PASSION & HISTOIRE BLOG – Holiday season in Saint-Boniface

Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Jocelyne Fournier

As the year comes to an end, one of the best ways to say goodbye to it in style is with activities and gourmet experiences in Saint-Boniface!

In the culinary scene

For New Year’s Eve on December 31, the Wood Tavern is offering a 1920s-themed evening with a set menu and dance party.

Resto Gare has a festive and appetizing menu; while Inferno’s is also a safe bet since the menu is available on all home delivery apps. Promenade Café offers meals to heat at home, which comes in handy on those busy holiday days! Otherwise, they offer a festive 5-course menu on December 22, 23, 29 and 30 by reservation. Pasquale’s allows you to come and pick up your meals on the 24th, or dine in on December 31st for New Years Eve.

For the activities

The Winnipeg Christmas Map has become a winter staple in our city: in Saint-Boniface, Windsor Park, or Saint-Vital, you’ll find houses upon houses with holiday decorations, each one more beautiful than the last.

Don’t miss the lovely decorations lighting up Provencher Boulevard, or the ones on the front façade of the University of Saint-Boniface.

We can’t forget the Fromagerie Bothwell’s cow, Tee-Moo, and its festive costumes!

Now, is it really winter in Winnipeg without lacing up your skates? There are so many places to glide on the ice in Saint-Boniface and its surroundings. Outdoor rinks are available at Champlain Community Centre (282 Niverville Ave), Notre-Dame Rec Centre (271 de la Cathédrale Ave), and Norwood Community Centre (87 Walmer Street). The Seine river is another great option, where someone even already cleared a skating rink at the end of Dubuc Street! I’m sure with the colder weather, more little rinks will pop-up all along the river.

This next one is slightly out of the way, but makes for a great rural day-trip: the Centre of Canada on the Transcanada highway has a skating rink for the first time! It’s a lovely lit up spot, and will make you feel special since not many people are able to say that they have skated in the geographic center of the country! 

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Another winter sport commonly practiced in Saint-Boniface: cross-country skiing. The trails at Windsor Park Nordic Centre are open daily except on December 25, and ski equipment is available for rental, making Windsor Park the perfect place for beginners. More experienced skiers can head to the Saint-Vital park, where 5 km of trails await them. 5 other kilometers of trails are also accessible for walking, for a total of ten kilometers of outdoor exercise!

We recommend that you check with each location or business to see if the activities listed in this blog are still taking place in the event of any changes in public health restrictions.

Happy Holidays!