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  1. These murals are amazing, I would love to take that tour. I especially like the library shelves mural, and the bicycle – as well as what the bicycle represents.

    1. Thanks Patti. There were a lot of relevant symbols in the murals that I couldn’t easily include in a blog post, but the tour guide points them out, especially in the one with the library shelves about Bill Norrie’s life.

    1. Susan,I live in the city and the west end murals were a delightful surprise for me. I think you’ll find quite a bit to see in Winnipeg when you get back here.

  2. These are amazing! What I love most is that they honor them by having a tour. We have many urban areas here in the US where murals have become a part of the landscape, but the idea of fashioning a tour around them is fantastic.

    1. Jacquie, the tour was great. The guide provided background about the creation of the murals and pointed out the meaning of items in the murals I would likely not have known otherwise. She also provided some interesting history on the area we walked through.

  3. Your posts have continued to raise interest in Winnipeg as a tourist destination. So many say there’s nothing to see there. I have a few Filipino friends who live there but didn’t know it is one of four major immigrant groups. I have always loved murals and the one of Pastor Lehotsky reminded me of the one that amazed me in Quebec City. Thanks again for a great post!

    1. Carol, Filipinos were not one of the early immigrant groups to Winnipeg. Most of the immigration occurred 1960 and onward, especially after 1990. But Filipinos now make up 9 to 10% of the Winnipeg population and are listed as the largest ethnic minority group.

  4. This was fascinating and a brilliant idea on the part of Winnipeg. Don’t let Donald Trump find out about celebrating anything multi-cultural! I really don’t know anything about Winnipeg but you’ve got me interested now.

    1. Kay, the West End Biz began promoting and creating murals as a way to beautify the area and help build pride, as well as tell the history and story. It has also been a deterrent to graffiti. Winnipeg is often over-looked as a Canadian tourist destination, but I think it has lots to offer a visitor.

  5. Some very talented artists here! What a great way for visitors to learn about different aspects of Canadian history, and some of our notable legends. I laughed at your walking home story!

    1. Nancie, my mother-in-law loved to tell the walking home story. The mural artists are talented. The couple that painted the Bill Norrie mural (and at least one other on the tour) make their living as full-time mural artists.

  6. The West End Murals tour sounds great! I think the Bill Norrie mural is my favorite too, though I’m also quite charmed by the Zoohky one. It’s not often that you hear of someone honored just for being a nice guy, not for any huge accomplishments. It’s touching!

  7. These are amazing murals. I love that they are artistically well done while telling such interesting stories. Quite a tour you had! I think the Bill Norrie mural is really cool. The detail is impressive.

  8. I grew up in Winnipeg and it’s so nice to see an area I remember as quite shabby so enlivened by the west end murals. A little disappointed, though, that there aren’t more women represented in the murals. They need to make a new mural of all us vibrant girls who used to skate at the roller rink:D I wasn’t a great skater but sure enjoyed it! The tour looks like $5 well spent.

    1. I certainly thought it was $5 well spent. I hadn’t thought about it at the time, but it would be nice to see more women represented in the murals. I will be looking for that when I explore the area to find the other murals.

  9. I love the street mural movement. Winnegeg’s West End neighborhood’s art looks like great fun. We visited two mural cities this year, Cuba MO and La Jolla CA but have seen a lot on buildings here and there in our travels. Nothing like street art!

  10. Thanks for sharing these murals. I’ve always loved murals whenever I come across them. They add so much interest to wherever they appear. Boise has an alley called Freak Alley where the murals change on a constant basis. It’s really cool and a great way to get a lot of people involved in art.