• July 22, 2021

    Grab Your Popcorn! A Look at Winnipeg’s Drive-In Movie Theatres

    Drive-in theatres were a hotspot and trend during the 1950s along with poodle skirts, letterman jackets, and soda fountains. Movie-goers would sit under the stars with their friends, family, or partner to watch the newest film while surrounded with blankets, pillows, and snacks. It went beyond seeing a movie – it was the perfect girls-night-out,…

  • July 8, 2021

    Canada Historic Places Days 2021

    Step back in time during Canada Historic Places Days! Whether exploring your community in person or traveling across the country virtually, July 2021 is your opportunity to learn about the rich heritage of the many historic places in Canada. Presented by the National Trust for Canada with the support of Parks Canada, Historic Places Days…

  • June 23, 2021

    If It Ain’t Got That Swing: Jazz Clubs in Winnipeg

    In June of 1942, some 2,000 Winnipeg dance and jazz enthusiasts packed into the Civic Auditorium (200 Vaughan Street) for an evening of entertainment. There was going to be a two-night Jitterbug Contest, attracting what the Winnipeg Free Press colourfully called the “alligators” and “hep cats” of Winnipeg. The evening’s entertainment however, stopped the dancers…

  • June 9, 2021

    A Keystone of Culture: The Manitoba Museum

    Four years after the Province of Manitoba was created, a paragraph appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press imploring the citizens to establish a historical society and museum for the preservation of the area’s rich history. It would take another 100 years before the Manitoba Museum we know today officially opened its doors on July 15th,…

  • May 27, 2021

    Capturing the Magnificent Exchange District!

    There is something about the Exchange District that captures peoples imaginations; from tourists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs and artists, to all the people who call the neighbourhood home. The Exchange District is the former warehouse section of Winnipeg, which has evolved and adapted over the past 150 years to become a hub of arts and culture, filled…

  • May 19, 2021

    Dragons in Winnipeg: The Mandarin Building

    The architecture firm of Barber & Barber is likely best known for designing Winnipeg’s elaborate “Gingerbread” City Hall in 1884, though the family-run firm completed a number of other projects in Winnipeg from schools, private homes, and other public buildings. Among their myriad of Winnipeg works was Winnipeg Police Court at 223 James Street, built…

  • May 12, 2021

    Manitoba’s History Lives at Riel House

    Most Canadians will know the name Louis Riel. The founding father of Manitoba and Métis leader, Riel’s story is well-known, especially in Manitoba. Evidence of his legacy is scattered throughout the City of Winnipeg; be it the barrier established by Riel and fellow Métis soldiers to prevent land surveyors from the Canadian government from entering…

  • May 5, 2021

    A Hollywood Home: 8 Kingston Row

    If you had the chance to enter a contest to win a home sponsored by a movie star, would you? The answer seems obvious: of course! Winnipeggers were presented with this question early in 1944, when the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg announced plans for a new fundraising drive. The Kinsmen were founded in Ontario in…

  • July 9, 2021

    Finding the Past in Our Present: A Bird’s-Eye View of Winnipeg in 1884

    Ross House Museum is exploring the history of Winnipeg’s built heritage from 137 years ago with its exciting new project, Finding the Past in Our Present: A Bird’s-Eye View of Winnipeg in 1884. The digital project was inspired by the iconic 1884 birds-eye view map of Winnipeg produced by W. G. Fonseca, which hangs in…

  • June 22, 2021

    2021-2022 Internship Program

    Heritage Winnipeg is currently accepting applications for an internship position, funded through Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic university graduate who is passionate about advocating for and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage to join our team. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the position may require the intern…

  • June 1, 2021

    Help Heritage Winnipeg Win $20,000!

    Join Heritage Winnipeg in the Great Canadian Giving Challenge this month! Every dollar donated to Heritage Winnipeg through canadahelps.org in June 2021 is a chance for us to win $20,000 and helps us continue advocating for and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage. Imagine the difference $20,000 could make! Will you rise to the challenge? DONATE TOADY! Be…

  • May 25, 2021

    Opportunity for Input: The Future of the City of Winnipeg Archives

    The stories of Winnipeg and its citizens are told in the records and artifacts managed by the City of Winnipeg’s Archives – all residents should be inspired to explore our history! The City’s archival collection is unique and irreplaceable and includes minutes, by-laws, maps, photographs, drawings, and artifacts. To ensure long-term preservation and access to…

  • May 17, 2021


    Heritage Winnipeg is launching a giveaway to celebrate George Mitchell’s book, Treasures of Winnipeg’s Historic Exchange. The book is filled with vibrant pictures capturing the beauty, history, and growing community of the Exchange District. It is contextualized with fun facts, histories, and archival photos of the buildings. You can purchase the book for 25% off…

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    May 4, 2021

    Celebrate Manitoba Day with a FREE Activity Booklet!

    On May 12, 1870, Manitoba officially became a province when the Manitoba Act was created, passed by the Parliament of Canada and received Royal Assent on this day. We created a free activity booklet for children to celebrate 151 years of our wonderful diverse and vibrant province. In it, you will find mazes, colouring pages,…

  • April 26, 2021

    Winnipeg Free Press: Province’s francophone society to take possession of St. Boniface’s old city hall

    Good news for Winnipeg’s Francophone community: the former St. Boniface City Hall (219 Provencher Blvd) will be sold to the Société de la francophonie manitobaine. The City of Winnipeg’s earlier announcement that both the former City Hall and former St. Boniface Fire Hall (212 rue Dumoulin) would be sold to Manitoba Possible for $10,000 attracted…

  • April 14, 2021

    New Infill Development Proposed for the East Exchange District Faces Opposition

    The construction of a modern 12 storey, 145 foot building has been proposed for 127 Bannatyne Avenue in the East Exchange District. The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada, recognized for its “harmonious representation of one or more styles or constructions, building types, or periods that has a sense of history”. In…

  • National Trust Virtual Conference 2021

    Tue., Sep. 28, - Fri., Oct. 1, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    in 61 days

    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. Presented by the National Trust for Canada in association with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

    Heritage and the Global Reset: Seizing the Moment

    The global health crisis has bought into clear focus the damage the current economic paradigm has wrought. The response around the world has been explosive, including demands for redress of social and racial inequities, rebalancing of climate, and rethinking the economy.

    As the world hits the reset button, the National Trust in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals invites you to be part of a cross-Canada conversation about the responsibility and the opportunity heritage conservation practitioners have at this critical moment. More than ever, heritage places have extraordinary potential to meet the challenges of a post-COVID world,through reflecting the cultural diversity of Canada in the quest for reconciliation and equity, in reducing resource consumption and GHG emissions, and by providing the building blocks for a sustainable economic recovery.

    The deadline for submission is Friday, April 9, 2021.

  • Doors Open Winnipeg 2021

    Sat., Sep. 11, - Sun., Sep. 12, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    in 44 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!

  • Canadian Museums Association 2021 National Conference

    Mon., May. 3, - Thu., May. 13, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    87 days ago

    A goal of the Canadian Museums Association is to bring people and organizations together in support of the museum field and society at-large. The theme for CMA 2021 is Moving Forward, a call for greater solidarity, connectedness and social responsibility to propel the museum sector ahead.

    The virtual conference will be a unique opportunity to bring Canada’s museum community together for the best in professional development, networking and collaboration. CMA 2021 promises to be an occasion to focus on the most timely and relevant issues of today and, at the same time, address the practical issues we face in our work.

    Don’t miss Heritage Winnipeg’s Executive Director Cindy Tugwell speaking at the conference about her experience working with Digital Museums Canada on a virtual exhibit!

  • The Bay Downtown Winnipeg Virtual Summit

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

    161 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!





    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 & Tackling Systemic Barriers
    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.


    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.

    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.

    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

    299 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

    301 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

    302 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

    320 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!

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