Even though it’s directly to our north, many Americans never visit Canada. What a missed opportunity on so many levels because Canada is a country with unending natural beauty and the Canadian people are well-known for their warm hospitality and friendliness! If you’re looking for a vacation that’s out of the ordinary, consider traveling northward and explore other parts of the North American continent. It’s time for a journey to Winnipeg for starters!
To start your trip off right, pick up an RV in Chicago. Make sure to bring some games, movies, audio books, or other entertainment for the kids as you drive to the north country while you get to enjoy the passing scenery as you head towards the border. Once you cross into Manitoba, find a great RV park to serve as your base camp as you explore Winnipeg. With its free hot showers and free wireless internet, Traveller’s RV Resort & Campground will serve your needs perfectly.
After you’re settled in, it’s time to head out and explore the city itself. If you want to get your bearings right away, an excellent first stop is The Forks. This spot, in the center of the city, is where the Assiniboine River flows into the Red River. It has been a meeting spot for the residents of the area for over 6000 years. With its parks, restaurants, and venues for shows and concerts, The Forks location continues to be the beating heart of this city.
What would a vacation to Canada be without strapping on some ice skates? It’s a good thing that the world’s longest naturally-frozen skating trail winds 6.5 kilometers through the city. Instead of having to skate around and around on an ice rink, you’ll warm up the leg muscles as you venture out and go on the equivalent of a long run when you skate down the Red River Mutual Trail. When the weather warms up, it’s still a great path for walking and taking in views of the river and the city.
Canada is also home to some of the most magnificent animals on earth, as many Canadian species can’t be found anywhere else! This alone warrants a trip at least once in your lifetime to take in the spectacular display of local creatures of our northern American counterpart. The polar bear is one such creature, and you’ll have a chance to see one up close at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. In addition to getting a look at one of the zoo’s polar bears, you can also visit the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre to learn about conservation efforts to protect this amazing animal.
Next up, you can visit Canada’s oldest public art gallery when you visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery. WAG, as it’s called by locals, has an in-depth collection of Canadian and international art. It takes special care to focus on native artwork from members of Manitoba’s original population. In addition to all the incredible art work on display, the gallery is also offering free admission to everyone 18 and under throughout the month of June. So, there’s never been a better time for your family to visit!
It’s time to get in an RV and take your journey to the North. It might be a bit chilly at times, but it will be a wonderful adventure that your family will never forget!
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Photo Credit: The River Trail photo by A.J. Batac licensed under Flickr Creative Common license.