With Métis Elder Guy Savoie and St. Vital City Councillor Brian Mayes at the official opening of the Sentier Gabriel-Dufault
The Seine River meanders through the Saint Boniface – Saint Vital riding. From the South, it flows through Royalwood, Niakwa Place, Niakwa Park, Archwood and North St. Boniface, before flowing into the Red River.
Looking for a great way to spend International Trails Day on June 10? Take a tour of the 27 km Seine River Greenway and its nearby attractions!
Walk / Bike
You can start in the magnificent Bois-des-esprits, a 117 hectare urban forest with a 2 km trail. At the entrance, you will find ‘Woody’, one of the many incredible wood carvings throughout the trail.
From Bois-des-esprits, you can continue on the east side of the river to the Louis Riel Sr. Route, named after the great Métis leader’s father. On this trail, you can see the old site of Louis Riel Sr.’s old mill across the river, which was built in the 1840s. If you want a closer look at the mill, you can take the Sentier Gabriel Dufault, named after the well-respected Métis advocate, on the west side of the river.
At the end of Louis Riel Sr. Route, you will link up to the Bishop Grandin Trail East, a 7km stretch of paved pathways that connects Sage Creek to St. Vital – and over the Red River. Head west to the Bishop Grandin Greenway Trail and discover a surprising nature lover’s delight in our city. Along the Greenway, you will find 3 retention ponds (Apakway, Eagles and Nature’s Haven), community gardens, a butterfly garden, public art and even a fruit orchard.
Heading east on the Bishop Grandin Trail East, you will come upon the great neighbourhoods of Southdale (to the north) and Island Lakes (to the south).
This area of Winnipeg has a great network of paths, including the Niakwa Trail, that will help you explore our wonderful riding of Saint Boniface – Saint Vital!
If you want a true nature adventure, spend a warm summer day slowly paddling on the river, where you may see the wildlife that lives on or near the Seine, such as deer, beaver, geese, ducks and turtles. Start your day at magnificent Fort Gibraltar for a walk back into the fur trade era, circa 1815-1822. Then you can paddle your way down the Seine all the way to the Bois des esprits – and further!