Convenient Airport Hotel with Casual and Fine Dining
Winnipeg gets its name from a Cree phrase meaning “muddy waters,” a reference to its location at the juncture of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. This spot—known as the Forks—once served as a trading hub for First Nations and was later a commercial outpost for French fur traders. Today's travelers, however, connect to Winnipeg by air. As the only hotel adjacent to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport provides comfortable and convenient lodgings complemented by onsite dining and a free, 24-hour shuttle to the terminal.
Within a modern space decorated with architectural prints, the Four Points Restaurant and Lounge serves contemporary dishes such as a veal burger (C$9) and a seafood salad with shrimp, scallops, and mussels (C$14). At the more casual Four Points Sports Bar, diners down slices of pizza while shooting billiards. After recharging in comfortable suite or standard room accommodations, head down to the front desk to summon an airport shuttle, usually available within five minutes with no reservation required.
Winnipeg, Manitoba: Historical Riverfront City with Frequent Festivals
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is located just west of the city’s bustling downtown, a short distance from the confluence of the rivers. Once an aboriginal gathering place, the Forks later became the site of a series of forts beginning in the 18th century. You can learn all about the area's past at The Forks National Historic Site. On summer weekends, costumed Parks Canada interpreters lead one-hour walking tours that cover 6,000 years of human settlement in the area. Steps away at the Forks Market, busking musicians, magicians, and stilt walkers wander between stalls where merchants hawk fresh produce and handmade jewelry.
During winter at the Forks, the frozen Red River forms the longest ice-skating trail in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records and a guy named Earl who says he’s “seen it all.”
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