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CENTRAL CANADA? IT’S A CINCH.

Canada’s central province, Manitoba is one of the country’s most impressive regions. It’s sandwiched between Ontario and Saskatchewan, with the US border to the south and Nunavut to the north. So a holiday to Central Canada serves up all sorts of dramatic landscapes, ranging from Arctic tundra and alpine forests, to rolling prairies and glass-like lakes.

Holidays to Manitoba are ideal for lovers of the great outdoors, as you can take your pick from more than 80 provincial parks. And, best of all, you can visit the “Polar Bear Capital of the World”. Churchill is famous for being the only town on the planet where humans and polar bears co-exist. Between July and November, the sea ice on Hudson Bay – where the bears normally hunt for seals – melts. This means thousands of polar bears come ashore every summer, giving you the opportunity for a truly unique wildlife-watching experience.

Meanwhile, about 1,200 miles to the south, Winnipeg is Manitoba’s provincial capital and cultural hub. This exciting city is crammed with galleries, museums and theatres, so it’s the perfect contrast to Churchill. Couples and families alike will love Assiniboine Park Zoo, where four-legged residents include moose, snow leopards, wolves and polar bears. If you’re eager to explore the city further, why not hire bikes? Or, if you simply want to relax, you can unwind with a treatment in one of Winnipeg’s luxury spas.

Our holidays to Central Canada can be tailored to suit you. So, whether you’re desperate to see Churchill’s polar bears and beluga whales, or you’re drawn to Winnipeg’s top attractions, we’ve got you covered. Why not extend your trip with some time in Ontario, where you can discover Toronto and Niagara Falls? Or you could fly west to explore the Rocky Mountains. Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

Churchill

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Manitoba

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Churchill

Churchill polar bears are world-famous. A remote town on the edge of Hudson Bay, Churchill is the only place on Earth where these majestic creatures live alongside humans. And, if you plan your Central Canada holiday for summer, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see them. Between July and November, there are dozens of guided tours available here. You can explore by boat, helicopter or in a specially-designed vehicle – or why not stay at a lodge in the wilderness and embark on a walking tour?

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There’s even more wildlife to be found off-shore. The western waters of Hudson Bay are home to more than 55,000 beluga whales, so the chances of seeing some are always good. But the odds increase further in summer, when 3,000 of them migrate to the Churchill River to feed, mate and give birth. You can get a closer look at these ghostly-white whales when you book a boat trip or kayak tour.

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Winnipeg

Cultural Winnipeg is a must-visit during your holiday to Manitoba. You can admire more than 20,000 pieces at Winnipeg Art Gallery, learn about natural history at Manitoba Museum, or immerse yourself in inspiring exhibitions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There are dozens of theatres in Winnipeg, too, where you can watch everything from ballet to opera. Or why not catch a show at the Rainbow Stage? It’s Canada’s biggest and longest-running outdoor theatre.

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If you’re travelling with kids, Assiniboine Park Zoo is a must-do. You can see all sorts of rare animals, ranging from red pandas to snow leopards. And Winnipeg has endless outdoor activities, including golf, cycling and ice-skating. Make sure you spend some time in the sprawling parkland of FortWhyte Alive, too. You can go sailing, kayak or fishing on the park’s many lakes during summer, while winter serves up cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Manitoba

In spring and summer, you’ll find a variety of things to do on your Manitoba holiday. Nature-lovers should check out Riding Mountain National Park, where you’ll find lush grasslands, age-old forests, and lakes dotted with water lilies. You can go canoeing or kayaking, watch bison grazing on the plains, and hike along numerous trails. Or, if you’re a keen golfer, you could play 18 holes on the park’s Clear Lake Golf Course.  

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Meanwhile, in winter, ski enthusiasts will be in their element. Manitoba has seven ski resorts – Asessippi Ski Area and Mystery Mountain Winter Park are our favourites – where you can go skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and tubing. Or, if you’d like to try something different, why not hit one of Manitoba’s 100 cross-country ski trails? In winter, there’s also a high chance you’ll spot the Northern Lights. In some areas of Manitoba, the Aurora Borealis are visible 300 nights a year, but you’re most likely to see them between December and March.

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Best time to visit Central Canada

Despite its northerly location, Manitoba enjoys a seasonal climate. Between May and September, temperatures in Winnipeg generally hover in the low twenties, while Churchill is cooler with temperatures averaging 17°C. This pleasant weather is ideal for outdoor activities, such as kayaking and hiking. Summer is also the best time for wildlife-watching in Manitoba, as you’ll be able to see polar bears, seals and beluga whales.

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Winter, meanwhile, is significantly colder. Between November and March, temperatures rarely rise above freezing. January is particularly cold, with nighttime temperatures dropping as low as -24°C. If you’re a snowsports enthusiast, though, winter is the perfect time for your Central Canada holiday, as you’ll be able to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. And you’re almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights.

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Churchill

Churchill

Churchill polar bears are world-famous. A remote town on the edge of Hudson Bay, Churchill is the only place on Earth where these majestic creatures live alongside humans. And, if you plan your Central Canada holiday for summer, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see them. Between July and November, there are dozens of guided tours available here. You can explore by boat, helicopter or in a specially-designed vehicle – or why not stay at a lodge in the wilderness and embark on a walking tour?

Show More
Show Less

There’s even more wildlife to be found off-shore. The western waters of Hudson Bay are home to more than 55,000 beluga whales, so the chances of seeing some are always good. But the odds increase further in summer, when 3,000 of them migrate to the Churchill River to feed, mate and give birth. You can get a closer look at these ghostly-white whales when you book a boat trip or kayak tour.

Show More
Show Less

Winnipeg

Winnipeg

Cultural Winnipeg is a must-visit during your holiday to Manitoba. You can admire more than 20,000 pieces at Winnipeg Art Gallery, learn about natural history at Manitoba Museum, or immerse yourself in inspiring exhibitions at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There are dozens of theatres in Winnipeg, too, where you can watch everything from ballet to opera. Or why not catch a show at the Rainbow Stage? It’s Canada’s biggest and longest-running outdoor theatre.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re travelling with kids, Assiniboine Park Zoo is a must-do. You can see all sorts of rare animals, ranging from red pandas to snow leopards. And Winnipeg has endless outdoor activities, including golf, cycling and ice-skating. Make sure you spend some time in the sprawling parkland of FortWhyte Alive, too. You can go sailing, kayak or fishing on the park’s many lakes during summer, while winter serves up cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Show More
Show Less

Manitoba

Manitoba

In spring and summer, you’ll find a variety of things to do on your Manitoba holiday. Nature-lovers should check out Riding Mountain National Park, where you’ll find lush grasslands, age-old forests, and lakes dotted with water lilies. You can go canoeing or kayaking, watch bison grazing on the plains, and hike along numerous trails. Or, if you’re a keen golfer, you could play 18 holes on the park’s Clear Lake Golf Course.  

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Show Less

Meanwhile, in winter, ski enthusiasts will be in their element. Manitoba has seven ski resorts – Asessippi Ski Area and Mystery Mountain Winter Park are our favourites – where you can go skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and tubing. Or, if you’d like to try something different, why not hit one of Manitoba’s 100 cross-country ski trails? In winter, there’s also a high chance you’ll spot the Northern Lights. In some areas of Manitoba, the Aurora Borealis are visible 300 nights a year, but you’re most likely to see them between December and March.

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Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Central Canada

Despite its northerly location, Manitoba enjoys a seasonal climate. Between May and September, temperatures in Winnipeg generally hover in the low twenties, while Churchill is cooler with temperatures averaging 17°C. This pleasant weather is ideal for outdoor activities, such as kayaking and hiking. Summer is also the best time for wildlife-watching in Manitoba, as you’ll be able to see polar bears, seals and beluga whales.

Show More
Show Less

Winter, meanwhile, is significantly colder. Between November and March, temperatures rarely rise above freezing. January is particularly cold, with nighttime temperatures dropping as low as -24°C. If you’re a snowsports enthusiast, though, winter is the perfect time for your Central Canada holiday, as you’ll be able to enjoy skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. And you’re almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights.

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Churchill

Take a guided tour in a helicopter or 4x4 in search of Churchill’s famous polar bears, which congregate around the town in summer.

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Winnipeg

Tick off Winnipeg’s top attractions, including Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Rainbow Stage and Assiniboine Park Zoo.

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Hudson Bay

Go on a boat trip to see wild beluga whales in Hudson Bay – their distinctive white colouring makes them easy to spot.

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Riding Mountain National Park

Enjoy all sorts of activities in this protected park. You can go hiking, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, or even play golf.

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Asessippi Ski Area & Resort

Ski or snowboard down Asessippi’s powdery runs, or head to the tubing park for an adrenaline-pumping adventure.
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