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Top 10 Francophone Tourist Attractions

1.     ST. BONIFACE CATHEDRAL

One of St. Boniface’s most striking landmarks, the St. Boniface Cathedral attracts thousands of visitors each year, and for good reason! Discover the unique architecture of the present-day Cathedral, built inside the ruins of the oldest basilica in Western Canada.

Stroll through the Cathedral cemetery and stop at the tomb of Louis Riel, the celebrated Métis leader and “founding father” of Manitoba. In the summer, enjoy a performance by the Theatre in the Cemetery, where important Franco-Manitoban historical figures are brought to life before your very eyes!

2.     MAISON GABRIELLE ROY HOUSE

Visit the house that inspired the works penned by French-speaking Manitoba's most famous writer, Gabrielle Roy.

Maison Gabrielle Roy House, located at 375 Deschambault Street, was the birthplace of the world-renowned French-Canadian author and her home for 28 years. The house features prominently in several of her works, including the biographical novel Rue Deschambault (translated into English as Street of Riches). The residence has been restored to its original state and is now a museum where visitors can explore the early life of Gabrielle Roy. While there, make sure to check out the attic!

3.     ST. BONIFACE MUSEUM

Housed in the former convent of the Grey Nuns, the St. Boniface Museum lays claim as Winnipeg’s oldest building and is the largest remaining traditional oak log structure in North America.

Built by the nuns from 1846 to 1851, the Museum boasts an impressive collection of artifacts representing the life and culture of Manitoba’s francophone and Métis communities, and includes a special exhibit on Louis Riel.

4.     FORT GIBRALTAR

Take a step back in time and experience the life of Voyageurs during the fur trade era!

Fort Gibraltar is a reproduction of the original fort built by the Northwest Company in 1809-1810. It played a key role in the legendary rivalry and struggle between the two giants of the fur trade: the Northwest and Hudson's Bay companies. During the summer months, why not take a guided tour of the site with interpreters dressed in period costumes (May 20 to August 31st)? Fort Gibraltar is also open in February during the Festival du Voyageur, Western Canada's largest winter festival.

5.     RIEL HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE (Parks Canada)

The family home of Louis Riel welcomes you!

Riel House is a national historic site that pays tribute to the famous Métis leader. It is been restored and furnished as it was in 1886, six months after the death of Louis Riel. Learn more about the life and achievements of Manitoba’s “founding father” and his family in this house where his body lay in state following his execution for his role in the Northwest Rebellion.

6.     ST. NORBERT HERITAGE PROVINCIAL PARK

The St. Norbert Heritage Provincial Park lies at Winnipeg’s other "forks," where the La Salle River flows into the Red River. Follow the evolution of St. Norbert’s francophone community and the life of the region’s pioneers as you tour the park and its historic 19th?century homes.

7.     ST. GEORGES MUSEUM

A little piece of heaven located 150 km north-east of Winnipeg, the francophone community of St. Georges invites you to come and discover its museum, which explores the 19th?century settlement history of the region at the mouth of Lake Winnipeg and houses an impressive collection of antiques and artifacts.

A visit to the museum is also an opportunity to take in the region’s spectacular scenery!

8.     MANITOBA DAIRY MUSEUM/ ST. CLAUDE GAOL MUSEUM

Learn how the dairy industry has evolved over the years at the Manitoba Dairy Museum in St. Claude, in the province’s southwest region. Imagine you are a pioneer and see how cream and butter were made at the turn of the last century. The museum site also includes the town’s old train station, a chapel and the Bell School Museum, depicting a one-room schoolhouse from pioneer days.

Next, head over to the St. Claude Gaol Museum and see what a typical country lock-up looked like in the early 20th century. Don’t forget to have your picture taken behind bars!

9.     ST. JOSEPH MUSEUM

A village within a village… there’s no better way to describe the St. Joseph Museum!

The museum is actually a small village that features a number of restored buildings, including houses, a school, a stable, a metal forge and a general store. It also has one of Western Canada's largest collections of vintage tractors. See firsthand how early pioneer farmers lived and worked over a century ago.

 

10.    RED RIVER VALLEY FLOOD INTERPRETIVE CENTRE

On April 30, 1997, the village of Ste. Agathe was hit by the biggest flood seen in the Red River basin in over a century. The little town quickly came to symbolize the devastating effects of the floods that have been a constant feature of life in the Red River Valley. It seems only appropriate that Ste. Agathe is now the site of the Red River Valley Flood Interpretive Centre, built to help the wider public better understand the devastating effects of flooding and to highlight the courage of the victims.

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