When summer is at its hottest and you’re city stayed, there’s no reason to be holed up in the house. Get outside and enjoy this short season!
Summer is not only everyone’s favourite, July is national ice cream month. Win-win? So make the most of the extra hours of daylight. Inhale the good vibes of a bustling street corner cafe or relax on a rooftop patio.
Winnipeg’s Downtown Biz has year round, but especially summertime programming, that is not to be missed. From Cocktail Crawls to Bikes and Brunch, you can sip on a caesar or sample a flight of IPAs; enjoy eggs benny or feast on the history built into the bricks of the esteemed Exchange District.
There is plenty to explore within the city limit. In fact, you can expose your children to culture on summer break, without boarding a plane and breaking the bank.
When the sun is soaring and you’re without a friend who owns a pool, a small mansion with big history is waiting on Carlton Avenue – right in the heart of downtown. Built in 1895 on Treaty 1 land, Dalnavert Museum and Visitor’s Centre was once the home of Sir Hugh John MacDonald, former Premier of Manitoba. The house is richly furnished in late Victorian style pieces and designated as a world heritage sight in 1990. Travel back in time to the days of Queen Anne inspired architecture and take in an exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. With free admission and something for all to see, you’ll leave the past feeling inspired to be a change maker.
Visit neighbourhoods you might not normally frequent. South Osborne is a hotbed of hipsters. With plenty of entrepreneurs flocking south to open restaurants and shops filled with fresh ideas and delectable offerings such as Black Market Provisions (BMP), there’s plenty to checkout. BMP artistries handmade ice pops and vegan ice cream free from dairy and animal products. Made with care and quality, and an extra helping of delicious, even creamy traditionalists will be converted.
Pick up a Frisbee and pack a picnic. Invented in the 1870’s – they were originally used as pie plates; however in the 1940’s college students began throwing them around for amusement.
Head north to Harbourview Park – a new playground officially opened nearly two years after the previous one was destroyed by a fire. Their resurrected nautical-inspired kid spot and stylized dock is the perfect greenspace to spend time in nature.
Hungry, hot or hopping for some history? Whatever you’re in the market for, Winnipeg’s got it.
BLACK MARKET PROVISIONS IS ALL ABOUT FOOD THAT’S GOOD…TO GO!
An expansion from their first business Pop Cart, Black Market has so many options, including many that are vegan and gluten friendly, whether you’re coming in to grab a quick snack, lunch on the go, a mid-afternoon pick-me-up or an easy dinner for your fam, they’ve got you covered! Seriously, they even carry their Pop Cart ice pops and all of their house made ice cream is vegan! "We love nothing more than seeing the smile on your face the first time you taste one of our frozen treats, and we hope that you will enjoy our new offerings just as much!" Their little shop stocks a well curated collection of interesting food products including housemade baked goods, soups, salads, and sandwich fillings as well as cute and rad goods for all your gift giving needs - whether that’s a treat for your bestie or yourself - come on, you deserve it! Plus, it’s good for you. So go ahead, eat well and love your life!
DALNAVERT MUSEUM AND VISITORS’ CENTRE
Travel back in time at Dalnavert Museum. In our heritage home, it’s always 1895. Guided and audio tours are available on request. In the Visitors’ Centre, go back to 1919 and the Winnipeg General Strike with our free exhibit, Strike 1919: Our Cause is Just. Strike 1919 runs to the end of September. On Thursdays and Saturdays in July and August, save the space-time continuum with our Professor When kids program. Stop by between 1 and 3 for our free What-to-do-Wednesdays in August. Exercise, craft, and play like a Victorian!
Visit us at 61 Carlton St or dalnavertmuseum.ca for more details.