Exams are finally done and the new semester hasn’t quite started yet, here are things you can do around Winnipeg on a student budget.
One of the things many Winnipeggers tell newcomers is to enjoy a skate or a walk at the Forks. The Forks and surrounding area are transformed with the soft snow December often brings into what those of us coming from warmer climates would call a winter wonderland. I saw evergreen trees dusted with white powder twinkling with multicolored lights. Rosy cheeked kids tried to teach me to skate at the Pavilion (I didn’t even attempt trying the world’s longest skating trail on the river).
The best advice I got while learning to skate was to wear two pairs of socks inside skates. It makes things much more comfortable and kept my feet from cramping.
If you’d rather go skating inside an arena, many offer free public skating during the day and sometimes during the evenings. Visit here
to find out what’s the arena closest to you and when they offer public skating.
Winnipeg is home to some amazing Christmas lights displays.
Many homes and businesses go to a lot of effort to put the Merry into Merry Christmas. A few includes City Hall, Arbos Garden Centre on St Anne’s, and Provencher in St. Boniface. There’s even a tour available at the Forks
on Dec. 21
, between 6:30 and 9:30.
One of my favorite things I did last year was to enjoy a hot chocolate at Prairie 360 on top of the Fort Garry downtown on a snowy evening and getting to see the Winnipeg skyline (including a lit up Golden Boy at the Manitoba Legislature building).
One piece of advice that I learned the hard way – if you need to do food shopping, do it on the 23rd or early on the 24th. Nearly all the places I usually go for food in the downtown area are closed on the 25th and close early around 4-6 pm on the 24th. Restaurants are also usually closed on Christmas Day.
If you are like me and you are rather tired of looking at a computer screen and would rather spend time in nature, Fort Whyte Centre is a gem hidden on McCreary Road. It offers seasonal rentals, such as snowshoes, bonfires, and nordic walking. If you are lucky you might get to see a deer
The city also offers snowshoes and cross-country skiing trails. Most of them will open now that we’ve had a large snowfall. More info can be found here.
Lastly, it’s not about what you do but who you do it with! It’s all about the new connections and friends that you must have started to make.
UWPACE Public Relations, Marketing and Strategic Communications
2015 Graduation class