Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 27/5/2016 (365 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Spring is here at last and it is the perfect time to get outside and explore the beautiful, historic and interesting buildings we have here in Winnipeg that we often take for granted.
And the annual Doors Open Winnipeg event on the weekend of May 28 and 29 offers the opportunity to do just that.
The free event will feature lots of special guided and non-guided walking tours of the Exchange District, The Forks, Downtown Winnipeg, Armstrong’s Point, East Kildonan, Upper Fort Garry and more. There is even a Haunted History Tour of spooky Winnipeg sites.
The Costume Museum of Canada will take you back in time with a fashion accessories display at the beautiful Dalnavert Museum, once the home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, at 61 Carlton St. And heritage Trolley 356 will once again be back in service, shuttling people back and forth for a fun ride during the weekend.
In northwest Winnipeg many churches, museums and other buildings will be open for folks to enjoy a guided tour.
They include McBeth House in Rivergrove, the nearby old Kildonan Presbyterian Cemetery, St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Bishop Velychkovsky Martyr’s Shrine on Jefferson and the historic St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church on Disraeli.
Also great places to tour are the Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral on Main Street, the Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural Centre on Alexander Avenue East and the Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga on McGregor Street.
In many of these churches you will find artwork of great beauty, some done by local artists and some by artists from other countries.
The Seven Oaks House Museum will be open, as will Ross House Museum and Barber House in Point Douglas, the St. John’s Library and the Ukrainian Labour Temple on Pritchard Avenue.
The Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame will be open on Pacific Avenue as will the new Winnipeg Police Museum at 25 Smith Street.
There are so many wonderful and interesting buildings to view outside northwest Winnipeg also. If you go you can even vote for your favourite buildings and tours. And it’s a great way to get outdoors, walk around and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, the blossoming greenery, blue skies and sunshine.
It’s good to remember that times and dates vary for each building and event over the weekend. So be sure to check out the Doors Open Winnipeg website before you head out at www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca
Cheryl Girard is a community correspondent for West Kildonan. You can contact her at email@example.com