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12 Reasons You Should Visit Manitoba

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Updated: 3 July 2017
Canada’s central province, Manitoba is primarily known for being home to the polar bear capital of the world. But there’s a lot of other enticing attractions in the region, such as its many beautiful lakes, its world-class museums, and its unique festivals. Here are 12 reasons to visit Manitoba.

See polar bears in the wild

Located on the shores of Hudson Bay, Churchill is a remote subarctic town where you can witness polar bears and beluga whales in their natural habitat. It received its title of the world’s polar bear capital because thousands of them journey through the town annually when they return home to spend their winter on Hudson Bay’s frozen tundra. The best viewing times for polar bears are October and November. While in Churchill, make sure you visit the York Factory National Historic Site too.

Walk the Spirit Way

Located in Thompson, in an isolated area of northern Manitoba, the Spirit Way is an award-winning 2.5-kilometer (1.6-mile) trail linking the Heritage North Museum and the Miles Hart Bridge. It is a designated Manitoba Star Attraction due to the “16 fascinating and scenic points of interest, with historical, cultural, geological, industrial, and artistic perspectives.” There are viewpoints, sculptures, murals, parks, and bridges to enjoy along the way.

Visit winning Winnipeg

Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba. Some of the city’s top attractions include The Forks, which has everything from marketplaces to museums to National Historic Sites, the Musée de Saint-Boniface (Winnipeg’s oldest building), and the Royal Canadian Mint and its state-of-the-art manufacturin