Winnipeg, Canada in two days.
In this issue DRIFT takes the family on vacation. From the wilds of Africa to an iconic luxury hotel that caters to kids, there’s a perfect family destination waiting for you. Come along on the journey as we discover a world of fun and adventure.
WHERE TO STAY Inn at the Forks innforks.com
In Winnipeg, where the Assiniboine and Red Rivers meet; in the middle of the historic and cultural center of the city – this is where you will find the Inn on the Forks. A modern yet relaxed hotel ready to call your home away from home.
“The best of Winnipeg is right here at our doorstep. Come explore where the rivers meet - there’s no place else you’ll want to be.” - Joel Waterman General Manager, Inn at the Forks
Rooms and suites have the perfect balance of luxury, sophistication, comfort, and convenience and all in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Signature custom blown glass vanities are the feature of the bathroom, along with exclusive locally-made Riverstone Spa amenities. Guestrooms include a mini-fridge with beer, wine and snacks for purchase, complimentary filtered water service, and the best views in Winnipeg. I particularly appreciated the convenient bedside USB ports.
WHAT TO DO JOURNEY TO CHURCHILL Assiniboine Park Zoo
The award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit is home to polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic fox and other northern species. It is the most comprehensive northern species exhibit of its kind in the world.
Visitors experience a variety of naturalistic landscapes and animal viewing areas. Interpretive signage and interactive displays invite visitors to learn about biodiversity, climate change and conservation. It is an educational classroom like no other, inviting exploration, challenging thinking and promoting personal action.
CANADIAN MUSEUM FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the only museum in the world to explore the concept of human rights as an aspiration for all people. Using multimedia technology and other innovative approaches to storytelling, the museum creates inspiring encounters with human rights for all ages and abilities, in a visitor experience unlike any other.
Remember to save some time to roam The Forks. Walk, skate or cycle along the frozen Assiniboine and Red Rivers, stopping to view the amazing warming huts that are strategically placed on the river skating course.
The Forks Market offers a great escape from the cold. Now home to a vibrant + deliciously eclectic food hall featuring the best in local offerings on the main floor and fantastic local maker and retail options on the second floor
The Common is must stop for the wine or beer lover. Sommelier Veronique Rivest has curated a great lineup of beers and wines for taste testing. Think hearty stouts and rich reds, perfect for a chilly post-skate sip, alongside brighter brews and crisp whites with hints of citrus and honey.
A winter visit to Winnipeg wouldn’t be complete without a game of Crokicurl, a Canadian winter sport first played in Winnipeg. The game is a large scale hybrid of curling and the board game Crokinole. Such fun!
WHERE TO EAT
PASSERO the latest restaurant from celebrated Winnipeg chef Scott Bagshaw. It features Italian cuisine with menu items such as scallop crudo with lomo and lemon oil, salt-roasted beets with pistachio butter, blood orange and salsa verde, and of course, plenty of delicious house pastas.
TALL GRASS PRAIRIE BREAD COMPANY is a bakery dedicated to providing an exceptional product that respects the earth, those who grow, mill, bake and buy the food. This is a bakery for people to see, smell, taste and touch the goodness of the land - real, organic wheat, milled and baked into healthy, delicious products.
CLEMENTINE CAFE - Breakfast, brunch or lunch - make sure you find time to eat here! The menu is varied and inventive. Porridge with mixed grains, coconut, pineapple puree, berries, cashews. Roasted mushroom toast with kale, tare, truffle cheese, white bean purée, poached egg. My personal favorite was the Burger Dip 2.0, a beef & bacon patty, basil & white cheddar aioli, pickled white onion, herbs, phớ jus.
DEER + ALMOND Located in the heart of the Exchange, chef Mandel Hitzer has created the restaurant of his dreams. Full of friends, laughter and music, Deer + Almond serves tapas-style dishes, perfect for sharing in a relaxed and comfy environment. Try the roast chicken & kale salad – so yummy!