In addition to once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters, Manitoba also boasts some exclusive experiences that you can only find here, in the heart of Canada.
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RAW:almond is literally Canada’s coolest dining experience. As the north wind howls, ardent foodies don down-filled parkas, fur aviator caps and sub-zero boots to dine in a designer pop-up restaurant situated on a frozen river at Winnipeg’s most popular gathering place, The Forks. Each night, a new chef takes the helm of the make-shift kitchen, preparing a gourmet, multi-course surprise meal for 30 eager guests. The three-week food event has been a sell-out since it launched in 2013, and local entrepreneurs Mandel Hitzer and Joe Kalturnyk are now evolving their RAW: concept to tour locations throughout the province. In 2016, they launched RAW:churchill, a dining event within the walls of a 300-year-old fur trade fort, while last year they hosted RAW:Gimli on the frozen surface of Lake Winnipeg. Stay tuned for the next destination for this popular pop-up.
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Mercedes-Benz AMG Driving Academy
Previously only offered in Sweden, Mercedes-Benz has brought its AMG Driving Performance Winter Sporting Academy to Gimli. Live your race car fantasy on the flat, open expanse of frozen Lake Winnipeg. The features of world-famous racetracks are recreated in milled ice, offering the perfect place for drivers to push Mercedes-AMG performance vehicles with studded tires to the max. Participants receive high quality training in three- or four-day programs, culminating with the AMG “Race of Champions”.
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Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Rising tall on an ancient meeting place where two rivers meet the in the heart of Winnipeg, this iconic building has changed Winnipeg’s skyline. From the Tower of Hope shining as a beacon, to the wings of windows that envelop the building like a cloud, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights makes a statement from a distance and has an event greater impact once you’ve ventured inside. Marvel at the glowing alabaster walkways that take you through the museum’s 11 galleries.
The interactive galleries highlight the struggles and triumphs of human rights stories, including Indigenous Perspectives, Turning Points for Humanity and Inspiring Change. Specialized tours offer a unique view, including the Indigenous-focused Mikinak-Keya Spirit Tour as well as the group tour, Exploring a Canadian Landmark, that features a creatively-prepared, farm fresh meal and an opportunity to discuss the museum’s impact with your guide.