My first time driving into Canada and what an experience that was. This trip was my last trip before moving to New Zealand. So my brother and a friend decided to take a six-hour drive from the Twin Cities to Winnipeg to watch an NHL game with Canadians (Hockey’s “Best” fans). Which almost turned into a 12 hour same-day round trip, with our clash with boarder-patrol.
Day 1 – Drive & Dine 10.19.2018
A nice drive through boring North Dakota and we arrived at Border Patrol. Going through security they flagged our car to be searched. Upon being searched they found a police-grade breathalyzer, prompting them to think we were full-on alcoholics. Thus began the three-hour background check, so note to everyone, even though it’s safe to have a breathalyzer in your car to make sure you don’t drink and drive, Canadian border patrol will automatically assume you have a history of drunk driving.
And after three hours we are through and on our way to Winnipeg. Arriving at our Airbnb which was super nice, you can check it out here. If you’re new to Airbnb be sure to use my referral code to get $50 off your first stay. We went out to dinner at Little Pizza Heaven on Osborne Street. A lot of nice small business restaurants in this location, plus for those of you that enjoy Cannabis, there are a decent amount of recreational shops around here.
Day 2 – Explore the City & Jets Game 10.20.2018
The next morning we were off to explore the city of Winnipeg, which we were able to easily do in half a day. Starting the morning with Crepes at Kawaii Crepes and then over to The Forks (Assiniboine River & Red River Meet). The forks have a nice park along the river, with access to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Provencher Bridge, and the Winnipeg sign!
The outside of the Human Rights Museum is stunning, I did go inside and look around the gift shop, but I did not do a tour. For those interested the cost is CAD 18. A short walk away from the museum is the Winnipeg sign which you can get a photo with the museum in the background. Next up is the Provencher Bridge, there is a restaurant (Mon Ami Louis) in the middle, but it wasn’t open.
After checking out Forks park, we headed to Bell MTS Place (Home of the Jets NHL Team). Being from Minnesota we had specifically come here because we anticipated the crowd to get into the game, we were very disappointed. The crowd was mediocre at best but the arena was really nice!
We finished the night at Tavern United restaurant, highly recommended. Ready for the drive back home tomorrow morning.
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