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Travelling to Winnipeg at any time of year, you will find plenty of things to do for the whole family. From exhibits and destinations that are fun for kids of all ages to nightlife that includes world-class live entertainment venues, two casinos and some of Canada’s finest restaurants. Some things to keep in mind:

The winters are bone-chillingly cold. Some claim that Winnipeg is the coldest city in Canada, and it’s probably true. The average winter temperature is -20˚C, and the wind chill is the stuff of legend, so if you happen to be travelling there between November and March, be prepared!

At any time of year, be sure to find out what festivals are on while you are there, as there is sure to be one. From the Arctic Glacier Winter Park with its Olympic size skating rink, toboggan runs, a snowboard park and more, to the Jazz Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Festival du Voyageur to the Fringe Festival, Nuit Blanche, and the list goes on – make sure you check with the concierge at your destination to find out what they’re celebrating during your stay.

If you are travelling to Winnipeg from any part of Canada, a great way to get there is by train. VIA Rail’s The Canadian makes a stop here about every three days, and if you aren’t in any particular hurry (train travel along this route is historically behind schedule) you can enjoy pristine scenery along this historic rail route that is not often seen from any other perspective. Once settled at your destination, the public transit system can get you where you need to be if it’s too far to walk.