Hotel at a Glance: Mere Hotel
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls and neon tube-like paneling mark the exterior of the architecturally stunning Mere Hotel. There's a similarly edgy design inside, with modern guest rooms and a touch-screen artist panel in the front lobby. Newly opened in December 2013, the boutique hotel is located on trendy Waterfront Drive on the edge of the Red River—walking distance from the Forks and the Exchange district.
- Complimentary treats: Guest-room mini fridges are stocked with juices, water, and energy bars.
- Cibo Waterfront Café serves thin crust pizzas and paninis; the arancini also gets rave reviews.
- The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be staging performances of Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and Rodin/Claudel.
- Shop for antique furnishings and fur coats in the Exchange District.
- Eco-friendly: The hotel features geothermal heating and cooling.
Winnipeg, Manitoba: "Cultural Cradle of Canada" and Urban Nature Center
Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, has been called the “cultural cradle of Canada." It's home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, (the first Royal ballet company in the British Commonwealth), the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, as well as more contemporary venues such as the Prairie Theatre Exchange. The world’s largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art is on display at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Meanwhile, kids love the planetarium and science gallery at The Manitoba Museum nearby.
There’s also plenty to see and do outdoors. Just west of downtown is The Forks, a confluence of rivers that was once an aboriginal gathering place. Today, it serves as a venue for summer concerts, a fresh-food marketplace, and groomed ice-skating river trails. FortWhtye Alive is also worth a visit; the 640-acre nature center is home to a herd of bison who roam free amongst its aspen forests, lakes, and cross-country skiing trails.