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Assiniboine Park, Festival du Voyageur & Forks Market in Winnipeg, Canada

Best things to do in Winnipeg Canada - Mike Green - Canadian Museum for Human Rights by Maddy Reico courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg

Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Photo by Maddy Reico courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg.

I’m really excited to interview Mike Green of Tourism Winnipeg about Winnipeg, Canada. Mike’s tips for the best things to do in Winnipeg are awesome because he grew up nearby and moved back to Winnipeg in 2010 to start his family. He loves to skate on the river trails in the winter and explore the local parks in the summer.

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Best things to do in Winnipeg Canada - Mike Green - Polar bear exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo by Mike Peters

Polar bear exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Photo by Mike Peters.

Winnipeg, Canada

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Tourism Winnipeg, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Winnipeg Canada - Mike Green - Sunset goose flights at FortWhyte Alive by Abby Matheson courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg

Sunset goose flights at FortWhyte Alive. Photo by Abby Matheson, courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg.

Getting around Winnipeg

The local airport is Winnipeg Richardson International Airport (YWG), which is a 15-minute drive to downtown. Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Mike says that there’s no need to rent a car if you’re staying downtown. Downtown Spirit offers free transit service within the downtown area. Winnipeg Transit also has a network of bus routes throughout the city. Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around. Check out the Tourism Winnipeg site for other transportation options during your visit.

Renting a car is a good idea when you want to explore outside the city center. For the best rental car offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.


Best things to do in Winnipeg Canada - Mike Green - The Forks Market by Kristhine Guerrero

The Forks Market. Photo by Kristine Guerrero.

Places we talked about on the Winnipeg, Canada podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Mike Green about Winnipeg, Canada. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Green dots = best things to do in Winnipeg, Canada
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Winnipeg, Canada

Who is Mike Green?

Mike Green has worked at Tourism Winnipeg for the past nine years and is the manager of creative communications and content (which means he writes most of the tourism & leisure websites and such). He has a Masters of Journalism from the University of British Columbia and a BA in History and Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick.

Prior to his role at TW, he was the summer syndicated food columnist for CBC Radio, and his arts and food articles have appeared across CBC platforms, in Vancouver Magazine, and in numerous travel publications and websites. In 2014, he finished 5th on the first season of MasterChef Canada, and he’s the senior judge for Winnipeg for the Canadian Culinary Championships.

He grew up in Kenora, Ontario, and has traveled extensively through New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the United States. Mike has also been to Japan, Panama, France, and The Netherlands, to name but a few.

Best things to do in Winnipeg Canada - Mike Green headshot

Here are a few articles that he’s written and been interviewed for:

You can connect with Mike on his website and social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Mike’s tips for Winnipeg.

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Best things to do in Winnipeg Canada - Mike Green - Dinner at Raw Almond by Maddy Reico courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg

Dinner at Raw Almond. Photo by Maddy Reico, courtesy of Tourism Winnipeg.

Stay tuned for our next episode

Best things to do in Queenstown New Zealand - Leanne McCabe - Gondola ride to the top of the mountain

Leanne and Lyle at the top of a gondola ride.

Listen to the next episode when Lyle and Leanne McCabe of Beach Travel Wine share the best things to do in Queenstown, New Zealand. In this episode, we talk about seeing the wildlife at Kiwi Park, enjoying thrilling adventure sports on Lake Wakatipu, and seeing the waterfalls at Milford Sound. We hope you’ll join us when We Travel There.

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