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St. Boniface

St. Boniface, Manitoba, has long been the principal home of Franco-Manitobans in the province and ranks as the largest francophone community in Western Canada. Visitors will discover a unique and historic architecture, thriving businesses, and a lively cultural scene.

The community was first settled in 1818 to meet the cultural and religious needs of the Red River Colony’s French and Métis inhabitants. A Francophone presence was thus established in the region before spreading throughout much of the future Province of Manitoba. St. Boniface became the Catholic and Francophone capital of the nascent Red River settlement.

The area of the Red River settlement went on to become the Province of Manitoba in 1870, following a popular and democratic uprising led by the Métis leader Louis Riel. The Manitoba Act, the province’s new constitution, recognized the cultural and linguistic duality of the new province.

Many of St. Boniface’s most important historic buildings – its city hall, fire station and post office – date back to this time, and remain fine examples of the architectural styles of the beginning of the 20th century, at a time when St. Boniface was ranked as the fifth largest community in Western Canada.

The City of St. Boniface amalgamated with Winnipeg in 1972, and remains its most outstanding francophone community.

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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Au bonheur d'occasion (Gift Shop at la Maison Grabielle-Roy)

The gift shop 'Au bonheur d'occasion' carries a variety of items, among which are new and used books written by Gabrielle Roy, books about Gabrielle Roy and her works, as well as other souvenirs. More »

Open all year
Sept. to May: Wed. to Sun., 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.;<br>June, July and Aug.: Mon. to Fri., 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
French spoken at all times

375 Deschambault St., R2H 3B4

(204) 231-3853

(204) 231-3910

www.maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca

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Beaujena's

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

www.beaujenas.com

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Bijou Treasures

Bijou Treasures is a young and energetic company which specializes in creating distinctive jewelry, using unique and rare gemstones. Their style represents a marriage of East and West, combining... More »

Open year round
Mon. to Sat., 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Sun., Closed
French spoken at all times

190 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3

(204) 233-9722

(204) 233-9733

www.bijoutreasures.com

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Café 22 Pizza Hotline

Just off the Esplanade Riel, Café 22 dine-in restaurants feature an expanded Pizza Hotline menu served up in a funky yet unpretentious atmosphere.They share the building with Leo’s... More »

11:00am to 1:00am Sunday to Thursday
11:00am to 3:00am Friday and Saturday

130-B Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3

(204) 222-2222
(204) 237-4174

www.menumanitoba.com/leosgelato.htm http://www.pizzahotline.c

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Café Postal

They serve a variety of espresso drinks coming from only the freshest beans imported from Toronto, and have quickly become one of Winnipeg's best coffee shops. More »

Monday to Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

202 Provencher Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB

(204) 414-3654

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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: 6 am to mindnight
French spoken at all times

340 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G7

(204) 233-8972

(204) 233-3324

www.ccfm.mb.ca

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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

www.shsb.mb.ca

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Chez Cora

Healthy breakfasts, brunches and lunches for the whole family, in the cozy confines of the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre in the heart of Old St. Boniface. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Sat., 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
Sun., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
French spoken at all times

340 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G7

(204) 928-1204

(204) 928-1206

www.chezcora.com

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Chez Sophie Bistro et Pizzeria

The colourful décor is an invitation to take a trip to the land of French bistros. Alsaciennes pizza and specialties are carefully prepared by its French owners, with host table served... More »

Open year round
Tuesday to Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday: 5pm-10pm
(closed between 2pm-5pm)
French spoken at all times

248 de la Cathédrale Ave., R2H 0H8

(204) 235-0353

chezsophie.net

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Chez Sophie sur le pont

French dining located in the centre of Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge overlooking the Red River, the Forks and St. Boniface. More »

Open year round
Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
French spoken at all times

Esplanade Riel

(204) 237-8305

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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

www.artisanchocolates.ca

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Culture Days

Be part of the national movement to celebrate arts and culture! Culture Days showcases concurrent events in several locations across Canada.  In Manitoba, free, hands-on and interactive... More »

September 26 to 28, 2014
Documentation available in French

www.culturedays.ca www.fetedelaculture.ca

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Discover Old St. Boniface … Where it’s cool to say bonjour!

Come experience the French Quarter, home of the largest francophone community west of the Great Lakes. Visit St. Boniface, where the language, culture and history live on! Includes: Two nights... More »

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

205-219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

(204) 254-3170 or 1-877-254-3170

(204) 253-6664

www.otours.net

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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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Esplanade Riel

Esplanade Riel pedestrian bridge is remarkable from an architectural point of view, and offers a panoramic view of the most impressive attractions of our city. This structure links the poetry of the... More »

Documentation available in French
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Fairmont Winnipeg

Embrace the spirit of this cosmopolitan city, whether experiencing its diverse culture, boutique shopping or stunning cityscapes. Located in the heart of vibrant downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba ... More »

Open year round
Documentation available in French

2 Lombard Place, R3B 0Y3

(204) 957-1350 or toll free 1 888 974-7666

(204) 956-1791

www.fairmont.com/winnipeg/

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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 13 to 22, 2015
Documentation available in French

204-237-7692 ou 204-233-ALLÔ

www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

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Folklorama – French-Canadian Pavilion

First two weeks of August 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 »

August 3 to 9, 2014
Documentation available in French

340 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G7

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Fort Gibraltar and la Maison du Bourgeois

The Fort is a reproduction of the original built by the North-West Company around 1810. During the fur-trade era the Voyageurs, also known as "coureurs des bois", worked tirelessly for companies like... More »

Open in February during the Festival du Voyageur
May & June: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
July & August: Wednesday &Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Fri. to Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

866 Saint-Joseph street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 0A8

(204) 237-7692

www.fortgibraltar.com

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Gîte de la Cathédrale

B&B located in the heart of Old St. Boniface, with three rooms to rent. The price of the room includes breakfast. More »

Open year round
French spoken at all times

581 Langevin St., R2H 2W2

(204) 233-7792

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Guided Cathedral Tours

The Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface along with the Saint-Boniface Museum are pleased to present free guided tours of the cathedral and its grounds every Saturday during the summer. Take a walk... More »

Saturdays June 2nd to September 1st
11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm and 3:45 pm
French spoken upon request

190 de la Cathédrale ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba

204.237.4500

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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
French spoken at all times

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

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

(204) 233-8360

http://tourismeriel.com/fr/what-to-do/tours

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In Ferno’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

www.infernosbistro.com

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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

www.norwood-hotel.com

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La Boutique du livre

Bookstore selling local and imported French books, CDs, DVDs, videos, software, games and greeting cards. Patrick, the owner, 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

130 Marion street
Winnipeg, MB
R2H 0T4

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

(204) 237-0438

www.boutiquedulivre.ca

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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, Wednesday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

French spoken at all times

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

(204) 237-5964

(204) 233-5074

www.maisondesartistes.mb.ca

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La Vérendrye Bowling Lanes

A well-established 16 lane 10-pin bowling centre with Pro Shop operated by 2005 Amateur World Champion Mike Schmidt. Fully licensed premises with snack bar. More »

Open year round
Mon. to Fri., 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. except between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (closed for leagues); Fri. and Sat., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Pricing:
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

www.garagecafe.ca

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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

www.restogare.com

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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

www.maisongabrielleroy.mb.ca

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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

www.norwood-hotel.com

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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
Mon-Fri: 7am-9pm
Sat: 8am-9pm
Sun: 8am-2pm
French spoken at all times

130-C Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3

204-233-7030

http://promenadebistro.com/

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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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Seine River Café

Family restaurant More »

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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Singyun

Chinese-canadian meals served in an intimate dining room. Dine-in, pick-up or delivery. More »

Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

150 Provencher Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB
R2H 0G3

(204) 231-4054

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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
French spoken at all times

190 de la Cathédrale Ave., R2H 0H7

(204) 233-7304

(204) 231-1205

www.cathedralestboniface.mb.ca

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St. Boniface Library

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Open year round
Mon. to Thurs., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
French spoken at all times

(204) 986-4330

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St. 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
mon to fri: 9:30 am-4:30 pm
closed saturday
sun: 12 pm-4 pm
French spoken at all times

494 Taché Ave., R2H 2B2

(204) 237-4500

(204) 986-7964

www.msbm.mb.ca

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St. Boniface Post Office

A working post office that 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

www.postcanada.ca

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The Grave of Louis Riel

The leader of the Métis during the Red River Rebellion of 1869, Louis Riel played a critical role in the founding of the province of Manitoba, as part of his efforts to protect the rights of... More »

Documentation available in French
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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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Theatre in the Cemetery – St. Boniface Cathedral Cemetery

  During the summer months, Theatre in the Cemetery presents  "In Riel's Footsteps", a unique theatrical tour of the St. Boniface Cathedral's cemetery. For times and ticket prices please... More »

School programs: May & June
General Public : July & August
Documentation available in French

(204) 237-4500

www.theatreinthecemetery.com

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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. Visitors are encouraged to visit its on-site art gallery, and to view the sculpture of Louis Riel by Franco... 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

ustboniface.ca

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Voyageur Boutique

This boutique offers a wide variety of Festival du Voyageur souvenirs. Each February, Western Canada’s most important winter festival, the Festival du Voyageur celebrates Canada’s fur... More »

Open year round
Mon. to Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
French spoken at all times

233 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

(204) 237-7692

(204) 233-7576

www.festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

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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

http://www.waynearthurgallery.com

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