hike distance - 7.5 km
This hike out to Winnipeg’s oldest neighbourhood will give us a chance to take in our city's newest pedestrian bridge. Scenic highlights include sweeping riverscapes of old St. Boniface while wending through Juba Park and on past the Alexander Dock.
some history -
From[masked], Point Douglas was the heart of river commerce. Steamboats brought settlers, supplies and construction materials from the United States, and floating department stores on flatbeds would arrive to deal directly with residents.
Points of interest -
The 600 foot Alexander Dock is the last remnant of commercial shipping on the Red.
Note the Scots Monument erected by the St. Andrews Society on the former site of Fort Douglas. It honours the 400 Selkirk Settlers who arrived between 1812 and 1814 to begin a farming community. Fields to the west, named Colony Gardens by the early settlers, were planted with vegetables and feed grain by the Hudson’s Bay Co. to sustain the settlers when they first arrived.
A landscaped gravel path, bordered by a heavy growth of prairie sage and cotton burdock, leads to Curtis Street and a lovely old frame house with a giant cottonwood in the yard. Most of the homes here are a pleasant surprise. This block is affectionately called “Artland” as many residents are in one way or another connected to the arts scene. Look for some unusual house decoration decisions and interesting sculptures.
This event is open to Prairie Pathfinder club members and guests. CONTACT US to request a complimentary invitation. Visit our website HERE.