SUPER FAM REPORT Manitoba
FAM ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS Hermetic Code tour in Winnipeg; 'Avenue of Lights, Winnipeg; Horseback rides in Riding Mountain National Park; Wasagaming town tour; canoeing on Red River; Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg
CHRIS ROBERTS Travel Counsellor WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FAM?
Manitoba is a region of Canada I didn't know at all so I was keen to discover what it offered international travellers.
HIGHLIGHTS? I really enjoyed the Hermetic Code tour in Winnipeg, unlocking the 'mysteries' of the Legislative Building. I didn't realise Manitoba had its own version of the Da Vinci Code but it was fascinating listening to the various theories surrounding one of Canada's most unique architectural landmarks. I also enjoyed the horse-back
experience we had in Riding Mountain National Park. My lasting impression, though, is how this is a province where you can safely get up close to wildlife – boat trips, snorkelling or kayaking with up to 3000 beluga whales in August and July as well as polar bear walks are two great examples of this.
WHICH CLIENTS? Apparently, research has shown that if you have clients who enjoy a safari holiday in Africa they will be interested in the type of 'sub-Arctic' experience on offer in Manitoba. The province will appeal to anyone
interested in wildlife. It's the polar bear capital of the world and new helicopter tours allow you to get to the bears more quickly. In the summer Manitoba is great for anyone who enjoys hiking, walking or water-based activities, such as boat trips on the lake.
SAM GOUGH Flight Centre WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FAM?
I had visited Vancouver and Toronto previously and wanted to experience a part of Canada I knew absolutely nothing about. I figured if I didn't know what to expect from Manitoba then my clients wouldn't either.
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HIGHLIGHTS? Manitoba is best known for heading up to Churchill to see the polar bears and the Northern Lights: we didn't experience either – sadly, wrong season – but I was fascinated by what we did see. Winnipeg has a very interesting
history and Riding Mountain National Park is beautiful and easily reached from Winnipeg. We saw bison and elk and it’s very good for fishing, canoeing and horse-riding. One of the most amazing things
about Winnipeg is that despite being in the geographical centre of North America residents and visitors can take advantage of wide sandy beaches on the shores of Lake Winnipeg.
"Manitoba's rich multicultural heritage can be explored in picturesque Francophone St. Boniface and annual events like Folklorama and the National Ukrainian Festival"
WHICH CLIENTS? I think Manitoba is best-suited to second or third-timers to the country and committed Canada- philes. It would suit slightly older travellers, maybe retirees and people with time on their hands. It’s a very relaxing province. For example, we didn’t see any white-water rafting in the national parks; instead the activities were sedate and gentle. The province is very sparsely
From top: Moose is the word in Manitoba!; On horseback in Riding Mountain National Park; Bison are protected in Canada's national parks
populated and laid back and offers a quiet Canadian holiday with unique scenery. Plus it’s very accessible. Winnipeg is a good stopover destination: if you are passing through to see the polar bears there is plenty to see on a two- or three-day trip.
Top Tips... • Wildlife & big game viewing • Natural Canada • Lake-based watersports • Great golf & horse-riding • Flights from across Canada
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