The warmth of the sun on a balmy sunny day seemed like the perfect time to take a Photographic Walk through Winnipeg’s Historic Exchange District. It was only just over 10 years ago that the transformation from old abandoned warehouses and vacant lots this area began to come alive as Winnipeg’s cultural hub of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, Pantages and the Concert Hall, Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature started to become something more. A place of small unique businesses and restaurants taking advantage of the beautiful early 1900 Victorian style architecture to create a peaceful feelings as you stroll along the streets of the area, enjoying everything this rich neighbourhood has to offer. A Walking Tour through the area is offered during the summer where the history of the buildings and area come alive as you stroll down the streets of this historic area.
Waterfront Drive’s newest Restaurant and Café. Taking advantage of the architecture Old Harbour Master’s Building to overlook the Red River giving magnificent views and atmosphere.
A view from the Stephen Juba Park towards Sky Waterfront Condos. The building on the side is ‘The Mere Hotel’ the only non-brick building in the area.
Heading south on Waterfront Drive towards the Forks. The controversial but historically significant ‘Pumphouse’ in focus.
The Strand and Excelsior Condominiums overlooking Stephen Juba Park (dedicated in recognition of Juba’s leadership in making this park a reality) and the Red River.
Looking west on Waterfront you come to Bannatyne Avenue which is fast becoming known as Winnipeg’s Latin Street as it is home to three restaurants dedicated to Latin cuisine: Carnival, Hermanos and Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria an 80-seat bite of South America aims to foster the same vibrant vibe with an all-day menu, selection of beer, wine and espresso and, tucked away at the back, a reading corner that encourages guests to linger and learn.
Looking north towards James Street Pumphouse from Bannatyne Avenue. The focus is high above Sky Waterfront Condos where the proposed 24 storey Glass Skyscraper would find a home….
Looking West towards Portage and Main. The Richardson Building in the distance marking the end of the Exchange District and start of some of Winnipeg’s tallest building found along Portage Avenue.
Heading north from the Richardson Building back towards the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Concert Hall
This ends my photo tour of the Exchange District but head to Tourism Winnipeg’s Website for more information.
Located in the heart of Winnipeg, the Exchange District National Historic Site boasts a spectacular collection of terra-cotta and cut-stone architecture. Established at the turn of the 20th century, the Exchange District is the original centre of commerce and culture in Winnipeg. Today the area is teeming with incredible shopping and cultural opportunities. Visit unique retailers, galleries, eateries and much more.
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Great captures! I would really like to visit one day.
Awesome pics, you do our city proud! Have you tried any of the new restaurants yet? Would you recommend any?
The Exchange District has many great restaurants in the area and I have been lucky to try most of them. It has a bit of everyhting from the Pub Fare at The Fox and Fiddle, to all three Latin restaurants along Bannatyne (Carnival, Corrietes and Hermonos). Brooklynne’s Bistro is often over looked but has some Great Food as does Tre Visa. On the other side of Main Street The Deer and Almond is one of my favorites. Something for everyone and a variety of price ranges.