St. Norbert

St. Norbert and its place in Manitoba’s history

St. Norbert lies just south of the Perimeter Highway, at the junction of the Red and La Salle rivers, sometimes referred to as Winnipeg’s “other forks.”

In 1869-1870, during the Red River Rebellion, Louis Riel ordered the construction of a barricade to the south of St. Norbert to prevent William McDougall, then lieutenant-governor of Rupert's Land, from entering and taking over the settlement on behalf of the Canadian government.

Father Noël Ritchot, a St. Norbert parish priest, was sent by Louis Riel to Ottawa to negotiate Manitoba's entry into Canadian Confederation. Following the success of his mission, Father Ritchot built the Chapelle Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours (Our Lady of Good Help chapel) in St. Norbert and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary for allowing the political crisis to be resolved without bloodshed.

A community that is true to its roots

The residents of St. Norbert are proud of their roots and invite you to visit historic sites such as "La Barrière,” a stone cross commemorating the spot where the Métis raised a barricade to keep back governor William McDougall in 1869, and the Notre-Dame-du-Bon-Secours chapel.

The beautiful St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park is also located at the forks of the La Salle and Red rivers. Follow the evolution of St. Norbert's francophone community and the way of life of the region’s pioneers as you visit the historic 19th century houses relocated to the park.

From June through October, the highly popular St. Norbert Farmers’ market offers you an array of local wares, including fresh produce, baked goods, preserves, crafts, and more. You’ll want to get there early for the best selection!

Finally, summer is the best time to visit the Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park, where you can sometimes see outdoor theatre performed in the ruins of the old Monastery. Enjoy a dramatic experience set against the stunning backdrop of a magnificent Manitoba sunset!

Tourisme Riel

219 Provencher Boulevard
St. Boniface, Manitoba R2H 0G4

Phone: 204-233-8343
Toll-free: 1-866-808-8338
Fax: 204-233-8360

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