Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries.
Over the Red River is St. Boniface, the historic French quarter with a cathedral of the same name and a museum focusing on Franco-Manitoban culture. Local art is on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, known for its Inuit collection, and at the Manitoba Museum. Renowned ballet, orchestra and opera companies make their home at Centennial Concert Hall. Winnipeg’s outdoor destinations include FortWhyte Alive, an environmental-education facility with trails, canoeing and an aquarium. Assiniboine Park has cycle paths, a large zoo and a bronze statue of the bear named after the city who inspired A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh.”