We often take for granted the beauty of our home town. When we visit other places as tourists, we will capture our memories in countless photographs of the beauty and uniqueness each destination offers. To walk in your own community as a tourist, allows you to see and appreciate the gifts we often take for granted.
My home town of Winnipeg derives its name from the Cree word of “win” for muddy and “nippee” for water. Winnipeg is a culturally diverse city with about 100 languages and nationalities represented. Winnipeg has a flourishing arts scene, as well as a vibrant meeting place where the Assiniboine and Red River come together at ‘The Forks’. ‘The Forks’ is a public place where the diversity of Winnipeg can be celebrated through outdoor concerts, festivals, green space, patios and the ‘Human Rights Museum’ opening on September 21st.
Enjoy my hometown seen through my eyes as a tourist.
Winnipeg’s history is celebrated as you walk east from the downtown along the ‘Riel Esplanade Pedestrian Bridge’ casually strolling along the Tache Promenade which celebrates the richness of Winnipeg’s francophone heritage.
In the shadows of the St. Boniface Cathedral-Basilica you will find the burial site of metis leader Louis Riel widely regarded as the ‘Father of Manitoba’.
Continuing your stroll along Tache Promenade will lead you to Queen Elizabeth Way which will once again take you across the Red River.
Turning right off of Queen Elizabeth Way you will begin your journey into ‘The Forks’ the meeting place of the past and the present. ‘The Forks’ represents what our city and people can be if we remember this is a place to celebrate our diversity, celebrate our cultures, celebrate everything that brings us together as one.
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A beautiful September day enjoying a walking tour of some of Winnipeg’s most beautiful locations and letting one’s mind embrace the beauty of art, architecture, history and nature as they all come together to celebrate what we can accomplish when ‘We come Together’.
This is my city. This is the place where like the two rivers, we come together and we call this home.
All pictures were taken by James W Hoddinott and my Sony A57