Be an Ambassador! is the gateway to spreading the word about Winnipeg—and why your business acquaintances and friends should keep Winnipeg on their radar.

Each of us has a role to play. Each of us can make a difference. As ambassadors of our Prairie city, let’s showcase Winnipeg to the world. Let everyone know we’re open for business and alive with opportunity.

Whether you’re hosting colleagues or travelling the country on business, take a little time to talk about our city’s achievements and showcase all that Winnipeg offers. Be an ambassador!

We've produced a Winnipeg ambassador cheat sheet featuring a snapshot of Winnipeg tourism facts and the best of our city's culinary scene for 2017 to help you share our story! Click on the images below to download.

Tourism Snapshot of Winnipeg  

Investments Happening Now

Red River College's Innovation Centre

In April 2017, the Red River College announced the construction of a new $95-million Innovation Centre at its Exchange District campus. The development, expected to be completed by late 2019, will bring together students, instructors, researchers, industry and community members to work on commercialization projects for startups and SMEs.

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Canada's Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park

The $60-million Canada's Diversity Gardens is the final major phase of the redevelopment campaign to revitalize and rejuvenate Assiniboine Park. Using plants as the medium, Canada’s Diversity Gardens will tell the cultural story of the relationships that exist between people and plant life.

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Winnipeg's downtown is booming

The revitalization of downtown Winnipeg is gaining momentum with $1.26 billion worth of proposed new developments during the next few years, including more than 1,200 new residential units — almost as many as in the previous 10 years combined. Major projects include the $400-million True North Square (see below), $140-million, 40-storey ARTIS REIT residential structure at Portage and Main and the $200-million, 45-storey SkyCity Centre office/retail/condominium tower.

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$400-million True North Square hopes to be downtown meeting place

Winnipeg-based True North Sports & Entertainment Limited made a bold splash recently when it broke ground on an ambitious $400-million development in the heart of downtown Winnipeg’s sports, hospitality and entertainment district (SHED). True North Square will consist of four distinct towers and an outdoor public plaza suited to all kinds of activities and gatherings in all seasons. The new True North Square Sutton Place Hotel and Residency is also being built.

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North and south will meet at Winnipeg Art Gallery's Inuit Art Centre

The federal government recently committed $15 million in funding for the Inuit Art Centre, adding to the $5 million already committed to the project by the City of Winnipeg. Breaking ground in 2017, the $65-million centre will be a four-level, 40,000-square-foot facility connecting people from the North and South to meet, learn and create together. A first of its kind in the world, it will be a community hub for exhibitions and programs, research and learning, studio practice and art-making.

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$105-Million redevelopment around historic downtown church

An ambitious, long-term plan is in the works to redevelop land adjacent to historic St. Mary’s Cathedral into the next new megaproject for downtown Winnipeg. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Winnipeg, which owns the property, is the developer behind the $105-million Building Faith, Building Hope project. The initial plans call for construction of a 200-stall underground parkade, a 15-storey residential tower and a 12-storey office tower.

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Rapid transit extension will connect University of Manitoba to downtown

At a cost of $467 million, the city recently announced a public-private-partnership (P3) that will see the Plenary Roads Winnipeg consortium design, build and maintain Stage 2 of the southwest transit corridor. With a targeted completion date of 2019, this is the latest Transportation Master Plan project involving rapid transit.

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Red River Ex plans massive expansion of exhibition hall and fairgrounds

The Red River Exhibition is set to embark on an ambitious $140-million development plan that calls for the construction of a small hotel, a massive expansion of its exhibition hall and a doubling of the fairgrounds. Work is set to begin next spring.

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Bishop Grandin Crossing will be city’s first-ever transit-oriented development

Complementing the city’s southwest rapid transit corridor initiative, the $500-million Bishop Grandin Crossing mixed-use project is being hailed as the city’s first-ever transit-oriented development. The 131-acre development will feature an array of residential, retail and commercial areas. Site servicing will begin in the spring of 2017 with serviced lots available by the Fall of 2017. Vertical construction will follow with first phases beginning by the spring of 2018.

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News from Our Blogs

A Peg City Grub guide to locally made gourmet gifts

Peg City Grub

In many ways, gourmet gifts are the gift that keeps on giving – and we’re not just talking about adding inches to your waistline.

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20 ways Winnipeg crushes it in Winter

Ony in the Peg

Our nickname is Winter-peg for a reason; there are plenty of ways to embrace the season both indoors and outdoors that will give you proper bragging rights and a memorable winter experience.

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Ryan Kuffner introduced as new leader of YES! Winnipeg initiative

EDW Newsroom Blog

Dayna Spiring, President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. (EDW) introduced Ryan Kuffner as EDW’s new Vice President, Sales & Business Development at the 2017 YES! Winnipeg Investor Breakfast.

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Why Winnipeg is the best choice for Amazon HQ2

EDW Newsroom

It’s official: Winnipeg’s proposal to be home to Amazon’s second headquarters has been submitted, and we’re proud to showcase why our city is the best choice for the world’s largest online retailer's #HQ2.

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Airbnb ready to help level the playing field in Winnipeg

EDW Newsroom

One of the hallmarks of a metropolitan city is how fast its people embrace disruptive technologies and how effectively its various public and private stakeholders work together to sustain these technologies on a larger scale for everyone’s long-term benefit.

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A Xennial’s Guide to Winnipeg

Only In The Peg

There was a collective, "ah, so that is why we are the way we are" in our marketing department this summer when it was announced that there is a newly classified demographic cohort, one to be sandwiched between Gen Xers and those pesky Millennials.

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Ten things to know about True North Square

EDW Newsroom

Details of a key piece of the $500 million True North Square development in downtown Winnipeg were announced at a press conference on August 31, as officials with True North Real Estate Development and Northland Properties Corporation of Vancouver unveiled new renderings (see below) and a construction schedule for the The Sutton Place Hotel and residences - phase two of the project.

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Be a Good Host

Your Winnipeg ambassador cheat sheet

We've produced a downloadable ambassador toolkit featuring a snapshot of Winnipeg tourism facts and the best of our city's culinary scene for 2017.

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Factoids: Over 130 years of refreshing Winnipeg tidbits

Check out our latest collection of Winnipeg fun-facts in our Factoids booklet. 

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Things to See and Do

Invite your guests to experience Winnipeg's Top 10 Must-Sees, and check out our thematic itineraries for inspirational ideas.

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Upcoming Events

Don't miss these exciting events, sure to wow you and your guests.

  1. Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre presents A Christmas Carol (Through December 16)
  2. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents The Tenors (December 8 - 9)
  3. Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (December 14 - 17, 27, 29)
  4. Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents The Nutcracker (December 21 - 30)
  5. Wawanesa Insurance Family New Years Eve (December 31)

For a complete list of upcoming events in Winnipeg:

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Wine and Dine

Make a reservation and take your guests to these new and notable restaurants:

  1. Enoteca - Named one of EnRoute magazine's 10 best new restaurants (2015), Enoteca features refined small plates by chef Scott Bagshaw in a cozy wine-bar setting in River Heights.
  2. Pizzeria Gusto - Popular with visiting celebrities and the Winnipeg Jets, the heavenly Neapolitan pizza, professional staff, sunny patio and inviting atmosphere make this River Heights spot a Winnipeg favourite.
  3. Deer + Almond - Chef/owner Mandel Hitzer continues to put Winnipeg on Canada's culinary radar with his winter pop-up restaurant on the frozen Assiniboine River. At his flagship restaurant, Deer + Almond, the hip clientele share inventive family-style plates.
  4. Máquè - Chef Scott Bagshaw's newest restaurant combines the flavours of Asia (particularly China) with French techniques, resulting in a 4-star review in the Winnipeg Free Press. The slender, minimalist room features an open kitchen and chic vibe.
  5. Capital Bar and Grill - A former Four Seasons chef leads the kitchen of this bustling Charleswood eatery serving upscale casual fare.

To discover Winnipeg’s newest restaurants and to get expert advice on best bets, follow the Peg City Grub blog, or check out the restaurant listings here.

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Concierge Services

Let Tourism Winnipeg help you wow your guests. Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram, or call 1-855-PEG-CITY.

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Bragging Rights / The World Is Taking Notice

This Prairie City Deserves Your Travel Dollars. Here’s Why.

Huffington Post

Canada, once again, does it better. Not only is our neighbour to the North able to offer free healthcare and create a tolerant atmosphere towards diversity, but it also has tricks up its sleeves when it comes to its smaller cities.

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How Winnipeg focused on local strengths to create a tech hub in central Canada

Tech Crunch

Winnipeg’s thriving tech community has received a big shoutout from online technology industry news leader Tech Crunch.

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Winnipeg: Canada's most surprising capital

Happy to Wander

Here’s the truth: when I find a place I like, no matter how much a hidden gem, I’ll be sure to yap about it. Sometimes, for weeks and weeks. That’s precisely how I am now with Winnipeg, Canada – the Manitoban capital I never knew I’d love.

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Winnipeg's pop-up art — in the form of warming huts — helps you embrace your inner Abominable Snowman in style

Los Angeles Times

Writer Margo Pfeiff captures the spirit of Winnipeg's unique, architecturally stunning warming huts.

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Why You Should Spend Your Next Long Weekend in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Toronto Star

Winnipeg’s diverse culinary scene, must-visit world-class attractions, fascinating history and passionate hockey fans are highlighted in this getaway guide to the city.

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A Trip to Canada's Prairies - Vaguely Exotic, Totally Obscure, and an Absolute Must-Visit Destination

Written by travel writer Alyssa Schwartz, who was hosted by Tourism Winnipeg on a recent press trip, the article details some hip new spots in Winnipeg (along with our Prairie friends in Saskatoon), with the premise that "What’s happening in the Prairies is something more than fresh—it feels like peak Canadiana."

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5 Unforgettable Spas Worth a Trip North of the Border

Condé Nast Traveler

Winnipeg’s own Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature is featured in this roundup of five of the best spas in Canada. Costing $11 million to create, Thermëa features four unique saunas, three pools, an exfoliation room, a fire pit, a restaurant and multiple terraces.

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Winnipeg Ranked No. 1 Most Affordable Place for Business in Canada (Populations over 500,000)

Canadian Business magazine and

Winnipeg is highlighted as one of the top 25 Canadian cities that strikes an optimal balance between prosperous markets, reasonable costs and business-friendly taxation and regulation.

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Winnipeg: Canada's Unlikely Economic Sweet Spot

The Globe and Mail

Winnipeg is praised for the stability of the local economy relative to its Prairie neighbours, the city's burgeoning startup scene and the supportive business community, along with a call out for venture capital.

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Winnipeg Startup SkipTheDishes Gobbled Up by Britain's Just Eat

The Globe and Mail

Winnipeg-based food delivery company SkipTheDishes has been purchased by Britain’s Just Eat PLC in a deal that could be worth up to $200-million. It is one of the biggest “exits” of a Canadian startup recently, making SkipTheDishes one of the first firms financed through Ottawa’s $400-million Venture Capital Action Plan to deliver concrete returns.

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Winnipeg: A City that Works

Business World Magazine

Mayor Brian Bowman and Economic Development Winnipeg (EDW) president and CEO Dayna Spring participated in a joint interview that resulted in this profile of Winnipeg highlighting the city’s top-seven finish in the Intelligent Community Forum’s 2016 awards cycle; its No. 1 ranking in cost-competitiveness, as note in KPMG’s Competitive Alternatives report; its collaborative environment; and its recent high-profile investment projects.

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Best Trips 2016

National Geographic Traveler

Winnipeg was singled out as the only Canadian destination on a list of 20 must-see travel spots in 2016, thanks to our unique neighbourhoods, world-class attractions and lively winter celebrations.

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