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History of Whyte Ridge

Heritage Resources

Whyte Ridge was part of the Rural Municipality of Fort Garry when it became part of the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

This neighbourhood is a 1,500-home residential subdivision that features two man-made lakes. The first homes were built in the late 1980s, the last were completed by 2007.[1]

The neighbourhood takes its name from Sir William Whyte (1843-1914), a Canadian Pacific Railway executive to who came to Winnipeg in 1886 as superintendent of the western division, rose to the position of general manager of all lines west of Lake Superior and retired in 1911 as vice president of the company.[2]

[1] A few pre-World War I houses are still standing in the neighbourhood's northwest corner, dating back to the original settlement of the area.

[2] F.H. Schofield, The story of Manitoba (Winnipeg, MB: Clarke Publishing, 1913), Vol. II, pp. 5-6. When Whyte settled an armed conflict between his company and a competing rail line over a crossing, the spot was dubbed "Fort Whyte" by local papers. For example, Manitoba Daily Free Press, November 1, 1888, p. 4.