Blues-loving Berry loving life in 'Peg

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

His first year as a Winnipegger has certainly opened Doug Berry's eyes.

No, it's not about the cold.

The Blue Bombers boss has discovered River City is much more than an ugly airport, a drive down Portage Avenue and a downtown hotel, which is pretty much all he expected, based on his days as a visiting CFL coach.

"It's probably, I can't say 100 times better ... I don't know how much. Way, way (better)," Berry said. "There's a lot of culture going on. A lot of concerts. A lot of plays, theatre, museums. My wife loves it here. And, really, that's more important than me loving it here."

Simple pleasures

Like most people who move here, Berry, who bought a house in Charleswood, has discovered some of the simple pleasures of small-city life.

"I had no idea how nice the suburbs are around here," he said. "How good the traffic is, that if you're at a stop light with six cars, it's a major traffic issue. It's so different than, say, Montreal, where there's three million people. You can sit for hours. It's ridiculous."

He's even discovered a favourite bar.

"Been to the Windsor," said Berry, a blues fan. "Those are my kind of places."


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