Wellness Travel Things to Know About Manitoba

Canada’s fifth largest province by population, Manitoba is more than twice the size of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland combined. The outdoor enthusiast who visits Manitoba will find a landscape dominated by boreal forest and water – for instance, the massive Lake Winnipeg along with Lake Manitoba and thousands of smaller lakes and rivers.

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Like its sister prairie province of Saskatchewan, Manitoba does not offer a lot of choice on the spa scene but boasting 52 provincial parks, the province prides itself on all it has to offer the wellness-minded travel with a love for the great outdoors. For instance, the province boasts 1,300 kilometers of trails for hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing.

Things you should know before you go:

• Winnipeg is the provincial capital and the largest city in the province.

• The destination boasts more than 2,300 hours of bright sunshine each year.

• Churchill, Manitoba, is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World and positions itself as being the most accessible place to view polar bears in the wild.

• Manitoba is famous for its caviar. The province produces more than 25,000 pounds of gold medal, award-winning golden caviar from Whitefish roe.

• Assiniboine Forest in Winnipeg is the largest urban nature park in Canada and home to 80 species of birds.


The capital city of Winnipeg is a green city with plenty of trees and a wide expance of prairie sky. Located at the junction of two historic rivers – the Red and the Assiniboine – that wind their way throughout the entire city, Winnipeg offers visitors lots of green spaces. In the heart of the city, a nine-acre oasis is perfect for walking and cycling along a tree-lined river walkway. Winnipeg is also home to one of one of the largest urban forest parks in Canada – the Assiniboine Forest – where you can walk or cycle through forest trails. Assiniboine Park is also a wonderful place to cycle or walk through gardens, such as the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.