Posted by: TheAuthor | 22/09/2011

Days 3, 4 and 5 – Winnipeg life

We broke camp early on the third day, destination Winnipeg. Passing Yorkton on the way we saw little besides the typical prairie surroundings we had become accustomed to. Albeit relatively uneventful, we took our time driving as we had all day to arrive. Shell and me were to stay with her relatives in the city, whereas Falk, Claire and Henri were to stay with a former friend of Falk’s for the next couple of nights. As we pulled into the city, we were already running late before we found out that the time zone had changed – so we had gained an hour and were very late for arrival!

As it was, we dropped off the three car members in downtown and headed off to meet with Shell’s relatives late in the evening.

The following day was spent visiting ‘’The forks’ which is a superb indoor market area. My memory recalls the fascination (and joy!) in discovering an outlet that stocked REAL cheese, none of the processed rubbish available to me over the past year. Real Stilton, Cheddar and Brie to name but a few. The market is situated on the junction of two rivers meeting to head further north. It was evident that the recent floods there had been very high; mud had been brought high up the embankment and covered benches and rubbish bins. Lunchtime was fast approaching so we headed for a great choice of ‘Fish and Chips’ (something I have so far been unimpressed with in Canada) and actually had a very enjoyable meal, that even came with (bland tasting) mushy peas!



From here we went downtown, to have a look at what Winnipeg had to offer. Unfortunately we were not too impressed, especially with the over whelming sense that one of the many first nation individuals would become an aggressor towards us. Not a place we would like to be alone at night (coming from a guy who has spent time overseas in the Army!). We ambled around various districts and discovered some great little shops off of the beaten track. Then it was on the local bus to head back to the house and off to visit Fort Whyte Alive.


Fort Whyte Alive is an outdoor centre, hosting lakes, various trails, resident Bison and Prairie Dogs as well as any number of birds. At this time of year, the Geese are heading south for the winter but use most of Winnipeg’s lakes and fields to rest in. Hundreds littered the centre as we strolled through creating a huge volume of noise.



The final full day in the city began early as we headed out, in high winds and rain, for the town of Gimli, situated on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. A quiet town, obviously dead outside of summer tourism, but boasting a strong Icelandic tie that results in tacky memorabilia and t-shirts – as well as rye breads. The lake is outstanding and truly gives you a sense that you are looking out at an ocean; shame the weather was not too calm and warm.



After lunch, another bout of fish and chips, we headed for the Oak Hammock marsh out side of Winnipeg for a walk outside and further exploration. The area reminded me of home, the surrounding areas are very similar even if the wild life is different. The impression given of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are of dull prairie lands with straight roads and little to see, this is definitely the case. However, for Winnipeg sitting close with Ontario, it is not the case as green fertile lands, lakes and marshes become evident everywhere. Shame that the city is not very appealing.



Trip Statistics:

Tim Horton’s stops – 3

Kilometres driven – 626.4km

Total distance driven – 1687.2km

Car faults – Speakers starting to refuse to operate



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