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Winnipeg has a long, illustrious and fascinating history that has resulted in a rich legacy of heritage resources.  As a place of First Nations settlement, the historic gateway to Western Canada and a transportation hub located at the centre of the nation, Winnipeg has inherited a unique, multi-layered and diverse sense of place that builds on its past and promises an exciting future. This rich inheritance has resulted in a vibrant and diverse community.

With Royal Assent given to The City of Winnipeg Act (Bill 36, Chapter 105 of the Statues of Manitoba) on July 27, 1971, Winnipeg again took the fore in North America urban history when its citizens embarked on a grand scheme to create a single civic adminstration out of 13 seperately governed communities - the Rural Manicipaliites of Charleswood, Fort Garry, North Kildonan and Old Kildonan, the Town of Tuxedo and the cities of East Kildonan, West Kildonan, St. Vital, Transcona, St. Boniface, St. James-Assiniboine and Winnipeg and the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg.  The result was a new City of Winnipeg known as Unicity.  A historical overview of each of the original surrounding municipalities is also provided on the left-hand submenu of this page.

This History Section of the portal also provides a historical sketch of each of the neighbourhoods, based on information from sources such as the City Archives, libraries, civic departments, musuems, private collections, newpapers and historic societies.  Footnotes, planning documents, illustrations, maps and images bring these sketches to life and paint an accurate and full picture of the history of each of the neighbourhoods.    

In cases where the neighbourhood contains buildings on one of the City's two heritage lists (the Conservation List or the Historical Buildings Inventory) or other heritage resources such as monuments, structures and bridges, an image and a brief description of the structures has been provided.  Simply click on a neighbourhood and select the buttons for heritage buildings or heritage resources near the top of the page.  You may also want to visit the portal's map page to see their geographical location.