Winnipeg on Christmas Day!

Winnipeg City Skyline Night Photography from Parc Joseph Royal - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 25, 2012: O-M-G, it's freaking cold! My nose turned red!! If I remember correctly, it was around -30 celcius with windchill on the night of Christmas Day in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Tourism Review

This is my first time visting Winnipeg. I’m actually pretty excited! When I talked to people about my trip to Winnipeg, they always asked me and showed a puzzled, skeptical face, “What’s there to see? Lots of natives and, you know, it’s very cold. It’s Winterpeg!” Guess what, I’m going to visit Winnipeg on Christmas Day!!! Winter is what Winnipeg is famous for, right? Gotta visit this winter wonderland in winter. Winnipeg, here I come!

Upon arrival at Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport at 5:30pm, Dec 25, 2012, I went to get my rental car. The rental car company closed at 6pm on Christmas Day. Thanks goodness, my flight wasn’t delayed, which was one of my fear during winter travel. After picking up a quick meal at McDonald’s and checking in my hotel, I headed straight to Parc Joseph Royal for some views of downtown skyline.

Two things I noticed about driving in Winnipeg:

  1. It is very difficult to see the lane marking during both day and night in winter, even if the marking wasn’t covered by the snow. Sometimes I wasn’t quite sure how many lanes there were or if I was driving in the correct lane, not two lanes.
  2. There are so many “No U-Turn” signs, because doing U-turns is pretty common in Winnipeg. There are sometimes even traffic lights specifically for U-Turn!!! Crazy!
Winter Night View of Human Rights Museum and Fort Garry Hotel across Red River from Parc Joseph Royal - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 25, 2012: Looking at Human Rights Museum (left) and Fort Garry Hotel (right)

Winnipeg Winter Night City Skyline of Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge (Provencher Bridge), Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and Fort Garry Hotel - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 25, 2012: The famous three for Winnipeg City Skyline - Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge (left), Canadian Museum for Human Rights (middle), and Fort Garry Hotel (right). There is a restaurant Salisbury House on that bridge.

Winter Night City Skyline of Downtown Winnipeg from Parc Joseph Royal - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 25, 2012: I was the only person walking in Parc Joseph Royal on Christmas night, probably because the windhill temp was really cold.



Winnipeg Winter Night City Skyline viewed from Tache Promenade along Red River - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 25, 2012: On the other side of Provencher Bridge is Tache Promenade Taché—an interpretive walk on the banks of the Red River along Taché Avenue from the Provencher Bridge to the Norwood Bridge in St. Boniface.

Winter Night City Skyline of Downtown Winnipeg from St. Boniface Promenade Taché - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 25, 2012: viewing platform at Tache Promenade in St. Boniface

Walking on Frozen Red River on Christmas Night - Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAMTSAI.COM

December 25, 2012: Walking on frozen Red River by Downtown Winnipeg :D

Standing on Frozen Red River along St. Boniface Promenade Taché on Christmas Night - City of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada | SAM TSAI . COM

December 25, 2012: Hello Winnipeg! Here I Come!!

Map and Driving Direction

Point A: Parc Joseph Royal
Point B: Promenade Taché

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