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Located in Downtown Winnipeg is one of the most important intersections in the country, the Portage and Main. Connecting Portage Avenue and the Main Street, the place is said to be the windiest and coolest in the city. One of the most significant street junctions in Winnipeg, the Portage Main plays host to some interesting street festivals. Portage and Main is often considered to be a microcosm of Winnipeg as a whole and is a great tourist hub.
At the turn of the last century, Old Market Square was the site of Winnipeg's fire hall. Since then, it has been converted into a much-needed green space in the center of the downtown core. During the summer, it is a good spot to enjoy a take-away lunch from the many restaurants in the area, including the Fyxx and the Glass Onion. This is also the site of numerous festivals and concerts. For more details on event scheduling, contact the Exchange District Biz office.
Nestled in the bustling downtown area of the Winnipeg city, the Exchange District is a historic landmark. Declared as a National Historic Site of Canada, it is certainly worth a visit. This area is touted to be the hub of cultural and entertainment activities; it houses an assortment of drinking and dining outlets and retail shops; important venues include Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Centennial Concert Hall. Popular festivals like Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition are annually held here. For more details, call ahead or check the website.
The Union Station / Winnipeg Railway Station (Canadian National) is an inter city train station located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The historic train station building was built in Beaux-Arts style of architecture in 1908 by Warren and Wetmore. The train station underwent extensive restoration in 2011, and is now used by two trains, namely, the Toronto-Vancouver Canadian, and the Winnipeg – Churchill train.
In service for the community, the Knox United Church is one of the few traditional and historic places of worship in the city. The church boasts of ancient Gothic architecture that has a modernized appealing look. One of the few heritage structures and landmarks of Winnipeg, the Knox United Church was previously a Presbyterian house of worship that was refurbished, making it a prominent piece of architecture in the country. A visit worth an experience for its immaculate architecture.
Visitors can find information on virtually every tourist attraction in the province at the Explore Manitoba Centre. The knowledgeable staff will supply any information not found in the brochures. Several Winnipeg attractions can be found just outside these doors, such as the Forks Market and historic sites. In summer, the center houses a mini-museum where visitors can discover the meaning of the Inuit Inukshuk (rough stone statuary), the importance of the Bison and Polar Bear to northern culture, or view antique farm equipment. The center is operated by Travel Manitoba.
Forty Garry, Fort Rouge and Fort Gibraltar together form a National Historic Site of Canada. These former trading posts, located at the meeting points of the Assiniboia and Red rivers were the strongholds of the Hudson's Bay Company. Fur trade would be carried out at these sites since the early 1800s, long before the city of Winnipeg was born in the region. Although all of the forts were demolished over the years, one can still view some evidence and plaques that remain commemorating the fort and its contribution to arts and trade in the region, such as the northern gate of Fort Garry.
Established over six thousand years ago, the Forks is still considered to be a hub of activity and a meeting point for the locals in the downtown area of Winnipeg. The area is also a popular destination for tourists apart from locals as a shopping destination and night life center. Check out the Forks Market, go to a movie or simply see the world go by, as you sit in one of the restaurants eating your snack. A fun place to know the local culture and indulge yourself. To know more about this area, call on the number mentioned. Check website for varying dates.
Take a breath of fresh air an enjoy the tranquil recluse in Prairie Garden, located on the Forks Market Road. Walk through this garden housing 10,000 plants of 150 different flora species. More than 38 of these are prairie plants such as prairie crocus, wild iris, purple prairie clover and wild columbine. This garden also boasts of an award-wining educational set-up displaying history of tall grass prairie and other native species and their conservation. Ideal place for plant lovers and naturalists, this place is a welcome respite from the bustling city life.
Located at the junction of Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Oodena Celebration Circle represents the rich heritage of Canada. This naturally shallow amphitheater pays tribute to the six-thousand year-old faded past of this place. As this has been a home to aborigines from ancient times, this center has a lot to offer. An essential stop, a visit to this place surely leaves you enchanted by this magnificent beauty.
Johnston Terminal was formally a distribution warehouse serving the booming rail industry. Now it is a venue for an array of boutiques, cultural displays and the large restaurant chain, the Old Spaghetti Factory (The). It is adjacent to The Forks Market, downtown's shopping and cultural center. This facility holds the only shop at the Forks that sells a full line of Western wear.
The Forks Market Tower is the main highlight of Forks Market (The). This six-story high glass tower offers a stunning view of the converging rivers Red and Assiniboine. The tower also offers a fabulous view of Winnipeg's sprawling skyline. You can take the stairs and read about Winnipeg's rich heritage from the pointers arrayed along the staircase. Or the knowledgeable interpreters will take you through an elevator and inform you about the historic past of The Forks and other areas. All in all, this is an essential stop!