St. Boniface

St. Boniface – The heart of Manitoba’s francophone community

Birthplace of Métis leader Louis Riel and French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy, St. Boniface is the capital of Manitoba’s francophone community!


Established during the fur trade era, St. Boniface enjoys the most distinguished past of any Winnipeg community.  A walk in the heart of St. Boniface along Provencher Boulevard and Taché Street will take you past many signs and landmarks of the area’s illustrious history and unique architectural heritage. 

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Visit the majestic ruins of the St. Boniface Cathedral and the tomb of Louis Riel. Explore Gabrielle Roy’s childhood home at 375 Deschambault. Discover the former Grey Nuns' convent and Winnipeg’s oldest building, which now houses the St. Boniface Museum. From there, you can see the Université de Saint-Boniface, Western Canada’s oldest post-secondary educational institution.

An exciting blend of the old, the new and the future

The past is visible throughout St. Boniface, but the community’s real beauty lies in the exciting blend of the old, the new and the future.  The more modern side of St. Boniface, with its unique shops, interesting eateries and vibrant arts and entertainment scene, is also well worth checking out.

See a performance by the Cercle Molière in its theatre at the Centre culturel franco-manitobain. Cercle Molière is Canada’s oldest theatre company and is proud to showcase the talents of many Franco-Manitoban actors and authors. Go to La Maison des artistes, housed in the old St. Boniface City Hall, which showcases the works of many of Manitoba’s francophone visual artists. And if you’re passing through in February, don’t miss the Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada’s largest winter festival. He ho!

Tourisme Riel

219 Provencher Boulevard
St. Boniface, Manitoba R2H 0G4

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

Archbishop's House

Attractions & Historic Sites

Built under the guidance of Bishop Taché, the west wing of this residence (facing the Red River) stands as one of the oldest stone buildings remaining in Western Canada. Its mansard roof...

151 de la Cathedrale Ave., R2H 0H6
(204) 237-9851


Culinary Tourism

Fine international cuisine served in a Mediterranean ambiance. The wine selection is varied, with more than 120 bottles available. The evening menu is served after 5:00 p.m.

302 Hamel St., R2H 0K9
(204) 233-4841
Open year round

Centre culturel franco-manitobain, CCFM

Attractions & Historic Sites

A focal point for French cultural life in Winnipeg, the CCFM is home to many events and celebrations year round. It features an art gallery, restaurant and concert halls. The CCFM is a frequent host...

340 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G7
(204) 233-8972
Open year round

Centre du Patrimoine/Heritage Centre, SHSB

Attractions & Historic Sites , Shops & services

Established to preserve and promote Francophone history in Manitoba, the Heritage Centre contains the largest Franco-Manitoban archives in Manitoba. The Centre also features the most complete...

340 Provencher Blvd, R2H 0G7
(204) 233-4888
Open year round

Chocolatier Constance Popp

Culinary Tourism, Shops & services

Constance Popp is a premium artisan chocolatier, who just recently moved here in St. Boniface from downtown Winnipeg. Constance is fearless with her chocolates, always trying out new ideas. She...

180 Provencher Blvd
Winnipeg, MB
R2H 0G3
(204) 897-0689

Discover Old St. Boniface - Where it's Cool to Say Bonjour!

245$ per person plus tax (based on a double occupancy)Come to experience the French Quarter, home of the largest francophone community west of the Great Lakes. Visit St. Boniface, where the language...

205-219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4
Available year round (some attractions are seasonal)

Dwarf no Cachette Café & Gift

Culinary Tourism

This unique restaurant opened its door in 2014. Come enjoy something from their Japanese fusion menu. There is also a gift shop where you will find Japanese apparel and accessories, some of which...

157 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G2
(204) 691-9950
Open year round

Festival du Voyageur

Festivals & events

In addition to being Western Canada’s largest winter festival, Festival du Voyageur is also “The World’s Largest Kitchen Party”! This unique ten-day festival celebrates the...

204 237-7692
February, 2019

Folklorama - French-Canadian Pavilion

Festivals & events

From August 5 to 11, 2018! Winnipeg’s Folklorama is the largest and longest-running multicultural festival in the world! It lasts two full weeks and presents forty-plus pavilions that celebrate...

From August 5 to 11, 2018

Guided Walking Tour of Old St. Boniface

Attractions & Historic Sites , Outdoor Activities

Find out about the people, the buildings and events that have shaped today’s Old St. Boniface. Discover the unique architecture, atmosphere and charm of a vibrant community that reflects both...

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4
(204) 233-8343 or toll free:1 866 808-8338
From Victoria Day to Labour day or on request

In Riel’s Footsteps presented by Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum

Attractions & Historic Sites

In Riel’s Footsteps is a bilingual outdoor guided tour of the Saint-Boniface Cathedral’s cemetery, an interactive experience that makes learning about French-Canadian and Métis...

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum 494 avenue Taché Saint-Boniface, MB R2H 2B2

(204) 237-4500
Public programming: July and August 2018 Schedule: TBA Pricing: $12 (includes a daily pass of Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum) Family: $40

InFerno's Bistro

Culinary Tourism

An upbeat French Bistro with summer patio. Inspirational creative cuisine at a reasonable price.

312 Des Meurons St., R2H 2N5
(204) 262-7400
Open year round

Jolly Friar Café

Culinary Tourism

Casual full service dining at the Norwood Hotel. Daily specials, succulent steak & ribs, Saturday seafood buffet.

112 Marion St., R2H 0T1
(204) 233-4475
Open year round

La Boutique du livre

Shops & services

Bookstore selling local and imported French books, CDs, DVDs, videos, software, games and greeting cards. The staff, will gladly help you choose what's right for you.

129-B Marion street
Winnipeg, MB
R2H 0T4
(204) 237-3395 or TF: 1-888-712-8389
Open year round

La Maison des artistes visuels francophones

Attractions & Historic Sites

Discover our local fine artists!The old City Hall building turned Art Gallery displays the works of Francophone visual artists. The gallery shows the drawings, paintings, sculptures, photography and...

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4
(204) 237-5964
Open year round

La Vérendrye Bowling Lanes

Shops & services

A well-established 16 lane 10-pin bowling center with Pro Shop operated by 2005 Amateur World Champion Mike Schmidt. Fully licensed premises with a snack bar. Prices range from $2.75 to 3.90 for a...

614 Des Meurons St., R2H 2P9
(204) 237-4137
Open year round

La Vérendrye Park and La Vérendrye Monument

Outdoor Activities

One of the great Canadian explorers, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes de la Vérendrye, established Fort Rouge in 1738, the first outpost at the site that would later become Winnipeg. The La V...

Lagimodière-Gaboury Park

Outdoor Activities

Located on land given to Jean-Baptiste Lagimodière by Lord Selkirk, the park is located at the site of the first Francophone settlement in Western Canada. Lagimodière was given the land...

Le Croissant

Culinary Tourism

Fresh bread, pastries, pâté, quiche Lorraine, etc. The new owners of Le Croissant have come from Alsace in France to offer a full line of traditional French products and do so in a...

276 Taché Ave., R2H 1Z9
(204) 237-3536
Open year round

Le Garage Café

Culinary Tourism

Newly renovated restaurant. Live music.

166 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3
(204) 237-0737
Open year round

Le Musée de Saint-Boniface Museum and Gift shop.

Attractions & Historic Sites , Shops & services

  Housed in a former convent of the Grey Nuns, this museum features artifacts and displays about French-Canadian and Métis history in Western Canada. The building itself is of historical...

494 Taché Ave., R2H 2B2
(204) 237-4500
Open year round

Le Resto Gare

Culinary Tourism

Formerly the old train station of St. Boniface, this Winnipeg landmark was the arrival point in Manitoba for many immigrants, and remained a busy centre of the community until its closure in the...

630 Des Meurons St., R2H 2P9
(204) 237-7072
Open year round

Librairie à la Page

Shops & services

Bookstore selling French books, CDs and DVDs.

200 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3
(204) 233-7223
Open year round

Maison Gabrielle-Roy House and the 'Au bonheur d'occasion' Gift Shop

Attractions & Historic Sites

This two-and-one-half storey gable framed house was the family home of world-renowned Franco-Manitoban author Gabrielle Roy. The house was built in 1905 and served as the setting for several of her...

375 Deschambault St., R2H 3B4
(204) 231-3853
Open year round

Norwood Hotel

A well-known St. Boniface institution, the Norwood offers a complete range of services: licensed premises, restaurant and meeting rooms. Their popular seafood buffet is served every Saturday.

112 Marion St., R2H 0T1
(204) 233-4475 or 1-888-888-1878
Open year round

Precious Blood Parish

Attractions & Historic Sites

The remarkable spiral design of this major work by Franco-Manitoban architect Étienne Gaboury makes the church a remarkable sight to behold. The shape of the roof is intended to represent the...

200 Kenny street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R2H 2E4
(204) 233-2874
Open year round

Promenade Café and Wine

Culinary Tourism

Promenade Café and Wine serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the French Quarter overlooking the Esplanade Riel and the Red River. Local, homemade comfort food and All Day Delicious! French...

130-C Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3
Open year round

Provencher Park

Outdoor Activities

Featuring many century old oak trees, this park is situated on the south side of Provencher Blvd. It was the site of the original St. Boniface College which was almost completely destroyed by...

Saint-Boniface Passport

Visit Old St. Boniface, St. Vital and St. Norbert. The Passport will help you discover the treasures of the Riel District, Winnipeg's French Quarters.Adult : $25Child (6-17 year) : $17Senior (60...

1 866 808-8338
(204) 233-8343

Seine River Café

Culinary Tourism

Family restaurant

390-A Provencher Blvd., R2H 0H1
(204) 237-4864
Open year round

Seine River Trail (1.25 km)

Outdoor Activities

Starting from Lagimodière-Gaboury Park, this beautiful nature trail follows the winding Seine River through Old St. Boniface to the Red River. Here, just five minutes from downtown, you can...

St. Boniface Cathedral

Attractions & Historic Sites

The current cathedral is actually the fifth built on this site since 1818. The 1908 structure, which preceded the current building, was a splendid basilica that was destroyed by fire in 1968. The new...

190 de la Cathédrale Ave., R2H 0H7
(204) 233-7304
Open year round

St. Boniface Historic Tour

Attractions & Historic Sites

Discover the places and landmark who contributed to the French-Canadian and Metis community raise in Western Canada and their stories. Once considered the gate to Western Canada, St...

St. Boniface Post Office

Shops & services

The St. Boniface Post Office shares the same New Empire styling and construction as the nearby St. Boniface City Hall and Fire Hall. It is still a working post office, and offers bilingual services.

208 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G3
(204) 987-5111
Open year round

The Old St. Boniface Trail (9 km)

Outdoor Activities

Walk the Old St. Boniface Trail and discover the many hidden pearls of this historic quarter. Follow the Trail (part of the Trans-Canada Trail), to the Forks and view Old St. Boniface from the other...

Tourism Information Center - Main office

Tourisme Riel runs a year-round information center at 219 Provencher Blvd in St. Boniface (in the old St. Boniface City Hall).  Tourism Counsellors can assist in planning your visit, offering...

219 Provencher Blvd., R2H 0G4

University of St. Boniface

Attractions & Historic Sites

This university is the oldest post-secondary educational institution in Western Canada. The sculpture of Louis Riel by Franco-Manitoban sculptor Marcien Lemay, located outside on the building's East...

200 de la Cathédrale Ave., R2H 0H7
(204) 233-0210
Open year round

Wayne Arthur Gallery

Wayne Arthur Gallery showcases some of the best Manitoban artists in several media. These include painting, sculpture, print-making, mixed media, pottery, jewellery, glass and photography. To learn...

186 Provencher Blvd.
(204) 477-5249

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