Winnipeg, Canada in two days.

DRIFT Travel magazine - - Contents - BY: STEVE DRAKE

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.

THE FORKS

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!

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