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Winnipeg's Exchange District: A National Historic Site

This Sunday saw Winnipeg Fringe Festival wrap-up. It was another successful year of celebrating the arts in Winnipeg. Much of the programming for the Fringe Fest is took place in The Exchange District. Between the theatres and other venues, Old Market Square and The Cube Stage, the Exchange District bustled with tourists, and Winnipeggers from all demographics enjoying the historic area of our downtown. 
We are lucky to have the Exchange District, and it is a vital piece of our city’s architectural and cultural identity. It spans 20 city blocks to the east and west of Main Street, and is home to approximately 130 significant heritage buildings. Yet if history had gone differently, we might not have an Exchange District as we know it.

The Exchange District was designated as a National Historic Site on September 27, 1997 by the Federal government.It is the most historically intact commercial district of its kind in North America. The Exchange illustrates Winnipeg’s key role as the centre…