As any teen will tell you, there’s an art to the perfect selfie. Take your insta-game to the next level at these spots perfect for taking in the city and scoring some likes.
Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge
In order to capture this 57-metre engineering marvel, park yourself at the bridge’s east end. Flanked by the city’s skyline, the massive structure connecting the Forks to Winnipeg’s French quarter makes a memorable backdrop for a self portrait. Grab a food shot while you’re at it at Mon Ami Louis on the bridge, where the sweeping view of the Red River complements French bistro favourites like indulgent frites fried in duck fat.
Photo courtesy of Rivers West Brian Gould
The province’s natural history is on display at the Manitoba Museum, meaning you can share the frame with everything from a towering dinosaur skeleton to a bison frozen mid-stampede. While exploring the galleries, stop to snap a time-travelling selfie on board the Nonsuch, a replica of the famous ketch that sailed the high seas in 1668.
Photo courtesy Manitoba Museum
Show off your flair for the dramatic while touring Winnipeg’s theatre district. Set outside the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre’s mainstage, outdoor public sculpture “Imagine” was commissioned to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary and features founders Tom Hendry and John Hirsch sharing some inspiration. Strike a pose between these two visionaries for a star shot.
The convergence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers has been a meeting place for thousands of years. The Oodena Circle at The Forks celebrates the area’s longstanding Indigenous influcences and teachings, and features a sundial, naked eye observatory, and a ceremonial fire pit. Stand in the center of the circle for the perfect snap.
Photo courtesy theforks.com
Located in the Millennium Library Plaza, “Emptyful” was designed by Vancouver-based artists to represent both Winnipeg’s empty and open landscape and the fullness of its people and creative energies. The best time for an artsy selfie is at night, when the beaker-shaped sculpture’s colourful lights and cascading waterfall come alive.
Manitoba Legislative Building
Home to Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly and Winnipeg’s beloved Golden Boy, this early 19th century limestone building is an object of fascination for architects and scholars due to the plethora of Masonic symbols hidden in its design. Tour the grounds and be camera ready at the massive stained glass rotunda, or snap a pic with one of the life-sized marble Bison that flank the Grand Staircase.
Photo courtesy Nilo Milano
West End Murals
One of the city’s most vibrant and culturally diverse neighbourhoods, the West End is also home to an ever expanding collection of murals. Stroll up and down Sargent and Ellice Ave and pick your favourite piece of public art to act as a backdrop for a sunny selfie.
Winnipeg Art Gallery
At over a century old, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is looking picture perfect. Snap a portrait next to the impressive exterior architecture before journeying inside for some aesthetic inspiration. Changing feature exhibits supplement a permanent collection that includes the world’s largest collection of Inuit art.
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Where else can you take a selfie with a polar bear? Arctic animals get up close and personal inside the Assiniboine Park Zoo’s Journey to Churchill Exhibit, where interactive displays like an underwater viewing tunnel and the Wapusk Lowlands (tundra-mimicking enclosures without visible barriers) will have you turning the camera outward to capture bears, seals, snowy owls, and caribou.
Photo courtesy CTC/William Au
Human Rights Museum Tower of Hope
Cap off an eye-opening and inspiring journey through the Canadian Museum for Human Rights with a stop in the Inspiring Change gallery, where visitors can share their vision for the future by filling in “I Imagine …” cards. Share your dreams with a photo, then move on to the Tower of Hope, where an exhilarating panoramic view of the city provides a sunny backdrop for memory-making.
Photo courtesy Dan Harper