April 14, 2021

A Very Merry Education: St Mary’s Academy

The official opening of St. Mary’s Academy in 1869 was a race to the finish. Near the end of April of that year, Archbishop Taché had caught wind of a rumor: the Anglican’s in the Red River settlement were planning on building a school. At the time, there was no religious school in the area…

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April 8, 2021

All Aboard! Tourism on the Rivers

As the weather begins to warm, and the ice on the Red and Assiniboine rivers melt away, a familiar sight will grace our waterways once again. The water taxis will start running, boat tours will begin again, and pleasure crafts will take to the water. All of this excitement pales in comparison to the boats…

March 31, 2021

Can You Solve the Mystery? The Adventures of Shirley Holmes

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes was a Canadian mystery television series that ran for four seasons, from May 7, 1996 to May 7, 2001. It initially aired on YTV and now has been broadcast in over 80 additional countries. The show was filmed almost exclusively in Winnipeg, making use of our city’s diverse and rich…

March 25, 2021

Beliveau in Adaptive Reuse: 700 St. Jean Baptiste

For many years, St. Boniface existed as a city entirely separate from Winnipeg. European settlement in the area began in 1818, with the founding of a Roman Catholic mission named after the German missionary Saint Boniface. Not long after, Catholic colonists began to settle nearby and the community began to grow. Maison Béliveau enters the…

March 18, 2021

Bijou Theatre: Burning Down the House

Part of the beauty of the Exchange District and Downtown Winnipeg as a whole, is that everything tells a story – from the tallest buildings all the way down to the empty lots. Luckily, for those with an keen interest in the area, some of the points of interest are marked by plaques. Sandwiched between…

March 10, 2021

Built & Natural Heritage at Risk: Chapman School Property

Chapman School was originally built in 1913, one year after the Rural Municipality of Charleswood was organized.  The early Chapman School was destroyed by fire in 1916, and after being rebuilt, burned down a second time on April 23, 1943. The current Chapman School building was constructed in 1944, showing characteristics of wartime restraint. Designed…

March 3, 2021

With the Grain: A History of Ogilvie Flour Mill

Standing at 53 Higgins Avenue is a building with roots dating back to the early days of Winnipeg. The Exchange District may have been the former centre of the Canadian grain industry but only two kilometres away was another incredibly important part of the the grain trade in Winnipeg. Milling grain was just as essential…

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…

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