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Over Under Sideways Down: Explore Winnipeg's Downtown!

This free, guided, two-hour walking tour starts at 9 AM near the Exchange District in the little park on Notre Dame across from the Burton Cummings Theatre.

Winnipeg has always had a complicated relationship with its downtown, and this will be a wonderful opportunity to explore both its past and more current history.

Exploring a small part of a fascinating urban centre as we loop through the downtown, we’ll see firsthand the impact of competing commercial interests on downtown street design and residential development.

We’ll visit two vibrant and revitalized urban parks, learn about some of Winnipeg’s early years, briefly stroll above the sidewalks inside Winnipeg’s maze of elevated walkways and finally, head underground at Portage and Main, the city’s most famous intersection.

In between, we’ll discover some stunning public art, see some beautiful architecture, visit buildings both old and new, and perhaps rediscover some of the gems that make this the ‘heart of the city”.

Local Winnipegger Rob Shaw will be your engaging host for this free, fun, and fabulous walking tour.

Note: While the walk is intended to be accessible to anyone with a reasonable fitness level, comfortable shoes are recommended, as we will be walking on sidewalks, occasionally up and down stairs, and even hopping into the occasional elevator.

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  • Rob S.

    Kudos to everyone who braved a really cold morning and a strong north wind to come on this walk - who'd have thought May would still have patches of snow on the ground? Wonderful to see you out and about, thanks for coming!

    May 5, 2014

  • Gail M.

    Excellent!! Great walk, lots of interesting buildings, art, sculptures, etc. to see as well as great explanations and documentation!! Good job Rob!

    May 5, 2014

  • Bryan E

    Thanks Rob , and everyone. Nice chatting with folks, exploring places I never realized were in front of me all the time. Great tour!

    May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Always a good time, even if the wind is cold! Thanks again, Rob!

    1 · May 3, 2014

  • ray

    I have driven by these places many, many times--but looking at them through a walking tour was really interesting. Thanks Rob

    May 3, 2014

  • Clarice O.

    Another great hike. Thanks Rob.

    May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I'm not feeling well and won't be able to make it. Hope you all have a great walk. Next time!

    May 3, 2014

  • Marie F.

    I really want to do this walk but it's the same day as Janes Walk so maybe next time!

    April 27, 2014

  • ray

    I really want to go on this walk ---but I will have to leave around 10:30 for another commitment.

    April 22, 2014

  • Carol C.

    Sounds great ~ wish I were free!

    April 22, 2014

  • Hilda L.

    I would have loved to come because I always love your walks but I will be away so can't make it this time.

    April 22, 2014

  • Rob S.

    This walk is part of the May 3/4 weekend's 'Jane's Walks' http://www.janeswalk.org/index.php/canada/winnipeg/

    And in particular, as homage to the wonderful Val Werier who sadly passed away April 21: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/big-talent-fought-for-the-little-guy-256126881.html

    April 22, 2014

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