Saint-Boniface – Francophone Capital of Western Canada
Dates available upon request
Winnipeg is home to the largest French community west of the great lakes. This tour takes you across the river into the French Quarter, where the history, language, folklore and traditions of the French-Canadian settlers live on. Spend the day discovering the «joie de vivre» (love of life) of this historic and vibrant community, just minutes from downtown Winnipeg.
Start the tour with the viewing of a 40-minute film that expertly tells of 200 years of history.
Next, visit Saint-Boniface Basilica, one of the most photographed churches. Enter the ruins of the old basilica, destroyed by fire in 1968, and see how the remnants of the basilica have been integrated into the new church.
Afterwards, enjoy a guided tour of St. Boniface Museum, the oldest building in Western Canada and formerly the Grey Nuns Convent.
A traditional French Canadian lunch at one of the areas fine restaurants or at Fort Gibraltar (depending on numbers and dates).
Finish off the afternoon at Fort Gibraltar, a replica of the original fur trade fort, where costumed interpreters tell of the lives of the voyageurs during the fur trade era and learn how it contributed to the development of our province. Try your hand at hatchet throwing or bannock baking.
Lots of surprises and ‘joie de vivre’ await you on this interesting tour.