06 February 2018 0 Comments Posted By : Stuart Condie

Finding middle ground

Winnipeg’s location slap bang in the middle of Canada means it can sometimes be overlooked by visitors to the second biggest country on Earth. For Australians flying into Vancouver, the temptation to stay in the west rather than take a trip similar in distance to that between Adelaide and Darwin is understandable.

But its position nearly equidistant from Vancouver and Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal in the east makes the Manitoban capital the perfect stopover destination.

The near four-day train trip between Vancouver and Toronto is one of the world’s great rail odysseys, whether you’re admiring the wilderness from a first-class sleeper cabin or a cosy economy bunk. You can break the journey and stretch the legs with a self-guided, day-long walking tour of culturally rich Winnipeg.


One of the joys of travel is souvenir shopping, so start the morning with a visit to Winnipeg’s buzzy Design Quarter in the Exchange District. Once the city’s mercantile hub, the historic factory and office buildings are now populated by artisan workshops such as Mud + Stone pottery and Wilder Goods, the latter specialising in bags, hats, wallets and more made from natural fibres and vegetable-tanned leather. Pick up a cut-to-size belt or a stylish hard-wearing rucksack, perfect for stashing any knick-knacks you pick up on your travels.


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