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Escape the grey and overcast weather this year with a winter break in Winnipeg, one of Canada’s sunniest cities. Embrace the dazzling white landscape and blue prairie skies by heading outdoors. Ice skate on the Fork’s river trail – one of the longest ice skating trails in the world – snow shoe in Bird’s Hill Park, or simply relax in the thermal pools at Thermëa Spa. Celebrate the city’s outdoor culture and unique French heritage with great live music, authentically local food and wondrous snow carvings on the ice. This is a big city with a small town feel that has something for everyone.

Ice Hockey

Winter is officially hockey season and with the return of the Winnipeg Jets to the city, there are plenty of games and exciting events to go to. The Fairmont Winnipeg is conveniently located walking distance from the MTS center through the warmth of the underground walkway. Celebrate your teams win with a drink in the historic Exchange District. The Exchange District flourishes as Winnipeg’s commercial and cultural nucleus. An array of specialty retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and Winnipeg’s theatre district, are just a short walk from the hotel’s front steps.

Polar Bears

For families, get up close and personal with Manitoba’s famous polar bears. There’s no need to travel all the way to Churchill to experience these majestic northern creatures—the hotel will arrange for your entry to the Assiniboine Zoo, where you can spend your day exploring the incredible “Journey to Churchill” exhibit, the most comprehensive northern-species exhibit of its kind in the world. The exhibit’s expansive enclosures, pools, rugged landscapes, and shaded dens provide the polar bears with a stimulating environment inspired by their natural habitat and plenty of space for exercise, exploration and socialization.

Manitoba Legislative Building and the Hermetic Code

When visiting Winnipeg, a stop into the Manitoba Legislative Building is an absolute must. The neoclassical building was designed in 1912 by English architects Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington who concealed several spooky secrets in the building, the main reason you should pay it a visit. Hundreds pass by the building daily without fully noticing the unique design features such as the glittering golden boy statue, the medusa head, or the sphinxes on the roof. The architects of the building were masons and secretly hid many hieroglyphic inscriptions, numerological codes, and Freemasonic symbols throughout the building. It took years for scholars and historians to unravel the eerie Hermetic Code left by the architects.

The Fairmont Winnipeg

Located in the heart of the city, the Fairmont Winnipeg continues to be the hotel of choice for the discerning traveler. Unwind in one of the hotels 340 luxuriously appointed rooms or enjoy the stunning city views from our Fairmont Gold Lounge. Take a dip in our salt water swimming pool, work off some of the daily stress in our health club, or dine at the nationally recognized restaurant, the VG Restaurant.

For those with an eye for luxury, our Fairmont Gold floors are ideal for business, leisure or special occasions. Our Fairmont Gold team is at your service for every detail.  Fairmont Gold features a private lounge, executive boardroom, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, cocktail hour canapés and dedicated concierge service.

The Fairmont Winnipeg offers the perfect winter escape for those looking for a getaway or even a local staycation. Guests can enjoy a morning of ice skating on the Forks river trail with a local guide and then spend the afternoon winding down at Thermea spa, an easy 20 minute drive from the hotel. Upon their return to the hotel, they will be greeted by the hotel’s certified tea sommelier for an exclusive tea tasting, learning to blend winter favourites like spiced apple cider and peppermint hot chocolate.

Come and enjoy the best hotel that Winnipeg has to offer! For cozy and festive winter packages, visit