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.
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is a charming garden nestled in the Tuxedo neighborhood of the city. As the name suggests, the garden is dedicated to the famed sculptor Leo Mol, and features his artworks. The Leo Mol Sculpture Garden is a home to several bronze statues which were donated by the artists to the city. Besides, you can learn about the process of sculpture making at the Leo Mol School House Studio which is the centerpiece of the garden.
Named after Dr. Curtis Park, the Birds Hill Provincial Park was opened to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday, and features an unusual collection of diverse landscapes. From windswept prairies and rolling green meadows, to forests dominated by oak and aspen trees, the park covers nearly 3358 hectares (8300 acres) of land near Winnipeg. This massive park runs thick with kilometers of walking and cycling trails flanked by fields of wildflowers, inviting outdoor enthusiasts all year round. Its wooded depths are also home to a preserved historic homestead and a riding stable. At the heart of the park lies the sparkling Kingfisher Lake that is skirted by endless sandy stretches of the shore. Throughout the year, Birds Hill brims with a flurry of activities and events, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, one of the largest of its kind in North America. Scores of visitors also stop by the park to watch engaging equestrian shows and polo tournaments.
Assiniboine Park is a sprawling green oasis amid the urban landscape of Winnipeg, heartily speckled with enchanting visions of natural beauty, cultural venues, and works of art. The riverfront park's expansive reach stretches across an area of over 1,100 acres (445 hectares), encompassing a host of intriguing sights, scenes and experiences. From the exotic fauna of the Zoo and the diverse flora of the Conservatory, to the artistic enclaves of the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, the park is an all-season wonderland of family-friendly delights. Other popular attractions include the Pavilion, the Lyric Theatre, the Pavilion Gallery Museum and the spectacular English Gardens.
An initiative started by the patrons of theater, the Manitoba Theatre Centre is a not-for-profit organization promoting art and culture in the city. The organization offers two theater stages, which host various events. These stages can accommodate around two-fifty people each and are designed with the latest technological assistance. Local events like festivals and other such drama fairs are conducted here on a regular basis.
Part of the Centennial Centre, which also houses the Museum of Manitoba and the Planetarium, this hall is essentially a roadhouse for Winnipeg performance art. It is home base to such notable troupes as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Manitoba Opera. A host of cultural performances, theatrical shows and even conferences are held here from time to time.
One of the founding peoples of Canada, the French-Canadians maintain a strong presence in Winnipeg and in the entire province. The vibrant Société Franco-Manitobaine (Franco-Manitoban Center) is testament to this fact. With special events planned at various times of the year, it is best to call the bilingual staff at the center. Some of the highlights include art and dance exhibitions. This center is also well known for the musical acts they bring in, which showcase French-Canadian culture.
The Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and its predecessors have been dedicated to sustaining a strong, vibrant Jewish community. The staff and volunteers focus on building community, communicating with the community at large, advocating for the needs of the most vulnerable in the community, raising the annual operating funds needed to keep the beneficiary agencies strong, and going about day to day activities with one eye on the future. For more information, please visit their website.
GroundSwell provides music written exclusively in the 20th century. Expect a varied cultural extravaganza when attending a concert by this group that seeks to tread new territory by incorporating theater, dance, visual art and prose to their music. Accessibility is important to this organization and they try to make music come alive for the listeners. Prices and performances vary, so call for details.
Located at the junction of Red and Assiniboine Rivers, Oodena Celebration Circle represents the rich heritage of Canada. This naturally shallow amphitheater pays tribute to the six-thousand year-old faded past of this place. As this has been a home to aborigines from ancient times, this center has a lot to offer. An essential stop, a visit to this place surely leaves you enchanted by this magnificent beauty.
Established in 1918, the Ukrainian Labor Temple is the first of its kind in Canada. Designed by the local architect Robert Davies, the structure done up in the neoclassical tradition of architecture is absolutely magnificent. Owned and operated by the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, the cultural center, located on the Pritchard Avenue, is the largest labor temple in the entire country and was deemed a National Historic Site in 2009.
Gallery 1C03 is located on The University of Winnipeg's campus, to the south of the city. This gallery opened its doors in 1986, displaying historical and contemporary artworks that aim at educating visitors on the subject. Works by local artists are the highlight of this place, but at times guests can also peruse displays by international talents. The University of Winnipeg is home to an extensive range of artworks by noted residents of Winnipeg. This collection boasts of more than 1000 pieces of art which is managed by Gallery 1C03.