A man walks across the street wearing distressed denim along with a tight black tee shirt that covers a third his full sleeve tattoos. He has a sharp haircut and black sunglasses. Under his arm is an environmentally friendly grocery bag. In it, is freshly picked rhubarb, which he is bringing to his friend’s house. Today, they will be making preserves with this rhubarb – a day of canning if you will – followed by a stroll along this charming neighbourhood’s historical, tree line streets to get a fresh loaf of organic spelt bread (whose grains were locally stone-milled no less) on which to spread their preserves.
This is Wolseley, a diverse neighbourhood where the cool kids, families, artsy types, and all round good people call home. It’s affectionately known as “The Granola Belt” of Winnipeg and it features one of the most intact pre-1930 residential areas in Canada. It’s pretty much the poster child of whimsical charm in Winnipeg.