Mercredis en musique on Provencher Boulevard in July and August
Another National Tourism Week post! Today, let’s take a tour of Provencher Boulevard in historic St. Boniface and immerse ourselves in culture and history!
Start your tour at the northwest corner of Taché and Provencher. There, you will find the Joseph Royal Park, named after a Francophone leader and founder of the newspaper Le Métis in 1871, Manitoba’s first French-language newspaper.
Across Taché Avenue, toward the east, stop over at the St. Boniface Library to catch up on the news or read a short story. There’s a great selection of children’s books in both official languages and, if you plan your visit right, you can even catch story time!
After your visit to the library, continue on over to the Société de la francophonie manitobaine (SFM), the organisation that represents Manitoba’s French-speaking population, and find out more about our vibrant community.
As you continue to stroll further east down Provencher, don’t forget to check out the many stand-alone boutiques and restaurants. You won’t regret stopping in to meet our local artisans and sample some local flavours!
Midway through your tour, you will see the old St. Boniface city hall. Prior to 1972, when it amalgamated with the City of Winnipeg, the City of St. Boniface was headquartered here. Today, the historic city hall houses the Maison des artistes visuels francophones art gallery, and the World Trade Centre Winnipeg.
Next to the city hall is the Maison’s beautiful sculpture garden. During lunchtime on Wednesdays in July and August, it is the site for the Festival du Voyageur’s “Mercredis en musique”, a free event where you can enjoy local artists and purchase food from local restaurants.
Across Provencher, you can relax in Provencher Park, or play on its large greenspace. There is also a splash pad and a pool if you need to cool off on a warm summer day!
Staying on the south side of Provencher, and continuing east, you will find the Centre culturel franco-manitobain (CCFM), the francophone cultural centre. On the front of this corner lot, you will see the Cercle Molière theatre. Founded in 1925, it is one of Canada’s oldest permanent theatre companies. Take a look at their schedule and plan to attend a play later in the evening!
In the CCFM, in addition to a restaurant with outdoor patio and an art gallery, you can also find live entertainment! Le 100 NONS hosts Vendredis folk (Folk Fridays) over the lunch hour on the outdoor patio during the summer months. Also, why not check out Mârdi Jazz on a Tuesday night?
Also within the CCFM, you can find the Centre du patrimoine of the St. Boniface Historical Society. Here, you can do some research on Francophone and Métis history in Western Canada.
Don’t let your excursion end here! Take a right at the next street (Des Meurons) and head south for four blocks. Turn left onto Rue Deschambault towards the Maison Gabrielle-Roy, the childhood home of famed author Gabrielle Roy!
Taking the stage at the Cercle Molière Theatre!
Art gallery in the Centre culturel franco-manitobain