Winnipeg is one of Canada's most culturally vibrant cities, yet it sometimes receives an unfair reputation because of the notoriously long, cold Manitoban winters. What many don't realise is that Winnipeg is situated near several amazing beaches, including Grand Beach, a heavenly white-sand destination that enjoys sizzling, sunny weather in the summer months.

Few can visit Winnipeg without noticing the unique architecture of the Royal Canadian Mint. Take a tour and learn where Canadian coins, and the coins of several foreign countries, come from. Treasure seekers should seek out The Forks, a funky market located at the junction of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, and one of the city's most popular gathering places.

Spend the day exploring the Exchange District, a 30-block collection of turn-of-the-last-century architecture. Explore hip shops and numerous art galleries, then make your way to the Manitoba Museum and stand on the deck of the Nonsuch, a life-sized 17th century ship which had the gallery built around it.

For theatre buffs, music lovers and dance aficionados, check out the renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Theatre Centre or one of the other dozen professional performing arts companies. With over 1,100 restaurants ranging from classic diner to elegant fine dining, Winnipeg is a culinary hotbed.