Wildlife and Nature Excursions in Winnipeg

For people who love nature and the outdoors, Winnipeg, Manitoba, has to be one of the best places to plan a holiday. From hiking and horseback riding to unique wildlife experiences to surfing and paddleboarding, the beautiful Canadian city of Winnipeg offers it all. The city has many great hotels, and you can find the one that’s perfect for your needs.

Journey to Churchill

One of the first items on most nature lovers’ bucket list when they visit Manitoba is viewing some of the province’s famed wildlife. The Canadian Signature Experience’s Journey to Churchill exhibit at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo brings the best northern Manitoba has to offer into one place. You’ll encounter a variety of animals, including polar bears, caribou, musk oxen, and snowy owls. At the same time, you’ll experience the authentic landscapes of northern Manitoba, ranging from tundra and ice to lush forests. On this tour, you’ll learn about wildlife conservation and get to watch a member of the animal care team at work.

Horseback Riding at Bird’s Hill Park Ranch

Bird’s Hill Park Ranch offers another of the unforgettable experiences that Winnipeg has to offer. Pony rides, trail rides, sleigh rides, and buggy rides are all available, and a breakfast or dinner is included in some of the options. The ranch also has a fire pit you can reserve for an hour after your ride. Rides range from 20 minutes to two hours in duration, making the activity perfect for everybody from children to highly experienced riders.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Let your balancing skills take on your sense of adventure in Winnipeg during the summer with an Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding class offered by the Hardcore Surf & Paddleboard Company. This two-and-a-half-hour class will get you mounting, kneeling, and standing on a board, as well as mastering forward and turning strokes, learning safety skills, and much more. Stand-up paddleboarding yoga and introductory river paddleboarding classes are also on offer, as well as advanced classes. All visitors will be provided with boards to use for their lessons, as well as all the safety gear required for the classes.

Classic Polar Bear Adventure

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If there’s one experience from your trip to Manitoba that you’ll still be talking about in 50 years, it will be the Classic Polar Bear Adventure. This seven-day tour, which departs from Winnipeg and ends up in Churchill, uses the tagline “The World’s Most Coveted Small-Group Polar Bear Expedition.” The adventure takes you into prime polar bear viewing territory, where only two polar bear tour operators in Churchill hold permits that gain them the full range of the area. The tour includes an opportunity to enjoy a dogsled ride through the region’s awe-inspiring forests, as well as to meet elders from various cultural groups in the region.

As a gateway to further exploration into Manitoba, Winnipeg has much more to offer lovers of adventure and the outdoors. From encounters with wildlife to the adrenaline rush of trying a new sport like horseback riding or stand-up paddle boarding, Winnipeg has something for everyone.

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