Tour of the Exchange District

This morning Nathan ands and I joined our local camera club on a tour of the Exchange District in downtown Winnipeg.  The Exchange District is the historic core of Winnipeg dating from when the City was one of the fastest growing in the world.  But that was many decades ago, today the Exchange District has a vibrant theatre and café culture in the centre of the business district of the city.

Old Market Square

Old Market Square

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Completed in 2010, the Cube is a concrete stage in the middle of the old market square.  The stage features a curtain comprised of chain mail.

The Cube, in the old market square

The Cube, in the old market square

The Red River forms the Eastern boundary of the Exchange District where you can find the Stephen Juba Park where the Selkirk Settlers are celebrated.  The Scots cleared from their lands in 1812 were helped by Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, to settle in the fertile Red River valley near present day Winnipeg.  There they planted a bushel and a half of wheat brought over from Scotland and established the first agricultural settlement in Manitoba.  Today, southern Manitoba, which sits at the northern edge of the great North American prairie, exports wheat and canola all over the world.

The Stephen Juba Park

The Stephen Juba Park

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