Manitoba’s capital city is celebrating its 100 years since the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919 that brought life to a halt for six weeks.
If you plan to visit Winnipeg of late, it has so many things to do an offer. Here is the bucket list activities you’d love to do in a day in Winnipeg.
1. Have a great breakfast
To start with, have an amazing breakfast at Clementine café. Their breakfasts are a steal with food in the $7 to $13 range. They could easily command a higher price for their sensational food. In a way, Clementine is still affordable and still in business. Do not forget to try their signature braised bacon benedict at least once. You may also try out other things like tomato and ricotta toast and Turkish eggs on a bed of hummus with chili butter and zhoug, which is a spicy cilantro sauce.
2. Take a strike-themed walk
The Exchange District Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) is known for inexpensive historic walking and pocket-friendly food tours from May 1 to August 31. This district is widely known for its National Historic Site and is also have heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920 when Winnipeg was developing and got the name “Chicago of the North.”
You can also head toward the Manitoba Museum to watch Strike 1919: Divided City, which is a multimedia show that runs until Jan. 5, 2020 with digital architectural projections, photographs, artifacts also historic audio.
3. Enjoy a filling Lunch
Feast Café Bistro is a celebrated indigenous restaurant offering “modern dishes rooted in First Nations foods.” You should try a Manitoba grass-fed bison sausage or bison banny (eggs benedict on bannock) for breakfast, or can also have one of the bannock pizzas to satiate your palate. I’m partial to the Manitoba Pickerel Sliders, also served on bannock.
4. Drink strike-themed beer
You should stop into Little Brown Jug Brewing Co. located on the edge of the Exchange District for a taste of its single offering — a Belgian pale ale called 1919. This is made of traditional German double-fermentation technique, 1919 is meant to pay homage to the Winnipeg General Strike and the box for its eight-pack shows the famous streetcar scene.
5. Visit Louis
You can also visit the grave of Métis martyr Louis Riel at St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery. The founder of Manitoba province was executed for high treason for fighting Canadian encroachment on Métis lands.
Apart from the grave, an exiled and abstract nude sculpture that portrays Riel “as a man in bondage and in anguish who sacrificed himself for his principles and his country” is something worth visiting. Earlier if was erected on the Legislative grounds but is now outside the Université de Saint-Boniface in the Franco-Manitoban part of Winnipeg.
6. Visit Human Rights Museum
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has become 5 years old this year. It’s the world’s only museum dedicated to human rights. You can also explore on your own this place or can also opt for a guided tour, to learn it more closely. It’s close to the Forks Market, where you can enjoy wild rice bannock slathered with Saskatoon berry jam while returning.
7. Have a Soothing Dinner
Rae and Jerry’s has been one of the best Canadian steakhouse. It has been here on Portage Avenue with a restaurant and cocktail lounge since 1957. You can try out here the charcoal-broiled rib steak or the prime rib that is accompanied by a starter soup or glass of chilled Heinz tomato juice along with the usual starch and vegetables.
8. Have an outdoor spa at night
Even if you are not a spa person, you’d still love to enjoy spa or any form of relaxation after a hectic day. Check out Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature at night which it is chilling night.
It’s a three-step procedure, new to Nordic-style spas. To start with you warm up for five to 15 minutes in a sauna. Then cool down for 10 to 15 seconds with a dip in the water. After this, you lounge for 20 minutes in an indoor or outdoor relaxation area. Then you do various “thermal cycles,” followed by dinner in your borrowed robe at the spa.