Five great places to study in Winnipeg

As a student at PACE you work a rigorous schedule in the same building everyday. As great as the facility may be, sometimes finding a fresh new environment is just what you need to recharge your mind. International students are primarily here to study, but many are here to experience the Canadian culture as well. Unfortunately, many  International students stick within the confines of our school and their homes, due to the lack of knowledge and exposure from our fine city.

Winnipeg can tend to be somewhat of a members club where you need to know a local to uncover many of its hidden secrets. Luckily Winnipeg is also located in a province otherwise known as “Friendly Manitoba”, and as a new friend, I will provide you with the following compilation, of great places to study outside the University, to get you feeling like part of the community.

Millennium library

251 Donald St.

Just a 15 minute walk away from The University of Winnipeg is the Millennium library. This beautiful building is filled with tons of natural light, a coffee shop to fill your caffeine fix, and free WiFi. The aesthetics of this beautiful building will be sure to open your mind to the world around you, just like the floor to ceiling windows available.

Source – Winnipeg Public library

The library is open:

Weekdays 10 am to 9 pm

Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm

Sundays 1 pm – 5 pm


171 McDermot Ave.

Located in the heart of the exchange district is Forth. Grab yourself a Flat white, an Avocado toast and get your study on with free WiFi in an industrial, exposed brick setting. This coffee shop has tons of study room in the back, a rooftop patio, and a little private area just down the stairs. Did I mention they also have a cocktail bar?


Forth is open:

Weekdays 7 am – 10 pm

Weekends 9 am – 5 pm

Mountain Bean Coffee Co.

2001 Henderson Hwy, Unit 5

Enjoy the outdoors but hate the snow? Get lost in this lodge-like coffee-house inspired by the Canadian Rockies.  Enjoy a cup of fair trade coffee or grab a “Caramel Snow cap” while you study with free WiFi.

Source: Lift Saver

Mountain Bean Coffee Co. is open:

Weekdays 6:30 am – 10 pm

Weekends 7 am – 10 pm

Kawaii Crepe

201-99 Osborne St.

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Right in the heart of Osborne village is Kawaii Crepe. A Nutella lovers dream, with Japanese style crepes filled with all sorts of treats. Sweet tooth? Savoury? they have you covered. Great lighting and free WiFi make this upbeat environment a great spot for your next study destination.

Kawaii Crepe is open:

Sunday to Thursday 7:30 am – Midnight

Friday and Saturday 7:30 am – 1 am

Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea

250 Kennedy St.

Just a few steps away from the Buhler building is Thom Bargen. With amazing lattes, delicious pastries, and friendly baristas, this place is sure to satisfy. You can stay connected while you study with free WiFi in a clean enviroment that’s light and airy. It also doesn’t hurt that they carry mouth-watering donuts from Oh Doughnuts.

Source: Lift Saver

Thom Bargen is open:

Weekdays 7 am – 5 pm

Saturdays 8 am – 5 pm

Winnipeg is full of treasures just waiting for you to discover. No matter where you choose to study, Winnipeg is sure to have a spot thats just right for you. Welcome home.



My hand slides around it, I hold it firmly and bring my face closer to it. Its aroma fills me up. Coffeegasm! Go grab a cup of coffee before reading this post because by the end you surely would want one.


For a lot of people coffee can just be a beverage but for some people, it is a very essential part of their lives. Those before work conversations, that nervous yet filled with excitement date conversation, friends meeting after years and gossiping. All these conversations and few cups of coffee. Love and coffee that encapsulate such bonds. Every day I see students from PACE standing in line at Tim Hortons and laughing with their friends. The thread which weaves these beautiful moments is coffee.

I wasn’t always a coffee fan but now it is something that keeps my brain and body functional. A cup of coffee and I can conquer the world. There is one place which played a major role in making coffee special for me: PACE. It has not only made coffee special for me but for all the other students as well. Every morning before entering the class, during the mid-intervals and the lunch break if there is something that is constant for most of the PACE students, it is COFFEE.



It was my first day at PACE and as I entered the classroom, I saw almost everyone with a coffee cup. I wondered if it was just a cool trend or a necessity. For me as an international student coming from India, it took me some time to understand the role of coffee in everyone’s life. After one week into this program, even I had a coffee cup to comfort me.

PACE students have three favourite spots: Tim Hortons, Stella’s and Starbucks. These coffee stations are the closest ones to PACE. All these places have their own unique coffee and coffee-derivative drinks that they serve. There are other coffee houses like the Second Cup and Thom Bargen that are also famous among the PACE students.




With time I realized that it isn’t just about coffee. It is about what kind of coffee becomes your ‘Soul Coffee’. Soul Coffee is the coffee that fills up your soul with its mesmerizing taste and aroma. It is the coffee that you swear by. You drink it every day and even do not mind drinking five times a day. It keeps you on fire the entire day.  After being in PACE for more than two months I figured out there are two kinds of coffee drinkers.


This kind of coffee drinkers that like their coffee strong. They do not like sabotaging the true flavour of coffee at any cost by adding cream, vanilla or caramel.  The darker their coffee is, the happier they are. They like adding extra shots of espresso to their coffee. If by chance they see you drinking a Pumpkin Spiced Latte or a French Vanilla, they wouldn’t even consider you as a coffee drinker.


These are people like me who just cannot have coffee alone. In fact, they like coffee along with milk/cream along with some chocolate/vanilla syrup etc. For them, all those mixed flavours are coffee. Irrespective of this, they remain very loyal to their cup of coffee. They will go to the same coffee station and get the same coffee every day.


Zoya Tereshchenko, PRMSC 2016)


I cannot live without coffee! Just love it. It makes me feel more relaxed in class. I love cappuccino. It is a coffee drink that is traditionally prepared with double espresso, hot milk, and steamed-milk foam.”


Because PACE has enkindled the love for coffee in my heart, I have to talk about my favourite coffee (I mean coffee-derivative drink). It is a Tim Hortons ‘Half- French Vanilla and Half-Double Double’. It sounds weird but it is the perfect thing. It has coffee, vanilla, sugar and milk. A drink with wholesome goodness. This cup of coffee has acted as fuel for attending the  9 am to – 4 pm exhausting classes. My favourite part about coffee is its creamy texture and the way it gives a holiday candy feel. A lot of people from PACE do have French Vanilla as their favourite coffee drink. Nothing beats having a cup of your favourite coffee with your friends.

So all you folks thank PACE for the regular coffee treats in your lives and special bonds steaming out of it.



Thank you for reading  🙂

Written By:

Praneet Soni (PRMSC 2016-17)

PACE Yourselves!

Apart from being a witty title for this blog, I say PACE yourselves because you have just embarked on a special journey this year. Last year around this time, I moved to Canada with my girlfriend and signed up for the PACE program at the University of Winnipeg. I left behind a career in international sports events and a comfort zone for a seat in the second row on the far left in a classroom on the second floor of the Buhler building.

(If you are sitting in my former seat, make a comment!)

Fast-forward one year; I am sitting in my sunroom typing this blog for you who are embarking on a similar journey. During this intense program, I learned how far I can push myself as PR professional, and got the opportunity to let my creativity loose as it was restricted by a budget and executive decisions. It was a great educational program and a better experience. The year will fly by as the program is designed to keep you as busy as possible.

By the end of this trip you will be overloaded with information to a point that you think you don’t know anything. But the minute you get your first task, it all comes back to you it’s like swimming or riding a bike you don’t forget it!

By this time next year you will be half way through your internships and failing miserably at making plans with the great friends you made in the program due to schedule differences of the working world. On the other hand, the internships will help you learn more about employment opportunities in the local market and obviously set you on the right track to figure out your calling.

I am interning at Dooley Communications, the only strictly Public Relations and Communications firm in Winnipeg. This work placement has been putting my existing work experience and PACE education to the test. It has exposed to me to major players in the market a well as smaller businesses. I have learned along the way their different needs, learned their voice and tone and spoken on their behalf in different media outlets.

My time with Dooley Communications has taught me a lot about client relationship, further improved my writing skills, and most importantly it got me managing my time. As a virtual company, each team member works from home, submitting everything electronically. Managing myself and having a routine from the comfort of my home is, in my opinion, a rather unique opportunity that I am mastering.

I wish everyone a great journey at PACE. Make some memories and create long-lasting friendships, which may be future work connections. To sign off I will leave you with this small checklist:

  • Don’t miss class; you snooze you loose
  • Challenge yourselves
  • Have fun whenever you have time
  • Attend every networking event; you never know whom you’re going to meet. Worst case, it’s a good excuse a have a drink and socialise.

Bye for now, and good luck!

Christian Houjei, it’s good to talk!

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Top 10 Summer Must-Do’s for Under $10

“No money, no funny” is a statement my Baba ingrained in me from a young age.  Even through her broken English, my childhood ears knew this to be true advice.

As a student of PACE’s Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications program, I am in classes full time until September; however, I am no stranger to the desire of relinquishing the textbooks and camping out on a patio with a leisure read and a pint, or five.  Unfortunately, the cost adds up.

While the words of Madonna’s Material Girl still resonate with me, I’ve learned to enjoy Winnipeg summers on a budget.  Thankfully this city is equipped with tours, events, and activities to entertain those with vast interests, even if on a non-existent student allowance.

Winnipeg is notorious for its grueling winter, leaving summer the task of resurgence.  It’s time to turn the spotlight to June, July, and August.  My Top 10 list is more-so geared to those who are spending one of their first summers in Winnipeg and are looking for what Winnipeggers do once out of hibernation.


  1. First Fridays in The Exchange District
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Mark your calendars and get to bed early Thursday night–Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District comes alive every first Friday of the month. Various art galleries and boutique stores open their doors from 5 PM- late.  Galleries are free of charge and happy to exhibit what is within.  I’d recommend looking at the First Fridays website for the specific exhibits and galleries partaking.


  1. Leo Mol Sculpture Garden


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The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is nestled within the beautiful Assiniboine Park.  This garden is serene, breathtaking, and educational, as it is home to many fine art pieces.  If art isn’t your thing, bring a book and relax under one of nature’s many reading nooks.


  1. Fitness in the Park

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There are many excuses not to exercise (trust me, I am well acquainted with them). Thankfully Fitness in the Park allows you to cross off ‘price’ and ‘inconvenience’, as these hour-long workouts are free and accessibly located downtown.  The activities range, as do the workout locations.  Please check the website for specifics.


  1. Jazz Fest’s Free Opening Weekend fest
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Manitoba is notorious for its variety of music festivals throughout the summer.  Kicking off the season is Winnipeg’s TD Jazz Festival.  The Jazz Festival’s free Opening Weekend runs  Thursday June 16 until June 19 in Old Market Square.  Saturday, June 18 is Indie Rock Night, showcasing local talents such as Rayannah, Vikings, and Micah Visser.


  1. Mural Walk of Winnipeg

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The West End Biz provides a unique way to capture the history and culture of the West End.  The West End Biz’s tour showcases over 50 pieces of public art as it takes you through Sargent and Ellice Avenue.  This tour can be customized to the needs of your group–just remember to bring your walking shoes!



  1. Lunch Hour Concert Series

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Another reason to get outside during the noon hour is the variety of free, live lunch hour concerts.  Concerts run from June 1- August 31, from noon – 1 PM.  Locations vary, but are all centrally located, such as the Air Canada Park and the Outdoor City Place Terrace on the second floor of City Place Mall.


  1. From Here & Away Field Trips
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From Here & Away, a local creative community created by photographer Joseph Visser is back with free summer photography programming.  Visser describes it as “open to all skill levels and shooting styles. At our workshops everyone is a leader and everyone has something to learn. All are welcome!”  Please visit the Facebook event page for more information.



  1. Tour of The Legislative Building

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It’s hard to miss the outside of The Manitoba Legislative Building; however, the inside often goes unnoticed.  Take a guided tour inside to discover The Grand Staircase, The Rotunda, The Lieutenant Governor’s Reception Room, and more! (PS: this  may or may not be the time to pull out any Harry Potter costumes)



  1. Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME)

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August brings us the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME), a festival of digital arts and learning.  MEME offers a large, outdoor family-friendly area and hosts free concerts at The Cube in Old Market Square from August 12-14.



  1. Aboriginal Day Live at The Forks

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June 25, 2016 marks the 10-year anniversary of Aboriginal Day Live!  What can we expect this year?  A jam-packed day of Indigenous musicians, artists, family-friendly activities, a skateboard competition, and a pow wow.  Click here to see the array of talented musicians playing.


Despite being born and raised in this city, I am always looking for new ways to make the most out of summer.  Please feel free to post your favourite Winnipeg summer activities below.

Thanks for reading– now turn off your electronic devices and enjoy the season!

Written By, Natasha Havrilenko, PACE PR, Marketing and Strategic Communications student.