Canadian Museum for Human Rights

by • August 26, 2014 • #ExploreMB, Cultural Immersion, Historic Places, WinnipegComments (12)28469

Top 10 Manitoba architectural icons

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights has made a striking impact on Winnipeg’s skyline. Designed by Antoine Predock, this impressive building’s concept was inspired by Canadian landscapes and features imagery of tree roots and out-stretched wings. Simply put, the museum is an unparalleled architectural achievement. Here’s our list of ten other architectural icons from around the province.

1. Manitoba Legislative Building

Manitoba Legislative Building

450 Broadway, Winnipeg

This Beaux-Arts Classical-style building cleverly hides in plain sight occult clues, hieroglyphic inscriptions and numerological codes. Find out what it all means during the Hermetic Code Tour, offered every Wednesday until October.

2. Union Bank Tower (Red River College Paterson GlobalFoods Institute)

Union Bank Tower, Red River College in Winnipeg Manitoba

504 Main Street, Winnipeg

Western Canada’s oldest surviving skyscraper is an excellent example of the Chicago Style common in Winnipeg’s Exchange District. Take a self-guided walking tour of the building and enjoy urban upscale dining at Jane’s, run by the college’s students and chefs.

3. St. Boniface Cathedral

St. Boniface Cathedral

190, avenue de la Cathédrale, Winnipeg

A church has existed at this location since 1818. The current cathedral was erected in 1972, built within the ruins of the 1908 structure. Take a guided tour, or follow “In Riel’s Footsteps” a theatrical experience that brings history to life in the cathedral’s cemetery.

4. Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site

Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site


Dating back to 1731 this huge stone fortress with star-shaped bastions was built by the Hudson’s Bay Company and is the oldest building in Manitoba. Take a guided tour to learn about the fort’s role in the French-English struggle for control of the fur trade.

5. St. Boniface Museum

St. Boniface Museum

494, avenue Taché, Winnipeg

Not only is this the oldest building in Winnipeg, dating back to 1844, it is the largest log structure in North America. Tour the museum’s collection of artifacts celebrating Manitoba’s Francophones and Métis communities.

6. Manitoba Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Building

Photo credit: Manitoba Hydro

360 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

This uber-energy efficient office building has been called the best office tower in North America. Loads of natural light, a geothermal system, solar chimney and winter gardens all contribute to the building’s ability to consume 65% less energy than typical office towers. Tours can be arranged.

7. Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception

Cooks Creek

68003 Cooks Creek Road, Cooks Creek

This multi-domed structure is one of the largest and most impressive of the “Prairie cathedral-style” Ukrainian churches in Manitoba. Take a tour of the complex, including grotto and cemetery, or check out their special events, including a Medieval Festival.

8. Inglis Grain Elevators National Historic Site

Inglis Grain Elevators National Historic Site


The Five Prairie Giants are the last remaining row of standard country grain elevators still standing. They represent one of the region’s most enduring architectural symbols.

9. Lower Fort Garry Farm National Historic Site

Photo credit: Robyn Hanson

15 min north of Winnipeg on PTH 9

While the fort itself is a beautiful restoration of a fur trading post, inside the walls the Farm Manager’s House is an excellent example of Red River Frame construction, popular in the colony in the 19th century. Check out the fort’s family friendly programming.

10. Esplanade Riel

Esplanade Riel

Photo credit: Khammy Phanthavong.

Between The Forks and St. Boniface, Winnipeg

This cable-stayed pedestrian bridge built in 2003 has become an identifying symbol for the city of Winnipeg. Named for the “Father of Manitoba”, Louis Riel, the 250-metre bridge crosses the Red River. Enjoy impressive views of the river, downtown Winnipeg, The Forks and St. Boniface from the bridge.

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12 Responses to Top 10 Manitoba architectural icons

  1. Alexis says:

    Thanks to those who pointed out that our photo for Union Bank Tower was wrong. It has been fixed. 🙂

  2. Sandy Lake, MB has three historical churches, two right in the village. The surrounding area has several country churches of historical and artistic/architectural value.

  3. Rob says:

    Didn’t anyone notice that #2 has the wrong picture? That is the Red River complex on Princess. The Union Bank Tower/Red River Global Foods Institute is at the corner of William & Main St.

  4. Garnie says:

    York Factory is constantly left off of these lists and could be called a birthplace of Canada. The history at York Factory cannot be rivaled by Prince of Wales or any other HBC fort or historical location. First HBC fort in North America and sight of the only Naval battle in Canada. Why do we not promote York factory?

  5. Patrick says:

    There’s a replica of the grotto of Lourdes in Ste. Rose du Lac, about half an hour from Dauphin. It’s used in the summer for the occasional outdoor Mass.

  6. kathryn kopciuk says:

    I have always thought that the Birks building and the Bank of Montreal at Portage and Main were outstanding pieces of architecture.

  7. Katie Epp says:

    The windmill at Steinbach Heritage Village

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