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Winnipeg, MB Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 55
Total Sleeping Rooms 11,552
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 260
Committable Meeting Rooms* 23
Convention Center Space 160,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 78,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 78,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate CAD $162
Average Daily Meal Cost CAD $126
Average Weekly Car Rental CAD $348
*Maximum for a single hotel

Winnipeg, MB Meeting Planning Overview

With world-class attractions, a rave-worthy culinary scene, a legendary arts community, and an economy that keeps growing, Winnipeg has gone from being simply the center of the continent to the center of so many people's attention. But no matter what draws visitors to Winnipeg, the city's diverse and friendly people are more than happy to accommodate them. Not surprisingly, its hospitable attitude has attracted a number of national and international events, including the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, MACRO 2022 - World Polymer Congress, and the 2020 North American Society for Bat Research.

Winnipeg's welcoming spirit is matched by a wide range of spaces and amenities that are ready to accommodate any type of event. In the heart of downtown Winnipeg, the RBC Convention Centre is the premier event facility in Manitoba, with a wide array of distinct meetings rooms that offer unparalleled service and flexibility. Guests enjoy the luxury of complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the entire building, as well as the convenience of being located within walking distance of more than 2,300 hotel rooms and some of the city's best restaurants and attractions.

There is more to Winnipeg than its meeting space. Known as the cultural cradle of Canada, this fascinating city also gives visitors a true cultural experience.

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) offers an experience like nothing else. As the only museum in the world devoted to the broad theme of human rights, Canada's new national museum is drawing visitors from across the country and globe. Dubbed Canada's most beautiful building, the CMHR offers a stunning location for events. There are a number of rental venues that are sure to amaze, and the museum can also build custom tours to inspire guests in powerful ways.

Winnipeg's green gem, Assiniboine Park and Zoo, has a range of venues set in nature. At its heart is the Journey to Churchill exhibit, and in the heart of Journey to Churchill is the Gateway to the Arctic. Invite your guests to the most unique venue in town, where they'll dine under dancing northern lights in the Aurora Borealis Theatre and mingle in the Sea Ice Passage under pools housing polar bears and seals. With a capacity of up to 250 guests, it provides an awe-inspiring backdrop for events. Nestled in oak and pine, the Qualico Family Centre is a unique space that is particularly well-suited for corporate events. Skirting the Riley Family Duck Pond with breathtaking views of the Heart of the Park, this one-of-a-kind venue can fit up to 200 people and offers a smartly partitioned reception space with full audiovisual capability.

Invite up to 1,500 guests to a reception at the Manitoba Museum or up to 300 people to the scenic Rooftop Sculpture Garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Fort Gibraltar, a full-size replica of a 19th-century fort, can transport guests back to the city's frontier roots in one of its three event rooms.

Located at the geographical center of North America, Winnipeg's impressive facilities are convenient for both domestic and international travelers. The city is served by Canada's VIA Rail and the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, which offers direct flights to 65 destinations and is consistently diversifying its to better serve travelers. The airport welcomes 4.5 million passengers annually and is only a 10-minute commute from downtown. It is also the site of the brand-new Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

Winnipeg offers both free downtown bus transit and an extensive wayfinding signage system, intended to make it easier for visitors to find their favorite attractions.

Winnipeg's key industries include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, information and communication technologies, energy and environment, financial services, life sciences, tourism, and transportation and distribution.

The University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, Universite de Saint-Boniface, and Canadian Mennonite University also have their respective campuses in Winnipeg.

About Winnipeg, MB / Additional Info

Known as the "Gateway to the West," Winnipeg was the first major settlement in Western Canada. Established by French fur traders and Canadian and English trade companies in the 18th century, the city truly sprang to life upon the arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Immigrants flooded the city, which grew in population from fewer than 25,000 residents to over 179,000 in 30 years. Coming mainly from eastern and central Europe, newcomers joined the resident Scots, English, and French, resulting in the diverse cultural mosaic that exists today.

The eighth-largest metropolitan area in Canada, Winnipeg has over 750,000 residents populating a variety of ethnic neighborhoods. Visitors can enjoy authentic Italian paninis and gelato at Corydon Avenue; what was once known as Little Italy has now turned into a global village with cuisine offerings from around the world. The grand St. Boniface Cathedral, Esplanade Riel, and bustling Boulevard Provencher characterize St. Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter and the largest French-speaking community west of the Great Lakes. Though its culture reflects a range of global influences, Winnipeg boasts a number of Canada's own national historic sites as well. The 30-block Exchange District houses one of the most extensive collections of turn-of-the-century architecture in North America. Today, it hums with creativity as preserved heritage buildings are now home to trendy brewpubs, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and galleries. Visitors can connect with the city's roots in fur trade at Lower Fort Garry, the oldest fur trading post still intact in North America.

One of the city's most popular historical attractions is 9 acres of land found at the meeting of the Red and Assiniboine rivers. Known as The Forks, this national historic site has served as a meeting place for over 6,000 years. It is one of many areas to enjoy the great outdoors in the city and a must-see for any visitor. The exquisite riverside attraction is in the heart of downtown Winnipeg, where early indigenous peoples traded, followed by European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers. and tens of thousands of immigrants. Today, framed by the banks of the two rivers, The Forks is Winnipeg's top tourist destination, with more than 4 million visitors annually. Guests celebrate its convening of cultures at the Wall Through Time exhibit and Oodena Celebration Circle. They can also explore over 50 unique shops, restaurants, and The Common craft beer and wine bar (both indoors and on the new 250-seat patio) at The Forks.

Scenic nature sites such as FortWhyte Alive and Oak Hammock Marsh can be enjoyed year-round through activities such as hiking, paddling, bird-watching, and other special programming. Assiniboine Park is truly the jewel of Winnipeg's green spaces, boasting a zoo, miniature train, Nature Playground, Pavilion Gallery, Park Café, special events, Leo Mol Sculpture Garden and English Gardens, and the largest mature elm tree urban forest in North America. The park's 368 acres also encompass baseball diamonds, a cricket pitch, volleyball courts, soccer fields, a hot-air balloon field, inline skating and jogging tracks, and, during the winter, cross-country skiing trails. A dramatic transformation has established the zoo as one of the leaders in its field. Journey to Churchill, the zoo's award-winning northern species exhibit, brings visitors nearly nose to nose with playful polar bears, seals, and other Arctic animals. Highlights of the exhibit include the Sea Ice Passage, underwater tunnels that offer incredible views of swimming polar bears and seals, and the Tundra Grill, a casual restaurant that overlooks the largest polar bear enclosure. Currently under construction is Canada's Diversity Gardens, a world-class horticultural attraction and event space set to open in 2021.

When it comes time to eat, Winnipeg's culinary scene impresses. Score a seat at fine restaurants serving up creative small plates from top chefs, pop into family-run eateries offering cuisine from around the world, sip on craft cocktails and flights of local beer at stylish brewpubs and bars, nosh on street food dished up from a vast array of food trucks - the options are seemingly endless.

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