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Tourism & Transportation

Information for New Students


Seeing Winnipeg & surrounding area
There are lots of fantastic things to see and do in Winnipeg and the surrounding area. ISS regularly hosts events which are a great way to meet other students and see some of the great things that the area has to offer. You can also check out these websites for more information:

Transportation (Manitoba & Canada)
There are limited public transportation options if you wish to travel outside of Winnipeg. However, Greyhound Bus Lines, ViaRail, and various airline companies (Air Canada, West Jet, etc.) have routes between Winnipeg and other cities. Some students who have a Drivers license which is valid in Canada and who are at least 21 years of age, may choose to rent a car in order to travel outside of Winnipeg. Other students go on a trip with a tour group which arranges for transportation and accommodations (see the websites above for more information on tour companies).
 
Cycling
Cycling is also a very popular mode of transportation and some people even cycle in the winter. When cycling in Winnipeg, you must wear a bike helmet, ride on the right side of the rightmost lane of the street (avoid very busy streets), and use hand signals. If cycling at night, wear reflective clothing and have front and rear lights on your bike. For more information on safe biking, please view Manitoba Public Insurance's guide on Safe Biking. The University of Winnipeg Student Association's Bike Lab offers a number of great workshops and programs for bikers right on campus.


Winnipeg Transit
The University of Winnipeg’s downtown location provides you with easy access to Winnipeg Transit’s bus routes. Winnipeg Transit offers a special rate to post-secondary students who purchase a bus pass on campus (at the UWSA Info Booth). This may be a good option for you if you ride the bus often. Otherwise, you can buy bus tickets or pay with change upon boarding the bus. The Downtown Spirit is a network of bus routes that will take you around downtown Winnipeg for FREE. Pick up bus route schedules at the Info Booth on campus and use Winnipeg Transit’s Navigo Trip Planner to find the bus stop locations and times for any city trip you want.