August 21 & 22, 2018
After the boler bash, we stayed a few extra days in Winnipeg. It’s surprising that I had never visited this city before. Yes, I’d driven through and bought fuel or had a layover at the airport, but I had never spent any time there. It is a wonderful city! Growing up in Ontario, I had always referred to it as “Winterpeg”. It has so much to offer. Yes, some roads are really rough, but the traffic flows. That’s right. It was a breeze to drive even the Chinook. This always elevates a city’s status in our books.
A small group of us stayed on a Red River Exhibition for 2 more nights. These are the only trailers left after everyone pulled out on Sunday:
This was our little “circle of boler love”:
One of my friends (Lynn) emailed the Tourism Winnipeg to ask if there was RV parking downtown for 3 small rigs where we could spend the night. Someone got back to her and gave us a location in the French quarter, St. Boniface – right in the heart of the city! We were able to walk to trendy coffee shops, restaurants, The Forks, museums, and Fromagerie Bothwell. What fun! So Yves & Lynn, Sheila, and we did some boondocking in the heart of Winnipeg.
Along with our friend, Sheila, we toured the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. It is an architectural wonder on the outside, but a somber experience on the inside. Will we humans ever learn from our history?
Entrance to the exhibits:
A few of the exhibits:
–Women’s rights and aboriginal women’s continuing struggles
–Religious rights (and the creation of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
–Racial rights and Viola Desmond’s bravery
There were also many separate exhibits on the various regimes that have oppressed humans. Of course, the largest was the Nazi exhibit.
There were also bold messages about one’s behaviour when others around you are being persecuted.
This museum is a must-see for all. It requires much reading, but there are some interactive exhibits and video interviews throughout to break up the reading. We spent several hours there and were disappointed to discover that it closed at 5pm, so we had to rush through the last few floors. Those last floors were the most uplifting.
The next day, we took Daisy and Poppy, and Sheila brought Kenzie (Westie) and Bunnah (Scottie) and walked all around St. Boniface and The Forks.
The Cathedral was destroyed in a fire, but the ruins remain, and a new cathedral was built inside the ruins. On the grounds of the cathedral is a cemetery which includes the grave of Louis Riel. Riel led an uprising (The Riel Rebellion) against the Canadian government in 1885. He was hanged for treason; however, he is honoured as a hero in many parts of Canada.
The Forks is where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. It has a very long history and is now a National Historic Site.
There is an interesting astronomy installation in the park. There are huge structures that point to various star clusters and a description below each one. You have to get the full effect at night, of course.
We had lunch at The Forks Market. The dogs really enjoyed helping Sheila with her fish and chips! Afterwards, Sheila and her girls left for points east to meet up with Donna Dee and her pack. They are heading to the east coast. We will meet up with them in BC and head south together this winter. Happy trails Sheila and Donna!