St. Norbert is a bilingual community located just outside the perimeter. The original inhabitants of this area were First Nations peoples who were drawn to its abundance of hunting and fishing. The Pembina Trail ran through St. Norbert, delivering travelers from Upper Fort Garry (now downtown Winnipeg) to the primary southern outpost of the Hudson's Bay Company. Today, this community of over 5,000 residents is home to Winnipeg's largest and most popular farmers’ market in the summer, drawing in people from all over the city. It is also home to the Trappist monastery—now an arts and cultural centre—and St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park.
Top Places to Shop and Eat
- Simple, house-made comfort food, including soups, sandwiches, quesadillas and classic breakfast dishes are served at St. Norbert Hotel’s daytime café, Nobside Café. 3540 Pembina Highway, (204) 269-1290.
- From June to the end of October, pick up farm fresh eggs and produce, baked goods and meats at Le Marche St. Norbert Farmers' Market Manitoba’s largest farmers’ market attracts thousands of visitors every Saturday. While here, grab a succulent pulled pork sandwich and freshly squeezed lemonade to go. 3514 Pembina Highway (next to the St. Norbert Community Centre), (204) 275-8349.
Top Things to See and Do
- A designated Manitoba Provincial Heritage Site, the tiny, open-air Chapel of our Lady of Good Help (la Chapelle de Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours) was established in 1875. The chapel was built for Father Noel-Joseph Ritchot as a symbol of gratitude for protection during the Red River Rebellion in 1869-1870. Located across from St. Norbert Parish, 112-80 St. Pierre Street.
- Immerse yourself in Métis family life in the late 1870s at St. Norbert Provincial Park. Here, you’ll find the restored and furnished Turenne and Bohemier houses, representing the post-1870s era, along with the Delorme and Henderson homes, both still in their original state. Explore the grounds with the one kilometre self-guided trail that leads to the scenic junction of the Red and LaSalle rivers. 40 Turnbull Drive, (204) 945-4236 (in season) or (204) 945-4375 (in off-season).
- The Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park is home to the ruins of a former Trappist Monastery and its guest house, where the St. Norbert Arts Centre resides. The arts centre features space for visual art, music, theatre and dance presentations, along with guest rooms and studio facilities to accommodate artists. Historical information on this site and interpretive tours are available to visitors. 100 Rue des Ruines du Monastere, (204) 269-0564.
- Live entertainment, erotic bingo (yes, erotic bingo) and good times are fundamental at The Nob Bar, located at St. Norbert Hotel. Enjoy drinks, big screen TVs and laughs with friends at this local hang out. 3540 Pembina Highway, (204) 269-1290.
- Tummies aren’t the only thing satisfied at Le Marche St. Norbert Farmers' Market. Shopaholics celebrate the unique jewellery, home and garden décor, handbags, artwork and pet products that line the aisles. 3514 Pembina Highway (next to the St. Norbert Community Centre), (204) 275-8349.
- Walk, cross-country ski, cycle or canoe over the 30 kilometres that make up the St. Norbert Heritage Trails. Along these trails witness the site where Louis Riel and Father Noël Ritchot launched the Resistance of 1869-70, which led to the terms under which Manitoba entered into Confederation.