Souvenirs from Manitoba
Manitoba, one of Canada's Prairie Provinces, has much to offer curious tourists. Its vast expanses of sunflower fields, the enormous, central Lake Winnipeg, and the tundra of the north are some of its most iconic views. They are commemorated on T-shirts, decorative plates, and fridge magnets. Winnipeg, the capital city, is a friendly, cosmopolitan destination with a vibrant arts scene and a bustling bar and restaurant culture. Way up north, Churchill is a departure point for polar bear and dogsledding tours. Anglers, cyclists, music enthusiasts, and artists flock to Manitoba for its unspoiled natural beauty and the vibrancy of its culture. Commemorate your trip to this fun-filled province with the enormous variety of souvenirs available!
Churchill, "The Polar Bear Capital of the World"
Tucked away in the far north, on the shores of Hudson Bay, Churchill is a one-of-a-kind portal into Canada's arctic wonderland. Famous for the large numbers of polar bears that migrate to its shores each autumn, it is known as "The Polar Bear Capital of the World." Interestingly, Churchill is also known as "The Beluga Capital of the World" thanks to the many beluga whales that grace its chilly waters in the summer. While in Churchill, you might be lucky enough to see the Aurora Borealis, or northern lights. Nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking beauty of these eerie lights dancing above the horizon on a clear winter night. Before you leave Churchill, be sure to pick up mementoes such as miniature sculptures of polar bears and whales. Art and dinnerware depicting the winter landscape under the northern lights is another creative way to remember your visit.
Year-Round Fun in Winnipeg
Winnipeg is known for its arts and culture, its fun-loving citizens, and its extreme weather. Despite cold winter temperatures, there is always lots to do! You'll definitely want to visit The Forks, which is home to the Manitoba Theatre for Young People and the Manitoba Children's Museum, as well as an enormous ice skating rink and "The River Trail," which is the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is also under construction at The Forks, and should open soon. Postcards, books, art, and toys from the museums' gift shops are great mementoes of your time there. Commemorate your day of ice skating with skate-themed jewelry, winter clothing, or snow globes. Nine acres of shopping, dining, and outdoor recreation areas complete this not-to-be-missed destination. Winnipeg is known as the "Cultural Cradle of Canada" because it boasts so many museums, theatres, dance venues, and festivals. A visit to one of the city's many cultural treasures can lead you to educational and enriching souvenir purchases: learn about the province's culture and history with books, art, and musical recordings.
Outdoor Recreation in Manitoba
With its broad, flat expanses of natural beauty, Manitoba is a popular destination for athletic and adventuresome visitors. Lake Winnipeg is the province's summertime playground, with wonderful swimming venues. The lake is so big that you may even catch some waves! Just 45 minutes north of Winnipeg, the laid-back town of Winnipeg Beach fosters a relaxed "beach bum" atmosphere. Remember your trip to this popular holiday destination with souvenirs bearing the image of the region's famous Northern Pike, a popular prize for anglers, or with T-shirts or bathing wear featuring the sailboats that grace the waters. In the north, the tundra around Churchill blooms with life during the brief summers. Hike the colourful landscape and be amazed by the millions of wildflowers in bloom. Commemorate your trip with fridge magnets or souvenir plates bearing the images of the region's beautiful flora.
There's Even More to Manitoba!
- Manitoba boasts over 2,300 hours of bright sunshine each year, so don't forget your sunglasses! Be sure to take home a souvenir showing the province's famous sunflowers following the bright sun across the sky.
- Manitoba was settled by fur traders who came to the region for its beavers, the world's largest rodent. In general, rodents aren't known for their cuteness, but beavers are the exception! Cuddly stuffed beavers make great souvenirs for kids.
- Manitoba is famous for its many golf courses. If you are lucky enough to play a round, remember your trip with souvenir golf apparel.
- Manitoba is home to one of the world's largest outdoor music festivals every July. Attend the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and return home with souvenir handcrafts sold by enterprising young people throughout the venue!
- The Winnipeg Art Gallery has the world's largest collection of contemporary Inuit art. Art prints make sophisticated and unique keepsakes.