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Historic Walking Tours

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

A National Historic Site, the Exchange District features an exceptional collection of heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920—all tucked away within a small 20-block area. Nicknamed the “Chicago of the North”, the neighbourhood 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!

Exchange District Walking Tours

The stories of the people and architecture that shaped Winnipeg.

Cost: $10 per person, $6 for children and students (must have student ID)
Email at tours@exchangedistrict.org for more details or to book your tour today. We meet near the archway at Bijou Park located at 492 Main Street. Walkups welcome depending on tour guide availability. Tours are dog-friendly!

History of the Exchange District

Tour Length: 1.5 hours. Shorter tours available upon request

Walk the cobblestone streets and experience the colourful history of the Exchange District. Explore Winnipeg’s riveting political history – from its leadership in the anti-fascism movement, to the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, the largest labour strike in Canadian history, which led to the ill-fated Bloody Saturday.

Death and Debauchery

Tour Length: 1 hour.

Take a walk on the wild side and explore the dark secrets that made Winnipeg the ‘Wickedest City in the Dominion.’ Get a glimpse into a different side of Winnipeg’s history with drunken mayors, angry mobs, a legal red light district, and a few executions.

Strike! The Walking Tour

Tour Length: 1.5 hours.

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.

Historic Art + Architecture

Tour Length: 1 hour

Explore the vibrant history and stunning architecture of the Exchange District, a roadmap of Winnipeg’s early growth and architectural styles. See examples of brick and mortar warehouses from the 1890s, marvelous terracotta skyscrapers of Winnipeg’s 1910 boom period, as well as modernist complexes in Winnipeg’s brutalist quarter.


We maintain an extensive back-catalogue of previously offered tours, which include focuses on philanthropy, women’s rights activism, punk rock and counter-cultural movements, and theatre and film. Please let us know if you are interested in any of these topics and our guides can adapt current tours to include them.