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Downtown Winnipeg


The downtown area of Winnipeg is a pretty broad area. Winnipeg’s downtown is centered around the corner of Portage & Main, and includes the historic (early 1900s) Exchange District to the north, the neighbourhood of Wolseley, and The Forks National Historic Site (and market) to the south. The city recently completed a transit mall on Graham Avenue, to draw some traffic off Portage Avenue. The area is well served with the Health Sciences Centre at its northwest edge.

The Exchange District today thrives as one of Winnipeg's commercial and cultural centers, as home to an array of specialty retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, wholesalers, and condos. Compared to the architecture found in downtown Chicago, this district is home to Winnipeg's theatre district including the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Centennial Concert Hall which houses the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and the Manitoba Opera. Old Market Square is also in the Exchange which hosts the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Manitoba Expo for Electronic Music, and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Its cobblestone streets and friendly pedestrian environment also contribute to The Exchange District's popularity as a period backdrop for the movie industry. Most notably the 2006 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford starring Brad Pitt, and the 2006 film The Lookout starring Jeff Daniels.

The Exchange District consists mainly of condos, and the average sale price for a condo in this area is $240,041.

Wolseley is nestled between the downtown and St. James Street, and between Notre Dame in the north and the Assiniboine River to the south. This area has many older homes, some well-maintained while others are fixer-uppers. Wolseley, south of Portage Avenue and adjoining the river has many larger older homes and huge trees, though relatively small lots. There are a number of older walk-up apartments making for a high population density. This area is popular with both seniors and young professionals. Homes in this area sell for an average of $281,755. The community has an active and vocal residents association. The northwest portion of Sargent Park and Minto have some nice parks, including Westview.

Schools and Public Centres
  • Area is mature and has many schools in the area. School Districts: Winnipeg School District #1 
  • Exchange District/Downtown: 4 elementary schools, 1 high school
  • Wolseley: 9 elementary scools, 3 secondary schools
  • Downtown/Exchange: 2 elementary schools
  • University of Winnipeg Bannatyne Campus
  • University of Manitoba Drake Campus
  • Red River Community College
  • 3 public libraries
Recreation and Shopping
  • Boutique shops throughout the Exchange District
  • Winnipeg Convention Centre
  • MTS Centre, home of the NHL team, the Winnipeg Jets
  • Manitoba Museum and Planetarium
  • The Children's Museum
  • Ice skating on the river outside of The Forks during winter season
  • The Forks, one of Winnipeg's most famous and historical attractions
  • Minutes from Polo Park Shopping Centre
  • Portage Place Mall downtown

Learn more about the Winnipeg's downtown, the Exchange District, and Wolseley area.

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