• October 6, 2021

    An Education in Heritage: The Church Block Apartments

    The Church Block Apartments (259 Church Avenue) look, at first glance, to be an ordinary apartment block in Winnipeg’s St. John’s neighbourhood. Three stories, red brick exterior, modest classical detailing, the type of building that you can find scattered throughout much of Winnipeg. However, unlike Winnipeg’s other early apartment blocks, the Church Block Apartments was…

  • September 15, 2021

    Racing Through the History of Polo Park

    In 2021, you see people racing around CF Polo Park, shopping bags in hand. But dating back to 1925, you would have seen horses instead of people, racing around the former Polo Park Racetrack. It was Winnipeg’s largest horse racing track, opening on June 12, 1925. The facility, a six-furlong track, was built by Canadian…

  • September 2, 2021

    Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 – Connecting Community!

    Do you love Winnipeg’s historic architecture? Are you curious about our culture and history? Come join Heritage Winnipeg for this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg! We are hosting our 11th annual FREE event filled with different buildings, events and tours. Plan your weekend of fun family-friendly activities, be ready for the opening of online registration – on…

  • August 18, 2021

    Making a Mission: 99 George Street

    There is a small blue plaque in the front of 99 George Street, a house in Winnipeg’s South Point Douglas neighbourhood. It proclaims the unassuming building was once the home of Margaret Scott, the founder, and matron of the Margaret Scott Nursing Mission.  This sums up succinctly, the long history of community service that took…

  • August 4, 2021

    Meeting At The Market: The Original Market Square

    Old Market Square, placed in the heart of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, was not always located at its current site, at its initial construction, it sat on a different lot just down the street. The original site of the old Market Square can be found half a block north, situated on the land of the…

  • 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…

  • October 4, 2021

    Wanted: Digital Project Coordinator & Executive Assistant

    Heritage Winnipeg is currently accepting applications for a Digital Project Coordinator and an Executive Assistant funded through Young Canada Works. We are looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about advocating for and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage to join our team. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, the positions may require working from both…

  • October 2, 2021

    Grand Reopening of the Ukrainian Labour Temple

    Congratulations to the Ukrainian Labour Temple at 591 Pritchard Avenue on their grand reopening on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021! The newly renovated and accessible heritage building is an important community asset with a rich history, now ready to serve Winnipeg for another 100 years. Heritage Winnipeg commends the hard work and dedication that went into…

  • September 29, 2021

    White Paper Released: Heritage in Manitoba 2020

    In conjunction with the inaugural Manitoba Heritage Summit 2020, Manitoba’s eight Provincial Heritage Agencies commissioned a report on the state of heritage in Manitoba and its development over the next 10 to 20 years, looking toward a long-term vision for Manitoba’s 200th anniversary in 2070. The resulting white paper, Heritage in Manitoba 2020: Perspectives, Challenges,…

  • September 27, 2021

    Former Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg Passes

    On September 23rd, 2001, George Siamandas, former Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg, passed away. George was passionate about telling the stories of Winnipeg, from documentaries on Prairie Public Television to his history website, The Winnipeg Time Machine. His efforts helped a wider audience learn about and appreciate Manitoba’s rich heritage. Heritage Winnipeg extends our condolences…

  • September 12, 2021

    Thank You!

    Heritage Winnipeg would like to give a huge and sincere thank you to all the guests, volunteers, hosts, and sponsors of Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 that made the event a great success! It was a challenging year for everyone, but through rescheduling and ever changing public health guidelines we have persevered! Doors Open Winnipeg 2021…

  • September 3, 2021

    Registration Open for Doors Open Winnipeg 2021!

    We are getting closer and closer to this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg event! You can now register online to visit all your favourites on September 11 and 12. Go to the Doors Open Winnipeg website to find registration information on the page of each individual building, event and tour. To help keep our community safe,…

  • August 13, 2021

    Doors Open Winnipeg 2021 Needs YOU! – Volunteer Registration

    Do you love Winnipeg? Do you love history? Do you love our city’s built heritage? Then, Doors Open Winnipeg needs YOU! For one weekend every year, Heritage Winnipeg hosts Doors Open Winnipeg. This is an opportunity to explore built heritage treasures, learn about Winnipeg’s history, and take part in some exclusive tours not otherwise available…

  • Let the countdown begin…

    It’s almost time for this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg! In order to keep everyone safe and to follow public health orders, nearly every building requires you to register for a time slot. This will ensure we can keep social distancing and capacity limits.  Registration will open starting September 3rd, 2021 @12pm CT

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