Historic Walking Tours

 

The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada. Take a tour today to learn more!

The Exchange District is one of the most iconic and vibrant neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. This National Historic Site features an exceptional collection of heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920. Nicknamed the “Chicago of the North”, the Exchange features massive stone and brick warehouses, elegant terracotta-clad buildings, narrow angled streets as well as cobblestone paths and alleyways.

On our guided walking tours, knowledgeable and dynamic tour guides examine legends of power, corruption and heroism all while you enjoy an exceptional collection of architecture. A must-see for visitors and locals!

2017 Walking Tours run from May 8th to August 31,
Monday to Saturday, between 9-6 by appointment.

Call the Exchange District BIZ at 204-942-6716 or email tours@exchangedistrict.org to book your tour today!

Main Tours

Tour Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $10 per person
Group Rate (10+ People): $6 per person


East Exchange

Explore the vibrant and bustling history of the East Exchange, from turn of the century banks, the Grain Exchange, and the new development on Waterfront Drive.

Visit Hell’s Alley and learn how the Winnipeg General Strike shaped the labour movement in Canada for generations to come.

The East Exchange walking tour highlights the history and architecture on the east side of Main Street.

West Exchange

Explore the rich cultural history steeped in the West Side of the Exchange District including Newspaper Row, high class hotels, the first car dealership in Western Manitoba, and much more!

Visit Red River College’s award-winning Duff Roblin Campus and Paterson GlobalFoods Institute with two interior stops that showcase both heritage and innovative green building designs.

The West Exchange Tour highlights the history and architecture on the west side of Main Street.

Theme Tours

Tour Length: 45 minutes
Cost: $8 per person
Group Rate (10+ People): $6 per person


Death and Debauchery

Take a walk on the wild side and explore the dark secrets that made Winnipeg the “Wickedest City in the Dominion”.

See a different side of Winnipeg’s history with drunk mayors, angry mobs, prostitutes on horseback, and even a few executions.

Strike! The Walking Tour

The 1919 Winnipeg General Strike was the longest and most violent labour conflict in North America and had a major national impact on the labour movement.

Learn about the plight of the strikers from the citywide halt of production to the firing of the police force, and the tragic events of Bloody Saturday.

Setting the Stage

Winnipeg’s vibrant arts scene dates back to the turn-of-the-twentieth century, and has hosted artists such as the Marx Brothers, Harry Houdini, and Keanu Reeves.

Explore the unique theaters of the district, such as Cinematheque, the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and a full interior stop of the historic Pantages Playhouse Theatre (Pantages stop dependent on availability).

CANADA 150 TOUR

Tour Length: 1.5 hours
Cost: $10 per person
Speciality tour available July only

Celebrate Canada’s 150th with the Exchange District BIZ! Learn about confederation, colonization, and the impact history has had on the world around us. Discover the stories of Metis people within the Red River Colony, a small village fraught with racial tensions, as well as acts of acts of rebellion and resistance. Hear about bold publicity stunts, and stories of when Nazis invaded Winnipeg.

Planning a Group Activity?

Every year, school groups, local organizations, conference attendees and many others explore the Exchange District through our guided walking tours. Take advantage of our reduced rates for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Exchange District BIZ to arrange a tour at a time that is convenient for your group. Customized content from any of our tour options is available.