Pan-Am Games put the spotlight on unique Manitoba
The Pan-Am Games are bringing Winnipeg and Manitoba some well-deserved media attention this week. The Games themselves are billed as the third largest sporting event ever held in North America (after the Montreal and L.A. Olympics) and are drawing tens of thousands of tourist from across Canada, the U.S. and Latin America to the Keystone Province.
Visitors are finding that Manitoba has a lot more to offer than athletic contests. The Forks area of downtown Winnipeg , located at the historic junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, is home to more than 50 businesses and offers an great mix of fresh, ethnic and speciality foods, gift shops, crafts stores and restaurants.
Just across the river from downtown Winnipeg (and The Forks) is historic St. Boniface, Canada’s largest francophone community outside of Quebec. The city’s French heritage is on display on everything from street signs to restaurants, and is celebrated during the community’s annual Festival du Voyageur every February.