Secluded and sprawling, Manitoba is a province of true wilderness. Holidays to Manitoba are made for resting your head in remote lodges and waking up with other wordly wildlife just outside; they’re an invitation to explore diverse cities , intriguing historic sites and vast areas of wilderness ripe for adventure.
Explore Manitoba’s capital, Winnipeg, a city that puts its diverse cultures and roots centre stage, not least that of the First Nations people. Discover “The Forks”, a place that’s been a meeting point for people for at least 6,000 years and today is an epicentre full of shops, restaurants and a bustling market. Laze on the pebble beaches of nearby Lake Winnipeg, relaxing as the calm waves lap at your feet, or explore the powder sand beaches of Grand Beach Provincial Park.
Manitoba’s Incredible Wildlife
Though the province is full of awe inspiring fauna, there’s nowhere quite like wild, secluded Churchill to witness the best of Manitoba. It doesn’t take long for you to uncover the town’s captivating charm; in summer, the tundra is covered in vibrant flowers, a playground for the frolicking polar bears that roam the area. By day, take a boat across Hudson Bay, listening out for the whales’ playful whistles and chirps as you go, and arrive at the Prince of Wales Fort, a historic outpost with many a tale to tell. By night, gaze up at the sky over Churchill and find yourself mesmerised by the seemingly impossible colours of the Northern Lights.
To see the most incredible wildlife this beautiful province has to offer, why not join the Ultimate Arctic Summer Adventure guided tour? Starting in Winnipeg, you’ll get to explore Churchill, then set sail on the Hudson Bay and Churchill River, cruising alongside enchanting beluga whales, before immersing yourself in wondrous Arctic fauna.
Great sample itineraries
There’s so much to see in this incredible province; why not take some inspiration from our sample itineraries below? We’re here to put together your perfect Manitoba holiday, so give us a call and let us take care of the rest.
Manitoba's main attraction is its incredible wildlife opportunities that simply cannot be experienced in the same way anywhere else in the world. Fly up to Churchill, situated on the Hudson Bay for a one-of-a-kind chance to view Manitoba’s two most famous residents in their natural habitat - majestic beluga whales and iconic polar bears.
Polar Bear Viewing
Take an adventure-packed expedition on a specially adapted heated vehicle and feel the excitement at your first sight of a great white polar bear on the tundra - an experience that cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world. Getting face to face with polar bears in the wild is one of life's great moments and is completely unique to Churchill, Manitoba. Take a winter (October - November) tour to spot on the frozen tundra or take a summer tour (July) which combines viewing the bears with Beluga whales.
Beluga Whale Viewing
Hit the waters of the vast Hudson Bay for an incredible cruise to seek out beluga whales. Listen out for the high-pitched whistles and chirping of the social and curious Beluga as you journey through the bay. The first sightings of these great white icons is truly breathtaking, looking like white spirits floating through the deep blue waters as they swim alongside your boat is an experience not to be missed. Best experienced on a summer tour (July) you can combine them with viewing the iconic polar bears.
Enjoy Manitoba’s crisp, sunny winters with a variety of winter sports and activities. Build an igloo as you learn about northern culture and winter ecology, take a dog-sledding tour through the boreal forests and take part in the excellent, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and even ice fishing that are on offer - Manitoba's winter adventures are endless.
Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)
On the edge of Hudson Bay, the town of Churchill is famous for its nightlife as one of the world's premier viewing areas for the Aurora Borealis - "spirits" that dance in the sky some 300 nights each year in Manitoba. Be awestruck upon seeing the haunting beauty of the blue, green and white colours as they swirl and dance in the still northern sky with performances that can be seen on clear nights. According to legend, the northern lights will dance their way down to earth if you whistle at them.
"I highly recommend taking a dog sledding excursion during your stay in Churchill, it's a real thrill and an experience like no other!"
"Folklorama is a must-see festival in Winnipeg every August celebrating the different ethnic communities in Manitoba, with each community creating their own pavilion showcasing their food, history and culture."
Icelandic Festival of Manitoba
Otherwise known as Islendingadagurinn, the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba is held in Gimli over a long weekend each August. The festival celebrates Icelandic culture and aims to preserve Icelandic heritage in Canada, offering visitors the chance to experience an art show, a sandcastle building competition, live music, cultural displays, Icelandic cuisine and the Viking Village that brings the Viking lifestyle to life.
Festival du Voyageur
Unfolding over 10 days each February, Festival du Voyageur is winter festival that celebrates the Francophone culture, the culture shared by French speaking people in the region. The event is held in St Boniface, Winnipeg’s French district, and features plenty of fun winter attractions, including live music, delicious French food and incredible ice sculptures.
Winnipeg Comedy Festival
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival began in 2002 and has run annually ever since, with a great lineup of comedians entertaining crowds in venues across the city each May.
For two weeks each August, Winnipeg hosts Folklorama, a celebration of all the different cultures in the city. The event gives visitors a taste of the diverse and vibrant cultures that make up the fabric of Winnipeg, with each culture represented in its own venue, with cultural performances and the chance to sample some of their cuisine and drink.
Thanks to the diverse cultures that call the province home, Manitoba enjoys a varied food scene, with influences from around the world and traditional First Nations foods that are still popular today, such as bison and wild fruits. Here’s a few dishes we recommend you try:
Smoked Goldeye Fish
Goldeye is a freshwater fish that’s native to Manitoba and was first enjoyed smoked by the First Nations. These days, the fish is brined and then smoked over oak, creating the delicacy that’s popular throughout the province.
Winnipeg Rye Bread
Unlike traditional rye bread that’s made from rye flour, Winnipeg rye bread is made with white flour with cracked rye mixed in, resulting in a delicious light bread that’s hard to find outside of the city.
Brought to Canada by European settlers, the humble perogey is a firm favourite with Manitobans. Perogies are small dumplings that are usually filled with potatoes or cheese, first boiled, then fried.
Bannock is a type of flat bread that’s popular in Manitoba, originally brought to Canada by the Scottish. The indigineous people adopted the bread, changing it to be made from corn flour or plants, as opposed to wheat flour.
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