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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 24th 2019

Thursday 23rd May 2019 Today was a full-on sightseeing walk around Winnipeg. The weather was glorious, sunshine and warmth and everyone was celebrating by wearing summer clothes after such a long winter. It isn’t going to last! Tomorrow’s forecast is for cold and rain yet again! Winnipeg is a lovely friendly little city. We strolled along by the river, visited the Legislative Centre with its lovely park, war memorial and of course, Victoria sitting regally on her throne! The war memorial had approximately 1,200 names on it from WW1. That is a huge number from a small community (and that isn’t counting the tragic number of casualties). Another 120 names, approximately, were for those men from Winnipeg who died in WW2. The Forks is a large park area at the fork of the two rivers that ... read more
War Memorial
Queen Victoria
Union Station

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 22nd 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019 We left Quetico this morning in glorious sunshine, prepared for a long drive. We had no destination in mind, deciding it was best to just see where we got to. We knew that if we found somewhere nice, we would stop, otherwise carry on in hope! Well we ended up driving 545 kilometres, which was more than anticipated and ended up crossing the border to Manitoba! The drive from Quetico to Fort Francis on the US Minnesota border was one of the most picturesque so far; kilometre after kilometre of blue water, dark green spruce, maple, cedar and silver birch, rocky outcrops and a few little homesteads along the way. We saw a moose today as well as two squirrels, seven red deer, a flock of Canadian geese and quite a few ... read more
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Nestor Falls, Ontario

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 19th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA MANITOBA IS DARKNPURPLE
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DENNIS AND MARY WITH BISON DISPLAY

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 17th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA SHOWING THE PROVINCES
DENNIS WITH A BISON
POLAR BEAR WITH FAVORITE LUNCH

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 16th 2018

I had misunderstood something yesterday concerning the Red River, and had it running south into the Mississippi. Thanks to one of you keen eyed readers, we investigated more thoroughly and found that was not the case at all! Thanks Jane! Of course, we won’t take full blame for the mistake...we were told that by someone and didn’t look any further!! At any rate, the true scoop is below taken directly from Wikipedia: “The Red River (French: Rivière rouge or Rivière Rouge du Nord, American English: Red River of the North) is a North American river. Originating at the confluence of the Bois de Sioux and url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott... read more
Art work
Ramps in Museum
First woman beside the Queen on Canadian money

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 14th 2018

It is amazing how an attitude adjustment comes with a good night’s sleep! Even though it was still light outside at 10:00 last night, we were in bed before night actually fell. LOVE the daylight so late in the day! We were up and on a roll this morning and were pulling out of camp at 9:45, heading east on Trans Canada 1.The terrain for most of our drive today was VERY flat in all directions. It felt as if you could see tomorrow in front of you and yesterday in the rear view mirror. The vast fields were covered as far as the eye could see with various crops...including the ubiquitous canola! As an aside: I think it would be wonderful if there were a world wide enforceable law that all crops have to be ... read more
Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bank of Montreal
Union Station

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 28th 2018

This is my first time in Winnipeg. It is located in the province of Manitoba, at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. It is named after Lake Winnipeg, which is Western Cree for muddy waters. Often called the gateway to the west, it is also a rail and transportation hub. It is both the capitol and largest city of Manitoba. Once the third largest city in Canada, the city faced financial difficulty when the Panama Canal opened. Why? The Canal reduced reliance of Canada's rail system for international trade. Vancouver became more important, for shipping population, and prosperity. Winnipeg is barely over 700,000 in population. Winnipeg has a broad economic base, with trade, manufacturing, education, and health care. The Royal Canadian Mint here produces all circulating coinage since 1976. A number of Hollywood movies ... read more
Winnipeg sunset
Winnipeg shopping

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg September 29th 2017

Friday and Saturday, September 29 & 30 My room is great! Very compact, huge window, comfortable bed, warm comforter, large bench to sit on during the day, sink, and toilet/footrest which is covered up by the bed at night. Shower down the hall. Dining car is next to us. Breakfast between 6:30-8:30 on a first-come basis, three sittings each for lunch and dinner - we got the coveted middle seating of 1:00-2:00 and 7:00-8:00. Four main course choices for every meal, plus soup or salad, dessert. Activity car always has coffee, tea, fruit, crackers, cookies. Activity room has tables and a small dome section, too. It took the twenty or so hours to travel across southern Ontario with a time change the second night. We got into Manitoba Saturday morning and were able to get off ... read more
Footrest with toilet underneath
Sink with storage above
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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg September 10th 2017

Starting to get ready. Need to decide how much to take and then which pack.... read more

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg August 5th 2017

Bonjour à tous. Le Manitoba est une province du centre ouest du Canada, situé dans les prairies, avec au sud les états US du Dakota du Nord et le Minnesota. Population 1 210 000 habitants, sur une superficie de 647 800km2, Comme la Saskatchewan 100 000 de plus que la France. La province compte plus de 110 000 lacs. Et comme hier la Saskatchewan, même ressources, Agriculture, élevage. mines, pétrole et gaz. Winnipeg en est la capitale, et compte 800 000 habitants. La ville est la confluence des rivières Assiniboine et Rouge. Les hivers y sont assez froid avec une moyenne de -25° en janvier et l'été + 27° en aout, ce qui est le cas en cet fin de journée. Ce qui est de ma soirée à Regina, un petit tour à pied dans le ... read more
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