La Belle Boniface Self-Guided Tour

Starts: Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum (454 Tache)
Tour Length: 10.75 km


St. Boniface was one of the earliest parts of Winnipeg to be settled, after the Seven Oaks area.

It has always been our city’s French quarter and it has largely maintained its unique cultural character to the present day. Still, the neighbourhood has seen many changes and challenges related to its identity: Politics have led to clashes between English & French, Protestant & Catholic, Indigenous & settler communities. 

The area is filled with rich architectural resources. Today we’ll be visiting buildings dating back as far as the 1850s and 1870s. We’ll see how diverse architectural styles evolved in response to different influences as the community grew. St. Boniface was also a center for trade, with its ideal location near The Forks and the Seine River. The first rail lines arrived in St, Boniface before Winnipeg, spurring heavy industrial growth in some areas. This unique geography and complicated industrial history means that today, St, Boniface offers incredible bike trails and park spaces along the rivers.

We’ll start in the heart of Franco-Manitoban culture: Old St Boniface, before stretching our legs for a ride south into the Anglo suburb of Norwood.

Tour Stops

1 – Grey Nuns Convent / Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum (494 Tache Avenue)

2 – St. Boniface City Hall (219 Provencher Boulevard)

3 – St. Boniface Fire Hall No. 1 (212 rue Dumoulin)

4 – St. Boniface College / Université de Saint-Boniface (200 Avenue de la Cathedrale)

5 – Louis Riel Statue (200 Avenue de la Cathedrale)

6 – Dominion Post Office Building (208 Provencher Boulevard)

7 – Kittson House (165 La Verendrye Street)

8 – Parc Commémoratif Elzéar Goulet Marker and Plaques (Tache Avenue)

9 – St. Boniface Surge Tank and Pumping Station (866 Tache Avenue)

10 – Old Growth Cottonwoods (behind Fort Gibralar)

11 – Fork of Red & Seine Rivers

12 – Belgian Club Building (407 Provencher Boulevard)

13 – Belgian Veterans Association Historical War Memorial (407 Provencher Boulevard)

Norwood / South St Boniface

14 – Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church (252 Dubuc Street)

15 – l’Église de Précieux Sang / Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church (200 Kenny St)

16 – St. Philip’s Anglican Church and War Memorial (240 Taché Ave)

17 – Coronation Park / Coronation Park Cenotaph (St. Mary’s Rd)

18 – Dominion Post Office Building (287 Tache Ave)

19 International Laboratories Building (490 Des Meurons St)

20 St. Boniface Industrial School (Des Meurons St)

21 – Maison Gabrielle-Roy (375 Deschambault St)

The Pedal into History project was supported by contributions from the Province of Manitoba through the Heritage Grants Program., the City of Winnipeg, and Seven Oaks House Museum. We are grateful for their support.