Our route follows the Churchill Parkway past Wpg's famous BDI, crosses the old Elm Park Bridge for a loop around Kingston Crescent and return.
hike distance - 8 km
This event is open to Prairie Pathfinder walking club members (i.e. members who have paid an annual $25. fee). 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.
The Churchill Parkway - runs along the west bank of the Red River all the way from the Norwood Bridge down a long narrow strip of green space called Churchill Drive Park to Cockburn Street - a distance of 8 km. We'll explore the south half of the parkway beginning at the Riverview Community Gardens and heading south to the Elm Park foot bridge.
some history -
Until the second World War, most of the Riverview area was taken up with the River Park carnival and exhibition grounds. For Winnipeggers this was the just the place for a day’s outing. The privately owned River Park had a great assortment of attractions including a zoo with lions and tigers, a miniature train, and a roller coaster.
Going back even earlier to the 1890s, you read about pleasure seekers riding a ferry across the Red River to the Elm Park fair grounds or Kingston Crescent as it is now called. Here the many amusements included a hike through an enchanted forest. It was obviously an enlightened age because by all reports the walk through towering elms was every bit as popular as any other carnival attraction.
The Bridge Drive Inn or BDI as it’s commonly know, is a Winnipeg institution and most summer days will see it packed with loyal customers. Nearby the picturesque old Elm Park bridge, now open to foot traffic only, beckons you to cross the river to beautiful tree-lined Kingston Crescent.
Riverview Community Gardens - This fertile land has a long history of producing a bounty of vegetables. For years the adjacent municipal hospitals had huge gardens and greenhouses here and brought in inmates from Headingley penitentiary every day to plant and weed. In the 1970s the hospitals were sold to the province and the gardens leased to the Riverview Community Garden society. This is some of the richest soil in the city. Be sure to check out the crops!