• February 24, 2021

    Heritage Winnipeg’s Annual Preservation Awards: A Retrospective

    Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg’s Annual Preservation Awards (APA) have been held in mid-February, to coincide with now Louis Riel Day and Heritage Week. The APA’s have recognized conservation excellence in historic commercial and industrial buildings including residential homes throughout Winnipeg, by honouring the dedicated owners, community leaders and professionals that undertake these projects and make…

  • February 10, 2021

    Hé-Ho To Fort Gibraltar We Go!

    Winnipeg is a city founded on forts. All along the rivers different interests staked their claim by erecting a structure, some more imposing than others, to carry out business and secure their goods. For over 280 years these forts have come and gone, built of large stone and heavy timber, they have burned down and…

  • February 3, 2021

    Community Stories at the Fort Garry Library

    Public libraries provide much more than just books. Today, in the digital era, they allow access to online resources and digital media but even in the years before the internet, libraries played many important roles within their communities. Multi-purpose rooms provide space for group meetings, community workshops, and educational lectures. And, of course, libraries provide…

  • January 27, 2021

    Borrowed Buildings: Treating The 1918 Influenza Epidemic

    Influenza came to Winnipeg by train. On September 30th, 1918, a train of returned soldiers arrived in Winnipeg carrying three men infected with the “Spanish Flu”. City officials, aware of the risks influenza posed, were quick to act and the three soldiers were whisked away to an isolated convalescent home. Still, the damage had been…

  • January 20, 2021

    The Best Game You Can Name at the Winnipeg Amphitheatre

    Winter is an inescapable fact of life in Winnipeg, and for centuries those who live here have learned to make the best of it.

  • January 13, 2021

    Healthy Heritage: The Wilson House

    At the corner of Broadway and Colony Street sits a piece of the past, set back from the street and shielded by large trees, it clearly stands apart from its neighbours, drawing in those who notice its curious presence. Half home and half castle, Wilson House was originally built in 1904 for a wealthy family…

  • January 7, 2021

    Proudly Manitoban: Government House

    Government House is Manitoba’s house. The location has changed over the past 150 years but the sentiment has remained the same, it is a place where Manitobans are celebrated. It has rose from humble beginnings to become a historic mansion, standing the test of time as an enduring symbol of our province. All walks of…

  • December 23, 2020

    Heritage and the Holidays in Winnipeg

    ‘Twas the week of Christmas, when all through the city, Winnipeg was looking all festive and pretty. Lights were hung along the streets with care, knowing that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Winnipeggers were jolly, generous and kind, while visions of holidays past filled their minds. Memories of Eaton’s, lighting the tree at City…

  • Doors Open Winnipeg 2021

    Sat., May. 29, - Sun., May. 30, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    in 87 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 over 100 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.

    Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 will be going forward, as long as it is safe to do so!

  • The Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit

    Thu., Feb. 18, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    13 days ago

    Presented by Heritage Winnipeg

    Since 1926, the downtown Winnipeg Hudson’s Bay Company Department Store has been an architectural and cultural landmark on Portage Avenue. On November 30th, 2020, the Hudson Bay Company closed this flagship store. What does the future hold for this historic building? Join us for a virtual summit on the downtown Winnipeg Bay to engage in a discussion that highlights the historic, cultural and social significance of the building to Winnipeg, the province and the country. Presenters will speak on a vast array of topics regarding the downtown Winnipeg Bay with opportunities for questions throughout.

    Thank you to the all the supporting organizations who helped make this event possible!

    National Trust for Canada · Héritage Saint-Boniface · Manitoba Historical Society · Manitoba Genealogical Society

    Thank you to everyone who attended the Summit!

    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. There is no cost to attend the Summit but advance registration is required. Registration is through Eventbrite, with a Zoom link sent out shortly before the event begins. Remember to check your emails. To participate you will need a device such as a desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone that is connected to the internet. To participate in question and answer sessions, your device must have a working microphone.


    Murray Peterson
    The Designation of The Bay Building by the City of Winnipeg
    Murray is the City of Winnipeg’s Heritage Officer and has been researching and writing histories of buildings for the Historical Buildings and Resources Committee for over 30 years.

    Mary W. Rowe
    The Bay Downtown as a Catalyst for Downtown Revitalization
    Mary is President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute. An impassioned civic leader with diverse experience in the business, government, not-for-profit and philanthropy sectors in Canada and the US for over 30 years, Mary has been a steady advocate and champion for place-based approaches to building livable and resilient cities, and community-driven local economies. She has led campaigns, organizations, initiatives, and companies spanning a few months to several years. Mary was deeply engaged in the self-organizing initiatives that emerged in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing support to two dozen initiatives that focused on various forms of resilience. She also supported, in her role at MAS NYC, community engagement efforts during the recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and Rebuild by Design. Subsequently, Mary has led local, national and international urban initiatives from Toronto and New York City, including the initial development of Re-Imagining the Civic Commons, an initiative to strengthen elements of the urban fabric that create social cohesion and community resilience, including libraries, community centres, parks and other ‘third places’. Following her return to live in Toronto, in addition to her role leading CUI, Mary is a Senior Fellow with Evergreen and Future Cities Canada, Lead Facilitator for the National Urban Project and serves on the Advisory and Governing Boards of the New Cities Foundation and The Bentway respectively. Mary is also Senior Fellow with Shorefast, a charity and social enterprise focused on building place-based economic development strategies that strengthen local communities and foster their resilience.

    Robert Eastwood
    Refurbishment of the Bay Downtown Building
    Robert (FRAIC, Retired Architect MAA & AIBC) retired from Number TEN Architectural Group in 2016 after over 35 years. He was a managing partner for 31 years and head of the Institutional Studio. Robert continues to be an advisor to Number TEN and mentor. He was involved with or led a number of the major downtown Winnipeg projects including the Provincial Law Courts Building, the Bell MTS Centre, the Eaton’s Powerhouse redevelopment, Portage Place walkway connections and the downtown Winnipeg Walkway system guidelines and expansion and the Winnipeg Convention Centre Expansion. Robert is currently an advisor to the Manitoba Metis Federation on capital projects and the redevelopment of 335 Main Street (Bank of Montreal) into a National Heritage Centre. He was a member of the selection jury (2017-2018) for the architectural team for the new Ottawa Library and Canada Archives building and is currently a member of the jury (2021) for the Block 2 redevelopment design competition in downtown Ottawa. Robert has served on National and Provincial boards related to professional practice, on arts and community boards and is currently a volunteer board member and head of the building committee for the Bruce Oake Recovery Centre. Robert has been involved with a number of studies related to possible redevelopment of the Bay store over the past 14 years including for the Forks North Portage Corporation, a private development group and the University of Winnipeg.

    Mark Thompson Brandt
    Building Reuse and Climate Action
    A conservation architect and urbanist (MTBA Associates Inc, Architecture*Urbanism*Conservation, Ottawa) with over 35 years’ experience, Mark is a former Director of the Association for Preservation Technology International (APT) and former Co-Chair of APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation. Brandt is a member of the International Steering Committees for EcoDistricts and of the Climate Heritage Network (ICOMOS). He is a founding Co-Chair of the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing & Historic Buildings. Brandt is also a former Director of Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals and of Canada Green Building Council. Mark founded the firm MTBA, which specializes in natural and cultural conservation for architecture and urban design. Parliament Hill projects include $70M East Block Rehabilitation and $100M Sir John A. Macdonald Building, which received seven national/international awards and a five Green Globes rating. Brandt is co-author of the national reference “Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada”.

    Chris Wiebe
    The National Trust Endangered Places List
    Chris is the Manager, Heritage Policy and Public Programs at the National Trust for Canada in Ottawa, a national charity working to save and revive Canada’s heritage places . Since 2007, Chris has been the organizer of the National Trust’s annual national conference and has helped it become Canada’s leading forum for heritage sector professionals, volunteers, and practitioners. In addition, he assists with the National Trust’s government relations, advocacy work including the National Trust Endangered Places List, and development of positions on heritage policies, particularly financial incentives. Chris was a heavy user of the Malt Stop in the Bay’s basement while studying for his BA degrees at the University of Winnipeg and Canadian Mennonite University.

    Walter Kleinschmit
    Walter is a retail real estate professional who has spent his professional life working in the industry, beginning in the Bay Store Winnipeg, to managing the development of international iconic mixed use centres in urban and greenfield situations. Since his return to Canada, Walter’s passion has been centred in community activism focusing on balancing change options in the mature community he lives (St. Boniface, MB) and promoting a healthy and sustainable strategy to preserve, honour and reutilise historical buildings and heritage sites.

    Michael Binetti
    Imagine the Possibilities – Case Studies of Rehabilitation Projects
    Michael is an urban planner in Toronto, Ontario, with nine years experience working both in the United States and Canada. His planning interests and knowledge include public transit planning, downtown renewal, and the challenges facing retail, particularly in downtown areas. When it comes to the Hudson’s Bay Downtown Winnipeg Store, Michael believes the building can be transformed into a major destination that anchors the western end of a reinvigorated downtown Winnipeg.

    Who can attend the summit?

    The Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit is 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, heritage advisory committees, government and heritage advocacy groups.


    Learn more about the Hudson’s Bay Company in the Heritage Winnipeg Blog:




    Although the Summit is free to attend, we are grateful for donations to help in defraying some of its costs. All donations are eligible to receive a charitable tax receipt.


    Contact Us

    For further information or inquiries about the Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit, please contact Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell at info@heritagewinnipeg.com or 204-942-2663.

  • APT & National Trust Joint Conference 2020

    Sat., Oct. 3, 2020, - Wed., Oct. 7, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    151 days ago

    The annual National Trust conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Held in a different part of Canada every year, this national conference brings together a wide-range of people keeping Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots advocates, professionals and planners, to elected officials, policy makers, and students.

    Hindsight 2020: Conservation, Disruption, and the Future of Heritage

    HINDSIGHT 2020 will explore heritage conservation’s disruptive role in a 21st century defined by resource scarcity, climate change and sustainability. In an era seeking heroic solutions, historic preservation provides transformative ideas, highlighting the importance of adaptation, minimal intervention, reversibility and maintainability. While Edmonton is the research, refining, and manufacturing heart of the Canadian oil industry, it is also a hotbed of environmental innovation and activism. HINDSIGHT 2020 will be hosted by a vibrant historic city at the very forefront of the climate crisis, one wrestling with its petroleum legacy and the imperative to transition to a low-carbon future.

    Rather than postpone or cancel the upcoming joint conference, we are pleased to announce that we have begun planning virtual conference sessions, in parallel with some in-person events that would be held in Edmonton, if meetings become possible again by that time.

  • Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

    Thu., Oct. 1, 2020, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    153 days ago

    You’re invited to attend
    The Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020


    Join us this October 1, 2020 for an unprecedented online day event organized and presented by a group of eight Manitoba Provincial Heritage Associations (PHA’s), to discuss the state of heritage in Manitoba. This online event will be the first time that such an all-encompassing meeting has ever been held in Manitoba.

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

    The Manitoba Heritage Summit will achieve the following four objectives:

    • Identify common themes among PHAs relating to heritage and history in Manitoba
    • Identify present and future opportunities and challenges that will be beneficial for the delivery of heritage-related programs and the management of heritage resources around Manitoba,
    • Foster improved collaboration and communication between PHAs and smaller heritage facilities around the province, and
    • Prepare a White Paper on the state of heritage in Manitoba and its development over the next 10 to 20 years, toward a long-term vision for Manitoba’s 200th anniversary in 2070.

    More details on the Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020

    Panel Discussion to include:

    • Decolonizing heritage in Manitoba
    • Economics, financial sustainability, and partnerships
    • Challenges and opportunities for heritage in rural Manitoba
    • Youth, technology, and green sustainability

    Program available here

    There is NO COST to attend the Manitoba Heritage Summit.

    Sponsors of the Manitoba Heritage Summit:
    Province of Manitoba | The Winnipeg Foundation

  • Heritage Winnipeg’s 2020 Annual General Meeting

    Wed., Sep. 30, 2020, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    154 days ago

    Heritage Winnipeg
    cordially invites you to attend our


    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    historical presentation by


    please RSVP
    204-942-2663 or cindy@heritagewinnipeg.com

  • Doors Open Winnipeg 2020

    Sat., Sep. 12, 2020, - Sun., Sep. 13, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    172 days ago

    Thank you to the community for coming out and celebrating the stories our buildings tell during Doors Open Winnipeg 2020 – it was a huge success!

    We could not have done it without all of our wonderful hosts, volunteers, and sponsors. Their dedication and hard work made this event possible. Thank you so much for continuing to support Winnipeg’s built heritage throughout this challenging year!

  • 2020 Red River Heritage Fair

    Wed., May. 6, 2020, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    301 days ago

    Duckworth Centre

    400 Spence Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    The 2020 Red River Heritage Fair is CANCELLED!

    The Heritage Fair program encourages students to explore the history of our country in a dynamic and hands-on environment. Students use the medium of their choice to recount the stories of the people, events, familial events and key moments from Canadian history and present their research in a public exposition at their school.

    The best projects from schools are invited to showcase their work at the Red River Heritage Fair. The students present their research, respond to questions from judges, and discuss and share their project with fellow students, parents, teachers, and community members.

    But it is much more exciting than that; students participate in interactive workshops, join in a scavenger hunt, meet others students and share their history projects thus creating a fast-paced history learning day.

    Workshops are designed for students and provided by local museums, historical societies or organizations promoting Canadian history and heritage.

  • National Trust for Canada 2019 Conference

    Thu., Oct. 17, 2019, - Sat., Oct. 19, 2019, 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

    503 days ago

    Join Heritage Winnipeg at the National Trust Conference 2019 Heritage Delivers: Impact, Authenticity, and Catalytic Change. The National Trust is thrilled Winnipeg will be hosting to this gathering of 450+ heritage volunteers, policymakers, and professionals from across Canada. Heritage Delivers explores the catalytic power of historic places[...]
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