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Old August 16th, 2009, 08:36 AM   #1
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Winnipeg, canada

I was archiving a bunch of my pictures from over the years, thought id throw them together in a thread:

Winnipeg was founded over a century ago at what today is the intersection of Portage and Main. The cities tallest buildings stand at this corner
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Winnipeg has a wealth of heritage architecture; one striking example is the National Bank building
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The large concentration of turn of the century buildings in the city is known as the Exchange District:
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A statue of Louis Riel, arguably Manitoba’s Founding father stands on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature:
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Constructed for Manitoba’s centennial, this complex includes the Concert Hall, Manitoba Museum and Planetarium.
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Begun in 1913 and finally completed in 1919 the neo-classical Manitoba Legislature is reputably Canada’s most beautiful provincial capital building.
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The Golden Boy which stands atop the legislature’s dome was a gift from France:
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in 2002 the Golden Boy was removed his perch for the first time in 83 years to be re-gilded in 23.75 k gold leaf
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Prior to the railroad, Winnipeg main transportation link was its rivers. Today they serve as recreational waterways:
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Popular among residents and tourists alike, the river walkway is a great way to discover and see the rivers:
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The land located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers is known as The Forks. Today the renovated railway stables are home to popular restaurants, shops a market and nationally touted skate park.
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A boutique-esque hotel opened on the site a few years ago:
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The south façade of the Manitoba Legislature:
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Portage and Main is sometimes known as the coldest and windiest corner in Canada:
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Skyline of Portage and Main as seen from The Forks:
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The Bank of Montreal is the only original remaining building at Portage And Main:
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Curling in The Forks harbour
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The Fort Gary Hotel is an example of Canada’s chateau-style railway hotels:
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Manitoba hydro Place is the new HQ for the crown corporation.
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The bare prairie surrounding the city has kept the Dutch Elm disease at bay, helping the species thrive:
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South Winnipeg
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A city of rivers is a city of bridges; completed in 2003 the Esplanade Riel has become one of Winnipeg’s most distinctive and recognizable landmarks:
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The pedestrian only span has a restaurant located in an indoor pod in the middle of the bridge.
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This River Arch was installed in 1999 marking the completion of the newly constructed Norwood Bridge:
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Dog sledding is part of the traditions celebrated during western Canada’s largest winter festial, La Fetivale Du Voyageur:
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Northbound on Main Street:
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This Main Street block is known as Bankers Row
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Personally, my favourite Exchange District building, the Electric Railway Chambers:
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Burnt in a spectacular fire in 1968, the façade is all that remains on the St. Boniface Cathedral:
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Red River College is a popular community college with aggressive expansion plans within the downtown:
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Chinese architecture representing one of the large cultural minorities in Winnipeg:
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The Bank of Hamilton, a heritage building that has thankfully found contemporary use and been sparred from the wrecking ball:
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These gems flank Portage Ave:
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The Hudson Bay department store:
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Downtown Winnipeg:
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Osborne Village is the City’s most urban Neighbourhood
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Canwest Global Tower is the tallest building in the city
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A clever use of windows helps disguise the Winnipeg Remand Centre; a downtown jail located at the Law Courts complex:
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The MTS Centre, a downtown entertainment complex has become one of the busiest venues in North America:
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Étienne Gaboury's has left his mark on Winnipeg with his unique designs
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The Circle of Life Thunderbird House was designed by world renowned architect, Douglas Cardinal
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Skateboards take advantage of the smooth clean lines in the City Hall court yard:
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Portage Ave. was rumoured to have been built so wide to accommodate the ox carts heading to and from the Red River Settlements:
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Winnipeg art deco:
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Canadian Pacific Railway Station, one of two major train stations built in the early 20th century now operates as an aboriginal centre.
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Union Station is still in use and serves as home to Via Rail Canada. Completed in 1911 the station was designed by Warren and Wetmore, the same architects reponsible for Grand Central Terminal in New York City
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Waterfront Drive is downtown’s newest residential district.
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The airport campus is one of the buiest constructions zones in Manitoba. A new terminal is going up just north of the existing one, designed by César Pelli
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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #2
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amazing pics! I must visit Winnipeg!
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Old August 16th, 2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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Really some of the very best photography of Winnipeg that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Bravo!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 07:33 AM   #4
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Very nice!!!!!
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Old August 17th, 2009, 08:10 AM   #5
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Great photos, thank you for fulfilling the gap of winnipeg photothreads in urban showcase ;-)
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Old August 17th, 2009, 06:28 PM   #6
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First thing I did today was to go through the whole thread again and marvel at your photography. You manage to get up into some key buildings to get great shots! Wow!
One thing I would love to see photos of, if anyone happens to be on Wellington Crescent, is those mock-Tudor style rowhouses. Rowhousing was not that common in Winnipeg way back when, and it is an excellent example. If you are driving or biking by, would you mind to snap a picture? Thanks!
I'll bet that bar called the Stagger Inn might be also called the Stagger Out, sometimes!
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Fantastic. Do you have French roots ?
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Good job! I would also like to see a few photos capturing the flatness of the surrounding suburbs. As a first time visitor, it is one of the features of Winnipeg that I couldn't stop looking at. I also found the use of stucco a refreshing change from what I'm accustomed to. It looked very modern and attractive on the newer homes. Must be the northern European influence. I know some people dislike it, but I liked it a great deal, especially on the newer houses.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #9
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One thing I would love to see photos of, if anyone happens to be on Wellington Crescent, is those mock-Tudor style rowhouses. Rowhousing was not that common in Winnipeg way back when, and it is an excellent example. If you are driving or biking by, would you mind to snap a picture? Thanks!
I'll bet that bar called the Stagger Inn might be also called the Stagger Out, sometimes!
I'll see what i can do for you! I havent been down there in a while but it is worth the trip.

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Fantastic. Do you have French roots ?
My families settled in Canada from Sweden and the Ukraine. But I went to french immersion school so learnt to speak the language and am now bi-lingual.

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Good job! I would also like to see a few photos capturing the flatness of the surrounding suburbs. As a first time visitor, it is one of the features of Winnipeg that I couldn't stop looking at
yes Winnipeg`s landscape is very flat no hills around here. It`s why to get the best views and angles of the city you need to go up a few floors In a building. The prairie landscapes is part of Winnipeg`s charm, big open skies:

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Very nice shots from Winnipeg
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great photos, looks like a nice place. I havent heard or seen much of this Canadian city. Whats Winnipeg's greater population?
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Thanks for the tour of Winnipeg. Interesting city.
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Amazing city!
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Easily the most underrated city in Canada.
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great photos, looks like a nice place. I havent heard or seen much of this Canadian city. Whats Winnipeg's greater population?
The Winnipeg CMA (Census Metropolitan Area) for 2009 has been adjusted up by Statistics Canada to 739,000. Winnipeg was Canada's 3rd largest city in the 1920s. It was Canada's 'Chicago', a gate way to the 'West', with great aspirations and the same brash enterprising mentality. The opening of the Panama Canal ended Winnipeg's boom. By 1971, Winnipeg fell to 5th largest city, and today sits in 8th spot. Recently, Winnipeg has shown signs of a gradual resurgence.

Winnipeg doesn't get a lot of attention, but it is one of the cities that played a pivotal role in shaping the Canada of today. Here's a link to 3 short Winnipeg threads you may find interesting:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=814440
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=874968
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=167282


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Manitoba has the dubious distinction as the only province in Canada where more then half its population lives in one city.
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You're right! Although Quebec, British Columbia, and Prince Edward Island come very close to having that distinction also. New Brunswick is the least centralized.
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Thanks for the amazing pics. Winnipeg looks especially good in winter.
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Thank you for developing this interesting and informative thread. Your pictures of Winnipeg are amazing!
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Really some of the very best photography of Winnipeg that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. Bravo!
I would also like to see Winnipeg for myself in the near future.
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