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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

A breathtaking setting, world-class culture scene, eclectic, easy-to-navigate neighborhoods - the list of reasons to visit the picturesque capital of Manitoba is long. But no matter what draws visitors to Winnipeg, the city's diverse and friendly people are more than happy to accommodate them. Not surprisingly, Winnipeg's hospitable attitude has attracted a number of national and international events, including that of the Chemical Institute of Canada and Robert Burns World Federation Limited.

Winnipeg's welcoming spirit is matched by a wide range of spaces and amenities that are ready to accommodate any type of event. Its premiere location for meetings is the five-level RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg. With over 14,865 square meters of exhibit space, the centre boasts a 300-seat theatre, 27 meeting rooms and an on-site caf. Restaurants, entertainment venues and over 6,000 hotel rooms are all within walking distance of the centre. In fact, a climate-controlled skywalk provides direct access to 393 lavish rooms at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel.

Also downtown, the MTS Centre is a fresh addition to Winnipeg's meetings scene. Recognized as a driving force in Winnipeg's urban renaissance, this multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility boasts over 40,875 square meters of space. Spread across four levels, the MTS Centre also features 46 private suites, two party suites, 12 concessions, and four skywalks that connect to Portage Place, City Place, the Somerset Building and the Powerhouse.

There is more to Winnipeg than its meeting space. Known as the diversity capital of Canada, visitors to this fascinating city get a true cultural experience. Invite up to 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. Or, for a truly classic venue, the Millennium Centre offers a 557-square-meter Celebration Hall. Its marble floors and stained glass ceiling dome create a memorable setting for black-tie galas and cocktail receptions.

Situated 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, offering direct flights to cities in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. The airport is in the midst of a C$585 million renovation project, set to include a new terminal and a four-level parking garage. Winnipeg offers both free downtown bus transit and an extensive way finding signage system, intended to make it easier for visitors to find their favorite attractions.

Winnipeg remains the headquarters of Canada's grain industry, housing the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, the country's only commodity exchange and future markets. Other major businesses headquartered in the city are Great West Lifeco, Inc., Canwest Global Communications, the Canadian Wheat Board and IGM Financial, Inc. The University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg 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, growing 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 already resident Scots, English and French, resulting in the diverse cultural mosaic that exists today.

The 8th largest metropolitan area in Canada, Winnipeg's over 690,000 residents populate a variety of ethnic neighborhoods. Visitors can enjoy authentic Italian paninis and gelato at Corydon Avenue, known as Little Italy. Dim sum restaurants and specialty food shops lines the streets of Chinatown, marked by the multi-roofed traditional Dynasty Building that houses the Chinese Cultural and Community Centre. The grand St. Boniface Cathedral, Esplanade Riel, and bustling Boulevard Provencher characterize St. Boniface, Winnipeg's French quarter and the largest French-speaking community in Western Canada.

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. 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. The popular Dalnavert Museum also offers a window into Winnipeg's past. Once home to former Manitoba Premier Sir Hugh John Macdonald and his family, the Queen Anne Revival-style museum houses Victorian antiques and Macdonald heirlooms.

Undoubtedly the city's most popular historical attraction is nine 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 early Aboriginal peoples, European fur traders, riverboat employees and railway pioneers for over 6,000 years. Today, guests celebrate this convening of cultures at the Wall Through Time exhibit and Odena Celebration Circle. Visitors can also explore over 50 unique shops, restaurants and a fresh vegetable market at The Forks.

Aside from its historic appeal, The Forks is one of many areas to enjoy the great outdoors in the city. With Winnipeg seeing more sun during its winter season than any other Canadian city, scenic sites such as FortWhyte Alive, King's Park and Grand Beach can be enjoyed year-round. Assiniboine Park is truly the jewel of the Winnipeg's green spaces, boasting a zoo, conservatory and 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.

After an active day outside and about town, a filling meal is not hard to come by in Winnipeg. Enjoy a range of ethnic fare, from Ukranian to Jewish to Filipino, at the eclectic West End. Over 70 restaurants line this neighborhood's streets, from the Vietnamese Viva Restaurant to the Greek dining spot Homer's. For authentic regional cuisine, restaurants such as Fude prepare traditional delights such as fresh pickerel and Manitoba bison. For dessert, the chocolatier Mordens' of Winnipeg has been a city tradition for over 40 years. One of the shop's famed Russian mints is sure to be a sweet finish to a memorable visit.

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