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Manitoba Makes Lonely Planet’s Best Travel Destinations for 2019

October 23, 2018 6:54 AM | News

Polar Bear

A polar bear shakes the snow off himself after a swim in Wapusk National Park on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Man., on November 6, 2007. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

Beluga Whale

A beluga whale surfaces for air as whale watchers head out in kayaks on the Churchill River in Churchill, Manitoba, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba’s heart is beating a little faster after hearing our province lauded by Lonely Planet.

The travel media company has singled out Manitoba on its annual list of the best travel destinations, where we placed No. 8 in the Top Regions category.

The province was highlighted for being in the middle of Canada, its multiculturalism, Churchill wildlife and being easily accessible for nature travellers.

Writes Lonely Planet…

Manitoba is, quite literally, at the centre of everything. It’s the geographical middle of Canada and a crucial point of encounter; the ancient Aboriginal people would trade their wares at what is now Winnipeg’s downtown core. The capital city has retained its multicultural flavour, with over a quarter of its population having recently immigrated from nations as varied as the Philippines, Nigeria and India. Further north, near the township of Churchill, the province acts as an important crossroads for the country’s megafauna – wandering bears and exploring whales. Increased air transfers and enhanced safari packages will now get travellers closer to nature than ever before.

The travel authority also ranked the top 10 countries, cities ad best value places to visit as part of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019.

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