Passion & Histoire Blog: A Summer Like No Other

By Kenza Zaoui - Translated by Thea Wortley

In Winnipeg, our summers are as rich as our winters. And even if summer 2020 won’t be exactly like the others, it will still be possible to enjoy it – all while respecting public health recommendations.

How can you enjoy your summer in Saint-Boniface? I’ve prepared a list of activities, whether in person or virtual, and things to do in the neighbourhood all summer! 


Saint-Boniface Celebrates – June 24 

For St John the Baptist Day June 24th, head to Facebook or Youtube for a great concert live at 7:00 p.m. Laura Lussier will be the host of this virtual assembly and you’ll be able to applaud performances from Daniel Lavoie, Lisa Leblanc, Jérémie & the Delicious Hounds, Kelly Bado and Candace Lipischake.

Saint-Boniface Celebrates Canada Day – July 1

Even if in front of a screen, Canada Day deserves a celebration! From 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Barney Morin will host live on Tourisme Riel’s Youtube page, a July 1st unlike any other with a tour of Saint-Boniface with Barney Morin and guests like Madame Diva, Andrina Turenne, Hakim Moussaoui and Justin Lacroix.

To watch the event, follow this link.


Maison Gabrielle Roy House open to the public Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fort Gibraltar   – not yet open

Ccfm – open

La Maison des Artistes Visuels – Open as of July 1st from Wednesday to Sunday

St Boniface Museum – open by reservation for an hour-long visit every day in June between 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. No reservation necessary after July 6th.


Guided walking tours: come discover the history of Saint-Boniface by foot for about 1hr 15min, every day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as of June 29th.

Culinary tours: The plan is to resume culinary tours in August; follow for more information.


Saint-Boniface isn’t a neighbourhood where one goes hungry. In fact, the restaurants are open and waiting for you. We recommend la Belle BaguetteConstance PoppDwarf no cachette, la Fromagerie Bothwell, le Monkey BarStella’s au CCFM, la Crêperie Ker BreizhPromenade Café et Vin,  Chaise Café, Inferno’sDug and Betty’s Ice CreamMarion Street Eatery, and many others.

What hasn’t changed… 

There are still plenty of things that haven’t changed that are enduring in a Saint-Boniface summer. You can walk along the Great Trail that runs alongside the river on Taché Ave, just in time to see one of those magical prairie sunsets over the Red River and the Esplanade Riel. 

You can bring a picnic to Whittier Park or Provencher Park and enjoy the grass beneath your feet. You can explore the ruins of the Cathedral and go see Louis Riel’s grave in the Cathedral cemetery. 

And you can also go see the documentary At the Heart of Manitoba’s Francophone Community which is shown for free every day at 219 Provencher Blvd at 9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Make your reservation by calling 204-233-8343 because spots are limited. 

See you soon in Saint-Boniface!