Expand your boundaries in the heart of Canada—Manitoba—home to polar bears in the wild, world-class museums, and the dazzling Northern Lights. Manitoba’s 110,000 lakes and waterways, abundant wildlife, and diverse arts and cultural experiences entice travelers seeking off-the-beaten-path adventure. Our list of 10 Must-Have Experiences is filled with engaging ways to explore new horizons.
Fight for Your (Human) Rights
Journey from darkness to light as you work your way up through the seven-level Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which is purposefully near the longitudinal center of Canada and the heart of the North American continent at The Forks in Winnipeg. The world-class museum houses ten galleries packed with multi-sensory exhibits. The largest, “Canadian Journeys,” features a 95-foot-wide digital storytelling canvas. Enjoy 360-degree views of Winnipeg from the highest and brightest spot in the museum, the Israel Asper Tower of Hope.
Dig into The Forks in Winnipeg
People have been gathering at The Forks in Winnipeg for more than 6,000 years. Strategically situated downtown at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the historic meeting place is a vibrant retail, event, and global street foods hub. Savor international flavors, such as Argentinian empanadas and Caribbean roti (a soft flour shell stuffed with curry and rice), along with local favorites like fish ‘n’ chips made from wild-caught Lake Winnipeg pickerel. Shop for local products, such arts and crafts from nearly 300 Canadian and local artisans and fresh baked goods, at The Forks Market, a two-level emporium housed in converted horse stables from the early 1900s.
Experience the Clear Lake Life
Clear Lake is the crown jewel of southern Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park. Located along the Manitoba Escarpment—a tilted rock shelf formed more than 65 million years ago—the pristine park is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe people. Rent a ride to explore Clear Lake by boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard. Walk the leisurely Clear Lake South Shore Trail, part of the more than 250-mile hiking- and mountain-biking trail network crisscrossing the park. Swim and snorkel off the sandy beach in Wasagaming, Clear Lake’s friendly resort town. Mid-May to mid-October, spend the night within walking distance of the lake and the town at Wasagaming Campground. Bring your own tent or, better yet, reserve a yurt, tiny house-like Micro-Cube, or A-frame oTENTik cabin.
Enjoy Four-Season Adventure in Whiteshell Provincial Park
Eastern Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park is a year-round playground for outdoor activities. Spanning 1,053 square miles and featuring 200 lakes, the park is a warm-weather hotspot for swimming, fishing, and paddling, and a winter wonderland for snowshoeing, ice fishing, and other frozen fun. Pitch a tent at the beachside West Hawk Lake Campground to explore the lake and climb the rocky shoreline outcrop. Add more adventure at Caddy Lake, where you can kayak and canoe through granite-faced tunnels. Learn about the area’s deep Indigenous cultural roots on a guided tour (summer only) of Bannock Point Petroforms. Stay off-the-grid in a solar-powered High Lake eco-cabin at Falcon Trails Resort, a family-owned rustic retreat inside the park on the shores of High and Falcon lakes.
Reel in Trophy Fish
Cast a line and catch monster fish in Manitoba, home to 110,000 lakes and waterways, and 30 fish species, such as Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, and Arctic Grayling. In remote northern Manitoba, Big Sand Lake Lodge and Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge offer fly-in guided fishing trips and outpost expeditions on millions of acres of pristine wilderness waters. Closer to Winnipeg, world-class fishing and a fresh-catch shore lunch await at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge in Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park.