Winnipeg's Exchange District is one of the most iconic and vibrant neighbourhoods in Winnipeg. This National Historic Site features an exceptional collection of heritage buildings built between 1880 and 1920. Nicknamed the “Chicago of the North”, the Exchange features over 150 immaculate heritage buildings within 30-square-blocks.
These buildings and tree-lined streets, which were once warehouses and “terra cotta skyscapers” that housed financial institutions, have since become Winnipeg’s cultural hub, blanketed with restaurants, galleries, coffee shops, hip clothing, lifestyle and design stores. It’s also become the home to Winnipeg’s hip businesses including many graphic design and architecture firms, start-ups via Innovation Alley and photography studios, while above the streets many of these older building’s floors have been converted into stylish studio apartments where a lot of the city’s hip set has started to migrate.