Experience Winnipeg's Culture Without Spending a Fortune

Posted October 16, 2009 by Kate Hamman

CAD-Winnipeg-exchangedistrict-DEF As a contender for cultural capital of Canada, Winnipeg offers an abundance of museums, music venues, and gourmet restaurants. Here, you can experience high art at low prices in a local art gallery or walk for free through a national historic neighborhood filled with boutique stores. Finally, cap off the day with the sweet taste of chocolate at a candy shop without spending a bundle.

Winnipeg Art Gallery: Come see the largest collection of contemporary Inuit artwork in the world at Western Canada's oldest public art gallery. The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) is a nonprofit organization that aims to enrich people's lives through the works of artists from Manitoba, Canada, and places around the globe. Visitors are also encouraged to take an art class or sit in on a seminar. Admission costs $8 CAD (about $7.75 U.S.; check with XE.com for current exchange rates).

Exchange District: Within its 150 or so heritage buildings, the historical Exchange District offers a slew of boutique shops and designer clothing retailers, making it an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Some of the more popular places to browse are designer clothing boutiques such as Candie and Dolls and Katch-22. Though some stores within the 20-block area may be a bit high-end, there are still plenty of places to find bargains, such as the consignment shop, Dollar Diva.

Mordens' of Winnipeg Candy Mfg. Ltd.: As Winnipeg's only sweets manufacturer, Mordens' has had the candy market cornered for more than 40 years. The Russian mints (chocolate filled with creamy-mint ganache) are an all-time favorite. They're so popular, in fact, that Mordens' makes nearly one ton of them every three days during the holidays. Don't be surprised if you see the shop's chocolates in stores all over the city.

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(Photo: Destination Winnipeg / Juncatta International)

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