Nivi's Adventures

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


So I got into Winnipeg midday Tues 18 April and checked into the hostel the same time as an Australian girl who had been on the train with me. We decided to wander around together - Winnipeg was a decent city, it's downtown isn't overly large (we covered most of the areas of interest that afternoon itself) but there were some nice old buildings.

This is the legislature building - Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba

On Wed I checked out the Royal Canadian Mint. I wasn't sure how interesting it would be but I had time to kill. It turned out to be quite interesting and I was quite surprised to find out that the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg is where NZ coins are minted!

They had this real gold bar on display (the dude guarding the gold bar took the photo for me), but bullion and commemorative coins are actually minted at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa.
I also checked out "The Forks" which is the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. It seems Winnipeg and Manitoba is prone to flooding, people were being evacuated from their flooded homes in Manitoba while I was there and I'm not surprised - check out how high the river levels are!


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