Birthplace of Métis leader Louis Riel and French-Canadian author Gabrielle Roy, St. Boniface is the capital of Manitoba's francophone community!
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Established during the fur trade era, St. Boniface enjoys the most distinguished past of any Winnipeg community. A stroll through the heart of St. Boniface along Provencher Boulevard and Taché Avenue will take you past many signs and landmarks of the area’s illustrious history and unique architectural heritage.
Visit the majestic ruins of the St. Boniface Cathedral and the tomb of Louis Riel. Explore Gabrielle Roy's childhood home at 375 Deschambault, then head to the former Grey Nuns’ Convent and Winnipeg’s oldest building which now houses the St. Boniface Museum. From there, you can see Université de Saint-Boniface, Western Canada’s oldest post-secondary educational institution.
The home of Gabrielle Roy is a very important and recurring symbol in the Franco-Canadian author's work. She lived there from her birth in 1909 to her departure for Europe in 1937. This house has been mentioned in many of her works, particularly in "Street of Riches" a series of stories inspired by the author's childhood in St. Boniface. Completely restored like in 1918, the house is today a must-see public museum.