Private jet charter and flights to Winnipeg
Winnipeg is one of Canada’s most surprising and underrated cities. It’s often seen as a stop-off point on an epic cross-country adventure, or the gateway to the Great White North, but pause here a while and you can explore heritage-filled neighbourhoods, discover world-class museums and celebrate with the locals at prestigious festivals. Experience it all, charter a private jet today.
In Canada’s vast and largely empty prairies, which stretch all the way to Calgary, it’s a surprise to come across a multicultural city of Winnipeg’s size. It’s thanks to the meeting of two rivers – the Red River and the Assiniboine River – that the area became a settlement, first for Aboriginal people and then for European traders. Once the Canadian Pacific Railway arrived in town, the city grew quickly.
The Forks – a National Historic Site of Canada where the two rivers meet – is the jewel in the city’s crown. This small area of land on the western bank of the Red River has seen over 6000 years of human activity; as you wander around you’ll be walking in the footsteps of the Naoda, Cree, Anishinaabe and Sioux as well as 18th-Century fur traders and 19th-Century westbound settlers. This public space is full of historic sites and buildings as well as museums and parkland.
The historic district is also home to the highly acclaimed and eye-opening Canadian Museum of Human Rights – the only national museum that’s not situated in the capital city of Ottawa. The museum opened in 2014 and houses several permanent galleries which showcase various subjects relating to human rights, including an exhibition on the country’s First Nations.
If exploring one Downtown National Historic Site isn’t enough, head to The Exchange District. Throughout this 20-block neighbourhood, there are over 100 heritage buildings which once sat at the commercial heart of the city. Today, the area is one of Winnipeg’s coolest neighbourhoods with warehouses now housing art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars. The popular Exchange District really comes alive for 12 days in mid- to late-July during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Hundreds of performances by Canadian and international artists take place through the district and other spaces in the city.
If you’re travelling at another time of the year and still want to catch some live performing arts, get yourself tickets for a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (the oldest company in the country), the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra or the internationally renowned Manitoba Opera. If you’re more a fan of the great outdoors, there’s Assiniboine Park with its trails, green spaces and beautiful sculpture garden.
Winnipeg is the gateway to Manitoba’s Great White North and the shores of the vast Hudson Bay. You can only reach the bayside town of Churchill, the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’, by air or by a multi-day train trip from Winnipeg. If you can’t make it up north, spend some time at the city’s Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.
To experience the natural beauty of Manitoba closer to the city, head to Lake Winnipeg – it’s the vacation spot of choice for Winnipeggers. This vast lake is fringed by miles of white-sand beaches that wouldn’t look out of place in the Caribbean. Travel a little further north into the province’s Interlake region and you’ll reach Gimli, a centre of Icelandic culture right in the heart of Canada.