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

Former Trappist Monastery Guesthouse

Attractions & Historic Sites

In keeping with the Trappist tradition of hospitality, this former Trappist guesthouse was built in 1912 to provide comfortable lodging to visitors of the monastery. The guesthouse’s functional...

100 rue des Ruines
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3V 1L6
(204) 269-0564

La Barrière Park

Outdoor Activities

Located just west of the community of St. Norbert, the park is a great place for canoeing, fishing, hiking and biking.

4403 Waverley street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R0G 0A1
Open year round

Place Saint-Norbert

Outdoor Activities

At the site of the former orphanage (1905-1948), managed by the Misericordia Sisters, the Saint-Norbert Heritage Group gathered a former butcher shop, a log house, a Red River cart and the La Barri...

(204) 269-3229

St. Norbert Farmers’ Market

Attractions & Historic Sites , Festivals & events, Culinary Tourism, Outdoor Activities, Shops & services, Agritourism

Welcome to the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market, Manitoba’s largest open-air market! For 30 years, it has been offering consumers an array of produce, fresh-baked bread and honey. The market...

3514 Pembina Hwy., R3V 1A1
(204) 275-8349
End of May to mid-October

St. Norbert Heritage Trail

Outdoor Activities

Take in the best of St. Norbert’s heritage in one outing! This 30 km trail will thrill hikers, cyclists, amateur equestrians, kayakers and canoeists. Connected to the Trans-Canada Trail, the St...

St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park

Outdoor Activities

The park lies where the La Salle River flows into the Red River. On display are three 19th century log homes and exhibits illustrating the evolution of the community through Métis...

(204) 945-4236

Trans Canada Trail

Outdoor Activities

This nationwide trail runs through the main street of Somerset to the northwest perimeter.

307, 3rd Street, R0G 2L0
(204) 744-2171
Open year round

Trappist Monastery Provincial Heritage Park

Outdoor Activities

The Trappist Monastery was established in 1892 by five members of the Trappist Order from the Abbey of Bellefontaine, France. In 1978, the Trappists moved to a site near Holland, Manitoba, to protect...

PO BOX 175
St. Norbert, Manitoba
100 rue des Ruines St.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3V 1L6

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