Family routes: Winnipeg

From festivals to corn mazes, Winnipeg's got it all!

By Dee Van Dyk

Family routes: Winnipeg

Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, boasts more than 130 days of festivals every year, from the largest winter festival in Western Canada (Le Festival du Voyageur in February) to the largest and longest-running multicultural event in the world (Folklorama in August).

Home to 685,000 Canadians, Winnipeg is the geographic centre of Canada. Tourists will find much to do inside Winnipeg, from a guided historical tour of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers aboard the Splash Dash Water Bus to a day of shopping at the Forks Market. And when you feel it's time to shake the city in favour of this province's rural charm, you won't have to travel far.

A Maze in Corn
Ten minutes south of Winnipeg you'll find A Maze in Corn, an elaborately designed corn maze that can easily provide an afternoon of fun for the entire family. The maze theme changes every year and within the maze itself are scavenger hunts related to the theme. Once you've gone through the maze, check out the farm-related events attached to the maze: a hayride, a pumpkin barn (open in early October), a bale pyramid and a petting zoo. Because the maze is dependent on the corn crop, opening and closing dates are seasonal and variable, but the maze usually opens in mid-August and runs until some time in October.

TIP: Corn mazes are fun at any time, but ratchet up the fun factor by running the maze at night, using flashlights to navigate.

Steinbach Mennonite Heritage Village
Heading east out of Winnipeg on Highway 1, just 45 minutes from downtown Winnipeg, you'll find the Steinbach Mennonite Heritage Village. This 16-hectare museum complex is two-and-a-half kilometres from the actual city of Steinbach and is comprised of 37 buildings that tell the story and history of a Mennonite community in the prairies. Travel back in time to watch a windmill grinding grain or see a blacksmith at work.

Must try: Mennonite food
Come to the Steinbach Mennonite Heritage Village for the cultural experience, but don't leave before you try hearty Mennonite food: old-fashioned candy, borscht, homemade bread, vereniki and Mennonite sausage.

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Image courtesy of A Maze in Corn

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