Manitoba is home to one incredible natural treasurethat couldn't be more diverse. Large parts of the province are characterized by a prairie landscape, which is peppered with more than 100,000 lakes, others by dense forests in which black bears, wolves and giant elk hide. In the north, on the other hand, you can expect a barren and at the same time magical tundra landscape up to Hudson Bay, where polar bears and beluga whales feel at home. In contrast to this is Manitoba's lively Capital Winnipegthat you shouldn't miss on your road trip either.
Manitoba - polar bears, lakes, and prairie landscapes
Overview | Arrival | Winnipeg
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Manitoba at a glance
Get an overview of Canada's wild province of Manitoba here.
- size: 647,797 km² (for comparison: Germany has an area of 357,386 km²)
- Capital: Winnipeg
- Population: approx. 1,318,000
- currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD) / € 1 = CAD 1.47
- Time zone: GMT-6
- International airports: Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport
- Highlights: In Manitoba there are over 100,000 lakes and a variety of landscapes up to Hudson Bay, which are ideal for activities and wildlife viewing
- Travel time: The best time to travel to Manitoba is from early summer to autumn.
Arrival - this is how you get to Manitoba
To get from Germany to Manitoba by plane, you have to get one Stopover in Toronto or Montréal accept. From here it goes on to the capital Winnipeg or to one of the national airports of the province. Another way of getting here is by camper or rental car Land route. The provinces of Ontario and Saskatchewan border directly on Manitoba. You can only see the landscape better from the train Let yourself be impressed: The Canadian train runs between Toronto and Winnipeg, which you can also use for your journey to Manitoba. A tour couldn't start more relaxed, right?
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Manitoba's capital Winnipeg
Your journey through Manitoba starts in the capital Winnipeg, which around 700,000 residents call home. Make sure you take a day or two to explore Winnipeg before venturing into the wild. The multicultural city offers you some highlights that you shouldn't miss. It is a real landmark of the city Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which will surely catch your eye with its glazed facade and its architecture.
A mix of new and old is what makes Winnipeg so charming
A visit to the Royal Canadian Mint and the Assiniboine Park Zoo with its “Journey to Churchill” exhibition area are also worthwhile. In contrast to the city's modern buildings, there are historical buildings such as the Manitoba Legislative Building or the buildings in the historic Exchange District, which make Winnipeg so special. At the end of your sightseeing tour you can comfortably walk through the numerous shops in the The Forks Market stroll and treat yourself to a delicious Canadian beer with your meal in one of the local restaurants.
National parks in Manitoba
After relaxing sightseeing in Manitoba's capital, you can go out into nature. Two national parks and over 50 provincial parks are just waiting to be discovered by you. Maybe you're lucky and get it Big Five Manitobas - Polar bears, beluga whales, moose, black bears and bison - to see them on a trip? To give you a little overview of what to expect in the national parks in Manitoba, I will now introduce you to my favorites.
Riding Mountain National Park
Recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1986, the national park is located about 270 km northwest of Winnipeg. Here, in the middle of wonderful prairie landscapes, you can watch bison, moose, black bears and elk deer, paddle a kayak across the huge lakes or explore the most beautiful corners of the national park on a bike.
Wapusk National Park
In the northeast of Manitoba, on the other hand, you have a completely different landscape. The subarctic tundra landscape at the Husdon Bay, not far from the city of Churchill, is the habitat of polar bears, arctic foxes and caribou, which are perfectly adapted to life in the barren and sometimes icy expanses.
Experiences that will not be forgotten
In the Wapusk National Park you can go on an arctic safari in October and November or in the summer months Beluga whales who then gather in the Hudson Bay. If you are in the right place at the right time, you can even see the northern lights in the far north of the province. Experiences that will remain unforgettable for a lifetime!
The Wapusk National Park cannot be visited outside of a guided tour, but Churchill also offers numerous opportunities outside the boundaries of the national park arctic wildlife to observe. In the summer, the white beluga whales frolic in Hudson Bay. At the same time, the prospects of being able to observe polar bears are good, because the impressive animals spend the warm summer months on land. So if you have always dreamed of seeing polar bears in a white snowy landscape, you should come to Churchill in October or November.
Whiteshell Provincial Park
Whiteshell Provincial Park, east of Winnipeg, welcomes you with a Seascapethat invites you to participate in activities on the water. Rent a canoe and paddle comfortably on Falcon Lake, cast your fishing rod on West Hawk Lake, ride through the woods and along the rivers in a comfortable western saddle or just do it in one of the typical huts Cozy right on the lake with a hot cup of tea and enjoying the beautiful sunset. By the way, Whiteshell Provincial Park is worth a visit at any time of the year: During the warm summer months Sandy beaches Invite you to relax, you can hike over the frozen lakes in winter or jet through the landscape on a snowmobile.
Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park
On Canada's third largest lake, the Lake Winnipeg, with the Hecla-Grindstone Provincial Park is a real paradise for ornithologists. In the woods and on the many small lakes you can see cormorants, Rhinoceros pelicans, Watching bald eagles, owls and other birds. Also Wolves, Coyotes, black bears and beavers feel more than comfortable in the protected area.
Spruce Woods Provincial Park
A completely different landscape awaits you in Spruce Woods Provincial Park west of Winnipeg. Huge Sand dunes and cacti adorn the landscape here as well as small lakes surrounded by tall conifers or wide prairies studded with yellow grass. The best thing to do is to lace up your hiking boots and enjoy the panoramas on an extensive hike.
Grand Beach Provincial Park
If you are out and about in Manitoba in the summer months, you should definitely plan a few days on the beach. The beaches in Grand Beach Provincial Park, which is about 100 km north of Winnipeg, are perfect for this. Dunes and sandy beacheswhich have existed since the Ice Age, line Lake Winnipeg and invite you to relax, cycle and walk.
Manitoba map - everything at a glance
With my practical map you can get an overview of the Canadian province. Here I have marked all the highlights for you again:
Discover Manitoba, a real insider tip in Canada!
Manitoba is a real insider tip for anyone looking for Canada's beauty away from the tourist crowds want to discover. The province offers you a diversity like hardly any other - from prairie landscapes to deserted tundra steppes to the capital Winnipeg, where life is raging. Are you curious now and would like to know which treasures are still waiting for you in the undiscovered provinces and territories of Canada? Then browse something in my travel magazine. Here I have put together some more extraordinary tips for your trip.
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