Jun 222014

Winnipeg's historical French Quarter

Exploring the heritage of St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter

St. Boniface, Winnipeg’s French Quarter, has a rich history that includes voyageurs, fur traders, European settlers, Catholic missionaries, rebellion, and the birth of the province of Manitoba. There are several sites you can visit to learn more about that heritage. Click here to read an article I wrote for Travel Thru History about exploring those sites.

  28 Responses to “Winnipeg’s Historical French Quarter”

  1. Hi Donna, thanks for both the illuminating story of St Boniface and introducing me to the Travel Through History site. Much as I love Quebec, it can give us only one facet of the diversity of French Canadian history and the interaction with other cultures. The Acadians here in the Maritimes for example have their own distinct story to tell. The Metis experience is fascinating as, aside from the Anglo-Indians, it may be one of the worlds few examples of a genuine mixed race community and Louis Riel remains one of the giants of Canadian history

    • There is indeed a diversity of French Canadian history. I am not very familiar with Acadian history and would like to learn more about it.

    • I’m fascinated with Acadian history, as well as French Canadian, since I’m of Cajun descent. I think it’s interesting that those of us in the extreme south of the US are so closely tied to our far northern neighbors! Small world. 🙂

  2. What a fascinating place. I enjoyed your article and photos, as well as learning about the Travel Thru History publication. I spent some time in parts of Alberta but know very little about the rest of Canada.

  3. It is a fascinating place. I also enjoyed the pics and articles. I often wondered what it would of been like to be one of the first European fur trappers and seeing that place for the first time.

    • Bits from journals and letters from that time give some sense of what the fur traders felt, but it still requires some imagination to put yourself in their footsteps.

  4. A close friend of mine traveled by train across Canada a couple of years and stopped in various cities along the way for a couple of days. Absolutely loved it. One of the stops was Winnipeg and she found the place to be a little visited gem. I will share this with her and hopefully bring back some good memories and fill in some historical gaps. Thanks.

    • I glad your friend found Winnipeg to be gem. The small city in the middle of the prairie is far from other major Canadian cities and is often bypassed, but it has a lot to offer residents and visitors. I hope the piece brings back good memories for your friend.

  5. Headed over now to give it a read. I really need to make a point to get back to Canada sooner than later 🙂

  6. I always enjoy your informative posts Donna, and the pictures are great! Thanks for introducing me to the Travel Thru History publication! I simply have to get to Canada!

  7. Donna, I am learning more about Canada from you than I ever did in history class and what’s more, enjoying it. We have all the books about the Hudson Bay Company by Peter C. Newman and find that a fascinating time in Canadian history. For most of us, living outside of Manitoba, Louis Riel was depicted as a traitor but this certainly showed a different side – always two sides to a story isn’t there.

    • I grew up in Manitoba and when I took history in school, Louis Riel was depicted more of a traitor than a hero. I don’t know if that was the same in Francophone communities, but the slant on him has changed over the years.

  8. Very informative post, Donna.

  9. Hi Donna,
    I really enjoyed learning about St Boniface and early Canadian history in that area. I was interested to read of the Grey Nuns. They ran the Home for Orphans, Aged and Friendless where I lived from 2-3 years old. It was later renamed Merrymount. Some of my earliest memories are from there and they’re like yesterday.

    • The Grey Nuns played an important role in the history of St. Boniface. I’m surprised you can remember things from age 2-3. I have only a couple of foggy images from that time and I’m not sure I remember if from the time or from what has been told to me.

  10. Great photos Donna. I have wanted to visit Canada for ages, and you have made me want to go even more now! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. I spotted Roy’s home in your photos and thought how nice it would have been to live there.

  12. Very informative post.I have yet to visit Canada.

  13. It’s always good to learn more about my country. Sadly, I must admit, this isn’t an really an area of Canadian history I know much about.

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