Our route will circle the park and cross Corydon to follow a pathway adjacent to Assiniboine Forest and around the Tuxedo Golf course. This loop begins and ends at the English Gardens.
hike length - 6.5 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 - Assiniboine Park is what most of us grew up thinking of as a proper park - expansive lawns, wooded picnic sites, playgrounds, paved paths and plenty of trees. A zoo, conservatory, sculpture garden, and Tudor style pavilion complete the picture. As Winnipeg’s largest park (393 acres), this is often referred to as ‘City Park’.
The plan for Assiniboine Park, created in 1904, was based on the design of Frederick Law Olmsted - the father of landscape architecture in North America. The style is one that was used commonly throughout North America around the turn of the century and features curvilinear roadways, geometrical flower gardens, free form or serpentine ponds, and open meadows and lawns backed by borders of native plants. The curving paths and roadways were meant to provide relief from the grid pattern of urban streets.
The Conservatory provides plant lovers with a lush year round oasis. It features a Palm house with tropical trees and exotic plants, and a continuous display of flowering and foliage plants in a garden setting.
The Pavilion was designed to suggest the English countryside and has been a city landmark for nearly 100 years. Its refurbished interior now houses an art centre and an elegant glass enclosed restaurant.
Leo Mol Sculpture Garden -
Adjacent to the English gardens is the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden. Mol was a Winnipeg artist whose naturalistic sculptures are internationally renowned.