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About Winnipeg

Winnipeg, or The Gateway to the West, is Canada’s most central city and a diversity hotspot. Unpretentious and tough, this prairie city doesn’t pretend to be anything it isn’t and some of the best places to stay in Winnipeg are equal to the best anywhere in Canada.

Summers are hot and humid, but festivals and the nearby lakes help take the edge off the heat. Only an hour’s drive north of the city, Winnipeg Beach is a popular summer spot for lying on the sand, soaking up the sun or boating on one of the world’s largest lakes.

Winnipeg is a bastion of rock and country and western music and fans of the genres would do well to find themselves at the High and Lonesome Club where celebrities are known to drink after playing the local arena.

Ruefully neglected for half the year due to the extreme cold temperatures, the winter months in Winnipeg actually offer a plethora of activities. Skate along the manicured paths of the Red River and dine in heated tents set up on the ice. During the Festival du Voyageur, there is a showcase of some of the world’s best ice sculptures and maple syrup is always on the menu.

With so many sight and scenes so close together, the best places to stay in Winnipeg are all within distance of an event, a sight or a heritage spot.

Where to stay - which neighbourhood?

  • Foodies should head to Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg’s answer to Little Italy. Italian restaurants line this strip, which also leads to Assiniboine Park and the Winnipeg Zoo.
  • Although they are two neighborhoods on opposing sides of the city center, Osbourne Village and the Exchange District both offer an eclectic mix of live music venues, new restaurants and boutique shopping. Both are the place to be based if you're looking for bohemian vibe.
  • St. Boniface is Winnipeg’s French quarter. A little piece of history in Manitoba, this neighborhood on the eastern banks of the Red River is proud of its French heritage. Cafés, bakeries, and restaurants all serve up French-Canadian specialties and don’t be surprised if you hear more spoken French than English!

What Not To Miss

  • Winnipeg is a city of festivals. Beginning in February with the Festival du Voyager, a celebration of the city’s Metis heritage and onward through to summer with the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Folklarama and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
  • The Forks is Winnipeg’s meeting place. Located at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, the Forks offers food, cultural shows and, in winter, the chance to skate from building to building.
  • Don’t forget the Manitoba Museum for a look into the province’s past.
  • Concerts and shows are a mainstay of Winnipeg, with three professional sports teams, a premier ballet and a symphony orchestra all playing throughout the year. Both the arena (the MTS Centre) and the concert hall (Millennium Concert Hall) are located downtown

Dont't forget that if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Winnipeg during the festivals, these events are extremely popular so it is advisable to book a hotel room in advance.

The best places to stay in Winnipeg

For local exploring

  • The Fort Garry is ideally located in downtown Winnipeg and from here you can easily get to the city's highlights. This iconic architectural gem has been brought fully up to 21st century standards and as well as smart rooms and suites, you'll find a fantastic spa with indoor pool, plus restaurant and live jazz most days.

For an apartment

  • If you think that an apartment or studio suits your needs, then explore the selection with our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Winnipeg weather is extreme. Summer temperatures can reach 30C, while winter temps of minus 40C are not uncommon. Look up the weather before visiting and dress according.
  • Flights to Europe, the USA and the rest of Canada are available from James Richardson International Airport. In the summer months, Air Canada flies direct from London to Winnipeg. It is located about 10km west of the city and there are two bus routes which can have you in downtown Winnipeg in around 40 minutes.
  • In the summer, many Winnipegers take themselves on the road for camping trips to the many lakes around Manitoba. Public transportation is limited in the Canadian prairies, so if you are intending to leave the city, it may be best to rent a vehicle. For car rentals, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars

Still not sure where to book?

  • Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Winnipeg.
  • Or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Winnipeg

  • Fort Garry Hotel 246 rooms from £65

    Winnipeg (MB)

    A landmark building in the heart of Winnipeg. Classically designed rooms feature dark wooden floors, white washed walls and the rooms on the higher floors have fabulous city views. Offering an expansive spa, indoor pool and an enviable location.

    Spa breaks  -  Winnipeg’s only world-class spa complete with a Hamam and Canada’s only co-ed Turkish Bath.
    Local exploring  -  A chic and very central base to explore the city from.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool
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