So today I was driving northbound on mcphillips just past the casino around 6:00pm. City de-icing truck was driving down the middle lane in ahead of me, the truck has a big sign on the back saying "Keep back 25 meters. Spraying may start at anytime" sure enough the truck is spraying all 3 lanes going northbound on mcphillips and traffic is moving slow like 30km/h. I'm in the far left lane keeping some space between myself and the de-icing truck as I don't want my car to get sprayed with salt/de-icing solution. A pickup truck behind me was boxed in as the person driving in the middle lane beside me was also keeping space between them and the de-icing truck. This pickup truck behind me begins to honk, highbeam and tailgate me. I guess to signal me to go faster. I speed up a bit my, car gets doused in solution on the passenger side. This truck gets enough room to change lanes and then proceeds to cut me off then tries to cut off the de-icing truck but has to stop bc of a red light. I assume this pickup truck got doused pretty good as the spray didn't stop until the de-icing truck came to a stop beside him but I ended up turning left near Boyd Ave so I'm not sure what other shenanigans this truck had planned. Should I have stayed 25 meters behind the de-icing truck as the sign suggests or should I not care and pass them next time? I went for a carwash right after to wash the crap off my car as I don't want my car to sit overnight with salt/de-icing solution all over the passenger side. TL;DR should you pass city de-icing trucks driving slowly as they spray the street with salt/de-icing solution or should you just stay back 25m until they're done then pass when it's safe?
So many of my older relatives' and acquaintances' social lives revolve around casinos, VLTs, bingo and such. It's seldom all 3, but usually at least 1. Rich or poor, big families or single & lonely, the common denominator for so many retirees is gambling. I don't get it. I'm in my 30s and I can't think of anyone around my age who goes to the casino on a regular basis. Yet with the over 65 crowd, at least in my extended family and circle of acquaintances, so many of them do. What is it about the casino that draws the elderly like moths to a flame? Of all the things they could be doing in their retirement, sitting there at Club Regent or McPhillips Station or some dingy hotel VLT saloon is one of the most depressing things imaginable.
Winnipeg has over 700,000 unlucky people living within it's limits. For a city of it's size, it surprisingly lacks a decent mass transit system. Sure, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) is a start, but it's too little, too late. Much of the roads in Winnipeg are simply too small to handle more buses, and there just isn't the space to build dedicated bus lanes in much of the city. I think a metro system would be the best was to go. This is obviously however quite unrealistic as our city definitely couldn't afford, deal with, or complete the project within budget. If this were to go through, the system would face constant flooding, heating/air conditioning issues, and heavy opposition. I've seen a few of these maps around and decided to weigh in my opinion. Hope you like it. Here's a line overview: Central Line: This route is the longest of the four with 26 stations. The line starts at the Club Regent Casino vaguely following Nairn at Cut 'n Cover level to St Boniface where it crosses the Red River under that Restaurant Bridge Which No One Knows the Name Of. Here, the line turns to a deep level system connecting to Union Station. The line then connects City Place, Colony (Portage Place/U of W) and Vimy Ridge Park before returning to Cut 'n Cover level. At Polo Park, the route splits. Alternating trains could take passengers either to the Airport via St. James, or UniCity following the Portage. The Downs station would only be used on special event days such as the Red River Ex. The River Line: This route follows the Red River from the U of M to Kildonan Park. It runs at Cut 'n Cover level along University Crescent and Pembina. Windermere would serve as a major hub in the area with connections to the Tuxedo LRT (TRT), and BRT. Another major hub would be at Osborne Junction where you could again transfer to BRT and TRT. Here it would turn deep level, and remain this way until Kildonan. City Place would connect passengers to the Central Line and Winnipeg Square would get people on the Northern Line. A station here would help re-vitalize the Square and Portage & Main. The rest follows Main Street until reaching the Park. This line could easily be extended North to what-ever's up there, and South to St. Norbert. Northern Line: This route starts at Garden City Centre running at Cut 'n Cover along McPhillips until the Casino. Here it descends to a deep level system and serves HSC, Centennial, and Winnipeg Square. The line could easily be expanded South to a very under-served St Vital. Tuxedo LRT: This would be a a Light Rail system originating in the new Seasons of Tuxedo, following the current train line and BRT to Union. More than likely, to minimize costs, the current BRT or rail line would be converted to a LRT system as much of the infrastructure is already in place. https://preview.redd.it/0503y35yfhq11.png?width=1200&format=png&auto=webp&s=3f456c2c0258fbba4783548e9df7a86a03f75b52 https://preview.redd.it/bywvjt4yfhq11.jpg?width=639&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=40fe25dff4f225f6672286f5dffa95d982761486
I've noticed a lot of repeat questions being asked recently from visitors who are coming to Winnipeg for the FIFA Women's World Cup (June 8-16). Here are the most common questions: I can add to this if anyone has any suggestions. Where is the stadium? Investor's Group Field is at the University of Manitoba on the south end of the city. Where should I stay? There've been several news stories about how all the hotels in Winnipeg - even the Alt Hotel, which just opened - are booked solid. Sorry. However, you can try alternatives:
(With suggestions from majikmonkie). How do I get to the stadium from my hotel? FIFA put together a guide on transportation options. The first two options are for driving, but I would recommend NOT doing that, especially if you're driving there during afternoon rush hour. Pembina Highway (which is the main route to the stadium from downtown) will probably become a parking lot in the afternoon with all the additional traffic. However, there are four Park-n-Ride locations:
McPhillips Station Casino at McPhillips Street.
Club Regent Casino - 1425 Regent Ave West
Church of the Rock – 1397 Buffalo Place
Victoria Inn Hotel - 1808 Wellington Avenue
The Park-n-Ride costs $5 for people over the age of 12. Buses start departing 2 hours before afternoon kickoff. You might want to make a point of catching one of the first couple buses, since Pembina Highway is going to be a nightmare. A note from werno - DO NOT try parking on the residential streets around the stadium. You will be ticketed and possibly towed. Beaver Bus and Greyhound will also be operating a downtown hotel shuttle (also $5). Buses start departing 2 hours before afternoon kickoff. You might want to make a point of catching one of the first couple buses, since Pembina Highway is going to be a nightmare. If you're staying downtown, look for a shuttle stop (white circles) near your hotel: https://i.imgur.com/hyFSt9Z.jpg (With suggestions from majikmonkie). In not-stadium-specific transit news: Downtown Biz is going to be offering a free trolly to get around downtown. Winnipeg Transit also has free buses that will get you around downtown; #1,2, and 3 are all free all the time. (Thanks to supercantaloupe for the addition.) I'm coming in from [country]. Do I have to get my money exchanged or will establishments take my US dollars/pounds/pesos/bits? If you're using your credit card, most places will take a Visa and Mastercard regardless of country of origin. Most credit cards will give you a pretty fair exchange rate. However, you might still want cash for small purchases, bus fares, parking, etc. Some places might take US dollars, but it will either be at par (which would be a horrible deal for you) or at an unfavourable exchange rate. It's probably a good idea to get your cash exchanged if you plan on carrying cash. Also, plan on getting handfuls of change back when you pay. Canada has coins for $2 and $1, so after a few transactions you've got a handful of big coins to carry around. Also also, Canada no longer uses the penny, so all cash transactions will be rounded up or down to the nearest $0.05. Debit and credit transactions are still charged to the penny. (With suggestions from Becau5eRea5on5, kent_eh and tmlrule). How do I drive to Winnipeg from the US? (Info via scopar). There are several border crossings between Manitoba and the US, with 3 crossings from Minnesota and 11 from North Dakota. However, all of the border crossings a very small except for the Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND crossing that is at the end of the I-29. This crossing has multiple lanes and is open 24 hours a day. The other border crossings are usually single lanes and have limited hours of operations. You can find information on the border crossings from North Dakota and Minnesota . US citizens need proof of citizenship to enter Canada: a passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate. A passport will make your crossing the least stressful, and will probably make getting back into the US easier as well. The CBSA has information on identification requirements on their website . If you have a criminal record, you may have trouble at the border. This includes a DUI, which will probably prevent you from entering Canada. The US/Canada share access to criminal record databases so they will look it up. Don't bring firearms or ammo with you. Canada has very different and more restrictive gun laws than the US. There is no constitutional right to bear arms in Canada, so please leave them at home. The CBSA link above has a information on prohibited items. There are also limits on the amount of booze/cigarettes you can bring with you. When crossing the border (both ways), it's always best to be upfront and don't hide anything. If they discover you lied about something, you're more likely to be pulled over and searched. I'd highly suggest doing a search of your car before you hit the road to make sure you don't leave anything unwanted in there. Where can I get a drink? (Info via landlubber1976). Legal drinking age is 18. Drinking in public (i.e. outside a restaurant, hotel or private home) isn't recommended and is illegal. We're not Europe. You probably won't get too much hassle, but it might cause someone to call the police on you. Don't drink and drive, please. Alcohol generally more expensive than the US, by a fair bit.
Beer Vendors. These are connected to or in the parking lot of hotels. Will only sell beer and maybe some ciders for the most part. No hard alcohol or wine. Beer is sold cold here. Many locations throughout the city. Selection is usually limited to standard beers, and not many craft brews. Most beer here is sold in 6, 12 or 24 packs.
Liquor Mart. These are the government run alcohol stores. They will sell everything: beer, wine, hard liquor. Some locations have more than others. Biggest and most extensive selection is Grant Park, but not by a huge amount over others. Beer is often sold off the shelf and, apart from a small selection in fridges, is room temperature. These places are your best bet for craft beers, and most are available individually. Staff are overly helpful sometimes!
Liquor Mart Express. Somewhat new to us in Manitoba, but they are opening small versions of the above liquor marts in grocery stores. Smaller selection of everything, but convenient if you are already at a grocery store with one or in the area. There are not many though.
Most restaurants will be licensed, and some may allow you to bring your own bottle of wine, but unless that bottle means something special to you, it probably isn't worth it after they apply their corkage fee. You can order a bottle of wine with dinner and you can take what you didn't finish home with you. Just make sure it is in the trunk if you're in a car, or at least not accessible. Is there an official FIFA FanFest in Winnipeg? Here's the lowdown (thanks to scopar for the info): Winnipeg Fan Zone What: Open to the public (free) on June 6 (with a viewing party of Canada’s opening match). Open to FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Winnipeg Stadium ticket-holders on matchdays only. Where: Winnipeg Stadium (Investors Group Field) Hours of Operation
Saturday, June 6: 15:00 – 22:00 (Open to public with a viewing party of Canada’s opening match)
Monday, June 8: 13:00 – 15:00 (and between matches)
Friday, June 12: 14:00 – 16:00 (and between matches)
Monday, June 15: 13:00 – 15:00 (and between matches)
Tuesday, June 16: 14:00 – 16:00
What else should we do while we're in Winnipeg? Well, there's lots to do. Special things happening while you're here:
West Side Story is playing at Rainbow Stage June 4-19. This is a covered, outdoor theater in Kildonan Park that would make for a nice evening.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery has two great exhibits on right now: Olympus, which has Greek and Roman art from the National Museums in Berlin, and an exhibit of Ron Mueck's work (the guy who did the big baby scupture and other works).
Hey Everyone! I am flying to Mexico from Calgary and have a 6 hour layover in Winnipeg (12am Sat and depart 6am Sat). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on what I might do for that time, apart from sitting at the airport? Thanks in advance!
Selling 2 Tickets to Derrick Barry Pride Show in Winnipeg (May 23)
Hi all, not sure if this is appropriate to post here so my apologies if not. I'm selling two tickets to the Derrick Barry Pride Drag Show at McPhillips Station Casino on Thursday, May 23rd. The show will feature local Winnipeg drag queens, too. It starts at 10:00pm and doors open at 9:30pm. Rush seating and must be 18+. I paid over $50 for the tickets but willing to sell the pair for $40. The show is sold out. I wish I could go but I can't get off work the next day :( Message me if you're interested!
So after some research I found 3 Casinos around: McPhillips Station Casino (North End much?) Club Regent Casino South Beach Casino Anybody have any experience with them and could recommend the best one for Texas Hold'em? or just the quality and atmosphere?
Stadium notwithstanding.... I'm thinking Downtown mostly, maybe down Pembina works. Chains are fine, etc. I'm looking for somewhere with good screens, and the SOUND actuallly turned on, and turned up. I went ot the pemby for the game opener, it was so-so. Looking to hang out with a couple buddies and watch the game on Friday, trying to find a place that won't dissapoint. Boston Pizza? Smitties? Pony Corral? Shark Club? Anything else? Thanks guys!
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