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History of Dufferin

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Dufferin was part of the City of Winnipeg when it amalgamated with the surrounding municipalities to become the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

Dufferin, in Winnipeg's North End, is intimately connected to the nearby railway yards and to the immigrant population that made up its early citizenry as the area developed in the first decade of the 20th century. Thousands of immigrant workers and their families poured into Winnipeg and Western Canada looking for work and a better life. Many chose to stay in Winnipeg, the region's premier centre and the rail yards and shops, along with the warehouses and factories built along the railway's right-of-way, offered steady work. These workers most often chose to live close to their jobs and so the North End developed into Winnipeg's immigrant sector, with cultures and languages from all over Europe and beyond.

It developed with modest, single family housing along its many streets. Its west end, beginning in the early 1890s, was home to the Exhibition Grounds. An annual fair, known as the Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition, took place and included a large grandstand, vaudeville shows and racing of the latest technological advances, from bicycles to bi-planes. Some of the land of the Old Exhibition Grounds has become recreational space.