St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica is an important landmark in Winnipeg and also an integral part of the Franco-Manitoban community. The present structure is the sixth building on the site and was erected in 1971 with elements from the remnants of the previous church. Dating back to 1818, this place of worship overlooks the Red River and is dedicated to Saint Boniface, a venerated English monk throughout Germany and England. The church cemetery is the final resting place of noted personalities such as the founder of Manitoba, Louis Riel. Whether you are visiting to see its serene beauty or know its history, this religious site will charm you.
Located at the confluence of the Assiniboine and Red rivers, Fort Garry was the trading post of Hudson's Bay Company. It was built in 1822 but severe floods washed it away. The fort was rebuilt in 1835 and came to be known as Upper Fort Garry. The fort was demolished when the city of Winnipeg came into being. However, some remains of the fort exist on which restoration work has begun. The fort was designated as a National Historic Site of Canada in 1924.
PLATFORM Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts was started in 1981 as a one-stop destination for all events related to photography. It is managed fully by artists on a non-profit basis and showcases works by both international photographers and upcoming ones, provided they show exceptional talent. Curators and artists are always welcome to submit proposals for a new exhibition or art project but the selection process is rigorous and competitive, and the exhibition schedule is often decided three years before. This center also conducts workshops and lectures for amateur photographers and professionals. Besides, it provides production facilities for artists and publishes volumes on photography and its place in contemporary art and culture. More than just a gallery, it is a place for established new media artists and photographers to gather and exchange ideas.
Established in 1972, Loch Gallery showcases fine art that is relevant both in a historic and cultural sense. The finest historical works of European and Canadian artists from 1800 to 2000 are exhibited here regularly. In addition, it also curates the works of select contemporary artists. In the fine art section, this gallery has exhibited art by Henry Eric Bergman, William Henry Clapp, Maurice Utrillo, Vincent Van Gogh and Eugene Boudin among other international legends. It has also represented contemporary artists Sheila McGraw and Valerie Palmer among other upcoming stars. Due to this blend of historic and modern art, visitors can view diverse art styles and genres ranging from impressionism to children's illustrations, old waterscapes to modern sculptural clocks.
Established in 1893, the Crescent Fort Rouge United Church is a traditional place of worship in Winnipeg. A part of the United Church of Canada group, this church mainly serves the Protestants and functions as a congregation for this city. Housed in a beautiful Roman styled architecture with stained glass windows designed in the Greek style, the church is set on a huge campus offering a massive stretch of green land as its surroundings. Actively involved in the extra curricular activities of its members, the church community holds regular prayer meetings and sermons. A memorable visit for its unique nature!
The Grant Memorial Baptist Church has its roots more than a century ago in 1890 when young Scandinavians arrived in Canada for better prospects. Faced with loneliness in a strange land, a Norwegian pastor recognized the need to assemble the First Scandinavian Baptist Church in 1894. As time passed, services were conducted in English. As of now, this church serves over 2000 people, not just Scandinavians. The focus is on preaching the biblical scriptures and forming small community groups.
At the turn of the last century, Old Market Square was the site of Winnipeg's fire hall. Since then, it has been converted into a much-needed green space in the center of the downtown core. During the summer, it is a good spot to enjoy a take-away lunch from the many restaurants in the area, including the Fyxx and the Glass Onion. This is also the site of numerous festivals and concerts. For more details on event scheduling, contact the Exchange District Biz office.
The Union Building in Winnipeg is better known as the first ever skyscraper of Canada. Located in the Exchange District neighborhood of the city, the building was established in 1904. Constructed in 'Chicago Style Classic Palazzo' and designed by the architectural firm Pearson and Darling who were also responsible for iconic structures like the Canadian Pacific Building, Toronto General Hospital's college wing, and the Varsity Arena in Toronto, the building took a year to complete and was home to the Union Bank and later the Royal Bank, who took over the former. It now serves as home to the Paterson Globalfoods Institute.
St. Mary's Cathedral stands tall and beautiful at the intersection of Hargrave Street and St. Mary Avenue. Established in the 1880s, St. Mary's boasts of a gorgeous Romanesque facade. The church serves the Roman Catholic community of Downtown Winnipeg and offers regular worship as well as sacraments such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings and such.
In service for the community, the Knox United Church is one of the few traditional and historic places of worship in the city. The church boasts of ancient Gothic architecture that has a modernized appealing look. One of the few heritage structures and landmarks of Winnipeg, the Knox United Church was previously a Presbyterian house of worship that was refurbished, making it a prominent piece of architecture in the country. A visit worth an experience for its immaculate architecture.
Spread across 1000 square feet (93 square meters), Negative Space is a unique space for underground local artists and performers who focus on the promotion of queer, women and transgender community in the field of art. Located on the Princess Street, this venue is equipped with latest sound and light technology, which enhances the experience of watching a show. Be prepared to stumble up on some amazing fine art and digital art collections, as well as scintillating experimental music performances by little-known artists.