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PRESS RELEASE 2017 PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES

When: Summer 2017
Where: St-Boniface, St-Vital and St-Norbert

PRESS RELEASE

 

2017 PROGRAMMING AND ACTIVITIES

 

Riel District – St. Boniface, St. Vital, St. Norbert

            

June 1, 2017

 

Summer has arrived and that means tourism.  Tourisme Riel has been gearing up for this busy season and with its summer staff in place we are prepared to host the many visitors and to showcase Manitoba’s rich francophone culture and history in the Riel District (St. Boniface, St. Vital, and St. Norbert).  Come discover the many services, products and attractions.     

 

TOURISM INFORMATION CENTERS

 

Tourisme Riel operates three visitor centers, where visitors and residents can find information on

what there is to see and do in our region and the various programs and services we provide.

 

-            Old St. Boniface City Hall at 219 Provencher Boulevard – Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week until the September long weekend, after which it reverts to weekdays only.

 

-            Kiosk on Esplanade Riel – Visit our tram and the East foot of the Esplanade Riel, open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week until Labor Day.

 

-            Place St. Norbert (McDougall House) – Next to the Farmer’s Market - Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday until Labor Day, on-site interpretation also provided.

 

 

ST, BONIFACE PASSPORT

 

Tourists can save money when visiting St. Boniface.  The St. Boniface Passport ($25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $17 for children) provides admission to five attractions (Fort Gibraltar, St. Boniface Museum, Maison Gabrielle-Roy, the Royal Canadian Mint and the St. Boniface Walking Tours).  In addition, there are bonus discount coupons for various area restaurants, boutiques and businesses.   The Passport is available at the Tourisme Riel Office at 219 Provencher Boulevard as well as at the St. Boniface Museum, at the Maison Gabrielle Roy, and at the Arrowhead Campground.

 

 

GUIDED WALKING TOURS

 

St. Boniface:  Tourisme Riel’s guided walking tours are a hot-ticket item.  The 1.5-hour walking tour highlights the rich history and tourist attractions of Old St. Boniface.  Tours depart from the Old St. Boniface City Hall at 219 Provencher Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., seven days a week from May 24 to Labor Day.  Cost is $8 per adult, $6 for seniors, and $4 for children.  

 

 

St. Norbert:  For the first time, we have added a walking tour of St. Norbert, available on market days (Wednesdays and Saturdays) at 1:30 p.m.

starting at McDougall House (next to the market) at 3514 Pembina Highway.  This guided 1.5-hour tour through the neighborhood will tell of the early establishment of St. Norbert and its role in the creation of the province of Manitoba.  It also speaks of various historic events in the area.

 

 

GPS RENTALS, GEO-ROUTES AND GEOCACHING

 

A unique way of visiting an area is by GPS.  GPS self-guided tours (Geo-Routes) are available for the area of St. Norbert.  For groups, there are GPS Adventures, where you use GPS equipment to navigate around St. Boniface and find the answers to clues in order to make your way to your final destination.  And if geocaching is your thing, there are many Tourisme Riel caches in the area.  Whatever your interest, GPS units are available for rent at the Tourisme Riel office.

 

 

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS

 

Recommended must-see attractions:

  • Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum
  • Maison Gabrielle Roy
  • Fort Gibraltar
  • Centre culturel franco-manitobain
  • Saint-Boniface Cathedral
  • Maison des artistes Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden
  • Commercial areas along Provencher Boulevard and Marion Street
  • Royal Canadian Mint
  • Riel House National Historic Site
  • Place Saint-Norbert

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

 

Saint-Jean Baptiste Day

St. Boniface and the Forks area will come alive on June 24 as we celebrate Canada’s 150th and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, the national celebration of French Canadians.  Events include a family event and entertainment at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain, a gathering of 150 canoes on the Red River and a concert at the Forks National Historic Site.  Stay tuned for more information.

 

Canada Day

Don’t forget to visit St. Boniface on Canada Day when many of the tourism attractions and merchants are open free of charge with special activities.  There are also performers and artists on the Esplanade Riel, an evening outdoor beer garden with entertainment, and much more.

 

We invite you to visite the many area attractions and special events. 

 

For more information:  www.tourismeriel.com or facebook.com/TourismeRiel

 

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Source:         Michelle Gervais, Director, Tourisme Riel - 204-233-8343 or toll-free 1-866-808-8338

                  219 Provencher Boulevard, St. Boniface, Manitoba  R2H 0G4

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