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Haunted Winnipeg Hotels: The Guest Who Never Checked Out

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As Halloween is close at hand it seems the time is right for another post about Winnipeg’s haunted history. In my previous article I wrote about the many haunted theatres in Winnipeg. Although there are not as many haunted hotels, they have equally spooky stories. The most famous haunted hotel in Winnipeg is the Fort Garry Hotel. 
In fact its reputation has grown to the point that guests staying in room 202 (the spookiest room in the hotel) have been woken up at night by strange knocking sounds. Upon investigation it turns out these sounds were not caused by spirits but by people knocking at their door asking if they had seen any ghosts. 
With so much having already been written about the Fort Garry, I will focu…

Heritage on Main: Main Street Bridges - Guest Post by David Loftson

There has been a crossing over the Assiniboine River at the foot of Main Street for a very long time. Even before the first bridge was built, there was a ferry that crossed the river at that point just below Upper Fort Garry. 

The first Main Street Bridge was built by the Hudson's Bay Company in 1881. It was a steel truss bridge. 

This was one of two toll bridges the company built; the other was the Broadway Bridge connecting Broadway and Provencher. The city bought the Main Street Bridge from the HBC in 1882, only a year after its construction. It was later demolished in 1897. 


The second Main Street Bridge was built in 1897 and demolished in 1931. This was a steel truss swing bridge. Early bridges in Winnipeg had to accommodate river traffic so they were built as swing bridges, like the current Bergen Bridge at Kildonan Park, lift or draw bridges like the old railway bridge at the Forks, or they were built high enough to allow traffic to pass under it, like the original Disraeli Br…

The First Mosque in Manitoba: The Hazelwood Mosque at 247 Hazelwood Avenue

A new piece of Manitoba history is planned to join Doors Open Winnipeg - the first mosque built in Manitoba. Located at 247 Hazelwood Avenue, the Hazelwood Mosque is a testament to the hard work and determination of its congregation. Just in time for Islamic History Month, here is our visit to the mosque!


On August 24, 2015, Summer Students Rushika Khatkar and Laura McKay were graciously hosted and given a tour of the Hazelwood Mosque by Tasneem Vali, Office Manager at the Manitoba Islamic Association, as well as Laila Chebib and Jameela Inayatulla, founding members of Manitoba Islamic Association and the mosque. 


The Chebibs were also among the first Syrian immigrants to the area, with Laila arriving in approximately 1958. Her husband Dr. Farouk Chebib was among the early computer programmers at the University of Manitoba and eventually became a professor there. Jameela joined the Manitoba Islamic community in 1968. Both had many memories of the early days of the mosque to share with …