Experience Manitoba’s Top-Rated Attractions Virtually

COVID-19 keeps us homebound, but you can still explore many wonders of Manitoba and Winnipeg. 

Live cams transport you to the frontier to watch the Northern Lights dance or to the Assiniboine Park and Zoo to marvel at the cute and curious creatures who reside there. You also can browse world-class museums, galleries and architecture at arm-chair length.

Here are some of Manitoba’s virtual attractions you can enjoy for free. No passport necessary.

View the Northern Lights via Live Cam

A row of pine trees with green Northern Lights against a darkened sky.
Photo courtesy of Travel Manitoba

A wonder of the natural world, the northern lights are a result of charged particles from the earth’s atmosphere colliding with oxygen and nitrogen. The result is vibrant, dancing hues of blue, green and violet in the darkened sky. In the province of Manitoba, Canada, the lights are on display 300 nights of the year. Tune in to catch the almost nightly show via the Churchill Northern Studies Center live cam, which is situated directly under the aurora oval for optimal viewing. The prime time for viewing is 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. EDT.

Watch the “Creature Feature” show by the Assiniboine Park and Zoo

Behind a chain link fence is a white arctic fox sitting in snow.
An arctic fox makes its home at Assiniboine Park and Zoo.

Despite the virus that has closed the Assiniboine Park and Zoo to the public, animal residents continue to receive high quality care. Watch for yourself three times a week during the live “Creature Feature” program on Facebook. Caretakers introduce viewers to their charges and talk about animal enrichment, veterinary care and more. They’ll also answer your questions LIVE! Upcoming spotlights include meerkats, seals, Amur tigers, polar bears and more. Visit the Assiniboine Park and Zoo Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 p.m. CST.

Tour the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Two people stand in front of a tall wooden artifact.
The first gallery introduces visitors to Canadian geography and a timeline of worldwide human rights violations.

Located in Winnipeg, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum dedicated solely to the history and understanding of human rights. Powerful exhibits and engaging storytelling promote the dignity, respect and inclusion of us all. While you’re at home, enjoy the 25-minute virtual tour or travel from gallery to gallery through the museum via the mobile app.

Browse the Vast Collections of the Winnipeg Art Gallery

An abstract painting of people on a hill with a large bird at the top.
“Androgyny” by Canadian artist Norval Morrisseau at Winnipeg Art Gallery

Since its establishment in 1912, the civic art museum has grown to nearly 30,000 works of art. Among its holdings is the world’s largest public collection of modern and contemporary Inuit art. Other areas of note at the Winnipeg Art Gallery include historical and contemporary Canadian art, historical British and European art, decorative art and photography. Delve in, and lose yourself in the collections here.

Search the Manitoba Legislative Building for Clues

The majestic domed lobby of the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg.
Interior of the Manitoba Legislative Building. Photo courtesy of Tyler Walsh and Tourism Winnipeg.

Love the DaVinci Code? Conspiracy theorists believe the Manitoba Legislative Building is the most mysterious building in Canada. For one, the neoclassical building built finished in 1920 is decked out with incongruous elements such as mathematical motifs of a secret order, Egyptian replicas and sculptures representing Greek gods. Learn more on this YouTube tour.

Want more Winnipeg virtual experiences? Follow this link to discover:

* The city’s historic and trendy Exchange District

* The Forks, a riverside green space laced with culinary and cultural amenities

* Saint Boniface–the city’s French Quarter

* Fort Gibraltar, a replica of the original 1810 North West Company trading fort and today the site of year-round festivals, historical tours and all-round merriment.

An enormous outdoor sculpture made of hundreds of silver bicycles.
“Forever Bicycles,” a sculpture composed of 1254 bicycles by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei, on display at The Forks in Winnipeg.

The day will come when we can travel in person again. Meanwhile, you’ll find loads of inspiration and information at Travel Manitoba and Tourism Winnipeg.

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