Winnipeg’s Inn at the Forks Hotel is a sleek and stylish modern hotel located in downtown Winnipeg at the historic Forks Site. It’s currently the only hotel located at The Forks site and it’s unique setting means that you’re within easy reach of lots of Winnipeg’s major attractions. The historical importance of The Forks can be traced back for over 6000 years as an important trading post for Canada’s indigenous peoples. Today the area known as The Forks has become one of Winnipeg’s most popular attractions – it’s an amazing area of greenspace filled with museums, galleries, historical artefacts, and of course lots of fantastic places to eat and drink. And best of all you’re right in the heart of it – the perfect spot for your Winnipeg adventures!
Popular attractions at The Forks include the Canadian Museum for Human rights, it’s an iconic Winnipeg building dedicated to the raising the awareness and education of human rights, the Children’s Museum, the ideal spot for some family fun featuring 12 permanent galleries designed to encourage kids’ creative learning and the Riverwalk, a winding riverside walk dotted with interpretive plaques detailing the area’s history, it’s a great way to get some exercise and a distinctive river eye view of central Winnipeg.
The Fort is also home to lots of other attractions including the Forks Market Johnston Terminal, the Odena Celebration Circle, the Prairie Garden, the Winnipeg Railway Museum and lost more including Historic Port Sites where you can hire a canoe or take a river bus to other parts of the city. Other popular Winnipeg attractions include visiting the Polar Bears in Assiniboine Park Zoo, spending time on the beaches at Lake Winnipeg and meandering through the streets of the Exchange District and the historical French quarter of St. Boniface on a guided walking tour.
The hotel’s facilities and amenities include the pampering Riverstone Spa, SMITH restaurant, a compact 24 hour fitness centre and complementary city cruiser bikes, they’re a great way to get out and about across the local neighbourhood – order up a picnic from SMITH and spend the afternoon exploring the popular city cycling paths. Spacious and modern guest rooms come with an array of home comforts including HDTV, Keurig coffeemaker, bedside USB ports, Riverstone Spa amenities and complimentary Wi-Fi that’s ideal for keeping in touch with family and friends back home.
After our short stay in Winnipeg it’s time to make our escape to the remote Manitoba countryside where we’ll spend the next few evenings at the Lazy Bear Lodge, a family run resort located in Churchill, Manitoba on the southwestern shore of the magnificent Hudson Bay. The Arctic is a place that is still a remarkably untouched wilderness and the Lazy Bear Lodge, Churchill’s only authentic Northern Wilderness Lodge is one of the best places to view the natural wonders of this amazing place. From Polar Bears to Beluga Whales and of course the magical Northern lights of the Aurora Borealis it’s all here waiting for you in Churchill, Manitoba!
Summer is a time when 60,000 Beluga whales fill the Hudson Bay and Polar Bears leave the melting sea ice and you’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures on your chosen itineries.
You’ll sail to one of the region’s more remote Polar Bear viewing sites on the west side of Hudson Bay to see the bears in their summer habitat swimming and walking amongst the rocks and wildflowers of the shoreline. Hundreds of Beluga Whales come to feed, mate and give birth along the same shoreline and you’ll get the chance to see these magnificent mammals as they feed on the schools of caplin, arctic char and brook trout in the Churchill River and Hudson Bay area. Beluga Whales are friendly and curious often swimming up close to the boats to see what’s happening and are often referred to as “sea canaries” because of their musical clicks, chirps and whirs – sights and sounds that you’ll never forget. Kayaking and AquaGliding trips with the whales are available for an extra charge.
Other historic sites in Churchill and the surrounding area includes Cape Merry, the Miss Piggy Crash site and the 250 year old Prince of Wales Fort, a fort that took the Hudson’s Bay Company nearly 40 years to build whose thick walls, star shaped bastions and cannon emplacements must surely make it onto your Churchill to do list.
After an amazing day out and about in the pristine Canadian wilderness it’s good to get back to the comforts of Lazy Bear Lodge where your cosy cabin and lodge style accommodations feature comfortable bedding, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, coffeemaker, and modern bathrooms with bath/shower combos. The resort also features a café serving tasty indigenous recipes made from local ingredients wherever possible. It’s a great place to catch up with fellow travellers at the end of the day.
With city lights, thrilling Polar Bear and Beluga Whale spotting adventures as well as the amazing natural beauty of the Hudson Bay wilderness – this exciting Canadian adventure is as unique and exciting as the trips adventures and expeditions you choose to experience!
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