This circle route winds through the woodsy neighbourhood of Wildwood Park and down a country lane that intersects the Wildewood Golf Course. Off season, you are welcome to walk across the golf course greens and along the Red River dike.
Begin on the pedestrian walkway that runs east and then south through the neighbourhood’s central strip of parkland.
some history -
In 1946, Wildwood Park was the first residential ‘garden suburb’ on the Prairies. The development was intended to meet the housing shortage after World War II, and the basic design was based on a highly celebrated development in Radburn, New Jersey. It’s interesting that what began as a low cost housing experiment has turned into some very pricey and desirable real estate. Wildwood Park remains today the most unique housing development in the city.
All the homes in this 87 acre development face onto greenspace that is heavily treed and laced with pedestrian walkways. There are no streets running through the neighbourhood, just service lanes circling its periphery and behind the houses. The lanes form ten residential bays, identified alphabetically from A through J. Wildwood originally contained 281 houses with only five different floor plans available. The development proved so popular over the years, that most of these modest cottages have been transformed beyond recognition.
The park is filled with mature elms, ash and oak trees. Gardens are creatively landscaped. As you walk through the park there are many paths running east and west that you may wish to explore.
Once through the park and out on to South Drive, St. John’s Ravenscourt School is to your right. Through the trees of the Ravenscourt grounds, you can glimpse the rooftop of a Victorian mansion with a sad and romantic past. Colonel R.M. Thompson hired architect Cyril Chivers to design this house and had it built for his new bride. Before they could move in, he was called away to serve in World War I, where he died in battle. His distraught young widow refused to move into the house after that, and it remained empty for almost 20 years. With its aura of mystery, the mansion soon became a mini tourist attraction, and its private lane made a popular Sunday drive for Winnipeggers. The house is now used as a residence for St. John’s Ravenscourt students.
NOTE - All winter walks may be subject to cancellation due to high windchill factors or other extreme weather conditions. Please check back at this site on the morning of the event.