Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, a province in Canada. The heart of the city is the Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers intersect. It’s a historic district, with warehouses that have been converted into restaurants and shops. The Forks also has plenty of green space, which hosts concerts and exhibits.
Winnipeg is also known for its early 20th-century architecture, especially in the Exchange District. If this has you interested, continue reading to see our top tours in Winnipeg. These provide a great way to explore the city and learn more about Winnipeg’s history.
The first tour on our list begins in Winnipeg, but actually takes place in Churchill, a city in northern Manitoba on the Hudson Bay. This one-day excursion gives you the opportunity to see polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. What a unique opportunity! In the morning, you’ll fly to Churchill from Winnipeg. You’ll then board a Tundra Buggy and start exploring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area.
Lunch and refreshments are served on the buggy, and once the day is over, you’ll be taken to the airport for your flight back to Winnipeg. This tour will give you life-long memories. How many people can say they’ve been up close and personal with polar bears?
One Day Polar Bear Adventure
Address: Depart from Kelly Western Jet Center, 30 Hangar Line Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3Y7, Canada
2. Winnipeg Trolley Tour
A tour of Winnipeg on a trolley is a charming way to see the city. Inspired by the streetcars that used to feature prominently on Winnipeg’s streets, these orange and cream coloured trolleys will take you around for an hour and 45 minutes. The trolley will bring you through the St. Boniface French Quarter and the historic Exchange District, which is a popular filming site, for movies.
You’ll view the mansions on Wellington Crescent, pass the 400 acre (161 hectare) Assiniboine Park, and see the Manitoba Legislative Building. This tour is a great first stop in Winnipeg, as you’ll see the major sites and learn about the city’s history.
Winnipeg Trolley Tour
Address: Depart from 1 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L9, Canada
Website: Winnipeg Trolley Tour
3. Splash Dash Boat Tour
If a tour by water is more your style, check out the Splash Dash Boat Tour. Tours leave the Forks harbour every 15 minutes, from 10:00 am until sunset, every day of the week. You’ll explore the city’s downtown waterways, taking in the scenery. The captain of the boat provides commentary, alerting you to points of interest and providing historical knowledge.
The tours last 30 minutes and are a great way to learn about some of the main sites. If you don’t have your itinerary perfectly planned out, a tour like this can help you decide what you’d like to see next.
Splash Dash Boat Tour
Address: Depart from 1 Forks Market Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3C 4L9, Canada
Website: Splash Dash Boat Tour
4. Microbrewery Tour
Beer lovers will want to check out this microbrewery tour. Lasting four hours, this tour brings you and your friends to Winnipeg’s best breweries. The tour begins at Peg Beer Co, where you’ll receive a flight of beer, pizza, and a tour of the brewery. You’ll make three stops after that, depending on availability.
The options currently include Half Pints, Little Brown Jug, Torque Brewing, Brazen Hall, and the soon to open One Great City. They add more breweries all the time, so this list does change. You’ll be driven from site to site in a 12 passenger van. The van is stocked with water, and secure storage, so you can safely stow away any purchase you make along the way.
Address: Tours begin at Peg Beer Co, 125 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3B 0M1, Canada
Website: Microbrewery Tour
5. Hermetic Code Tour
If you like a bit of mystery, this tour is for you. Your guide will take you on a one and a half hour tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building. You’ll learn about the symbols and the hidden meanings of the architecture. The guide will show you clues of the occult, hidden in the architecture. These include hieroglyphics, symbols of freemasonry, and numerological codes.
Even if you’re not interested in the occult, this tour is a great chance to learn how the building was made. You can also learn about the political parties in Canada, and if you’re lucky, Parliament will be in session and you can stay and watch.
Hermetic Code Tour
Address: Meet at the main entrance of the Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1S4, Canada
Website: Hermetic Code Tour
6. The Exchange District Historic Walking Tour
This tour is an excellent way to explore the iconic Exchange District. The neighbourhood is a National Historic Site, with heritage buildings dating from 1880 to 1920. The Exchange District is nicknamed the “Chicago of the North” because of its warehouses, terracotta buildings, narrow streets, and cobblestone paths.
The main tours last one and a half hours and there are two options to choose from. The East Exchange tour highlights the east side of the neighbourhood, bringing you to turn of the century banks, and the site where the Winnipeg General Strike occurred, which shaped Canada’s labour movement. The West Exchange tour will show you the west side of town, Newspaper Row and Red River College’s campus. There are also themed tours, including Death and Debauchery and Strike! The Walking Tour.
The Exchange District Historic Walking Tour
Address: 133 Albert St, 2nd Floor, Old Market Square, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 1G6, Canada
7. The Broadway Ghost Walk
Another option for mystery lovers is the Broadway Ghost Walk. You’ll meet at the Manitoba Legislative Building, and paranormal activity will be explained: what is it, how do they communicate with us, and what are they trying to tell us?
You’ll walk along Broadway and Memorial Boulevard, where you’ll hear about various haunted locations. You’ll also have the opportunity to try and communicate with the other side, at two locations. The tour finishes at the Fort Garry Hotel.
The Broadway Ghost Walk
Address: Meet at the Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 1S4, Canada
Website: The Broadway Ghost Walk
8. Festival du Voyageur
Each February, St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter, holds a ten-day celebration. Festival du Voyageur relives the fur trade era, celebrating the history of the fur traders. The festival also celebrates the country’s unique French-Canadian history.
This travel package allows you to experience the festival. You’ll get two nights at a hotel, a tour of the city, and a tour of the festival site. You’ll also get admission to the festival, as well as a ticket to the dinner event. This is a great way to explore Winnipeg’s history, so grab your scarf and mittens and enjoy the festival.
Festival du Voyageur
Address: Call for pricing and details, Telephone: 204-233-8343, Tol Free: 1-866-808-8338
Website: Festival Du Voyageur
Plenty of history in Winnipeg
Whether you want to explore architecture or occult imagery, there are a variety of ways to enjoy this city’s history. From turn of the century buildings to haunted hotels to the French Quarter, Winnipeg offers a variety of tours to suit all interests. So, book your tours today, and get excited about exploring Winnipeg!
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