St-Boniface Basilica


Though the basilica was mostly destroyed by fire in 1968, the original white-stone facade still stands as a 100-year, imposing reminder of the building that once stood here. A new structure was rebuilt on the ruins and Manitoba founder Louis Riel rests in a modest grave in the cemetery.

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1. St-Boniface Museum

0.13 MILES

A mid-19th-century convent is Winnipeg's oldest building and the largest oak-log construction on the continent. The museum inside focuses on the…

2. Manitoba Children's Museum

0.27 MILES

Kids learn by doing at Manitoba Children's Museum, where 'hands off' is not part of the program. The colorful, high-tech, interactive exhibits encourage…

3. Forks National Historic Site

0.27 MILES

In a beautiful riverside setting, modern amenities for performances and interpretive exhibits in this park outline the area's history as the meeting place…

4. Canadian Museum for Human Rights

0.41 MILES

Housed in a stunning contemporary building designed by American architect Antoine Predock, this terrific museum explores human rights issues as they…

5. Winnipeg Railway Museum

0.46 MILES

Winnipeg's imposing and underused Union Station (opened in 1911 and designed by the same firm that did New York's Grand Central Terminal) houses a…

7. Fort Gibraltar

0.66 MILES

Behind wooden walls sits this recreated fur-trade fort. Along with inspired interpreters, the genuine clothes, tools, furs, bunks, and bannock and…

8. Manitoba Museum

0.98 MILES

Nature trips through the subarctic, history trips into 1920s Winnipeg, cultural journeys covering the past 12,000 years – if it happened in Manitoba, it's…