• March 21, 2023

    One Company, Four Historic Buildings: The Great-West Life Assurance Company

    Insurance helps protect you and your loved ones in many different ways. Can you imagine a time before insurance? Probably not considering it has been around since the late 1800s! As Winnipeg has grown, the Great-West Life Assurance Company has grown with it. It has occupied three heritage buildings in Winnipeg: 177 Lombard Avenue, 60-80…

  • February 16, 2023

    Part Two: Sound The Alarm! Winnipeg’s Heritage Is Burning Down

    Why is Winnipeg’s heritage burning down? This is not a new problem, from its earliest days, fire has been the demise of many buildings in Winnipeg – sometimes in spectacular fashion, sometimes with tragic consequences. In the first part of this blog, published last month, we looked back at some memorable historic fires in Winnipeg…

  • January 26, 2023

    Part One: Sound The Alarm! Winnipeg’s Heritage Is Burning Down

    Ever since Winnipeg started building up, fires have been burning the city down. Some fires are small, with the structure quickly rebuilt even grander than before, while some fires are huge, leaving a gap in the streetscape that persists for a century or more. And some fires are tragic, far worse than just a building…

  • December 22, 2022

    Tunneling Into History: The Amy Street Steam Heating Plant

    When the weather outside is frightful, turning up the heat inside can be so delightful! For over 65 years, hundreds of Winnipeggers were kept warm thanks to the Amy Street Steam Heating Plant. Constructed as a backup source of electricity, it was also used to keep many buildings downtown nice and toasty. Although the plant…

  • November 17, 2022

    Royalty on Broadway: The Princeton Apartments

    Lining the wide streets of Broadway are buildings that trace Winnipeg’s architectural history. From the grand, Chateau Style Fort Garry Hotel to the distinctly modern styles of the Monarch Life and Woodsworth Building, each building tells its own story of Winnipeg’s past and of its growth. Originally, in the 1870s, the area was called the…

  • October 21, 2022

    A Community That Cares: The Odd Fellows Home

    Charleswood, the “Suburb Beautiful”, was incorporated as a rural municipality in 1913. It was a growing community; the one room log school house had just been replaced by a more impressive red brick structure, and people were setting their sights on the neighbourhood as an escape from urban life. The area was also appealing to the…

  • September 15, 2022

    Winnipeg’s White House: The Old Winnipeg Arena

    Nothing brings Winnipeggers together more than our beloved hockey team, the Jets! As a city, we have been celebrating hockey since the late 1800s. One of the first places in the city to host many of Winnipeg’s hockey teams was the 1909 Winnipeg Amphitheatre. Considered a cramped fire trap by the mid 20th century, Winnipeggers were…

  • August 17, 2022

    Unbridled Potential: The Winnipeg Saddlery Building

    There is a boarded up brick building at 284 William Avenue, with a quaint alcove entrance and painted glass window above the doorway, looking out towards Winnipeg’s original Market Square. Known as the Winnipeg Saddlery Building, it was once part of a thriving commercial hub, surrounded by manufacturing company offices, the Grain Exchange, and a…

  • March 23, 2023

    Congratulations Preservation Award Winners!

    Heritage Winnipeg’s 37th Annual Preservation Awards were held on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2023 to honour the heritage heroes who went above and beyond in the conservation and celebration of Winnipeg’s built heritage in 2022. Held at the historic Millennium Centre, this free public event showcased a wide range of important conservation projects that allow our…

  • February 2, 2023

    Vote Tied on the Delisting of Leacock House

    On February 2nd, 2023, the Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development voted on the removal of Leacock House at 442 Scotia Street from the City of Winnipeg’s List of Historical Resources. Heritage Winnipeg’s Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell, was at the meeting while Councillor Ross Eadie appeared over Zoom, both to speak in opposition to…

  • January 10, 2023

    Advocacy Achievement! Celebrating Two New Heritage Designations

    On January 9th, 2023, the 1967 West Kildonan Public Library at 365 Jefferson Avenue and the 1923 International Order of Odd Fellows Home at 4025 Roblin Boulevard were officially added to the City of Winnipeg’s List of Historical Resources. The Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development unanimously passed motions for both buildings to become…

  • December 31, 2022

    Thank You Heritage Supporters!

    Thank you so much to everyone who made our 3rd annual December Donation Drive such a success! We are so grateful for all the support we received in 2022 and cannot wait to see what the new year will bring. With your donations, Heritage Winnipeg’s important work advocating for and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage will…

  • December 30, 2022

    President of the St. Vital Historical Society and Museum Passes

    On December 28th, 2022, Robert Winston Holliday, President of the St. Vital Historical Society and Museum, passed away following a long battle with cancer. A driving force behind the Museum, Bob was a passionate storyteller who put his heart into everything he did, from crime reporting to wrestling promotion. Heritage Winnipeg had the pleasure of…

  • December 27, 2022

    Remembering Paul Haverstock

    Heritage Winnipeg is saddened to hear of the passing of Paul Haverstock on Sunday, December 25th, 2022. Paul was a Heritage Winnipeg Board Member who worked with our organization during his tenure at the Fort Garry Hotel, providing exceptional service for our annual spring fundraising events, and later during countless events at the Millennium Centre…

  • December 1, 2022

    Heritage Winnipeg’s 3rd Annual December Donation Drive

    We are once again inviting you to make a difference in your community by supporting our efforts to advocate for and celebrate Winnipeg’s rich collection of historic resources through our December Donation Drive. Your donation is an investment in the future of all Winnipeggers, helping build a diverse, vibrant, sustainable and desirable city that we…

  • October 17, 2022

    Remembering An Exemplary Architect: Étienne Gaboury

    On Friday, October 14th, 2022, the renowned Franco-Manitoban architect, Étienne Gaboury, passed away at age 92. An innovative and prolific artist at heart, Gaboury gave prairie architecture a distinctive identity that earned him great accolades. As many of his works have aged gracefully into beautiful heritage buildings, the memory Gaboury will live on through his…

  • Doors Open Winnipeg 2023

    Sat., May. 27, - Sun., May. 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    in 63 days

    Celebrating the stories our buildings tell!

    Held annually on the last weekend of May, Doors Open Winnipeg is a FREE city-wide celebration of Winnipeg’s distinct spaces, outstanding architecture and vibrant history. Each year, visitors are encouraged to explore Winnipeg’s past at unique events and tours located throughout the city. Since 2004, over 300,000 visitors and countless volunteers have made Doors Open Winnipeg one of the city’s essential spring events.

    Don’t miss our 20th anniversary of the event as we celebrate Winnipeg’s amazing built heritage treasures, cultural institutions and historic streetscapes!

    Please visit the Doors Open Winnipeg website to learn more about this event.

  • Virus: Making & Breaking the Pandemic

    Fri., Mar. 24, - Fri., Mar. 31, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    1 days ago

    Millennium Centre

    389 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    During the past century, Winnipeg has confronted two different pandemics with remarkably similar features – the Spanish Influenza of 1918 and COVID-19 of 2020. These outbreaks both involved quarantines, lockdowns and multiple waves of infection. Protests and misinformation stoked public fears as governments struggled to contain the spread. Health professionals, front line workers and volunteers fought to save lives and local businesses. What was our community’s response in perilous times? Will we be better prepared if another pandemic hits? Come explore these questions at our FREE interactive exhibit!


    March 24 · Friday · 1:00pm to 7:00pm
    March 25 · Saturday · 11:00am to 4:00pm
    March 26 · Sunday · 11:00am to 4:00pm
    March 27 · Monday · 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    March 28 · Tuesday · 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    March 29 · Wednesday · 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    March 30 · Thursday · 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    March 31 · Friday · 12:00pm to 5:00pm


    This project was created in partnership with Pattern Interactive and made possible thanks to funding from Canadian Heritage.

  • Heritage Winnipeg’s 37th Annual Preservation Awards

    Wed., Mar. 22, 5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

    3 days ago

    Millennium Centre

    389 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Heritage Winnipeg cordially invites you to our

    37th Annual Preservation Awards

    Recognizing the people and building projects dedicated to the conservation of Winnipeg’s built heritage!

    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023
    Millennium Centre
    389 Main Street

    Doors open at 5:15 pm
    Free street parking starts at 5:30 pm
    Ceremony commences at 5:45 pm
    Light reception at 6:45 pm

    A FREE public event!

    For more information, please contact Heritage Winnipeg at info@heritagewinnipeg.com or 204-942-2663

  • Heritage Lecture: Who is Heritage Winnipeg. Why our Built Heritage is Important.

    Mon., Mar. 6, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    19 days ago

    Charleswood Seniors Centre

    5006 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Join the Charleswood Historical Society for its Heritage Lecture Series featuring Cindy Tugwell, Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg, who will be presenting “Who is Heritage Winnipeg. Why our Built Heritage is Important.”

    Learn about Heritage Winnipeg’s origin story, the exciting projects we are currently working on and the great plans we have for the future! Get an insider’s perspective on the recent advocacy effort that resulted in the 1923 International Order of Odd Fellows Home at 4025 Roblin Boulevard being protected by a heritage designation while stopping the insensitive redevelopment proposed for the property. As the primary organizations working to save Winnipeg’s built heritage, it is a never ending, always interesting and sometimes heart wrenching task that requires making good decisions today to save our past for a brighter tomorrow!

    All Welcome
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Refreshments Served
    Silver Collection

    Additional parking can be found at the back of the building, just off Harstone Road.

  • Night at the Abandoned Bank

    Sat., Oct. 22, 2022, 6:00 pm - 10:45 pm

    154 days ago

    Millennium Centre

    389 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Join us for a frighteningly fun fundraiser!


    For one night only, take a haunted tour the abandoned bank and see who or maybe what is still lurking there… 🦇

    “In 1969, the Bank of Commerce located at 389 Main Street closed to the public. For years it has sat empty. Even though the employees of the bank are gone, visitors to the building have reported hearing creepy sounds and witnessed eerie lights in the building. It seems not everyone left the bank when it closed down. So, if there’s something weird and it don’t look good, Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!” 👻

    Winnipeg Ghost Walk, in partnership with Heritage Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Ghostbusters, presents this spooky event at the Millennium Centre in support of Heritage Winnipeg and the Children’s Hospital Foundation (on behalf of the Winnipeg Ghostbusters). Please note the tour is recommend for ages 10+ and unfortunately, it is not wheelchair accessible as it requires going up a significant number of stairs.

    Tour Times: 6:00pm / 7:15pm / 8:30pm / 9:45pm
    Ticket Price: $30

  • National Trust Conference 2022

    Thu., Oct. 20, 2022, - Sat., Oct. 22, 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    156 days ago

    The annual National Trust Conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Held every year since 1974, the National Trust Conference brings together a wide-range of people working to keep Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots activists and elected officials, to professionals, planners, policy makers, and property owners. Conference themes have tackled pressing issues for Canada’s heritage movement, including community revitalization, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and climate change.

    The Heritage Reset: Making Critical Choices

    Toronto, Ontario – October 20th to 22nd, 2022

    Seismic societal shifts exacerbated by a global pandemic have drawn into question many values, structures, and public policies in Canada, including those guiding heritage conservation. As the urgency increases to advance decolonization and anti-racism, take bold climate action, and redress economic and social inequity, are heritage principles and heritage places in step, or stuck in the past? Now is the time for realignment and concerted action. How can we accelerate the heritage movement’s impact as a positive, essential, progressive force addressing pressing issues like climate change, racism, reconciliation, affordable housing, social justice, accessibility, economic resiliency, and more?

  • Manitoba Heritage Summit 2022

    Thu., Oct. 13, 2022, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    163 days ago

    You’re invited to attend
    the Manitoba Heritage Summit 2022

    Join us to discuss the state of heritage in Manitoba! What are the present opportunities and challenges in the heritage sector? How are heritage-related organizations preparing to address them?

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit a FREE event, open to everyone, both professional and amateur. Participation is especially encouraged by people connected with heritage in their community, including involvement with museums and archives, local historical societies, municipal heritage advisory committees, local and regional governments, and heritage advocacy groups. We embrace the broadest possible interpretation of this term as illustrated by the diversity of Provincial Heritage Agencies involved in organizing the Manitoba Heritage Summit.



    2022 Manitoba Heritage Summit Panel Discussions:

    · The State of Heritage in Manitoba: A Call to Action
    · Diversity in Heritage – Initiatives in the heritage preservation of the diverse communities in Manitoba
    · Indigenous Heritage – Indigenous initiatives and issues in heritage preservation in Manitoba
    · Challenges and opportunities for heritage in rural Manitoba and Saskatchewan
    · Youth and innovation in heritage

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit is presented by eight Manitoba Provincial Heritage Associations:

    Association for Manitoba Archives
    Association of Manitoba Museums
    Heritage Winnipeg
    Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada
    La Société historique de Saint-Boniface
    Manitoba Archaeological Society
    Manitoba Genealogical Society
    Manitoba Historical Society

  • Heritage Winnipeg’s 2022 Annual General Meeting

    Wed., Sep. 28, 2022, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    178 days ago

    Millennium Centre

    389 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Heritage Winnipeg
    cordially invites you to attend our

    Wednesday, September 28th, 2022
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    keynote presentation
    Daniel Guenther and Evan Krosney:
    Writing A New Chapter in The History of The West Kildonan Library

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to successfully advocate for a heritage building? Our keynote speakers from Friends of the West Kildonan Library will be sharing their recent experience leading the effort to save the West Kildonan Library. You won’t want to miss hearing about what challenges the next generation of heritage advocates are fearlessly tackling!

    Millennium Centre · 389 Main Street
    free street parking starts at 5:30 pm

    RSVP to cindy@heritagewinnipeg.com

    face masks recommended

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