Historic Walking Tours

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

Our walking tour program is currently closed. Please check back when we re-open in early May. In the meantime, explore the Exchange District with our new set of self-guided audio tours, available here

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!

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 5 pm, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, by appointment. We meet at the front entrance of 492 Main Street.

New Covid-19 Safety Precautions
• To ensure the safety of guides and guests, we are capping tours at ten participants.
• Masks are required- please bring your own.
• 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 and we are not able to provide washroom access.

Exchange District Walking Tour

Tour Length: 1.5 hours. Shorter tours available upon request

Walk the cobblestone streets to experience the vibrant and bustling history of the Exchange District. We share dynamic stories of the people whose lives shaped Winnipeg to become a thriving commercial hub in the early 20th century.

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.

Our historic walking tour connects the human stories to the inspiring streets and architecture of the Exchange District.

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.

East Exchange Tour

Tour Length: 1 hour

Explore the vibrant, bustling history and stunning architecture of the East Exchange. Turn-of-the-century banks, the Grain Exchange, and the new development on Waterfront Drive are just some of the highlights of the East tour. Visit Hell’s Valley and learn how the Winnipeg General Strike shaped the labour movement in Canada for generations to come.

West Exchange Tour

Tour Length: 1 hour

Explore the rich cultural history and architectural craftsmanship steeped in the West side of the Exchange District. Learn about Newspaper Row, high class hotels, the first car dealership in Western Canada, and much more!