• January 6, 2022

    Breaking Ground in Winnipeg’s West End: The First English Lutheran Church

    Located in Winnipeg’s West End at 484 Maryland Street, is the First English Lutheran Church building, now known as City Church. Immediately upon arriving, one is struck by the building’s Gothic architecture and the large, beautiful stained glass rose window welcoming you above the front entrance. The building’s exterior is impressive, however, what is equally…

  • December 9, 2021

    Winter Wonderland at the Forks: A Winnipeg Tradition

    It’s December, which means Winnipeg’s historic Forks site is bustling with holiday shoppers, friends, and families meeting to go skating or grabbing food in The Forks Market. As one of the city’s most popular tourist sites, it is no surprise that The Forks generates a year-round crowd, however, there is something special to be said…

  • November 10, 2021

    Union Station: A Gateway to Winnipeg’s Past

    Winnipeg is full of historic places, from the Exchange District at the heart of the city traversed by the outstanding Bankers’ Row, to the charming century-old neighbourhoods that many call home. There is one historic place in this city, however, with a place in history that has witnessed the birth of a budding city and…

  • 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…

  • January 7, 2022

    Thank You! December 2021 Donation Drive

    Thank you to everyone who made our 2nd annual December Donation Drive a success! We are so grateful for all the support we received last year and cannot wait to see what the new year will bring. Without your donations, Heritage Winnipeg’s important work of advocating and celebrating Winnipeg’s built heritage would not be possible!…

  • January 5, 2022

    Remembering Brian K. Darragh

    Heritage Winnipeg is heartbroken and saddened to hear of the passing of Brian K. Darragh on Monday, December 20, 2021. Brian was the last known living streetcar driver, and he was passionate and proud of his long years of service to the citizens of Winnipeg. He signed on with the Winnipeg Transit system in 1954…

  • December 20, 2021

    Advocacy in Action! Saving Maple Grove: The Captain William Kennedy House

    Many Manitobans have taken a leisurely drive along River Road on a bright summer day, following the twists and turns of the Red River as it meanders north towards Lockport. It is along this route, on the west banks of the river, that a stately stone house, Maple Grove, has stood for over a 150…

  • December 16, 2021

    Winnipeg Winter Bus Tour: Enter for Your Chance to Win!

    Congratulations to our holiday contest winner, we hope you enjoy your festive tour! Thank you to all who entered, the contest is now closed. Happy holidays from Heritage Winnipeg! ☃️ Searching for something fun to do this holiday season? Look no further! Simply tell us which is your favourite heritage building in Winnipeg to be…

  • December 6, 2021

    Heritage Winnipeg’s Christmas Gift Guide!

    Happy Holidays from Heritage Winnipeg! All season long shoppers will receive a FREE commemorative print celebrating Manitoba 150 by Robert Sweeney with each order! Our online store has a variety of books, Robert Sweeney prints and other great gifts for the holidays. SHOP THE HERITAGE WINNIPEG STORE Are you a Heritage Winnipeg member? Check the…

  • November 29, 2021

    Heritage Winnipeg’s 2nd Annual Donation Drive

    Heritage Winnipeg and our city’s built heritage need your support! Please consider donating during our December Donation Drive to help our important work in promoting, educating and defending our city’s rich collection of historic resources. Advocacy is critical to the protection, financial viability and sustainability of our built heritage, now and for future generations. Current…

  • November 12, 2021

    City of Winnipeg Archives One Step Closer to Returning Home

    Located at 380 William Avenue, the Carnegie Library building has been a source of contention between the City of Winnipeg and the historical/archival community for quite some time. Originally opening as Winnipeg’s first public library in 1905, the building has become an important historic site for Winnipeg. It housed a smaller branch of the Centennial…

  • October 28, 2021

    Hot off the Press! Heritage Winnipeg’s Member Newsletter

    Heritage Winnipeg is pleased to publish our first digital monthly newsletter! Exclusively for members, our newsletter is intended to keep them better informed on current issues. Through challenging times our organization continues to work tirelessly to protect, preserve and celebrate our built and cultural heritage. Conservation contributes to affordable spaces, economic viability, social connectivity and…

  • Heritage Winnipeg’s 36th Annual Preservation Awards

    Wed., Feb. 23, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

    in 36 days

    Ukrainian Labour Temple

    591 Pritchard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Heritage Winnipeg cordially invites you to our

    36th Annual Preservation Awards

    Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022
    Ukrainian Labour Temple
    591 Pritchard Avenue

    Doors open at 5:00 pm
    Ceremony commences at 5:30 pm

    More information will be announced closer to the event.

    A FREE public event celebrated during Heritage Week

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

    Nominations for work completed in 2020 and 2021 will be accepted until January 14th, 2022.


  • Manitoba Heritage Summit 2021

    Thu., Oct. 14, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    96 days ago

    You’re invited to attend
    The Manitoba Heritage Summit 2021

    Join us this October 14th, 2021 for an all-day event organized and presented by a group of eight Manitoba Provincial Heritage Associations (PHA’s), to discuss the state of heritage 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:

    • 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

    More details about this event including the program, and registration opening, will be coming soon so stay tuned!

    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 2021 Annual General Meeting

    Wed., Sep. 29, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    111 days ago

    Millennium Centre

    389 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Heritage Winnipeg
    cordially invites you to attend our

    Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    keynote presentation
    Crescentwood Heritage Conservation District

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

    immunization cards, face masks and social distancing are mandatory

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

  • National Trust Virtual Conference 2021

    Tue., Sep. 28, 2021, - Fri., Oct. 1, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    112 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. 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, 2021, - Sun., Sep. 12, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    129 days ago

    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, 2021, - Thu., May. 13, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    260 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, 2021, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    334 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

    472 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.

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