The largest city in the region, Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian region of Manitoba, and could offer the perfect location for your move to Canada. The city lies just 70 miles from Canada’s border with the USA, and derives its name from the nearby Lake Winnipeg. Home to 778,000 inhabitants, Winnipeg is also the location for many events and festivals, possibly thanks to its multicultural nature.
Before your pack your belongings for international removal and set off on your big move to Canada, you’ll need to take a look at a variety of neighbourhoods and see what fits best with your requirements. Here are just a few areas of Winnipeg to consider when moving to Canada.
Charleswood offers to cosiness of a small town, with a reputation for being extremely safe. In terms of housing, there is a variety of architectural styles, ranging from the very old to the very new.
Westdale has been the location for a number of new developments in recent years, and is a great place to consider if you’re looking for your first home. The area also offers great local amenities such as shops and good transport links.
Fort Rouge offers picturesque, old-style homes close to the centre of Winnipeg. This comes at a price, with the area being particularly expensive and homes there in high-demand.
North Hill Park is another wealthy neighbourhood, filled mainly with unique, custom-built homes situated on large plots. This is a great area for families, but this is reflected in the price tag, and living here generally requires a substantial double income.
Getting Around in Winnipeg
To make the most of your new life in Canada, you need to ensure you’ll be able to get around easily. The public transport system in Winnipeg, Winnipeg Transit, is currently a bus only network. However, this is a strong service operating over 600 buses to 6000 bus stops, across 94 routes. The easiest way to travel on the network is to purchase a Peggo card, which is a reloadable pay-as-you-go card for Winnipeg Transit.
Things to do in Winnipeg
Winnipeg is home to some impressive attractions such as the Canadian museum for human rights and Assiniboine Zoo. All your shopping and dining needs will be fulfilled at the Forks; a historic complex for both of these things. You can also peruse fresh food markets, such as St Norbert farmers’ market and Red River Exhibition Park farmers’ market.
Winnipeg is covered in snow for an average 132 days of the year, and for a long time was deemed the coldest city in the world.
It was the first city in the world to use 911 as its emergency telephone number.
Winnipeg is home to the world’s longest natural skating rink, spanning 8.5km over the Red and Assiniboine rivers.