Winnipeg for the Win!
This trip started out as a visit to see family, and became an adventure that surprised me to say the least. Winnipeg and the area has some of the most unique restaurants I’ve been to. The first stop was Pineridge Hollow. This beautiful Farm to Table restaurant offers amazing food, as well as beautiful grounds to wander around and enjoy before or after dining. It’s located near Oakbank, Manitoba, just east of Winnipeg. It is also very close to Birds Hill Park, where you can take in the Winnipeg Folk Festival every July.
After eating, it’s always important to get in some exercise. This afternoons adventure took us to Assiniboine Park with a stroll through the beautiful Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. The Assiniboine Park Zoo is right next to these gardens. It’s also worth a look if you’ve got time.
It’s been quite some time that I’ve seen a real prairie thunder storm. And luckily, we finished our garden walk just in time to hear the thunder roll, and to see some amazing bolts of lightning.
Saturday started with coffee of course. Then, on to the Manitoba Legislative Building. This building was completed in 1920, and stands 77 meters high. It is famous for its Golden Boy statue at the top. It’s a gold covered bronze statue based on the Roman god Mercury, or the Greek god Hermes.
The “Bears on Broadway” decorate the grounds of the Legislature. The bears celebrate the 75th anniversary of Cancer Care Manitoba.
So, now we’ve walked, we can eat again. On to Baked Expectations on Osborne Street. Do not miss this!
A little more walking back to the car and on to The Forks. You’ll find a wide array of shops and restaurants here. We enjoyed a Cinnamon Bun from the Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company. Of course we shared all of these items so there would be room for more! The area around the Forks will offer a lot of photo opportunities.
Our next stop is the Human Rights Museum. This is a must for any visitor to Winnipeg. The purpose of the museum is to “explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue.”
This has already been a full day, but, one more stop at Blondies for one more dining experience. Sandy Doyle has been running this place for almost 30 years. People come here for the burgers, shakes, fries and ambiance. She offers a 9 lb burger that requires a $100 damage deposit. If you finish the burger, you’ll get your $100 back. I wasn’t so brave. I shared an 1/8 lb burger with my sister.
Today we travel to Gimli, Manitoba. It is located on the west side of Lake Winnipeg. The community’s first European settlers were from Iceland. They became part of the New Iceland settlement in Manitoba. The settlers sustained themselves primarily from agriculture and fishing.
Gimli beach is a popular summer spot, and every year you can head there for Islendingadagurinn (Icelandic Festival). 2020 will offer a virtual Festival, but definitely keep this in mind for your future adventures. And, of course, food in Gimli… our stop today was at K.F.C., Kris’ Fish & Chips. I planned ahead and shared some delicious pickerel and chips, so that I could join in for the dessert, Eyjafjallajokull. This Island mountain glacier volcano includes my favorite Vinarterta (Icelandic Cake), along with soft vanilla ice cream and more!
If you find yourself in the Winnipeg area, please be sure to check out as much as you can. I was fascinated by the beauty of the wide open prairie, the incredible food, and the friendly people everywhere we went. Add this to your bucket list for 2020!