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6 Things to do on a layover at Winnipeg Airport

Here are six things to do on a layover at Winnipeg Airport.

1. Enjoy a meal

Airport DiningStart your layover off with a decent meal. You’ll find a few to-go kiosks, plus a couple of sit-down restaurants. Enjoy a burger or something lighter and healthier. The locally owned Stella’s Cafe & Bakery has an outpost here, and you’ll also find Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, and Harvey’s. A couple of options stay open 24 hours, pre-Security.

2. Relax in a lounge

Airport LoungesSpend your layover relaxing in an airport lounge – and you don’t have to be a fancy First or Business Class flyer! A couple of lounges allow any traveller access, regardless of the airline or flight class. Pay at the door, pre-purchase an online pass or use your lounge membership program to gain entry and enjoy a comfortable area with unlimited drinks and food for one price. Locations and access information are available in our Winnipeg Airport Guide.

3. Hit the shops

ShoppingYou can get your steps in and pass some time by browsing the shops here. You’ll find just what you need here – last-minute items, books and magazines, souvenirs, and electronics. Pop into Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory for a sample, or pick out a game to play at locally-owned Toad Hall Toys. Shops close by 10 p.m.

4. Spend time in Winnipeg

For more extended layovers, the airport is well located in Winnipeg, just a few kilometres from some major sites. If you’ve got a layover of at least 4-5 hours, you can easily get out of the airport for some exploring.

You can store your luggage in the main terminal before heading out. A few bus routes connect to the airport, but for the sake of limited time, splurging on a taxi might be your best bet. If you’ve got the kids, head to Assiniboine Park Zoo and stroll nearby Assiniboine Forest. Or head to The Forks, a historic community area with a market, eateries, historic buildings, and dozens of community festivals throughout the year. In winter, you can rent skates here. More of a shopper? Head to Polo Park Shopping Centre, near the airport. If you’re in the mood to hit the links, several golf courses surround the airport.

Wherever you explore, leave plenty of time to return to the airport and get through Security for your next flight.

5. Stay connected

Stay connected to friends and family, update your social media accounts or surf the internet using the airport’s free WiFi.

6. Sleep

Airport SleeperYou shouldn’t have much problem catching up on sleep during your layover, but the question is where you’ll be napping. The benches are pretty comfortable, and there’s some carpeted flooring. Are you camping out overnight? Be aware that the Security checkpoints will close at night, so you’ll have to stay at Landside. Some travellers have reported being asked to leave the Secure area overnight, so they wound up in the pre-Security public terminal. It does get noisy, so plan on earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones. If sleeping in the airport isn’t quite your style, you have several options for a traditional hotel room. The Grand Winnipeg Airport Hotel and Lakeview Signature Trademark Collection are located on airport grounds, across from the terminal, and at least one offers day rooms. A few more hotels are within a 3-minute drive of the airport and offer complimentary shuttle service. See our Winnipeg Airport Guide for details and locations.

These are just a few things to do on a layover at Winnipeg Airport. Visit our Winnipeg Airport Guide for more information about services and facilities, such as food, WiFi, mobile charging, luggage storage, nearby airport hotels, and much more.