400 Winnipeggers Get a Taste of Downtown with 10 Tours, 40 Restaurants and 150KM of Gorgeous Scenery


April 30, 2014

400 Winnipeggers Get a Taste of Downtown with 10 Tours, 40 Restaurants and 150KM of Gorgeous Scenery

Downtown Winnipeg – 10 tours will offer Winnipeggers even more opportunities to delve deeper into what downtown has to offer and to discover the hidden gems that give our city its character. 40 restaurants and an urban landscape rich with green space, parks, and music history, will get its close up as 400 people sip, sup, and stroll throughout downtown, collectively traveling over 5000KM on foot and bicycle.

“People have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring and summer – the sizzling heat, the sunset, and hanging around downtown restaurants and patios surrounded by friends and good people,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “These tours help us show off the city in an authentic, intimate way. Rather than just putting an ad in the paper or a billboard we want to pull people by the hand and actually show them what’s going on downtown.”

From cycling to wine tastings to an exploration of downtown’s river trail leading up to the site of The Forks – Winnipeggers will discover why downtown is such a unique and exciting place to visit with personalized tours hosted by the Downtown BIZ:

Biking & Beer – An elite mountain/hybrid cycling event. Hit the city’s newest bike routes on a two-hour ride with the Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ, finishing with a cold beer on a downtown patio. Route is approximately 50KM and features Café 22, Pony Corral, and Moxie’s Classic Grill on June 18, July 16, and August 13. 4:30pm start, free.

A Moveable Feast – Take in the gorgeous view of some of downtown’s most iconic buildings, architecture, and places on a five-hour bike ride, while enjoying great eats from local downtown restaurants, featuring Little Sister Coffee Maker, Old Spaghetti Factory, Promenade Cafe & Wine, Little Saigon, Waves Restaurant & Lounge, Pony Corral, Thom Bargen, The Fyxx, East India Company Pub & Eatery, Kum Koon, and surprise restaurants in the Exchange District. Route is approximately 7KM and is co-presented by Downtown BIZ, Exchange District BIZ, Provencher BIZ, West Broadway BIZ, Osborne Village BIZ, Bike Valet, Bike Winnipeg, and the City of Winnipeg’s Active Transportation. June 19 and September 27. 5PM start, $35/person.

Patio Crawl – Because now that summer is here, one patio is never enough. Grab your friends, soak up the sun and sip your favourite drinks. Sample delicious brews at beloved watering holes like: Elephant & Castle, Muddy Waters, Finn’s Pub, The Keg, Earls Restaurant, Old Spaghetti Factory, Clay Oven, Beachcombers, Rudy’s Eat and Drink, The Met, and The Current. August 8, July 11, and July 13. 5PM start, $30/person. Tour length: 2.5 hours.

Winnipeg Wine – Explore the wine lists of some of Winnipeg’s top downtown restaurants and sample delectable food pairings with this guided tour. Stroll your way to downtown’s top fine dining restaurants, including Sydney’s, The Velvet Glove, Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar, Prairie 360, 295 York, and Fort Garry, and cap it all off with an overnight stay at the lavish Hotel Fort Garry. September 12. 6:30PM start, $175 for one person or $250 for two people.

Almost Famous – Tour the pubs, clubs, and bars that are home to Winnipeg best blues, rock, and country bands. Featuring classic, quirky, and historic venues with performances from up-and-comers and local favourites at featuring The Pyramid Cabaret, Shannon’s Irish Pub, and Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club. July 19 and August 16. 9PM start, $35/person.

Rebirth of Our Downtown – Take a front row seat as the BIZ shares with you stories leading to the rebirth of our downtown and our downtown vision. Winnipeg’s downtown has shown a new wave of productivity, growth, innovation and consumer optimism – as articulated in a new market research report, Downtown Trends. Hop on our trolley and tour some of the redevelopment activities that’s making downtown Winnipeg the place to invest, work, live, and experience. June 25. 10AM, free.

Thanks to our media sponsor, Clear 102 FM. For a complete listing of downtown tours and to purchase tickets, visit www.downtownwinnipegbiz.com/tours.

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 For more information, contact:

Jason Syvixay
Managing Director
Tel: (204) 958-4635
Email: jason@downtownwinnipegbiz.com