The majority of tourists who visit Winnipeg each year often stay downtown and contribute to huge economic gains in our city. With 13 hotels and a diverse array of festivals and attractions to explore, downtown is a popular destination for travellers. This constant flow of people is helping spur new development in the heart of our city.

New Attractions Support Growth [1]

  • The $350 million Canadian Museum for Human Rights welcomed 494,000 people since its opening in December of 2015 [7]
  • The $210 million expansion of the RBC Convention Centre will make it the fourth-largest in Canada
  • The $19 million Upper Fort Garry Historical Interpretive Centre anticipates thousands of annual visits

Convention Centre Attendees [2] 

Fact:13hotels in the downtown area

2012: 655 Events with 308,890 attendees

Forecast (after expansion): 743 events with 404,961 attendees

Fast Facts

  • 4.0 million annual visits to Winnipeg [3]
  • $647 million estimated total visitor expenditures [3]
  • Visitors spend $143 per person, per visit [3]
  • Overnight visitors spend $245 per person, per visit [3]
  • 707,000 are out-of-province Canadians visiting [3]
  • 35% spend at least one night in the city [3]
  • Attendance at downtown venues is approximately 4 million annually, with an additional 4 million visiting The Forks. [4]
  • More than 2,375 hotel rooms downtown [5]
  • 13 hotels in the downtown [5]
  • Hotel occupancy rate 63.9%; the Canadian average is 64.6% [6]
  • Average hotel room rate $116.57 [6]

Visitors to Winnipeg (Tourism Winnipeg, 2011)

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Winnipeg as a top winter destination

The Forks

  • Red River Mutual Trail holds the Guinness World Record for longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world at 8.54 km. Trails on land around The Forks site measures 1.2 km. (Length varies by year)

Skating Rinks

  • Canopy rink at the forks
  • Olympic sized rink near Scotia Bank stage
  • 2 hockey rinks on the river
  • Toboggan hill behind the Inn at the Forks

Central Park

  • Full size ice skating rink in the park

Granite Curling Club:

  • Oldest and largest curling club in Manitoba, formed 1880
  • 9 sheets of ice

[1] “Winnipeg Tourism: Sector Profile”. Economic Development Wpg.
[2] IUS, 2013. Personal correspondence with David Chizda, Director of Sales and Marketing, RBC Winnipeg Convention Centre (March 27, 2013)
[3] Research Resolutions & Consulting Ltd. Adapted from Statistics Canada 2011 Travel Survey of Residents of Canada and 2011 International Travel Survey.
[4] The Forks North Portage Partnership, 2013. Webpage: About The Forks, Retrived from
[5] Visit Winnipeg: Tourism Winnipeg’s Official 2013 Visitor Guide
[6] Tourism Winnipeg, 2013
[7] Downtown Winnipeg 2016 Trends Update, July 18, 2016