Wordless Wednesday: Winter in Winnipeg

No more excuses, just warm wishes from Winnipeg, Manitoba (where it is currently -14C/+7F). Not bad by Manitoba standards!

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Red River Mutual is aย  6-km (3.7 mile) skating path and separate walking trail along the river’s frozen surface. Yearly competitions create numerous, funky warming huts along the way.

 

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The downtown intersection of Portage and Main is reputed to be the “coldest and windiest intersection in Canada.” It is featured on the Canadian Monopoly Board. Randy Bachman and Neil Young sang about it in “Prarie Town.” Stompin’ Tom Connors also gave it a nod in “Red River Jane.” On this corner, in 1972, Bobby Hull signed the largest contract in hockey history for his day.

 

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If visiting Winnipeg in winter, remember to bring your extra warm woolies, waterproof boots…and sunglasses. Because you just never know!

 

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Richard, Donna and niece, Brieann, wish you warmth wherever you are.

 

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And George, the cat, has hogged the prime seat near the fireplace!

 

 

 

Take it away Randy and Neil!

72 Replies to “Wordless Wednesday: Winter in Winnipeg”

  1. Hi Donna,
    I’ll bet it is nice and cozy to come in from the cold and snuggle by the fire…maybe with a glass of wine and a good book??? Although I do not miss this type of weather from NH, I must admit the photos make it look lovely. The river skate path is a fabulous idea. How cool! (no pun intended ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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  2. Well, I can see why you’re wordless, Donna…your lips must be frozen! Burr…it looks so cold, but beautiful. I love the phone of you and Richard with your niece! As for George, he’s got the right idea. Enjoy!

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  3. Nice to wake up this morning and see the bright smiles and rosy cheeks coming from Winnipeg. This is the first time I have heard about a warming hut. And, yes, to a Canadian โ€œPortage and Mainโ€ is a cultural iconic site. Have a fun visit and thank you for sharing, Donna. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Despite the chilly temperatures, we actually saw a couple of people with sweaters, shorts and bare legs (true)!! I guess it’s all relative. In 1947, the weather in the tiny village of Snag (Yukon Territories) hit โˆ’63 ยฐC or โˆ’81.4 ยฐF. I can’t even begin to comprehend that kind of cold!!

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  4. Hi Donna – I recognize the sunny Canadian winter scenery ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you meant minus 14C. George has the right idea. Stay warm and enjoy your time in Winnipeg!

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  5. Wonderful pics of the capital city I spent a couple yrs living during the late 60’s and brought back loads of memories of my home province. Thx so much.

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  6. How pretty those pictures are, but I can still feel the cold coming through them! Not a fan of cold, but maybe in short doses to see the beauty and then to go home to a nice crackling fire. Thanks for sharing Donna!

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  7. I’m pretty sure that I have no idea how truly cold that must be. If it gets into the low 60s/high 50s here, I start whining. I can’t deny the beauty of a recent snowfall, though. I just can’t figure out how I would be able to enjoy it without actually having to feel the cold. George definitely has the right idea! Enjoy your stay!

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    1. Woo Hoo!! It is so nice to see you back online! How was your break??
      I honestly believe that the secret to enjoying cold weather is proper clothing. Or…that’s just my excuse to do more shopping. Either way, that’s what works for me! I look forward to reading your next post!

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      1. And it actually makes sense for parents who want to stay close to their older kids who may be skating. It’s a great idea. If you can’t beat winter, you might as well enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Gorgeous photos Donna and the sky is beautiful and clear. We don’t experience winter like that here in Australia and I would love to. It all looks so gorgeous but I think the novelty would wear off when it is so cold! Thank you for sharing with us at #MLSTL and it is wonderful to have you back with us again. xx

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  9. Oh my, it looks like a winter wonderland. I’m reading this at nearly 9am on a Thursday morning where I’m already contemplating switching the airconditioning on!

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    1. Hi, Debbie – Our trip to Winnipeg was amazing. We loved every minute of it. From there we went to visit more family in Edmonton, Alberta — which was ironically even colder!! Luckily, Vancouver Island has a very mild winter (by Canadian standards). We are headed home now! Thanks for stopping by — and thanks for not letting me know how warm it is there!

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  10. That first pic just takes me breath away. I’ve never seen real snow – a little flurry and some sludge in Europe at the end of their winter, but I can’t even begin to imagine how cold and white and amazing all that snow would be (I think I’d be sitting next to your cat in a very short amount of time though!)
    thanks for linking up to MLSTL – I’ve shared this on my SM ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Brr. It may be mild by Manitoba standards but it looks a might frosty for mine. Makes my throat hurt! Ha! What a wimp I am. Just settle me in with George, and I’ll be fine. Happy new year!

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  12. I’ve only been to Winnipeg once, in the summer. Had a great time, found a spa, an adorable coffee place, and saw the Winnipeg Ballet.
    Winnipeg in the winter? I’d be curled up with George ๐Ÿ™‚

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  13. BRRR! Looks quite chilly there, no not chilly but extra cold and icy! I thought that large pic at the top was a painting when I first saw it. Stay warm โ™ฅ

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  14. There you are again, dear Donna, finding happiness in the most extreme conditions and sharing the experience with us. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have no idea what it’s like to live in such conditions, so the song/video you added was a nice authentic touch. In fact, I had to look up who this Randy was! Bachman Turner Overdrive! They had a song “Taking Care of Business” that I almost requested for my retirement party last March! Anyway, it’s nice to see your enjoying each day, whether it’s walking under the searing sun of Palm Desert, or slogging through piles of white stuff up northern way.

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  15. Oh, my goodness, Portage and Main in the winter, you ARE brave, Donna! As a prairie chicken (or prairie flowerโ€”take your pick), I’m well versed in below zero weather! I loved the videoโ€”Neil Young always stirs my heart!

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    1. Thanks, Diane – The weather on Portage and Main was amazingly lovely when we were there (+1C and sunny)! However, we did push our luck when continuing on to Edmonton (-18, ice and snowy)! When I was looking through Neil Young and Randy Bachman videos, I saw one where Randy said that he, Neil and Burton (Cummings) used to have their mothers phone into the local radio show (Beefs and Bouquets) and pretend to be an anonymous fan saying how well they had performed at a local hangout. I LOVE tidbits like that!

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  16. Hi Donna – bet it’s colder there today. I hadn’t realised how interesting Winnipeg’s history is … just watched Michael Portillo’s Great Canadian Train Journeys on Winnipeg … and I’ve loved being able to co-join and overlay a little more geographical history onto Canada – bringing your wonderful country to life. There’s more episodes to see …

    Love the photos – wonderful to have that skating path … such an interesting city – loved reading that the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has been located there …

    Cheers and enjoy the somewhat warmer weather on VIsland … even we have snow spattering on the Downs today! – Hilary

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    1. Hi, Hilary – I am so glad that I visited Winnipeg in the beginning of January when it was +1C as opposed to today when it is -31C there. Brrrrr!!!! It was +4 degrees in our little corner of the Island today. I am incredibly grateful for our mild weather!

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