Abandoned Manitoba

Come to McNally Robinson at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 25 for the launch of Abandoned Manitoba by local author Gordon Goldsborough!

Abandoned Manioba profiles 36 sites across the province that have been abandoned over the years, from factories to schools to summer camps.

This book looks at these 36 sites and describes their features, how and why they were abandoned, and we can learn about Manitoba’s history from these stunning and eerie abandoned places.

Samples from chapters of the book are available online.

Photo by Gordon Goldsborough. The abandoned Atkinon house in the RM of Hamiota.


36th Annual Christmas Market at Ralph Connor House

Get into the fesitve spirit with the 36th Annual Christmas Market put on by the University Women's Club of Winnipeg at 54 West Gate, the historic Ralph Connor House.

Save 514 Wellington Crescent!

This historic and stunning home has stood on the corner of Wellington Crescent and Kingsway, adjacent to St. Mary’s Academy since 1909. The home’s official name is the Gordon residence, named for its first owner James T. Gordon,  who worked in the meat packing business. It is a beautifully built home, and Winnipeg will likely never see the likes of it again if it is demolished.

It not only has great architectural value, but a rich social history, with many prominent families calling it home over the years. During the 1920s the Bawlf family, who founded the Grain Exchange owned the home, and the Grain Exchange had a huge impact on the development of Winnipeg as a City.  During the 1940s, Victor Sifton, the owner and publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, lived in this home and until earlier this year, the home was owned by former Senator Douglas Everett who maintained it meticulously. Currently Leader Equity Partners, a Winnipeg development firm, have purchased the 107-year-old, 8,000-square-foot home, and potentially want to demolish it to build a new condo development on the property.  

Along with Heritage Winnipeg many people in the heritage community are outraged, and many of the residents of the Crescentwood Association are rallying to help save the home. Visit save514wellington.com for more information, and click here to add your name to the petition to help save this beautiful historic home.

Rail Days 2016

Post event update:

Thank-you to everyone who came to visit us at Rail Days! It was a fantastic event with over 850 people coming to visit the Railway Museum over two days. We had a great time showing guests Streetcar 356, and chatting with everybody who stopped at the Heritage Winnipeg table. Thank-you all again and see you next year!

Heritage Shards for Sale

We have been proudly promoting our partnership with Shelmerdine Garden Centre to get pieces of Winnipeg's history back into the hands of Winipeggers. There are still many pieces available at Shelmerdine, and we encourage you to go take a look, if only just to see some of these great pieces on display.

We also have a large inventory of smaller pieces that we are selling independantly. Most of the pieces are from the Thomson & Pope Building, a demolished building that formerly stood at 379-381 Portage Avenue. 

Here is a selection from our inventory. All weights and sizes are approximate. All prices are negotiable.

Shard One

Weight: 80lbs. Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Two:

Weight: 60lbs. Size: 3ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Three:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w x 1ft.h

Shard Four:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Five:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w z 1ft.h

Shard Six:

Weight: 70lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Seven:

Weight: 60lbs Size: 2.5ft.h x 1.5ft.w

Shard Eight:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Nine:

Weight: 80lbs Size: 2ft.w x 3ft.h

Shard Ten:

Weight: 70lbs Size:1.5ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Eleven:

Weight: 70lbs Size: 2ft.w 2.5ft.h

Shard Twelve:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Thirteen:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w x 1ft.h

Shard Fourteen: 

Weight: 70lbs Size:1.5ft.w x 3ft.h

Shard Fifteen:

Weight: 30lbs Size: 1ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Sixteen

Weight: 50lbs Size: 2ft.w x 2ft.h

Heritage Winnipeg Goes to the Opera

We would like to thank Manitoba Underground Opera for treating us to an AMAZING performance of "The Magic Flute... Retold" last night. The performers were wonderful, and the outdoor setting at St. Boniface Cathedral perfectly set the atmosphere for a great evening.

Tickets for "The Magic Flute... Retold" are going quickly, get them before they're gone. Trust us, it's a must see!

Buy your tickets here.


The West End's Newest Mural Unveiled

Heritage Winnipeg was happy to attend the unveiling of the West End's newest mural at 560 Sargent. It was painted by local artist Mandy Van Leeuwen. The mural commemorates Nellie McClung's Mock Parliament, and the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote in Manitoba in 1916. Unfortunately, this victory did not extend to all women. First Nations women were still denied the right to vote in Manitoba until 1952. Although Nellie McClung's victory was not perfect, it is an important milestone in our province's history. We would like to thank The West End Biz and their sponsors and partners for having us, and for hosting such a lovely unveiling!


Memorial Service for Peter Lacey

A memorial serivce will be held for the late Peter Lacey on July 16, 2016. Peter Lacey was a good friend to Heritage Winnipeg. As a board member MidWestern Rail Association, he helped manage The Winnipeg Railway Museum. He worked with us extensively over the years on Streetcar 356.

The memorial will be held in the rotunda of Via Rail Station, 123 Main Street, at 1:00 p.m. All who remember Peter are welcome to attend. Please bring any photos of Peter or other memorabilia you would like to share.

In Memoriam

It is with deep sadness that we share the peaceful passing of Herbert Brian Howland Stewart on June 16, 2016 after a brief illness. He was an architect and past board member of Heritage Winnipeg, and his volunteerism and support contributed to the success of many heritage projects. He will be missed by our community, he was a good friend to heritage in our city. 

View his obituary


Doors Open Awards 2016

Thank-you to everybody who came to the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe this morning for our sixth annual Doors Open People's Choice Awards. We had a full house to celebrate the winners from Doors Open 2016. We are so pleased you could be there with us to celebrate the achievments of our winning buildings. 

The winners, as chosen by the public are:

Best Restoration: Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre
Best Guided Tour: The Vaughan Street Jail
The Hidden Gem: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish
Best Overall Experience: Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church & Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga
Best Architecture: The Legislative Building of Manitoba

Thank-you again for your support. We wish all of our participants the best of luck in next year's awards. 

We would like to give a big thank-you to Heritage Winnipeg President Jordan Van Sewell for creating this remarkable sculpture to celebrate our winning buildings.

Susan Moffat (right) Accepts the award for Best Restoration 
from Cindy Tugwell (Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg)
on behalf of Dalnavert Museum

Kristen Verin-Treausch (left) accepts the award for Best Guided Tour
from Greg Agnew (Heritage Winnipeg Board Member) on
behalf of Friends of Vaughan Street Jail

Father Michael Kwiatkowsi (left) from Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish accepts the award for The Hidden Gem from Nick Hasiuk (Heritage Winnipeg Board Member)

Margret Saray (left) accepting the award for 
Best Overall Experience from Lisa Gardewine, 
(Heritage Winnipeg Board Member) on behalf of the 
Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Andrew Pankiw accepts the award for 
Best Overall Experience on behalf of Holy Ghost
Ukrainian Catholic Church

Cindy Tugwell and Jordan Van Sewell accept the 
award for Best Architecutre in place of the Province 
of Manitoba

Volunteers from Holy Eucharist sang two songs, De z'hoda v Rodyni, a traditional Ukrainian song, and Get Along Home Cindy, a lighthearted western song in honour of Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell

Dr. Anne Penny, Princiapl of Saint Charles Catholic School
performs the violin with the singers from Holy Eucharist

Two students from Saint Charles School performed with Dr. Anne Penny and the Holy Eucharist singers

Volunteers from Friends of Vaughan Street Jail celebrate their win

Margret Saray and Elaine Kisiow from the Cathedral
of Sts. Vladimir and Olga with their award


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