Saturday, May 4th
Ever wonder about the origins of downtown’s grid street pattern? Or how Memorial Boulevard lined up so perfectly with the Legislative Building? Who built the first traffic bridges in Winnipeg? Why the Princeton Apartments on Broadway look so posh?
The Hudson’s Bay Company has existed here for quite some time – far longer than the city itself! Over the years the company has had an enormous influence on Winnipeg’s urban development. On this walk you’ll learn about controversial land swaps, real estate monopolies and incredible changes in retail culture that have had lasting effect on the shape of our city.
The walk will begin on Main Street near Broadway and end at Portage & Memorial, so bring your walking shoes!
Abigail is a University of Winnipeg MA in Curatorial Practices student who has spent a long but totally exciting year searching through the Hudson’s Bay Company Archives. Find out more about the project at www.wpgxhbc.com.