TTF Kolkata, the oldest travel trade show in India is back on the ground, manifesting the revival and setting the wheels of the tourism industry in India with confidence. The 2021 edition of the show promises to bring the best and the most of the travel industry for reviving and restarting tourism in India. More than a 140 exhibitors and representatives from 13 states are showing up at TTF, from February 26-28 at a brand-new venue Uttirno in Alipore, in the heart of the city.
India’s oldest travel trade show organisers aims to pioneer travel and tourism revival with the oldest show in the multicity TTF series. The year 2021 is beginning on a hopeful note for the travel and tourism industry. With the vaccination drive underway, traveler confidence seems to be coming back. Air travel has exceeded 85% of its pre-covid levels 1. There is also a strong revival of demand for domestic leisure travel and hotel bookings have reached three-fourth (75%) of pre-COVID levels.
According to leading travel agents, while international travel may restart later in the year, business travel within India has also recovered almost half-way (50%) and is soon likely to reach the levels of previous year. Sanjiv Agarwal, Chairman & CEO, Fairfest Media, the organisers of TTF said in a statement that they are extremely happy to report that the confidence in domestic travel is growing by leaps and bounds and shared that a special series of shows have been launched in Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Mumbai in Feb-Mar this year, to assemble pioneers in reopening travel destinations,and to market in the top three markets in India.
West Bengal Tourism has joined as the Host State of the show while Gujarat is the Premium Partner State and the Statue of Unity is the Partner Destination. Uttarakhand and Rajasthan are the Partner States while Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura have already joined the show as Feature States, alongside key private players from DMCs, hospitality sector, aviation and others. Air India is the Official Partner of the show this year. India Tourism will also be present.
This year, TTF Kolkata is also hosting a panel discussion on Domestic tourism: Leading the way in reviving travel & tourism in India, right after the inaugural ceremony. In addition, Rajasthan Tourism is hosting a destination presentation for travel agents. Some other tourism boards might host similar presentations on the remaining days of TTF Kolkata. TTF Kolkata has the support of TAAB, TAHAT, OTOAI, ATOAI, TAAI, ADTOI, IATO, IAAI, ETAA, SKAL International.
The show will be open to travel trade visitors only on February 26, from 11 am to 7 pm and on February 27 February, from 11 am to 2 pm. The second half of the second day and all of the last day of will be open to all. TTF Kolkata 2021-one of the very first and major travel trade shows to be hosted in 2021 will be followed by TTF Ahmedabad on March 4-6. Both shows will culminate in the grand finale of OTM Mumbai, to be held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre on March 19-21.
The Government of India has given a fresh push to reviving domestic tourism under its ‘Dekho Apna Desh’ initiative and TTF Kolkata will add to the country-wide efforts in reviving tourism. The Ministry has also revised its Market Development Assistance (MDA) scheme at the beginning of the year to incentivise and upskill the travel trade fraternity. One of the biggest draws of the MDA happens to be the financial incentives chalked out for travel agents, tour operators as well as state tourism boards for participating in trade fairs.
Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, has recently sent a letter to the South Dakota congressional delegation, requesting them for their support to carry on a display of the fireworks on Fourth of July at Mount Rushmore. From last year’s display, the tourism industry and economy of the Black Hills witnessed a rise which included a visit from former President Donald Trump.
During the 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks display, the Governor Noem explained that visitors spent around $2,000,000. This resulted in $160,000 in tax revenue for state and local governments.
Michelle Thompson, president of Black Hills & Badlands Tourism, stated that the show of the fireworks and visit by former President Trump acted as a much-needed boost up for the tourism of Black Hills in the wake of the damaging pandemic and is hopeful that 2021 would be far better.
“We think that this could be a much bigger year with the pandemic not as serious as it was last July,” Thompson said. “We can have bigger crowds. We’re really looking forward to drawing more people into the area.”
Thompson mentioned that for the Black Hills, the fireworks worked like major advertisement, and was quite contented that numerous people were present at the time of the display, not only in person but also by watching the fireworks on their television set, throughout the country.
She stated that this has created immense interest in people who have never visited Black Hills.
“Last year, when the fireworks were announced, we immediately started getting phone calls from people who had not been here before and said that we were on their bucket list, and the Mount Rushmore fireworks were why they wanted to come here,” Thompson said. “So, it’s a fantastic event for this area.”
Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is set right at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Thanks to its mild climate and wealth of things to do in Victoria, it is a very popular tourist destination with both Canadians and international travelers alike.
As it boasts an abundance of parks and lovely green spaces, Victoria is fittingly known as the ‘Garden City’. While it certainly has a charming coastline and beaches to explore, as well as a scenic waterfront, the city is also dotted with interesting museums and historic tourist attractions with some attractive architecture on show.
With whale watching tours, sightseeing cruises and ferry rides also on offer, lively yet laidback Victoria is well worth visiting if you have the chance.
A very peaceful and picturesque place, Abkhazi Garden is set just a short drive to the southeast of downtown Victoria. Here you’ll find an exquisite heritage house, as well as lovely grounds and gardens to wander around.
The property is named for the Prince and Princess Abkhazi who lived here and began creating the landscaped garden with all its diverse fauna and fabulous vistas in 1946.
In addition to ambling peacefully about its paths and taking in all the natural beauty, visitors can enjoy tasty treats in the teahouse. Due to its scenic nature, Abkhazi Garden hosts weddings and private events during the year.
The oldest Chinatown in Canada, this vibrant part of Victoria with all of its bustling businesses and busy restaurants, is located in the heart of the city. As well as having countless shops to browse and dozens of delicious dishes to try, the area also boasts attractive architecture and was designated a National Historic Site in 1995.
Following the discovery of gold in Fraser Canyon in 1858, thousands of miners, many of them Chinese, migrated from California to British Columbia and set up home. Initially just a collection of wooden huts, Victoria’s Chinatown is now dotted with such sights, as the ornate Gate of Harmonious Interest and Tam Kung Temple, as well as the narrow and atmospheric Fan Tan Alley.
Just a short stroll from Chinatown is one of the city’s most unusual, yet oddly alluring, attractions; the Victoria Bug Zoo. Packed into its two rooms are around fifty fascinating species with exhibits and knowledgeable tour guides on hand to teach you all about its insects.
Since opening its doors in 1997 the mini zoo has educated and amazed people in equal measure with its wonderful world of bugs. As well as walking sticks and praying mantises, it has leafcutter ants, tarantulas, and glow-in-the-dark scorpions. Each insect or arachnid is more impressive than the last!
Besides teaching you everything there is to know about insects, the zoo’s enthusiastic guides often take beetles and bugs out of their tanks so you can get a closer look.
Just twenty minutes’ drive to the northwest of town is the Goldstream Provincial Park, which is sure to delight both nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. The park has huge swathes of temperate rainforest and tantalizing hiking trails, with beautiful scenery and nature wherever you look.
Founded in 1958, the picturesque park and its diverse landscapes are dotted with thick cedars and fir trees which conceal some spellbinding sights. These include epic views from atop the lofty Mount Finlayson and gushing Niagara Falls (not the world-famous one).
The park is mostly known, however, for the annual fall salmon runs in the Goldstream River and the numerous bald eagles that swoop down to catch them.
Located around the corner from the city’s Inner Harbour is colorful Fisherman’s Wharf, which is the perfect place to grab some seafood or buy some souvenirs. Food kiosks and unique boutiques line the wharf, while float homes and fishing boats bob about offshore. Ferries and sightseeing tours also depart from its docks.
Built in 1948 to accommodate commercial fishing vessels, the wharf has a very lively feel to it with something going on all the time. As fishermen unload their catches, harbor seals and herons can be spied along the waterfront while the music of street performers rings in the air.
Alongside shopping and sampling fresh seafood, you can also rent kayaks here and arrange whale watching tours.
Whales live and feed in the straits and seas that surround Victoria, so no trip to the city is complete without taking a whale watching tour. Many companies run excursions from the Inner Harbour, with April to October considered to be the best time of year to see them up close and personal.
From the decks of comfy catamarans and open Zodiac-style boats, you can spy pods of whales either feeding or migrating through the Georgia Strait. In addition to orcas and grey whales, are humpback and minke, with seals and sea lions also swimming about.
Adding to the awe-inspiring experience are the knowledgeable crew members who teach you about these majestic marine mammals.
Perched atop a hill overlooking downtown is the massive Victorian-era mansion of Craigdarroch Castle, which exhibits some of the most attractive architecture in the area. Built back in 1890 for a wealthy coal baron, it is now protected as part of a museum with tours taking you around the National Historic Site.
Looking every bit like a fairytale castle, the well-preserved property boasts turrets and stained-glass windows, as well as wrap-around porches and balconies. Inside elegant halls and suites are decorated with lavish furnishings and period pieces.
Particularly known for its intricate woodwork, the mansion has 39 rooms to explore with informative displays highlighting the history of the castle and the Dunsmuir family who lived here.
Just south of the city center, Beacon Hill Park sprawls over a huge area and has countless landscapes, views, and outdoor activities to enjoy. While pockets of woodland can be found here and there, much of the park consists of landscaped gardens with stupendous coastal scenery and shoreline on show.
Since being established in 1882, the picturesque park has been a firm favourite with both locals and tourists alike due to its excellent amenities and delightful nature. Besides ponds and flower-filled fields, you can find playgrounds, picnic areas, and playing fields with a petting zoo and water park also on offer.
Additionally, it has one of the world’s tallest totem poles to check out and fantastic views from its prominent hilltop.
One of the most popular places to visit in Victoria, the Butchart Gardens are a twenty-minute drive north of the city in a very serene and secluded spot. Located in what was once a limestone quarry, the gardens have lots of flowers and plants, pools and fountains to explore; all carefully placed and planted to please the eye.
Now a National Historic Site, the sprawling gardens were begun in 1904 by Jennie Butchart as a passion project. They have since grown to include Italian and Japanese gardens, as well as statues and pavilions.
The striking Sunken Garden is one of its standout sights. In total, it is home to 900 kinds of plants ranging from tulips and daffodils to roses and chrysanthemums.
Dominating the south side of the city’s Inner Harbour is the spectacular set of structures that make up the seat of British Columbia’s government. Besides their important function, the Parliament Buildings are also very impressive with exquisite domes, turrets, and facades rising above the surrounding grounds and waterfront.
Built in the 1890s, they exhibit an array of architectural styles with Renaissance and Romanesque elements, as well as beautiful Neo-baroque features. On tours of the buildings, visitors can learn all about their history and that of the legislative assembly and province.
While its lofty blue dome is its undoubted highlight, the Parliament Buildings look best in the evening when the facade is magically lit up with thousands of little lights.
Another of the city’s main tourist attractions is the Royal BC Museum which offers a fascinating look into the history, culture and nature of British Columbia. Set just a stone’s throw from Chinatown, it has many artifacts and exhibits to peruse that are related to the region.
Since being founded in 1886, its colossal collection has grown and now includes over seven million objects and specimens. While some dioramas and displays focus on the animals and ecosystems of British Columbia, other sections look at the traditions and heritage of the First Nations peoples.
With so much human and natural history to explore, the Royal BC Museum is not to be missed when in town.
Home to many, if not most of Victoria’s major sights, the Inner Harbour is lined by beautiful buildings and green spaces, with fishing boats and floating homes bobbing about the bay. As well as its wonderful waterfront, there are also attractive historic streets to wander along with countless cafes and restaurants dotted about.
While the Parliament Buildings and Edwardian-style Empress Hotel dominate the harbour, other attractions, such as Miniature World and the Maritime Museum, also lie nearby.
Thanks to its innumerable street artists and entertainers, the area has a very lively feel with concerts, festivals, and cultural events held in the summer months. People also take whale watching tours from its docks and watch floatplanes take off from the harbor’s airport.
It seems times are changing and the good days are back again. Tourists are returning to the militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir. The Valley’s famed ski resort of Gulmarg is sold out, as all hotels are booked till the end of April.
With heavy snowfall this year, the tourist resort of Gulmarg at an altitude of 8,000 feet has been a major attraction this winter and witnessed 100 per cent occupancy on Christmas and New Year eve.
Mushtaq Shah, spokesman of Gulmarg Hoteliers Club, said all hotels are booked. “Over 900 hotel rooms including J&K Tourism Department huts in Gulmarg are booked till April-end. All classes of tourists including high-spending tourists and budget tourists are coming to Gulmarg,” he said.
Gulmarg was always a four-season destination but in the last few years, it witnessed lesser footfall in the winters. According to Shah, after the Khelo India Winter Games in Gulmarg last year, the national skiers got first-hand information about the place and its beauty. “It sent a positive message and players and people realised that Gulmarg has got the infrastructure that is available in other parts of the world.” He said since people can’t visit foreign countries due to Covid-19, Indian travellers are coming to Gulmarg in bigger numbers.
The second edition of Khelo India National Winter Games will be held in Gulmarg from February 26 to March 2 and hoteliers are hopeful it will be an additional boost for the tourism sector. “It sends a message that Kashmir is a safe tourist destination. And it had always been a cheaper option compared to other parts of the world,” said another hotelier.
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Homestead farming along with tourism might hold the future for Kerala’s tourism and labour sectors, both of which have been severely affected by the pandemic situation.
Anyone having land ranging from five cents to even 25 acres could opt for homestead farming, a combination of homestay and farming, without spending much on augmenting amenities to host visitors. It would be apt for people interested in agriculture with cultivable land around their house, said Jose Dominic, co-founder and former CEO of CGH Earth.
“All that is needed is conversion of one’s farm land into an enterprise. This will help attract visitors, including tourists, while furthering the cause of food security. It will also provide solace to people rendered unemployed by the pandemic, including returnees from West Asia,” he said.
Homestead farms would be different from colonial-era plantations that abound in the State. Intercrop, rearing of farm animals, and making of cheese and other dairy produce could also be done. Such farms could also provide respite for city residents who want to take a break and be in the midst of greenery for a few days. Farmers could opt to convert their produce into value-added items, get them packed and brand them. It would empower local labour, said Mr. Dominic, who owns a homestead farm in Pala.
Kerala’s Responsible Tourism (RT) initiatives kicked off in Kumarakom with focus on homestead farming, said Rupesh Kumar, State coordinator of the RT Mission. “Members of the local community there arrayed themselves under clusters and began selling their agri products to hotels. A total of 18,000 small and medium farmers across Kerala are now part of this.
Tourists love being introduced to the concept. It is yet again emerging as a trend since substantial number of people have turned to this to tide over the pandemic and in order to eat healthy food. It will in the long run usher in self-sufficiency in vegetables, fruits and other produce,” he said.
Kerala Tourism plans to work on a new project called Travancore Heritage Tourism Project. This new project is also similar to other heritage tourism projects in the state, such as Alappuzha, Thalassery, and Muziris. The idea of such projects is to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of these locations.
The department of tourism in Kerala is looking forward to appointing an architecture-cum-conservation consultant for the project, which is estimated at INR 100 crore. The job of the consultant is to identify the various sections of the project, and eventually work on a project report for each of them. The tourism department is also looking for an expression of interest from potential bidders for this project.
Travancore has a rich history of culture, trade, and colonial legacy, all of which can go through conservation, and potentially become a great new destination for tourism.
Travancore is also known for its beautiful beaches, hill stations, temples, and a lot of other attractions. Also, museums in the area, such as the Kuthiramalika Palace museum will get a major boost with this new project. The project will see Travancore develop into a world class heritage location, and it is in fact a long-term project, with a vision of over 30 years.
Travancore was an Indian kingdom that was ruled by the Travancore Royal Family. It covered a large part of Kerala, and later it became a princely state under the British rule. The kingdom dates back to 1729 when it was first established.
By the end of March, 2021, the Greek National Tourism Organisation or GNTO is all geared up to offer a three-year plan. It will promote Greece tourism abroad.
To quote the GNTO Secretary General, Dimitris Frangakis, the plan “will not focus on a campaign for 2021, but will provide a roadmap for the directions we will take in the following years, something that differs greatly from other plans.”
He further mentioned that in line with changing conditions, the there-year plan would be flexible as they arise and would be adapted as per the country for which the campaign has been targeted.
He also mentioned that the promotion would run for six to eight months and not the usual two or three months.
While talking at the start of the year, Mr Frangakis explained that the GNTO would be generating a campaign. This would use social media and digital tools in targeting Europe, and North America.
Also, he explained that in 2021, the GNTO would participate in 47 tourism fairs and that the organization had renovated its presentation facilities. He noted that Greece had in recent years become a hot spot, especially for celebrities and the super rich.
Uzbekistan has forever depended on tourism and travel services for its economic growth. Nestled along the Silk road and with abundance of cultural heritage as well as historical monument, Uzbekistan experienced a constant surge in international tourist visit, but recently owing to pandemic and associated norms of lockdown and travel restriction, the tourism business suffered and so has the economy of the state. But now with the relaxation in travel regulations, the government is hopeful of the return of international tourists to the land of mystery and cultural heritage monuments.
The country this week introduced a ten-day visa free regime for tourists from China including its special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macao, as well as Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman starting from March 1. Travellers willing to enter the land should provide a return air ticket or ticket to a third country.
Uzbekistan has also planned to open its largest gold-mining fields to foreign tourists, in a bid to develop geo-tourism in the resource-rich Central Asian nation. Kholida Ablaeva, a tour guide with 20 years of experience from the ancient city of Samarkand, has been waiting for the reopening of borders to allow foreign tourists to return to her hometown as they did before COVID-19.
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The Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) recently held ‘Journeys in Arabia’, a special online event curated particularly for Travel Trade Partners around the globe. The travel offerings provided by Saudi were highlighted with the help of this event.
The global travel industry is going through its most profound change. With the evolving of landscape, it is important than ever to inspire, engage and educate travel trade when the world safely re-opens and travel restarts.
Saudi Arabia is a relatively new destination on the global stage. As the authentic home of Arabia, Saudi offers unique, diverse and incomparable experiences, a land rich in natural assets, culture, heritage and adventure.
The virtual engagement series, taking place across six markets around the world, is a unique initiative for STA, providing inspiration and excitement, designed to inform partners about the diverse products and experiences that Arabia offers.
Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO, Saudi Tourism Authority initiated the event with his welcome address.
India has been identified as one of the key source markets, with STA’s tourism strategy focusing on promoting experiences related to culture, heritage, nature and adventure in Saudi.
Indians, especially the online consumers and millennials, are late planners; they are seeking new destinations frequently, within close proximity to India for last-minute holiday planning. Shorter-duration packages, direct flights and easy visa (preferably e-visas) procurement will be game-changers for a new destination like Saudi.
Saudi offers extraordinary experiences for diving, adventure sports, and sustainable tourism. The country will also host the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021.
The high-end Umrah market from India is a major captive audience, combining pilgrimage with leisure through post-Umrah leisure packages.
Promoting exclusive destinations like AlUla for wedding tourism will be a huge benefit for Saudi.
The capital, and largest city of Manitoba, Winnipeg is set at the spot where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, almost slap bang in the center of North America. Named after nearby Lake Winnipeg, it has many interesting tourist attractions to check out since its history and culture have been influenced by having both Aboriginal and European roots.
Known as the ‘Gateway to the West’, the city acts as an important cultural, economic, and transport hub and has thriving arts and dining scenes for visitors to delve into. Other things to do in Winnipeg include visiting several world-class museums and galleries, and some well-preserved historic sites and neighborhoods.
With pretty parks, gardens and, of course, the impressive Canadian Museum for Human Rights also on offer, Winnipeg is certainly well worth visiting if you have the chance.
An incredible building, Saint Boniface Cathedral can be found in the city center, facing across the Red River. While the original basilica burnt down in a fire in 1968, its remaining walls and historic white-stone facade were later incorporated into the design of the new church.
This combination of old and new makes for a striking sight with the modern cathedral being built onto the back of the old one. The undoubted highlight, however, is its fantastic French Romanesque facade which stands out delightfully against the park that lies around it.
Here too, you’ll find the cathedral’s cemetery which is dotted with the graves of the region’s early settlers and influential figures. The adjacent Saint Boniface Museum is also well worth stopping by.
11. Leo Mol Sculpture Garden
A very popular place to visit, the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden lies just fifteen minutes’ drive southwest of the city center, within Assiniboine Park. In total, it displays over 300 astounding artworks by the renowned Leo Mol with bronze and ceramic sculptures to be found alongside drawings and paintings.
As it combines artistic beauty with a splendid natural setting, the garden is a treat to wander around; its picturesque plant beds, paths and ponds are dotted with superb sculptures. It also contains the Leo Mol Gallery which exhibits some beautiful bronze pieces and moulds of major works.
Due to its popularity and an ever-increasing collection of artworks, the garden has expanded twice since opening in 1992.
10. Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Located half an hour’s drive northeast of Winnipeg, on the banks of the Red River, is the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site. The only stone fort still standing from fur-trading days, it offers an interesting look into the lives of the trappers and traders who once lived here.
Since being built in 1830 by the Hudson’s Bay Company, the well-preserved fort and its buildings have housed everything, from a penitentiary and mental hospital to a country club. Nowadays, the National Historic Site, instead, welcomes tourists to explore its historic buildings which are furnished with period pieces, and it has hands-on activities for visitors to try out. There are costumed reenactors on-site to highlight what life would have been like in the mid-nineteenth century and answer questions.
The first gallery to be founded in Western Canada, the Winnipeg Art Gallery was opened in 1912. Since then, it has delighted countless generations with its huge collection of over 25,000 artworks by Canadian, Inuit, and international artists.
Set a short distance to the southwest of the center, the art museum occupies a late-modernist style building that features sharp angular shapes and is clad in Tyndall stone. Its galleries are full of paintings, photos, and decorative arts by artists such as Wolfgang Katzheimer and Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald.
The museum is particularly known for boasting the world’s largest collection of Inuit art and displays lots of their captivating carvings, textiles, and prints.
One of the most beautiful buildings in the city, the Manitoba Legislative Building can be found to the south of the center, facing the banks of the Assiniboine River. Completed in 1920, it has exquisite neoclassical, Beaux-Arts-style architecture, and is surrounded by landscaped lawns and leafy gardens.
The seat of the province’s government also sports a grand facade with Ionic columns and porticos topped by a colossal cupola. This holds up one of the city’s standout symbols, the glittering Golden Boy statue which represents the prosperity and entrepreneurial spirit of Manitoba.
The building itself is covered in carvings and statues with secret numerical codes as well as Freemason symbols, Egyptian hieroglyphics, and numerous Roman gods.
Lying at the western end of Assiniboine Park is the excellent zoo of the same name. The zoo sprawls over a huge area and has an incredible array of animals to check out. While the main focus is North American wildlife, its spacious enclosures house over 200 different species from all around the globe.
Since being established in 1904, the zoo has expanded and now also has educational exhibits such as Animals of Asia, Toucan Ridge, and Stingray Beach. These are home to everything, from American bison and Canadian lynx to Bengal tigers, snow leopards, and red pandas.
The zoo is particularly known for its polar bear exhibit which sees the incredible creatures, and other Arctic animals, roam about various habitats that represent northern Manitoba.
Set on the southeastern edge of the city is the Royal Canadian Mint which remarkably produces, not only all of Canada’s circulation coins but coinage for countless other countries too. On tours around the state-of-the-art site, visitors can see how the money is manufactured and learn about the history of coins and currency in its on-site museum.
Opened in 1976, the Winnipeg facility occupies a striking triangular-shaped building that rises dramatically above the lakes and green spaces around it. Since taking over from the original Royal Mint in Ottawa, it has produced over 60 billion coins for more than 75 countries around the world.
Besides seeing its production line in process, you can peruse interactive displays on the facility and buy shiny souvenirs in its gift shop.
Home to a staggering array of stands and stalls, the Forks Market can be found at the spot where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet. Part of the Forks National Historic Site, it lies within two historic horse stables joined together by a courtyard full of dining tables, and is lined by numerous shops and restaurants.
As well as being a very popular place to eat out, the market has over 50 shops that sell everything from fresh produce and ethnic foods to souvenirs, artisanal jewellery, and baked goods. It also has a six-storey viewing platform that looks out over the rivers, and informative displays on the history of the market and The Forks Historic Site.
Offering a fascinating look into the history, culture, and nature of the province is the marvelous Manitoba Museum which is north of downtown Winnipeg. Its collection of over 2.6 million artifacts and specimens takes visitors on a whirlwind journey through the ages with interesting and interactive exhibits wherever you look.
Founded in 1965, the massive museum has numerous galleries to explore which look at the province’s people, flora and fauna, and landscapes. Besides fossils and archaeological findings, there is also a recreated fur trading post and the famous replica of the Nonsuch – a seventeenth-century sailing ship – to check out. It also boasts a superb Science Gallery and Planetarium.
One of the city’s top tourist attractions, the vibrant Forks National Historic Site is so named because of its scenic setting at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Here you’ll not only find a bustling market and museums but historic buildings, a port, and a park with countless cultural events and festivals taking place during the year.
Inhabited by Aboriginal groups as early as 6,000 years ago, the Forks was designated a National Historic Site in 1974 to preserve the area’s history. Besides informative exhibits on its past, visitors can explore age-old buildings and museums to learn more about the site, city, and Manitoba. It also has pretty outdoor spaces and a riverwalk to enjoy, as well as splendid shops and restaurants.
Covering a huge swathe of western Winnipeg is the picturesque Assiniboine Park which offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. Besides playgrounds, picnic areas, and playing fields, it is also home to a beautiful botanical garden and animal-filled zoo, as well as many other attractions.
Named for the Assiniboine people, the park opened in 1909 and is located next to both the river and vast forest of the same name. Its lovely gardens have scenic paths and flower beds for you to wander past with hundreds of astounding artworks dotting the grounds of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden.
On top of all the nature, there is also a fantastic pavilion and theater to stop by; both of which put on shows, concerts, and festivals.
As important to visit as it is interesting, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights can be found right next to The Forks in the center of the city. It was opened in 2008 to explore the subject of human rights, enhance people’s understanding of them, and encourage respect for others.
While many of its galleries look at how human rights relate to Canada and its culture, others explore sensitive subjects such as the Holocaust and Holodomor in Ukraine. Through interactive displays, photos, and films that are both engaging and emotional, visitors learn about the evolution of human rights and think about their future.
Just as striking as the exhibitions, is the incredible contemporary building they are housed in and its Tower of Hope which offers commanding views over the city.