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History of Varennes

Heritage Resources

Varennes was part of the City of St. Vital when it became part of the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

The Varennes neighbourhood's name, which had been used to refer to this area during its early settlement period, comes from one of Western Canada's earliest explorers, Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, sieur de La Verendrye. The area was the northern end of the Crow Wing Trail, an early cart route that ran south along the east side of the Red River to Emerson, Manitoba. A local landowner, Abraham Guay, opened the area's first livery stable for Trail travellers.[1]

Nearly all of the residential building stock of the neighbourhood dates to the period between the two World Wars; however, there are several streets include groups of post-World War II houses.

[1] Information from Manitoba Historic Resources Branch plaque with information from the St. Vital Historical Society.