Amazing architecture in the Exchange District
On Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27, Heritage Winnipeg will “open the doors” to heritage buildings around the city on their ninth annual Doors Open Winnipeg event. The event is free to everyone and includes a viewing of over 70 historical buildings and sites across the city!
To make the event even more engaging, there will be storytellers at various locations to give you the background behind the historical site. Three of the buildings featured have also reached their 100th “birthday,” which you may already know by sight: Union Station, Westminster Church and the Granite Curling Club.
The main areas where the event takes place includes the Exchange District, downtown Winnipeg, the North end and St. Boniface – with about 15 other sites peppered around the city to cruise on over to.
Go on an adventure into Winnipeg’s historical Exchange District
One of the cute, fun things to do during this heritage weekend is the new Variety Heritage Adventure Park. Opening this year, the tour goes along the perimeter of the park, facilitated by a guide from Parks Canada. And it isn’t the only tour taking place during the Doors Open Winnipeg weekend, either: walking tours around the heart of the city and Newspaper Row, in addition to a tour around the West End Mural Gallery and a look into the past at the Winnipeg General Strike, will also be taking place.
There’s a lot going on this weekend and bound to be something for everyone to enjoy!
Vote for your favourite historical sites
The Doors Open Winnipeg Awards are a great opportunity to support your favourite historical buildings and events. The voting categories include Best Restoration, Best Tour, Best Architecture, Best Overall Experience and The Hidden Gem. You only get one vote the entire weekend, so choose wisely!
The fun officially begins on Thursday May 24, when an insert in the Winnipeg Free Press will give you important information on the historical sites and when each of them will be open for viewing during the event. You’ll have two whole days to decide how to fit everything in to your historical weekend!
To learn more about the event, including the historical sites to visit and the time of day they will each be open at, please visit the Doors Open Winnipeg website at www.DoorsOpenWinnipeg.ca.
Sagan Morrow owns an open-concept condo in Winnipeg’s Exchange District and loves downtown living. By night she writes the blog Living Healthy in the Real World and is the Executive Director for The Food Label Movement; by day, she coordinates the Dig In local food campaign for Food Matters Manitoba. Sagan has a B.A. in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications and is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She enjoys taking in the theatre and art culture of downtown Winnipeg during her spare time.
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Publish Date: 05/11/2012 21:54