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, travelers mostly pass through Winnipeg at James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, and Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg International Airport is the only hotel adjacent to it. The Sheraton has comfortable and convenient lodgings with 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 ($9) and a seafood salad with shrimp, scallops, and mussels ($14). At the more casual Four Points Sports Bar, you can enjoy slices of pizza and shoot billiards.
After recharging in comfortable suite or standard-room accommodations, you can summon an airport shuttle at the front desk. The shuttle is 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. The Forks was once a gathering place for aboriginals; beginning in the 18th century, it became the site of a series of forts. 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.