Often overlooked as part of central Canada’s “flyover” region, Winnipeg is in fact a lively city in its own right and an important hub to regional destinations. This capital of the Manitoba province, which is located in the absolute middle of Canada, is home to about 800,000 people who speak over 100 languages and represent more than 100 cultures, a fact this city takes great pride in. Winnipeg’s multicultural roots also incorporate a deep connection with Aboriginal Canada. As of 2011, it had the largest population of Métis and First Nations people in any city in Canada, a fact it celebrates in its cultural life. Here you’ll find the largest collections of Inuit artwork in the world at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s dedicated Inuit Art Centre and the Nunavut Gallery, in addition to a host of other Aboriginal museums and exhibits.
Beyond showing off its indigenous roots, Winnipeg’s culture scene has a number of other treasures to offer visitors to the city. Known as Canada’s “cultural cradle”, it is home to well-known performing arts companies at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, to name just a few venues. These permanent fixtures in cultural Winnipeg are complemented by a rotating schedule of events, such as the 10-day Festival de Voyageur, a wintertime tribute to French Canadian traditions. The city’s diverse population is another cultural theme here, with events like Folklorama, a huge summer festival with traditional performances, ethnic food tastings, and cultural displays leading the charge on this front.
Winnipeg is easy to reach via the city’s only airport, the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, which sees more than 3.5 million passengers through its doors each year. Except for Perimeter Aviation, all airlines operate from the airport’s modern main terminal, which was built in 2011 and offers free WiFi throughout. Because Winnipeg is the only major city in Manitoba, the airport here is a regional centre always abuzz with traffic. Daily flights to and from destinations in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico arrive and depart from here, and in the high summer season, there are even routes to the United Kingdom. Regional operators Calm Air, Cargojet Airways, Perimeter Aviation, and NewLeaf Travel Company all have made this airport a hub, so finding Winnipeg flights is easy as can be with the extensive choice of airlines servicing the city. Downtown Winnipeg is about 8 km from the airport, and two city bus lines run along this route, their journeys each lasting about 30 minutes. For a more comfortable, faster trip into town, check out rental car options with Skyscanner’s car rental finder.
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