Anyone on their way to or from Churchill should definitely consider a stop in Winnipeg Manitoba. Visiting the zoo is a nice companion to your Polar Bear excursions in Churchill, and you can see bears up close and personal. There are plenty of other things to do.
Arrival in Winnipeg
We arrived in the very nice Winnipeg airport Hampton Inn late in the evening after our long drive from Thompson that afternoon.
There was a very hearty breakfast at the Hampton Inn in the morning and then we headed to the Assiniboine Zoo for the “Journey to Churchill” exhibit. There were many arctic animals but my favorite was the swimming polar bears! I could watch these fumbling animals for hours! Normally I’m not a fan of Zoos but seeing polar bears and seals swim over your head is priceless.
We stopped in the nearby park to see English Gardens with lots of flowers, hummingbirds, and butterflies.
Historic Forks area
Our last stop was the historic Forks area of downtown Winnipeg Manitoba, with a visit to the indoor marketplace.
Where I stayed:
Hampton Inn Winnipeg Airport. Great hotel – pool and hot tub, airport shuttle (was super useful as I had a very early flight out), and amazing breakfast. Book it now at booking.com. If not already registered at booking.com, get $25 off your first stay by registering here.
Traveled August, 2015.