Take a Stroll on ‘The Loop’ — Winnipeg’s Urban Walking Trail

The LoopTourism Winnipeg is inviting the public out for a walk around The Loop — a 9.5 km self-guided urban walking trail.

Taking approximately 3.5 hours to complete, the trail was developed last year to showcase the city’s unique architecture, distinct neighbourhoods, iconic landmarks and historic sites throughout downtown, the Exchange District and St. Boniface.

“The idea for The Loop started after I had walked Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and questioned why Winnipeg couldn’t have its own urban walking trail,” said Marina R. James, president and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg Inc. “It’s important to promote Winnipeg and its urban architecture, history and unique points of interest in a self-guided tour. We want to showcase Winnipeg as a walkable city and encourage the health benefits that go along with walking.”

Winnipeg was Canada’s 6th most walkable city in 2013, according to Walkscore.com, beating out major cities such as Calgary, Edmonton and Hamilton.

The Loop participants are asked to take photos along the way and tweet or Instagram them to @tourismwpg using the hashtag #onlyinthepeg for a chance to win prizes.

Walkers are invited to begin their trek Thursday at 1 p.m. under the canopy at The Forks.