“I have lived all over the country and Winnipeg is by far the worst place to live in this great country. This is why:
-Long very cold winters- harshest in Canada
-Violent and very high crime
-Very inefficient traffic system- built for the horse and carriage
-Run down, very unattractive and unproductive downtown
-Poor economy for higher paying jobs
-Terrible city for the young and the single
-Hot muggy amd mosquito infested summers
-Very little to do (compared to other cities, especially in the winter.
-Difficult city for newcommers to fit in- hard to make friends if you did not grow up here
-Too many trains that impede traffic (Waverly etc)
This city is only remotely tolerable if you grew up here. The only thing it has going for it is it is cheap and perhaps has a slow pace of life.
As a whole this is Canada’s biggest hellhole. period..”
“I agree with much of what you ahve said. I have lived here for 5 years and I still can’t stand the winters. It is tough to get to know people here. This city is a bad place to live, especially if you are not from here.”
“I think that you are being generous, this city is a world class hell hole!! It is the coldest of any city over 500K on earth. It is crime ridden, there is very little future here for new people”
“This is an awful city if you compare it to other cities in the country. Out of all the cities over 100,000 it has the harshest winters as it is very cold and very windy. It is consistently in the top 3 year after year in crime rate. It is very difficult to get a job over 40K a year unless you know someone. This city is also more difficult than most to meet new people because everyone has been here forever and is not overly enthused to admit someone into their life.
The only positive is that this city is cheap, but that is partly proof of what I am saying above. Cities are cheap or expensive for a reason. Winnipeg is cheap because this is a hellhole that no one wants to move to. Calgary is expensive because of the location, economy, and somewhat the climate.
This city is bad news for the newcommer, period.”
“Isn’t that Grumpy guy a stupid asshole? He is so dilusional in his attitude about Winnipeg. He can’t admit that this city is worse than most in Canada. This city has very little going for it, especially for newcommers. It is o.k for someone to say that they like winnipeg because they grew up here and they have alot of friends and connections and perhaps it is cheap. Grumpy tries to sell people on the merits of the city itself and that my friend is stupid. Grumpy needs to wake up and do a reality check.”
“winnipeg really is generally an unfreindly, self-centered,violent place. I’ve been living here since birth and cant really say I have been happy here ever.”
“Winnipeg is renowned for its friendly people”
You are kidding right, the rest of the country regard winnipeggers as mean(dollar stores get mentioned a lot) and a bit weird.
So the consensus I am getting from east coast to west (yeah I do a fair bit of travelling at the moment)is that you are a self centred group of weirdo,s
Before the miserable old man starts fantasising about how wonderful winnipeg is again and advising people to leave, I am leaving before xmas, I will not be back.
Anyone reading this forum that is thinking of moving here, don,t. There are far better places in Canada”
“We have been here nearly a year and I agree with most things that have been said.
I have made a couple of friends, but this city is more difficult to integrate into than other places I have lived.
People are very self centred in my opinion. One of the first winnipeggers I talked to described this city as a “tired old town” and advised me to take my family to BC. Not a good first impression
This as since been reinforced by quite a few others.
Our biggest problem is with young children there is very little to do in the winter.”
I’ve been here 7 years, and in my experience Winnipeggers are polite, but not friendly (especially women). It takes 2 to 3 years for a Winnipeger to warm up enough to befriend you and go beyond small talk. I’ve just given up.
I’ve been to “socials” and events where no one would talk to me, because I didn’t show up with someone they knew. And don’t even try to pick up a conversation, because all you’ll get is a “Who are you?” look and some yes/no answers.
I have only 2 friends here. On is an immigrant as myself, who has had the exact same experience with “Friendly” Manitoba. She’s lived all over the world, and she says by far Winnipeg is the worst place to make friends she has encountered (she can’t wait to move). My other friend is from work (it took two years of seeing me everyday for her to start going out to lunch with me).
If you think of moving here, you’d better know some people, or you’ll be very lonely. If you are introduced to people through friends, you might do ok.
For those Winnipeggers defending their home town, let me ask you: When was the last time you made a new friend (not introduced to you by another friend)?”
“Not being able to Make friends is not the only reason this city sucks. The winters are awful, the city is boring, and it is ugly as hell. The crime rate is terrible as well.”
“Mr Freeze I applaud you. You said it all. We moved here two years ago and are leaving in April. Can’t wait to get out of this stinking, retarded, frozen wasteland. The only thing Winnipeg has going for it is CITI FM.”
“The only thing great about this city is that everywhere else seems like a vacation. I was in Regina last year and it was more pleasant than Winnipeg.”
I have heard countless things good or bad about Winnipeg (mostly bad). I can take or leave most of the so-called strengths of this city.
The one thing that supercedes activities in this city is the climate. I know there is little we can do to change it, but it is a huge factor in the comfort and entertainment of Winnipeggers.
The weather here is uncomfortable or unlivable 4.5 to 6 months of the year. How much fun is it to live here when you are couped up inside 40% of the year. Having decent weather to enjoy life with family or friends is very important. This is an element that is severely lacking in this city and perhaps Saskatoon or Regina.
I also feel the summers are more uncomfortable here because of the mosquitos and wood ticks.”
“Yes, its a crime ridden, run down, ice covered, desolate shit hole with a rapidly decaying infrastructure and close to nothing worthwhile. In other words, its pretty much the Detroit of Canada. Ive lived here most of my life and somehow always come back. Home is home.”
“Here I thought the whole problem with rat infested Winnipeg was the Damn Mosquitoes & black flies in the spring, summer and fall.
Darlene: Very little you said here makes Winnipeg special. In fact this is a very ordinary place at best. Almost all Canadian cities have great people and spirit. Most cities have real important sports teams (more than the bombers) such as the Flames. Senators, Leafs, Blue Jays etc). You think that Wpg has great parks- it is not a patch on Fish Creek in Calgary, or Stanley Park in Vancouver.
Most cities in Canada have great research interests, better than wpg. Manitoba has never been ranked particularly high for its education or healthcare systems. Winnipeg does have bad traffic in the south end and lots of trains that slow everything up.
Winnipeg is virtually unliveable 30-40% of the year due to the cold weather and wind. It consistently ranks as one of the 3 most dangerous cities in Canada. It is also a tough market to find good jobs, especially if you are a new commer.It has an ugly unproductive downtown. This city will never change.
Look at the recent poll that ranked Calgary #1 and Wpg # 19. This was an unbiased well rounded poll that clearly demonstrated that wpg is a poor place to live, especially for newcommers. All this city is is Cheap and that partially proves the point. Places are expensive or cheap for a reason.”
“Most cities in canada are cultured even “Redneck” Calgary. Winnipeg lags behind in many services including transportation, education, and health. Lake Winnipeg and Manitoba are worthless as they are muddy and ugly. The Whiteshell and lake of the woods which is quite nice is 2-3 hours away.
Explain Winnipeg being ranked 19th out of 25? It had the worst ranking out of all the larger cities in Canada. Winnipeg is too cold to live almost 40% of the year. It is crime ridden, poor and has no future for young people or new commers.
It is cheap for a reason. I am leaving within the next few months. Even Regina seems better these days.”
“Look at the winter weather. Look at the Crime rate. Look at the decaying native run down town. Look at the number of good jobs. Look at the hot infested mosquito run summers. I can keep going… This is Canada’s biggest hellhole!!!”
“This city is Canada’s biggest shithole!! I have lived everywhere including Regina. Right now I’d take Regina because at least it has a good economy. Winnipeg is only cheap, that’s it!! Look around it is not hard to figure out why.”
“I hate Winnipeg! I have been here 7 months and I can without a doubt say this is the biggest shithole that I have ever seen.
I was forced to come here because my wife is helping to look after her sick father. There are hardly any good jobs, I am stuck working at Sobey’s for $9/hr. We are going into debt.
I have never seen a city with less to do, particularly in the winter. My daughter is so damn bored and I am having difficulty entertaining her. I have never seen a more depressing life sucking shithole of a place in my entire life.
Many people who live here seem to love it. Are you guys brain dead or something?? Almost half the year the weather is to rotten to do anything. Most of the city is dirty, run down, crime ridden and very depressing. It is like a Canadian version of Detroit.
Yes, I will be leaving back to Ontario where the weather is better, better jobs, and far more to do.”
“Couldn’t have said it better myself!! I can safely say that Regina is a better city because at least there are a good number of $15/hr + jobs. How pathetic is that Regina is better than here. That is sad”
“The question is how Winnipeg stacks up to other cities in Canada, not inferior or third world countries. All most all cities in Canada have what you are describing. This city does have somethings to do for some people, but it falls behind other cities in Canada big time.
Many immigrants come here and think it is great compared to their homeland and perhaps that is true, but this is a vastly inferior city compared to other places in Canada. I have lived all over North America and I can say with experience that this is by far the worst place that I have lived.
The climate here is awful, the economy is marginal,the city is dirty and crime ridden, and there is definitely less here than somewhere like Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver etc.
You must not be well travelled in Canada or else you would better appreciate what I am saying”
“It is an awful City to live in….it is always 5 to 10 years behind…it lacks creativity/ imagination and risk……..it seeks to lower the bar for ambition
Kind of a welfare City………it Prides itself as a Have Not city in a Have Not Province…
Like a trained seal…looking for a FREE meal….”
“Did you hear? Winnipeg was given another honor.
It has more natives than any city in Canada. A whopping 10%. This isa huge part of the crime problems in the city. A few years ago the city let a whole heap of them in. Now we are paying for it.
Lower the native population and the crime will drop. But this is just a small part of the problem. The city has major problems with economy, downtown decay, health/education etc. The mayor said this city was a mess. If he says this it must be an understatement”
“This city is too poor and unproductive to support an NHL team. If the Richardson’s or Asper’s can’t afford to buy one who can? This city is full of natives and poor white trash. It will always be this way. The city is not like Calgary or maybe Edmonton- cities with futures.”
“Get rid of all the natives for starters. They create much of the crime issues in the city. There also needs to be more here to create jobs, I mean good $20/hr + jobs not the $8-11 hour white trash work most people here do. The city needs to clean up big time. I think that about 70% of the buildings, houses etc in the inner city need extensive work or need to be knocked down. Winnipeggers need to know the difference between old character buildings and run down dirty ratholes. Wpg has more of the latter…”
“Calgary stands out all over the place and gives the whole world the impression that it is important and happening. Winnipeg is barely known around Canada. Most Canadians laugh at Winnipeg about the cold weather, crime, natives, and being rather boring. Winnipeg used to be better in the 60’s when it seemed to be an up and coming place. This is clearly an old dying has been town with few redeeming features.”
“Winnipeg would be a great place to live if we got rid of our Aboriginals. Maybe we can give them Selkirk in exchange for a promise of never entering the city limits!
Not just the natives. Trade our weather with California. Trade our economy and future with Calgary. Trade location with Vancouver, Victoria or Calgary. Trade the downtown area and city infrasture with Calgary. Maybe then Winnipeg would be great. For now it is a pathetic worthless pile of junk.”
“You are bang on here. Those two people that love Winnipeg likely do not know much of what is out there. If they think Winnipeg could beat Calgary in a head to head comparison they are freakin’ Morons. Winnipeg only has cheap housing on Calgary and maybe traffic. Calgary wins on the other 2 million categories. It is o.k to like it because of family and growing up here, but the city really is a shithole!!!!”
“There is a native problem as many from the reserves are not able to adjust to the city. Yes, a high proportion of them end up in jail. Rather than saying get rid of them, though, which sounds a bit like Hitler, what can we do to remedy the situation? After all, we whites contributed to the problem by displacing them, then abusing them in Residential Schools, plying them with alcohol, putting them on Reserves and giving them millions in handouts.”
“Great thread. It really is a horrible place. Cold, depressing, anyone with half a brain gets out while they can. The only people who seem to like it are the people born there who don’t know anything else”
“This city is a life sucking shithole isn’t it? My wife dragged me here 7 years ago because her family is here. I am considering divorce because myself and my 3 daughters (9,12, &16) all hate it here. My wife seems to care more about her parents and brother than us.”
“What I love about Winnipeg.
– Really nice warm people.
You mean the ones you have known all through high school? The same ones that never made anything of themselves like you. Of course you like them. Unmotivated people and the poor tend to cling to each other for support.
–Salisbury House and Gondola Pizza. You just have to grow up with them to know what I mean.
I know what you mean. Expand your horizons buddy. The food at both places are crap. You only like them because the food is cheap. You eat cheap unhealthy food because you don’t have the education to afford a decent living and therefore have to resort by eating in fast food places. How about eating an Organic apple once in awhile? Of course, try finding an Organic grocery store around Winnipeg!
–Great people. Mostly.
Yeah, you covered this one. You only mentioned two things and you’re already duplicating your points.
Try January and breathe in all the exhaust fumes. Another reason why Winnipeg doesn’t have no smog is because it has NO industry. You have to grow as a city to get big city problems.
–No traffic jams. Well, only a few. Not worth mentioning really.
Even less if the city would ever adopt a mass transit system; its embarrassing that Winnipeg is the only major city in Canada that doesn’t even have one. No traffic jams equals no cars, no cars equals no people, no people equals no grow. Enough said.
–The Winnipeg Jets.
This is the most popular non-existent sports franchises known to man.
Your using a hockey teams that packed up and left the city an example of why you like Winnipeg? Dear God, you forgot to mention Archie and his Friends as well.
–Best Spring-Summer-Fall in the whole world. And winter is “challenging”.
Winter should be against the law. Spring is brown and once the snow has melted and the ice has thawed is when you see Winnipeg at its best: the stench of garbage overflowing in the streets and the numerous shopping carts scattered all over the city. The shopping cart = Winnipeg’s number one mode of transportation. Summer? You mean when it’s 30 degrees and the place is infested with mosquitoes? Or is it the wasps? or the canker worms? or the black flies? or the …..
–A gud edumacation sistem. Real afordabble-like too.
I’m not going to comment on this one. The fact that you are commenting on Winnipeg’s educational system and then you spell….oh forget it. Let me guess…GED right? Community College?
–Excellent people. Real easy to meet.
Third time must be the charm right?
–Very affordable real estate. It has taken off a bit in the last 3 or 4 years, but still a good bargain can be found.
The reason it is a bargain can you summed up by simple economics. No demand = cheap prices. No demand = no growth.
You mean the upscale neighborhoods like Windsor Park, Tyndall Park? Garden City? The Maples? How about owning a nice family home on the corner of Spence and Broadway or perhaps Balmoral? You mean the lifeless cookie cutter sub-divisions like Fort Richmond? Island Lakes?
–Oh, I should add that the people of Winnipeg are terrific.
4 posts = your an idiot and have just proved a point that so many people have already known: Winnipeg is a shit hole. Plain and simple. Take off your rose colored glass Polly and get a bloody dose of reality. Winnipeg sucks.”
“That the Winnipeg “vision” for you in a nutshell. Winnipeg. We don’t have any LRT system, no freeways, the highest crime rate, and the colest winters known to man. But we do have an indoor waterpark?!?”
“well its colder then hell.. I tell you what was i thinking moving here..women here hare cheap.. but then so is everything else in this coupon city.. hey , is that the value village special?? Wait investors are waiting and watching .. first the liquor commision has no clue.. whats with all the b rate bands that only tour the town… why is there no real entertainemnt centers like reds or anything .. half of down town is deserted… lets make something that is worth driving across town for.. what you dont hang out at the pal.. omg that place is so old your gramdma was giving it away in the basement for free back in the day.. this town needs to see they are at least 20 years behind its like alberta in the 80’s …No wonder why half the city is on welfare the other half is on workers comp.. wait can you get workers welfare comp..”
“Nice areas in Winnipeg are expensive. The few people that do have money want to live in River Heights, Linden Woods Tuxedo,Whyte Ridge in the south end. The vast majority of Winnipeg is modest or just trashy and run down.
This is a poor city and few people can afford a house over $300,000 to get even a small house in these areas. The property taxes here will kill you. I used to live in Lethbridge and the property taxes are almost double in Winnipeg.
Sure if you make 75,000+ you can afford something decent, but few people make that kind of income. Most people live in substandard housing that needs lots of upgrading or maybe tearing down. Only 15% of this city has been built or renovated in the last 25-30 years. Calgary that figure would be 75 or 80%.
Face reality- nice housing is for the few people who have succeeded in a stagnate low income city. If you have the money you can have the nice house, but that doesn’t even come close representing the majority of Winnipeggers.”
“I think that the courts etc outside of Manitoba should sentence people to living in Winnipeg for a determined number of years as their punishment. The city is already full of crime anyway. Living here is a like punishment anyway. I just got parolled as I am moving to Vancouver April 1.”
“This is Canada’s worst larger city. There is no doubt. Want Proof: I arrived here six weeks ago to see an article ranking Winnipeg as a worse city than Regina. That is pretty pathetic. Leaving back to Vancouver in 10 days. I can’t wait….”
“know how pathetic this city is? The Winnipeg Sun had a headline that read “PEG TOPS CALGARY”. Curious, I checked out what Winnipeg could have done to dethrone Calgary. Turns out, 3 firefighters have decided to come back to Winnipeg from Calgary, after deciding the cost of living was too high.
3 lousy people come back from Calgary to Winnipeg and it’s front page news??? How pathetic is that. I heard a rumor that a half dozen construction workers will be transferred to Winnipeg from Calgary in late February. Maybe we should throw them a parade?”
“It’s true, Winnipeg is such a disgrace to Canada, I ask myself why i’m still living here. Well, I’ll tell ya. First off, I wanna finish my post secondary education which is majoring in engineering and once thats done, I’m moving to either Calgary or Vancouver, haven’t decided yet but i’m sure i’ll make up my mind somewhere down the road and then i’ll see a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I have not so lovingly nicknamed this city “Winnihellholepeg”. The crime, the gangs, the prostitutes, the selfish and rude people I have dealt with here, the panhandlers, the children out at all hours with no parental guidance,the dog eat dog attttude, the drug dealersa and users,the car thieves, the drunks and government supported leeches who are capable of contributing but won’t, the crime and violence. It is really sad, because this city has a lot of potential and some really interesting things to see and do.”
“I’ve lived in Winnipeg my entire life, and it hasn’t changed a bit. It was, and always will be, a piece of crap city. It had potential, until Socialists and beggars ruined it. Damn NDP.”
“Winnipeg is a awful place to live, too much awful drivers who cut you off with out warnings. Mean and unfriendly people who are just plaine miserable and its the most depressing and gloomiest places in Canada. I think! also awhole lot of others agree…i can see! Winnipeg SUCKS big time! Lived here for 2 years and I hate it! crime capital in canada what a sorry place to be…scary i’ll say! what the hell is the city doing sitting on there asses not doing a thing about it all!!! throw those criminals in jail already! keep them there too…”
“Well option #1 (change the city) was not possible due to the indifference to the people with money (government/business community). Believe me, I always wanted Winnipeg to change so bad. However I have accepted that it will never be anything more than a dump. I chose option #2. Head to Alberta/BC/etc…”
“I heard it once said if Canada was described as being a person, Vancouver B.C. would be the head and face, because it is a beautiful city and province, Alberta would be the breasts with it’s Rocky Mountains, Saskatchewan the stomach because it is flat, the Maritimes as the feet because its rocky and hard like the soles of your feet, quebec and ontario like the legs because they are long, and winnipeg manitoba, as the asshole.”
“I’ve been pretty much all around the world (Europe, Asia, South America — not Africa yet) for work and pleasure, and I’ve lived in Kelowna BC, Caledonia ON, Bedford NS, Edmonton and Calgary AB. So I think I’ve got a pretty good idea how the other half lives. Now that I’ve had kids, I find myself stuck again in this shitty city to be close to family. Yeah, things could be worse, but things could be a helluvalot better too! With the exception of most of the Asian countries I’ve been to, I really would rather live just about anywhere else! Life is too short to waste any time living in Winnipeg. Vacations are too short to waste visiting Winnipeg.
I cannot wait to get out of here. I am literally counting the days to retirement so I can leave this place and never come back.”
“The problem is that Winnipeg has too much poverty and aboriginal people addicted to drugs and alcohol on the streets.They commit most of the crimes. Manitoba province is poor and the wages ale lower, thats why you have cheapest housing in Canada and cheapest prices for food.The weather is the coldest sometimes -35 or -40 with wind chills and it last until march.”
“traveled all over the country. By far winterpeg is the RUDEST and most IGNORANT people I’ve ever met. Don’t bother asking directions or anything – they will look at you like your’ve from Mars!!”
“You can also add: The most racist city in Canada”
“More and more people are taking your advice and leaving this craphole. I have lived in the third world of Mexico and people have a better life there. Winnipeger’s defend Winnipeg and say that it is cheap to live here. What they fail to see if the quality of life that they have. I am moving from this craphole in April and I cannot wait. Have fun in the poverty capital of North America. Goodbye to the lazy union people of Winnipeg.”
“I think that some of your facts here are not accurate. Winnipeg does not have a good economy for higher paying jobs. You need to know someone unless you are in a desperate industry such as nursing or trades. People in Winnipeg are pleasant, not friendly as it is hard to get people to accept you into their circle of friends. Winnipeg is consistently ranked as one of the 3 highest crime cities in Canada-check you stats.
Winnipeg is the cheapest city for a reason: No one wants to live here. If the Manitoba government didn’t bribe people from 3rd world countries, the population would be shrinking.
I’ve lived all over Canada and I can confidently say this city is a hopeless pile of crap.”
“Winnipeg is cheap for a reason: no one wants to live here. The only people that love it are people that grew up here and don’t know much better. The gov’t has to bribe people to move here.”
“Don’t forget to add in that they are all cliquish, in gangs, cons or ex-cons.”
“Another thing about this city. People are unintelligent and creepy.
Unfriendliness I don’t mind, but boorishness and meanness really is creepy.
These morons in Winnipeg only know how to react like vicious pack dogs because they lack character and personality – that’s why they’re in Winnipeg!”
“There is a band called Vanitian Snares who has a song called ” Winnipeg is Frozen Shithole”. The band leader Aaron Funk created it because he hates his hometown.”
“How can you call this city beautiful??? It is flat, run down, and dirty. Yes the city is full of rats-did you read today’s paper about the rats they are finding in storm sewers all over place.
This city has more problems than almost any city in Canada. It is crime-ridden, poor, ugly, dirty, cold. I can go on and on.”
“People in Winnypig are the rudest bunch of ***holes in north America”
“Right on Ben. The increased Native population in Manitoba/Winnipeg, is the main reason, we are number 1 in violent crime, child poverty, grandparents raising their grandchildren, arson capital, welfare and all the other wonderful things that having a large Native population brings. It is true send them to the reserve and the crime will go down in Winnipeg. Now they are demanding houses saying that 4000 of their people need houses, so if you want a house, get a job and get a mortgage and buy a house, you lazy beggars.”
“Winnipeg does suck in many ways, violent crime, auto theft, wanna be gangs, low wages, …. If you can’t stand the hood, move… Thats what I did… Tuff guy, now afriad of the hood once I ruled, no fear, felt like a outcast when I’d go to st.vital eg., peoples fear I’d see for no reason. Now I’m afriad, outcast of the hood and burbs, is it an unfriendly city or is it just me.”
“I agree with you……….Friendly Manitoba, my foot. You’d have to go far and wide to find people as two faced and rude as in Winnipeg.”
“I’ve lived in Winnipeg for approximately 35 years and in all that time I can honestly say that I only have acquaintances and no real friends.
Now you might arrive at your own opinion(s) as to why this is, but I can assure you it’s not because I’m a rotten person, etc. When I make a friend, that person is a friend for life. I would do anything to help that person; anything.
Maybe my idea of frienship is a little screwball, but in all the years I’ve lived here, I’ve yet to find someone who I can truly call a friend. I’ve found that most people are what’s called “fair weather friends,” all’s good when things are going well, but should a problem arise, these “friends” are suddenly unavailable for lunches, etc.
I’ve witnessed this with many people I know, and I’ve never been proved wrong. Sadly, Winnipeg people miss out on so much by never knowing what it’s like to have a true friend.
I still have friendships with people I met in other countries 30 years ago. And, I know if I were ever in trouble and needed help; they’d be here in an instant, even if it meant travelling across the ocean.
I’ve tried and tried to keep friendships going here in Winnipeg but find it impossible because of the way people are. I’m sure some of you will disagree with my opinions but ask yourself this: have you really and truly put your frienships to the test? Try it, you might be surprised.”
“Living in Winnipeg is like living an a prison – You never know when you’re going to get a knife in your back and be ganged up on for no good reason. I asked a person once who is from Edmonton what she thought of Winnipeg: She said ‘People are rude here, and they’re snoopy. There’s too much crime too.”
“Maybe she’s the ‘happy hooker’ because she must be on drugs to say Winnipeg is ‘fun’! Drink a bottle of whiskey, then any city is ‘fun’!!!”
“I am going to have to agree with some of the comments. We moved here 6 years ago, I have not made any friends here ,(just casual hello type) Trust me it has not been from me trying. I volunteer in the school system almost everyday, help people with their snow shovelling etc… I get a thank you , but unless you were raised here and went to school here you won’t have much luck getting into a circle of friends. I don’t agree with the “friendly Manitoba moto”.
I have lived in 4 provinces and 1 state this is by far the hardest place I have ever lived. Yes, the long cold winters are tough, then to add more cruelty to it the summers are short,way too much rain ( and I grew up on Vancouver Island) VERY windy and a ton of bugs.
But on the up side… I DON’T THINK I COULD GIVE UP THE BIG BRIGHT BLUE SKY.”
“You are so right on all these points. You have to grow up there, go to the same elementary school and kindergarten to make friends. I think it could get into the Guiness Book of Records for city with the most backstabbers. They are vicious. They can be friends with you one day and then knife you the next for no apparent reason, just because they like to do that, or because you graduated from a different kindergarten than they did. So it is an awful place to live in for many reasons. People who live in Wpg. and can’t get out must feel as if they died and went to hell.”
“You are honest and you are right, people supporting this dump are either very dumb or very dishonest. Having lived here 15 yrs I would say it is the latter.”
“born and raised in wpg left when i was 18 cant pay me enough to move back wpg is for losers”
“Winnipeg is probably the worste city in the entire nation. I have traveled all over Canada and it is no good. When dozens of people comment in a similar way you know there’s veracity in their claims. People are rude, bullies, slobs, morons, and definitely malicious and unfriendly!”
“Winnipeg is the best, we have the best weather, advanced universities, clean streets, friendly people, MILD, MILD winters, long hot summers, best roads and drivers, and the highest paying jobs in the country……….
By the way….I was born and raised in winnipeg, I have a grade 10 education, been married and divorced 4 times, I’m unemployed ,and I’ve been an alcoholic for the past 19 years…..LOL”
“Winnipeg really sucks, reality bro. Nothing to do in malls, no nightlife, immigrants use it as a backdoor to get to Canada fast, then move to other provinces, Transit management is awful, Selkirk Avenue… I can go on and on.”
“This is why people don’t like Winnipeg. All the nice people get sick of the Ah*s and leave. Soon there will be all people who deserve each other ! HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAA!!!!”
“Like so many have said…Rude, miserable, ignorant, snoopy. It’s the people – they are really ignorant calloused slobs and boors. It is getting known nationaly even.
The whole “If you hate Winnipeg, then MOVE!” attitude/way of thinking doesn’t really solve Winnipeg’s problems now does it?
If everyone who hated Winnipeg moved, there’d be about 10 people in town.”
“I’m a Winnipeger – please someone give me a ticket out of here. Take me someplace better – Faluja or Gitmo.
Its all true – especially the crime thing – absolutely shocking.
The restaurants are, for the most part, similar in terms of grease, sodium and crap. Unless you have the money to dine at a better restaurant – which the majority of people dont.
Bitter, semi retarded and red necked by virtue of our local we venture out every summer, lemming-like, to chintzy, expensive and mind numbing festivals like Folklorama – essentially a festival where one ethnic group fleeces another for a couple of weeks.
Winnipegers don’t kid yourself – travel past Thunderbay to the east and Regina to the west and you may glimpse paradise.
The mullet died out in Winnipeg around ten years after it had become out of fashion in the Ozarks.
Oh, but there is an Opera – where a flack jacket in the parking lot when you come out.
GET ME OUT”
“Why is it that Winnipeg has more gangs than any city in Canada? Why so much violence among youth? And why are there so many people getting sick of the place and moving to Calgary or Toronto even?
There is a gang mentality in this place. Everyone is in a gang. People do not act as individuals here but as people in groups, unions, companies, and yes, gangs. When individuals do not have the guts, the character, the honesty to stand up for what is right and tell the truth you get corruption and sin abounds. This is the problem in this wicked city.”
“It is the sh*t hole of Canada. The only ones who don’t agree are redneck, slob, ignorant, rude, farting, belching, sneaky, mean, trecherous people who were born here and probably will stay in this hole all their miserable lives.”
This is actually the first time that I’ve read these posts and I have to say my piece now…
As an ex-Winnipegger, now living in Toronto, each and every time I go back to Winnipeg for a visit I become a little more depressed, not because I miss it but because the city depresses the hell out of me. I don’t think there’s a person out there that can deny that downtown Winnipeg has become a wasteland of boarded up buildings and “For Lease” store fronts. I mean, for gods sake, there have been some buildings that have been for lease since the early 90’s. I simply haven’t seen that in any other city that I’ve either lived in or visited, and believe me, I’ve travelled the world. I grew up in Winnipeg for 23 years and, yes, it used to be a much nicer place and downtown used to be cleaner, safer, and just overall more appealing, but to all those living in Winnipeg now…OPEN YOUR EYES!! How many of you would voluntarily walk Poratge Avenue past sundown?? How many of you feel truly safe even in Portgage Place?? So you have the Forks…big whoop. Every city of half a mil or more has a market. I have never felt uneasy about walking in downtown Toronto or Montreal, even at 3 in the morning. I’m not saying that there’s no crime here but there’s no comparison to Winnipeg. I met people from Jakarta who felt usafe in downtown Winnipeg. Jakarta!! One of the most crime-ridden cities in the world! Yes there are nice suburbs in the city but to me, that’s not living. There’s a reason why real estate in Winnipeg is cheaper than anywhere else in the country. I can’t remember where I read it, but in terms of crime, Winnipeg has a higher crime rate than a lot of similar sized U.S. cities and even larger U.S. cities like Minneapolis.
Why do you think that for the past 30 years Winnipeg’s population has mostly stagnated while other cities continue to grow.
It still doesn’t take away from people’s opinions about the city, but having lived there for most of my life, I can confirm that a good chunk of the city is living in denial when it comes to just how sad that place is.
Oh, one more thing, Winnipeg will never change until someone decides to “clean up” the giant Reserve they call downtown. Call me a biggot, call me what you like, but there’s no point in burying your head in the sand about it.
It is a hellhole. I can’t stand living here. Something you forgot on your list is that most people here are Christian!:(“
“Another winterpeg murdertoba moron. check internet for Helen Betty Osborne this says it all about this puke province”
“manitobans are gay, how are u gunna sit here and defend winnipeg… i live in winnipeg its a shit hole and everyone i know thinks the same way we cant move cuz we have jobs and responsibilitys so lose your pride and realize the healthcare sucks, weather sucks, bugs, indians,murders, INDIANS, like fuck off already with the red river my god man its brown from sewage, the only thing this place is good for is fucking, actualy not true canada says winnipeg has a worst sexual activity rate, but the most stds how does that work?? WINNIPEG SKID MARK OF CANADA.. to people wanting to drive threw winnipeg to get to a real city, dont get sick here they dont treat you, its actually funny, if u think im joking come for a visit no lies ask any body”
“These morons are the most ignorant , rude, snoopy ***holes in Canada. And, of course, they act like *ricks on ly to the ones they can get away with it with – sneaky, cowardly, and evil *ukes!”
“MR Winterpiggy: You have probably lived in this **** hole all your life and don’t have any manners or any sense of truth in your body whatsoever. If the ***holes here acted they way they do and did it elsewhere they whould get a swift Kick in the *** but the morons from here are too cowardly to be rude and evil to anyone unless they think they can get away with it. I never met people like in Winnypiggy before. O wonder it is full of crooked unions and cowardly gangs no one has personality or character, just chick *holes whostick to their sneaky little ***hole gangs and boring little groups of local hicks.”
“winnipeg is the greatest city in the world.
top paying jobs, international money from our exports, the best pro sports leagues, MTS centre WOW WOW WOW, only highly trained and skilled people from the west and down south FLOCKING to be here, cleanest streets, the BEST police force in the country, perfect landscape and roads and the highest rated quality provincial government in the country. the list could go forever.
ps. If anyone has any crack or meth to sell, please see me on the corner of main and selkirk between 8am and 5pm.. I live in the BFI bin behind the corner pawn shop, ask for Joe…
oh and once again, winnipeg is the best”
“I moved to Winnipeg a while ago. I have lived all over Canada, and by FAR, this place is HORRIBLE. It is impossible to make friends, everyone is so uninviting and rude. EVen in high school, I was completely isolated because I was, yes, a newcomer. Worst spot in Canada, period. Spare yourself, don’t come here.”
“I’m really sick of the “if you don’t like it then leave” response. Did anyone ever realize we’d love to except we can’t afford anything better right now? I would LOVE to go back to Calgary but there’s no way I can drop a quarter of a million on a little bungalow while at the time making $18 an hour yet paying $1199 rent plus utilities, cay payment, wonderful gas moola, internet connection, phone bills.
I’m only here because I want my own house to live in one day, but this place is dull, the people can’t drive “what’s a turn signal?”, “speed limit 80 so I go 45 right?” oh and did I mention dull? Yeah you have the forks and the zoo but you can only go there so many times and then that gets dull too. A third of the people at work who’ve lived here always have never even gone to the zoo. Cartfulls of liquor leave the stores so what I can come up with is the only thing to do here is drink. Maybe that’s what contributes to the wonderful drivers and the cheery people?
And don’t bother telling me if I don’t like it I can move. I KNOW THIS. And I am GONE as soon as I can escape this crapshoot.”
“Winnipeg has always and will forever be the true anus of Canada! This place is so far behind the rest of the world! Filled with a bunch of people who have no true vision for this city. This city is so screwed, go luck trying to fix it! I am so glad I am out of this shit hole come April! Bunch of el-cheapos too!”
“There are people starving in Winnipeg daily …..the city is notorious for high child poverty levels….last time I went downtown I saw homeless people camped out on nearly every corner!!!! Oh and I think that tonight I will go to one of the numerous crappy canad inn bars that peggers seem to sooooo fond of and try to make some friends…..provided I don’t get effn shot in the process….wish me luck…Winnipeg blows no matter how you put it just SUCKS!”
“In my opinion the situation in Winnipeg has not improved. Why? There is a systemic problem withing the hospitals in Winnipeg where health care providers are more interested in protecting themselves and their co-workers from law suits so they therefore will try to hide the errors instead of admiting them or apologizing. Apo9logizing, they think will just allow people to sue them. So they are more intereswted in their well paying jobs than in the lives of human beings in their care. This is very very scary and this attitude is not uncommon in this city unfortunately. I would urge anyone who lives in Winnipeg to seek health care in another province if at all possible. The nurses are uncaring , selfish, lazy , and jaded in the extreme.”
“I have lived in Winnipeg all my life and will tell it like it is even if it offends some. First the Indians who live in Winnipeg are a disgrace and dragging this city down. If they are not committing crimes they are constantly whinning about something. Many of their youths join gangs and commit serious crimes. killing, stealing from the elderly, or selling drugs. It is always the white mans fault as they won’t take any responsibility for their actions.
Compounding this serious problem is that Manitoba has a socialist Government. Their only solution is to throw money at the indians. Which does nothing but create an endless Welfare problem.
Winnipeg has no industry. So many who are highly educated move away. We are left with a bunch of dummies who don’t want to work. Or are to stupid to be employable.
The unions run this town, and along with a socialist government have a dogma style thinking that Welfare and handouts is okay.
Someone said in a previous post they visited Chicago and he only encountered a bunch of pricks. what we need in Winnipeg is for some of these pricks to move here and clean up our city.”
“I happily left Winnipeg. I found people thier to be extremely vandictive. Nothing better to do than sale dope and spread the hate. This is how you get caught. Too many fake people for my taste. No wonder it’s the murder capital. If the shoe fits.”
“Winnipeg aka “Detroit Of The North”
“I think it is also VERY HUMEROUS that Winnipeg is to be the host of the ‘Human Rights Museum’ They should put a wax stature of little Helen Betty Osborne, JJ Harper, and all the poor little native kids who are preyed on by middle class white men who come into the inner city at night.
Why are poor little native kids out on the streets at night. I will also add, shame on those men, they are the scum of the scum.”
“Hey man! Winnipiggy’s a great place – if yor in a union , wk for the govt, or..went to kindergarten with your pals here. LOL!!!
This is for you “GetOuttaTown”
Couple more fact about you and your shit hole city!!
Criminal safe city!(they all go there to hide)
Dirty filthy sick city!
Flat and boring!
Useless police department!
North end!(speaks for itself!!)
Most of the women are men!(goes the other way 2!!)
Jobs are crap!
Call me a loser….? Sure go ahead!! Whatever it takes to make you feel better about you and that city of yours!! LOL!!
This is fun slamming you and winnipeg!!!!
Best part is that…..? IT’S ALL TRUE!!! LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!
Do yourself a favor…..GetOuttaTown!! Just don’t come to Alberta!!!HAHA!!!”
“I hate to say I agree with the negative comments about Winnipeg (as I was born and raised there), however most of them are true….I live in Stuttgart Germany now and have lived in Calgary, and London England as well…All over the world they have never heard of Winnipeg or if they have they only know what a dump it is….Like I said I hate to agree, but it is a massive shithole…The only ones who don’t think so are the ones that can’t leave….PS Edmonton is as big a shithole as Winnipeg only more expensive.”
“Ok-I have read this entire post and found it quite interesting and educational.Its like a little gossip spot by your neighborhood.
I am originally from a good city in Africa and those who say that Winnipeg is paradise to immigrants are wrong.I have lived in Winnipeg for 2 years and firmly believe that ist doesn’t matter where you live-if you have the right attitude-you will have a good time,but if you have a negative attitude-no matter where you go-you will always bitch around like an immature brat.Here we go:
1)Winnipeg downtown-its so deserted and people are just creepy.Mostly the dirty Indians who are confrontational.You walk around and many people seem retarded for some reason-i suppose the city has its unfair share of old people and drug addicts.The people on the streets seem strange for some reason.
The mayor should work on improving the downtown image by getting drunkards off and letting in more businesses and restaurants by way of incentives.
2)Winnipeg transit-The buses have the most awful people I have seen in my life-people are dirty,smelly and the buses are never cleaned.I once sat next to an indian who spit on the bus floor-That was shocking.Manner less brutes.
3)Health care sucks-I had it great in Africa-all you had to do was go to a doc and withing an hour you are off with medicine.Going to a walk in clinic is such a hassle.The nurse once told me the doc was sick and the following day-she told me they will close by 4 pm-so i better hurry.
4)Not even a large single supermarket downtown.Most shopping places are in the suburbs-which is weird for a city with 700k plus population.
5)People look bored,mean and tired.Good girls think everyone is creepy.Many people look down upon people who dont look like them-except a few young ones.
6)The weather is cold-but there’s nothing you can do about that-other than find things to do and dress well.
7)Crime-Its been blown out of proportion by the media-most large cities have a fair share of crime.Besides-random shootings arent that common.Mostly gangs if you ask me
8)The parks are beautiful,may neighborhoods in the south are excellent-but the areas in the north need some improvements.
8)Jobs jobs-why bring people here when there are no good jobs?.Encourage private enterprise and set aside youth development funds.Encourage new ideas with venture capital.”
“Nah the whole staement is true!!
Winnipeg is a f#king sht hole man!!
I was born and grew up in Winnipeg. I left when i was 18 years old and have never been back.
It is by far the worst place to live perhap in the world??
I really feel sorry for anyone stuck in Winnipeg and all i have to say is get out while you can!!
If you choose to live there, well then you really are a silly f*#ker arent ya??”
“Winnipeg reminds me of a pile of dog shit and human vomit. In some ways, I compare this city to Detroit. Look at it, this city is overall ugly, dirty, an abundance of abandoned buildings, a mediocre downtown, shitty economy, low wages. Its no wonder cities like Vancouver, Kelowna, Victoria, Calgary are like a haven for Winnipeggers. To be honest, I don’t think this city has a future.”
“Winnipeg women are so fat and disgusting, Winnipeg women make me sick.”
“I have lived here for 5 years now can’t wait to move out of this city, it is a really grey city not so clean, no one knows how to signal when they drive and if you do people speed up and dont let you in. this has been one of the worst places i have been to. i agree with most comments said already.”
“Winnipeg is far the worst place i ever been i grew up here school was hell with all the aborginal gangsters picking on everyone starting random fights drug dealing shooting houses and our small well fair air port that no one goes to winnipeg is a place where people visit not live i hate this place its a shit hole half the people i went to high school with moved or either got jumped killed by these shooting police take for ever to arrive there always busy i hate winnipeg once i turn 20 im out of there for sure i will by my parents a house so they will not have to live through this shit hold place of canada no one ever does anything for winnipeg its a shit hole broken roads small ass city gang wars little kids acting like they run things every generation in winnipeg ended up being the same winnipeg is one of the most uneasiest places say i were to go walk in the streets of edmonton in the night to my house from work i would be fine theres a large population there no one can really do anything your walking in winnipeg 3 or 4 guys come at you even though its public there going to beat you take your clothes and money and leave 2 days later the police arrive i been through so much stuff in this hell hole our premieres our prime minister has not done anything since for winnipeg its not even growing 11 of my friends moved to edmonton and toronto in this past month theres drug dealers everywhere people being beat killed bodys arents found its a shit hole theres not enough money to do this and that broken roads no brand name stores 3 or 4 malls drug houses people smoking weed in public drinking in public stores being robbbed”
“I hate Winnipeg with all my heart and soul. It’s the people here, really, that make it such a lousy place. Rude, no vision… if the City of Winnipeg was a PERSON, it would be someone very old, very bitter, very set in their ways, who does nothing but sit around all day whining about how every penny of tax money is spent.”
“Been In Europe and most of Canada, this is a shit-hole. Keep the immigrants coming, the gangs need to increase their numbers….lol
Fuck the bloods or cryps would tear these faggots apart.
The Wpg police are wanna be TV cops, it’s a joke here, they don’t clean up crime, neither does the fat mayor. Ah, a city of love….lol”
“There is a fix for this city, lets ask the US to nuke us for our own good.
We should be absorbed by the US, then laws would change, we’d have the right to bear arms as is in the US consistution and kill any bastard that attacks us or our loved ones in self defense. And blow any fucker away that goes on our property.
Where now god forbid you hurt an intruder, lets say raped your wife, you also go to jail.
God Love This Country !”
“immigrants are the only people who make winnipeg prosper
go to the u of m and see how it survives on immigrant fees.”
“I just came back from Vancouver for a little holiday, i couldn’t believe how beautiful and gorgeous that city was compared to his wasteland, there is simply no comparison, its like comparing a hot sexy female model to a fat, disgusting, obese chick with armpit hairs. Talk about a world of difference. Sure, living in Vancouver may be more expensive but its considered a first class city and one of the most livable cities in the world, believe it or not. Let the truth be known.”
“Lived in Winnipeg for a while and I would never go back. I’ve been all around this country and have lived in many cities and Winnipeg was by far the worst. There are few hills and the city is run-down and uninviting. I’m glad you like the city, Winnipeggers, but I gotta say I found it extremely depressing.”
“This is the worst place hands down of anywhere I have ever lived, or have seen. I came here because I had to, and now I am leaving.
I am the type of person to find some redeeming quality in almost anything, but over and over again I come up stumped with regards to Winnipeg.
The good attitude I brought here has been systematically erased by cold, filth, ridiculously poor service, horrible, bleak scenery, garbage, lack of culture, a plethora of chain restaurants and even basic shopping is terrible.I have to order at my expense any item of quality off the internet because there are such awful shops here, no curb appeal in the neighbourhoods,and the radio stations are shit, the roads are like something after an earthquake, downtown is unsafe and something out of a lynch movie, the people are fat and the malls are packed because there is nothing else to do. And that is just a start!
I will undo all the irreperable harm that living, and I say that loosely, here has caused me. If you are on this site because you are thinking of moving here, play pin the tail on the donkey on a map of the world. You’d have a much better chance at a good life.
I am leaving and never coming back.
Thanks for nothing, Winnipeg!”
“Rachel, you have eloquently described all the things I hate about this city. I came here three years ago with so much optimism and it has been methodically beaten out of me by this city. These days IÂ’m just playing at looking happy as I count the days to graduation so I can leave.
The service, and particularly their understanding of the concept customer service, is absolutely appalling to me.
Shopping is a nightmare! They claim that cost of living is cheap here, but I am spending more here because I have to buy everything online as I can’t find quality affordable clothing here nor can I find current styles. It’s depressing to see people on the streets, it’s like I’ve stepped back decades in time. It’s cheap here because you get what you pay for.
Entertainment wise there is very little to do and what little there is to do become boring after the third time. I can’t see movies I like when they are released because they don’t to the theatres until months later if they do come (not talking about the mainstream fodder). I’ve had to fly out of province three times in three years just to be able to see the live music I like. The one time a band came here that I liked their tour bus gets robbed at The Burton Cummings Theatre – the first time ever anywhere in 10 years of touring. Welcome to Winnipeg! So true about the radio stations Â– I just listen to internet radio now.
I can’t find 90% of the titles I search for at the public library and I have to wait sometimes a year to get the ones I do find.
The winters are brutal; I can’t seem to get warm no matter how many layers I put on, even with comforter-like coats. There is no way to be stylish and warm in this city.
I could go on, but you get the picture. If you are a person looking for a vibrant, exciting and invigorating place to live – this is not it.”
“Rachel, I agree 100%!! I feel like the city caused me a lot of emotional damage and damage to my positive attitude that I brought with me. This city suck the energy out of you. Good to know, it’s not only me who feels the same way.”
“winnipeg seems kind of sad because the main industry seems to be social services for the down and out. that and agriculture – not much else. everyhing is a substance abuse center, pawn shop and thrift shop.”
“Most racist, no class, cliquish, clonish, small town paranoia type, miserable and unfriendly – That’s Winterpeg.”
“This place is an absolute sh*t-hole. Some have called it the a$$hole of the world, and for very good reason. Winnipeggers are cheap, miserable, boring, have no fashion sense, no pride, and they are contentious, rude, arrogant, back-stabbing, and very juvenile. I know this because I have lived here my entire miserable life and can’t wait to leave and go somewhere real that doesn’t look like a third-world country. I also can’t wait to meet people who WON’T smile into my face and then stab me in the back the first chance they get. If anyone here believes this is a great place for a young-at-heart career oriented individual to have a good life, I’ll ask them how much solvents they’ve sniffed today.”
“It seems most Winnipeg are totally unsympathetic to the needs of most newcomers. There is an ignorance that prevails here due to there own comfortably. I also think that the harsher climate and bad weather conditions, as well as an unstable rich ruling class environment tend to desensitise others to the needs of others.”
People are really struggling themselves. Hurting people hurt or neglect others.
I’ve been here ten years. And I have yet to make ONE consistent friend. Of course many will jump to conclusions and say I must be defective or skewed somehow. I am not. Before coming to Winnipeg as a local musician I enjoy a vibrant social circle of friends.”
“I have lived here for 3 years. The best part of this city is what I see in the rear view mirror on my way out of town on my way to work. Is it the cold winter’s I hate? Nope. The crumbling infastructure? Partially. What tops the list is the people. I was in Halifax not long ago. Did you know that the drivers there actually stop for pedistrians? In Winnipeg the drivers speed up and aim the car at someone crossing the street. And don’t get me started about the idiots on bikes. I watched one moron run every single red light on Broadway the other day. Every single one! Can you say death wish? Clerks in stores are rude, drivers are rude, and even the lawn care guy is rude. Friendly Winnipegers? Maybe the hookers are. Don’t bother with the “if you don’t like it you can leave” argument. First chance I get, I’m outa this toilet.”
“I agree with most people on this form, but what gets to me is the crime in the city, I mean get it under control. Declare martial law, search people if you have to, quarantine the areas that are crime ridden. I feel like I have to be like the guy from the movie “kickass” or “Deathwish” and go gang hunting. Fear is among the streets of Winnipeg and the Police do nothing about it. It’s time to let loose the wild dogs and remove the cancer that plagues our city. Winnipeg is festering crap hole, has little going for it. People find corpses in the rivers, people get shot or stabbed, I know every city is not perfect but this one has nothing to counter the balance. Also there is nothing to do at night if your not into bars or clubs. The transit system is a joke, an exchange student said Winnipeg is ridiculous – takes an hour and a half to get from downtown to st.vital on a sat, while back in Berlin she could get twice the distance in half the time. People are rude, have no life spirit, no energy – and I don’t blame them. I see people in bad moods nonstop and the only reason you would ever move to this city, is how cheap it is. It’s sad that our leaders don’t do anything, I can say with sad confidence that this city will be Canada’s shit stain in a matter of ten or fifteen years”
“Mostly bad experiences in Winnipeg. I have traveled the world but settled here for the last Five years as my wife is a winnipeger. She has always wanted to get away, I have never liked it, and now we have a little one we are definitly leaving.
I find most people who were born in Winnipeg really dont know any different as most have never traveled. Saying that, nearly everyone I work with complains all the time about something here, quite a depressing place really. the news every night is about shootings and gang violence.
I could afford to buy a great house with a pool but to me there is much more to life than a house. Will miss Assinaboine park and Gimly but nothing else, Gangs are out of control, problems even spready to good areas, infastructure is just horible, I have been to 3rd world countries in better shape. Winter pretty much wipes out half the year, and mosqitoes ruin what is left. Only time it is vaguely nice is April and may.
We are leaving soon for good, and I cant wait!”
“My top 10 reasons for reasons for not liking winnipeg.
- Crime is out of conrtol
- Summer(may be hot but is always bloody humid and sticky. 30degrees in the med is what I call a summer!
- Mosquitoes. cant even sit out and watch the sunset whithout being carried away by them.
- Infastructure is a joke, so many broken roads/sidewalks, steel rebar sticking out the concrete everywhere, weeds growing out of all the cracks,
- Bloody miles from anywhere, have to fly or drive for a day to get out of here.
- Geographically dull. lots of rivers but just mucky brown. furthest you can normally see is the next trafic light. No natural beauty unless you like flat fields and shabby buildings.
- Traffic lights, roads are a joke, no main through routes in the city.
- No dirct flights to europe anymore, total pain transfering whhen you have kids, makes for very long and tiring journey.
- People cannot drive, one of the most hostile cities I’ve driven in. drivers here are just simply stupid, apart for the odd exception.”
“I have never seen a more accurate description of the Peg. As an outsider who has been living in the compassionless hell for eleven years. I couldn’t agree more. And as for the ignorant responses that will follow, I could care less!”
“This answer sums up everything I have been thinking. This is a city without compassion. People are very selfish and self centered. What I haven’t seen anyone mention as of yet is how uncaring and compassionless people are towards the economically challenged. The poor here are treated in a disgusting way. I’ve never seen such a socially enforced cast system in my life. Please do not move here if you are not finacially secure. No one will care if you end up on the streets or destitute. Winnipegers will just continue there “suck it up sunshine” attitude. Please do not come, especially with children. They will be at odds with other children whose families are deeply rooted in this community. Even if you are offered a job transfer with increased salary and wonderful benefits, it won’t be worth it. You will end up alone and longing to go home. I am trying hard to get out of this city and back to Kitchener, Ontario where I am from. I am so sorry I came here with my family.
Don’t expect a merciful clergy either. The clery in Winnipeg is corrupt and uncaring. Wealth eletists run the churches here. The theology is horrible and base. Most churches have been infiltrated by bizarre charasmatic teachings that seem more like a hybrid between new age teachings and witchcraft than love and community based faith in action. Oh and Love Winnipeg is a joke. People need to love people in their community EVERYDAY, not just once a year.”
“What I’ve noticed about most Winnipegers is that they almost never leave Winnipeg. They think this city is great because they’ve had nothing to compare it to. The extent of their travelling has been to Regina or Grand Forks. Let me fill everyone in on the worst things about Winnipeg:
- Traffic. Someone posted some inane comment that we have “no traffic jams” HA! Winnipeg has THE WORST infrastructure in the free world! Even a dinky town like Grand Forks has a freeway system! But Winnipeg? Oh no, I’m pretty sure that they have an entire council of people who put their heads together to find the cheapest, most inefficient way possible for getting people from point A to point B. The entire city is run on a grid system, with stop signs, traffic lights and railroad crossings EVERYWHERE! You can’t find ONE non-stop route in this whole stupid city! And if there’s so much as one house within 50 yards of the street, they lower the speed limit to 50 km/hr. Even if it’s a 4 lane road! Oh ya, and then they put up photo radar everwhere….you know….for public safety (not because it’s the only major source of revenue in this town besides casinos).
- Blue collar mentality. Winnipeg is full of your typical “Homer Simpson” idiots. The highlight of their week is Sunday night cruise on Portage Avenue. Need I say more?
- Too many Indians. It’s like a freaking reserve in this city. Everyone’s on social assistance, and the murder rate is the higest in Canada (hmmmm wonder why?)
- Bad weather. There’s snow on the ground for 6 months of the year, and the rest of the time, it’s raining.
- Too many ugly chicks who think they’re the cat’s meow. People above mentioned how unfriendly Winnipeg is. Ain’t that the truth?! This goes DOUBLE for the women. They’re stuck up and fat. I travel a lot (to take a break from this place), and often go to L.A. You’d think that the women in L.A. would be stuck up (they could get away with it, the way they look out there). Not so. They’re incredibly friendly, flirty, and unlike anything I’ve found in Winnipeg.
It definitely is the worst city in Canada for so many reasons. The only thing going for it is that no one wants to live here, so there are jobs, and it’s relatively cheap (except for the taxes, but that’s another rant).”
“I moved to Winnipeg from Toronto. but take in account that i lived in China for a lengthy amount of time as well. Needless to say, I’ve been here for 2 months, and next week Friday I will be going to my first ever therapy session, to talk about my feelings towards this city.
Avoid this city like the plague, don’t even fucking drive through this dump.”
“Every time I walk downtown and come across a typical drunk native/aboriginal/first nation,it reminds me of a Zombie.
They are always drunk,limping,dirty,talk funny and have facial wounds.
Is winnipeg a ZOMBIE city and what is the mayor doing about the zombies?”
“Honestly, I went to Winnipeg for work and found myself sitting in my hotel room for 3 days. Drove through “Assiboine Park?”, went to the Forks, but couldn’t stay due to the bat sized mosquitoes in the day and the natives at night. Couldn’t go to the bars at night, I left my G-Unit clothing at home. No natural beauty.
I have to say, it’s even worse than Prince George.”
“I agree with most of the posts above. I have lived here all my life. Unless you are mentally ill, drink, or a criminal, Winnipeg is not for you. It was run better in the 90’s, at least you could voice an opinion without wondering if you will be punished for it! There is no leadership whatsoever now, and it’s beyond disorganization. I along with others hope to leave here too. It’s almost as if Winnipeg has become schizophrenic. The other provinces laugh at us all the time, that we are so behind, and so stupid.”
“This city is a complete shithole, downtown is shit, theres really no nice areas in this city, sure, ppl can say that other cities suck, but they don’t know what they have til you come to winnipeg, i’m sure they’ll change their mind. I’ve been to Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, those are what i call cities, u know why, they have a thing called VITALITY, winnipeg doesn’t have that, winnipeg is a dying city and everybody knows that, sure, having a humans right museum, a new IKEA and a new stadium which is out in the boonies might help rejuvinate winnipeg, but not in long run, thats not enough, im sorry to say, but winnipeg needs more to keep up with other major canadian cities if they want to be respected and not look like a complete joke.”
“winnipeg is great if you’re from eritrea”
“read the globe and mail. canada prices are 15-35% above american prices. plus manitoba is one of most heavily-taxed (and poorest) provinces.”
“I absolutely agree, how can the provinces slogan be “friendly Manitoba” when this is a total lie? Since moving here 4 years ago, we have experienced people who are rude, stand offish, have chips on their little shoulders, no sense of humour and weird in the true sense of the word. We want to move, but were worried if all Canadians are like this or just insular, small city in a big pond Winnipeg.”
“I have grown to loathe Winnipeg. I can’t go in my back yard for most of the summer as the mosquitoes will eat me alive. Forget about going out of the city as I’ve done to visit my parents’ grave. They will attack you with a vengeance. Winters, even WITH the remote start in my car are hellish, not fit for man nor beast It’s very true it’s hard to make friends. I’ve joined several classes and the women might say hi but that’s about it. They come with their friends and that’s who they talk to. I’m retired now – off to Arizona for the winters where the people are very friendly. What a nice chance from this rat hole.
Yes, many towns and cities have problems, but Winnipeg really stands out. According to Environment Canada, it is the coldest city in the world of its size. It is also the fetal alcohol capital of North America. Manitoba is one of the highest-taxed provinces, and much of that money is wasted by the NDP.”
Just a little over a third of the way through the comments, will stop here. Suffice to say, Winnipeg is a shit hole! Don’t claim you weren’t warned … !
See: Winnipeg Rants (part one)