Delve into downtown
It hides its light under a frosty bushel for a good part of the year, but downtown Winnipeg sure cleans up nicely come summer.
And this year, thanks to a raft of new tours from the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, there are more opportunities than ever to discover some of the hidden gems that give our city its character.
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A Moveable Feast -- Take in the gorgeous view of some of downtown's most iconic buildings, architecture and places on bike while enjoying great eats from downtown restaurants, including Thom Bargen, The Old Spaghetti Factory, Promenade Caf©, Don Pedro's, Cake-ology, East India Company Pub & Eatery and Rudy's Eat and Drink. June 19 at 5 p.m., $30 per ticket.
Wicked Winnipeg -- Delve into Winnipeg's wicked past with a tour of the historical crime hot spots. From the naughty to the notorious, this walking tour will take you through the downtown haunts of criminals of the past. July 6 at 2 p.m. (departs at Via Rail station), $9 per person.
Parks and Rec -- See the city from a whole new angle with a tour of downtown's rooftop gardens, featuring the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba Hydro, Red River College's Roblin Centre, Patterson Global Foods and the Millennium Library Park. July 23 (meets at WAG entrance) at noon, free.
Patio Crawl -- Soak up the sun and sip your favourite drinks at some of downtown's biggest patios, including Tavern United, Rudy's, Muddy Waters and Clay Oven at Shaw Park for a Goldeyes game. July 26 at 5 p.m., $10 (plus drink tickets, appetizers included).
Winnipeg Wine -- Explore the wine lists of some of Winnipeg's top downtown restaurants and sample delectable food pairings with this guided tour. Stroll to fine dining restaurants, including the Velvet Glove, Lobby on York and the Palm Room for flights of wine, and finish your night with a stay in the historic Hotel Fort Garry. Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m., $150 per person (includes overnight stay at Fort Garry Hotel).
Birds Hill, Biking and Beer -- Hit the city's newest bike routes with the executive director of the Downtown BIZ and cycle from downtown to Birds Hill Park and back for a cold beer on a downtown patio. Finish every ride and get a free beer and souvenir T-shirt. Every Thursday in August, starting at 4 p.m. No charge.
Commerce Design Winnipeg -- A self-guided tour of businesses that have been recognized for the exceptional quality of the interior and exterior of their businesses through the Commerce Design Winnipeg contest, organized by StorefrontMB, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown BIZ. Choose your favourite merchant for a chance to win a spa getaway.
Register for all tours at email@example.com.
The following restaurants are stops on the Devour the District tour:
Corrientes Argentinian Pizzeria
Deer + Almond
Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar
Sensi Wine Lounge