Located at the site where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, Winnipeg is the capital and also the largest city of the Canadian state Manitoba. Home to indigenous populations for thousands of years, the area was settled by Europeans in the 1730s as a fur trading post making use of great transport possibilities via the rivers. Famous for French culture, architecture, art and fantastic scenery, Winnipeg is a popular destination for travellers, and a must if you are travelling across Canada with your rental car
A great way to begin your visit here is by heading to the Manitoba Museum, where you can find out a little about the great state you are in. To find the museum, drive your rental car north of the city centre where you will find it on Rupert Avenue, right near the Red River. The museum contains displays on local history as far back as the days of the dinosaurs, and is highly enjoyable for both young and old.
Another great attraction which gives insight into the city's past is St Boniface Museum, which you can reach by heading across the river and a short distance south. Housed in the oldest building in Winnipeg, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the local French-speaking population, the Franco-Manitobans.
For fans of art, there are plenty of great attractions here, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery, in particular, is one not to be missed. Drive your hire car into the centre of the city and explore the gallery, which contains several great collections, and is famous for its Inuit art exhibition, regarded as one of the best in the world.
Depending on what time of year you visit, the great outdoors surrounding Winnipeg offer a great range of activities. During winter, the land gets a blanket of thick snow, and during summer you can head up to the impressive Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg just to the north. With great beaches perfect for a swim during summer, and amazing scenery in winter, the area is truly ideal for scenic daytrips in your rental car.
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