How are you enjoying the season? Are you tired of spending your weekend watching movies or partying? Or is the season tempting you to snuggle by the fireside with a cup of hot chocolate? Indulge in these fun activities in and around Winnipeg and beat your winter blues. Put on your winter clothes, your mittens, your boots and have a super fun time.
Get outdoors, and enjoy winter in all its glory this season. A list of Winter activities, events and attractions to do in and around Winnipeg this winter season.
I. Winter Activities
II. Indoor Attractions
III. Winter Festivals & Events
I. Winter Activities in Winnipeg
1. Ice Castles
Marvel at the acre-sized winter wonderland is crafted by hand, using only icicles and water, that resembles frozen waterfalls, glaciers or ice caves brought to Winnipeg by Ice Castles. Walk through the Disney-esque ice castle enjoying enjoy the stunning displays. Details
WHEN: Opening January 5, 2018
WHERE: The Forks National Historic Site
HOW MUCH: General Admission (12+): $12.95 to $20.00 Child (4-11): $9.95 to $15
2. Cross Country Skiing, Skating & Tobogganing
Whether you decide to go cross country skiing, skate with friends or delight the child in you by sledding downhill, there are plenty of opportunities to stay active and enjoy great outdoors in Winnipeg.
Strap on your skates and head out to the Guinness World Record-holding longest naturally frozen skating trail – the Red River Mutual Trail. The trail is perfect for skating, sledding, snowshoeing, hiking, curling and even hockey. As you move down on a sunny afternoon, the trail with its snow-capped trees will truly remind you of a winter wonderland. You can find warming huts along the trail if you want to take a break from the cold.
3. Ice Fishing
When the temperature goes below freezing, ice fishing at Lake Winnipeg is a fun activity you can do alone, or with friends and family.
Ice Fishing at Fort White Alive.
4. Ice Climbing
Enjoy climbing? Why not try ice climbing? Head to Whittier Par to climb a 20-meter ice tower. Club d’escalade de SaintBoniface maintains three permanent ice towers with varying degrees of difficulty.
end of December – end March, Saturday & Sunday | 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Whittier Park, 141 Messager Street
CESB member: $8
All others: $40
5. Snow shoeing & Hiking
Winnipeg boasts of a number of parks and spaces where one can enjoy a great day of snowshoeing. Traverse the snowshoe trails at the La Barriere Park and the Assiniboine Park.
Alternatively you can go on a Mural Trail and take in the different murals in and around Winnipeg. The Murals of Winnipeg website has a comprehensive list of the murals you can find in Winnipeg, including detailed description and Mural trails you can follow.
6. FortWhyte Alive
FortWhyte Alive is an all-season destination in Winnipeg. In winter enjoy toboggan slides, nordic walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating, ice fishing, and more.
FortWhyte Alive also conducts Winter day camps to connect youth with nature.
Monday – Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Wednesday – Friday: 9:00 AM – Dusk; Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 AM – Dusk; Holidays: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Ice Yoga: A Prequel to the Fire+Ice Festival on Saturday, February 3, enjoy a 45 minute yoga session on the frozen lake, led by Ash Bourgeois of WildPath on Sunday, January, 2018 14 11am.
1961 McCreary Road, Winnipeg
Adults: $8.00; Seniors: $7.00; Students & Children: $6.00; Children 2 and under: Free
7. Oak Hammock Marsh
The Marsh is frozen for most of the winter, however, there are still a number of activities that can be enjoyed by its visitors.
Strap on some snowshoes and explore the winter marsh looking for animal tracks. The interpretive Centre provides guided snowshoe hikes throughout the day and snowshoes are available for rental.
Skaters can enjoy skating at the Cattail Pond. Visitors can also play pond hockey here.
On select days take part in Astronomy Night sessions where you can learn to capture the night sky with your lens, watch winter constellations and more.
Year-round | Daily | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Mid September to late October | Daily | 10:00 AM – Dusk
Located only 20 kilometers North of Winnipeg, on highway 67, between the town of Stonewall and the city of Selkirk.
1 Snow Goose Bay, R0C 2Z0
Lat: 50.173826, Lon: -97.132959
Ph: (204) 467-3300
Adult $8; Youth (3 – 17 years) $6; Senior (55+) $7; Family (2 adults and 4 children) $26
8. Winter in Manitoba Provincial Parks
Winter in Whiteshell Provincial Park is an experience not to be missed. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing, sledging are but few of the activities that can be enjoyed here.
The 1200 hectares of wilderness at the Beaudry Provincial Park boasts of many trails for the visitors to explore in winter. A popular destination for cross-country skiers, the Park also offers great spaces for the snowshoer along the frozen Assiniboine River. Visitors at the Provincial Park can also enjoy snowmobiling.
Birds Hill Provincial Park offers designated trails for shoe-shoeing, the longest being the 3.5 km Cedar Bog Trail. Also enjoy cross-country skiing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and tobogganing. Keep your eyes open for white-tailed deers along the trails. In February, the Park hosts Winter Safari- a family event with theatre, campfire, bannocks and more.
9. Arctic Glacier Winter Park
A truly wonderful winter destination right in the middle of the city: Arctic Glacier Winter Park is the place to be this winter with activities including skiing, tobogganing, & snowboarding. Enjoy wagon rides and various other indigenous programming.
Late December – February
The Forks, Winnipeg
10. Adrenaline Adventures
Get ready for snow tubing on specially groomed hills all winter long at the Adrenaline Adventures! There are several lanes open for tubing with a variety of bumps and lots of speed. Adventure seekers can try extreme snow tubing lanes.
Snowtubing from December 3 – April 2
Friday | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday | 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Sunday | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
December 26-31 & January 3-5 | 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Closed on December 25
600 Caron Road, Headingley
Ph : ( 204) 800-2060
Snow tubing: 1 h pass: $11.99; All Day pass: $18.99; Evening Pass: $14.99
11. Birds Hill Park Ranch
If there is snow on the ground, go for a sleigh ride at Birds Hill Park RanchEnjoy trail rides while taking in crisp air and spectacular scenery and wildlife.
Monday – Sunday | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Friday – Saturday | 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
( Wagon or Sleigh Rides, Pony Rides, Horse rides)
59 North Drive, Oakbank. ( 20 minutes east of Winnipeg)
Ph : ( 204) 222 -1137
Wagon or sleigh rides $120.00
Other fees: vary with activity
For a complete list of attractions, see Things to do in Winnipeg.
12. SpringHill Winter Sports Park
Located 15 minutes from downtown Winnipeg is a place for all kinds of winter adventure. The hill stands at 130 vertical feet and has three lifts: one quad chair lift, and two rope tows and includes Manitoba’s top terrain park, a mogul run, a race run, and open areas for learning. Details.
December – April | Daily | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
65036 Oasis Rd, Winnipeg Ph: 204 224-3051
Lift Tickets (Day tickets): Adult $32; Student $27; Junior (6-13) $22; Senior (55+) $22
13. Stony Mountain Ski Area
Visit this ski area known as Manitoba’s snowboarding capital and have an exhilarating time skiing, snowboarding or learning how to do it at Stony Mountain.
Opening Day December 3, 2016 till Mid April (weather permitting)
Stony Mountain Ski Area, 11016 E Sellars Hill Road, Stony Mountain
Ph : (204) 344-5977
Lift tickets: Full Day $20 – $25; Half Day:$18.00 -$20.95
14. Holiday Mountain Resort
Have a ski-in and ski-out winter holiday and take your pick from freestyle terrain park, 11 downhill runs at Manitoba’s most popular ski resort. Details.
Tentative opening Mid December
Holiday Mountain Resort, #12 Later Way
La Riviere ~ 2 hours drive. Ph: (204) 242-2172
Full Day: Adults $44; Students & Military $46
Senior (65+)/Youth (13-17): $39
Junior (6-12): $29/Tiger (1-5): $ 5
15. Falcon Ridge Ski Slope
Whether you explore 30km of world class nordic ski trails, test your skills at terrain park or twelve alpine ski runs, this ski resort with its hand crafted cabins and private hot tubs is a great winter weekend getaway near to home. Details.
Projected opening date for the 17/17 season: December 16, 2017
Open weekends + holidays during the winter months.
Lifts open 10:30 AM-4:30 PM
Snow Dance Festival (Music Festival): January 20- 22, 2017
100 Ridge Road, Falcon Lake
Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba
~ 2 hours from Winnipeg
Lift Tickets: Adult (18-61): $25.00
Senior (62+)/Youth (13-17): $21.00
Child (6-12) $16.00
II. Indoor Activities
1. Assiniboine Park & Zoo
Take time out to visit the Zoo and learn about your favourite animals during the Weekend Keeper talks. Explore the award winning Journey to Churchill exhibit. Experience the beauty of the tundra as you move on to see snowy owls, moose, caribou, artic fox and other species. You can see polar bears swim and frolic with the seals through underground viewing tunnels. Step into an Artic landscape and experience the wonder of Northern lights at the domed Theatre. End your journey at the town of Churchill, where children can enjoy the Polar Playground.
Assiniboine Park Zoo, Pavillion, Cpnservatory: Daily | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Nature Playground | Daily | 8:00 AM – Dusk
2355 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg
Ph: (204) 927 – 7203
Zoo: Adults: $19.75; Senior (60-+)/Youth (13-17): $17.50; Children (3-12): $10.50; Under 3: Free
2. Manitoba Planetarium
Love the beauty of the Cosmos? The Planetarium at the Manitoba Museum can show you the galaxy in all its glory. The Planetarium offers three different shows on Sundays and Saturdays including a guided tour of the night sky. If you are inspired by your visit to do some real star gazing, head out the Assiniboine Park. Their open light-free fields are great for night sky viewing.
Tuesday – Friday | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM;
Saturday & Sunday | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM;
Adults: $11.00; Senior (60+)/Students/Youth (12-17): $9.00; Child (3-11): $7.50
3. Play Golf
Just because the weather is cold doesn’t mean you should put away your golf clubs away for winter. There are two places nearby where you can enjoy this sport during the winter time.
The Golf Dome at Wilkes Avenue, boast of an indoor golf dome with over 50 stations on a three tier driving range. They also have virtual golf simulators that transplants you to the driving ranges at Banff Springs, Pebble Beach and other well known-golf courses. If you are new to this sport, you can try their 18-hole miniature golf course. This is a great option both for recreational and serious golfers.
You pay per minute and not per bucket which gives you better value for the money you spend. If you are serious about improving your game, you can even avail the services of a professional coach.
Cool Dozen Micro Golf at Selkirk Town Plaza, located just half an hour from Winnipeg, provides some tropical golfing fun at their 18-hole mini Golf. Their Glow Golf is great fun for kids. You either choose to pay by round or by the hour. Either way, you, your friends and family are bound to enjoy the golf holes including the spectacular waterfall, sand traps and more.
Manitoba Children’s Museum is a wonderful way to spend a whole day indoors when it is snowing heavily outside. Learn science through fun anplay.
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame houses extensive collection that tells the history of sports in Manitoba.
Visit the Fort Garry House Museum and Archives to learn about Canadian military’s contribution. Explore the galleries that houses ethnic artifacts, art, and military history.
Spend the day at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, the first national museum built outside Ottawa. Take part in their interactive programs and see their thought-provoking exhibits. learn about Canada’s journey to greater rights and more,
Picture the life at the Red River in the 1800’s. See one of the oldest surviving building in Manitoba- the Seven Oaks House Museum.
Royal Canadaian Mint: Explore this state-of-the-art facility to see how coins are made. View their extensive memorabilia collection.
III. Winter Festivals & Events in Winnipeg
1. Performing Arts & Theatre
- Champions of Magic on November 4, 2017 @ Pantages Playhouse Theatre
- Nothing Sacred from November 8 to 18, 2017 @ Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall
- Of Mice and Morro and Jasp from November 10 – 18, 2017 @ Manitoba Theatre for Young People
- Our Story on November 16 – 17, 19, 2017 @ RWB Founders Studio
- Radio Night from November 16 – 18, 2017 @ Salle Martial-Caron, Université de Saint-Boniface
- Madama Butterfly from November 18, 21, 24, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker on November 22, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- A Christmas Carol from November 23 – December 16, 2017 @ John Hirsch Mainstage
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on November 25 – 26, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- A Charlie Brown Double Bill from December 8 – 30, 2017 @ Manitoba Theatre for Young People
- The Snowman on December 17, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Nutcracker on December 21 – 30, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- The Sound of Music on January 5 – 7, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- PJ Masks LIVE! Time To Be A Hero on December 17, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- The Good, the Bad & the Munsch from December 21, 2017 – January 07, 2018 @ Prairie Theatre
- Come From Away from January 4 to February 3, 2018 @ John Hirsch Mainstage
- Runaway Bridesmaids from January 13 – March 17, 2018 @ Celebrations Dinner Theatre
- Pith! from January 17- 27, 2018 @ Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall
- The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe from January 26 – February 4, 2018 @ Manitoba Theatre for Young People
- Outside Mullingar from January 31 to February 17, 2018 @ Tom Hendry Warehouse
- Anatasia on February 2, 2018 @ Pantages Playhouse Theatre
- Once on February 13 to March 10, 2018 @ John Hirsch Mainstage
- Valentine’s Day: Broadway in Love on February 14, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- It’s Dark Outside from February 16 – 24, 2018 @ Manitoba Theatre for Young People
- Charles Chaplin: City Lights Live on February 16 – 18, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Mini Pops Live on February 17, 2018 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- The Sleeping Beauty from February 28 to March 4, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- We Keep Coming Back from March 7 – 11, 2018 @ Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
- Tetris from March 23 – 31, 2018 @ Manitoba Theatre for Young People
- NuWorks from March 13 – 15, 2018 @ Winnipeg Jewish Theatre
- The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade from March 21 – 31, 2018 @ Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall
- Rock & Roll Heaven from March 24 – May 26, 2018 @ Celebrations Dinner Theatre
- Cabaret of Monologues: I Am Unstoppable from March 4 to 11, 2018 @ Asper Centre for Theatre and Film (at U of W)
- Di and Viv and Rose from March 7 – 24, 2018 @ Tom Hendry Warehouse
- A Chorus Line from March 16 – 18, 2018 @ Rainbow Stage
- The Humans from March 21 – April 14, 2018 @ John Hirsch Mainstage
- A Shot History of Crazy Bone from March 28 – April 8, 2018 @ héâtre Cercle Molière
- Heisenberg from April 11 – 28, 2018 @ Tom Hendry Warehouse
- LA Traviata from April 14, 17, 20, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny from April 21 to 29, 2018 @ Manitoba Theatre for Young People
- Morning After Grace from April 25 – May 19, 2018 @ John Hirsch Mainstage
- Peppa Pig Live! on April 25, 2018 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- This Land Floods on May 3, 2018 @ West End Cultural Centre
2. Select Concerts from November to April 2018
- An Intimate Evening with Yanni: Piano and Conversations on November 1, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Tegan and Sara The ConX: Tour on November 2, 2017 @ Pantages Playhouse Theatre
- Dallas Smith – Side Effects Tour on November 2, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- Gordon Lightfoot on November 3, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- Seven Deadly Sins on November 3 – 4, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Jesse Cook Beyond Borders Tour on November 3, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Voices Rising on November 5, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- In This Moment & Hollywood Undead on November 7, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Music of the Mad Men Era on November 10 – 12, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- The Simon & Garfunkel Story on November 11, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Gad Elmaleh on November 12, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- The Headstones on November 16 & 20, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- Platinum Blonde with Guest Brighton Rock on November 17, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- A Night of the Classics on November 19, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- The British Legends on November 22, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- The Northern Pikes on November 23, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- André-Philippe Gagnon on November 23, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- Angel Pineda on November 24, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- Barenaked Ladies: Fake Nudes Tour on November 25, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Death From Above on November 27, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Strauss, Ravel and More on December 1 – 2, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- “Oh What a Night!” – The Christmas Show on December 2, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- The Barra MacNeils: An East Coast Christmas on December 3, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- The Nadeau Ensemble A Prairie Christmas on December 7, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- The Tenors on December 8 – 9, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- A Christmas Celebration on December 10, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Holiday Soundtrack on December 11, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Steve Bell: Christmastide on December 12, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Messiah on December 16, 2017 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Rockin Elvis Christmas with Rory Allen on December 16, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- The Jp Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show on December 15, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Fred Penner on December 16, 2017 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Burton Cummings & Band & Big City All Star Band on December 31, 2017 @ Club Regent Casino
- Nielsen and Mozart on January 12 – 13, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- The Iron Maidens on January 12, 2018 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Music of the Ice with Kurt Browning on January 19 – 21, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- James Barker Band with Meghan Patrick on January 26, 2018 @ Club Regent Casino
- The Inclines Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline on January 28, 2018 @ Club Regent Casino
- Milky Chance: Blossom Tour on January 29, 2018 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Brett Kissel with guest Dan Davidson on February 1, 2018 @ Club Regent Casino
- Old Dominion- The Happy Endings World Tour on February 2, 2018 @ Club Regent Casino
- Schumann’s 3rd on February 9, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Schumann and Beethoven on February 9 – 10, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Gord Bamford with Aaron Goodvin on February 15, 2018 @ Club Regent Casino
- A Night in Spain from February 23 – 24, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Mr Mark and Manny Tuba go to the Birds! on February 25, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Alan Doyle on March 4, 2018 @ Burton Cummings Theatre
- Bruckner 9 on March 9, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Rachmaninoff’s 2nd on April 6, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Luca Buratto Plays Prokofiev on April 6 – 7, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Al Simmons Symphonic Shenanigans on April 8, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Oz with Orchestra on April 21 – 22, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
- Cirque & Symphony on April 27 – 29, 2018 @ Centennial Concert Hall
3. Canad Inns Winter Wonderland
December 1, 2017 – January 6, 2018 | 06:00 – 10:00 PM
Closed December 25.
Red River Exhibition Park
Family vehicle (7 passengers): $10.00 Advance; $15.00 at the Door.
3. Big Fun Festival
Big Fun Festival features some of the best of Manitoba’s current as well as upcoming artists. The festival showcases multiple genres of music. Details
January 24 – 28, 2018
Festival Pass $70.00
4. Fire + Ice: Yoga Festival
Celebrate winter and join your community of yogis for a one-of-a-kind all day yoga experience on a frozen lake. Before or after practice, cozy up to the fire to roast marshmallows and sip on wildcrafted tea.. Details
Saturday, February 3, 2018
$50, $40 FortWhyte Alive Members.
4. Wild Winter Canoe Race
What is a Winter Canoe Race?
It’s a race…in a canoe… in February! This high-octane contest is held on a snow-packed 200-meter course, using tripping canoes. The only “paddling” required comes from the team’s legs – one leg in the canoe, one leg out – a synchronized crew that works foot power to glide to the finish line. Details
Monday, February 19, 2018 | 12noon – 4:00pm
Red River Trail at The Forks
Free for Spectators
5. Festival Du Voyageur
Festival Du Voyageur is a celebration of French Canadian culture with great music, amazing food, captivating shows, sensational snow sculptures, and lights. Visit Winnipeg’s French quarter, Saint-Boniface, as it transforms into a winter paradise to host the largest winter festival in Western Canada.
February 16 – 25, 2018
Voyageur Park, Winnipeg
Park Day Pass: $9 – $18; 10-day Pass: $11 – $32
6. Freeze Frame International Film Festival
Presenting films for all ages from all over the world, the Freeze Frame International Film Festival also conducts workshops as well as free events for the whole family.
Winefest allows the opportunity to ‘try before you buy’ within a casually refined atmosphere – every sip and sample is included in the ticket price. Wine experts are available to share their knowledge as consumers taste their way from booth to booth, suggesting tasting notes while educating the palate and senses. Details
2018 – TBA
March 5 – 12, 2017
Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 244- 340 Provencher Blvd, Winnipeg
Feature/Shorts: $6.00; Family: $5.00; Family Pass: $45.00
7. Winnipeg Scottish Festival
The Winnipeg Scottish Festival features programs and performances of Scottish tradition with bagpipers, drummers, musicians, vendors and various cultural displays. Details
2018 – TBA
March 4, 2017
Canad Inns Polo Park, Winnipeg
Free and ticketed events
8. Festival of Fools
A 7-day family festival with jugglers, clowns, acrobats, trapeze and circus workshops together with hilarious shows. Details
The Forks, Winnipeg
9. Osborne Village Winter Classic
A 4 on 4 street hockey tournament. Details
2018 – TBA
January 28, 2017
Osborne Village, Winnipeg
Free for spectator