Our route crosses the Assiniboine River twice and takes you through two very different neighbourhoods. Wellington Crescent has the highest concentration of grand mansions in the city and a lovely boulevard pathway whereas the Wolseley area is generally viewed as Winnipeg’s ‘granola belt’. In the last decade, many young families have moved to the area, attracted by its strong sense of community, Laura Secord School, and handsome older houses.
hike length - 6 km
This event is open to Prairie Pathfinder walking club members (i.e. members who have paid an annual $25. fee) and guests. CONTACT US to request a complimentary invitation and try out the club 'for free'. Everyone is welcome to try out a hike or two before deciding to purchase a membership. Visit our website HERE.
some history -
At the end of Raglan Road (1339 Wolseley Avenue), you'll see a river property with an old house (Pioneer Lodge) now being massively refurbished and doubled in size. It was built by Frederick Salter around 1880. A skilled gardener, Salter owned the two lots east of Omands Creek and kept 26 greenhouses which supplied the C.P.R. trains from Montreal to Vancouver. Raglan Road was originally his private lane until the Wolseley area was subdivided in 1910.
Not that long ago, Wellington Crescent was just an Indian trail following the curves of the river. There was no settlement until the mid 1880s, and locals referred to this part of town as ‘the Bush’. In 1893 it was named for lawyer Arthur Wellington Ross who had purchased land in the area.
1015 Wellington Crescent (often referred to as the Eaton mansion) was designed by Arther Cubbidge in the mock Tudor style. Cubbidge was a British architect responsible for a number of massive houses in the city.
On Wolseley Avenue between Chestnut and Canora, there are four distinctive brick houses on riverlot properties. The corner house (838 Wolseley) is one of only a handful of residences to have heritage building designation. Its back porches are particularly impressive and were built to signify the status of the owner to his Wellington Crescent neighbours across the river.