Winnipeg lies at the geographic centre of Canada and North America. Winnipeg is the capital city of Manitoba, a resource-rich province of 1.2 million people bordered by Ontario to the east, Saskatchewan to the west, and North Dakota and Minnesota to the south. The city is just 100 km (62 miles) from the United States border.
Winnipeg is easily accessible from the east and west via the Trans Canada Highway.
Known as the “cultural cradle of Canada”, Winnipeg is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and so much more. Festivals abound in Manitoba’s capital with a year-round slate of activity including Festival du Voyageur, Folklorama and the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Here, theatre season is alight with talent, excitement and star power. Winnipeg also offers an impressive and inspiring arts scene, from the world’s largest collection of Inuit Art, to modern canvases covered in spray paint to locally-made handicrafts.
The University of Winnipeg is on Portage Avenue in downtown Winnipeg. The campus is within easy walking distance of conference hotels, shopping, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The only museum in the world solely devoted to human rights awareness and education, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will take you on a journey of inspiration. From the moment you enter through its massive stone roots, to the time you emerge in its light-filled Tower of Hope, you will be moved by the power of human rights. Canada’s newest national museum rises from the Prairie earth in Winnipeg at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet on Treaty One land at a doorstep of the historical location of Métis occupation and Louis Riel’s provisional government. The Museum sits on land that has been a meeting place for over six thousand years. Multi-sensory exhibits explore human rights concepts with an international scope, but through a uniquely Canadian lens.
Winnipeg derives its name from the Cree word of “win” for muddy and “nippee” for water. An aboriginal trading centre prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Winnipeg was at the heart of the country’s fur trade and instrumental in developing Canada’s gateway to the west. The first permanent settlement occurred in 1812 when a group of Scottish crofters arrived and it became a trading post for the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1870. Winnipeg became a financial centre in Western Canada thanks to a flood of immigrants, high wheat prices and improved farming techniques.
Winnipeg in June is warm and pleasant with 16 hours of daylight.
Average High: 23°C / 79°F
Average Low: 10°C / 50°F
The Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport serves more than 3.5 million passengers per year. Taxi fare from the airport to the conference location is approximately $16.
Winnipeg’s top notch food scene tantalizes every taste bud. Sample exotic dishes at authentic mom-and-pop restaurants, bite into innovative tapas at trendy bistros and dine with gourmands at hotspots manned by the city’s top chefs.