Tour historic St. Boniface

By Greg Selinger — MLA for St. Boniface

As published in The Lance

August 15, 2016

One of the reasons St. Boniface is such a great place to live and raise a family is because it has such rich history and culture. What’s more, there’s something for everyone all year round.

Festival du Voyageur is the largest winter and francophone festival in Western Canada, but its spirit thrives throughout the summer. Festival organizers have partnered with the Provencher BIZ to present Mercredis en musique. Every Wednesday at noon Provencher Boulevard is abuzz with live music as irresistible aromas waft from the neighbourhood’s many amazing restaurants.

Fort Gibraltar is the home base for Festival du Voyageur and it has just as much to offer over the summer. It features a living history museum that offers interactive guided tours about the fur trade era. Costumed interpreters will share stories and show you what life was like 200 years ago.

St. B is also home to Winnipeg’s oldest building, the original Grey Nuns’ convent, which is now home to the le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum. Within these walls you can learn about the earliest years of St. Boniface and the formation of our province. The museum offers a variety of workshops such as beadwork and moccasin-making, as well as fun theme-based children’s day camps.

The Legion House Museum is a hidden and lesser known gem, housed in the Norwood Legion. It has a variety of exhibits — including uniforms, medals and equipment — spanning Manitoba’s military history. It’s a great way to learn about the troops who garrisoned at Lower Fort Garry in the 1840s.

The Legion House Museum also has a library with over 2,000 books and magazines, which you can enjoy in the reading room. They also house the embarkation lists of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which contain over 400,000 names, a great resource for those doing genealogy research.

Of course there’s also the beautiful St. Boniface Cathedral, which throughout the summer is the site of Theatre in the Cemetery. Take in a theatrical experience that makes learning about French Canadian and Métis heritage fun and exciting.

If you’re looking for other fun activities check out one of the many programs presented by Archwood 55 Plus and Club Eclipse, or let your creative side show with art classes at the Forum Art Centre.

I always love to hear from the community, so if you have any concerns please contact my office at 204-237-9247 or by email at Greg.Selinger@YourManitoba.ca.