St. Vital was established by francophone settlers in 1822 and was named by Archbishop Taché in 1860, in honour of his colleague, Father Vital-Justin Grandin.
This beautiful, historic area has undergone a wonderful transformation in recent years. Storefronts throughout the area boast window boxes full of flowers and a beautiful new archway provides access to the river walk and park. Stately elms line walking tour routes and informative plaques provide information about area attractions.
Riel House National Historic Site was Louis Riel's family home, where his descendants continued to live until 1969. It is here, in the living room of his mother's house, that Riel's body laid in state for two days in December 1885. The house itself, a Red River frame building (a style of construction popular for this region) has been restored to reflect the spring of 1886.
Location: The approximate boundaries are the Red River to the west, the Seine River to the east, Carriere Avenue to the north and the Rural Municipality of Ritchot to the south. Located 9.8 km from downtown and 17.6 km from the airport.
How to get there: From the airport, turn onto Wellington Avenue and turn right onto King Edward Street (Route 90). Keep left and take the ramp to Portage Avenue. Turn left onto Portage Avenue. After 3.2 km, turn right on Broadway. After 2.2 km, turn right on Main Street. Continue over the Norwood Bridge onto St. Mary’s into St. Vital.