In summer, Winnipeg makes up for its long winters with a burst of festivals, including the huge Folklorama, which incorporates the dozens of nationalities that make up the city's gloriously lumpy melting pot. Bring an appetite.
What to do: Visit The Forks at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red rivers to eat, shop and watch buskers. See the zoo, conservatory and sculpture garden at Assiniboine Park (pictured) and hear a free concert or play. Visit the Royal Canadian Mint.
Go to St. Boniface Cathedral in the French quarter for the theatrical walking tour “In Riel’s Footsteps.’’ Take a walking tour of the Selkirk Avenue cultural mosaic.
Events to catch: Folklorama, an ethnic extravaganza at 42 pavilions around the city, through Aug. 14. Manitoba Dragon Boat Festival at The Forks, Sept. 10-12.
Where to stay: The 1913 Hotel Fort Garry is next to downtown and The Forks, as is the all-suites Place Louis Riel. And there are many B&Bs.
Where to eat: For some of everything, The Forks. For Italian, especially gelati, Corydon Avenue. For dim sum, Chinatown. For pierogi, Alycia's in
the North End.
Information: Destination Winnipeg. For more, see Bazaar on the prairie.