This February, Canadians celebrate Louis Riel Day, and what better place to do so than Winnipeg? The birthplace of the Métis leader, Louis Riel, Winnipeg is a great place to enjoy winter activities and learn about Manitoba’s culture. Here are some of the top activities that you can do in Winnipeg this February long weekend to celebrate Louis Riel Day.
Attend festival du voyageur
Attend festival du voyageur this Louis Riel Day in Winnipeg and experience a unique cultural celebration! The ten-day outdoor winter festival celebrates the history and culture of the Métis people of Winnipeg. Enjoy traditional activities such as snowshoeing, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and more all while taking part in interactive activities like igloo building and snow sculpting.
Experience a wide variety of live music performances and cultural workshops, or sample delicious French-Canadian cuisine and craft beer at the local taverns. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this year’s Festival du Voyageur.
So come on out and celebrate Louis Riel Day in Winnipeg. Take part in this unique cultural experience and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Explore Winnipeg’s Historic Sites
Take the opportunity to celebrate Louis Riel Day in Winnipeg by exploring some of the city’s most historic sites. From the Louis Riel House National Historic Site to the Métis Cultural and Heritage Centre, there are plenty of places to explore and learn about the history and culture of the Métis people. Start your day off by visiting the Louis Riel House National Historic Site. This site commemorates the life and legacy of Louis Riel, a prominent Métis leader and Father of Manitoba. Take a self-guided tour of the house and learn more about his life and legacy.
Next, head to the Manitoba Legislative Building, which was opened in 1920 and is home to the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. Learn about the building’s history and take in its stunning architecture.
Afterward, make your way to St. Boniface Museum. Here you can explore artifacts from the Red River Settlement and gain an understanding of the Métis people and their culture.
Continue your day at the Métis Crossing Interpretive Centre, where you can learn about the history and culture of the Métis people. Explore the interactive exhibits and discover more about the Métis culture.
Finally, end your day at the Métis Cultural and Heritage Centre. This centre is dedicated to preserving and promoting Métis culture and heritage. Here you can browse through the collection of artifacts, photographs, and documents that tell the story of the Métis people.
Before you leave, don’t forget to check out Fort Gibraltar. This reconstructed Hudson’s Bay Company trading post was built in 1809 and is a great place to learn more about the history of the area.
This February long weekend, take the time to explore the historic sites of Winnipeg and celebrate Louis Riel Day. From the Louis Riel House National Historic Site to the Métis Cultural and Heritage Centre, there are plenty of places to discover and learn about the history and culture of the Métis people.
Go Ice Skating on the Nestaweya River Trail
If you’re looking for a fun activity to do this February long weekend to celebrate Louis Riel Day in Winnipeg, look no further than ice skating on the Nestaweya River Trail. This 7.5 kilometre trail winds through downtown Winnipeg and along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, providing plenty of spots to stop and take in the views of the city and river. It is open 24 hours a day and lit up at night so you can skate late into the evening.
Along the trail, there are also numerous ice sculptures to admire and appreciate. Whether you’re a beginner or pro, ice skating on the Red River Mutual Trail is a great way to experience winter in Winnipeg. You’ll find plenty of places to warm up and rest during your journey. So lace up your skates and hit the trail this February long weekend – you won’t regret it!
Arctic Glacier Winter Park
Take a walking or skating tour of Arctic Glacier Winter Park, day or night.
- Glide along a full kilometre of immaculately groomed skating trails, illuminated by enchanting lights, and make your way to the CN Stage rink.
- Swing around beneath The Canopy, slip through the glow of the Historic Rail Bridge or take a leisurely stroll and admire the countless twinkling lights along the way!
- Bring your toboggan and slide down any of the hills on site.
- Take a moment to capture your memories in the Prarie Garden! Strike a pose under the archway and snap a selfie – it’s one of the most photogenic spots on the site!
- Ice-skating at The Canopy rink by The Forks Market is an ideal spot for budding skaters!
- Tune in to CN Stage and The Canopy rink for some sensational soundtracks, crafted especially for us by Manitoba Music!