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Downtown Winnipeg

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Coordinates: 49°53′42″N 97°08′17″W / 49895°N 97138°W / 49895; -97138

Downtown Winnipeg seen from Above Portage Ave Downtown Winnipeg

Downtown Winnipeg is centred on Portage Avenue and Main Street, and is bounded by the Assiniboine River on the south, Colony and Balmoral Streets on the west, Notre Dame Avenue, Princess Street, and Logan Avenue on the north, and the Red River on the east It includes the Exchange District, Central Park, The Forks, and Winnipeg's Chinatown The downtown area is roughly three square kilometres Portage Avenue is the city's busiest thoroughfare Winnipeg Square, Bell MTS Place, Portage Place, and the flagship store of the Bay are all located on the downtown section of this street Most of the downtown is operated by the downtown Winnipeg biz, The ED and CEO of the Biz is Stefano Grande The biz offers a green team and a security team called the Watch

On Main Street are Winnipeg's City Hall, Union Station, and the Manitoba Centennial Centre, which includes the Manitoba Museum, the Planetarium, the Centennial Concert Hall and the Winnipeg Railway Museum Although over 60,000 people work downtown, only 13,470 people actually live in the Downtown area

There are several residential projects under construction on Waterfront Drive and in the Exchange District, and the residential population of the area is projected to increase substantially in the next few years


  • 1 Downtown districts
    • 11 Waterfront District
    • 12 Central Park
    • 13 Exchange District
    • 14 Broadway-Assiniboine
    • 15 The Forks
    • 16 South Portage
    • 17 Chinatown
  • 2 Winnipeg Walkway System
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Downtown districts

The Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-Law defines the boundaries of the Downtown planning area, and several sectors within it The downtown census area is slightly smaller, omitting a three-block extension at the north edge There is also a significantly larger Downtown community area, used for Community Social Data Strategy for Winnipeg

Waterfront District

Winnipeg's Waterfront district condominiums

The Waterfront District is a newly emerging district located in the northeast corner of downtown Winnipeg The area runs along the west bank of the Red River along the recently built Waterfront Drive and features Stephen Juba Park

The Waterfront district has been undergoing a construction boom since 2005

Sunstone Boutique Hotels has an $11-million plan to build a three-storey, 67-room boutique hotel on what is now a gravel parking lot, along with a new casual-dining restaurant in the one-storey brick former Harbourmaster's building The plans also involve construction of a public plaza area at the south end of the property

Central Park

Main article: Central Park Winnipeg

Central Park is one of Winnipeg's most densely populated neighbourhoods with 13,755 people per square km according to Statistics Canada's 2001 Census 70 per cent of all refugees coming to Winnipeg live downtown, in and around the Central Park area Central Park includes many different ethnicities including Arabs, Vietnamese, Chinese, Ojibway, Filipinos, and African more than half being African

With the increase in the African population, Central Park has been transforming in recent years It is now the home to the 'Central Market', with more markets planned to come Many of the markets will sell handmade fashion and imported African crafts

During warm Saturday nights, live entertainment fills the air, residents enjoy free Sunday movie screenings to enjoy an evening outdoors The Knox Centre at Knox United Church presents international films in various languages - with English subtitles - every Thursday evening

Exchange District

Albert Street, in the Exchange District Main article: Exchange District

The Exchange District is a National Historic Site of Canada Just one block north of Canada's most famous intersection, Portage and Main, the Exchange District comprises twenty city blocks and approximately 150 heritage buildings, and it is known for its intact turn-of-the-century collection of warehouses, financial institutions, and early terra cotta clad skyscrapers

Winnipeg's theatre district is located on the east side of the Exchange District, home to the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and Centennial Concert Hall which houses the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Manitoba Opera The west side of the Exchange is home to Cinematheque, a small movie theatre located in the Artspace building on Albert Street

The Exchange District's Old Market Square annually hosts the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and the Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition Renovations to Old Market Square completed in 2012 added "The Cube", a new $15 million stage, with a skin made up of 20,000 aluminum links The stage contains a built-in lighting system, green room and two performance levels

The district is home to Red River College's Roblin Centre and Paterson Globalfoods Institute


Revolving restaurant from Assiniboine Riverwalk

Broadway-Assiniboine lies in the southern part of downtown on the north bank of the Assiniboine River The neighbourhood is one of the more densely populated in Winnipeg, with 14,895 people per square kilometre It features many notable landmarks such as the Hotel Fort Garry and the Manitoba Legislative Building Broadway-Assiniboine features the "Assiniboine Riverwalk" and is home to many notable restaurants

The population of Broadway-Assiniboine was 5,080 as of the 2006 Census The most common transportation method of the people in South Portage is walking, with 411%, more than six and a half times higher than the overall 62% for Winnipeg The average employment income for the area is just $28,818, which is lower than Winnipeg's average employment income of $33,518

The Forks

The Forks, Winnipeg Main article: The Forks, Winnipeg

The Forks is a national historic, recreational, cultural and entertainment area site located in downtown Winnipeg where the Assiniboine and Red Rivers meet

South Portage

Downtown Winnipeg in the South Portage district

South Portage is the group of blocks located between Portage Avenue, Main Street, Broadway and Memorial Boulevard

The population of South Portage was 1,860 as of the 2006 Census The most common transportation method of the people in South Portage is walking, with 344%, more than five times higher than the overall 62% for Winnipeg The average employment income for the area is just $24,856, which is lower than Winnipeg's average employment income of $33,518

South Portage is the home of the main branch of the Winnipeg Public Library system, the four-storey Millennium Library The area also boasts the Winnipeg Convention Centre which features 160,000 square feet 15,000 m2 of meeting, exhibition and banquet space Opened in 2004, Winnipeg's MTS Centre is located just south of Portage Avenue and is home to the Winnipeg Jets The area also features the Law Courts, cityplace mall and VJ's Drive Inn There are numerous office buildings and hotels in this area, including some of Winnipeg's tallest buildings

Winnipeg's public transit hub is located on the Graham Avenue Transit Mall, as many bus routes converge there


Winnipeg's Chinatown Main article: Chinatown, Winnipeg

Formed in 1909, the area is home to many shops and restaurants including Asian grocery stores and an herbal products store

Winnipeg's Chinatown covers 01 square kilometres 0039 sq mi northwest of City Hall and is home to about 600 people, of whom 90% are in the Chinese visible minority group 405% of the area's residents speak neither English nor French as compared to 1% of Winnipeg as a whole, while 711% of residents speak some variant of Chinese including Cantonese, Mandarin and Chinese not otherwise specified

Winnipeg Walkway System

A section of the Winnipeg Walkway over Portage Avenue, with the LEED-platinum-certified Hydro Building in the background Main article: Winnipeg Walkway

The Winnipeg Walkway System, popularly known as the Winnipeg Skywalk, is a network of pedestrian skyways and tunnels connecting a significant portion of the city centre

See also

  • List of tallest buildings in Winnipeg


  1. ^ "Residential Development Strategy" PDF The City of Winnipeg 2011 
  2. ^ "UD : 2001 Census" Winnipegca Retrieved 2011-01-26 
  3. ^ 2006 Census data
  4. ^ a b McNeill, Murray 4 July 2011 "Waterfront set for leap forward" Winnipeg Free Press Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  5. ^ "HARBOUR MASTER HOTEL LANDSCAPE CONCEPT PLAN" February 2011 Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  6. ^ "Historic Exchange" Retrieved 20 August 2012 
  7. ^ "The Exchange District A National Historic Site Heritage Interpretation Strategy" PDF The Exchange District Heritage Partnership July 1999 p 12 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  8. ^ "Theatres" The Exchange District Archived from the original on 24 February 2013 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  9. ^ "Cinematheque" Cinematheque Archived from the original on 21 September 2012 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  10. ^ a b "Old Market Square" Winnipeg Downtown Places 19 June 2010 Retrieved 20 August 2012 
  11. ^ "The Roblin Centre" Red River College Archived from the original on 2 November 2012 Retrieved 21 September 2012 
  12. ^ McNabb, Lauren 27 April 2012 "Breathing new life into historic Exchange District building" Global Winnipeg Retrieved 12 September 2012 
  13. ^ a b c d "2006 Census Data Broadway-Assiniboine" PDF City of Winnipeg Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  14. ^ a b c "2006 Census Data South Portage" PDF City of Winnipeg Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  15. ^ "Winnipeg Millennium Library" LM Architectural Group Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  16. ^ "Winnipeg Convention Centre" Winnipeg Convention Centre Archived from the original on 29 October 2012 Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  17. ^ "MTS Centre / True North Arena" MTS Centre Archived from the original on 17 June 2012 Retrieved 16 October 2012 
  18. ^ a b http://wwwtourismwinnipegcom/visitors/neighbourhoods/chinatown
  19. ^ a b "2006 Census Data China Town" PDF 2006 Census Data City of Winnipeg Retrieved 11 October 2012 
  20. ^ "INDOOR WALKWAYS" Downtown Winnipeg Biz Archived from the original on 31 December 2008 Retrieved 10 August 2012 


  • Downtown Winnipeg Zoning By-law No 100/2004

External links

  • City of Winnipeg Site
  • CentreVenture Site
  • Downtown Winnipeg Plan 1969
  • Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Site

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