The Dallas Stars put a tongue-in-cheek Top 10 Reasons to Visit Winnipeg on their Jumbotron during their 5-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday. Global Winnipeg Morning News anchor and lifelong Winnipegger Eva Kovacs took up the challenge and came up with her own list to help them out.
Dear Dallas Stars,
You may not have scored a win in Tuesday’s game against our beloved Winnipeg Jets, but you did catch our eye with the Top 10 list about our city here in the Great White North.
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Apart from nailing down the significance of our world-renowned Royal Winnipeg Ballet — which, by the way, is the oldest ballet company in Canada, celebrating 75 years — you also hit the mark by including the Western Canada Aviation Museum, a definite must-see for any visitor.
But your list basically stopped there, which as a homegrown Winnipegger makes me so sad. But politely so, being Canadian, eh?
There’s so much to see and experience here, in between coffee stops at Tim Hortons.
Here are some of my favourite things about Winnipeg:
10 – The Forks Market and skating along the outdoor trails at Arctic Glacier Winter Park. (We hold the Guinness World record for the longest naturally frozen skating trail, measuring in at 8.54 kilometres long in 2008.)
9 – Hudson the polar bear and his animal pals at Assiniboine Park Zoo.
8 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights, a building that is as eye-catching as it is inspiring.
7 – Our food. From gourmet poutine and perogies to local breweries and of course Slurpees (oh yeah, we’re the Slurpee capital of the world, 14 years running).
6 – Festival du Voyageur, a winter staple celebrating our Franco-Manitoban community (great music, great food, ice carving competitions and the yummy Maple Sugar Shack).
5 – Fishing, swimming, camping and it’s all just a short drive away.
4 — Spongee, an outdoor hockey sport that’s perfect if you can’t skate (maybe Google it).
3 — You can thank us for Dallas Stars Cody Eakin and Ryan Garbutt.
2 — Winnie the Pooh, the beloved children’s character, was named after our city.
1 — And our Winnipeg Jets, who are sitting 10 points ahead of the Dallas Stars.