Celebrating the 150th anniversary in St. Boniface

As we start the New Year I would like to wish everyone a very happy and safe 2017.

As Canadians and Manitobans, we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of our country with activities throughout the year, and I invite you all to come to St. Boniface to enjoy the history, festivals, and monuments that are found right here.

You can explore 200 years of history with St. Boniface as it prepares to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Father Provencher’s landing in Fort Douglas in 1818 to establish a mission east of the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers.

The building which Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum currently occupies is 20 years older than Canada itself and is the oldest building in Winnipeg. The building has a rich history, starting as the convent for the Grey Nuns in 1847, later serving as the first hospital in Western Canada.

For the past 50 years it has housed what is now the museum. After a visit to the museum, you will leave with a greater understanding of the important role the French-Canadian and Métis people played in the development of Western Canada and the founding of Manitoba, as well as the important contributions of First Nations and religious communities to our province’s history.

The military museum in the Norwood Legion is an excellent resource for those with an interest in Manitoba’s military history. Visitors will be able to view artefacts dating from the 1800s including items from the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, Afghanistan, and various Canadian peace keeping missions. This museum is a visual testament to the Manitobans who served to defend and protect us, while bringing peace to areas of conflict. We are proud of the men and women who served our country, and of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Every February, Saint-Boniface is home to the largest winter festival in western Canada, the Festival du Voyageur. This year, the Festival is celebrating 47 years of winter fun; it is held in Whittier Park and at several other venues in the vicinity. A visit will provide you with live music and food for everyone.

A great idea for a family outing is spending the day at Fort Gibraltar, taking in the impressive snow sculptures, sliding down the toboggan run, or simply walking through the Fort. You can warm up in the cabins and get a glimpse of life in Manitoba in the 1870s, learn about the fur trade, enjoy the traditional food like a hot bowl of pea soup or a slice of tourtière, and take in the entertainment in the heated tents.

All year round, Saint-Boniface offers a rich variety of restaurants and cuisine, whether it is found on boulevard Provencher, on Marion Street, on St. Mary’s Road, on Taché, or on Des Meurons, all a 15-minute walk from the Forks. There is everything from sushi to Italian and fast food to the best in French cuisine. In St. Boniface, you will truly find a taste for everyone.

In the same 15-minute walk from the Forks you can always drop by one of the wonderful bakeries that call Saint Boniface home: La Belle Baguette, Cocoabeans, or Le Croissant. Just try resisting the delicious smell of freshly baked breads and pastries of these bakeries! Did someone say chocolate? Saint Boniface will not disappoint you in this category either, since at Chocolatier Constance Popp you will find a chocolate to suit everyone’s taste.

I hope to see you all in my travels throughout St. Boniface. Please contact my office at 123 Enfield Cres., 204-237-5973 with any questions or concerns.