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  • Heritage Guide

    The Heritage Guide features 56 locations in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

    Call 204-942-6716 to purchase
  • Commemorative Posters

    Purchase a spliced reproduction of a 1912 panoramic photo showing Main Street and the west side of the Exchange District.

    Call 204-942-6716 to purchase
  • Historic Exchange

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    On September 27, 1997, the Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage (The Honourable Sheila Copps) declared the original heart of the city of Winnipeg, the Exchange District, a National Historic Site. On this date, the Exchange District, a twenty city block area comprised of approximately 150 heritage buildings joined the ranks of a handful of other urban areas which have also received this distinction.


    The District contains a range of architecturally significant resources that speak to the city’s key economic role in the west and the collective character of these built resources is distinctive and relatively intact. The importance of the area can also be expanded to include the city’s role with respect to architecture, grain trade, civic development and labour.


    The area is designated an historic district of national significance because it illustrates the city’s key role as a centre of grain trade and whole sale trade, finance and manufacturing in two historically important periods in the western development – between 1880 and 1900 when Winnipeg became the gateway to Canada’s West and between 1900 and 1913, when the city’s growth made it the region’s metropolis.


    While national designation of the Exchange District offers no legal protection of the built resources and cultural landscape, it is an honour that can be used as a conservation tool.
    The Exchange District BIZ offers guided walking tours from June 1st to August 31st which tells the stories of Winnipeg’s early boom years and their resulting legacy. For more information on the guided walking tours, click here.

     

    Winnipeg’s Exchange District – A Heritage Guide to one of Canada’s most celebrated neighbourhoods
    The Exchange District BIZ in partnership with the City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee produced this beautiful guide of the historical buildings and architecture in the Exchange District. The guide features 56 locations in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District along with their history, architecture and a defined glossary.
    The Heritage Guide is available for purchase at the Exchange District BIZ with proceeds going towards the development and enhancement of programs in the District.

     

    Exchange District Commemorative Posters
    The Exchange District BIZ in co-operation with the City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba and Parks Canada produced a set of commemorative posters for the Exchange District National Historic Site.

     

    The poster set is a spliced reproduction of a 1912 panoramic photo showing Main Street and the west side of the Exchange District.
    The poster set is available for purchase at the Exchange District BIZ with proceeds going towards the development and enhancement of programs in the District.

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