The Forks National Historic Site and Market
The Fort Garry Hotel is located just a stone’s throw from the “The Forks” one of the most important cultural landmarks in the city. Throughout its long history, The Forks has played an important role as a crossroads for trade and transportation. Its strategic location at the junction of two major rivers, the Red and Assiniboine, connect it to a vast continental network of water routes. Indigenous peoples have used these routes for many thousands of years with archaeological finds showing evidence of trade and settlement dating back at least 6000 years.
The Forks has undergone a major transformation over the last 30 years, becoming a great place to find outstanding food and drink, as well as purchase unique souvenirs. Explore the site's unique history and natural beauty, and experience the vibrant culture of Winnipeg.
The “Common”, a gathering place for food and drink at the Forks.
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg is the only national museum in Canada located outside the nation’s capital in Ottawa and is a top destination for anyone interested in learning about the struggle for human rights worldwide. With stunning architecture and interactive exhibits, the museum offers a powerful and thought-provoking experience. It's a place where visitors can explore the inspiring stories of those who have fought for justice and equality, and engage in challenging discussions about the importance of human rights in our world today.
NASBR attendees can enjoy FREE admission from October 9 to 16. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore this exceptional museum.
Assiniboine Park is a must-visit destination in Winnipeg, offering something for everyone. Take a stroll through the beautiful English Garden featuring over 300 works by the Ukrainian-Canadian sculptorLeo Mol, explore the trails of Assiniboine Forest, and enjoy the incredible indoor horticultural displays at The Leaf. Don't forget to visit the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo which offers visitors a chance to see polar bears up close. Assiniboine Park is a true gem of the city.
Within Assiniboine Park, you will find many attractions, including:
The Leaf is a breathtaking indoor botanical attraction. Visitors can journey through four distinct biomes and experience a stunning showcase of our planet's diversity expressed through plants. Even if October 2023 ends up being a little chilly, this is a wonderful warm place to have a cup of coffee and relax amongst the foliage. The attraction also features a welcoming restaurant serving cuisine that celebrates the harvest of each season.
Assiniboine Park Zoo: With over 180 species of animals from all over the world, the Assiniboine Park Zoo is a world class attraction for animal lovers of all ages. The Journey to Churchill exhibit features polar bears, muskoxen, Arctic foxes, wolves, and other northern species in incredible enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. The Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre puts Manitoba at the leading edge of polar bear research. Please see the Events page to register for our pre-conference tour!
During the month of October, you can experience a spine-chilling event called Boo at the Zoo, as Assiniboine Park Zoo transforms into a Halloween wonderland each evening. With carnival performers, classic rides, and spooky display, Boo at the Zoo is sure to get you in the Halloween spirit.
The Journey to Churchill Exhibit allows viewers to view multiple enclosures at the same time giving the illusion of a continuous habitat.
Pavilion Gallery Museum: The Pavilion has sat at the centre of Assiniboine Park for over a century and offers both contemporary and historical Art exhibits from local, national, and international artists. Entry is free.
Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) - Qaumajuq
Discover the world's largest public collection of contemporary Inuit art, along with fine art, decorative arts, and photography at WAG-Qaumajuq. Immerse yourself in local, national, and international exhibitions, and enjoy innovative education programs and stunning spaces to relax in, such as the Gallery Shop, Katita Cafe, and the famous rooftop sculpture garden. Don't miss the newest exhibit "Inuit Sanaugangit", a celebration of Inuit art from nearly 200 BCE to the present day. And before you leave, make sure to check out the wonderful gift shop filled with unique and beautiful souvenirs.
Qaumajuq. Michael Maltzan Architecture. Photo: Lindsay Reid
WAG-Qaumajuq's new exhibit Inuit Sanaugangit. Photo: Maddy Reico
The Manitoba Museum
The Manitoba Museum is a unique and immersive experience that takes visitors on a journey through Manitoba's history and environment. From the towering replica of a 17th-century sailing vessel, the Nonsuch, to the vivid dioramas showcasing the province's diverse ecosystems, the museum offers a fascinating look at Manitoba's past, present, and future. Through interactive exhibits, visitors can learn about Indigenous people who have lived on this land for at least thousands of years and their enduring cultural traditions. The museum also features an incredible Planetarium, where visitors can explore the cosmos and learn about the night sky as seen from Manitoba.
Walking Tours After Dark - Winnipeg Ghost Walk
If you're looking for a spooky historical adventure in Winnipeg, a ghost walk might be just what you need. The Exchange District and Broadway Ghost Tours both begin close to the conference (the Broadway Ghost Tour ends at the Fort Garry Hotel!). On a haunted ghost tour, you'll explore the city's dark and mysterious side, visiting some of the most haunted locations in Winnipeg, such as the Manitoba Legislative Building. Whether you're a believer in the supernatural or just looking to learn some thrilling history and folklore, a haunted ghost tour in Winnipeg is sure to leave you with goosebumps and memories that will last a lifetime. Ghost tours in October book up quickly so be sure to book your spot early!
We hope there will be a home game or two during and around the time of the conference. Experience the electric atmosphere of Bell MTS Place, the best rink in the world to see NHL hockey. Join one of the loudest fan bases in the league for a night to remember. We will link to the 2023-2024 schedule when it becomes available.
Times Changed High & Lonesome Club
Just a five-minute walk from the Fort Garry Hotel is the Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club, a cozy venue and a Winnipeg institution renowned for its live music performances. With a focus on local and Canadian talent, the club features a wide range of genres including blues, country, folk, and rock. Winnipeg is cold in the winter and our musicians stay inside and practice! A night at Times Change(d) will be one to remember and is a great example of Winnipeg fantastic live music scene. Very unlikely because you’ll be dancing but, if you get a little chilly, you can borrow one of the many housecoats (yes bathrobes!) lining the walls.
The Exchange District
Just a few blocks north of the conference hotel is the Exchange District, a National Historic Site with North America's largest and best-preserved collection of heritage buildings. This area offers a beautiful backdrop for over 40 businesses, including local restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, museums and attractions.
Free audio tours are available to those wanting to learn more about the history of the area.
The Kings Head PubThe King's Head Pub is a beloved fixture in Winnipeg's Exchange District, known for its lively atmosphere, friendly staff, and excellent selection of beers on tap. This British-style pub offers a menu of hearty pub fare, as well as live music and entertainment throughout the week. It's a great spot to grab a drink and play pool with friends, or to catch some live music on the weekends.