Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Winnipeg's St. Boniface, Western Canada's largest French speaking community

Even the stop signs in St. Boniface are in French and English. Sue Frause photo.

Winnipeg's St. Boniface is home to the largest French speaking community in Western Canada. Founded in 1818 by Bishop Joseph Norbert Provencher as the first Roman Catholic mission in the west, the Franco neighborhood is within walking distance of downtown Winnipeg and The Forks via the Esplanade Riel.

In the heart of Old St. Boniface, Winnipeg's French Quarter, is La Maison Gabrielle-Roy
Tucked away on sleepy Rue Deschambault, which gave name to renowned Canadian author Gabrielle Roy's more famous works (Street of Riches), the home has been restored and is now a year-round museum. You can also begin a walking tour of St. Boniface guided by the words of this celebrated author.

The Economic Development Council for Manitoba Bilingual Communities has produced its latest edition of the Joie de vivre tourism guide.
It's filled with information about Manitoba's Francophone communities in the City of Winnipeg (St. Boniface-St. Vital-St. Norbert), the bilingual communities in the south of the province and the Metis community of St. Laurent


Jasmina said...

Nice! I came to this blog via an e-mail you left us at cdem at cdem dot com.

There is certainly a lot of charming neighborhoods to be found in Winnipeg, least of which is Saint-Boniface... Come on by for the Festival du voyageur in February!

SUE FRAUSE said...

I would love to come to the Festival du voyageur one year -- I will put it on my list of "Things To Do Before I Die." Glad you found my blog. Best, Sue Frause

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