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The best places for a relaxing holiday in Manitoba

Atikaki Provincial Park

The best places for a relaxing holiday in Manitoba

Manitoba is one of those places that doesn't have to say it's cool, because it just is. Even Vogue Magazine says soExternal Link Title. It's an unpretentious place with soul that spawns all things original.


Laid-back, creative, and remarkably friendly, this prairie province has lakes, cities, rivers, farmland, and wilderness all the way up to the Arctic. In winter, the bright sun dazzles the snowy landscape under a huge blue sky, ideal for leisurely cross-country ski outings. And in summer, there's no place more glorious for fishing, dozing on a lakeside dock, or taking in an outdoor concert in a leafy park. Relax and indulge in Manitoba the way locals do: in low-key style.

Fish for the big one at Atikaki Wilderness Provincial Park

Trophy angling is front and center at luxe-meets-rustic Aikens Lake Wilderness LodgeExternal Link Title, an exclusive fly-in Canadian fly fishing lodge set on the sandy shore among rustling birch trees. Up your game with experienced guides and enjoy your just-caught, beer-battered pike at a tasty shore-side lunchExternal Link Title from either the main chalet-style lodge or a remote outpost cabin. Hanging out on the porch, taking a dip in the lake, and taking in a spectacular Northern Lights show are favourite pastimes at this unbeatable locale.

Rejuvenate at the spa in Winnipeg

Therm?a by Nordik Spa-NatureExternal Link Title is a great place to do a lot of nothing. It's a refuge in rugged-chic styleExternal Link Title with outdoor thermal pools and fire pits, waterfalls and steam baths, hammocks, and softly lit, Finnish-style cedar saunas. Relaxation loungers have personal headphones so you can tune right out. Get a massage or try yoga, then splurge on a cocktail and smoked cold Manitoba trout with dill from the Scandinavian bistro menuExternal Link Title on the terrace. There's also a golfExternal Link Title course right next door, if you're so inspired.

Walk with polar bears in Churchill

If you've always dreamed of seeing polar bears up-close, treat yourself to a self-directed adventure where you can spot the giants from the comfort of a Tundra Buggy. Great Canadian TravelExternal Link Title arranges a seat for you in Churchill, the polar bear capital of the world, plus a chance to look around the Northern town, or you can join a naturalist-led trip with Churchill Nature ToursExternal Link Title. Churchill WildExternal Link Title leads swims with belugas, walks with polar bearsExternal Link Title, and exotic wildlife photography safaris out of high-end, fly-in Arctic eco-lodgesExternal Link Title as well.

Try new foods in Winnipeg

Locavores know Winnipeg's historic Exchange DistrictExternal Link Title is the culinary hot spot. Make it easy on yourself by joining a summer time "Devour the District Food Tour,"External Link Title a walking survey past old brick warehouses and down cobbled lanes to the most popular dining venues and their boundary-pushing chefs. Add in some shoppingExternal Link Title,External Link Title hit one of the eventsExternal Link Title, or try a monthly First Friday evening where artists open their studios and galleries host special soirees. Culture mavens and architecture buffs will want to check out the district's collection of heritage buildingsExternal Link Title -- the biggest and best-preserved in North America.

Gaze at the stars at Oak Hammock Marsh

Just north of Winnipeg, peaceful Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive CentreExternal Link Title is the place to see over 300 bird varieties, frogs, reptiles, and butterflies. Paddle the wetlands in a historic French-Canadian fur trader-style voyageur canoe, join a seasonal guided walk with a naturalist, snowshoe during the winter, or help the survey crew and biologists count speciesExternal Link Title. Come nightfall, check out the stars or try an astrophotography classExternal Link Title and capture the memory of a lifetime.


If you're feeling the need to relax and recharge, Manitoba's many attractions should be at the top of your holiday list.