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You can find a good selection of self-guided walking, cycling, driving and paddling tours to print out at the website of Routes on the Red (w routesonthered.ca), a local nonprofit marketing organization. They cover both central and the wider Winnipeg area and their leaflets can also be picked up at the Forks’ Manitoba Travel Centre. But Winnipeg also has a good selection of commercial river and walking tours.
Heartland Tours t 204 989 9630, w heartlandtravel.ca. Interesting and offbeat tours of Winnipeg look at its rock’n’roll era, its dance hall history, hauntings and, most rewarding of all, a look at the hidden meanings of the architecture of the Legislative Building by an author of a best-seller on the subject.
Historic Exchange District Walking Tours t 204 942 6716, w exchangedistrict.org. Interesting guided tours of the Exchange District leave from the Old Market Square between June and late August. The choice is between standard ninety-minute district tours and themed 45-minute offerings, but timetables vary and you need to book in advance by phone.
Muddy Water Tours t 204 898 4678, w muddywatertours.ca. Self-proclaimed “dark tourism specialists”, and certainly off-beat, Muddy Waters offers several theatrical, historically themed tours for kids (times vary; $3) and a twilight haunted tour for all (June–Sept Thurs; Oct Mon & Thurs 7pm; $46) that takes three hours and includes attempts to communicate with the dead.
Paddlewheel River Boats t 204 942 4500, w paddlewheelcruises.com. May–Oct daily (1pm; $19) sightseeing boat trips and dinner and dance cruises leave from the dock at the end of Alexander Avenue on the banks of the Red River. A historic fort cruise (May–Aug Wed–Fri 9am–4.30pm; $31) takes you to Lower Fort Garry and back; one of the fleet is a replica paddlewheel vessel.
Parks Canada Walking Tours t 204 983 6757, w parkscanada.ca/forks. A “6000 Years in 60 Minutes” walking tour (July–Aug Sat & Sun 11am & 2pm 10am; $4) uses costumed guides to tell six thousand years of history in an hour and offers a geocaching kit to help you unearth the past for yourself ($6). For both enquire at the Explore Manitoba Centre.
Splash Dash t 204 783 6633, w splashdash.ca. This company offers river tours (every 15min: mid-May to mid-Oct daily 10am–sunset; 30min; $11) from a quay by The Forks; water buses ($3.50 one way) between eight different spots along the river; canoe rental (daily 10am–9pm; $18/hr or $40/day).

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