Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Winnipeg is Canada’s seventh largest city and is the capital of the province of Manitoba. With a culturally diverse population of nearly 750,000 people, Winnipeg is a safe and friendly city with access to a wide variety of cultural, sports and entertainment activities.

The people of Winnipeg are as culturally and ethnically diverse as any city in Canada. In some cases, the people of Winnipeg can trace their immigrant heritage back many generations while others have recently arrived in Winnipeg and Canada. The diversity of Winnipeg and its tradition of welcoming new immigrants to the city ensures that Winnipeg is a city full of creative energy.

Manitoba offers a range of landscapes from the rugged beauty of its northern forests, vast prairies to the west, and many lakes and parks scattered throughout the province.

Benefits of living in Winnipeg include:

  • Low cost of living in comparison to other North American cities
  • More than 150 days of annual festivals
  • Many museums, theatre companies, ethnic theatres, orchestras, and dance companies, including the world-famous Royal Winnipeg Ballet
  • World-class sports teams including football, hockey and baseball
  • Over 2,300 hundred hours of sunshine each year–more than almost any city in Canada
  • Four distinct seasons for lots of different outdoor experiences


Winnipeg is the centre of Canada and accessible from any major airport worldwide. The Winnipeg International Airport is a short cab ride to the Red River College Notre Dame Campus and nearby housing.

Winnipeg Transit

Full-or part-time Red River College students enrolled in full-time programs leading to a recognized degree or diploma are entitled to discounted bus rates. Students pay for a monthly pass, which gives them unlimited use while enrolled at RRC. Student bus passes can be picked up at the College with valid student identification.
 See the Winnipeg Transit website for more details.

Driver’s Licenses

Visit Manitoba Public Insurance for information on Driver’s licensing in Manitoba.

Effective May 24, 2018, Student Authorization Letters are no longer being issued. This means students from non-reciprocal jurisdictions are now subject to the same requirements as other new residents of Manitoba, and will be required to apply for a Manitoba licence if they wish to continue to drive.

Existing Student Authorization Letters that have previously been issued will still be honoured, providing the student maintains a full-time student status. However, replacement Student Authorization Letters will not be issued should the student misplace or lose their letter.

If a student holds a valid driver’s licence from a reciprocal jurisdiction, but no longer has full-time status at a post-secondary institution, they must exchange their out of province or foreign driver’s licence for a Manitoba driver’s licence within three months after their arrival in Manitoba. The student must also satisfy identity verification requirements, but will not be required to complete the knowledge or practical road tests.

If a student holds a valid driver’s licence from a non-reciprocal jurisdiction, they may operate a motor vehicle in Manitoba for up to three months after their arrival in Manitoba. To continue driving after three months, the student will be required to obtain a Manitoba licence by successfully completing a knowledge test and a practical road test. The student will also be required to satisfy identity verification requirements.

Should you have any questions, please contact MPI at (204) 985-7000, or toll-free at 1-800-665-2410.

Jurisdictions with Reciprocal Arrangements with Manitoba:

  • Canada (all provinces and territories)
  • United States of America (all States and Territories, including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Australia, Germany, France, Isle of Man, Northern Ireland, Ireland, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Known as the cultural cradle of Canada, Winnipeg has a rich arts and culture scene. It is home to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Canada’s oldest civic art gallery, the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Many of the city’s galleries and performing arts groups are located in the Exchange District, making it an exciting neighbourhood for students to stay and study.

Winnipeg is the diversity capital of Canada and home to people from countries around the world. The architecture, people, cuisine, more than 100 languages spoken, festivals, special events, cultural offerings and facilities are some of the most unique and interesting in the country.


A short walk from campus, students can enjoy Manitoba’s number one attraction, The Forks. Located at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, the area has a fascinating 6,000 year history as a meeting place. There is outdoor recreation to be enjoyed year round, great shopping and dining, a world-class skateboard plaza, Arctic Glacier Winter Park, open performance spaces and other attractions.

Assiniboine Park and Zoo is North America’s second largest urban park, featuring gardens, a conservatory, art gallery, restaurants, and lush green space. Opening in 2014, Journey to Churchill will be the world’s most comprehensive polar bear and Arctic exhibit in the world.


Award-winning chefs, contemporary bistros, mom-and-pop shops and ethnic eateries make up Winnipeg’s diverse and eclectic culinary landscape. More than 1,100 restaurants offer up everything from regional ingredients to creative tapas to traditional treasures from around the globe.

Night Clubs and Concerts

Winnipeg’s BellMTS Centre was named the 24th busiest arena in the world and showcases world renowned performers such as Rod Stewart, Pearl Jam and Greenday. If dancing is your interest, visit some of Winnipeg’s hottest nightclubs found on the link below.

  • Pollstar provides information to live concerts
  • TicketMaster is another source for live concert information
  • Clubzone is a website for dance clubs and live entertainment in Winnipeg


Winnipeg is home to a variety of festivals celebrating our cultural diversity, ethnic diversity and Canadian living. Check out the links for the festival that interests you.


Festivals Outside of Winnipeg

Travel Manitoba is a website operated by the Province to provide information and travel options for people visiting Manitoba. Please visit the Travel Manitoba website for detailed information on Festivals located outside of Winnipeg.


For a more complete guide to museums visit


Winnipeg is the home to three professional sports teams, which provide high-quality entertainment for a reasonable price. If you prefer participating in sporting events, the Sports Manitoba website will provide complete information for all your sporting needs. Red River College is pleased to provide access to fitness facilities and varsity sports for its students. Visit our Athletic and Recreation Services web for more information.


The City of Winnipeg website will provide you with everything you need to know from transit options to recreational parks and everything in between.

The Province of Manitoba website will connect you with everything you need to know about Manitoba.

The Canadian Government website will provide you with information about Canada.

The Manitoba Youth website is targeted at Manitobans under the age of 30.

The Canadian Government Youth website provides information to help Canadian youth under the age of 30.

The Live Learn Succeed website provides information for students wanting to study in Canada.

Local Newspapers

Stay current on local and national news with Winnipeg’s two daily newspapers.

Cultural and Religious Resources

Manitoba is one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in Canada and Winnipeggers celebrate the diversity of its residents with many cultural groups.

Multiculturalism Information from the Government of Manitoba

Winnipeg has a wide range of religious and spiritual options at our houses of worship plus community activities and volunteer opportunities.

Other Websites

If you are planning to live or looking for more information about living in Winnipeg, bookmark these important sites.

Groceries, Nutrition and Healthcare

Winnipeg has a variety of grocery stores in every neighborhood ranging from national chains like Safeway, Superstore and Sobey’s to small ethnic supermarkets catering to the needs of every culture.

Pharmaceutical and health care products can be found at one of our many drug stores such as Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and Rexall PharmaPlus. Many large grocery stores also contain pharmacies.


Students can easily access the many banks and ATMs in Canada. In general, there are two types of accounts: chequing and savings. A chequing account is useful for paying rent, tuition or bills and other expenses. A savings account pays higher interest if you plan to keep your money in the bank for a longer period of time. Contact the bank for the account which best suits your needs. You should always ask about the transaction fees that the bank charges for writing and cashing cheques and for using an ATM Card. You can arrange for an ATM Card, Internet banking and telephone banking services when you open the account. For a complete list visit Canadian banks.

Cost of Living in Winnipeg

Winnipeg has one of the lowest costs of living in North America. This results in a high standard of living. Some typical day to day costs, shown in Canadian dollars, are:

  • Bus fare one way $2.70
  • Local telephone call $0.50
  • Average restaurant meal $10.00 – $30.00 (plus 15% gratuity)
  • Movie $5.00 – $10.00
  • Postage within Canada $1.00
  • International Postage $2.50
  • Litre of milk $1.85
  • Loaf of bread $2.50
  • Can of soda $1.50