So you’ve discovered Winnipeg’s incredible outdoor attractions and you’re looking for more ways to get outside and get moving. Have no fear! These fun tours and activities make getting active and exploring the city easy.
ROUTES ON THE RED
A collection of self-directed walking, biking, and paddling tours along the Red River. Put yourself in the shoes of a voyageur and try out a half-day walking tour that follows the paths of the historic fur trade. Routes and maps found on routesonthered.ca
Get a crash course on the city by walking this 3.5 hour self directed route that covers Winnipeg’s significant historic, cultural, and architectural sites. Download the route map at tourismwinnipeg.com
BEE2GETHER BIKE RENTALS
Find a willing partner and take to the streets on a bicycle built for two. Bee2Gether’s cute yellow campers can be found at The Forks and Assiniboine Park, with tandem, single rider, buggy, and surry bikes for rent. Visit bee2getherbikes.com or call 204‑298‑2925 for more information.
EXCHANGE DISTRICT BIZ WALKING TOURS
The entire Exchange District neighbour-hood is designated a National Historic Site, and there’s plenty of history to explore. Tours with themes like “Death and Debauchery” bring to light the dark secrets of Winnipeg’s early years—when it earned the nickname “the wickedest city in the Dominion”. Call 204-942-6716 to book.
DOWNTOWN BIKE TOURS
Pig out and get active at the same time on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Moveable Feast tour. Diners bike between 5 restaurant stops to sample eats at the neighbourhood’s prime restaurants. Visit downtownwinnipegtours.com to book.
More Ways to Explore Winnipeg:
Journey to Churchill at the Assiniboine Park Zoo
What to Expect at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Walk in Louis Riel’s Footsteps
Free Things To Do in Winnipeg
By Jack Newton
Banff, Jasper and other Canadian Rockies locales are a winter enthusiast’s paradise. Below are some of our favourite ways to enjoy the great outdoors.
Browse activities in Banff and area
Browse activities in Jasper and area
Image: Grotto Canyon, Tourism Canmore Kananaskis
1. Canyon Ice Walks: Guided tours of Johnston, Grotto and Maligne canyons pass through towering walls of limestone to stunning frozen waterfalls. Ice cleats are provided; headlamp-lit night tours are an option. (more…)
Photo: Courtesy of Rockies Heli Canada
By Jack Newton & Afton Aikens
Skiers, do photos of deep virgin powder stir your desire to heli-ski? Do you wonder if you have what it takes? Good news—you don’t have to be an expert. You’ll join a group with others of similar ability, get tips from your guide/instructor, ski terrain suited to your skills and use fat skis that make deep snow turns easier. Located southwest of the national parks, RK Heliski offers daily packages with a Banff shuttle.
Photo: Bjorn Nielsen
By Afton Aikens & Jack Newton
Watching a live hockey game makes for great après-ski. See the elite National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames demonstrate their speed and finesse. Hockey tours depart Banff and Canmore late afternoon. Or, take in a local Canmore Eagles game. “We have a very competitive team this year,” says John Ross of the club. New this year, toast this impressive Alberta Junior Hockey League team with a beer!
For the sports fan looking to watch in comfort, renovated Tony Roma’s Lounge in downtown Banff boasts two 75” HDTVs (and four other big screens) that show every NHL and NFL match. Game day food and drink specials (usually Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), a fireplace, leather seats and friendly bartenders contribute to the viewing experience.
By BRITTANY HENDRY
Tonight in Vancouver: West Georgia Traffic (Photo: Julius Reque)
In a strange city, it’s easy to find the tourist traps, the skyscrapers with the magnificent views and the chain restaurants. To immerse yourself in the local culture, however, you need to step outside your comfort zone and find local gems. To help the travel-weary, we have created a list of great tips when searching for local recommendations.
Go behind the scenes at the EPCOR CENTRE for free this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Scotiabank Saddledome or wondered where the costumes for the Alberta Ballet are made? Doors Open YYC, or DO YYC NAKED, is part of an international concept that grants the public access—free of charge—to buildings and spaces that they might not otherwise have the chance to see.
The Nat Christie Centre, home of Alberta Ballet. Photo: Courtesy Doors Open YYC.
The Doors Open Calgary Association (DOCA) is hosting the first annual Doors Open YYC event this Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. The public is welcome to participate in exclusive tours and insider information sessions at 35 locations with the aim of increasing appreciation and knowledge of the city’s historical and culturally rich places and spaces.
Take the opportunity to go behind the scenes all over the city, from the Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the new Energy Environment Experiential Learning Building at the University of Calgary to the Talisman Centre, National Music Centre and Calgary Transit facilities.
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Go behind the curtain at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts for a backstage tour. (more…)
Chef Scott Savoie leads Culinary Adventure Company tours (photo by Kyla Zanardi)
Navigating Toronto’s vast dining scene can be daunting, especially if you’re only in town for a few days. A great way to get acclimated is to join one of the many diverse foodie tours offered by the Culinary Adventure Company. Experienced chef Scott Savoie leads hungry guests through a veritable smorgasbord of eating, drinking and learning opportunities on weekly walks through neighbourhoods like Leslieville—including stops at Table 17 and fishmonger Hooked Inc.—and Little Italy, which could feature cocktails at the members-only Toronto Temperance Society and tastings at top restaurants such as Acadia. Or paddle to the Toronto Islands with chef Savoie for a picnic dinner with local Ontario ingredients. Tours start at $50 per person; call 416-565-1730 or click here for further details.