This is the main city of the province, in which more than half of its population lives (700,000 people). Winnipeg is not only the center of Manitoba’s political life.
Business and culture also flourish here, especially painting, ballet and classical music. A striking event for Winnipegists is the Folklorama festival held every summer in Manitoba. Up to 50 pavilions are opened for its guests, which showcase cuisine, crafts and costumes of the peoples living in the province.
Local cultural figures and businessmen came together to save and preserve the remarkable buildings of the early XX century. in the old business district of Winnipeg, it’s 15 blocks in a rectangle between Main Street, Princess Street, William Avenue and North Dam Avenue. In the so-called Exchange District (Exchange District) there are many beautiful office and warehouse buildings in the spirit of the Chicago school of architecture; among them the Royal Tower (Royal Tower; 504 Main Street), built in 1903. In the summer, on weekends, trays are exhibited on the Old Market Square, where everything is sold – from fruits and vegetables to handicrafts and trinkets.
Winnipeg is closely connected with Chicago both architecturally and economically, as exemplified by the Commodity Exchange; 360 Main St, fourth floor, open to the public. This is just one of many modern skyscrapers grouped around the Portage and Main shopping center.
In the wonderful Manitoba Museum (Manitoba Museum; 190 Rupert Avenue; open: in the summer every day 10.00-17.00, winter Tue-Fri 10.00-16.00, Sat-Sun 11.00-17.00) mock-ups of prehistoric and modern animals are exhibited in a beautifully imitated environment: polar snows, tundra and forests, at noisy waterfalls, to the “accompaniment” of bird trills, wolf howl and the terrifying roar of a forest fire.
Ethnic groups are represented by national costumes and household items; special attention is paid to the life of local Indians and Mestizos.
You will also see the reconstruction of the Nonsuch, a ketch of the Hudson’s Bay Company, which in 1669 delivered the first shipment of fur from Canada to England. The museum is adjacent to the Centennial Concert Hall, the home venue of the Vin Nipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Opera Association and the Winnipeg Royal Ballet.
The modern building of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Winnipeg Art Gallery; 300 Memorial Boulevard; open: Tue-11: 00-17: 00, Thu until 9:00 p.m.) contains an extensive collection of works by contemporary Canadian and American artists and the world’s largest collection of contemporary Inuit paintings. Great seasonal exhibitions are also held here.
Old St Boniface, the French quarter of Winnipeg, is now a suburb on the east bank of the Red River, connected to the city center by a new pedestrian bridge called the Riel Esplanade.
The oldest building in the city, the Monastery of the Society of Gray Nuns on Taché Avenue (1846), was turned into the Museum of St. Boniface (St Boniface Museum; open: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.00, Sun 12.00-16.00; mid-May – Sep. Thu until 20.00 ), where you can learn a lot about the French past of the city and the life of Louis Riel. Next to the museum, in the cemetery of the Basilica of St. Boniface, rebuilt after the fire, is the modest grave of Riel.
At the Red River and Exhibit Fork in the Assinboin Museum of Manitoba, Fort Gibraltar is located (Fort Gibraltar; open: mid-May-Aug, Fri-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-4 p.m.).
It recreates the era of the fur trade and the life of the inhabitants of the fort in 1814. Here you can try traditional food, such as pemmican, bacon jerky, blueberries and kidney fat, as well as a Franco-Canadian dish: stew with unleavened cakes.