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Twelve Things a Woman Will Enjoy in Winnipeg

Check out the colorful neighbourhoods and districts ...

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Leave time in your schedule for do some interesting meandering. Academy Road is for very posh shopping. St. Boniface across the Provencher bridge is Winnipeg's French quarter. Be sure to visit St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery the resting place of Louis Riel, Metis spiritual leader and the founder of the province of Manitoba. The colorful Wolseley area takes you back in time with turn of the century homes, elm trees so tall they form a canopy overhead and shops that advertise organic and eco-centered products. Look for activist Nellie McClung's memorial plaque in the tiny park at the southeast corner of Wolseley Avenue and Lenore Street. History and architecture buffs should definitely pay a visit to the Exchange District. Back in the early 1900's when Winnipeg was a booming transportation hub there were banks, banks, banks lining Main Street, each building more ornate and beautiful than the next. Today the only original bank on Main is Bank of Montreal. The Union Bank building built in 1910 is the oldest skyscraper in Canada and now serves as part of Red River College Campus. P.S. Movie buffs will enjoy searching out Ted Motyla's Dance Studio (in an alley off Albert Street) where Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez rehearsed for the film, Shall We Dance.


Visit Assiniboine Park ...

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This huge and beautiful green space was truly one of the highlights of my Winnipeg visit. At the height of the summer both the formal gardens and the English country gardens were in full bloom. Add to that the permanent display of Leo Mol sculptures and a free musical concert performed in the afternoon sunshine and Journeywoman was in heaven. The park is located quite a distance from the downtown core however there is a #11 bus that runs along Portage Street that will take you right to the park. The bus ride is approximately twenty minutes to the Overdale Street stop (Assininboine Park). From there the park has its own free shuttle service going to main parts of the park. Well worth the trip! Website: assiniboinepark.ca


Winnie the Pooh Gallery is a must see ...

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This tiny gem of a gallery is also situated in Assiniboine Park but because of its special Winnipeg connection it really deserves a description all its own. Most people connect Winnie the Pooh with the British author A.A. Milne. Not everybody understands that Winnie was a real Canadian black bear cub adopted by a Winnipegger and brought along to the U.K. with him. Entrance to the gallery is free and you will be surprised at some of the facts you'll learn. For an amusing photo album of the contents of this gallery, click here.


Not one but two spas ...

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I admit I was spoilt silly with two separate visits to two spas both worth writing about. The Riverstone Spa is located inside the Inn at the Forks. On my first afternoon in Winnipeg I choose a hot stone massage with Aboriginal traditions blended into the relaxing treatment. So much care went into creating the proper atmosphere complete with an exquisite Aboriginal quilt covering the massage table. My experience was pure magic topped off with tiny healthy snacks once the hot stone massage was done. Website: www.riverstonespa.ca

On the morning before I flew home I took the Fort Garry Hotel elevator to the 10th Floor where the Ten Spa is located. This spa is one of the most modern facilities of its kind I've had the pleasure to visit. It contains one of Canada's only Turkish hammams where one can be scrubbed from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. I was treated to the spa's Signature Pedicure and Facial which were both top notch and was then whisked off to the airport feeling very groomed and very relaxed. A delightful ending to a lovely female-centered stay in Winnipeg. Website: www.tenspa.ca


DID YOU KNOW?

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet is the country's oldest dance company and among the oldest in North America. It was granted its royal title in 1953 by the Queen of England - the first such distinction of its kind.

Mukluks are soft fur boots originally created by the Inuit to be worn in the cold. They resemble moccasins with higher boot-like tops. Julie Pederson was born in Winnipeg. Her non-traditional urban mukluks have been the rage with Hollywood starlets. Featuring bold colors and funky adornments, these ultra hip boots were spied on Britney Spears during a cross-Canada tour. These are not massed produced; you can inquire about them online at: store.juliepedersen.com.

You can experience Winnipeg's own 'Da Vinci Code' on a Hermetic Code Tour at the Manitoba Legislative Building. The provincial icon is steeped in magic, mystery and architectural wonder; it is full of occult clues supposedly concealed in the grand building's architecture. For more information consult heartlandtravel.ca/hermeticcodetours

The upscale lingerie shop that The Globe and Mail Newspaper considers #1 in Canada is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It's called, 'Eyelet Dove', it's owned by a woman, carries exclusive lines, and it specializes in bra and bathing suit fittings. JourneyWomen in the know pop in here when the styles and sizing they are looking for can be found. Address: 485 Academy Road. Tel: 204 488 0403

(Source: Tourism Winnipeg Legends and Tales and Susan Gottheil, a Journeywoman living in Winnipeg)

 

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