You’ve landed in Charleswood, the semi-rural community of forest trails and family-friendly eateries. Don’t be alarmed by the handful of unpaved streets, as nature enthusiasts will be right at home. Joggers, cyclists, and bird-watchers are abundant, as they embrace the combination of great places to eat with verdant greenery.

Top Places to Eat:  

For an upscale casual dining experience head to Capital Grill and Bar, the perfect place to dine. This new restaurant is already winning over clientele with their creative cocktails, and delicious offerings of “renewed classics” that never disappoint.  

A good place to kick back and share a pint, The Thirsty Lion Tavern is the pub of choice for Charleswood residents. A classic Celtic pub, you’ll find yourself playing darts over a glass of Guinness, while munching on some traditional bar food. 525 Dale Boulevard, 204-895-8200. 

If you’re tempted to try some Chinese food, why not head over to Panda Chinese Restaurant, where the affordable pricing on dishes like their Szechuan chicken or ginger beef are sure to win you over. 3512 Roblin Boulevard, 204-889-7123. 

Sunny & Rose’s Restaurant and Lounge offers a brunch buffet, as well as classic staples like burgers and pasta, but where they really shine is their East Indian specials like korma, butter chicken, and shrimp masala. 5114 Roblin Boulevard, 204-414-4055.  

Great prices and even better food are the defining characteristics of Sushi Ro. This friendly sushi joint is a neighbourhood favourite with a small space, but big flavour. 6500 Roblin Boulevard, 204-421-9120. This hidden gem of Charleswood (located in the Extra Foods grocery store), Pizzanne’s U Bake Pizza serves up homemade pizzas that are filled with tasty ingredients as opposed to grease.

Top Places to Shop: 

Need a break? Step in to City Looks Spa & Salon for a mani-pedi or a massage. Then peruse the wide range of hair products, nail polish, makeup, jewelry, and bags. 11-3900 Grant Avenue, 204-896-3177. 

For redesigning your home with fashionable bedding, furniture and other Canadian-made accessories, stop in to Windows of Fashion & Surroundings. 3230 Roblin Boulevard, 204-896-4100.

Top Things to See and Do

If you’ve flambed when you should’ve sauted or have been referring to your béarnaise as hollandaise, then stop in for some hands-on cooking classes for the home cook at The Food Studio Inc. 3200 Roblin Boulevard, 204-888-FOOD (3663). 

Stroll through Assiniboine Forest and become one with nature. Ok, maybe you don’t have to go that far, but with 700 acres of wilderness with trails for exploring, it should be easy to tap into your green side. Chalfront Road and Shaftesbury Boulevard. 

Bordering Charleswood is the can’t-miss attraction of Assiniboine Park. You can spend your whole day hear, as you watch polar bears swim overhead in the viewing tunnels of Journey to Churchill at the zoo, take the kids to the Assiniboine Park Nature Playground, enjoy a calm walk through the English Gardens while checking out the beautiful bronze sculptures at the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, then end with a picnic while taking in some live entertainment at the Lyric Theatre. 55 Pavilion Crescent, 204-927-6000. 

Take a hike (in a good way), by hopping on the Harte Trail, which runs for 6.5 km through an old railway bed and is part of the Trans Canada Trail. Shaftesbury Boulevard and the west Perimeter Highway. 

It’s all aboard as you get your caboose taken on a ride through 9 acres of verdant forest by stopping at Assiniboine Valley Railway Inc., where it’s lush greenery in the summer, or festive lighting in the winter. 3001 Roblin Boulevard, 204-837-1305. 

Crescent Drive Park runs alongside the Red River, and is an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Relax in the picnic shelter and get a barbecue going the BBQ pits, while the kids play on the play structure nearby.  

Get the driver ready at Crescent Drive Golf Course. Book your tee time, and get ready for a tricky 9-hole par 3 golf course situated right by the park. 781 Crescent Drive, 204-986-5911.