard the summer is the best time to visit!

    November 22, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I had no idea that there was so much to do in Winnepeg!

    November 21, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I’ve never had the desire to visit Winnipeg, but your post makes it seem like a very attractive city! The food looks so good!

    November 21, 2016 at 9:24 am

    what a beautiful and appetite food pics

    Charmaine Ng
    November 21, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Loving your posts on Canada! Thermea looks beautiful. Definitely a place to check out.
    – Charmaine