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100 Years Young: The Marlborough Hotel at 331 Smith Street

Article by Roshanie Balkaran & Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


Brief History of 331 Smith Street1913  - Designs for the new three storey hotel are drawn up by James Chrisholm and Son in 1913. More often used on churches than hotels, the architecture is in the late Gothic Revival style with an exterior covered with flower motifs, carved stonework, pointed arches, ornate parapet, and stained glass windows depicting scenes from old English fairy tales.




November 18, 1914 - The Olympia Hotel officially opens its doors under the ownership of Sicilian immigrants Leonardi Emma, Giuseppe Panaro, Augustino Badali, and Guiseppe Badali. The first guest to sign in was then-Mayor Thomas R. Deacon. It boasted such special features as a steam vacuum system in every room, a fully automated sprinkler system, and a fresh air supply and exhaust system. It was described by travel …

Streetcar 356: Winnipeg's Last Remaining Wooden Streetcar

Article by Laura McKay and Roshanie Balkaran, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

Back in the Day October 20, 1882 - The Winnipeg Street Railway Company (WSRC) opened for public use, using horse-drawn streetcars. The tracks originally ran only along Main Street, but were soon expanded along Portage Avenue to the west, St. John's College to the north, and to Broadway to the south.

1885 - By this time, the single line of tack used by the horse-drawn streetcars was proving inadequate. A high volume but efficient transit system was sorely needed.

January 27, 1891 - The first electric streetcar took to the tracks in Winnipeg. Land developed in the area of what is now Osborne Street by WSRC President Mr. Austin provided the extra passengers necessary to make an electric transit system viable.


October 1909 - Streetcar 356 was completed in the Winnipeg Electric Railway Company's (WE…

UPDATE: The Unveiling of Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp. To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director. I know the blog post is early this week but I just couldn't wait to tell you: UNVEILING OCTOBER 18, 2014! The Friends of Upper Fort Garry invite you and your guests to the unveiling of Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park and Recognition Wall.
Date: October 18, 2014
11:00am to 11:15am - Recognition Wall Unveiling
11:20am to 12:00pm (noon) - Park Ceremony
12:00pm to 3:00pm - Explore Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park:  Learn about the site's history and what is yet to come! 
Enjoy the entertainment
Dress: Casual (flat shoes recommended)
We hope to see you there!  

Check out the mobile site at ufg.patternhosting.com for a unique self-guided tour, usable on your laptop or smartphone!

Previous Article: Hudson's Bay Company Fort at 130 Main Street




Every day this summer, on my way to and from work at Heritage Winnipeg, I passed by …

10 Places to Visit in Addition to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


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With the recent opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, we thought we would do a post about the Winnipeg heritage and museum experience. The CMHR represents an awesome opportunity to attract tourists and international attention to the city of Winnipeg, as well as its vibrant heritage community.
Coming for a visit or know someone who is? 
Want to get to know your city a little better? Here are some other places you can visit to augment your Winnipeg experience!

As always, please be sure to do your own research to ensure that the information posted here is still accurate at the time of your visit. We recommend doing this by checking the website or otherwise contacting the organization.
1. Upper For…