Manitoba, Canada

Manitoba is a Canadian province bordered by Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west. Its landscape of lakes and rivers, mountains, forests and prairies stretches from northern Arctic tundra to Hudson Bay in the east and southern farmland. Much wilderness is protected in more than 80 provincial parks, where hiking, biking, canoeing, camping and fishing are all popular.

Winnipeg, Manitoba’s southern capital, sits where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. Its Manitoba Museum traces provincial history through science and natural history exhibits. The Forks National Historic Site is a riverside park, home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, performance spaces and walking trails. The Assiniboine Park Zoo has a polar bear conservation centre. The city of Churchill, on Hudson Bay, is renowned for viewing polar bears (in fall) and beluga whales (in summer). Boat trips cross the Churchill River to visit star-shaped, 18th-century Prince of Wales Fort.

When to visit

Peak travel season is during the warm summer months (Jul–Aug). Deep-sea fishing charters run Jul–Sep. During shoulder months (Jun & Sep) some attractions may be closed. Popular annual events include the Jack Frost Children’s Winterfest (Feb–Mar), Cavendish Beach’s country music festival (Jul), the GranFondo bike race (Aug), the International Shellfish Festival (Sep), and the Acadian cultural and agricultural festival (Sep). Due to the surrounding warm gulf waters, Prince Edward Island’s winters (Dec–Mar) are fairly mild.