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Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. With its status as a railway and transportation hub, the city may not be the first consideration for visitors to the country, who may be drawn more to the urban attractions of Alberta or British Columbia. However, Winnipeg is known for being very multicultural and this diversity is reflected in a thriving festival scene. In 2012 in fact, Winnipeg was named Cultural Capital of Canada. It also has a proud sporting heritage with national representation in ice hockey, baseball and Canadian football.
Here are some things to see and do while visiting the city.
The largest museum in the city depicts the province's history in a range of displays, including marine life, earth history and a science gallery. It even has a planetarium, but perhaps most notable is the full-size replica of the ship called Nonsuch. The journey this ship made in 1668 led to the founding of the Hudson's Bay Company and played a key role in the region's past. Winnipeg is also home to the Manitoba Children's Museum, a non-profit museum which, among other things, explains how the city helped to inspire AA Milne's beloved creation, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Winnipeg has an impressive year-round calendar of diverse and exciting events such as The Winnipeg Fringe Festival, which is held every year in July and attracts acts from across the world. Music festivals are also popular, with jazz and folk music enthusiasts being particularly well catered for by the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Jazz Winnipeg Festival and Folklorama. The Festival du Voyageur, a winter festival celebrating Canada's fur-trading past and French heritage through exhibitions of arts and crafts, food and music.
Winnipeg is the home of the MTS Centre, the third-busiest sporting arena in Canada, where the Winnipeg Jets ice hockey team plays. Ice hockey plays a big part in Winnipeg culture and the city has had numerous teams over the years, including the Winnipeg Falcons, the first ever Gold Medal Olympians. It's not all about hockey; The Winnipeg Blue Bombers play in the Canadian Football League and the city is represented by the Winnipeg Goldeyes in baseball. A drive out to see any of these teams play at their home ground is sure to be a rewarding experience.
There is much to see and do in and around Winnipeg so why not take a look at Alamo's car hire deals and allow yourselves the freedom to explore the treats Winnipeg and its surrounding areas have to offer.
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