Wednesday, 29 October 2014

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 Street

1913  - 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.

Architect James Chisholm. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.

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 magazines at the time as "The Miniature Hotel Deluxe of Canada".

1914 - A Winnipeg Tribune article describes the bar (now Joanna's Cafe) as "without a doubt, the most beautiful example of Gothic interior to be found on the continent". A ornately carved oak clock, Tiffany iron lanterns, and imported stained glass windows are still the highlights of the room. 

May 3, 1915 - The Olympia is closed, less than six months after opening, due to times of war and financial hardship. For the remainder of the war years, the hotel was commandeered for military purposes, housing the 184th Battalion before they were shipped to the battle front in France.

World War I recruits line up outside the hotel, 1915. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.

1919 - The Olympia reopens after the war.

March 20, 1920 - The owners of the Olympia announce a $400,000, six storey addition.

1923 - The hotel is purchased by a group of Winnipeg businessmen and renamed the Marlborough after Britain's First Duke of Marlborough.

November 25, 1925 - Fourteen war veteran organizations come together to found the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League (now known as the Royal Canadian Legion). A plaque commemorating this event was unveiled first in 1950, and then again in 1994. The plaque remains on display to the right of Churchill's Dining Room.

1943 - Grace Edith Cook was murdered in a suite on the 5th floor. Her murderer was the infamous Albert "Wordless" Westgate, who was executed at the Stony Mountain Penitentiary in 1944.

June 22, 1944 - Nathan Rothstein and partners purchase the Marlborough Hotel.

June 9, 1956 - The construction of the newest wing began, extending the hotel to Ellice Avenue. This included the construction of the spectacular Skyview Ballroom, and took the number of rooms in the hotel from 200 to 400.

Skyview Ballroom. Photo courtesy of the City of Winnipeg Historical Report.

February 1960 - The new Marlborough Hotel holds its official opening. 

1970s - The Rothstein partnership sells the hotel and it passes through several hands as downtown Winnipeg struggled through the changes of the time.

February 1995 - The Marlborough becomes a member of the Ramada family of hotels and is renamed the Marlborough Ramada Hotel.

September 2001 - The hotel is acquired by the Marlborough Hotel Partnership.

2004 -  The Marlborough expands its facilities to include the landmark Garrick Theatre, converted into a new conference and entertainment centre, making it the largest conference hotel in Manitoba. The renovations also include a new pool and waterslide.

The Marlborough Hotel now.

Centennial Celebration

Click to view a PDF of the invite!
Contact for more information.

Sources & Links

City of Winnipeg Historical Report (Short)
City of Winnipeg Historical Report (Long)
The Marlborough Hotel on Facebook  
The Marlborough Hotel on Twitter
The Marlborough Hotel Website

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Streetcar 356: Winnipeg's Last Remaining Wooden Streetcar

Article by Laura McKay and Roshanie Balkaran, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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Streetcar 356, believed to be the last remaining wooden streetcar built and used in Winnipeg.
Streetcar 356, believed to be the last remaining wooden streetcar built and used in Winnipeg.

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.

Featuring the various types of transit that have been used in Winnipeg
Border features the various types of transit that have been used in Winnipeg.
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.

Electric streetcar on Portage Avenue
Electric streetcar on Portage Avenue

October 1909 - Streetcar 356 was completed in the Winnipeg Electric Railway Company's (WERC) Fort Rouge Shop on Osborne Street and released as one of a group of four "Standard 10 Winnipeg Cars". These comprised of streetcars 356-362 (even numbers) and were similar in design to the earlier "9 Window Cars". A standard streetcar at the time was a two-man operation with enclosed front vestibules for the motorman (no public access). The rear vestibules were without doors and bulkheads on the front and back protected the streetcar from the weather. Passengers got on and off at the rear, while a conductor roamed the interior collecting fares with a hand-held fare box. The car body was covered in narrow matched strips of cherry wood filled with oil, rubbed down and varnished in its neutral colour. Above the belt rail (located below the windows), the exterior woodwork was painted cream, while the window sashes were given a natural finish.

Between 1914 & 1915 -  Streetcar 356 is refurbished into a Pay As You Enter (PAYE) car, with doors and a conductor's station being installed on the rear vestibule. The conductor stayed at his station and manned a permanent fare box secured there.

Streetcar tickets
January 24, 1920 - Streetcar 356 is once again released for service after being upgraded a second time. It was rebuilt into a "low floor car" through the replacement of the original GE 80 motors with smaller GE 258s. The wheels were also changed, swapping out the 33" diameter originals for smaller 26" wheels. These changes made it necessary to modify the doors to include a folding step mechanism and a front exit for passengers was installed. At the same time, the original Sleeman Bulkheads were changed to a HB Lifeguard variety. Cherry wood was no longer available to make necessary repairs, so modifications were made using basswood and the colour of the car body was changed to a dark Tuscan red along with the window sashes.

1955 - Streetcar 356 is retired from service and sold for scrap. All of the metal components (including the truss rods, trucks, wheels and the motor) were removed and sold as scrap metal, while the body of the streetcar was sold to a private individual for $100 and was left at Springfield Road at Panet.

The last day for the WSRC - September 20, 1955
1980 - The Old Market Square Association purchases Streetcar 356, intending to restore and display it in Old Market Square but this was not considered feasible. Instead, Heritage Winnipeg acquired Streetcar 356 until restoration facilities could be obtained, taking ownership and responsibility for the car and its restoration. Due to the threat of vandalism, temporary housing was negotiated by Heritage Winnipeg at the Winnipeg Hydro's Mill Street Substation.

1989 - Streetcar 356 is moved to storage in the Winnipeg Transit Fort Rouge Garage.

Streetcar 356 is transported

1996 - The Midwestern Railway Association obtains permission to house and restore the streetcar. It is currently housed on temporary freight trucks at the VIA RAIL CANADA Union Depot.

September 19, 2010 - The film Backtracks: The Story of Winnipeg's Streetcars (view this video on the Streetcar 356 website) is shown at Cinematheque in Winnipeg as a Heritage Winnipeg fundraiser for the continued care and restoration of Streetcar 356.

Streetcar 356 back in the day - and what it will hopefully look like after restoration

"Little 356" - The 1/8 Model of Streetcar 356

This project was started in the Summer of 2012 by model engineer Dianne Best, as a 1/8 scale model of Streetcar 356, fitted for use on a 7.5" gauge track. Model engineers create working scale models of various machinery, etc.
Photos and information used with the permission of creator, Dianne Best.

The manufacture of the wheels and axles beneath the streetcar.

Constructing the walls of the streetcar, with the wheels already in place beneath the floor.

Starting to look the part! Ash was used for the car framing while Baltic Burch was used for the sheeting.

The interior after its first paint job and the installation of a portion of the roof.

Painted model pictured here with the Motorman's Car.

 To keep the interior open for detailing, a Motorman's car was designed to be pulled behind. The batteries and control electronics are located in the riding car, which has space for the operator in addition to passengers.

The exterior of the streetcar with its plank-like detailing.

And with the decals for authenticity.

The functional trolley bell on the Motorman's car!
An antique trolley bell was purchased from a California dealer, then mounted on the front of the Motorman's car. The bell is completely functional, activated by a foot bell used by the operator.

"Little 356" made its debut appearance August 22, 23 & 24, 2014 at the Manitoba Live Steamers and Model Engineers Open House. Rides were enjoyed by members and guests on the Friday, and then by the public on the Saturday morning. Unfortunately, by noon on Saturday there were some mechanical issues with the car and it had to be withdrawn from service for the rest of the weekend.

Plans are in place to start on the interior this fall, so stay tuned on Dianne's website and the Streetcar 356 Facebook Group for updates!  

Interested in the details? Check out Dianne Best's website, with detailed information on each stage of the "Little 356" project!


Historical streetcar's restoration off the rails (Winnipeg Free Press, 2010)
Restoration of Streetcar 356 on Facebook 
Restoration of Streetcar 356 Website
Streetcar 356 Backtracks Fundraiser Trailer (2010)
West End Dumplings Blog Article on Streetcar 356

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

UPDATE: The Unveiling of Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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I know the blog post is early this week but I just couldn't wait to tell you:


 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 for a unique self-guided tour, usable on your laptop or smartphone!

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

Fort Garry viewed from the Assiniboine River, circa 1860.
Archives of Manitoba, Stoval Advocate, Image 22.

Every day this summer, on my way to and from work at Heritage Winnipeg, I passed by the gate at Upper Fort Garry and the park that is being built around it. At first I didn't even realize the two were related, but my ignorance has since been remedied. Here's a look at what I've learned about this fabulous heritage site - and it's grand opening this fall!

Upper Fort Garry Gate circa 1870.
Archives of Manitoba, Fort Garry Gate Collection, Image 2/N119.

"The Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park is an architectural and artistic interpretation of the events and significance of the Fort. The primary purpose is to provide educational and reflective opportunities for interpreting the significance of the Fort's history in the formation of the province of Manitoba and the building of Canada as a nation."
~ Source: Upper Fort Garry Heritage Provincial Park Business Plan ~


1821 - The rebuilt Fort Gibraltar is renamed Fort Garry after Deputy-Governor Nicholas Garry, who oversaw the amalgamation of the rival Hudson's Bay and North-West Companies.

Deputy-Governor Nicholas Garry, courtesy of the Manitoba Historical Society website
Deputy-Governor Nicholas Garry, courtesy of the MHS website

1826 - A flood badly damages Fort Garry and by 1830, it is in very poor condition.

1831 - Governor George Simpson decides to rebuild the fort further downstream at its present location near Selkirk, Manitoba and this is the fort that would later come to be known Lower Fort Garry. The move was unpopular because it was a day-long journey from the "forks", where trade had already been established.

1835 - The Hudson's Bay Company decides to return to the Forks under the guidance of new Chief Factor Alexander Christie, and constructs Upper Fort Garry as a show of their dominance in the area. The new fort was formidable, with four large bastions and a 15-foot stone wall around it. Inside the fort were such buildings as the Chief Factors residence, officers' quarters, barracks, general store, fur store, Governor's residence, pemmican store, and a liquor store. 

Alexander Christie, courtesy of the Manitoba Historical Society's website
Alexander Christie, courtesy of the MHS website.

1849 - The Sayer Trial takes place at Upper Fort Garry, breaking the Hudson Bay Company's trade monopoly.

1852-4 - Upper Fort Garry is extended to the north, with wooden walls taking the place of stone. The new walls were constructed using two rows of squared oak logs packed with earth. Construction was delayed by the great flood of 1852, hence the lengthy construction period. The old north walls were demolished and portions of the old stone can be found in the gate that remains, which was also built during the expansion. It was known as the "Governor's Gate" because of its proximity to the Governor's house.

1870 - Manitoba joined the Dominion of Canada and Rupert's Land is purchased from the Hudson's Bay Company, ending the company's monopoly in the area. Leading up to this, Upper Fort Garry was the home of Louis Riel's provisional government that was instrumental in the forming of Manitoba as a Canadian province. As well, during March of this year, Thomas Scott was executed by the Riel provisional government. After the creation of Manitoba later this year, Upper Fort Garry lost its importance to the Hudson's Bay Company as its focus shifted from the fur trade to the monetary value of its lands. 

Centre: Louis Riel
Photo Courtesy of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry website.
"My people will sleep for one hundred years, but when they awake, it will be the artists who give them their spirit back." 
~ Louis Riel, Métis oral history, circa 1885

1872 - The first Lieutenant-Governor of Manitoba, Adams Archibald, moves his headquarters to Upper Fort Garry, resulting in the north end of the fort being maintained, including the Governor's Gate.

September 1883 - The new Government House opens, causing the relocation of the Lieutenant-Governor's headquarters. Upper Fort Garry was abandoned and quickly fell into disrepair. The walls came down as Main Street was gradually straightened and much of the stone can now be found in the foundations of older buildings in the Exchange. All that is left of the original Fort is the Governor's Gate, which has been preserved on a small piece of heritage property known as Upper Fort Garry Gate Park. 

1888 - The last remaining structures from Upper Fort Garry are sold and dismantled, including Government House, which is sold as firewood. The Manitoba Historical Society persuades city council to look into acquiring the gate and a parcel of land surrounding it.

1897 - Winnipeg city council petitions the Hudson's Bay Company for a gift of the gateway lots and the request is granted two months later "as a public park forever". The efforts from 1888-1897 was Winnipeg's, and possibly Manitoba's, first heritage preservation campaign.

August 27, 1909 - A commemorative plaque is unveiled at the site, followed by a tablet on the gate in 1926.

1949 - The Gate falls into disrepair and it is noticed in 1949 that one of the outer and both inner gates had disappeared sometime in the 1930s. Renovations were done on the structure, including the rebuilding of the gates.

1962 -A proposal is made to add to the site of the park and make renovations to the area but nothing comes of it.

1980s - Parts of the wooden walls on either side of the Governor's Gate are restored.

July 15, 1991 - Upper Fort Garry Gate is designated as a historic site by the City of Winnipeg.

2004 - The City of Winnipeg declares the Upper Fort Garry site as surplus property.

2006 - The Friends of Upper Fort Garry was organized to preserve and develop the site of Upper Fort Garry.
A rendering of the vision for the park, courtesy of the FUFG website.

2008 - The Friends of Upper Fort Garry became a registered charity. $10.2 million was raised in 107 days to meet the requirements of the City of Winnipeg. Donors included foundations, corporations, the provincial and federal governments, and private citizens. A business plan was developed and the Grain Exchange Curling Club was purchased. 

2010 - The Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park Act was passed (proclaimed July 15, 2014).

Construction in progress!

2014 - The Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park Act was announced in a press release to Canadians on July 15, 2014 and the Park is scheduled for its grand opening this fall!

Upper Fort Garry Gate circa 1885.
Archives of Manitoba, Fort Garry Gate, Image 45/N12714.

"Upper Fort Garry is a key linchpin of Canadian history. A meeting place of First Nations, Francophone Métis, Anglophone Métis, French, Scottish, everyone. A place of trade, and of war. Perhaps above all, one of the birthplaces of modern Manitoba, with Riel's provisional government. A place both of hope and tragedy. The reality of Upper Fort Garry needs to be reaffirmed for Winnipeggers, Manitobans, and all Canadians."
~ John Ralston Saul, Author ~

The Vision  & Mission Statement

The vision of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry was to have:
  1. A heritage park and interpretive centre with a "wow factor" that is a major visitor/education destination;
  2. A continuing successful fundraising campaign that provides for future expansion and development;
  3. A heritage park and interpretive centre that is the premier historical destination in Winnipeg and an integral part of The Forks; and
  4. A heritage park and interpretive centre that is supported by a broad base of heritage groups and stakeholders representing the fabric of the city.
"The purpose of the Friends of Upper Fort Garry is to acquire and develop the heritage property at the Upper Fort Garry site and adjacent land int a premier heritage site for public education purposes. The Friends pursue the mission by building public awareness and support for the project, raising capital and operating funds for development of the site, and providing continuous leadership to achieve the vision." 
~ Source: The Upper Fort Garry Heritage Provincial Park Business Plan ~

The Grand Opening

The first phase of the Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park will open Fall 2014. 

More details coming soon! In the meantime, watch this video for a beautiful overview of the history and plans for the park!

Sources & Links 

City of Winnipeg Historical Reports (130 Main Street)
Friends of Upper Fort Garry Blog
Friends of Upper Fort Garry Website 
MHS - Upper Fort Garry article
Province of Manitoba News Release - Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park 
Tourism Winnipeg - Upper Fort Garry Gate
Virtual Heritage Winnipeg - Upper Fort Garry

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

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.

(Be sure to be logged into Facebook on a separate window to view the above photo)

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 Fort Garry Provincial Park


130 Main Street 
(The parcel of land between Main Street and Fort Street/Broadway and Assiniboine Avenue)

The remnants of the site where Manitoba was born, now being opened as a public park. Upper Fort Garry was the home of the Louis Riel provisional government, as well as an important fort to the fur trade. Guilty as charged, I'm a little biased on this one, but be sure to check out the grand opening later this fall!  

Hours: Will open to the public Fall 2014
Admission: None, open for public use

2. Fire Fighters Museum of Winnipeg  

 56 Maple Street
This museum gives an extensive history of fire fighting in Winnipeg, honouring fire fighters both past and present. Vintage equipment, photos, and artefacts, explore the history of fighting fires in Winnipeg, from 1882 to the present. I haven't had a chance to visit and blog about this one yet, but it's definitely on my list! 

Sundays 9am-3pm 
(call 204-942-4817 to double check before your visit!)
Adults $3
Youth $2
Children 6-12 $1.50
Children Under 5 Free

3. Ivan Franko Museum at the Ukrainian Labour Temple


591 Pritchard Avenue at MacGregor Street

Dedicated to Ukrainian artist and patriot, Ivan Franko, this museum is the only one of its kind outside of the Ukraine. It is housed on the ground floor of Ivan Franko Manor, a senior's residence that makes up a portion of the provincially designated Ukrainian Labour Temple complex. The museum displays feature the life story of artist, translator, and social activist, Ivan Franko, as well as folk art and artefacts from the Western Ukraine.

Tours arranged by calling 204-589-4397
Free of Charge

4. Living Prairie Museum 


2795 Ness Avenue

A 13 hectare tall grass prairie preserve featuring more than 150 different grass and wildflower species, as well as a variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Raising awareness and conservation of natural ares, especially tall grass prairie, the Living Prairie Museum is focused on environmental education. An interpretive centre is open select hours on site, housing a gallery, office/administrative space for staff, bookstore/gift shop, and an observation deck with an amazing view of the preserve.

Self-guided tours from dawn until dusk 

Interpretive Centre Hours: 
July & August 
10am-5pm every day

May & June, September & October 
10am-5pm Sundays
Free - Donations Welcome

5. La Maison Gabrielle-Roy/Gabrielle Roy House 


375 rue Deschambault

The childhood home of celebrated author Gabrielle-Roy, this museum is dedicated to her life and works. As well as preserving the memory of one of Canada's greatest writers, the museum's mission includes a commitment to its community's culture and identity, playing an active role in the cultural life of Manitoba, and in particular, the French-speaking community.

September to May
 1pm-4pm, Wednesday through Sunday

June to August
10am-5pm, Monday through Friday
1pm-5pm, Saturday and Sunday
Adults $5
Students, Seniors, Children, and Groups of 10 or more $3 each

6. Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr's Shrine 


250 Jefferson Avenue

Canada's Second Martyr's Shrine: This chapel and museum are dedicated to the life and work of Blessed Bishop and Martyr Vasyl Velychkovsky, C.Ss.R. His holy relics are enshrined at St. Joseph's Ukrainian Catholic Church and are a source of grace and blessing for many people.

Monday, Closed 
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-5pm
Saturday, 10am-1pm
Sunday, After Divine Liturgies
Call 204-338-7321 or to book a guided tour

7. Winnipeg Railway Museum


Located on Tracks 1 & 2 at the Via Rail Station (123 Main Street)

The only museum in Winnipeg dedicated to the preservation of Manitoba's rail heritage. View displays on everything from Women in Railroading and the histories of the CPR, CNR, and Via Rail to the Countess of Dufferin, the very first steam locomotive on the Canadian Prairies. Also the home of Heritage Winnipeg's Streetcar 356, although it is not yet ready for display. Stay tuned for a blog post later in the year about this hidden treasure!

June, July, & August
10am to 5pm (7 days a week)

May, September, & October
9am-4pm (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
11am-4pm (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

March, April, November, December
9am-Noon (Monday & Thursday)
11am-4pm (Saturday & Sunday)

January & February
9am-Noon (Monday & Thursday) 
11am-3pm (Saturday & Sunday) 
Adults $5
Children 6-12 $3
Children 5 & Under Free 
(when accompanied by an adult)

8. Pavilion Gallery Museum 

55 Pavilion Crescent

A museum dedicated to art, the Pavilion Gallery Museum displays works by three celebrated Manitoba artists - Clarence Tillenius, Ivan Eyre, and Walter J. Phillips, as well as a permanent collection of Winnie the Pooh art, artifacts, and memorabilia. Explore the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden nearby too!

10am-5pm, Wednesdays til 9pm
9am-5pm, Wednesdays til 9pm 


9. Transcona Historical Museum

141 Regent Avenue West

The Transcona Historical Museum has an extensive collection of artifacts, photographs and documentary records that together tell the story of the Transcona's community history. These collections include everything from railway artifacts, items from early Transcona businesses, historic clothing and household objects, to special natural and cultural history collections that include over 8000 moths and butterflies from around the world, 1000 Manitoba bird eggs and 3500 archaeological/First Nations artifacts from throughout Manitoba.

 June to August
 Monday, Tuesday and Saturday: 9:00am-4:00pm 
 Wednesday - Friday: 9:00am-7:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am-1:00pm

September to May
Tuesday: 9:00am-4:00pm
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00am-7:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 1:00pm
Monday: by appointment only

Free, Donations Welcome

10. St. Vital Museum

600 St. Mary's Road

Throughout its history, the St. Vital Museum has also served as the home of both the St.Vital Police and Fire Department, opening in 1914, when fire trucks were still pulled by horses. Special exhibits in the museum reflect this history, including archives that date back to the early 1800's, the original 1939 Fargo Pumper truck used by the St. Vital Fire Brigade, and a copy of the handwritten diary by Victor Mager who was at Fort Garry in 1870 when Thomas Scott was executed under Louis Riel's provisional government.

Admission: Free

Sources & Links

Canadian Museum for Human Rights Website
City of Winnipeg Museums Board Website
Tourism Winnipeg on the CMHR 

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