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St. Boniface – The heart of Manitoba’s francophone community

Birthplace of Métis leader Louis Riel and French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy, St. Boniface is the capital of Manitoba’s francophone community!


Established during the fur trade era, St. Boniface enjoys the most distinguished past of any Winnipeg community.  A walk in the heart of St. Boniface along Provencher Boulevard and Taché Street will take you past many signs and landmarks of the area’s illustrious history and unique architectural heritage. 

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Visit the majestic ruins of the St. Boniface Cathedral and the tomb of Louis Riel. Explore Gabrielle Roy’s childhood home at 375 Deschambault. Discover the former Grey Nuns' convent and Winnipeg’s oldest building, which now houses the St. Boniface Museum. From there, you can see the Université de Saint-Boniface, Western Canada’s oldest post-secondary educational institution.

An exciting blend of the old, the new and the future

The past is visible throughout St. Boniface, but the community’s real beauty lies in the exciting blend of the old, the new and the future.  The more modern side of St. Boniface, with its unique shops, interesting eateries and vibrant arts and entertainment scene, is also well worth checking out.

See a performance by the Cercle Molière in its theatre at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. Cercle Molière is Canada’s oldest theatre company and is proud to showcase the talents of many Franco-Manitoban actors and authors. Go to La Maison des artistes, housed in the old St. Boniface City Hall, which showcases the works of many of Manitoba’s francophone visual artists. And if you’re passing through in February, don’t miss the Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival. He ho!

Tourisme Riel

219 Provencher Boulevard
St. Boniface, Manitoba R2H 0G4

Phone: (204) 233-8343
Toll-free: 1-866-808-8338
Fax: 204-233-8360

Archbishop's House

Built under the guidance of Bishop Taché, the west wing of this residence (facing the Red River) stands as one of the oldest stone buildings remaining in Western Canada. Its mansard roof... More »

Exterior viewing only
French spoken at all times

151 de la Cathedrale Ave., R2H 0H6

(204) 237-9851

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Fine international cuisine served in a Mediterranean ambiance. The wine selection is varied, with more than 120 bottles available. The evening menu is served after 5:00 p.m. More »

Open year round
Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m.
French spoken upon request

302 Hamel St., R2H 0K9

(204) 233-4841


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Centre culturel franco-manitobain, CCFM

A focal point for French cultural life in Winnipeg, the CCFM is home to many events and celebrations year round. It features an art gallery, restaurant and concert halls. The CCFM is a frequent host... More »

Open year round
office hours: mon-fri: 9 am to 5pm (closed for lunch between 12pm-1pm)
building hours: mon-fri: 6am to midnight
French spoken at all times

340 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G7

(204) 233-8972

(204) 233-3324


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Centre du Patrimoine/Heritage Centre, SHSB

Established to preserve and promote Francophone history in Manitoba, the Heritage Centre contains the largest Franco-Manitoban archives in Manitoba. The Centre also features the most complete... More »

Open year round
Mon. to Fri.: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

French spoken at all times

340 Provencher Blvd, R2H 0G7

(204) 233-4888

(204) 231-2562


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Chocolatier Constance Popp

Constance Popp is a premium artisan chocolatier, who just recently moved here in St. Boniface from downtown Winnipeg. Constance is fearless with her chocolates, always trying out new ideas. She... More »

180 Provencher Blvd
Winnipeg, MB
R2H 0G3

(204) 897-0689


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Discover Old St. Boniface - Where it's Cool to Say Bonjour!

245$ per person plus tax (based on a double occupancy)Come to experience the French Quarter, home of the largest francophone community west of the Great Lakes. Visit St. Boniface, where the language... More »

Available year round (some attractions are seasonal)
French spoken at all times

205-219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4


(204) 233-8360


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Dwarf no Cachette Café & Gift

This unique restaurant opened its door in 2014. Come enjoy something from their Japanese fusion menu. There is also a gift shop where you will find Japanese apparel and accessories, some of which... More »

Open year round
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

157 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G2

(204) 691-9950

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Festival du Voyageur

In addition to being Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur is also “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party”! This unique ten-day festival celebrates the... More »

February, 2019
Documentation available in French

204 237-7692

204 233-7576


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Folklorama - French-Canadian Pavilion

From August 5 to 11, 2018! Winnipeg’s Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world! It lasts two full weeks and presents forty-plus pavilions that celebrate... More »

From August 5 to 11, 2018
Documentation available in French


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Guided Walking Tour of Old St. Boniface

Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s Old St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both... More »

From Victoria Day to Labour day or on request
Guided walking tour offered daily at 10:30 A.M and 1:30 P.M starting at the old St. Boniface city hall (219 Provencher Blvd.)
French spoken upon request

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

(204) 233-8343 or toll free:1 866 808-8338

(204) 233-8360


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In Riel’s Footsteps presented by Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

In Riel’s Footsteps is a bilingual outdoor guided tour of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral’s cemetery, an interactive experience that makes learning about French-Canadian and Métis... More »

Public programming: July and August
Schedule: TBA
Pricing: $12 (includes a daily pass of Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum)
Family: $40

School program: TBD
To reserve your program, call 204-237-4500 ext. 420 or by email at reservations@msbm.mb.ca
Pricing: $12 (includes a guided tour of Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum)

French spoken at all times

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum 494 avenue Taché Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2B2

(204) 237-4500


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InFerno's Bistro

An upbeat French Bistro with summer patio. Inspirational creative cuisine at a reasonable price. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Thurs.: 11 am to 10 pm
Fri. to Sat.: 11 am to 11pm
French spoken upon request

312 Des Meurons St., R2H 2N5

(204) 262-7400

(204) 237-7143


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Jolly Friar Café

Casual full service dining at the Norwood Hotel. Daily specials, succulent steak & ribs, Saturday seafood buffet. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Sat., 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sun., 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Holidays: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
French spoken upon request

112 Marion St., R2H 0T1

(204) 233-4475


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La Boutique du livre

Bookstore selling local and imported French books, CDs, DVDs, videos, software, games and greeting cards. The staff, will gladly help you choose what's right for you. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Sat.: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sun: Closed
French spoken at all times

129-B Marion street
Winnipeg, MB
R2H 0T4

(204) 237-3395 or TF: 1-888-712-8389

(204) 237-0438


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La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

Discover our local fine artists!The old City Hall building turned Art Gallery displays the works of Francophone visual artists. The gallery shows the drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography and... More »

Open year round
Tuesday to Friday: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday and Monday: CLOSED

French spoken at all times

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

(204) 237-5964

(204) 233-5074


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La Vérendrye Bowling Lanes

A well-established 16 lane 10-pin bowling center with Pro Shop operated by 2005 Amateur World Champion Mike Schmidt. Fully licensed premises with a snack bar. Prices range from $2.75 to 3.90 for a... More »

Open year round
Hours (Sept.-Apr.):
Monday 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Wednesday* 9:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 11:30 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 01:00 AM
Saturday* 9:00 AM - 01:00 AM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 10:30 PM

*Open at 11:30 AM from May-Aug.*

French spoken at all times

614 Des Meurons St., R2H 2P9

(204) 237-4137

(204) 237-1730


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La Vérendrye Park and La Vérendrye Monument

One of the great Canadian explorers, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes de la Vérendrye, established Fort Rouge in 1738, the first outpost at the site that would later become Winnipeg. The La V... More »

Documentation available in French
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Lagimodière-Gaboury Park

Located on land given to Jean-Baptiste Lagimodière by Lord Selkirk, the park is located at the site of the first Francophone settlement in Western Canada. Lagimodière was given the land... More »

Documentation available in French
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Le Croissant

Fresh bread, pastries, pâté, quiche Lorraine, etc. The new owners of Le Croissant have come from Alsace in France to offer a full line of traditional French products and do so in a... More »

Open year round
Wed to Fri: 8 am-1 pm
Saturday: 8 am-2 pm
Sunday: 8 am-12 pm
closed: mon and tues
French spoken at all times

276 Taché Ave., R2H 1Z9

(204) 237-3536

(204) 237-3550

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Le Garage Café

Newly renovated restaurant. Live music. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Thurs.:11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Fri.: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sat.: 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
French spoken at all times

166 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3

(204) 237-0737


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Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum and Gift shop.

  Housed in a former convent of the Grey Nuns, this museum features artifacts and displays about French-Canadian and Métis history in Western Canada. The building itself is of historical... More »

Open year round
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday closed
French spoken at all times

494 Taché Ave., R2H 2B2

(204) 237-4500

(204) 986-7964


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Le Resto Gare

Formerly the old train station of St. Boniface, this Winnipeg landmark was the arrival point in Manitoba for many immigrants, and remained a busy centre of the community until its closure in the... More »

Open year round
mon-fri: open at 11am
sat-sun: open at 5pm
French spoken at all times

630 Des Meurons St., R2H 2P9

(204) 237-7072

(204) 837-3624


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Librairie à la Page

Bookstore selling French books, CDs and DVDs. More »

Open year round
Tues. to Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; closed on Sun.
French spoken at all times

200 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3

(204) 233-7223

(204) 231-1136

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Maison Gabrielle-Roy House and the 'Au bonheur d'occasion' Gift Shop

This two-and-one-half storey gable framed house was the family home of world-renowned Franco-Manitoban author Gabrielle Roy. The house was built in 1905 and served as the setting for several of her... More »

Open year round
September to May
Monday and Tuesday: closed
Wednesday to Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

June, July, August
Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
French spoken at all times

375 Deschambault St., R2H 3B4

(204) 231-3853

(204) 231-3910


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Norwood Hotel

A well-known St. Boniface institution, the Norwood offers a complete range of services: licensed premises, restaurant and meeting rooms. Their popular seafood buffet is served every Saturday. More »

Open year round
Documentation available in French

112 Marion St., R2H 0T1

(204) 233-4475 or 1-888-888-1878

(204) 231-1910


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Precious Blood Parish

The remarkable spiral design of this major work by Franco-Manitoban architect Étienne Gaboury makes the church a remarkable sight to behold. The shape of the roof is intended to represent the... More »

Open year round
Monday to Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Thursday & Friday: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For a visit of the church, please contact the presbytery ahead of planned arrival time.

French spoken at all times

200 Kenny street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 2E4

(204) 233-2874

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Promenade Café and Wine

Promenade Café and Wine serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the French Quarter overlooking the Esplanade Riel and the Red River. Local, homemade comfort food and All Day Delicious! French... More »

Open year round
Tues-Sat: 8am-9pm
Sun-Mon: 8am-2pm
French spoken at all times

130-C Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3



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Provencher Park

Featuring many century old oak trees, this park is situated on the south side of Provencher Blvd. It was the site of the original St. Boniface College which was almost completely destroyed by... More »

Documentation available in French
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Saint-Boniface Passport

Visit Old St. Boniface, St. Vital and St. Norbert. The Passport will help you discover the treasures of the Riel District, Winnipeg's French Quarters.Adult : $25Child (6-17 year) : $17Senior (60... More »

Documentation available in French

1 866 808-8338
(204) 233-8343

(204) 233-8360


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Seine River Café

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Open year round
Mon. to Fri.:7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sat.: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun.: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
French spoken upon request

390-A Provencher Blvd., R2H 0H1

(204) 237-4864

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Seine River Trail (1.25 km)

Starting from Lagimodière-Gaboury Park, this beautiful nature trail follows the winding Seine River through Old St. Boniface to the Red River. Here, just five minutes from downtown, you can... More »

Documentation available in French
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St. Boniface Cathedral

The current cathedral is actually the fifth built on this site since 1818. The 1908 structure, which preceded the current building, was a splendid basilica that was destroyed by fire in 1968. The new... More »

Open year round
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-12pm and 1pm-4:30pm.
French spoken at all times

190 de la Cathédrale Ave., R2H 0H7

(204) 233-7304

(204) 231-1205


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St. Boniface Historic Tour

Discover the places and landmark who contributed to the French-Canadian and Metis community raise in Western Canada and their stories. Once considered the gate to Western Canada, St... More »


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St. Boniface Post Office

The St. Boniface Post Office shares the same New Empire styling and construction as the nearby St. Boniface City Hall and Fire Hall. It is still a working post office, and offers bilingual services. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

208 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3

(204) 987-5111


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The Old St. Boniface Trail (9 km)

Walk the Old St. Boniface Trail and discover the many hidden pearls of this historic quarter. Follow the Trail (part of the Trans-Canada Trail), to the Forks and view Old St. Boniface from the other... More »

Open year long
Documentation available in French
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Tourism Information Center - Main office

Tourisme Riel runs a year-round information center at 219 Provencher Blvd in St. Boniface (in the old St. Boniface City Hall).  Tourism Counsellors can assist in planning your visit, offering... More »

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon. to Fri. (Sept. to May) / Open 7 days a week from end of May to end of Aug.
Documentation available in French

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

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University of St. Boniface

This university is the oldest post-secondary educational institution in Western Canada. The sculpture of Louis Riel by Franco-Manitoban sculptor Marcien Lemay, located outside on the building's East... More »

Open year round
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

200 de la Cathédrale Ave., R2H 0H7

(204) 233-0210

(204) 237-3240


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Wayne Arthur Gallery

Wayne Arthur Gallery showcases some of the best Manitoban artists in several media. These include painting, sculpture, print-making, mixed media, pottery, jewellery, glass and photography. To learn... More »

Tues - Sat : 11 AM to 5 PM

186 Provencher Blvd.

(204) 477-5249


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