Car Hire from Winnipeg Airport
Manitoba, Canada is a province of vast landscapes. With Winnipeg at its heart, the region boasts lakes, forests, prairie fields and sandy beaches. Exploring the area around Winnipeg Airport by car is a great way to experience the nature of Manitoba along with its vibrant towns and cities. Skyscanner can help you find the best car hire from Winnipeg Airport deal available.
Where to hire a car at Winnipeg Airport
There are a number of car hire companies operating from Winnipeg Airport. Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, National and Hertz all have offices in the main level of the 4-level Parkade car park, across the road from the arrivals terminal.
Petrol Stations near Winnipeg Airport
Whether you’re heading north or south on route 90 away from the airport, you’ll find an Esso petrol station after about five minutes.
Driving around Winnipeg Airport
Winnipeg Airport is well connected by local road routes. Route 90 is the main road going to and from the airport. It has connections to all major routes. These include route 1 which travels west all the way to Calgary and east into the centre of Winnipeg and beyond into Ontario. There’s also route 75 which heads south down to Canada’s border with the USA.
Roads around Winnipeg are well-maintained and sign-posted. Drivers will need to get used to driving on the right and should also look out for animals on the road. Running into a large animal like a moose can be very dangerous for both the animal and car passengers. Also, if you’re driving in Canada during the winter months, weather conditions can be extreme. It’s a good idea to check local news channels before travelling and to take extra care on the roads.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from Winnipeg Airport, there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
Winnipeg is a cosmopolitan city of historic neighbourhoods. Visitors can visit the Manitoba Museum to learn about the city and the region’s history, head to Assiniboine Park to see the zoo, gardens and playgrounds, or go shopping at The Forks Markets, housed in an old horse stable building. There’s great cuisine and nightlife too and lots of arts venues to enjoy.
Winnipeg city is around 15 minutes’ drive from Winnipeg Airport. Drivers should take route 90 north and then pick up route 57 into the city. The ring road around the city (route 100/101) helps drivers to avoid congestion in the centre.
As with many new cities, driving around Winnipeg can be tricky. There are a number of one-way streets in the downtown area and street names are known to change regularly along the same stretch of road. There is a good selection of parking around the city, both in car parks and on street. If you’re paying for street parking in the down town area, there may also be a time limitation on your stay. Parking a little out of the city centre, you’ll find cheaper and longer term parking options.
Winnipeg Beach is a lakeside town on the southern shores of Lake Winnipeg. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the beautiful marina, try their hand at windsurfing or sailing, or just enjoy a relaxing day in one of the area’s picturesque bays. There’s also live entertainment at the bandstand, bikes to hire and a number of golf courses in the local area.
It takes just under an hour to get from Winnipeg Airport to Winnipeg Beach. The most direct route takes route 90 north and then picks up the ring road and route 8. The town is small and easy to navigate with plenty of parking spaces available.
Whiteshell Provincial Park
Whiteshell Provincial Park is made up of rivers, lakes, sandy beaches and forest. It changes with each season and offers something exciting for visitors whatever the time of year. There are lots of outdoor activities to enjoy including fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, canoeing and even water skiing.
Whiteshell Provincial Park lies east of Winnipeg Airport. It takes just under two hours to get there, taking route 44 away from Winnipeg city. There are a number of entry points to the park, all of which have their own car park.