About The Exchange

Defined by character and refined by grit; from the facades to the faces, this is what real downtown feels like.

The Exchange District, a National Historic Site, features North America’s largest and best preserved collection of heritage buildings which include beautiful and massive stone and brick warehouses, elegant terracotta-clad buildings, narrow angled streets and cobblestone paths.

The architecture provides a stunning backdrop for local restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries, museums and attractions.

Old Market Square is a beautiful urban green space in the heart of the Exchange and is home to the city’s most popular summer festivals including Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival and the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.

Concert in the park

Surrounding Old Market Square are numerous art studios, workshop spaces and galleries along with unique boutiques, health and wellness spaces, cafes, bistros and more.

Everything is so close when you’re in the Exchange District so make it your source for year-round entertainment with the Centennial Concert Hall, The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, The Manitoba Museum and the Pantages Playhouse Theatre. Winnipeg’s film industry is also thriving in the District with the iconic Artspace building and Cinematheque.

Waterfront Drive is yet another highlight of the Exchange District. Marrying heritage buildings with the edges of the historic Red River, Waterfront Drive is a modern day thoroughfare that’s on its way to becoming one of Winnipeg’s most prestigious places to live, work and play. Stephen Juba Park, which runs along Waterfront Drive, offers a scenic place to relax on a sunny afternoon.

This area is quickly becoming the place to be for residents looking for riverfront property and tourists looking for boutique hotel accommodations like the Mere Hotel. This area also serves as a gateway to other popular destinations such as Winnipeg’s French Quarter and The Forks.

Welcome to our global creative district.