Bonjour mon ami! Enjoy a trek over the spectacular Esplanade Riel Pedestrian Bridge across from The Forks and you’ll find yourself in St. Boniface, founded in 1818 by Bishop Provencher for the colony’s French and Métis residents, and is also the birthplace of Louis Riel, the Métis leader who brought on the creation of the province of Manitoba.
Now, it is home to one of the largest francophone communities west of the Great Lakes, and is known as the heart of Manitoba's French history and culture. The neighbourhood is positively brimming with culture, like with their 10-day winter festival, Festival du Voyageur, which fills the city with snow sculptures, invites everyone to experience the French heritage of their fur-trading past, and becomes a nightly party filled with music and fabulous fashion.
St. Boniface is truly reflective of its French heritage. While here, you can stroll along le boulevard Provencher and peek in at boutiques and quaint cafés along the way. You can enjoy walking tours and view more than 35 designated historical sites in this culturally rich area, while ending the day with some scrumptious French pastries.
To learn more about the passion & histoire of this neighbourhood, click here.