Wrong Side of the Tracks Self-Guided Tour

Starts: St. John’s Park
Tour Length: 8.25 km return


We’ll be tracing the history of our city’s early elites: Visiting corrupt land barons, abusive mayors, and a wealthy Metis

Winnipeg’s North End has a reputation for being tough, but it’s also home to a fierce community pride. This area was literally on the wrong side of the tracks from our urban core, and the symbolic barrier created major social divides that are still felt today.

The North End has also been a mosaic of cultural diversity from its earliest days. Out of the early foundations laid by Jewish, Polish, and Ukrainian immigrants, the community has developed a unique identity that has given birth to strong political and social movements. The area’s historic architecture will help us trace the evolution of this identity as the community changed and spread north into the affluent suburb of St. John’s.

Tour Stops

1 – Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral (1175 Main Street)

2 – House of Ashkenaze Synagogue (297 Burrows Ave)

3 – St. Giles Presbyterian Church/St. Giles United Church ( 294 Burrows)

4 – Winnipeg Postal Station B (1048 Main Street)

5 – North End Police Substation (200 Charles)

6 – Holy Ghost Polish Catholic Parish (341 Selkirk Ave – 331 Pritchard side)

7 – Ukrainian Labour Temple (591 Pritchard Avenue)

8 – Sts. Vladimir and Olga Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral and Parish Hall (115 McGregor Street)

9. – All Peoples Mission

10. – Steiman Block/Merchant’s Hotel/Merchant’s Corner (541 Selkirk Ave)

11 – Biollo House (494 College Avenue)

12 – Diner House (476 Powers Street) * Taylor House (480 Powers Street)

13 – St. John’s Library (500 Salter Street)

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.