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Winnipeg

Chicago of the North


Winnipeg grew up around the gathering place at the Forks between the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. When Manitoba joined Confederation in 1870 it sparked a tremendous population boom that lasted until the early 20th Century and made Winnipeg the first city of the Canadian prairies. Winnipeg is a city with an exciting history of rebellion, reform, commerce, and culture. The city is host to dozens of fascinating historic buildings.

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Ojibwa Tipis at the Forks


Ojibwa Tipis at the Forks Ojibwa Tipis at the Forks
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1858

Ojibwa people have erected their tipis at the Forks, a type of housing perfectly suited to the harsh conditions of the prairies.

Early Winnipeg


Early Winnipeg Early Winnipeg
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1870

A view of how the "mushroom patch" of early Winnipeg, located at Main and Portage, looked like from Fort Garry.

Sleighs on Main St


Sleighs on Main St Sleighs on Main St
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Virtual Heritage Winnipeg 00-101 On This Spot Enterprises

1882

People mill about in a snow-covered Main Street during the winter of 1882. The City Hall at the end of the block, which doubled as a 250-seat theatre, would soon be demolished and replaced by the impressive 'gingerbread' City Hall.

A Dog Sled Team


A Dog Sled Team A Dog Sled Team
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1900

A man poses with his dog team and sled by the old gate of Fort Garry. The sled is labeled Norway.

Businesses on Main


Businesses on Main Businesses on Main
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1903

A view of the west side of Main. Only a handful of buildings survive.

Bankers Row


Bankers Row Bankers Row
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1905

Looking south on Main Street towards some of the banks that gave the strip its moniker.

The YMCA


The YMCA The YMCA
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1905

A postcard view of the YMCA Building on Portage Ave.

The Heart of Town


The Heart of Town The Heart of Town
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1905

A fantastically busy day on Main and Portage.

Woman on the Corner


Woman on the Corner Woman on the Corner
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1907

A woman stands on the corner of Main and Bannatyne.

Boniface Cathedral


Boniface Cathedral Boniface Cathedral
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1910

The ruins of Boniface Cathedral.

Funeral at the Cathedral


Funeral at the Cathedral Funeral at the Cathedral
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1915

A funeral procession for Archbishop Louis Phillippe Adelard Langevine leaves St. Boniface Cathedral.

Busy Sidewalk


Busy Sidewalk Busy Sidewalk
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1915

People on a busy Main Street during the First World War.

Specials on the March


Specials on the March Specials on the March
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1919

A large group of 'specials' march down Portage Ave during the General Strike of 1919.

North on Main Street


North on Main Street North on Main Street
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Virtual Heritage Winnipeg 01-076 On This Spot Enterprises

1928

A streetcar trundles past the Union Bank Tower, seen at left. The tower is the oldest surviving skyscraper in Canada.

View of the Legislature


View of the Legislature View of the Legislature
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1928

Looking past the new Hudson's Bay department store down Memorial Boulevard towards the Legislature.

A View Down Portage


A View Down Portage A View Down Portage
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1920s

Looking east on Portage Ave towards Main Street from Carlton during the roaring '20s. Winnipeg's commercial centre of gravity was shifting to this area from Main Street at the time.

Fort Garry Gate & Hotel


Fort Garry Gate & Hotel Fort Garry Gate & Hotel
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1930

The Fort Garry Hotel looming over the old gate of Fort Garry. The fort itself was dismantled in the 1880s and only the gate remains.

Countess of Dufferin


Countess of Dufferin Countess of Dufferin
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1930s

The first locomotive to arrive in Winnipeg in 1878, the Countess of Dufferin, has been preserved and put on display outside the CPR station.

Fort Garry Gate & Hotel (2)


Fort Garry Gate & Hotel (2) Fort Garry Gate & Hotel (2)
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1930s

The Fort Garry Hotel looming over the old gate of Fort Garry. The fort itself was dismantled in the 1880s and only the gate remains.

VE Day Decorations


VE Day Decorations VE Day Decorations
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1945

The Eaton's store on Portage has been decked out with flags and bunting to celebrate the end of World War II in Europe.


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