My Winnipeg summer bucket list


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This article was published 30/07/2021 (673 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I will just come out and say it — I don’t like winter.

It’s because I love summer so much. I live for the long days and heat. No socks, no jackets. Slip on some sandals and head out the door. Everything feels lighter and easier. Hands down, it’s my favourite season in Winnipeg.

I look forward to savouring the long days with my kids and husband exploring the city. It feels great to safely spend time outside. It’s been a long time and we love all the new adventures our city has to offer.

Sasha Sefter / Winnipeg Free Press photo archives The patio at Nonsuch Brewing (pictured here in 2019) has been expanded this summer.

To inspire you to safely explore Winnipeg this summer with your family and friends, I’m sharing with you the Santos family Winnipeg summer bucket list:

  • A Winnipeg Goldeyes game — In the heart of downtown, there’s nothing quite like a weekday Goldeyes game at Shaw Park, and our American Association baseball team finally returns home this week. With the backdrop of downtown and the Exchange District, a Goldeyes game is the perfect destination to sit in the shade and catch a game. There’s also something about the pace of a baseball game that is just so relaxing; it’s a great sport for sitting back, eating a hot dog and enjoying the entertainment. My kids always want to try the pitching machine to see just how fast they can throw a baseball. An added bonus is the many local food vendors at Shaw Park.
  • Qaumajuq — Qaumajuq is an innovative new art museum in downtown Winnipeg, that is home to the largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art in the world. It was recently named one of Time magazine’s top destinations in the world, and I cannot wait to visit as a family. Not only is this gallery an exciting addition to our downtown vibrancy, it’s an opportunity to listen and learn more about Inuit stories and culture. For more info:
  • Biking to our local library — My kids love to read, and I am so grateful we can safely explore inside libraries again. We’re stocking up on books for our summer camping trip. My son is currently into graphic novels and my daughter loves to read The Dirty Pigeon together with me.
  • Visiting an outdoor pool — Because the best way to beat the heat is in the pool. City facilities are now open, Kildonan Park pool has a great walk-in beach and my kids love jumping off the high diving board. The trees around the pool provide much needed shade on those sweltering days.
  • Sitting on an Exchange District patio — I am looking forward to walking and exploring the 20 different patios in the historic Exchange District. The streets are filled with award-winning restaurants, distilleries and breweries, and they are all within walking distance. Nonsuch Brewing expanded its patio this year and Patent 5 has a brand-new outdoor space. There’s also the very cozy cobblestone Bijou Patio located near Old Market Square. Bonus: we’re going to take an historical walking tour with the Exchange District BIZ. For more info visit:

There is so much to see and do in our city. It’s a great time to safely get out, explore to support and celebrate our world class Winnipeg local businesses and attractions.
Wishing you a safe and happy Winnipeg summer!

Vivian Santos

Vivian Santos
Point Douglas ward report

Vivian Santos is city councillor for Point Douglas.

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