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Where to Au Pair – Winnipeg

Located in Central Canada, Winnipeg is known as “The Gateway to the west” and has a rich history as a Canadian trading post. Also known for its chilly winters, this city will give you a taste of the Canadian cold! But don’t be deterred – the warm community makes up for the tumultuous amounts of snow. Winnipeg’s vision is “To be a vibrant and healthy city which places its highest priority on quality of life for all its citizens.” and it doesn’t disappoint – offering up diverse activities and opportunities for everyone to experience and banding together to make a strong and loving community!

Check out Winnipeg’s number one tourist destination: The Forks

The Forks is an exquisite riverside attraction in the heart of downtown Winnipeg known as “The Meeting Place.” It’s one of the loveliest public spaces in the city and has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years: Early Aboriginal peoples traded at The Forks, followed by European fur traders, Métis buffalo hunters, Scottish settlers, riverboat workers, railway pioneers and tens of thousands of immigrants. Today it is a must see during every season and boasts four million visitors annually – the perfect place to make friends as an Au Pair! Winter, spring, summer or fall, The Forks offers a stunning array of dining experiences, incomparable shopping, a constantly changing slate of entertainment and events, and many unique attractions that encompass the site’s natural, historic and man-made features.

Experience the history with a visit to Le Musee de Saint-Boniface and The Pavilion

If you’re hoping to learn about Canada’s beginnings, this is a museum you won’t want to miss! The St. Boniface Museum is located in the original Grey Nuns Convent and is the oldest building in Winnipeg; it is also the largest oak log structure in North America. The museum showcases objects related to the heritage of French-Canadian and Métis peoples, offering a closer look and a better understanding of two beautiful cultures that highly influenced early Canada. You can also learn about the Canadian martyr: Louis Riel – a founder of Manitoba and political leader of the Métis peoples, as the museum boasts the largest collection of Louis Riel artifacts in the country. But if you’re looking for something a little lighter that you can do with your host kids, pay a visit to The Pavilion Gallery Museum! The entire second floor of this Art Gallery is dedicated to a permanent collection of  Winnie the Pooh artifacts and memorabilia including pop-up books, toys and figurines as well as the famous painting ‘Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Pot’ by Ernest H. Shepard, the original illustrator of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh books.

Celebrate Autumn with a day at A Maze in Corn

Just minutes from Winnipeg, on a family owned farm, you’ll find Manitoba’s leading corn maze – experience a true north Halloween as you traverse your way through the maze, pick the perfect pumpkin, take a hayride in a horse drawn wagon, and get spooked in “The Haunted Forest!” A Maze in Corn is a bale of fun and a great opportunity to spend some family time with your Host Family or to get a group of Au Pairs in your area together! The farm has a variety of animals for you to visit at their petting zoo, including goats, sheep, bunnies, horses, kittens, pigs, chickens, and a calf. Check them out early in the season and you can help bottle feed the new additions to the farm! A Maze in Corn also offers pony rides for both kids and adults – this is a fantastic opportunity to share your love of horses with your host kids! And last but not least – Zipline Tours! This farm has it all and will be a highlight of your Au Pair experience.

Join in Western Canada’s largest winter festival: Festival du Voyageur

The Festival du Voyageur is the perfect venue to embrace a Manitoba winter! Bonding the traditions of the past with the vitality of the franco-manitoban community of today, Festival du Voyageur is a kitchen party not to be missed. Immerse yourself in the Manitoban culture as you meet Fort Gibraltar’s historical characters, admire snow sculptures created by artists from around the world, sing and dance to lively music, and taste delicious French-Canadian food. Hoping to learn more about the Canadian culture as an Au Pair? The Festival du Voyageur will teach you everything you need to know!

If you’re looking for a home-away-from-home in Canada where people smile as you pass them on the street and there are celebrations in every season, Winnipeg is the place to Au Pair. You will become part of this beautiful city and it will stay with you even after your year is done.

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