Lomography is taking over Canada, one analogue city at a time! We’ll be traveling coast to coast for this series, digging into old photo albums and our online lomographic community as we reminisce the development of our beautiful Canadian cities! The Prairie city of Winnipeg is on the map this week, and we’ll take a look at what film has captured of this beautiful Manitoban city.
“Winnipeg” comes from the Cree language, meaning “muddy waters.” Before the Europeans arrived, it was a trading centre for Aboriginal peoples, and was also used for camping, hunting, tool making, and fishing. This city lies at the bottom of the Red River Valley, containing four major rivers: the Red River, the Assiniboine River, the La Salle River, and the Seine River.
image source: winnipeg time machine
Pictured above is the Winnipeg Union Station in downtown Winnipeg, originally opened in 1911 for the Canadian Northern Railroad and Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad. Although railway traffic has declined, this Beaux Arts building still serves as a VIA rail station, the Winnipeg Railway Museum, and even office space. Did you know, the Winnipeg Union Station was designed by Warren & Wetmore, the same people who designed Grand Central Station in New York!
Also located in Downtown Winnipeg is the Exchange District, which was originally for the grain exchange from 1880 to 1913. Now, this 30-block district is a National Historic site of Canada. This area consists of some of North America’s most extensive collection of early 20th-century terracotta and cut stone architecture. Definitely a treat for you architect kids.
The historic Metropolitan Theatre on Donald Street has been around for 90 years. It is currently under redevelopment to be converted into a rock-and-roll themed venue featuring food, beverages, and of course, entertainment. It may also double as a night-club! LomoLocation, anybody??
Portage and Main is also a popular spot in Winnipeg. It holds a reputation of being the coldest and windiest intersection in Canada! I think we’ve gotta send some Lomographers there to find out… (Let us know when you do!)
Many great things have come from Winnipeg, but I bet you didn’t know that one of them is a well known storybook bear. Winnie-the-Pooh to be exact. The (actual) bear was purchased by Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, in Ontario, but was named Winnie, after the Lieutenant’s home town of WINNIPEG. Later on, A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher Robin Milne, saw Winnie in the London Zoo and decided to name his toy bear after her. Winnie-the-Pooh was brought to life in the many stories that A.A. Milne wrote and continues to be a staple in any child’s bookshelf.
Winnipeg is the geographical centre of Canada and the largest city of the Prairies. Surrounded by canola and wheat fields, this place has the most picturesque views in the entire country. Best get those cameras ready.