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Historic Walking Tours

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

Our tour program is closed for the season.

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, $5 discount for children and students (must have student ID)
Call or email to book your tour between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Saturday. We meet near the archway at Bijou Patio located at 492 Main Street. Walkups welcome depending on tour guide availability. Tours are dog-friendly!

New Covid-19 Safety Precautions
• To ensure the safety of guides and guests, we are capping tours at ten participants.
• We are not accepting cash payments at this time. We accept debit and credit card payments
• Please keep a two-meter distance from the guide.
• Due to COVID-19 there will be no interior stops on the tour but accessible washrooms are available at Bijou Patio.

Exchange District General Tour

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.

Walking Together: A Journey of Generosity through the Exchange

Tour Length: 1 hour.

The Exchange District BIZ and The Winnipeg Foundation partner to present a new walking tour that examines our community’s philanthropic roots, exploring stories of the people who helped shape our city. Learn about Winnipeg’s first humane society started by a renowned opera singer, the fierce Métis woman who was the driving force behind what is now the Health Sciences Centre, and many more.

Death and Debauchery Tour

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 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 Architecture Tour

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.