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…

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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…

December 18, 2020

Heritage Winnipeg: Farewell 2020!

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2020 was the Year of the Metal Rat. A symbol of fertility and abundance, rats are also the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac, the start of a new cycle. As 2020 arrived inconspicuously on a cold winter’s night, excited party goers in Winnipeg had no idea what was starting…

December 11, 2020

The Ancestor of Amazon: The T. Eaton Company Mail Order & Catalogue Building

Long before the invention of the internet, where you can simply point and click to purchase whatever your heart desires, there were mail order catalogues. Glossy coloured pages filled with countless wonderful things, all ready to be purchased from the comfort of your couch, Eaton’s catalogue was often referred to as the “Bible” in Western…

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